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Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky riffs on the day's stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty, and interviews politicians, activists, journalists and other political know-it-alls. Presented by the Chicago Reader, the show is available by 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or wherever you podcast. Don't miss Oh, What a Week!--the Friday feature in which Ben & special guests review the week's top stories. Also, bonus interviews drop on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Reader podcasts are recorded on Shure microphones. Learn more at Shure.com.

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    • 4.8 • 116 Ratings

Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky riffs on the day's stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty, and interviews politicians, activists, journalists and other political know-it-alls. Presented by the Chicago Reader, the show is available by 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or wherever you podcast. Don't miss Oh, What a Week!--the Friday feature in which Ben & special guests review the week's top stories. Also, bonus interviews drop on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Reader podcasts are recorded on Shure microphones. Learn more at Shure.com.

    Monroe Anderson—“Red Lobster"

    Monroe Anderson—“Red Lobster"

    Capitalism bankrupts Red Lobster. Ben riffs. Monroe talks Justce Alito and his flag, Fani Willis, what Dems should do about the Supreme Court and, the difference between MAGA and liberal columnists and more.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Alderman Gil Villegas—"Missed the Point"

    Alderman Gil Villegas—"Missed the Point"

    Progressives in Springfield propose a handout for a women’s pro soccer team owned by fabulously wealthy people. Sigh. Ben riffs. Alderman Villegas explains his view of the world. What he means by being what he calls a pragmatic progressive. A Gil/Ben debate on MAGA and the left. And a few words about residency data centers, police and Mayor Johnson and more. Gil is the alderman of the 36th ward.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Peter Cunningham—No Accountability

    Peter Cunningham—No Accountability

    A north side resident wants to recall Mayor Johnson. Ben riffs. Peter Cunningham riffs on Ben’s riff and then away they go, talking…police accountability, Dexter Reed, elected school boards, Peter’s run for office, and Dickey Betts. Peter is a political strategist, writer and rock ‘n roller.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Rachel Hinton—Percival Everett Tribute

    Rachel Hinton—Percival Everett Tribute

    Rachel Hinton and Ben talk the week’s news and introduce the world to…The Rachel and Ben Book Club. Today’s book is James by Percival Everett. Which if you haven’t read, hurry up! But first, listen to Rachel and Ben talk police, housing, and theatrical politics of the absurd. Rachel is a reporter for Block Club.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dan Mihalopoulos—Oath Keepers

    Dan Mihalopoulos—Oath Keepers

    Dan Mihalopoulos goes A-Z on Oath Keepers in the Chicago Police Department. A subject he knows a lot about, having broken one story after another on the matter with Tom Schuba of the Sun-Times. Dan is a reporter for WBEZ.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    David Faris—Alito’s Flag

    David Faris—Alito’s Flag

    David Faris explains the alliance between MAGA judges and Trump, the MAGA man. Starting with Justice Alito flying his flag upside down, in solidarity with the insurrection. A few words about the polls. And how the NYT covers politics. David is a professor of political science at Roosevelt University and a political columnist for Slate and Newsweek. His views are his own.

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

didjfnficjsns ,

Fantastic Host and Guests!

I followed Ben from his radio show and still love to listen to him several times a week… favorite guests are Monroe Anderson, David Farris, and Delmarie Cobb… they are fantastic, never miss their episodes! Ben is a great host… keep it up, Ben, we love listening!!!

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Rabbi Rayjay

This show absolutely rules!!!!

Pjosh101 ,

Great show...Like talking to an old friend

I'm a long time Chicagoan now retired in Arizona. I watched the Chicago Mayoral Primary debate on C-Span and realized how much I miss the Chicago political scene. I thought more about it and I said to myself why don't I listend to that guy I liked in the Reader, Jarovsky. Now I'm subscibed and listening daily. Thank you for the insighful, well researched broadcasts. You have the most relevant guests and I enjoy you're considered opinions. I'm totally back and plugged in. Now, if I could only find the "Punch 9" documentary. Keep up the great work!

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