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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 & producer Dennis (aka, Dr. D.) 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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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 & producer Dennis (aka, Dr. D.) 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.

    Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez—Battling Mell

    Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez—Battling Mell

    Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez talks about running against what’s left of the Richard Mell Machine. And then she explains how the mayor controls city council committees. Also, if Chicago is a union town, why do not-for-profits want to hire union busters? And a few words about the Com Ed deal.

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    • 52 min
    “Bunch Of Damn Fools” & Emma Tai

    “Bunch Of Damn Fools” & Emma Tai

    Mayor Lightfoot rips the city council for asking for more time to consider her Com Ed deal. Ben riffs. And Emma Tai, executive director of the United Working Families, returns to talk aldermanic and mayoral politics. Specifically, is Chicago ready for democracy? And what she means when she says: “I play to win!”

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    • 51 min
    Oh, What A [Past] Week: "Survey Says What??"

    Oh, What A [Past] Week: "Survey Says What??"

    So much news…where do we start? Ben & Dr. D riff on the news. Including…a mayoral poll that’s not really a poll but a survey. Say what? Can two lefties make the runoff? Willie Wilson & Ray Lo. Ben sings Dylan. A bunch of commercials. And the mayor’s office speaks.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Troy LaRaviere—Union Man

    Troy LaRaviere—Union Man

    Sun-Times editorial writer Lee Bey writes an editorial that tells it like it is about the mayor's dream of rebuilding Soldier Field. Ben riffs. And Troy LaRaviere, president of the Chicago Principals Association, talks about the bill that gives collective bargaining rights to his principals--it needs Governor Pritzker's signature to become law. Why it will help children, why it's overdue and who resisted it. Hint--not Republicans. Also, the CPS Inspector General's report on sexual harassment and assault in the schools. Is there a culture of protecting the powerful? Finally, a few words about the mayor's race.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    “Willie Speaks” & Monroe Anderson

    “Willie Speaks” & Monroe Anderson

    Willie Wilson, candidate for mayor, gets lambasted at last night’s debate for his “hunt them down like rabbits” approach to policing, Ben riffs. Then Monroe Anderson weighs in. Also, a few words about Trump, Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels and Kevin McCarthy.

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    • 50 min
    Miles Kampf-Lassin—Squeaky Wheels

    Miles Kampf-Lassin—Squeaky Wheels

    In These Times writer/editor Miles Kampf-Lassin analyzes MAGA’s revolt against Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Yes, they’re a bunch of fascists. But lefties can learn something from them. And a few words about the mayoral election.

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    • 1 hr 8 min

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97 Ratings

97 Ratings

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Love your show. Re you question this episode whether Journalism professors are addressing the issue of “forcing liberal journalists to throw in liberal attacks to *balance* their journalism, to achieve *fairness and balance*” I refer you to Nikole Hannah Jones.

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Best podcast for Chicago nation!
How does this guy do it 7 days a week?

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thorough analysis of chicago/illinois/national politics

ben's show gives you a fantastic analysis with deep historical perspective

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