Presented by the Chicago Reader, hear senior writer Ben Joravsky discuss the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty. Tune in to LIVE episodes streaming Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-3 p.m. at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or catch up with episodes anytime. Podcast-only episodes are also released throughout the week. Reader podcasts are recorded on Shure microphones. Learn more at Shure.com.
Best of Ben: Mayoral Election Day! With Maya Dukmasova, Tony Macaluso & Pat Quinn
April 2, 2019. It's election day. Who will be our next mayor: Lightfoot or Preckwinkle? The Joe Biden allegations are not going away. Monday's Kim Foxx protest and Lori and Toni's last minute mayoral strategies. Runoff talk with the Chicago Reader's Maya Dukmasova. Remembering Chicago Legend Studs Terkel with Former Director of the Studs Terkel Archive. Tony Macaluso and Benny J takes the deep dive with Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Download Tuesday's Ben Joravsky Show!
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Saqib Bhatti on Mayor Lightfoot & the Banks
Activist/researcher Saqib Bhatti explains the efforts by activists to convince Mayor Lightfoot not to spend about $485 million in federal COVID relief on paying back the banks. Apparently, President Joe Biden is with the activists. At the moment.
David Faris on Israel and Palestine
Roosevelt University political science professor David Faris returns, but this time our focus is on the breakout of war in the Middle East. He reviews the history of the conflict and explains how it plays out politically in the United States, Israel and Palestine.
Oh, What a Week It Was: A Freaky Week of Leaky Leaks
Ben & Dr. D take a deep dive into the freaky week of leaky leaks that it was. Hackers hack Mayor Lightfoot’s emails. The mayor gives journalistic advice to Chicago’s journalists. Most of whom ignore it. As they should. And much more...
"Save the Tribune Thursday" & Gregory Pratt & The Heartland Mamas
On the eve of Saturday's Save Local News Rally, Ben explains the importance of the Tribune to Chicago. Yes, Ben, praises the Tribune. Speaking of the Tribune, Gregory Pratt, city hall reporter and president of the Tribune's union, returns to explain why he opposes the Alden hedge fund buying the Tribune. Finally, Heidi Henry & Murri Briel--aka, The Heartland Mamas--return to talk Kinzinger, Cheney, Biden infrastructure and more.
"King Donnie Wednesday" & Maya Dukamasova & Monroe Anderson
The day began with Trump's Republican cultists in Congress punishing Liz Cheney for joining them in repeating Trump's lies about the election. Ben riffs. Also, Maya Dukmasova talks about the hacking and publishing of emails from Mayor Lightfoot's staff. Turns out one of Maya's emails was in the bunch. Finally, Monroe Anderson returns to talk about Liz Cheney and the Trump cult that's become the Republican Party.
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