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Yak Channel is a podcast network featuring shows on Chicago nightlife and culture. Listen for weekly podcasts on sex (REVEALING with Michelle L'Amour), music (JBTV), food (Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol), small business/comics (Contest of Challengers) living with disability (Quad Podcast) and more!

Yak Channel is a podcast network featuring shows on Chicago nightlife and culture. Listen for weekly podcasts on sex (REVEALING with Michelle L'Amour), music (JBTV), food (Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol), small business/comics (Contest of Challengers) living with disability (Quad Podcast) and more!

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Yak Channel is a podcast network featuring shows on Chicago nightlife and culture. Listen for weekly podcasts on sex (REVEALING with Michelle L'Amour), music (JBTV), food (Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol), small business/comics (Contest of Challengers) living with disability (Quad Podcast) and more!

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Episodes

WWE’s Damian Priest and his whirlwind year (Episode 641)

7/29/2021
WWE Superstar Damian Priest is having a very good year, starting with his Royal Rumble entry in January, continuing through his tag match at WrestleMania, alongside Bad Bunny. He joins me today to talk about his career, the music he listens to, and what transitioning from NXT has been like. See Damian Priest at RAW, LIVE IN CHICAGO on Monday August 2 … then watch him at SummerSlam from Allegiant Stadium in Vegas on Saturday, August 21. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry, who...

Duration:00:06:42

WWE Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews ready for SummerSlam (Episode 640)

7/28/2021
WWE Superstar Apollo Crews has become one of the most-talked about and exciting wrestlers to watch in 2021. He joined me to talk about the Intercontinental Championship, its legacy, his career trajectory and whether or not there’s a stable in the making. Watch Apollo Crews on Smackdown Friday night, and see him at SummerSlam on August 21!Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry, featuring Broken Robots in an in-store performance, Saturday night!

Duration:00:18:03

The band everyone falls in love with on first listen: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Episode 639)

7/26/2021
Old school blues has been reinvented for the future by Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, who emerges from a debilitating and brutal pandemic year with their best album to date: “Dance Songs for Hard Times.” Rev joins me for a spirited talk about music, the evolution of his band, the miserable circumstances that birthed the new album, their super-cool DIY music videos, and why the upcoming Chicago show at Reggie’s (8/20/21) will be radically different and better from their last time through. All...

Duration:00:51:02

Pizza for Everyone! Crust Fund Pizza’s John Carruthers talks new book, Chicago charities and PIZZA (Episode 638)

7/24/2021
John Carruthers has dedicated his life to pizza: Making it. Talking about it. Writing about it. Using it as a force for social justice. From his Crust Fund Pizza initiative to the just-released “Pizza for Everyone” book, John’s efforts are inspired, engaging and delicious. He returned to Car Con Carne today to talk about the overly-successful crowdfunding of the second pressing for “Pizza for Everyone” (the overflow of which is going straight to charity). He also freshly baked one of his...

Duration:00:42:31

Football is in the Air (The Daily Life of Frank)

7/23/2021
Frank has been battling a cold and cough and he will share how he is feeling, talks about his excitement for football, booking their trip to the waterpark, his new Dad Cave and much more!

Duration:00:22:36

The menu masterpieces of Cobra Lounge’s Chef Jason Gilmore (Episode 637)

7/21/2021
The man behind the delicious food menu of Cobra Lounge, Chef Jason Gilmore, joined me to talk about his food creations. In addition to chatting about current favorites like the “Jerk Store” sandwich and buffalo cauliflower, we also talked about his epic soup creations (hot dog! Italian beef!). We dug into the Jerk Store and Chicago Hot Chicken sandwiches during the recording. The Hot Chicken was spiced perfectly... not obnoxiously hot, but with enough heat to let you know what you're eating....

Duration:00:17:48

Homegrown Arts and Music Festival returns for 9th annual event (Episode 636)

7/20/2021
This week, I’m thrilled to welcome the return of musician Aaron Williams, whose Homegrown Arts and Music Festival returns for its 9th annual event. We talk about Homegrown while on location at the site of the event: Basecamp in Lisle (5750 Lakeside Drive). Thanks to Basecamp for keeping the conversation moving with delicious food from their menu! Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:21:10

Beer and BBQ: Fire and Smoke BBQ Company at Mikerphone Brewing (Episode 635)

7/17/2021
What an episode! I’m joined today by Mikey Kay of Fire and Smoke BBQ Company and Mike Pallen of Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village. Over mouth-watering BBQ from Fire and Smoke, we talk about the state of business for both Fire and Smoke & Mikerphone, Mikerphone and Fire and Smoke’s history and why what they both do is similar to running a DIY band. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:27:46

Sex work: A ‘whore’s-eye-view’ with sex worker rights advocate Kaytlin Bailey (Episode 634)

7/15/2021
Sex work: The stigmas. The realities. The narrative. This episode covers it all. My guest is one of sex work’s most impassioned advocates, Kaytlin Bailey, who hosts the well-researched and entertaining “The Oldest Profession” podcast (give it a listen on your platform of choice). We talk about her “stubborn crusade against whorephobia,” the impact of SESTA-FOSTA, the conflation of all sex work and human trafficking, and a lot of history that got us to this point. Car Con Carne is sponsored...

Duration:00:29:05

Hideout co-owner Tim Tuten: From Saturday’s CIVL fundraiser into the future (Episode 633)

7/15/2021
Tim Tuten, Hideout owner/activist/CIVL member, comes on Car Con Carne for a spirited talk about the state of local independent venues, this weekend’s Pine Valley Cosmonauts fundraiser at the Hideout, and what the future looks like for the industry and fans. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:36:02

Jon Langford previews Pine Valley Cosmonauts tribute to Tom Waits at the Hideout (Episode 632)

7/15/2021
Pine Valley Cosmonauts’ new album, “The Closing Time,” is a song-for-song recreation of Tom Waits’ debut album, “Closing Time.” “Patron saint of Chicago music” Jon Langford returns to Car Con Carne to preview the album, and its release show at the Hideout (happening on 7/17). All ticket proceeds from the release show benefit Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVIL) to help secure the future of Chicago’s independently owned live music venues. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:10:39

Mapping America: Using maps to tell America’s “origin story” (Episode 631)

7/13/2021
The first two guys I’m picking for my “imaginary bar trivia team” draft are Neal Asbury and Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts. Together, they co-authored the stunning, full-color, new book, “Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings that Created the United States.” I thought this interview was absolutely fascinating. It appealed to the collector in me, and to my natural curiosity about history. I hope you enjoy it (and check out the book)! Pictured:...

Duration:00:30:43

For the Fallen Dreams/Flowers For Dorian drummer Marc Esses eats himself at Epic Deli (Episode 630)

7/10/2021
This episode marks the first post-pandemic visit to the hallowed grounds of Epic Deli. My signature sandwich is back on the menu! The “JVO” is an open-faced sandwich on cornbread, covered with pulled pork, country fried pork belly, crumbled bacon, Carolina vinegar BBQ sauce, fried pickles and coleslaw! Topped with a drizzle of Mike’s Hot Honey! Joining me for this episode is the talented and charming Marc Esses (For the Fallen Dreams/Flowers For Dorian), who also has a sandwich special on...

Duration:00:21:23

My Mental Health Breakdown (The Daily Life of Frank)

7/8/2021
Frank recently hosted a special podcast series highlighting his struggles and success with his own mental health. On this week’s The Daily Life of Frank, Frank shares the first two episodes of the season. To hear the full series, please visit: https://www.spreaker.com/show/my-mental-health-breakdown.

Duration:00:49:03

Drive-in movie preview with Rock Island Public House’s Mike Vanderbilt (Episode 629)

7/5/2021
Get ready for another month of drive-in movies at Rock Island Public House in Blue Island! Curator Mike Vanderbilt is back on Car Con Carne to talk about the weekend programming for July (Scorsese/DeNiro, John Candy summer movies, summer blockbusters, Madonna). See you at Raging Bull? Batman ‘89? Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:41:12

Rock critic Jessica Hopper talks about her newly revised and expanded ‘First Collection’ book release (EPISODE 628)

7/2/2021
Author Jessica Hopper (The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic and Night Moves) joins me today to talk about the revised and expanded version of “The First Collection...” You’ve read her stuff everywhere: the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Pitchfork, GQ, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Village Voice, etc. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:28:35

Father’s Day (The Daily Life of Frank)

6/29/2021
Frank recaps his Father’s Day weekend, talks about a scary Father’s Day night, how his kids can’t handle a power outage, his Dad being a hero, and more!

Duration:00:29:03

From the bottom of a canyon to the top of Chicago songwriting: Steve Dawson (Episode 627)

6/28/2021
Chicago songwriting treasure Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden, Funeral Bonsai Wedding) is ready to release his new solo album, "At the Bottom of a Canyon in the Branches of a Tree," on PRAVDA. He jumped on Car Con Carne to preview the album and his upcoming shows (!). Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:20:19

Mike Lust discusses excellent new ‘Demented Wings’ album while eating Dante’s wings (Episode 626)

6/23/2021
Mike Lust (Tight Phantomz, Lustre King) jumps in the car for a conversation over a delicious dinner provided by Dante’s Tavern (1936 W. Chicago Ave.). We loved the pepperoni slices, and couldn’t get enough of the wings. Mike talks at length about his killer debut, “Demented Wings,” and we go in plenty of musical tangents along the way. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry.

Duration:00:46:43

South side culture, hidden treasures and beer: Chris Lanuti of Southside Pod (Episode 625)

6/22/2021
South side culture, hidden treasures and beer: Chris Lanuti of Southside Pod (Episode 625) Southside Pod is a very well-done, funny and community-focused podcast that I love listening to. Chris Lanuti joins me tonight to talk about his show, the south side, and why people should pledge to "Phonation" TODAY. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

Duration:00:36:44