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CHIRP Radio Podcasts

CHIRP is a listener-supported music and arts focused community radio station in Chicago staffed by more than 150 volunteers. In addition to our live programming we produce a series of shows and interviews and provide them through our various podcasts. is a listener-supported music and arts focused community radio station in Chicago staffed by more than 150 volunteers. In addition to our live programming we produce a series of shows and interviews and provide them through our various podcasts.


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Description: is a listener-supported music and arts focused community radio station in Chicago staffed by more than 150 volunteers. In addition to our live programming we produce a series of shows and interviews and provide them through our various podcasts.




Alex Lahey Interview

Assistant Features Director Ari Mejia speaks with Alex Lahey during her tour supporting her sophomore release. They discuss Lahey's music video process, how to translate deeply personal experiences into music, and the creative process. Produced by Ari Mejia


Of Montreal Interview: Part 2

CHIRP interviewer Mick Reed continues his conversation with Kevin Barnes, known for his genre-defying music for Of Montreal. Produced by Robert Patterson


Of Montreal Interview

CHIRP interviewer Mick Reed speaks with Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal in advance of their show at the Metro. They discuss personas while performing and how they relate to identity, how drag fosters community, and the changed landscape of indie music. Produced by Robert Patterson


The Drums Interview

CHIRP interviewer Mick Reed chats with Jonny Pierce of The Drums, fresh off the heels of releasing their new album Brutalism. They discuss what it means to be vulnerable, finding community within the music world, and creating a global fan base. Produced by Kyle White-Sullivan


Julia Jacklin Interview

CHIRP interviewer Jessi D chats with Julia Jacklin in advance of her sold out concert at Schubas. They discuss how to preserve tiny moments in time within songs, feeling disconnected from yourself, finding balance on tour, and much more. Produced by Jessi D


Hatchie Interview

Features interviewer Elizabeth Dieterich chats with Harriet Pillbeam, otherwise known as Hatchie, in advance of her opening set for Girlpool at Lincoln Hall. They discuss connecting music with formative, nostalgic experiences, what it means to create smartly written pop music, and her upcoming album Keepsake. Produced by: Elizabeth Dieterich


Ten Fe Interview

Interviewer Bradley Morgan chats with Leo Duncan of Ten Fe at their Schubas show. They discuss Ten Fe's origins as a band, creating a foundation built on selflessness, and blending genres from traditional Irish music to psychedelia to jazz. Produced by Brian Szpak


Lowland Hum Interview

Lowland Hum hails from Virginia and their new record ‘Glyphonic’ carries intention in its narrative lyrics and relatable imagery. Features Director Amanda Roscoe Mayo sat down with Lauren and Daniel to discuss their decision to end a 3 month tour with the record release, how they approach art and writing, and what they are doing to provide emotional access to their music. Produced by Amanda Roscoe Mayo


Mykele Deville Interview

Interviewer Mick Reed goes deep with Mykele Deville, local Chicago musician, poet, playwright and actor. Mick gets to the heart of Mykele's prolificity and what drives his unyielding creativity. Produced by Eugene Cabanban Photo Credit: Zakkiyyah Najeebah


Gold Connections Interview

Features & Production Director Amanda Roscoe Mayo chats with Will Marsh of Gold Connections about community found in college radio versus as a touring musician, the new EP Like a Shadow, and more. Produced by Amanda Roscoe Mayo


Deeper Interview

Jennifer Rogers chats in our studio with local band Deeper. They discuss their first album that released last May, touring, how the cold of the midwest can influence songwriting, and more. Produced by Linh Nguyen


The Beths Interview

Liz Stokes of The Beths sat down with Features Director Sarah Brooks after their sold out show at Lincoln Hall. Stokes unveiled her writing process and how she edits her stream of consciousness, the relatable nature of self-deprecation in the music, and the comparisons between music scenes in the U.S. vs. New Zealand. produced by Amanda Roscoe Mayo


Clearance Interview

Features Director Sarah Brooks interviews Clearance, Chicago local band last featured on the podcast a few years back. Sarah catches us up on what they've been doing in the past few years, songwriting, touring, and their new album. Producer: Eugene Cabanban Photo Credit: Alexis Viscius


Helado Negro Interview

Features & Production Director Amanda Mayo chats with Roberto Carlos Lange, otherwise known as Helado Negro, who's fresh off the heels of his latest album This Is How You Smile. Producer: Amanda Mayo


Dave Specter Interview

Andrew Meriwether interviews Chicago blues legend Dave Specter. Dave tells Andrew the story of his Chicago blues journey through historical local clubs, unexpected jazz influences, and his unique music education. Produced by Chris Marks Photo credit: Robin Subar


The Just Luckies Interview

Interviewer Marites Velasquez chats with local band The Just Luckies. They go deep on their new album Bittersweet Boulevard, being gross girls, and what it means to be sparkle greasers. Produced by Marites Velasquez


King Tuff Interview

CHIRP volunteer Mick Reed chats with Kyle Thomas of King Tuff at the Metro in support of their latest album, The Other. They discuss it all, from the home recording process to feeling disconnected to UFO sightings in Vermont. And of course, what flavor of Ben & Jerry's Kyle would most like to design (a true Vermonter's question). Producer: Robert Patterson Photo Credit: Olivia Bee


The Safes Interview

CHIRP volunteer Mick Reed sits down with members of power pop outfit The Safes, including brothers Frankie and Patrick O'Malley and bassist David Elliott. On the heels of their new record, Tasty Waves, they discuss the evolution of rock 'n' roll music, experimenting with new sounds, and the merits of ska. Producer: Robert Patterson Photo Credit: Girlie Action Media, Inc.


Seasaw Interview

Features Director Amanda Mayo sits down with the dynamic duo, Meg and Eve, that make-up the band Seasaw. During their sitdown, they talk through the importance of self-love, childhood memories, lessons in "playing with the big dogs" and not folding to toxic masculinity. Producer: Amanda Mayo Photo Credit: Scotify Studios


SuperKnova Interview

Chirp's Assistant Director of Features Ari Mejia interviews Ellie Kim, the multi-instrumentalist and creator of SuperKnova (@SuperKnovaMusic). In explaining the origins of her project, Ellie details the intricacies of making queer pop music, and the magic that happens to our art and our beings when we start to honor authenticity and lead lives as our truest selves. Producer: Ari Mejia (@scienceismagic) Photo credit: Lili Fang (@Lili__Fang)