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The Download with Justin Kaufmann Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN

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Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman: “We have such an indecent President that it’s almost impossible to evaluate what flaws we are willing to put up with in our leaders”

11/8/2018
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The tremendous screenwriter and director Jason Reitman joins Justin once again to talk about his new film, “The Front Runner.” Jason talks about taking on a story that America knows well, how the Gary Hart scandal changed media forever, what he learned about Gary Hart while working on this film, the challenges of working on a period piece, how they were able to use archival footage, how the scandal was the first time political journalism and tabloid journalism became intertwined, […]

Duration:00:21:45

WGN Election Special: J.B. Pritzker wins amid an Illinois blue wave

11/7/2018
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Justin Kaufmann hosts WGN’s election special with a marvelous panel of guests including the Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn, The Daily Line’s Heather Cherone, WGN’s Walter Jacobson, Chicago Newsroom’s Ken Davis, Anne Kavanagh of Media Pros 24/7, Lance Trover of Tusk Strategies, Dave Lundy of Aileron Communications, Hermene Hartman of N’Digo Magazine, Chris Varones of Aesop Communications Group, State Senator Daniel Biss and former Governor Pat Quinn. We also keep you up to date on all the...

Duration:01:59:23

Political strategist Becky Carroll: “I do think the advent of social media has forced campaigns and government entities to be more transparent”

11/2/2018
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Becky Carroll, founder and president of C-Strategies, joins Justin to discuss a variety of topics including the state of women in Illinois government, co-founding “Illinois Say No More,” an open letter regarding the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in Illinois politics, changing the culture of sexism and misogyny in politics, how the role of spokesperson has changed in the era of Trump, the importance of transparency in government, how communications has changed with the advent of...

Duration:00:22:58

What are the traits that make an athlete great?

11/2/2018
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Award-winning film director Gabe Polsky joins Justin and special guest Mary Sandberg Boyle to discuss his new film “In Search of Greatness.” Gabe talks about the science behind what makes someone the best in their field, the importance of creativity and imagination to great athletes, the concept of “rage to master,” the process of putting together the film, the benefits of being well-rounded and how greatness isn’t just related to sports. The Download with Justin Kaufmann Podcast is easy to...

Duration:00:18:04

How the Chopin Theatre helped revitalize Wicker Park

11/1/2018
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Zygmunt Dyrkacz and Lela Dyrkacz join Justin to discuss the history of the Chopin Theatre and the importance of the theater to the Wicker Park community. Zygmunt and Lela talk about the building that houses the Chopin Theatre being 100 years old, what they knew about the building when they bought it in 1990, what they learned about the building since 1990, what it means to be part of the theatrical community in Wicker Park, how the neighborhood has changed over […]

Duration:00:18:14

What separates North Lawndale College Prep from other high schools in Chicago?

10/26/2018
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It’s the “The Download on Chicago Business” sponsored by Signature Bank. This morning, Justin speaks with Dr. Garland L. Thomas-McDavid, the President of North Lawndale College Prep, about what separates North Lawndale College Prep from other high schools in Chicago, the importance of students receiving compassion from their educational program, the core values of the high school and what they do to get their students prepared to not just graduate from high school but to graduate from...

Duration:00:06:40

How can we get Chicago’s homeless off the streets and into shelters?

10/19/2018
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It’s the “The Download on Chicago Business” sponsored by Signature Bank. This morning, Justin speaks with Sol Flores, the founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte, the top organization serving homeless youth and families in Chicago. Sol talks about La Casa Norte’s mission, the amount of CPS children that don’t have a home, the importance of realizing that homelessness is not an identity, how the private sector can help Chicago’s homeless and if we are seeing a change in the way...

Duration:00:11:21

Political operative Victor Reyes: “Money has become the driving force behind competitive elected officials”

10/18/2018
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Attorney, former Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) chieftain and longtime aide to Mayor Daley Victor Reyes joins Justin to talk about his career, the upcoming Chicago mayoral race, why there are so few Latino candidates for mayor, why money has become the driving force behind competitive elected officials, how he started out in Chicago politics, the history of Latino politics in Chicago, the original goal of the HDO, if he misses being involved with government on a day-to-day basis, the...

Duration:00:22:02

Chicago Artist You Should Know: SoloSam

10/16/2018
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The incredible Chicago artist SoloSam joins Justin to talk about his career, his recent EP, “ITIS,” his new video for “Breezin’ & Coolin‘,” how he’s grown and improved in 2018, how the work he is doing now differs from his earlier material, how he was able to find his voice, how he continues to stay true to himself, what it means to be a Chicago artist, why the Chicago scene has been so successful, the importance of consistency and what […]

New Chicago Reader publisher Tracy Baim: “I wouldn’t have taken the Reader over if I didn’t think print could survive in an alternative weekly format in Chicago”

10/12/2018
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Journalist, author, filmmaker, Windy City Times owner and new Chicago Reader publisher Tracy Baim joins Justin for a great conversation about her new role at the Chicago Reader, what the Reader meant to her while she was growing up, wanting to curate a special print journalism experience, the importance of the digital format, what makes Chicago a special market for alternative weeklies, what the Reader does to survive, how her role at Windy City Times prepared her for this new […]

Duration:00:20:42

Comedian and actress Erica Rhodes: “If you really want to be taken seriously as a comic there are no shortcuts and you have to get on the road”

10/10/2018
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The hilarious actress and comedian Erica Rhodes joins Justin to talk about her career, getting used to the routing of being on the road, how she continues to develop her act, the way she sets herself apart from other comics, the tight community of comedians in Los Angeles, the way her family responds to being part of her act, how her life and career are continually a work in progress and her upcoming show at North Bar. The Download with Justin Kaufmann Podcast […]

Duration:00:13:49

Actor and comedian Ike Barinholtz: “I think Chicago is the greatest grounds for training”

10/9/2018
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Actor, comedian and writer Ike Barinholtz joins Justin to discuss his new movie, “The Oath.” Ike talks about the challenges involved in directing the film, where the idea for the film came from, when he started becoming interested in politics, why he chooses to be vocal about his political beliefs, the difficulty finding comedy during the current political climate, what it was like doing a movie with his brother, how he has used his Chicago improv training throughout his career, […]

Duration:00:19:29

Justin Kaufmann hosts a community round table that looks at the future of Chicago, post Van Dyke verdict

10/5/2018
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Justin Kaufmann leads a panel of community representatives to talk about how Chicago moves forward after the trial of Jason Van Dyke. The panel includes the founder of N’DIGO Magazine Hermene Hartman, Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith, attorney Rich Lenkov, WGN’s Dometi Pongo, and former Chicago cop Brian Warner. On the phone, Rev. Janette Wilson of Operation PUSH talks about how justice was served and what the future will bring.

Duration:00:37:04

How does Britannica remain relevant after 250 years in business?

10/5/2018
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It’s the “The Download on Chicago Business” sponsored by Signature Bank. This morning, Justin speaks with CEO of Encyclopedia Britannica Karthik Krishnan. Karthik talks about Britannica celebrating their 250th anniversary this December, how Britannica is a tech company and in the “knowledge business,” the importance of staying ahead of the tech curve, how they handle competition, their strategy to remain relevant and the biggest challenges he faces leading the company.

Duration:00:10:08

Bestselling author and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke explains why he’s not rich and neither are you

10/4/2018
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Highly acclaimed journalist, author and political humorist P.J. O’Rourke joins Justin to discuss his new book, “None of My Business.” P.J. talks about why he decided to write about the economy and finance, the shape-shifting value of money, the suffering of the middle class and the challenge of finding humor in a serious topic. The Download with Justin Kaufmann Podcast is easy to find. Listen on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device. Search for WGN Radio in the App Store […]

Duration:00:11:28

What is the future of Chicago’s nightlife industry?

9/28/2018
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Duration:00:10:07

Chicago artist you should know: Jack Larsen

9/28/2018
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The tremendous indie-pop artist Jack Larsen joins Justin to talk about his young career, how much he has learned about making music, being part of the Closed Sessions family, his views on collaboration, the importance of staying true to himself, his EP, “Push-Ups” and his new song, “Ugly.” The Download with Justin Kaufmann Podcast is easy to find. Listen on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device. Search for WGN Radio in the App Store or Android’s Google Play or click here […]

Duration:00:20:49

Why do we continue to see Latino displacement in Chicago?

9/26/2018
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Civil rights leader and human rights champion Jose (Cha Cha) Jimenez joins Justin to discuss his career, his work with the Young Lords, the importance of telling the story of the Young Lords, the transition the Young Lords made from street gang to political collective and the history of displacement of the Latino community in Chicago. The Download with Justin Kaufmann Podcast is easy to find. Listen on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device. Search for WGN Radio in the […]

Duration:00:24:19

MBX Systems is taking volunteering to a new level

9/14/2018
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It’s the morning version of “The Download on Chicago Business” sponsored by Signature Bank. This morning, Justin speaks with MBX Systems CEO Tom Crowley about what the company does, the MBX cares program, how their employees take part in volunteering and the innovative way they are taking volunteering to a new level.

Duration:00:07:25