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Artistic License: Chad Ellis on Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

What is your definition of adventure? Whether it’s climbing the pyramids in Egypt or hiking through your local forest presercve, there is adventure to find everywhere. Last year, Chad Ellis hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT spans 2,659 miles across California, Oregon, Washington, and up into British Columbia. It generally takes hikers six months to complete the trek. Rachel Woodall talked to Chad about his adventure along the trail, the culture among the hikers, the logistics of...


Rattle the Walls- a musical collective determined to make a difference

Our country has changed rapidly over the past year. (Yes, that could be considered a gross understatement.)The unsettled feeling which has plagued many of us makes us each want to act – a call to action which we can personalize to fuel the causes we believe in. Art, in all of it’s forms, is a powerful tool to be used to fight social injustice. The musicians of Rattle the Walls heard the call and came running, instruments in tow. I spoke […]


Podcast Extravaganza: the Blockbusters, the Hidden Gems, and the Best Listens for 2017

On this edition of Artistic License: host Rachel Woodall reflects on her love affair with podcasts, our diverse panel of podcast enthusiasts gives their show recommendations, we share the results of listener polls about genre, and Rachel reveals her top 6 podcasts of 2016. Featured Voices: Christy Rhodes, Carlos Archila, Chad Ellis, Dani Ortiz Featured Episodes of...


Art in 2016: Giving thanks for our favorite art of the year

This post was originally made on Thanksgiving 2016, but it was lost in the shuffle and fell into a black hole on the interwebs. As the new year approaches, we again find ourselves taking the time to reflect on the ups and downs of 2016. We reflect on the good and the bad; the big moments that change our lives, and the small moments that make us smile. We are grateful for the things that get us through our days and […]


Raise the Ranch! A chance to do good this weekend with the Ranch of Hope Reins

With this stressful week coming to an end, we at Artistic License decided to feature an amazing opportunity for giving back and showing support to an incredible place, The Ranch of Hope Reins. Hope Reins offers equine therapy to a variety of individuals and groups, including at-risk youth (and that is only the beginning.) They are being forced to leave their current location after losing a battle with ComEd to keep new power towers away from their property. The Ranch of Hope […]


The Art of Voting: Words from Rick Pearson, Chance the Rapper & Election-savvy Parents

Last week was a historic one for Chicago – after 108 years, our beloved Cubs won the World Series! Then, our rally for the team’s win became one of the largest gatherings in human history. It’s a great time to be in the windy city – there is a joyful buzz in the air. That said, this week will also be a historic one – but the stakes are far more serious. On Tuesday, November 8, we will elect a […]


The Art of Modeling with America’s Next Top Model winner, Jaslene Gonzalez

Rachel Woodall and guest host Craig Collins had the incredible chance to talk with America’s Next Top Model winner, Jaslene Gonzalez. As they chatted, they discovered that the ANTM win is only a small piece of her resume. Jaslene is a well-diversified model and performer, as well as a teacher and an aspiring actress. Listen as they discuss the world of modeling, Jaslene’s time on ANTM, her life in Chicago, and the art to it all. Be sure to check out to learn...


The Art of Reinvention

Artistic License is back! Host Rachel Woodall chats with the audience about what’s coming and how, together, we are reinventing and reinvigorating Artistic License. Let’s explore the world around us and look into ourselves to see what art we can find. Upcoming Panelists Needed: Podcasters / Podcast enthusiasts Television enthusiasts Passionate voters / Historians


Artistic License presents Exploring BJJ: Fight 2 Win Pro 13

Rachel Woodall and Samuel Spiegelman speak with five of the competitors from the Fight 2 Win Pro 13 event happening this weekend. Listen to hear about the ins and outs of jiu-jitsu competition from Mike Cimm, Brick Welch, Mark Vives, Taylor Biagi, and Nikki Sullivan. A longer podcast with these five will be available soon, here on WGN Plus.


Artistic License Snapshot: Jason David Frank Talks Martial Arts

Jason David Frank, known for his role as the original green Power Ranger, stopped into the WGN Radio studios to chat with Craig Collins and Rachel Woodall. In this snapshot, JDF talks the benefits of martial arts! For the full conversation, check out You’ve Binge Challenged here.


Artistic License Snapshot: David Noyes, Travel Writer & Photographer

In the first episode of our new “snapshots” series, we bring to you a chat with David Noyes. He uses his artistic drive to capture the world in words and photographs. Listen as we discuss his tips on photography and his award-winning book, The Photographing Tourist: A Storyteller’s Guide to Travel and Photography. David’s Website Artistic License: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


Artistic License chats with soulful songstress Emily King

Emily King is a grammy nominated, soulful songstress with a velvet voice. After recording the acclaimed “East Side Story” in 2006, she chose to part ways with her label and has been killing it as a independent artist ever since. Emily records her releases in her home, alongside her partner Jeremey Most, and we are left with beautiful, soulful, harmony- infused releases like “The Seven EP” and her latest, “The Switch.” Right now, Emily is on tour throughout the country. […]


Exploring BJJ: Women in Jiu-jitsu, ft. Val Worthington

If you listened to episode one of our BJJ mini-series, you’re on your way to being well-versed in the basic language of BJJ, thanks to our panel of experts. To help us now dive further into the world of jiu-jitsu, we welcome Valerie Worthington. After 18 years of training, Val is a black belt who’s accomplishments reach far past the mat: she has written two books on BJJ, traveled and trained around the country, and co-founded Groundswell Grappling. Valerie, Sam Spiegelman, and Rachel […]


The Art of Family – a Tribute

This Artistic License is a little different from the rest. This episode includes a podcast that my cousins and I put together last year for our grandparents’ 62nd wedding anniversary. Not too long after that, my grandfather passed away from a five year battle with lung cancer. The end of the podcast today is the speech I gave in celebration of his life on Earth. Today, we celebrate what would be their 63rd wedding anniversary. This podcast is dedicated to Ronald F. Woodall, to his wife,...


Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: Advice on Writing, Music, and Following Your Dreams

He has been through all that was and stands tall in what is today. Whispering Bill Anderson shares with us glimpses inside the world that is his mind- one of a songwriter, a family man, and now an author- and wearing all these hats in the face of adversity. Bill is a country music legend: he sang 80 charting singles, discovered Connie Smith, and toured with Johnny Cash. He wrote songs which were recorded by artists like James Brown, Dean Martin, Jerry […]


The Crystal Lake Central Laughletes on the Art of Improv

Between Who’s Line coming back to tv, and the growing popularity of theaters like Second City, many people are at least vaguely familiar with the art of improv…but there’s always more to learn. The improv team at Crystal Lake Central high school today is flourishing. In this episode of Artistic License, the CLC Laughletes take us through the world of improv from their eyes. Check out the Laughletes live THIS FRIDAY, May 20 at 7pm in the Crystal Lake Central Auditorium. More Artistic License:...


Exploring BJJ: Welcome to the World of Jiu-jitsu

In “Exploring BJJ,” Rachel Woodall and Tim Apuli dive into the world of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Throughout this four-part series, we will explore the basics, the niches, and the art of it all. For the first episode, we are joined by New Breed Training Center’s Mark Vives and Samuel Spiegelman, as well as Lake County Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s Carlos Archila. It’s time for jiu-jitsu 101. If you’re just starting, if you’ve never stepped onto a mat, or if you’ve been at it for awhile now, […]


Artistic License: Anniversary Special

One year ago today, we posted the first episode of Artistic License. Today, Rachel Woodall narrates a look back at the past year of podcasts. We’ve had so many different kinds of artists on the podcast in the first year: musicians, extreme nature survivalists, actors, cosplayers, coffee aficionados. We’ve featured adults and children, celebrities and neighbors. We have had the opportunity to go to events like Comic Con, Riotfest, and a live taping of the Gilmore Guys podcast. Sit back,...


Kawehi: innovative one-woman band with creative fans

Kawehi is a Hawaiian-born, one-woman band with a sound unlike any other. Her unique blend of beatboxing, synth, guitar, and vocals are created one layer at a time. Kawehi just released her latest EP, Interaktiv. The EP, like all of her past releases, was funded via Kickstarter. What is most interesting about her campaigns, however, is what the fans get in return for donations: input into her sound. They get to vote on song topics, genres, album artwork, etc. This episode of […]


INTERVIEW: Kevin Porter & Demi Adejuyigbe, “The Gilmore Guys”

Listen to Rachel Woodall’s full conversation with The Gilmore Guys, Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe. They chat about the formation of their podcast, the evolution of the podcasting world, the Gilmore fandom, their live shows, and what’s next. Plus, they answer rapid fire, Gilmore-related questions submitted by Artistic License listeners. And don’t forget to check out our other podcast which featured the Gilmore Guys: More Gilmore Guys. More Artistic License.