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CHIRP Radio Podcast: Person of Interest

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Person of Interest is the personal perspectives series produced by CHIRP Radio News. As a community radio station, we feel it’s necessary to talk to you, your neighbors, your fellow Chicagoans about how news-making events affect you, about how you’re getting along, about what’s on your mind. This series is an attempt to listen to the people around us rather than to those in the headlines. Person of Interest is that person you see on the train or at a cafe or in the park that makes you wonder, “Who are you?” Person of Interest is your barista, your taxi driver, your next door neighbor. It’s not breaking news, but collectively it’s the real story of our city.




Big Sadie

Local band Big Sadie visited the CHIRP studios to talk to CHIRP volunteer Amanda Mayo about their folk influences, Chicago roots, and recent debut album Keep Me Waiting. See Big Sadie live at Schubas on September 23rd. produced by Amanda Mayo (@AmandaRMayo) photo by Carolina Rodriguez

Duration: 00:09:54


Volunteer, Andrew Meriwether, caught up with Evan Hall of Pinegrove at Pitchfork music festival. They discuss his lyricism, what he's reading these days, and much more. Find out more about Pinegrove on their website and come see them wehn they come to Thalia Hall November 26th. Produced by Andrew Meriwether

Duration: 00:12:00

Al Scorch

CHIRP Volunteer, Andrew Meriwether, sat down with Chicago folk-punk artists Al Scorch to talk about his origins, his inspiration for song writing, and much more.

Hiss Golden Messenger

CHIRP Volunteer, Andrew Meriwether, met up with M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger to talk BBQ, their new record, and indoctrinating his children with his music taste. sdasfdaf

Duration: 00:00:12

Ovef Ow

Marites, Nick, and Kyla of Ovef Ow recently came by the CHIRP studios to sit down with Features Director Amelia Hruby. They dish on what "ovef ow" means, how the band got started, and all the work on their new EP. Catch Ovef Ow live at the Empty Bottle on Wednesday 8/16. produced by Amelia Hruby (@ladyameliaa) photo by Jeremy Farmer

Duration: 00:10:04


No one knows what you're capable of but you. Stay true to that. If you feel like you can do it, then you probably can. Features Director Amelia Hruby caught up with Laetitia Tamko aka Vagabon at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. They chat about how it feels to be in the right place, being hard on yourself, and her advice for budding musicians. produced by Amelia Hruby (@ladyameliaa) photo by Ebru Yildiz

Duration: 00:09:39

Lili K

Local artist Lili K stopped by the CHIRP studios to check in with Features Director Amelia Hruby. They talked about the relationship between collaboration and maintaining your own voice, music that defies genres, and performing in a post-Trump era. ​produced by Jenn Rourke Elizondo

Duration: 00:13:54

Frankie Cosmos

Greta Kline met up with CHIRP's Dylan Peterson before Frankie Cosmos played at the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival to talk about the long and short of songwriting, how Bob Dylan and Bandcamp influence her music, and her favorite donut spot in Chicago. produced by Dylan Peterson (@tdvsbl)

Duration: 00:11:08


Features Director Amelia Hruby recently caught up with Annie, Jason, and Josh of local minimalist pop group Weatherman. They talk about how the band got together, their upcoming record, and the future of the group as members move across land and sea. Weatherman EP releases on July 28th, and you can see Weatherman live at their EP release show at Constellation on July 29th. produced by Amelia Hruby (@ladyameliaa)

Duration: 00:13:32

BJ the Chicago Kid

CHIRP volunteer Amelia Hruby caught up with local legend BJ the Chicago Kid at Mamby on the Beach this summer. They chat about his recent Grammy nominations, Chicago's "realness," and the album he calls an "audio-blunt." produced by Amanda Mayo

Duration: 00:10:35

Jay Som

CHIRP Volunteer Marites Velasquez sat down with Jay Som to discuss her album, Everybody Works.

Duration: 00:00:12

Dream Version

Alec of local band Dream Version recently sad down in the CHIRP Studios with Andrew Meriweather to discuss the band's origin and their upcoming album Fight Fair (out 7/7/17). Catch Dream Version live at their record release show on Saturday, July 8th at Lincoln Hall! (infomation here) produced by Brian Spzak

Duration: 00:13:36

First Test - Allie Wachowski

explicit language The self appointed Mariah Carey of the midwest, Allie Wachowski has been described by bouncers as the "Wicked Witch of Logan Square," "Logan Square Famous", and "Can You Stop?" She's an aspiring Instagram honey and one third of the world's only living podcast, Amateur Hour. You can find her in her element on twitter @alliewach. She politely requests you refrain from speaking to her about anything that isn't hot dogs. produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

Duration: 00:15:53

In Conversation: Jash and Lulu on the Trans Lib Comp

This spring local artist Jash Huggins (formerly of Evasive Backflip, now performing solo) organized the production of the Trans Lib Comp, a compilation tape featuring trans, gender non-comforming (gnc) and non-binary (nb) artists mostly based in Chicago. In this conversation Lulu (of The Just Luckies and The Cute Tops) joins Jash to discuss the comp and the state of the Chicago music scene for trans/gnc/nb artists. You can find the comp on Bandcamp here, and read an interview with just...

Duration: 00:09:48


"When I find myself in train stations and airports, it seems like a little window into the rest of my life. In my day to day life, I'm kind of just going along, but when I'm in a train station waiting for a train, I feel like my life opens up. That feeling is what I was trying to capture in the album." Local artist Andy Masters aka Anti/Beyond stopped by the CHIRP studios to discuss his self-titled album, the role of transportation in his work, and sexual ambiguity with CHIRP Features...

Duration: 00:11:40

Ravyn Lenae

Local artist Ravyn Lenae recently stopped by the CHIRP studios to chat with Features Director Amelia Hruby. They discuss her recent high school graduation, her latest EP, and the role of colors in her work. You can see Ravyn Lenae at Mamby On The Beach on June 24th. She's performing on the Beach Stage at 2:30pm. produced by Amelia Hruby (@ladyameliaa)

Duration: 00:13:42

First Test - Dan Epstein

explicit language Dan started in radio in the 1990s as a DJ and producer for jazz stations in San Diego and San Francisco. During that time, Dan was co-producer of an occasional radio comedy series called The Cabinet of Dr. Marconi. As a CHIRP volunteer, Dan's been news director, one-third of the production director triumvirate, and features producer. He likes hats, and his 1979 Vespa scooter. Dan can trace his lineage all the way back to the first single-celled organism. produced by...

Duration: 00:16:20


Between one of their many shows at SXSW 2017, Sunjacket met up with Dylan Peterson in Austin, Texas, to talk about how important the festival still is for a young band, working as freelancers in order to have better gear, and not having fun at Six Flags. Sunjacket plays Schubas on June 21st. produced by Dylan Peterson (@tdvsbl)

Duration: 00:13:59

First Test - Bill Ayers

explicit language William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has written extensively about social justice and democracy, education and the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. His books include A Kind and Just Parent; Teaching toward Freedom; Fugitive Days: A Memoir; Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident; On...

Duration: 00:17:28


CHIRP volunteer, Amanda Mayo, sat down with Chicago-based Arriver to talk about their new album, Cherynobyl, and the ethos of Arriver.
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