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“Elton Jim” ponders the need for a $1000 Apple iPhone X, and talks Emmys with “Emmy”

9/18/2017
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In this 70th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano wonders if the new Apple iPod X is really worth $1000, and if people really need a new phone every year — or is it just a high-priced status symbol for most. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim and Emily Armanetti discuss the 2017 Emmy Awards, and hope programs like “Big Little Lies,” “Better Call Saul,” and others take home TV’s biggest prize....

Duration: 01:11:37


“Elton Jim” “previews” what REALLY will be performed during the upcoming “Springsteen On Broadway” run in New York, and he tries to untangle all the webs of confusion of the recently-ended “Twin Peaks: The Return” — we still don’t know who killed Laura Pa

9/11/2017
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In this 69th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano lifts the veil of secrecy and offers his own “preview” on what the upcoming one-man “Springsteen On Broadway” show will include. Will it be an acoustic performance mixed with readings and recollections from Bruce’s recent autobiogrpahy “Born To Run,” as has been reported? Maybe…but Jim has his own ideas. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim and Emily Armanetti debate the entire series of “Twin Peaks: The Return,” […]

Duration: 01:18:05


“Elton Jim” updates the success of his “De-Clutter Summer,” reveals he recently was mistaken for a priest, and celebrates Emily Armanetti’s first anniversary!

9/5/2017
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In this 68th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano provides an update on the completion of his “De-Clutter Summer,” resulting in throwing out 50 bags of garbage and eliminating more than 30 storage bins in his basement — and evn his key ring now only has 4 keys on it! He also tells the hilarious story of how his black wardrobe got him mistaken for a priest. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim and Emily Armanetti […]

Duration: 01:16:12


“Elton Jim” pays tribute to the classic clown, buffoon, humanitarian, egomanic, jerk, and nutty genius that was Jerry Lewis, and wonders if we really need to revist “Will & Grace” and other new TV reunions

8/28/2017
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In this 67th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano pays tribute to the late Jerry Lewis, who leaves a varied legacy filled with success, failure, controversy, and comedic genius. His passing marks the end of a golden entertainment era, as Jim recounts how Lewis and Dean Martin were “The Beales of the Post-World War II Era,” and how his polarizing personality could not cloud the fact he was the consummate entertainer. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” […]

Duration: 01:17:16


“Elton Jim” remembers Elvis, wants to move Chicago’s Picasso sculpture to Millennium Park, and wonders if “pop culture” is now OUR culture

8/21/2017
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In this 66th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano recalls learning about Elvis Presley’s death 40 years ago on Aug. 16, 1977, and how the public’s reaction may have been when “pop culture” took a more prominent place in the pre-cable news, pre-Internet, pre-social media era. Plus, he celebrate’s Chicago’s iconic Piscasso sculpture, and calls for it to be moved from its dour, 50-year home at Daley Plaza, to the more lively, exciting, art-friendly atmosphere of...

Duration: 01:23:06


“Elton Jim” has a new scar for no reason, drives to Wisconsin for soda pop and frozen custard, and has a bad day at the racetrack betting on hunch bets

8/14/2017
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In this 65th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano follows up on his recent hand surgery — finding out he didn’t need to have a growth (a Granuloma Annulare) removed and the five stitches and new scar that went along with it. Then tells the tales of a recent sojourn to Wisconsin for Sprecher’s Grape Soda and to taste some of Milwaukee’s best frozen custards. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim tells Emily Armanetti how he […]

Duration: 01:18:14


“Elton Jim” experiences “first-hand” the miracles of medical technology, and also huddles to bemoan how in a few months, “The Juice” will be on the loose

8/7/2017
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In this 64th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano recounts the long list of medical maladies, tests, and treatments he’s experienced during the last 2 years — including his most recent — and experiences “first-hand” how medicine has advanced and taken pain out of the process. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim and Emily Armanetti tackle the possible scenarios surrounding O.J. Simpson’s upcoming release from prison....

Duration: 01:17:08


“Elton Jim” checks out The Rolling Stones’ “Exhibitionism,” display and ponders how rock is aging, and he also tries to understand how someone DOESN’T watch “Game Of Thrones…SHAME!!

7/31/2017
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In this 63rd episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano attends the elaborate Rolling Stones’ retrospective, “Exhibitionism,” and he and Mick Kayler discuss the band’s place in history and how rock music and its icons are coping with the aging process. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim tries to understand show a pop culture maven like Emily Armanetti can NOT watch “Game Of Thrones” and tries to offer legitimate and funny reasons why she should....

Duration: 01:08:14


“Elton Jim” and Mick Kayler riff on spoiler alerts, zombies, water cooler TV shows, and “A Face In The Crowd,” and Jim and Emily Armanetti chat nicknames and the cool factor of “James”

7/24/2017
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In this 62nd episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano and Mick Kayler go “off script” and riff on a variety of topics including spoiler alerts and the demise of water cooler TV shows, the rise of zombie popularity, “Cheese Whiz,” seeing R-rated movies as a kid, the film “A Face In The Crowd,” and who knows what else! And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim and Emily Armanetti talk about nicknames and how cool the name “James” […]

Duration: 01:06:08


“Elton Jim” and his “Millennial Meter,” Patrick Minogue, talk trendy haircuts and “Millennial parenthood,” and Jim relives his lastest battle with a wasp nest

7/17/2017
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In this 61st episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano visits with his “Millennial Meter” — his godson, Patrick Minogue. JIm asks Patrick if it will be cool if Jim gets the latest Millenial haircut — “the fade.” They also talk about how Patrick is using technology with parenthood, having become a father just a month ago. Then Mick Kayler and Jim update Jim’s latest “CTG” (Call The Guy) home projects, and how Jim had to deal with […]

Duration: 01:13:00


“Elton Jim” and Mick Kayler plan to fight Cook County’s proposed “pop tax” by staging an event with a mascot, “carbonating” the Chicago River, and creating the “Chicago Pop Party” protest!

7/10/2017
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In this 60th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano and Mick Kayler devise a hilarious way to get publicity and protest Cook County’s proposed “pop tax.” Jim is upset because now that he’s finally “into” soda, it is getting a huge tax! With the anger of a revolutionary, he wants to fight the power. How better than to dress up as a bottle pf grape soda and dump cases of pop into the Chicago River for our […]

Duration: 01:12:58


“Elton Jim” and Mick Kayler decide what to do with their old CDs, recall the days of high-end stereo stores, and “Elton Jim” declares CDs are the new vinyl!

7/3/2017
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In this 59th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC”, Jim Turano and Mick Kayler both decide it’s time to unload their old CDs, but in doing so, “Elton Jim” finds he’s feeling sentimental about parting with his collection of more than 3,000 CDs. They also recall the days of high-end stereo stores like Pacific Stereo, and in an effort to get ahead of the next musical revolution during the next 15 years, rather than turning his back on the […]

Duration: 01:01:46


“Elton Jim” attempts to restore his picnic table but quickly decides to “call the guy,” and also debates Steppenwolf Theatre’s move to ban a critic

6/26/2017
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In this 58th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano and Mick Kayler swap hilarious DIY stories about home projects they’ve attempted — Jim recounts his recent attempt at re-finishing a picnic table and eventually having to “call the guy,” to do it, and Mick explains what went wrong when he sealed his driveway. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” Jim and Emily Armanetti tackle the issue of free speech as Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre supports the banning of […]

Duration: 01:10:27


“Elton Jim” gives Adam West a nostalgic “Bat-obituary” and wonders why so many TV series finales don’t really give us an true ending!

6/19/2017
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In this 57th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano and Mick Kayler wax nostalgic about the campy ’60s TV series, “Batman” as they fondly remember and give a fitting “Bat-sendoff” to the late actor, Adam West. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” he and Emily Armanetti debate TV series finales including, “The Leftovers,” “Lost” and “The Sopranos,” as Jim demands a REAL ending....

Duration: 01:07:17


“Elton Jim” relives how he was stranded in his own garage, gets ‘Glengarry Glen Ross-ed,’ and debates Kathy Griffin’s Trump-bashing gone bad

6/12/2017
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In this 56th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano debates the “art of the deal,” and the overall experience when we decide to make a big money purchase. He recalls how his father played hardball when negotiating for his first car, and how a recent purchase finally reaped its benefits — after he was “stranded” in his own garage. And in the “Pop Culture Club,” he and Emily Armanetti discuss the controversy swirling around comedian Kathy Griffin […]

Duration: 01:10:18


It’s a “Pepper Podcast”! “Elton Jim” takes you down to celebrate “Sgt. Pepper” and its 50th birthday. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

6/5/2017
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In this 55th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano, “takes you down” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ milestone album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Turano plays snippets from some of the album’s best and influential songs, as well as discusses the album’s importance at the time of its release in 1967, as well as its importance in 2017. It’s a “Pepper Podcast” — a splendid time is guaranteed for all! […]

Duration: 01:03:53


Hope “Springs” Eternal! “Elton Jim” does his annual “Spring cleaning” project and ponders if he’s just throwing away junk or discarding special memories

5/29/2017
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In this 54th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano, describes his annual “Spring cleaning” of the many bins he has in his basement, filled with a lifetime of memories. Or, is it just junk? Are childhood toys, sports trophies, third grade report cards, old concert T-shirts and so much more worth keeping — or is it time to let them go? That’s what “Elton Jim” ponders as he tries to “clean house.” And in the “Pop Culture […]

Duration: 01:12:34


One “damn fine” podcast! “Elton Jim” breaks out the cherry pie to celebrate the return of one of TV’s best and influential programs ever — “Twin Peaks.”

5/22/2017
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In this 53nd episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano, celebrates the return of one of his favorite TV show ever — the 1990 phenomenon from David Lynch, “Twin Peaks.” As the show returns more than 25 years later with new episodes on Showtime, “Elton Jim” recalls how he was mesmerized when he saw it on its debut night. The show has gone on to influence a generation of other shows like “Lost,” “True Detective,” “Fargo,” “Breaking Bad,” […]

Duration: 00:58:25


Happy 1st Year! “Elton Jim” reveals the surprising results of his genetic DNA test — there are more relatives in his bloodlines than he thought!

5/15/2017
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In this 52nd episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano, celebrates his first year of podcasting on WGNPlus.com with a personal, insightful, and funny revelation of the DNA results from a recent genetic test. Sure, he’s Italian and Polish like he thought — but there also are some additional “cousins” in his heritage. Find out what new ethnic parades he’ll be marching in! And he and Emily Armanetti, share some of the best concerts they’ve ever attended and […]

Duration: 01:13:26


“Elton Jim” laments his graying goatee, and takes off on the United Airlines passenger-bumping debacle, wondering if “customer service” is a thing of the past

5/8/2017
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In this 51st episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano, a former public relations executive, examines the recent United Airlines mishandling of an overbooking issue that led to a passenger being accosted by police and dragged off a plane. He claims it will be become an instant case study of how NOT to handle a situation at the moment, and how NOT to handle a public crisis for a company. He and Emily Armanetti, also a public relations […]

Duration: 01:09:31

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