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From the podcast: Blank Cassette

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Lots of life events can produce the same feelings a breakup does. This week, theater producer Kelly Opalko shares a breakup mix that isn't, cuz you gotta have something to get those feelings out. 

From the podcast: MBSing

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Ever since Ben learned to ace Jungle King and Fireball in his family's basement as a kid, he's been a pinball fiend, seeking out machines on boardwalks and at bars so enthusiastically that he eventually founded Pinball Chicago, a league of competitive gamers and compendium of spots in the city that offer pinball.

Podcast Episode

At the Movies, Part 1

From the podcast: Your Stories

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Can a podcast take you to the movies?? No, of course not, that's dumb. But it can give you a bunch of great stories and songs inspired by America's Favorite Pastime (that's movies, right?).

From the podcast: Blank Cassette

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

In the summer of 2007, at 22 years old, Jon Lester had hit all his life goals. Now all he had to do was not mess it up. This week, we dive inside the playlist that helped him with that. 

From the podcast: MBSing

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Ever since he saw Jackie Chan's First Strike at the age of 7, Eli has been a huge fan of Chan. All of Eli's favorite fights and films are covered as well as some fun facts about the Chinese opera school friends Chan has made the most movies with and his penchants for singing the theme songs to his movies and making blooper reels of outtakes and stunt failures.

From the podcast: Your Stories

Monday, September 11th, 2017

We continue our exploration of the wild women of the woods with an award-winning poet, a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-recognized spinner of intrigue, a gender-flipped Stephen Sondheim song, and so much more. 

From the podcast: Blank Cassette

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Season two, baby! Blank Cassette's back, and we've got a new coproducer, the wonderful Ian Williams. This week, to launch the second season, Ian and Eric share their top ten side 1-track 1s. From Kanye to Boston to Kanye again, this playlist is pretty sweet. 

From the podcast: MBSing

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Maria Randazzo starts her week by perusing a couple of horoscope sources, so this conversation starts with signs (sun and rising) and continues through how these messages permeate her day-to-day life and thoughts on spirituality and the world beyond the physical Earth. She's also looking for someone to sponsor her interest in getting more frequest psychic readings, so inquire within.

From the podcast: Your Stories

Monday, September 4th, 2017

We're jumping back to May with our first episode recorded at our new home, the Beat Kitchen, which doubled as a fundraiser for Chicago Women's Health Center! Get ready for some Good Witches Doing Good. 

From the podcast: MBSing

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Clint Worthington developed a love for film as an Illinois farm boy who was admittedly more of an inside, MST3K boy than anything else. Since those days of pirated satellite, he's spent years watching film with a critical eye producing reviews for his own podcasting network at and for Consequence of Sound as well as becoming a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. Clint talks movies as empathy machines, reviewing film through the lens of an audience and not just as one critic, and being a Michael Bay apologist.