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The stories of everyday Chicagoans as told to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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The stories of everyday Chicagoans as told to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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102 Ratings
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Great podcast

By BK SGT - Jul 07 2019
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Mayor Emmanuel is very knowledgeable & entertaining. I hope he returns to do more podcasts! I’ve learned a lot from listening to him.

Recipe for a Great Podcast

By gwlk - Jun 04 2019
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I am keeping this podcast in my library for a long time. I will re-listen often. Elements for continued and successful interest are -Variety of topics -People who have something to say -The involved host who listens and anticipates the next question It was a good run Rahm, thank you.

iTunes Ratings

102 Ratings
Average Ratings
80
8
2
2
10

Great podcast

By BK SGT - Jul 07 2019
Read more
Mayor Emmanuel is very knowledgeable & entertaining. I hope he returns to do more podcasts! I’ve learned a lot from listening to him.

Recipe for a Great Podcast

By gwlk - Jun 04 2019
Read more
I am keeping this podcast in my library for a long time. I will re-listen often. Elements for continued and successful interest are -Variety of topics -People who have something to say -The involved host who listens and anticipates the next question It was a good run Rahm, thank you.
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Chicago Stories

Latest release on May 17, 2019

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The stories of everyday Chicagoans as told to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Rank #1: Ep. 3: Curie High School's Principal

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Mayor Emanuel chats with Allison Tingwall, Principal of Curie High School, about how she came to teach and lead a Chicago Public School and her views on education.

Jun 16 2017

26mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 18: The Irrational Nobel Prize

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Richard Thaler's path to the Nobel Prize began with a bowl of cashews. It was the light-bulb moment that set him on a career of predicting irrational behavior. Think of it as being right about being wrong. Tune in as he and Mayor Emanuel discuss irrationality, predictable errors, and the party that started it all.

Oct 13 2017

28mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 29: David Axelrod

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The tables are turned as Mayor Emanuel interviews David Axelrod, host of "The Axe Files," about his 40-year career in politics, his daughter's battle with epilepsy and his unique view of Chicago as a former Tribune reporter in the 1970s. You won't want to miss this conversation between two Obama-era veterans.

Jan 05 2018

31mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 85: Thomas Friedman and the "New-New"

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"Order vs. Disorder." "Non-Linear Accelerations." "Mirroring Mother Nature." Mayor Emanuel was joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Thomas Friedman for a spirited conversation about the complex forces shaping our world, where they came from, and how to sustainably navigate where they're going.

Feb 22 2019

39mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 7: Tiny Tapp and Craft Cocktails

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Tiny Tapp owner Mark William Johnson discusses Chicago's craft cocktail scene and the revitalization of the Riverwalk with Mayor Emanuel at City Hall on this week's episode.

Jul 14 2017

21mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 11: Diversity in Tech

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Mayor Emanuel visits 1871 to meet Shaniqua Davis, who used to apply to jobs using the name "Shawn" to get more response from employers. Then she founded Noirefy, a startup focused on diversity in hiring across all industries. Hear her Chicago story.

Aug 11 2017

23mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 24: Remembering Harold Washington

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In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Mayor Harold Washington's death, his top aide Jacky Grimshaw sat down with Mayor Emanuel to look back on the life and legacy of Chicago's trailblazing leader.

Nov 24 2017

31mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 13: Second Chances

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"Let me add life to my years and years to my life." Alphonso Johnson talks being a husband, father, and building a new life after prison with help from the CTA Second Chance Program.

Aug 25 2017

23mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 6: Parachute, Robinson's Ribs and a Taste of Chicago

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It's Korean fine dining vs. Southern BBQ. With the Taste of Chicago in full swing, Mayor Emanuel invites Charlie Robinson, founder of Robinson's Ribs, and Chef Beverly Kim of Michelin-starred Parachute restaurant to City Hall.

Jul 07 2017

31mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 36: Ben Austen on Cabrini-Green

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Ben Austen’s new book “High-Risers” focuses on Chicago’s infamous Cabrini-Green complex, the people who lived there, and the past, present and promise of public housing as a metaphor for cities and America at large. Mayor Emanuel sits down with the journalist and writer to discuss affordable housing, neighborhood community development, and much more.

Feb 24 2018

45mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 12: The Gift Theatre

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Mayor Emanuel interviews the inspiring Michael Patrick Thornton about how he founded Chicago's Gift Theatre, a quintessential storefront theater, and about his acting and directing career as a person with disabilities, including on ABC's "Private Practice" and major plays, films and television productions.

Aug 19 2017

26mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 45: Rainn Wilson's Homecoming

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Rainn Wilson took a break from his star turn at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre to stop by City Hall and talk to Mayor Emanuel about acting and service, his Baha'i faith and his current play "The Doppelgänger (an international farce)," and, of course, his iconic role on "The Office" as Scranton's most beloved paper salesman/beet farmer.

Apr 27 2018

23mins

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Rank #13: Ep. 54: Thinking Like a Freak with Steven Levitt

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Mayor Emanuel stepped inside the mind of economist Steven Levitt, co-author of the wildly successful "Freakonomics" series, to hear how he comes up with questions, rationality vs. incentive, the value of change, public policy, the new ideas he's exploring, and why he became an economist in the first place. He also reminds the Mayor of a conversation they had over 20 years ago.

Jun 29 2018

31mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 34: David Schwimmer

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Even before “Friends” David Schwimmer became a household name, he was a passionate actor, director and activist rooted in Chicago’s cultural community as a founding member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company with a work ethic that is second to none. Hear his conversation with fellow Northwestern alum Mayor Emanuel about his new play Plantation!, his powerful series of PSAs on sexual harassment called #ThatsHarassment, his role as a father and why Chicago continues to be his artistic home.

Feb 09 2018

33mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 5: A Wounded Warrior Competes in the Games

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What if you were given a second chance at life? Listen as Mayor Rahm Emanuel reunites with AJ Mohammed, a wounded warrior competing in the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago whom he met years ago at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Jul 01 2017

25mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 22: The Soul of Chicago

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Pilsen native Stuart Dybek, one of America’s great poets and writers, reminisces with Mayor Emanuel about Chicago’s working-class roots and neighborhoods that he calls “eyes into the City’s soul.”

Nov 10 2017

28mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 52: My Father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel

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On this week's Father's Day episode, Mayor Emanuel was honored to be joined by his own father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, for a special conversation on parenthood, as well as a look back on his dad's life and long career. Tune in as Dr. Emanuel shares stories about his journey to Chicago, his role in Israel's War of Independence, fighting City Hall against lead paint, what he's most proud of as a parent, and, of course, what it was like to raise Rahm.

Jun 16 2018

16mins

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Rank #18: Ep. 78: Comedian Pat McGann Loves His Job

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You know Pat McGann, whether you know him or not. On this week’s episode Mayor Emanuel sits down with the Beverly-native to hear how he went from selling boxes to telling jokes, along with his take on Chicago humor, how his family's an endless supply of material, and why comedy resonates so strongly today.

Dec 21 2018

24mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 41: Wait, Wait...Peter Sagal!

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Peter Sagal is a man of many interests, which you’d expect from the host of NPR’s long-running “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Listen as Peter and Mayor Emanuel look back on his unlikely career, the growth of news and comedy, and swap stories on marriage, running, his dinner with Stormy Daniels, and everything else that comes to mind.

Mar 30 2018

43mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 23: Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Chicago Architecture Biennial artistic directors Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston discuss architecture's role in creating sustainable beauty and inclusivity amid ever-changing cities and spaces.

Nov 18 2017

24mins

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Ep. 95: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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Thanks for listening! On this final episode of "Chicago Stories," Mayor Emanuel swapped mics with legendary broadcaster Bill Kurtis for a look back on his own life and career, from his first steps in politics, to the countless lessons he learned in the White House, and everything else in between. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel gives his take on Chicago's larger-than-life political culture, his advice to young people, and what it was like serving the greatest people in the greatest city on Earth.

May 17 2019

43mins

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Ep. 94: Nancy Pelosi Rules

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How do you win the speaker's gavel twice? One vote at a time. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel sits down with the one and only Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for a wide-ranging discussion on politics and power, leadership and public service, and why after over 30 years in public life she’s still going strong.

May 07 2019

31mins

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Ep. 93: Theaster Gates's Community Canvas

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Theaster Gates is many things, but he doesn’t see it that way. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel talks to the world-famous artist about connecting art with neighborhood development, discovering the spiritual life of abandoned spaces, and the “aha” moment that brought it all together.

Apr 25 2019

36mins

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Ep. 92: Chemi Peres and the Empires of Tomorrow

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Chemi Peres is a man on a mission. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel speaks with the venture capitalist and chairman of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation about impact investing and peace through technology, Israel and its recent elections, and his work in advancing his father’s legacy of visionary leadership.

Apr 19 2019

35mins

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Ep. 91: Richard Haass's Global Vision

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Foreign policy is never what it used to be. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel joins Council on Foreign Relations president Dr. Richard Haass for a sweeping conversation on America's evolving role since the Cold War, his advice for 2020 candidates, how to prioritize big problems, and the blurring lines between foreign and domestic policy, along with much more.

Apr 15 2019

34mins

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Ep. 90: Helene Gayle is Making a Difference

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Dr. Helene Gayle has made a career out of making a difference. Tune in as she and Mayor Emanuel talk about her early career fighting HIV/AIDS, how to create inclusive economic growth, what brought her to Chicago, and her vision as president of the Chicago Community Trust.

Apr 05 2019

27mins

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Ep. 89: David Haugh and All Things Chicago Sports

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Chicago is the best sports town on Earth. Period. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel and sportswriter and radio host David Haugh dive into the dizzying highs and crushing lows that comes with being a fan in this city, from our greatest coaches, to our unsung teams, what they'd do if they were in the owners box, their outlook on this season, and much more.

Apr 01 2019

29mins

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Ep. 88: Eddie Bocanegra's Day of Atonement

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Eddie Bocanegra's life is a story of choices, mistakes, leadership, and redemption. Tune in as he tells Mayor Emanuel about his transformation from gang member and convicted felon, to trailblazing leader at the Heartland Alliance's READI Chicago program, the role of faith and family, trauma and violence, healing, opportunity, and hope.

Mar 15 2019

41mins

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Ep. 87: Gerald Rosenberg, the Supreme Court and Social Change

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Think the Supreme Court brings about social change? Think again. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel sits down with Supreme Court historian and scholar Gerald Rosenberg to talk about the true impact of landmark cases, the court's long history of politicization, the big decisions he's watching, RBG, and much more.

Mar 08 2019

28mins

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Ep. 86: Alex Kotlowitz and "An American Summer"

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Author Alex Kotlowitz burst into the public 25-years-ago with his seminal work "There Are No Children Here." Now he's out with its bookend, "An American Summer," about the lives affected by gun violence. Tune in as Alex and Mayor Emanuel share a honest discussion about the causes and solutions of gun violence, along with the stories of love, hope, redemption, and grace that live in between.

Mar 02 2019

36mins

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Ep. 85: Thomas Friedman and the "New-New"

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"Order vs. Disorder." "Non-Linear Accelerations." "Mirroring Mother Nature." Mayor Emanuel was joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Thomas Friedman for a spirited conversation about the complex forces shaping our world, where they came from, and how to sustainably navigate where they're going.

Feb 22 2019

39mins

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Ep. 84: Kyle Longley, LBJ's Legacy, and Presidential Centers

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It's been 50 years since Lyndon Johnson's presidency, but his impact continues to reverberate across our culture, politics, and society to this day. Tune in as historian and director of the LBJ Presidential Library Kyle Longley takes a deep dive with Mayor Emanuel into incredible complexities and legacy of the larger-than-life 36th President of the United States.

Feb 16 2019

44mins

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Ep. 83: Chris Jones and Chicago Theater

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Everyone knows about the connections between politics and performance, but it turns out mayors and theater critics have a lot in common as well. At the start of both Chicago Theatre Week and the Year of Chicago Theatre, the great drama critic Chris Jones sat down with Mayor Emanuel to talk all things theater, from his favorite up-and-coming companies, to the politics of theater in new book "Rise Up,” the impact of the Internet, and—of course—what makes Chicago the greatest theater town in the world.

Feb 08 2019

36mins

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Ep. 82: Martha Nussbaum and the Monarchy of Fear

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Famed political and moral philosopher Martha Nussbaum stopped by City Hall for a conversation with Mayor Emanuel about ideas and ideals, the role of philosophers in the public arena, and the churning emotions of our political moment she laid out in latest book, "The Monarchy of Fear."

Feb 01 2019

29mins

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Ep. 81: Ben Bernanke and the Great Recession

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Ben Bernanke’s goal during the Financial Crisis was simple: get people back to work. Doing it was a lot more complicated. Tune as Mayor Emanuel and the former Fed Chair take a deep dive into the heady days of the Great Recession, its turbulent politics and policy successes, along with a look at its powerful legacy, and much, much more.

Jan 25 2019

34mins

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Ep. 80: Nick Cave and the Art of Chicago

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"I look at space as I would look at the way in which one choreographs a work." Renowned visual and performance artist Nick Cave dropped by City Hall to talk to Mayor Emanuel about how he approached his immersive new work at the CTA's Garfield Green 'L' Station, as well as look back at the origins of his iconic "Soundsuits," how failure continues to be necessary to his artistic development, and much more.

Jan 18 2019

27mins

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Ep. 79: Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Leadership and National Service

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What makes a good leader? Do we create false leaders? What role does context play in leadership? Gen. Stanley McChrystal joined Mayor Emanuel for a fascinating conversation on the myths and realities of leadership and how they continue to shape our society today. Tune in as they also discuss striking the right balance between civilian leadership and the military, share a captivating retelling of Al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and advocate for creating a universal national service.

Jan 13 2019

44mins

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Ep. 78: Comedian Pat McGann Loves His Job

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You know Pat McGann, whether you know him or not. On this week’s episode Mayor Emanuel sits down with the Beverly-native to hear how he went from selling boxes to telling jokes, along with his take on Chicago humor, how his family's an endless supply of material, and why comedy resonates so strongly today.

Dec 21 2018

24mins

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Ep. 77: Rahm Emanuel and the Ragin’ Cajun

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Trump! House Dems! Rural voters! Liberal hubris! Ohio! 2020! Legendary political strategist James Carville dropped by City Hall for some lively shop talk with Mayor Emanuel on everything under the political sun, from strategy and values, to the importance of story, their take on past political figures, along with a whole lot more.

Dec 14 2018

40mins

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Ep. 76: Josh Noel and the Craft of Beer

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Recorded in Begyle Brewing Company on Chicago's "Malt Row," Mayor Emanuel and beer writer Josh Noel plunged into Josh's new book, Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out, to explore the story behind craft brewing, the community it created, which new Chicago taprooms to keep an eye on, all while sipping a few samples along the way.

Dec 07 2018

29mins

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iTunes Ratings

102 Ratings
Average Ratings
80
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2
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10

Great podcast

By BK SGT - Jul 07 2019
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Mayor Emmanuel is very knowledgeable & entertaining. I hope he returns to do more podcasts! I’ve learned a lot from listening to him.

Recipe for a Great Podcast

By gwlk - Jun 04 2019
Read more
I am keeping this podcast in my library for a long time. I will re-listen often. Elements for continued and successful interest are -Variety of topics -People who have something to say -The involved host who listens and anticipates the next question It was a good run Rahm, thank you.