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The Ben Joravsky Show

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Presented by the Chicago Reader, hear senior writer Ben Joravsky discuss the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty. Tune in to LIVE episodes streaming Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-3 p.m. on the Reader website at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or catch up with recorded episodes anytime. Podcast-only episodes are also released throughout the week.

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Presented by the Chicago Reader, hear senior writer Ben Joravsky discuss the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty. Tune in to LIVE episodes streaming Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-3 p.m. on the Reader website at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or catch up with recorded episodes anytime. Podcast-only episodes are also released throughout the week.

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63 Ratings
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Love the show

By Lefty_less - Mar 05 2020
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Daily downloader. Love to listen on my commute to and from work!

Have missed you on the radio!

By MargaretCal - Mar 16 2019
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So, SO glad this is available as a podcast. Your old station made a bad decision letting you go!

iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
4
1
1
0

Love the show

By Lefty_less - Mar 05 2020
Read more
Daily downloader. Love to listen on my commute to and from work!

Have missed you on the radio!

By MargaretCal - Mar 16 2019
Read more
So, SO glad this is available as a podcast. Your old station made a bad decision letting you go!
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The Ben Joravsky Show

Latest release on Dec 03, 2020

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Presented by the Chicago Reader, hear senior writer Ben Joravsky discuss the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty. Tune in to LIVE episodes streaming Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-3 p.m. on the Reader website at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or catch up with recorded episodes anytime. Podcast-only episodes are also released throughout the week.

Rank #1: A Benny J Replay: With South Bend Mayoral Candidate Henry Davis Gates Jr.

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Meet the man who ran against Pete Buttigieg for Mayor of South Bend Indiana in 2015 and learn more about the 2020 POTUS candidate locally. It's a Benny J BONUS Interview replay!

Jun 23 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #2: Wednesday September 25: With Monroe Anderson, Atiba Buchanan & Kelly Kean

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Who's the latest Illinois politician to get their office raided? Mayor Lightfoot is facing another union strike. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson and Host of "Humanity in the Headlines" Atiba Buchanan unpack the Trump impeachment news. University of Chicago nurse Kelly Kean talks their latest nurse strike.

Sep 25 2019

2hr 5mins

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Rank #3: BONUS! Sunday September 15: "The Jeffrey Epstein Deep Dive" With Attorney Len Goodman

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Criminal defense attorney Leonard Goodman explores the theory that Jeffrey Epstein was an undercover agent for the feds. He also discusses the case of one of his more prominent clients---former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Sep 15 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: COVID-19 With Dr. Howard Ehrman

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Howard Ehrman MD, MPH Assistant Professor at UIC College of Medicine explains how we should have confronted the coronavirus pandemic as opposed to how we did.

Mar 14 2020

51mins

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Rank #5: Leonard Goodman, Byron Sigcho- Lopez & Loreen Targos

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Blagojevich Attorney Leonard Goodman returns to talk what else...Blago!! 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez and the EPA's Loreen Targos are back to talk about gentrification, Bernie v. Biden and the coronavirus.

Mar 06 2020

1hr 24mins

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Rank #6: Wednesday April 3: With Monroe Anderson, Tracy Baim, Steve Cohen & Paula Froehle

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Trump's drunken uncle speech at the BIG Republican dinner. The Lori Lightfoot landslide and Ben's wishes for our new Mayor elect. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson talks Trump and the runoffs! Chicago Reader Publisher Tracy Baim on Chicago's LGBT political history and Film Producers Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle discuss their upcoming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary. Download Wednesday's Ben Joravsky Show!

The Ben Joravsky Show

LIVE Tuesday - Friday 1-3p(CT)

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Apr 03 2019

2hr 9mins

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Rank #7: "Pritzker's Downstate of Mind" & Miles Kampf-Lassin

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Ben says something nice about the Chicago Tribune (or at least one of their writers) Governor Pritzker's trip to Southern Illinois in review, a 3rd congressional district election update and "In These Times" Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin talks progressive politics and defends Bernie Sanders

Jan 23 2020

1hr 21mins

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Rank #8: Wednesday August 28: With Monroe Anderson, Micah Uetricht & Brandon Johnson

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Pritzker talks the Thompson Center. Lori Lightfoot gives her own 100 day mayoral review. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson unpacks the latest trump news. Jacobin Writer Micah Uetricht talks his new Bernie book. Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson tells us why he is supporting Elizabeth Warren.

Aug 28 2019

2hr 20mins

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Rank #9: BONUS! Tiger King in Review: With Scott Duff

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Comedian Scott Duff gives his take on Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin and many of the other bizarre characters from Tiger King.

Apr 12 2020

36mins

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Rank #10: "Ruth's Chris-Gate!" & Rummana Hussain

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Apr 17 2020

1hr 56mins

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Rank #11: Tuesday November 19: With Maya Dukmasova & Troy LaRaviere

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Cullerton has announced his retirement and we already have a replacement front-runner. Mayor Lightfoot's minimum wage plan & and update on Uber-Gate! Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader returns to talk housing issues and property taxes. Former 2019 Chicago Mayoral Candidate Troy LaRaviere returns to talk the teachers strike and the 2020 election.

Nov 19 2019

2hr 23mins

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Rank #12: "MAGA Hat Friday" Laurie Glenn & Juanita Irizarry

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Ben follows the MAGA-hat logic of a John Kass column. And Laurie & Juanita talk about who they want Biden to select as VP, among other things.

Apr 10 2020

1hr 51mins

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Rank #13: Tuesday October 8: Stacy Davis-Gates of The Chicago Teachers Union (interview only)

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A Chicago teachers strike is looming and Stacy Davis-Gates talks one on one with Benny J on where they stand in their negotiations with the Mayor.

Oct 08 2019

43mins

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Rank #14: Thursday March 7: With Maya Dukmasova, Ryan Kelly & Scott Waguespack

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Is the media being unfair to Toni Preckwinkle? Learning about our 2019 Chicago Treasurer Candidates, Chicago Reader Columnist Maya Dukmasova talks with Ben about the Aldermanic runoffs, Union Man Ryan Kelly on the Janus case and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack tells us why he is supporting Lori Lightfoot. Download Thursday's Ben Joravsky Show!

Mar 07 2019

2hr 21mins

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Rank #15: Stacy Davis Gates

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Vice President of The Chicago Teachers Union Stacy Davis Gates is back to talk like after the teachers strike, the 2020 election and all things local politics!

Jan 08 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #16: BONUS! Alaina Hampton & Joanna Klonsky

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Our good friend and Political strategist Joanna Klonsky returns and is joined by Alaina Hampton. Alaina Hampton was one of several women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations and has settled a lawsuit against political committees backing House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Dec 16 2019

1hr

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Rank #17: Tuesday July 30: With Rachel Joravsky, Danielle Degrasse Alston, Amisha Patel, Gaylon Alcarez & Mystery Guest

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Jul 30 2019

2hr 22mins

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Rank #18: "Trump Disinfectant Friday" & Sergio Mims

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Ben compares and contrasts COVID briefings by Donald Trump and Governor Pritzker. Also, Sergio Mims, co-founder of the Black Harvest film festival, returns to talk politics.

Apr 24 2020

1hr 50mins

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Rank #19: Thursday August 15: With Jaime Andrade Jr. & David Feller

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Jaime Andrade Jr. is serving as State Representative of Illinois' 40th Legislative District. Dave Feller is a Chicago Democratic Political Operative. (This is a Benny J Replay)

Aug 15 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #20: Wednesday October 2: With Monroe Anderson, Pat Whalen & Robert Peters

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More city hall drama between Mayor Lightfoot and her Aldermen. A Senator Sandoval update. Monroe Anderson returns to talk Trump, Trump and video games?? Comedian/Actor Pat Whalen is back for a round of "Wannabe Dictator Bingo" and it's the ben Joravsky Show debut of Illinois Senator Robert Peters.

Oct 02 2019

2hr 11mins

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Rickey Hendon Talks "City So Real"

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Rickey Hendon talks about his role in "City So Real"—why he let Neal Sales Griffen off the mat. And he sings a song or two.

Dec 03 2020

50mins

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"Con Man Don Wednesday" & Monroe Anderson

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Ben can't believe the amount of support Donald Trump is still getting. It's the Chicago Mayor vs The Fraternal Order of Police. Journalist Monroe Anderson is back to talk Trump, Trump and Trump!

Dec 02 2020

2hr 5mins

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A City Council Synopsis with David Glowacz

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Find out what happened during last week's city council budget vote! Ben and Dave take the deep dive. Let your geek flag fly!

Dec 02 2020

1hr 27mins

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Buyer Beware Tuesday & Who's on the Madigan Bus?

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Question: What's sadder than a MAGA man donating $2.5 million to Trump's defense fund? Answer: that same man suing to get it back. Also--a new Dem jumps aboard the Madigan Bus.

Dec 01 2020

59mins

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BONUS! Actor Pat Whalen

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Comedian/Actor and dear friend of The Ben Joravsky Show, Pat Whalen, returns to talk about his recent Fan Duel commercial.

Nov 30 2020

44mins

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Troy LaRaviere on the politics of Hip Hop

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Troy LaRaviere pays tribute to Ice Cube, while pointing out the fallacies in his admiration fir Trump.

Nov 29 2020

53mins

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Neal Sales-Griffin Talks "City So Real"

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2019 Chicago mayoral candidate Neal Sales-Griffin talks about his run for mayor and weighs in the Steve James documentary "City So Real". Now on Hulu.

Nov 28 2020

47mins

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Free For All Friday: With Ben & Dennis

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Nov 27 2020

40mins

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Let's Talk the 2021 Budget: With Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor

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20th Ward Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor voted no on the Mayor's budget on Tuesday. Hear her thoughts on why and more...

Nov 26 2020

24mins

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Farewell Dinkins Wednesday & The Mayor Does a PSA

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A theatrical review of Mayor Lightfoot’s epic performance in her latest PSA. Plus, A tribute to former New York Mayor David Dinkins, who died this week. Even Republicans have to admit he was far classier than his successor.

Nov 25 2020

1hr 2mins

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Monroe Anderson

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Monroe gets in a few Thanksgiving digs at Trump—the biggest turkey in all the land.

Nov 25 2020

43mins

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The Back Half! Happy Birthday Rahm & Biden Calls Lightfoot!

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Happy Birthday Rahm & Biden Calls Lightfoot!

Nov 25 2020

11mins

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"Trump Surrenders Tuesday" & The Budget Passes

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Is Trump finally ready to concede? The latest on our Illinois Governor and Illinois' Thanksgiving plans. Mayor Lightfoot's budget passes the city council

Nov 24 2020

49mins

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Miles Kampf-Lassin on Cabinet Man Rahm

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In These Times writer Miles Kampf-Lassin on the challenges of being a progressive in Chicago, winning Georgia and why Joe Biden should think twice before putting Rahm in the cabinet.

Nov 24 2020

43mins

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The Back Half! The Budget Breakdown & Go Cubs??

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The Back Half! The Budget Breakdown & Go Cubs?? Who voted how and why. And speaking of whys--why would Mayor Lightfoot give a break to Ricketts & the Cubs?

Nov 24 2020

19mins

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BONUS! Karen Hawkins on journalism, podcasting and erotica

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Meet Karen Hawkins, podcaster, writer, Reader co-publisher and Ben's editor. Among other things.

Nov 23 2020

35mins

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BONUS! Scott Duff on Post Traumatic Trump Syndrome

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Comedian and talk show host Scott Duff wants to know--when will this madness end?

Nov 22 2020

40mins

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BONUS! NBA Draft Special with Miles Porter and Benji Hall

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After Wednesday's NBA draft, Ben, Benji, Miles and Dennis talk the future of the Chicago Bulls and the National Basketball Association

Nov 21 2020

36mins

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The Back Half! November 20th

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Some democratic unity & Mayor Rahm the writer returns

Nov 20 2020

19mins

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The Rummana Rundown with Rummana Hussain

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The Rummana Rundown with Rummana Hussain

Nov 20 2020

42mins

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iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
4
1
1
0

Love the show

By Lefty_less - Mar 05 2020
Read more
Daily downloader. Love to listen on my commute to and from work!

Have missed you on the radio!

By MargaretCal - Mar 16 2019
Read more
So, SO glad this is available as a podcast. Your old station made a bad decision letting you go!