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Firehouse Sessions – Seán Cleland & Jackie Moran


Seán Cleland is an Irish fiddle player, music teacher, producer, and executive director of the Irish Music School of Chicago and has toured and recorded in bands such as Baal Tinne, The Drovers, Bohola, and more. Jackie Moran is a preeminent Bodhrán player in Chicago Irish music, and a founding and driving force of bands such as The Drovers, Comas, …

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Local Live – Jesse Slokum

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Jesse Slokum, a.k.a. Busker 4 Freedom, stops by WFHB to discuss his development as a musician. He plays a few songs that capture a hopeful perspective on society and the skewed perspective of one wearing beer goggles. SONGS 1.) Baby Spoons 2.) Outside Man 3.) Have you Heard? 4.) Beer Goggles Hosted by Frankie Ferrell Engineers: Dan Withered, Cindy Brubaker, …

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Interchange – Eliding History: Jill Lepore on Telling Stories

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Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore joins me in the studio to discuss history and that… 1. Voting used to be fatal! 2. Margaret Sanger tried to steal her sister’s hunger strike. 3. Joe Gould is a Modernist Frat Boy Pin-up. We discuss three of her books: The Story of America: Essays on Origins, her book of …

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General Electric Cuts Retiree Health Care — Workers in Bloomington Protest

Ruth Whitt, right, says she was repeatedly assured she would have health care benefits during her retirement.

Retirees from General Electric demonstrated outside the plant on Curry Pike earlier today. GE has just slashed retirees’ health care benefits. Sandy Turner says she worked in the plant for 29 years before retiring in 2005. Turner told WFHB: “We’re out here in protest of GE breaking their promises (to) the retirees. Over the years we’ve made billions of dollars for this corporation — this …

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Firehouse Sessions – Craig Finn

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On March 16, 2016, singer/songwriter Craig Finn joined us at WFHB for a Firehouse Session in advance of his show that evening at the Bluebird. Craig played three tunes and discussed his transformation from punk rock preacher to vulnerable journeyman. Formerly of The Hold Steady, he was on tour supporting his sophomore solo release, “Faith In The Future.” SONGS 1. …

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Local Live – Lather-Sommer


Lather-Sommer bring their heavy, hallucination-inducing chaos to WFHB’s Local Live! Hosted by Jar Turner Engineered by Jim Lang & Dan Withered Produced by Frankie Farrell Executive Producer is Jim Manion Originally broadcast on March 9, 2016.

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Interchange – Great Heaps of Grain and People (and Diseases): On Being Domesticated by the State

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There seems to have been a massive intellectual and political push lately to frame the state as a clear force for good all in the face fraudulent war, fraudulent economics, and terror-practices–Steven Pinker’s Better Angels, and the American Psychological Association’s deal with the torture devils; Martin Seligman’s cadre of Positive Psychologists telling us to “come on get happy” in the …

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Firehouse Sessions – HoneyHoney

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On March 10th, we enjoyed a delightful in-studio session with HONEYHONEY before their performance at The Bishop. The duo, featuring Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe, released their album “3” last year. Track list: 1. “Whatchya Gonna Do Now” 2. “Yours to Bear” 3. “Big Man” Host: Christine Brackenhoff Engineers: Dan Withered and Jeffrey Morris Producer: Christine Brackenhoff Executive Producer: Jim …

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Interchange – Alfonsina and the Sea

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Considered one of the greatest Argentinian poets of the first half of the 20th century, Alfonsina Storni, along with Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf, was one of the most important feminist voices of her generation. Yet she is virtually unknown in the U.S. while a contemporary “rival,” Jorge Luis Borges is high on the Western academic list of canonized authors. …

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Firehouse Follies – Wizard of Odd

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The WFHB Firehouse Follies spring radio variety extravaganza, “The Wizard of Odd,” featured musical guests Bleu Django, along with the WFHB Gospel Gurlz, the Firehouse Rounders, and storyteller Arbutus Cunningham. We took a trip down the Yellow Brick Road Donald the Scarecrow, Raphael the Tin Man, Bernie the Lion, and, of course, Hillary and her loyal lapdog Bill-Bill. Many adventures were …

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