The Ben Joravsky Show

The Ben Joravsky Show

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The Ben Joravsky Show is a podcast presented by the Chicago Reader and Chicago Sun-Times. The show streams from the Sun-Times’s studios in the West Loop Tuesdays through Fridays between 1 and 3 PM and airs live on the Sun-Times and Reader websites during that time. It is also downloadable after the live stream. The podcast is available on the Reader and Sun-Times sites — and on all other major podcast platforms.


Friday November 15: Monroe Anderson & Mike Nowak (from 11.13.19)
Nov 15 • 60 min
3 legends, one studio. Benny J sits down with legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson & green gardening guru Mike Nowak.
Thursday November 14: With Miles Kampf-Lassin & David Seaton
Nov 14 • 148 min
Brought to you by: The Godfather 2. Mayor Lightfoot still can’t get a deal in Springfield and Ben’s thoughts on her comments on Uber. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin is back to talk progressive politics. WVON Co-Host of Seaton & Buchanan David…
Wednesday November 13: With Monroe Anderson & Mike Nowak
Nov 13 • 134 min
Find out the details of Mayor Lightfoot’s trip to Springfield and today’s City Council meeting. Monroe Anderson talks all things Trump impeachment. Green and environmental guru and host of the Mike Nowak show, Mike Nowak talks ride sharing, Trump and…
Tuesday November 12: With Maya Dukmasova, Laurie Glenn & Juanita Irizarry
Nov 12 • 140 min
The latest updates on all that damn dirty corruption in Illinois and Arroyo-Gate! Mayor Lightfoot goes to Springfield. Maya Dukmasova of the Chicago Reader is back! Denise O’Neal of the Sun-Times talks her latest works. Political consultant Laurie Glenn…
BONUS! Tuesday November 12: The Deep Dive Chronicles 11.1.19 - With Jacob Kaplan and Dan Pogorzelski
Nov 12 • 53 min
The time when The Illinois Political Know it Alls stopped by to talk politics. Arroyo-Gate, the 2020 election and more. This is a Ben Joravsky Show replay from November 1st.
Monday November 11: Ben Joravsky & Peter Cunningham
Nov 11 • 60 min
In case you missed it, political consultant Peter Cunningham stopped by the studio earlier in the week to talk the teachers strike. This is from November 7th 2019
BONUS! Sunday November 10: The Deep Dive Chronicles 9.27.19 - With Meredith Shiner & The Heartland Mamas
Nov 10 • 74 min
The time when The Heartland Mamas, Heidi Henry and Murri Briel with political analyst Meredith Shiner took the deep dive and talked the 2020 election on The Ben Joravsky Show. Benny J gives this interview 5 stars!!!
BONUS! Sunday November 10: Oh What a Week it Was “Illinois Corruption Corner”
Nov 10 • 53 min
Before a brand new week of Chicago and/or Illinois news begins, catch up on the week that was with this Benny J Bonus. More updates on city club-gate. The Mayor and Governor weigh in on all these damn dirty corrupt politicians in Illinois. This is a…
BONUS! Saturday November 9: With Amisha Patel
Nov 9 • 51 min
She’s our favorite grassroots organizer and she is back to talk the teachers strike, Lincoln Yards and the 2020 POTUS election. She’s Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative and Grassroots Illinois Action, Amisha Patel.
Friday November 8: Henry Davis Jr. Returns
Nov 8 • 60 min
No live show today. Benny J has taken a vacation day. So we are playing a BRAND NEW Benny J Bonus interview Henry Davis Jr. was a South Bend, Indiana mayoral candidate and the little brother of CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates
Thursday November 7: With Miles Kampf-Lassin & Peter Cunningham
Nov 7 • 132 min
J.B. at google and Chicago’s top cop retires. “In These Times Writer” Miles Kampf- Lassin is back to talk progressive politics. Political consultant Peter Cunningham goes one on one with Benny J on the teachers strike.
Wednesday November 6: The Deep Dive Chronicles 10.29.19 - “Talking TIFs with Tom Tresser”
Nov 6 • 29 min
The time TIF guru, author and activist Tom Tresser came on the show and took the deep dive with with Ben Joravsky. This is a Benny J replay from October 29 2019
Wednesday November 6: With Monroe Anderson, Adolfo Mondragon & Tony Johnston
Nov 6 • 121 min
Pritzker and Lightfoot weigh in on all this damn Illinois corruption. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson, along with Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon, unpack the latest Trump news and it’s the Benny J Show debut of President of the Cook County…
Tuesday November 5: With Maya Dukmasova, Michelle Kanaar & Terry Cosgrove
Nov 5 • 138 min
Who’s the latest Democratic name to endorse Marie Newman? Is the CTU planning for a 2023 mayoral run? Maya Dukmasova of the Chicago Reader hypes up tonight’s first Tuesday show. Michelle Kanaar of Borderless Magazine talks her “Asylum City” project.…
BONUS! Monday November 4: Oh What a Week it Was “Teachers Cut a Deal & An Arroyo-Gate Update”
Nov 4 • 46 min
Before a new week of Chicago and/or Illinois news begins, catch up on the week that was with this Ben Joravsky Show recap. The Chicago Teachers work out a bargaining agreement with Mayor Lightfoot and the city of Chicago and Luis Arroyo resigns. Download…
BONUS! Monday November 4: With Writer Lee Bey
Nov 4 • 41 min
Lee Bey is a Chicago-based photographer, writer, lecturer, consultant and Architectural critic. His work documents and interprets built environments and the political, social and racial forces that shape spaces and places.
BONUS! Sunday November 3: With Chris Geovanis of the CTU
Nov 3 • 56 min
It’s the Chicago teachers strike 2019 in review with CTU communications chief Chris Geovanis. Why it happened and more on this Benny J bonus interview
BONUS! Saturday November 2: “How is This Legal?” With Ace Attorney Jim Coogan
Nov 2 • 65 min
Legal eagle and Ace Attorney Jim Coogan of Dwyer & Coogan is back to unpack the latest President Trump legal news.
Friday November 1 Hour 1: Life After the Teacher Strike & Rummana Hussain
Nov 1 • 58 min
The teachers and the city of Chicago have cut a deal! Luis Arroyo’s resignation in review and It’s another “Rummana Rundown” With Chicago Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain.
Friday November 1 Hour 2: With Ken Mejia Beal, Jacob Kaplan & Dan Pogorzelski
Nov 1 • 85 min
Illinois State Rep Candidate Ken Mejia-Beal is back to give us an update on his campaign and the Illinois Political know it Alls, Jacob Kaplan and Dan Pogorzelski, talk the 2020 election and Arroyo-Gate
Thursday October 31 Hour 1: Teachers Cut a Deal & Miles Kampf-Lassin
Oct 31 • 62 min
What’s Ben’s Halloween costume? Mayor Lightfoot and The Chicago Teachers Union have finally reached an agreement and “In These Times” writer Miles Kampf-Lassin was with us when the news broke!
Thursday October 31 Hour 2: With Ed Maher & Tony Macaluso
Oct 31 • 67 min
Union Man Ed Maher is back to talk the teachers strike. Remembering Studs Terkel and a Brexit update with Archivist, Brexit expert from across the pond and scholar with Chicago History Museum Tony Macaluso
Wednesday October 30 Part 1: Teachers Strike Day 10 & Monroe Anderson
Oct 30 • 39 min
The teachers are still striking and we have the updates from Lori and the CTU. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson returns from LA to talk all things Trump.
Wednesday October 30 Hour 2: With Atiba Buchanan & Monroe Anderson
Oct 30 • 74 min
Lengendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson and WVON Host Atiba Buchanan talk all things Donald Trump and Chicago teacher Anleeta Buchanan tells us her story!
Tuesday October 29 Part 2: With Tom Tresser & Trump in Chicago with Nicole Cantello
Oct 29 • 59 min
Benny J talks all things TIF’s with activist and author of “Chicago is Not Broke” Tom Tresser and Nicole Cantello of the EPA weighs on talks yesterday’s Chicago Trump rally and MORE.
Tuesday October 29 Part 1: Arroyo-Gate, Teachers Strike Day 9 & Maya Dukmasova
Oct 29 • 67 min
Another week, another shady Illinois politician. Find out who is in trouble now. Updates on Chicago teachers strike day 9 and our Chicago Reader colleague Maya Dukmasova returns to talk the strike.
BONUS! Monday October 28: Oh What a Week it Was “City Club-Gate & A Teachers Strike Update”
Oct 28 • 67 min
A Benny J Show Replay recapping the week that was in Chicago and or Illinois News. The Feds investigate the Chicago City Club and get the details on this week’s Chicago teachers strike. Also attached is the latest episode of “Yeterday’s News” with Pat…
BONUS! Monday October 28: With Conrad Worrill
Oct 28 • 41 min
Conrad Worrill is a writer, educator, activist and former host of the WVON call-in program “On Target” He was involved with the Million Man March & the National Black United Front.
BONUS! Sunday October 27: With Peter Copeland
Oct 27 • 45 min
Peter Copeland is a journalist, author of the book “Finding The News: Adventures of a Young Reporter” and he went to college with Ben Joravsky. Download this Benny J Bonus Interview!
BONUS! Saturday October 26: “City Club-Gate” With Dan Mihalopoulos
Oct 26 • 43 min
Dan Mihalopoulos is an investigative reporter on WBEZ’s Government & Politics Team. He and David McKinney broke the latest story involving the City Club of Chicago being raided by federal investigators. Get the details and download this Benny J BONUS…
Friday October 25: With Rummana Hussain, Jeffrey Howard & Doris Davenport
Oct 25 • 140 min
Pritzker weighs in on City Club-Gate! More updates on the Chicago Teachers strike. Another Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Jeffrey Howard of SEIU Local 73 on joining the teachers union in the strike. Our friend Doris Davenport…
Thursday October 24: Troy LaRaviere Talks the Teachers Strike (from Tuesday October 22)
Oct 24 • 61 min
President of the Chicago Principals Association and former 2019 Mayoral candidate Troy LaRaviere joined us to talk the teachers strike and tells us his POTUS 2020 picks. (this is an interview from Tuesday October 24th)
Thursday October 24: With Miles Kampf-Lassin & Ken Davis
Oct 24 • 136 min
Day 6 of the Chicago Teachers Union strike in review. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin is back to talk the strike and progressive politics. Former host of “Chicago Newsroom” Kenny D, Ken Davis talks all things Mayor Lightfoot’s budget address
Wednesday October 23: With Pat Whalen, Lavonte Stewart & Marie Newman
Oct 23 • 123 min
Mayor Lightfoot’s budget address and the Chicago teachers protest at City Hall. Actor/Comedian and Host of the “Yesterday’s News” podcast Pat Whalen talks all things Trump. Lavonte Stewart weighs in on the teacher turmoil and sticks up for the mayor and…
BONUS! Wednesday October 23: “NBA Season Predictions” With Joe Cowley, Sergio Vicente & Benji the Bookie
Oct 23 • 49 min
Ben Joravsky loves the National Basketball Association. Listen as Ben, along with Host of the Fight Podcast Sergio Vicente, Sun-Times Bulls Writer Joe Cowley and Benji the Bookie make their Chicago Bulls/NBA 2020 season predictions. MVP, Rookie of the…
Tuesday October 22: The Lost Jeanette Taylor Interview (from October 18)
Oct 22 • 44 min
Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor was our guest Friday October 18th 2019 and due to technical difficulties, her interview wasn’t posted. Have no fear, Jeanette’s interview is here. Hear her candid thoughts on the teachers strike and the 2020 race. You do not…
Tuesday October 22: With Maya Dukmasova & Troy LaRaviere
Oct 22 • 128 min
Pritzker’s billion dollar transportation plan. Chicago Teacher strike day 6 in review. Maya Dukmasova of the Chicago Reader is back to talk the strike and why she can’t stand Mayor Pete. Troy LaRaviere returns to weigh in on the strike and the 2020 race!
BONUS! October 21: With Teacher Tim Tuten
Oct 21 • 41 min
Tim Tuten is the co-owner of the Hideout Inn and is a member of the CTU. Listen to Tim talk the teachers strike.
BONUS! Sunday October 20: Tackling TIFs on the CTU Speaks! Podcast
Oct 20 • 42 min
CTU Speaks! is a monthly podcast by rank-and-file educators in Chicago Public Schools and our host Ben Joravsky was their latest guest. Ben talks with them about the teachers strike and they speak with him about tax increment financing (TIFs). The show is…
BONUS! Saturday October 19: “Sons of Chicago” With Sam Royko & Jeffrey Orr
Oct 19 • 35 min
Sam Royko is the son of legendary Chicago writer Mike Royko and Jeffrey Orr is the son of Chicago former Alderman and Cook County Clerk David Orr. The two of them have put together a podcast and you can hear all about it by downloading this Benny J bonus…
Friday October 18: With Rummana Hussain, David Faris & Jeanette Taylor
Oct 18 • 147 min
Teacher strike day 2 in review. Another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Professor and Author David Faris returns to talk Trump and the 2020 election and 20th Ward Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor gives us one hell of an interview
Thursday October 17: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Jeff Johnson & Brandon Johnson
Oct 17 • 144 min
Chicago teachers are on strike and we talk about it. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin is back to talk the strike and progressive politics. Union Man/pension guru Jeff Johnson and a teacher strike update with Cook County Board Commissioner and…
Wednesday October 16: With Atiba Buchanan, David Seaton, Sameena Mustafa & Candis Castillo
Oct 16 • 150 min
Mayor Lightfoot’s teachers strike press conference in review. Does the Governor have beef with Lightfoot? Hosts of Humanity in the Headlines Atiba Buchanan and David Seaton are filling in for Monroe Anderson to talk Trump, Trump and more Trump. Activist…
Tuesday October 15: With Maya Dukmasova Marc Sims & Alderman Matt Martin
Oct 15 • 133 min
Yes, there is still a teachers strike looming. The latest update on Senator Martin Sandoval. Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader weighs in on Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s interview with Lori Lightfoot. Marc Sims returns to talk the 2020 race and 47th…
BONUS! Monday October 14: Oh What a Week it Was “So Long Sandoval & Yay for our Teachers!”
Oct 14 • 47 min
It’s a Ben Joravsky Show recap on last week’s Chicago and/or Illinois news. Another update on Senator Martin Sandoval, another episode of “A Mayor and Her Aldermen” and the latest on the looming Chicago Teachers strike.
BONUS! Monday October 14: With Defense Attorney April Preyar
Oct 14 • 59 min
April Preyar is the co-owner and partner of the Shiller Preyar Law Offices, a boutique firm in Chicago, specializing in immigration, criminal defense, police misconduct and election law. April is also the creator of “Trials & Triumph” A new board game…
BONUS! Sunday October 13: With Neill Mohammad
Oct 13 • 68 min
Neill Mohammad is a healthcare expert, political scientist, former jeopardy contestant and a dear friend of the Ben Joravsky Show . Listen as he talks impeachment, the 2020 race and MORE!
BONUS! Saturday October 12: With Joe Cowley
Oct 12 • 47 min
Sun-Times Bulls writer Joe Cowley returns to the studio to talk Ben’s beloved Chicago Bulls and the upcoming season.
Friday October 11: With Rummana Hussain, Peter Janko & Tom Schuba
Oct 11 • 142 min
Mayor Lightfoot’s latest budget idea and YES there is still a teachers strike looming. Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain joins us for another Rummana Rundown. 14th congressional democratic committeeman Peter Janko talks Trump in McHenry County and…
Thursday October 10: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Pat Quinn & Andrea Raila
Oct 10 • 133 min
Senator Martin Sandoval WHAT DID YOU DO?? “”In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin is back to talk progressive politics. Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn weighs on his latest lawsuit against the city and property tax guru Andrea Raila returns to talk…
Wednesday: October 9: With Robert Herguth, Sergio Mims & Carlos Ballesteros
Oct 9 • 133 min
Which City Council member is featured in the latest “A Mayor and Her Aldermen” episode? More updates on the potential Chicago teachers strike. Cigar stores and more with Sun-Times FBI Files creator Robert Herguth. Director of the Black Harvest Film…
Tuesday October 8: Stacy Davis-Gates of The Chicago Teachers Union (interview only)
Oct 8 • 43 min
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.
Tuesday October 8: With Maya Dukmasova, Adolfo Mondragon & Stacy Davis-Gates
Oct 8 • 139 min
More updates on the looming Chicago teachers strike and some positive political poll numbers for Illinois. Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader returns to talk her new “First Tuesday” gig. Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon weighs in on all things local…
BONUS! Monday October 7: Oh, What a Week it Was “Pritzker Saves Lincoln & Yay For Our Teachers!”
Oct 7 • 37 min
Before a new week of Chicago and/or Illinois news begins, catch up on the week that was with Ben Joravsky. This week’s episode also features Ben’s thoughts on Rahm Emanuel’s latest Washington Post column.
BONUS! Monday October 7: “A Bernie Sanders Update” Special with Miles Kampf-Lassin & Micah Uetricht
Oct 7 • 62 min
Miles Kampf-Lassin is a Writer for “In These Times” Magazine and Micah Uetricht is a Writer for Jacobin Magazine.
BONUS! Sunday October 6: “A Chicago Teachers Update” With Andrea Parker
Oct 6 • 45 min
Andrea Parker is a teacher and host of the “CTU Speaks!” Podcast. Hear her thoughts on the looming teachers strike in Chicago.
BONUS! Saturday October 5: “The Trump Files” With Ace Attorney Jim Coogan
Oct 5 • 55 min
Impeachment inquiry, whistleblower-gate, Joe Biden and Ukraine HOW IS ANY OF THIS LEGAL?? Attorney Jim Coogan of Dwyer and Coogan provides us with an answer.
Friday October 4: With Rummana Hussain, Kina Collins & The Illinois Political Know it Alls
Oct 4 • 145 min
Home Improvement Pritzker? Mental health drama in City Hall between our Mayor and her Aldermen. It’s another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Congressional candidate Kina Collins returns to talk her race. Jacob Kaplan AKA The…
Thursday October 3: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Ed Maher & State Rep Chris Welch
Oct 3 • 120 min
More updates on the looming Chicago teachers strike and Rahm’s latest piece in the Washington Post. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin gives us a Bernie update. Union Man Ed Maher talks apprentice programs and Trump. Illinois State Rep Chris Welch…
Wednesday October 2: With Monroe Anderson, Pat Whalen & Robert Peters
Oct 2 • 131 min
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…
Tuesday October 1: With Maya Dukmasova, Amisha Patel & Carlos Ramirez Rosa
Oct 1 • 125 min
J.B. Pritzker saves Abraham Lincoln & more updates on the potential Chicago Teachers strike. Former Alderman John Arena’s latest endeavor and bye-bye library fines with Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader! Amisha Patel of Grassroots Collaborative weighs…
BONUS! Monday September 30: Oh, What a Week it Was “A Teacher Strike Looming & The Sandoval Shakedown”
Sep 30 • 31 min
The Ben Joravsky Show is a podcast presented by the Chicago Reader and Chicago Sun-Times. The show streams from the Sun-Times’s studios in the West Loop Tuesdays through Fridays between 1 and 3 PM and airs live on the Sun-Times and Reader websites during…
BONUS! Monday September 30: “Will Their Be a Teachers Strike?” With Dan Montgomery
Sep 30 • 47 min
Dan Montgomery is the President and Chief Operation Officer of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.
BONUS! Sunday September 29: For 10 Trivia Points: The Chicago Reader vs The Chicago Sun Times
Sep 30 • 44 min
It’s last week’s news in review mixed with an absurd amount of absurd trivia. Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain goes one on one against Theater columnist Kerry Reid.
BONUS! Sunday September 29: Banned Books Week with Deborah Caldwell Stone
Sep 29 • 51 min
Deborah Caldwell Stone is a Deputy Director of the American Library Association. Find out which 11 children’s books have been banned in 2019!
BONUS! Saturday September 28: With Dan Savage
Sep 28 • 36 min
Dan Savage is an American author, media pundit, journalist, and LGBT community activist. He writes Savage Love, an internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column
Friday September 27: With Rummana Hussain, Meredith Shiner & The Heartland Mamas
Sep 27 • 140 min
Will The Chicago Teachers Union go on strike? Another Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Political Analyst Meredith Shiner talks the 2020 election and The Heartland Mamas, Heidi Henry and Murri Briel are back!
Thursday September 26: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Don Villar & Nicole Johnson
Sep 26 • 141 min
Did Alderwoman Sue Garza keep it too real at this week’s CTU rally? Rahm weighs in on Trump impeachment. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf Lassin returns to talk progressive politics. Union man and Radio pro Don Villar of The Chicago Federation of Labor…
Wednesday September 25: With Monroe Anderson, Atiba Buchanan & Kelly Kean
Sep 25 • 125 min
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.…
Tuesday September 24: With Maya Dukmasova & Alderman Ray Lopez
Sep 24 • 87 min
Mayor Lightfoot’s popularity is through the roof (according to her latest memo) Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader is back and Alderman Ray Lopez (15th) talks life under Lori Lightfoot
BONUS! Monday September 23: Oh, What a Week it Was “A Mayor and her Aldermen & Budget Town Hall #3”
Sep 23 • 28 min
Wednesday’s City Council showdown between Mayor Lightfoot, Aldermen Lopez and Alderman Beale. What happened at Mayor Lightfoot’s Thursday Budget Townhall meeting on the Southeast side? (this is a Ben Joravsky Show replay)
BONUS! Monday September 23: With Pete Cunningham
Sep 23 • 70 min
Pete Cunningham is the founder of Education Post and serves on its board. He served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne…
BONUS! Sunday September 22: With Robert Herguth
Sep 22 • 53 min
Sun-Times investigative reporter, Herguth, takes the deep dive into the FBI files of prominent Chicagoans in politics, the church, the media and on the left.
BONUS! Saturday September 21: With Maudlyne Ihejirika
Sep 21 • 60 min
Maudlyne Ihejirika—an award-winning Sun-Times reporter & columnist—talks about moving to America from Africa in the late 1960s, and growing up in Chicago, including her early years in South Commons with the Soloway sisters—Jill & Faith.
Friday September 20: With Rummana Hussain, Terry Cosgrove, Cecile Richards & Doris Davenport
Sep 20 • 143 min
Mayor Lightfoot’s Southeast side budget Town Hall in review. It’s another Rummana Rundown Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain, Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards talk their upcoming event. Radio Host Doris Davenport…
Thursday September 19: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Jeff Johnson, David Feller & Jaime Andrade
Sep 19 • 142 min
The rumble at Wednesday’s city council meeting and the Aldermanic prerogative talk begins. Progressive political talk with “In These Times” writer Miles Kampf-Lassin. Pension talk with union man and pension guru Jeff Johnson of IBEW Local 9 & the…
Wednesday September 18: With Monroe Anderson, Sergio Vicente & Maureen O’Donnell
Sep 18 • 134 min
Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District race is heating up! AOC rips Rahm Emanuel. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson & Host of The Fight Podcast Sergio Vicente talk Trump and the 2020 election. Chicago Sun-Times Obituary Editor Maureen O’Donnell…
Tuesday September 17: With Maya Dukmasova, David Roeder & Ken Mejia-Beal
Sep 17 • 118 min
Mayor Lightfoot cracks down on vaping. Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader returns to talk cancel culture. Sun-Times Writer David Roeder weighs in on his latest work. 42nd District State Rep candidate Ken Mejia-Beal makes his Benny J Show debut!
BONUS! Monday September 16: Oh, What a Week it Was “Rahm on ABC”
Sep 16 • 39 min
Rahm Emanuel is no longer Mayor of Chicago (thank god) and is now a talking head for ABC. Listen as we recap his appearance on ABC’s “This Week” and his pundit performance from Thursday’s democratic POTUS debate. This is a Benny J edited replay
BONUS! Monday September 16: “2020 Post Debate Special” With Sameena Mustafa & Litesa Wallace
Sep 15 • 78 min
With debate 3 in the books, we brought political analyst/activist Sameena Mustafa and former Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate Litesa Wallace in our studio to unpack it all. Who won, who lost and who has the best Bernie Sanders impression? Find out and…
BONUS! Sunday September 15: “The Jeffrey Epstein Deep Dive” With Attorney Len Goodman
Sep 15 • 62 min
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.
BONUS! Saturday September 14: With Kerry Reid
Sep 14 • 38 min
Kerry Reid is the theater and dance editor for the Chicago Reader
Friday September 13: With Rummana Hussain, Robert Martwick, Vaughn Bryant & Frank Perez
Sep 13 • 142 min
Which candidate’s Kool-Aid is Ben Joravsky drinking after last night’s debate? Why was Rahm Emanuel there? Another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Activists Vaughn Bryant and Frank Perez make their Benny J Show debut. Illinois…
Thursday September 12: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Charise Williams & Ismael Cuevas
Sep 12 • 141 min
Ben talks the latest in the Lincoln Yards deal. Will Anne Burke’s new position help her indicted husband? In These Times Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin talks tonight’s debate. Charise Williams and Don Villar of the Chicago Federation of Labor join us. Ismael…
Wednesday September 11: “Rahm for President?” With Monroe Anderson & Pat Whalen
Sep 11 • 88 min
The Tribune’s Rahm Emanuel column is a doozy. Lori talks police overtime and meets with the CTU. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson returns to unpack the Trump news. Comedian/Actor Pat Whalen delivers his five most absurd Trump Tweets
Tuesday September 10: With Maya Dukmasova, Vanessa Buenger & Lavonte Stewart
Sep 10 • 137 min
Ben’s take on Rahm Emanuel’s Sunday appearance on ABC (Surprise! He wasn’t a fan) Maya Dukmasova of the Chicago Reader returns. Chicago Ideas week is coming and Vanessa Buenger is talks the lineup. An incredible interview with Community Activist Lavonte…
BONUS! Monday September 9: Oh, What a Week it Was “Translating Lori”
Sep 9 • 38 min
Ben is in the “dog house” after his latest Chicago Reader Column on the Mayor and a Lori Lightfoot Budget Town Hall in review. (This is an edited replay of the Ben Joravsky Show)
BONUS! Monday September 9: Defending Lori Lightfoot With Laurie Glenn and Juanita Irizarry
Sep 9 • 60 min
After Ben’s latest Chicago Reader column “Translating Lori” Thinkinc. political strategist Laurie Glenn and Juanita Irizarry of Friends of the Parks come into the studio to defend the Mayor.
BONUS! Sunday September 8: With Senator Robert Peters
Sep 8 • 63 min
Robert Peters is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate for the 13th district. The Chicago-based district includes all or parts of East Side, Hyde Park, Kenwood, South Chicago, South Shore, and Woodlawn. Peters took office on January 6, 2019 to…
BONUS! Saturday September 7: With Attorney Clinton Krislov
Sep 7 • 63 min
Hear from a man who has taken the city of Chicago to court on more than one occasion. From the parking meter deal to his latest suit. Attorney Clint Krizlov takes the deep dive with Benny J in this Ben Joravsky BONUS interview
Friday September 6: With Rummana Hussain, David Seaton & Jacob Kaplan
Sep 6 • 143 min
Will Lori call back Toni? With election season underway, we get to know a few of the 2020 Illinois candidates. Chappelle, Smollet and more with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Co-Host of Humanity in the Headlines David Seaton unpacks the latest Trump…
Thursday September 5: With Miles Kampf-Lassin & Andrea Raila
Sep 5 • 142 min
Mayor Lightfoot’s budget town hall meeting in review. Ben gives his Bears game predictions. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf Lassin talks Popeye’s and progressive values. A property tax tutorial with property tax guru Andrea Raila.
Wednesday September 4: With Atiba Buchanan & David Hochberg
Sep 4 • 104 min
Ben is playing in pain after a visit to the doctor. Lightfoot vs Ted Cruz Round 2. Alleged unity between Springfield and Chicago? An Illinois reefer update. Host of Humanity in the Headlines Atiba Buchanan talks the latest Trump news and Mortgage Man…
Tuesday September 3: With Maya Dukmasova & Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
Sep 3 • 130 min
Lightfoot rips Ted Cruz and Willie Wilson’s latest endeavor. Our Chicago Reader colleague Maya Dukmasova returns and 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa talks 100 days of Lori Lightfoot, the mayor’s budget spech and more.
BONUS! Monday September 2: Oh, What a Week it Was…(Last week in review)
Sep 2 • 42 min
Before a new week of Chicago and/or Illinois news begins on The Ben Joravsky Show, recap the last one with Ben and Dennis. in this episode, it’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s self published list of achievements in her first 100 days as Mayor AND a recap of her…
BONUS! Monday September 2: With Niketa Brar, Anton Seals Jr. & Andy Kang
Sep 2 • 67 min
Andy Kang is Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Anton Seals Jr. is the Executive Director at Grow Greater Englewood. Niketa serves as the founding executive director of Chicago United for Equity. If you love Chicago politics and are…
BONUS! Sunday September 1: With Ace Attorney Jim Coogan
Sep 1 • 57 min
He’s the Ace Attorney form Dwyer and Coogan. He’s Jim Coogan! Jim takes the deep dive with Ben to talk Epstein and unpack all of the President’s legal woes.
BONUS! Saturday August 31: With Chris Fusco
Aug 31 • 41 min
It’s a “State of the Sun-Times” address with Chicago Sun-Times Editor in Chief Chris Fusco. Smollet-Gate, Sports Saturday, Mayor Lightfoot’s first 100 days and more! (this was recorded August 29, right before Lightfoot’s state of the city address)
Friday August 30: With Rummana Hussain, Terry Cosgrove & Del Marie Cobb
Aug 30 • 142 min
Mayor Lightfoot’s “State of the City” address in review. Another Rummana Rundown with Chicago Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove returns. Legendary political strategist Del Marie Cobb talks Lori’s speech, Bernie and the rest…
Thursday August 29: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Kim Oritz & Sergio Mims
Aug 29 • 124 min
Is Illinois slowly climbing out of debt? A Lori Lightfoot State of the City Address preview. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin talks chicken sandwiches and Bernie Sanders. Labor and Union talk with Kim Ortiz of the Illinois Operating Engineers…
Wednesday August 28: With Monroe Anderson, Micah Uetricht & Brandon Johnson
Aug 28 • 140 min
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…
Tuesday August 27: With Adolfo Mondragon, Marc Sims & Tom Shepherd
Aug 27 • 133 min
Another day, another bill signed by J.B. Pritzker. Lori Lightfoot mentions pensions and our mayoral report card continues. Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon is back to talk Madigan and more. Our good friend and host of “Just a Few Questions” Marc Sims is…
BONUS! Monday August 26: With Laurie Glenn
Aug 26 • 53 min
Laurie R. Glenn is founder, president and CEO of Thinkinc., a Chicago-based international strategic public affairs and political consulting firm specializing in policy issues. With more than 40 years of political consulting and public affairs experience
BONUS! Sunday August 25: With Sun-Times Columnist Phil Kadner
Aug 25 • 55 min
Phil Kadner grew up on the Southwest Side of Chicago. He has received the Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop, lifetime achievement and ethics awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the James Craven Award for freedom of information…
BONUS! Saturday August 24: With Meredith Shiner & Joanna Klonsky
Aug 24 • 64 min
Meredith Shiner is a former correspondent for Politico, Roll Call and Yahoo News. She is currently a communications professional based in Chicago. Joanna Klonsky is a political strategist and worked for the Lori Lightfoot mayoral campaign.
Friday August 23: A Love Letter to Chicago Journalism with Ken Davis, Mick Dumke, Rummana Hussain & Monroe Anderson
Aug 23 • 140 min
Yes. Pritzker signed another bill. A legal marijuana update. Grading Lori Lightfoot’s first 100 days and MORE from the Chicago Reader and their “Love Letter to Chicago Journalism” Streaming Telethon.
Thursday August 22 With Miles-Kampf Lassin, Jeff Johnson & David Roeder
Aug 22 • 131 min
Pritzker signs a bill for Illinois teachers and dodges the Madigan question. Lori’s post-vacation meeting with the CTU is coming soon. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin weighs in on Biden vs Bernie. IBEW Union Man Jeff Johnson talks pensions and…
Wednesday August 21: With Monroe Anderson, Candis Castillo & Doris Davenport
Aug 21 • 136 min
Lightfoot is still on vacation. Pritzker signs more legislation. Mayor Pete comes to Chicago. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson returns to talk Trump, Trump and Trump. Political Strategist Candis Castillo on the 2020 race and Mayor Lightfoot’s…
Tuesday August 20: Ben is Back! With Adolfo Mondragon, Amisha Patel & Mystery Guest
Aug 20 • 128 min
Dorothy Brown is stepping down and here come the candidates. Pritzker’s office renovation. Uber is coming to Chicago. Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon is back to talk all things local politics. Our favorite Grassroots Organizer Amisha Patel is back with…
Monday August 19: A Benny J Replay! With Willie Wilson and Monroe Anderson
Aug 19 • 33 min
Our interview from August 7, 2019 with former Chicago Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson and Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson!
Friday August 16: With Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez
Aug 16 • 61 min
Byron Sigcho-Lopez is a Chicago politician and community activist. He is the alderman of Chicago’s 25th ward, having taken office as a member of the Chicago City Council in May 2019 (This is a Benny J Replay)
Thursday August 15: With Jaime Andrade Jr. & David Feller
Aug 15 • 74 min
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)
Wednesday August 14: With Mark Bazer
Aug 14 • 65 min
Mark Bazer is the Host, Creator and Executive Producer of “The Interview Show” on WTTW Chicago PBS. (This is a Benny J Replay)
Tuesday August 13: With Henry Davis Jr Part 2
Aug 13 • 58 min
Henry Davis Jr. is back to take the deep dive with Benny J! He’s a former city Councilman in South Bend Indiana, he ran for Mayor against 2020 POTUS candidate Peter Buttigieg in 2015 and he is the brother of CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates
BONUS! Monday August 12: With Neill Mohammad Part 2
Aug 12 • 71 min
Neill and Ben talk the myths of the 2020 election cycle. Neill Mohammad is a healthcare expert and political scientist.
BONUS! Sunday August 11: With Aaron Cohen
Aug 11 • 48 min
Aaron Cohen is the author of Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power (University of Chicago Press) and Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ (Bloomsbury). He teaches humanities, journalism and English composition at City Colleges of Chicago.…
BONUS! Saturday August 10: With Annie Costabile and Madeline Kenney
Aug 10 • 26 min
Annie Costabile and Madeline Kenney are hosts of the Chicago Sun-Times “Catching Up With Costabile & Kenney” podcast. They discuss trending topics in Chicago sports and beyond. The duo examines women’s sports and the adversities female athletes face.
Friday August 9: With Rummana Hussain, Jacob Kaplan & Dan Pogorzelski
Aug 9 • 139 min
Lightfoot’s new budget plan. Pritzker’s new gambling guru. Blago and Trump Chapter 2! Another Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. The Illinois Political Know it Alls Jacob Kaplan and Dan Pogorzelski return to talk the 2020 election.
Thursday August 8: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Jake Lewis & Ismael Cuevas
Aug 8 • 138 min
Will Trump commute the sentence of Rod Blagojevich? Kim Foxx has her first State’s Attorney’s primary challenger. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf Lassin returns to talk Bernie and MORE. Jake Lewis of the Chicago Federation of Labor returns to worker’s…
Wednesday August 7: With Monroe Anderson, Dr. Willie Wilson & Pat Whalen
Aug 7 • 141 min
Lori blasts Ivanka Trump. Downstaters still want to divide Illinois. The Illinois State Fair Butter Cow?? Legendary Journalist Monroe Anderson is back to talk Trump. Former Chicago Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson talk reparations. It’s the Ben Joravsky…
Tuesday August 6: With Maya Dukmasova, Marjorie Fritz-Birch & David Glowacz
Aug 6 • 145 min
Pritzker signs more bills. Lightfoot wants more security for Lollapalooza. Another Chicago alligator story? Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader returns. Margie Fritz-Birch of the Edgewater Historical Society and Mr Bike David Glowacz is back.
BONUS! Monday August 5: With Kari Lydersen
Aug 5 • 43 min
Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter, author and lecturer in the journalism graduate program at Northwestern University, where she heads the Social Justice & Investigative specialization.
BONUS! Sunday August 4: A “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Review with Sergio Mims, Chris Buddy and Christopher Adams
Aug 4 • 69 min
Sergio Mims is the Director of The Black Harvest Film Festival. Chris Buddy and Christopher Adams are both film Directors.
BONUS! Saturday August 3: With Sameena Mustafa, Atiba Buchanan & David Seaton
Aug 3 • 79 min
Activist and personality Samena Mustafa joins hosts of “Humanity in the Headlines” Atiba Buchanan and David Seaton to unpack the issues of the democratic party, the democratic presidential candidates and the democratic issues leading into the 2020…
Friday August 2: With Rummana Hussain, Jim Coogan & Anleeta Buchanan
Aug 2 • 137 min
Ben riffs on the latest TIF deal. Lori Lightfoot and Lollapalooza. Pritzker signs another bill. The Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Ace Attorney Jim Coogan unpacks Trump’s legal woes. Special Education Teacher Anleeta Buchanan.
Thursday August 1: Debate Night 2! With Brianna Wellen, Ryan Kelly & Doris Davenport
Aug 1 • 160 min
Rahm returns to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Brianna Wellen of The Chicago Reader makes her Ben Joravsky Show debut. Union Man Ryan Kelly returns. A 2020 Democratic Debate Round 2 Night 2 in review with Radio Host Doris Davenport
Wednesday July 31: Debate Night! With Monroe Anderson, Mike Nowak & Sergio Mims
Jul 31 • 142 min
2020 Democratic Debate Round 2 Night 1 in review with Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson, Radio Host and Gardening guru Mike Nowak & Director of the Black Harvest Film Festival Sergio Mims
Tuesday July 30: With Rachel Joravsky, Danielle Degrasse Alston, Amisha Patel, Gaylon Alcarez & Mystery Guest
Jul 30 • 142 min
BONUS! Monday July 29: With Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez
Jul 29 • 61 min
Byron Sigcho-Lopez is a Chicago politician and community activist. He is the alderman of Chicago’s 25th ward, having taken office as a member of the Chicago City Council in May 2019
BONUS! Sunday July 28: With Mark Bazer
Jul 28 • 65 min
Mark Bazer is the Host, Creator and Executive Producer of “The Interview Show” on WTTW (Chicago PBS)
BONUS! Saturday July 27th: With Richard Steele
Jul 27 • 66 min
Richard Steele has worked in radio for 47 years, including the past 27 years at WBEZ-FM
Friday July 26: With Rummana Hussain, Ken Davis & John Gleason Teske
Jul 26 • 141 min
Democrats discuss impeachment. Lori Lightfoot is not so great with apologies. Lightfoot’s Chicago Tonight interview. Another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Former Chicago Newsroom host Ken Davis returns. it’s the Ben Joravsky…
The Missing BONUS Interview! July 15: With Senator Toi Hutchinson & Terry Cosgrove
Jul 25 • 52 min
Reproductive rights, how to beat Donald Trump and Confederate Railroad Gate with Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove.
Thursday July 25: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Ed Maher, Nicole Cantello & Loreen Targos
Jul 25 • 124 min
Democrats figure out their post Mueller testimony plan. Which 2020 POTUS candidate spends the most on private jets? “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin talks Mueller and the upcoming debate. Union man Ed Maher on the Fair Work Week. Nicole Cantello…
Wednesday July 24th: The Mueller Testimony With Monroe Anderson, David Faris & Maureen O’Donnell
Jul 24 • 138 min
Mueller Testimony, Mueller Testimony and Mueller Testimony talk with Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson and Professor/Author David Faris. Wednesday’s city council meeting spells more bad news for Alderman Ed Burke. Sun Times Obituary Writer…
Tuesday July 23: With Maya Dukmasova, Derrick Clifton & Andrea Raila
Jul 23 • 140 min
Trump continues to troll “The Squad” and we’re less than 24 hours from Mueller’s testimony. Mayor Lightfoot’s ticket debt relief plan. Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader returns to talk Trump supporters. It’s the Ben Joravsky Show debut of Journalist…
BONUS! Monday July 22: With Jaime Andrade & Dave Feller
Jul 22 • 74 min
Jaime Andrade Jr is serving as State Representative of Illinois’ 40th Legislative District. Dave Feller is a Chicago Democratic Political Operative
BONUS! Sunday July 21: With Michael Dorf & George Van Dusen
Jul 21 • 69 min
Michael Dorf and George Van Dusen are the authors of the book “Clear It With Sid!: Sidney Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism and Public Service”
BONUS! Saturday July 20: With Dan Weissmann
Jul 20 • 45 min
Dan Weissmann is a radio producer and reporter in Chicago. He has won awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, column writing, and for producing and hosting live radio. Dan is currently the host of “An Arm and a Leg” a podcast about the cost…
Friday July 19: With Rummana Hussain, D’Frantz Smart, Sergio Vicente & Tony Thedford
Jul 19 • 139 min
The 2020 Democratic POTUS candidate debate rosters are out! Trump “disavows” his supporters. Another Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Chicago basketball legend D’Frantz Smart and host of The Fight Podcast Sergio Vicente return to…
Thursday July 18: With Leor Galil & Jeff Johnson
Jul 18 • 127 min
Donald Trump’s stupid rally. Lori Lightfoot’s 5 locations for a Chicago casino. Chicago Reader music Writer Leor Galil talks this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival and Union Man/Pension Guru Jeff Johnson talks casino law, Mayor Lightfoot, pensions and…
Wednesday July 17: With Monroe Anderson, Atiba Buchanan & Laurie Glenn
Jul 17 • 135 min
Trump vs The Squad continued. Alligator Bob has officially been thrown under the bus. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson & Host of Humanity in the Headlines Atiba Buchanan unpack all the Trump news and Political Strategist Laurie Glenn talks The…
Tuesday July 16: With Adolfo Mondragon, Erika Wozniak, Tom Shepherd & Jerry Brown
Jul 16 • 132 min
Trump vs The Squad. That damn alligator is out of the lagoon. Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon gets candid. Co-Host of the Girl Talk Erika Wozniak on Trump and MORE and The South Side Political Know it Alls return to talk the news of the day, Alderman…
BONUS! Monday July 15: With Terry Cosgrove & Senator Toi Hutchinson
Jul 15 • 152 min
Reproductive rights, how to beat Donald Trump and Confederate Railroad Gate with Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove.
BONUS! Sunday July 14: With “The Political Love Couple” Kitty Kurth and Kevin Lampe
Jul 14 • 68 min
Kitty Kurth and Kevin Lampe are from Chicago and are international public affairs experts. They are currently working on the 2020 Presidential campaign of Marianne Williamson.
BONUS! Saturday July 13: With ProPublica Reporter Jason Grotto
Jul 13 • 58 min
Benny J chats with Jason about property taxes and casinos in Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago, ProPublica Illinois reporter Jason Grotto specializes in quantitative analysis, using databases, statistics and mapping to ferret out corruption, negligence…
Friday July 12: With Rummana Hussain, The Heartland Mamas & Doris Davenport
Jul 12 • 152 min
Bye, Alex Acosta! That gator is STILL in the lagoon! Sun Times Editor Rummana Hussain talks Epstein. Host of “The Doris Davenport Show” Doris Davenport and “The Heartland Mamas” Heidi Heny and Murri Briel talk Clinton, Biden, Epstein and so much more.
Thursday July 11: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Jake Lewis & Ismael Cuevas
Jul 11 • 130 min
That gator is still in the lagoon. Ed burke and his “burner” phones. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin talks Gator-Gate and more. Jake Lewis of The Chicago Federation of Labor returns to talks Epstein and Janus. It’s the Ben Joravsky Show debut…
Wednesday July 10: With Monroe Anderson, Sameena Mustafa & Micah Uetricht
Jul 10 • 143 min
An Alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon? Confederate Railroad banned from the Illinois State Fair. Legendary Chicago journalist Monroe Anderson returns. Activist Sameena Mustafa is back and Jacobin Writer Micah Uetricht talks local and national politics.
Tuesday July 9: With Maya Dukmasova, Marj Halperin & Jim Coogan
Jul 9 • 137 min
Trump is being Trump. Alderwoman Carrie Austin is a big spender. Our first Democratic Presidential candidate drops out of the race. Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader returns. Indivisible Activist Marj Halperin joins Ace Attorney Jim Coogan talk all…
BONUS! Monday July 8: With Comptroller Susana Mendoza
Jul 8 • 49 min
Former 2019 Chicago Mayoral Candidate and Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza sits down with Benny J to talk the gas tax, recreational marijuana, Mayor Lightfoot and more.
BONUS! Sunday July 7: With Bhaskar Sunkara
Jul 7 • 47 min
Bhaskar Sunkara is an American political writer. He is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin Magazine and Author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality
BONUS! Saturday July 6: With Chicago Bulls Writer Joe Cowley
Jul 6 • 35 min
In acknowledgement of all of Ben Joravsky’s hard work, Producer Dennis decided to temporarily lift his ban on sports conversation and let him talk about his beloved Chicago Bulls with Sun-Times Bulls beat writer Joe Cowley.
July 5: A Benny J. Replay with Monroe Anderson & Rickey Hendon (from June 12 2019)
Jul 5 • 132 min
Bill Daley goes to Wall Street and more of your Obama Center location suggestions. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson returns and It’s one hell of an interview with former State Senator Rickey Hendon.
Wednesday July 3: With Monroe Anderson & Atiba Buchanan
Jul 3 • 137 min
Trump’s stupid parade again and democratic candidate poll-palooza! A celebration and shout out to Illinois State Rep Kelly Cassidy (AKA Wonder Woman) Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson & Host of “Humanity in the Headlines” Atiba Buchanan.
Tuesday July 2: With Maya Dukmasova, Mike Nowak & Andrew Schneider
Jul 2 • 140 min
Trump’s stupid parade. The Illinois gas and cigarette tax. Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader talks last week’s debates. Gardening Guru and radio host Mike Nowak talks politics and parks. Preservationist Andrew Schneider shares some Chicago history.
BONUS! Monday July 1: First Monday with Investigative Reporter Mick Dumke
Jul 1 • 50 min
Ben’s First Tuesday Co-Host and ProPublica investigative Reporter Mick Dumke talks marijuana legalization. First Tuesday is every first Tuesday of the month LIVE at the Hideout 6:30pm 1354 W. Wabansia
BONUS! Sunday June 30: With Senator Toi Hutchinson & State Rep. Jehan Gordon Booth
Jun 30 • 63 min
Recreational marijuana legalization, reproductive rights, gaming legislation and more with Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson and Illinois State Representative Jehan Gordon Booth.
BONUS! Saturday June 29: With Andy Grimm
Jun 29 • 77 min
Andy Grimm is a Chicago Sun-Times Reporter who has been covering the Jussie Smollet case since it broke. Smollet, Kim Foxx, Alderman Rick Munoz, Ed Burke and more on this Benny J BONUS interview
Friday June 28: Debate Night With Rummana Hussain, Candis Castillo, Sameena Mustafa & Dan Pogorzelski
Jun 28 • 142 min
Ben picks his winners and losers from Thursday’s Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate. Lori and the City Council are at odds again. Another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain and a roundtable discussion on the debate with…
Thurs day June 27: With Karen Hawkins, Ryan Kelly, Mystery Guest & Sean Callahan
Jun 27 • 128 min
Ben picks his Democratic Debate 1 part 1 winners and losers. Another Illinois politician raided by the FBI? Karen Hawkins of the Chicago Reader talks pride and the paper. Union Man Ryan Kelly returns with a mystery guest AND it’s Author Sean Callahan of…
Wednesday June 26: With Monroe Anderson & Micah Uetricht
Jun 26 • 141 min
Eric Trump gets spit on in Chicago. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson unpacks the latest Trump news and Jacobin Writer Micah Uetricht returns to talk Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate Number 1
Tuesday June 25: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Amisha Patel & Mystery Guest
Jun 25 • 118 min
Trump continues to needle Iran and we’re 24 hours away from the Democratic Presidential debates. Mick Jagger’s Ed Burke jab and what the hell did Alderman Carrie Austin do? Marijuana will officially be legal in Illinois. In These Times Writer Miles…
BONUS! Monday June 24: With Ken Davis & Mick Dumke
Jun 24 • 48 min
They are two of Ben’s favorite people to talk politics with. Former host of The Chicago Newsroom Ken Davis and ProPublica Investigative Journalist Mick Dumke. Lightfoot, Pritzker, Rahm, Trump and more with Ken, Mick and Ben Joravsky.
A Benny J Replay: With South Bend Mayoral Candidate Henry Davis Gates Jr.
Jun 23 • 77 min
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!
BONUS! Saturday June 22nd: With Maureen O’Donnell
Jun 22 • 41 min
Chicago Sun-Times obituary writer Maureen O’Donnell has written about the lives of the deceased for the paper since 2009 and has won numerous awards for her writing, often bringing to light extraordinary things about seemingly ordinary people. Prior to…
Friday June 21: Summer Movie Madness with Chris Buddy & Sergio Mims
Jun 21 • 65 min
What are the best Summer Movies? Join Ben and his two movie nerd friends Sergio Mims Director of the Black Harvest Film Festival and Director Chris Buddy talk all things Summer movies and more.
Thursday June 20: With Jen Sabella & Erika Wozniak of The Girl Talk
Jun 20 • 46 min
The Girl Talk is a monthly show recorded live at The Hideout in Chicago, hosted by DNAinfo’s former Deputy Editor Jen Sabella and Erika Wozniak, an award-winning teacher and activist. Each month, the show tackles a new issue facing our city, state and…
Wednesday June 19: With Monroe Anderson & Sergio Mims
Jun 19 • 133 min
Trump’s rally in Orlando was everything you expected. What’s with all the scooters in Chicago? Has Mayor Lightfoot been traveling outside of Chicago too much? Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson is back to talk Trump. What the hell did Alderwoman…
Tuesday June 18: With Rob Martwick, Kristen Kaza, Jerry Brown & Tom Shepherd
Jun 18 • 141 min
Trump is set to kick off his 2020 campaign. Lori Lightfoot is in New York. illinois State Rep Rob Martwick returns to talk all things politics. Kristen Kaza of The Chicago Reader talks their block party and it’s the return of the South Side Political Know…
BONUS! Monday June 17: With Rob Paral - Chicago Population Expert
Jun 17 • 51 min
Rob is a Chicago Population expert
BONUS! Sunday June 16: With Atiba Buchanan & David Seaton
Jun 16 • 65 min
BONUS! Saturday June 15: With Sarah Karp of WBEZ
Jun 15 • 29 min
Friday June 14: With Mark Brown, D’Frantz Smart & Sergio Vicente
Jun 14 • 140 min
Trump’s interview with Fox and Friends, Trump’s interview with ABC and Elizabeth Warren’s latest plan. Another Alderman doing jail time? Sun Times Columnist mark brown takes the deep dive. D’Frantz Smart talks politics in sports and Host of the Fight…
Thursday June 13: With Casey Toner, Ed Maher & Sue Sadlowski Garza
Jun 13 • 149 min
A Mayor Lightfoot city council meeting number 2 in review and TIF talk with Casey Toner of The Better Government Association. Union Man Ed Maher returns and it’s the 10th Ward Alderwoman Sue Sadlowski Garza.
Tuesday June 11: With Maya Dukmasova, Adolfo Mondragon & Marc Sims
Jun 11 • 137 min
Trump being Trump. The lawsuit has been thrown out and The Obama Center is coming to Jackson Park. maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader returns. Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon gives us an Ed Burke update and our dear friend Marc Sims is back to talk any…
BONUS! Monday June 10: With Delmarie Cobb
Jun 10 • 39 min
Delmarie Cobb served as the Illinois press secretary for the historic presidential bid of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She began her media duties for political campaigns in 1988 as national traveling press secretary to presidential candidate…
BONUS! Sunday June 9: With Joseph Geevarghese of Our Revolution
Jun 9 • 34 min
Joseph Geevarghese is a national director of Our Revolution
BONUS! Saturday June 8: With Alden Loury of WBEZ
Jun 8 • 68 min
Alden Loury is the Race, Class and Communities Reporter for WBEZ Radio Chicago
Friday June 7: With Rummana Hussain, Carlo Rotella & Sameena Mustafa
Jun 7 • 143 min
Our Democratic POTUS candidates are talking gun control. Mayor Lightfoot is in California, but the affordable housing talk continues. It’s another Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Professor and Author of “The World is Always Coming…
Thursday June 6: With Edwin Eisendrath, Bob Reiter & Anne Shaw
Jun 6 • 137 min
More 2020 POTUS candidate madness! Ben’s thoughts on Lori Lightfoot and the One Central city development deal. Former Sun-Times owner Edwin Eisendrath talks D-Day. President of The Chicago Federation of Labor talks fair work weeks and minimum wage in…
Wednesday June 5: With Monroe Anderson, Jim Coogan & Kina Collins
Jun 5 • 132 min
Trump’s final day in the UK and a 2020 POTUS Candidate update. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson and Ace Attorney Jim Coogan talk ALL things Donald Trump and It’s The Ben Joravsky Show debut of 7th Congressional District Candidate Kina Collins.
Tuesday June 4: With Maya Dukmasova, Anthony Clark & David Roeder
Jun 4 • 131 min
Trump in the U.K. and Burke pleads not guilty. Lightfoot’s new School Board and where on earth will Chicago put a casino? Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader weighs in on Burke vs Lightfoot and Anthony Clarke talks his Congressional race against Danny K.…
BONUS! Monday June 3: With Tim Tuten
Jun 3 • 60 min
Meet Teacher, former Arnie Duncan employee and owner of the Hideout Inn Tim Tuten. From Lincoln Yards to Lightfoot vs Burke, you will not regret downloading one of our most entertaining Benny J BONUS interviews!
BONUS! Sunday June 2: With Henry Davis Jr & Stacy Davis-Gates
Jun 2 • 77 min
Meet Henry Davis Jr. He’s from South Bend Indiana, he’s the brother of CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates and he ran for Mayor of South Bend Indiana against 2020 POTUS candidate Pete Buttigieg!
BONUS! Saturday June 1: With Mick Dumke
Jun 1 • 39 min
Nixon, Trump, Rahm, Lightfoot and this Tuesday’s “First Tuesday” Show at The Hideout with ProPublica Investigative Journalist Mick Dumke. Download this Benny J BONUS interview!
Friday May 31: With Rummana Hussain, Heidi Henry & Doris Davenport
May 31 • 151 min
Elizabeth Warren’s latest plan and the City Hall Brawl between Lightfoot and Burke begins! It’s another Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Heartland Mama podcast Host Heidi Henry returns AND Host of the Doris Davenport Show Doris…
Thursday May 30: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Jeff Johnson & Candice Castillo
May 30 • 136 min
Trump unloads on Mueller. Elizabeth Warren unloads on Trump. Illinois is one step close to legalizing marijuana. “In These Times” Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin with his thoughts on Rahm’s Atlantic article. Union Man and pension guru Jeff Johnson talk…
Wednesday May 29: With Monroe Anderson, Atiba Buchanan, Amisha Patel & Mystery Guest…
May 29 • 135 min
Robert Mueller has spoken. What happened at Lori Lightfoot’s first City Council meeting? Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson and Host of “Humanity in the Headlines” Atiba Buchanan talk Mueller, Trump and more AND it’s our favorite grassroots…
Tuesday May 28: With Maya Dukmasova, Tina Sfondeles, Jacob Kaplan & Dan Pogorzelski
May 28 • 132 min
Pritzker’s fair tax bill passed the house! Chicago Reader Columnist Maya Dukmasova returns to talk local politics. Sun-Times Reporter Tina Sfondeles gives us a Springfield legislation update and it’s the long awaited return of the Illinois Political Know…
BONUS! Monday May 27: With Troy LaRaviere
May 27 • 43 min
Listen as Ben takes the deep dive with President of the Chicago Principals Association, former 2019 Chicago Mayoral Candidate and dear friend of the Ben Joravsky Show, Troy LaRaviere!
BONUS! Sunday May 26: With Dee Beaubien and Marcie Love
May 26 • 51 min
They call themselves “Homeless Republicans” because their old party has deserted them on issues of choice. Dee and Marcie talk about the Republican assault on abortion rights and the need for Illinois to pass the Reproductive Health Act. Download this…
BONUS! Saturday May 25: With Eric Zorn
May 25 • 54 min
Listen as two worlds collide! Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn joins Benny J for a one on one interview. From how he got the gig at The Tribune to his thoughts on Mayor Rahm’s tenure. Download this Ben Joravksy Show BONUS interview!
Friday May 24: With Rummana Hussain, Mike Nowak & David Glowacz
May 24 • 144 min
Trump is off to Japan! Do Illinois downstaters support legalizing recreational marijuana? Another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain, Environmental expert and Host of The Mike Nowak Show, Mike Nowak talks all things politics and it’s…
Thursday May 23: With Jim Lewis, Brian Ernst & Chris Buddy
May 23 • 124 min
Trump vs Pelosi rages on! Do Illinois Trump supporters support Pritzker’s fair tax plan? Political Scientist Jim Lewis talks Lightfoot and the mayoral runoff, Chicago Sun-Times Director of Digital Operations Brian Ernst tells us about the new Sun-Times…
Wednesday May 22: With Monroe Anderson & Ray Hanania
May 22 • 125 min
Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson and Former Chicago Sun-Times City Hall Reporter Ray Hanania talk Trump, Pelosi, the great cover up of 2019 and the first 100 days of Chicago Mayors past. Download Wednesday’s Ben Joravsky Show!
Tuesday May 21: With Atiba Buchanan, David Seaton, Stephanie Zimmermann & Sergio Vicente
May 21 • 134 min
Lori Lightfoot’s inauguration in review! Hosts of “Humanity in the Headlines” Atiba Buchanan and David Seaton talk Trump, Trump and Trump! Sun-Times Investigative Reporter Stephanie Zimmermann on her latest Watchdog car insurance rip-off investigation AND…
BONUS! Monday May 20: A Lightfoot Inauguration Special With Joanna Klonsky and Jason McGrath
May 20 • 63 min
Today (May 20th) marks the inauguration of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Ben sat down with two of the people who were in the Lightfoot campaign from the beginning and helped make it happen. Political Strategist Joanna Klonsky and Political Pollster Jason…
BONUS! Sunday May 19: With David Faris
May 19 • 50 min
David Faris is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University, where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University. He’s the Author of “It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How…
BONUS! Saturday May 18: With Mick Dumke
May 18 • 52 min
He’s Ben Joravsky’s Journalistic sidekick and Co-Host of First Tuesdays at The Hideout! It’s ProPublica Investigative Reporter Mick Dumke. Listen as Ben and Mick discuss 5 major issues happening in Chicago and Ben asks Mick one of the toughest questions…
Friday May 17: With Rummana Hussain, Maya Dukmasova & Micah Uetricht
May 17 • 135 min
Conservatives have beef with reefer in Illinois and It’s Rahm’s final business day as Mayor! Another Rummana Rundown with Chicago Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussein, The Chicago Reader’s Maya Dukmasova talks her latest work on evictions and In These Times…
Thursday May 16: With Evan Moore, Kim Ortiz & Nicole Cantello
May 16 • 129 min
Bill de Blasio come on down, you’re the next 2020 POTUS candidate! Mayor Rahm and casinos in Chicago. Sun-Times Editor Evan Moore on the news of the day and his Go Defenders podcast. Lightfoot’s to do list in her first 100 days as mayor, Union Woman Kim…
Wednesday May 15: With Monroe Anderson, Justin Horwitz & Andy Schneider
May 15 • 134 min
Democrats react to the Alabama abortion bill, Rahm on reefer and Pritzker’s latest fair tax ad. Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson talks Trump, Trump and Trump. Progressive political guru Justin Horwitz talk Trump, Pelosi and Biden and a Chicago…
Tuesday May 14: With Maya Dukmasova, Fred Klonsky & D’Frantz Smart
May 14 • 136 min
Lori and Toni have lunch and which Alderman was the biggest Rahm suck up? The Chicago Reader’s Maya Dukmasova lists her Rahm suck ups and talks police in Chicago. A pension tutorial with Co-Host of “Hitting Left” Fred Klonsky AND bikes, basketball and all…
BONUS! Monday May 13: With Rickey Hendon
May 13 • 46 min
He was a Senator, an Alderman and now he is a radio host. It’s Rickey Hendon on this Monday download BONUS! Recreational “reefer”, Lightfoot vs Preckwinkle, 2020 POTUS talk, Lori and Ivanka and so much more with the one and only Rickey “Hollywood” Hendon!
BONUS! Sunday May 12: With Neill Mohammad
May 12 • 49 min
Neill Mohammad is a healthcare expert, political scientist, former Illinois congressional candidate (and former Jeopardy contestant!) Listen as Ben asks Neill the 3 healthcare choices facing democratic voters in 2020. Download this Benny J BONUS…
BONUS! Saturday May 11: With Linda Lutton
May 11 • 56 min
WBEZ Reporter Linda Lutton has a new beat…Chicago Neighborhoods! Hear about her journey to WBEZ, her history with Ben Joravsky and her latest work on South Side neighborhoods. Download this Ben Joravksy BONUS interview!!
Friday May 10: With Adolfo Mondragon, Kitty Kurth & Kevin Lampe
May 10 • 146 min
Another Rahm farewell party and Ben can’t stand it! More Illinois conservative pushback on recreational marijuana legalization, Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon returns to talk Ed Burke, Cubs vs White Sox and more AND the political power couple Kitty…
Thursday May 9: With Charise Williams & John Bouman
May 9 • 132 min
Lightfoot goes to Washington: Day 2! Illinois Republicans are trying their best to park Pritzker’s tax plan. Get to know the Chicago Federation of Labor’s Charise Williams and it’s a Fair Tax breakdown with Attorney John Bowman. Download Thursday’s Ben…
Wednesday May 8: With Atiba Buchanan, Bhaskar Sunkara & Mike Klonsky
May 8 • 135 min
Democrats and Republicans battle over Barr, Lori Lightfoot goes to Washington, Host of Humanity in the Headlines Atiba Buchanan unpacks the latest Trump news, Bhaskar Sunkara on Democratic Socialism and it’s the Benny J Show debut of Host of “Hitting…
Tuesday May 7: With Maya Dukmasova, Marc Sims & Jim Coogan
May 7 • 129 min
Mitch McConnell, the Mueller Report and Illinois gets closer to recreational marijuana legalization. Chicago Reader Writer Maya Dukmasova and our dear friend Marc Sims returns AND it’s all things Trump’s legal woes with Ace Attorney Jim Coogan of Dwyer…
BONUS! Monday May 6: With Stacy Davis Gates
May 6 • 63 min
DOWNLOAD NOW: Our bonus interview with the one and only Stacy Davis Gates of The Chicago Teachers Union! Charter school strikes, the Mayoral runoff, life under Lori, Mayor Pete and MORE in this Ben Joravsky Show interview!
BONUS! Sunday May 5: Meet West Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Stephen Smith
May 5 • 31 min
Meet Stephen Smith. He’s running for Governor of West Virginia and he stopped by our Sun-Times studio to take the deep dive with Benny J. Trump, Bernie, Biden and so much more in this BONUS Ben Joravsky Show interview!
BONUS! Saturday May 4: Remembering Chicago Newsroom with Ken Davis
May 4 • 43 min
After 9 years as Host, Ken Davis announced that he is ending his Chicago Newsroom on CAN TV. Join us as we look back at the highlights with the man himself. It’s our dear friend Kenny D, Ken Davis on this Saturday Ben Joravsky BOUNS interview!
Friday May 3: With Rummana Hussain, Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez & Laurie Glenn
May 3 • 135 min
Democrats want Barr out! Is Illinois getting it’s “groove” back? It’s the Ben Joravsky Show debut of newly elected 33rd Ward Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez AND a great discussion on Lincoln Yards, Joe Biden and MORE with Political Strategist Laurie…
Thursday May 2: With Miles Kampf-Lassin, Mick Dumke, Jeff Johnson & Ken Davis
May 2 • 137 min
Brought to you by the new One Central development deal! William Barr Testimony Day 2 (without William Barr) ANOTHER new 2020 POTUS candidate, Pritzker’s graduated tax plan makes it through phase one, In These Times Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin and ProPublica…
Wednesday May 1: With Monroe Anderson, Atiba Buchanan & Jeanette Taylor
May 1 • 133 min
Barr testifies and Toilet-Gate returns AGAIN!! Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson returns, Host of “Humanity in the Headlines” weighs in on Trump, Barr and the Mueller Investigation AND it’s The Ben Joravsky Show debut of the newly elected 20th…
Tuesday April 30: With Maya Dukmasova, Sam Holloway & Doris Davenport
Apr 30 • 132 min
Bye bye Rosenstein and Biden’s speech in Pittsburgh. Bye bye Rauner and our Chicago Reader Colleague Maya Dukmasova returns to talk politics. Ben’s Green Party friend and Firefighter Sam Holloway joins us and we welcome Radio Host Doris Davenport.…
BONUS! Monday April 29: With Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson
Apr 29 • 47 min
The Mayoral runoff, life under Lori, Joe Biden in the POTUS race, baseball player Tim Anderson and MORE with Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson. Download it!!
BONUS! Saturday April 27: With FOX 32 Reporter Mike Flannery
Apr 27 • 40 min
Get to know FOX 32 Chicago’s bulldog Investigative Reporter. From his early life growing up in Washington to today. Daley, Rahm, Pritzker, Lightfoot and MORE with Ben Joravsky and Mike Flannery. Download it NOW!!
Friday April 26: With Rummana Hussain, Heidi Henry & Sergio Mims
Apr 26 • 133 min
Biden’s apology to Anita Hill, Rahm’s interview with Fran Spielman, The “Rummana Rundown” with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain, Grundy County Activist Heidi Henry gives us an education on politics outside of Chicago AND Director of the Black Harvest Film…
Thursday April 25: With Tom McNamee, Ryan Kelly & Ram Villivalam
Apr 25 • 131 min
Biden is in and what’s the big deal with Aldermanic prerogative? Sun Times Writer Tom McNamee goes back and forth on Pritzker’s Toilet-Gate and Trump impeachment, Union man Ryan Kelly talks the CSO strike AND a great “right to work” discussion with…
Wednesday April 24th: With Monroe Anderson, Ann Williams & Terry Cosgrove
Apr 24 • 136 min
J.B. Pritzker’s Toilet-Gate returns, meet the new Republican 14th Congressional district candidate, Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson unpacks the latest Trump news and it’s all things Illinois political talk with Illinois State Rep Ann Williams…
Tuesday April 23: With Maya Dukmasova, Jacob Kaplan & Dan Pogorzelski
Apr 23 • 136 min
The Blackhawks owner’s transition memo to Lori Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker’s 100 day performance review, Maya Dukmasova of The Chicago Reader on the official end of the Aldermanic races and it’s ALL things Chicago and Illinois politics with Jacob Kaplan…
BONUS! Monday April 22: With Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
Apr 22 • 57 min
Life in Chicago under Mayor Elect Lightfoot, Aldermanic prerogative and the role of Democratic Socialists in the next City Council. All that and MORE in this BONUS Ben Joravsky interview with 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa!
BONUS! Saturday April 20: The Blagojevich Tapes - With Dave McKinney and Collin McNulty
Apr 20 • 55 min
Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed as Illinois Governor. He was later convicted of corruption, including attempts to sell a U-S Senate seat. He received a 14 year sentence and remains in prison. Reporter Dave McKinney covered it all as a statehouse…
Friday April 19: With Rummana Hussain, Candis Castillo & Rob Martwick
Apr 19 • 144 min
Ben riffs on the REDACTED Mueller Report, get to know Lori Lightfoot’s first (and hopefully only) Chief of Staff, another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun Times Editor Rummana Hussain, United Working Families Organizer Candis Castillo AND Benny J takes the deep…
Thursday April 18: With Mick Dumke, Ed Maher & Steve Lester
Apr 18 • 125 min
The redacted Mueller report has been released! Smollet-Gate continues and Toni talks after her election loss. Investigative Journalist Mick Dumke takes the deep dive with Ben, Union Man Ed Maher talks healthcare in America and striking Chicago Symphony…
Wednesday April 17: With Monroe Anderson, Jason McGrath & Kady McFadden
Apr 17 • 128 min
Trump lawyers up for the Mueller report and the new Republican 2020 Presidential candidate. Ideas for Lori Lightfoot and Mayor Rahm’s new best friend J.B. Pritzker. Monroe Anderson unloads on the President (per usual) Lori Lightfoot pollster Jason McGrath…
Tuesday April 16: With Rita Bosworth, Andrea Raila & Adolfo Mondragon
Apr 16 • 131 min
Lightfoot on Trump’s sanctuary city plan and Bernie’s Fox News Townhall. Executive Director of Sister District Project Rita Bosworth talks her latest work. A seminar on taxes with property tax expert Andrea Raila AND Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon…
BONUS! Monday April 15: An “Our Revolution” Special With Richard Rodriguez & Drew Duzinskas
Apr 15 • 42 min
Richard Rodriguez is a National board member of the Bernie Sanders Our Revolution organization. Drew Duzinskas is a Joliet Democratic Precinct Committeeman.
BONUS! Saturday April 13: The Trump Files Volume 1 - With Ace Attorney Jim Coogan
Apr 13 • 51 min
Attorney General WIlliam Barr and the Mueller report, Congressman Devin Nunes, Trump’s legal war against twitter AND will the Dems force the Donald to release his taxes? That and more with Attorney Jim Coogan of Dwyer and Coogan. Download this Ben…
Friday April 12: With Rummana Hussain, Michael O’Connor & Delmarie Cobb
Apr 12 • 139 min
Donald doubles down on immigration, Pence and Wikileaks, Pritzker and pot, Lightfoot preaches Illinois unity, another Rummana Rundown with Sun-Times Editor Rummana Hussain and Benny J takes the deep dive with Chicago political junkee Michael O’Connor and…
Thursday April 11: With Tom McNamee, Jake Lewis & Matt Martin
Apr 11 • 134 min
Lori Lightfoot goes to Springfield! Mayor Rahm’s farewell speech, Ben and Sun-Times Writer Tommy Mac Tom McNamee debate on Rahm and MORE! Chicago Federation of Labor’s Jake Lewis talks state politics AND the newly elected 47th Ward Alderman (Ben’s…
Wednesday April 10: With Monroe Anderson, James Muhammad & Amisha Patel
Apr 10 • 135 min
Ben unloads on the Lincoln Yards TIF deal. How much home grown marijuana is too much home grown marijuana? Monroe Anderson talks Trump, Trump and Trump, the Bernie Sanders question AND Ben unloads on Lincoln Yards again with James Muhammad of SEIU…
Tuesday April 9: With Maya Dukmasova, David Glowacz and Peter Janko
Apr 9 • 128 min
Spiring cleaning time in the White House! A look at Chicago City Council AFTER the election with The Chicago Reader’s Maya Dukmasova. A Lincoln Yards update with Mr. Bike David Glowacz AND we catch up with Congressional Democratic Candidate Peter Janko.…
BONUS Monday April 8: Waguespack is Back! Alderman Scott Waguespack
Apr 8 • 46 min
The 32nd Ward Alderman returns to talk the Mayoral runoff, our city’s future under Mayor Lightfoot and life in the City Council. Download this Ben Joravsky BONUS Interview!
BONUS! Saturday April 6: Chicago Sun-Times Special With Chris Fusco
Apr 6 • 41 min
Editor in Chief of The Chicago Sun-Times Chris Fusco sits down with Ben Joravsky to talk his previous work, the mayoral election, Rod Blagojevich and The new Sun-Times Sports Saturday Edition.
Friday April 5: With Rummana Hussain, Joanna Klonsky & David Faris
Apr 5 • 137 min
Joe Biden’s got jokes, meet the Lori Lightfoot transition team, another Rummana Rundown with Sun Times Editor Rummana Hussain, Political Strategist Joanna Klonsky talks Lightfoot’s landslide victory and Biden’s behavior AND Benny J takes the deep dive…
Thursday April 4: With Mick Dumke, Jeff Johnson & Anne Kirkner
Apr 4 • 129 min
Trump’s tax returns are back! Lori lightfoot hits the ground running and ProPublica Journalist Mick Dumke talks Tuesday’s election. Union Man and Pension Guru Jeff Johnson returns and striking UIC Grad Student Anne Kirkner discusses her strike. Download…
Wednesday April 3: With Monroe Anderson, Tracy Baim, Steve Cohen & Paula Froehle
Apr 3 • 129 min
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…
Tuesday April 2: Election Day! With Maya Dukmasova, Tony Macaluso & Pat Quinn
Apr 2 • 128 min
The Joe Biden allegations are not going away. Monday’s Kim Foxx protest and Lori and Toni’s last minute mayoral strategies. Runoff talk with the Chicago Reader’s Maya Dukmasova. Remembering Chicago Legend Studs Terkel with Former Director of the Studs…
BONUS! Monday April 1: The Mendoza Report - With Susana Mendoza
Apr 1 • 35 min
It’s Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s first interview since her Chicago Mayoral run. Download this Bonus Ben Joravsky material. The Ben Joravsky Show LIVE Tuesday - Friday 1-3p(CT) chicagoreader.com chicago.suntimes.com
Saturday March 30: A Smollet-Gate! Exclusive with Andy Grimm
Mar 30 • 41 min
Ben talks one on one with the Sun-Times Writer who has been covering the Jussie Smollet case from day one. Andy Grimm details his work in covering this story and takes the deep dive in this exclusive BONUS interview. The Ben Joravsky Show LIVE Tuesday -…
Friday March 29: With Rummana Hussain, Jeremy Wechsler and Toi Hutchinson
Mar 29 • 137 min
Trump’s rally in Michigan and the latest #stopLightfoot ads. Smollet-Gate and more with Sun Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Director Jeremy Wechsler talks his latest play on College “Admissions” at Theater Wit AND it’s all things state politics with…
Thursday March 28: With Kathy Chaney, Ryan Kelly & Steve Lester
Mar 28 • 118 min
The latest 2020 Democratic POTUS poll, ANOTHER Mayoral Debate?? The latest ad from Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Sun-Times Deputy Managing Editor Kathy Chaney, Union Man Ryan Kelly AND Striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra member Steve Lester! Download…
Wednesday March 27: With Monroe Anderson, Max Temkin, Kitty Kurth & Erika Wozniak
Mar 27 • 127 min
Democrats pivot to healthcare, Rahm and the runoff candidates on Jussie Smollett and Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson talks Trump, Trump and Trump. Creator of Cards Against Humanity Max Temkin on his latest Mayoral poll, Kitty Kurth on why she…
Tuesday March 26: With Maya Dukmasova, Ra Joy & Anthony Clark
Mar 26 • 129 min
Are conservatives celebrating the Mueller report too early? The latest Lightfoot/Preckwinkle poll numbers, a mini Aldermanic deep dive with our Chicago Reader Colleague Maya Dukmasova. Former Illinois Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate Ra Joy talks the…
Monday March 25: The Deep Dive 5 - With Jake Lewis (State Politics Special)
Mar 25 • 25 min
Before a new week begins, Benny J and Illinois State Political Know it All Jake Lewis of The Chicago Federation of Labor unpack the top 5 State issues of the week! Download this Ben Joravsky Show State News Special! The Ben Joravsky Show LIVE Tuesday -…
Saturday March 23: A Sun-Times Mayoral Candidate Special - with Mark Brown and Lauren FitzPatrick
Mar 23 • 31 min
!!BONUS INTERVIEW!! Lori and Toni in High School, their family history, dinner favorites and more with Chicago Sun-Times Writers Mark Brown and Lauren FitzPatrick. Hear their experience highlighting the lives (past and present) of Mayoral candidates Toni…
Friday March 22: With Rummana Hussain, Kelly Cassidy & Emily Miller
Mar 22 • 133 min
Trump’s Mueller mind games, Thursday’s Mayoral debate, The “Rummana Rundown” with Sun Times Editor Rummana Hussain, Illinois State Rep Kelly Cassidy talks marijuana legalization AND our budget guru Emily Miller with the Pritzker administration gives us a…
Thursday March 21: With Leor Galil, Jake Lewis & Sue Sadlowski Garza
Mar 21 • 122 min
Last night’s Mayoral Debate in Review, Leor Galil of the Chicago Reader talks the Lollapalooza lineup (Ben pretends he knows what he’s talking about) Alderwoman Sue Sadlowski Garza on life after the election and life with Mayor Rahm AND Jake Lewis of the…
Wednesday March 20: With Miles Kampf-Lassin & Alderman Nick Sposato
Mar 20 • 122 min
Trump trashes McCain, our Elizabeth Warren poll results, In These Times Writer Miles Kampf-Lassin talks the 2019 Runoffs AND 38th Ward Alderman/Trump voter Nick Sposato joins us for one hell of an interview. Click the link and Download Wednesday’s Ben…
Tuesday March 19: With Monroe Anderson & Jim Coogan
Mar 19 • 131 min
Elizabeth Warren’s CNN town hall meeting in review, The Lightfoot campaign’s latest ad, Chicago Reader Writer Maya Dukmasova returns for another back room deal deep dive, our first Nick Offerman ticket giveaway AND Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe…
Sunday March 17: A Chicago Reader Back Room Deal Special: With Maya Dukmasova
Mar 17 • 32 min
Ben Joravsky and fellow Chicago Reader Columnist Maya Dukmasova’s “Back Room Deal” podcast is returning right before the runoff elections. Ben and Maya take the deepest dive you will find into ALL of our Chicago Aldermanic runoffs. Maya is a weekly guest…
Saturday March 16: What Else Was News?? It’s ALDERMANIA!! (A Week in Review)
Mar 16 • 48 min
It’s all things Aldermen this week. Benny J, Election Lawyer Adolfo Mondragon and Chicago News Legend Monroe Anderson unpack Alderman Ed Burke’s case AND 45th Ward Alderman John Arena opens up about life after the election with Union Man Jeff Johnson.
Friday March 15: Mayoral Candidate Lori Lightfoot (Interview Only)
Mar 15 • 35 min
Benny J takes the deep dive with Chicago Mayoral Candidate Lori Lightfoot!
Friday March 15: With Rummana Hussain, Marc Sims & Lori Lightfoot
Mar 15 • 127 min
Did Lori Lighfoot take “Dark Money?” Another “Rummana Rundown” with Sun Times Editor Rummana Hussain. Our dear friend Marc Sims returns and Chicago Mayoral Candidate Lori Lightfoot takes the deep dive with Benny J. Download Friday’s Ben Joravsky Show!
Thursday March 14: With Maya Dukmasova, Jeff Johnson & John Arena
Mar 14 • 130 min
Beto is running! Chance the Rapper and Carlos the Alderman. Ben talks “Back Room Deals” with his Chicago Reader Colleague Maya Dukmasova, Union Man/Pension Guru Jeff Johnson weighs in on the Runoff and Alderman John Arena talks life after the election.…
Wednesday March 13: With Tom McNamee, Maria Hadden & Amara Enyia
Mar 13 • 132 min
Former Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia talks life after the election, March “Manafort” Madness continues, newly elected Alderwoman Maria Hadden on her BIG win, Sun-Times Writer Tom McNamee (Tommy Mac) and how much campaign cash have our Mayoral candidates…
Tuesday March 12: With Monroe Anderson, Adolfo Mondragon & Mike Nowak
Mar 12 • 131 min
Pelosi and the “I” word and Sarah Huckabee Sanders is back! Legendary Chicago Journalist Monroe Anderson talks Trump and the Mayoral runoff, Election Lawyer and Political Guru Adolfo Mondragon shares his thoughts on ALL things local politics and Radio…
Sunday March 10: What Else Was News?? - Preckwinkle or Lightfoot? (A Week in Review)
Mar 10 • 51 min
Preckwinkle or Lightfoot? That is the question on this week’s What Else Was News?? We had 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack (Lori Lightfoot supporter) and 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (Toni Preckwinkle supporter) In Studio this week to share…
Friday March 8: With Rummana Hussain & Stacy Davis Gates
Mar 8 • 122 min
Trump’s latest “theory” on Democrats, Thursday night’s Mayoral debate in review, the “Rummana Rundown” with Sun Times Writer Rummana Hussain and Ben takes the deep dive with Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates. Download Friday’s Ben…
Thursday March 7: With Maya Dukmasova, Ryan Kelly & Scott Waguespack
Mar 7 • 141 min
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…
Wednesday March 6: With Evan Moore & Carlos Ramirez Rosa
Mar 6 • 121 min
Trump trolls Hillary, Rahm’s MSNBC appearance and a somewhat heated back and forth between Ben and 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa on the Mayoral runoff. Download Wednesday’s The Ben Joravsky Show!
Tuesday March 5: Troy LaRaviere & Willie Wilson (interview only)
Mar 5 • 52 min
Former 2019 Mayoral Candidates Troy LaRaviere and Willie Wilson join us in studio
Tuesday March 5: With Mark Brown, Troy LaRaviere & Willie Wilson
Mar 5 • 121 min
Bernie Sanders visits Chicago, the latest campaign ads from Preckwinkle and Lightfoot, Sun Times Writer Mark Brown talks Danny Solis and the China Town conspiracy and Former Mayoral candidates Troy LaRaviere and Willie Wilson stop by! Download Tuesday’s…
Friday, March 1: With Rummana Hussain & Sergio Mims
Mar 1 • 117 min
A new Democratic POTUS candidate, the gloves come off in the Chicago mayoral runoff, Rummana Hussain of the Sun Times and Sergio Mims of the Black Harvest Film Festival talks the Oscars and more!
Thursday, Feb. 28: With guests Lynn Sweet, Ed Maher & Maya Dukmasova
Feb 28 • 120 min
-Trump and North Korea -Which Mayoral runoff candidate is the MOST progressive? -Sun Times Columnist Lynn Sweet talks the Cohen hearing -Union Man Ed Maher talks the Mayors race -Chicago Reader Columnist Maya Dukmasova takes the deep dive with Ben
Wednesday, Feb. 27: Our first show! With Mick Dumke
Feb 27 • 120 min
It’s all things the Chicago Mayors race with Sun Times Writer Lorraine Forte and Propublica Investigative Journalist Mick Dumke
The Ben Joravsky Show returns
Feb 25 • 10 min
The Ben Joravsky Show will launch Wednesday, February 27, as a livestream and podcast presented by the Chicago Reader and Chicago Sun-Times.