By Mayor Rahm Emanuel
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The stories of everyday Chicagoans as told to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
||CleanNever Forget: Live from the Illinois Holocaust Museum||Auschwitz survivor Fritzie Fritzshall shares her firsthand account of the Holocaust with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in this special live podcast episode at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. She’s joined by Susan Abrams, the Museum’s CEO,..||4/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 43: Ramble On with Coach Porter Moser||After a Cinderella story for the ages, Loyola Ramblers basketball coach Porter Moser took a break from his busy off-season to talk to Mayor Emanuel about his whirlwind ride. Tune in as Coach Moser shares memories from the Final Four run, learning from..||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 42: Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.||50 years ago today, the world lost one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time. The death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sent shock waves around the globe, and nowhere more so than right here in Chicago. To commemorate this anniversary,...||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 41: Wait, Wait...Peter Sagal!||Peter Sagal is a man of many interests, which you’d expect from the host of NPR’s long-running “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Listen as Peter and Mayor Emanuel look back on his unlikely career, the growth of news and comedy, and swap stories...||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 40: David Eigenberg and "Chicago Fire"||David Eigenberg may not be a real Chicago firefighter, but he works with them to play one on T.V. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel talks to the "Chicago Fire" and "Sex and the City" actor about first responders, Chicago's bravest, and everything that makes...||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLive from 1871: Howard Tullman||Entrepreneurial guru Howard Tullman sits down with Mayor Emanuel in Chicago Stories’ first live podcast to dive into Chicago's surging innovation scene, taking a look back at his story of reinvention, 1871’s world leading expansion, and how...||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 38: Tom Skilling and Climate Disruption||Tom Skilling loves the weather, but his focus has increasingly turned to the urgency of climate change, or as he also puts it, "climate disruption." Tune in to hear his discussion with Mayor Emanuel about his remarkable career, the importance of...||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 37: George Saunders||George Saunders is a man of many careers and characters, but his voice has only one home. Tune in as Mayor Emanuel sits down with the acclaimed essayist, short-story writer, and first-time novelist as they talk about "Lincoln in the...||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 36: Ben Austen on Cabrini-Green||Ben Austen’s new book “High-Risers” focuses on Chicago’s infamous Cabrini-Green complex, the people who lived there, and the past, present and promise of public housing as a metaphor for cities and America at large. Mayor Emanuel sits down...||2/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 35: Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier||Her restaurant The Boarding House was just named a 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist for "Outstanding Wine Program," and she was the youngest women and only South Asian in the world to become a Master Sommelier. Mayor Emanuel chats with Alpana Singh..||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 34: David Schwimmer||Even before “Friends” David Schwimmer became a household name, he was a passionate actor, director and activist rooted in Chicago’s cultural community as a founding member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company with a work ethic that is second to...||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 33: Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, DACA, and the Wall||From driving a cab to driving the national debate on immigration, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez tells Mayor Emanuel how it happened in a wide-ranging conversation through Chicago's neighborhoods, Puerto Rico's countryside, the halls of Congress and the...||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 32: Kartemquin Films||Chicago is on the road to the Oscars! Local film company Kartemquin Films, which has been making powerful independent films for over 50 years, has just been nominated for not one but two Academy Awards this year for Abacus: Small Enough to Jail...||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 31: Cooking with Graham Elliot||Graham Elliot knows the secret to the perfect grilled cheese. The celebrity chef stopped by City Hall to talk to Mayor Emanuel about everything from Chicago's food scene, to his new projects, his advice for young chefs, and, of course, that grilled...||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 30: Timuel Black’s Sacred Ground||99-year-old Timuel Black is one of Chicago’s most influential activists and civil rights leaders. His experience serving in World War II in Normandy and witnessing the horrors of Buchenwald concentration camp led him to devote his life to the fight...||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 29: David Axelrod||The tables are turned as Mayor Emanuel interviews David Axelrod, host of "The Axe Files," about his 40-year career in politics, his daughter's battle with epilepsy and his unique view of Chicago as a former Tribune reporter in the 1970s. You won't...||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 28: Eric Posner and the Logan Act||University of Chicago distinguished law professor Eric Posner co-wrote a powerful Op-Ed in the New York Times about the Logan Act and Robert Mueller's investigation. Hear him discuss its legal dimensions and possible outcomes with Mayor Emanuel.||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 27: Cardinal Cupich||Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, speaks with the Mayor about his recent visit to Puerto Rico for relief and recovery efforts and shares his thoughts on immigration and DACA, the role of religion and faith in addressing violence in the...||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26: Collaboraction||Meet Anthony Moseley, Artistic Director of Collaboraction, a contemporary theater company part of “Night Out in the Parks” that explores race, culture and social justice issues across the city. He’s “surprisingly fresh” in his approach to...||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 25: Kamau Murray and XS Tennis||Mayor Emanuel sat down with XS Tennis founder and 2017 U.S. Open champion coach Kamau Murray to talk about Chicago's grit, mentoring young people though tennis, and growing the game.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24: Remembering Harold Washington||In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Mayor Harold Washington's death, his top aide Jacky Grimshaw sat down with Mayor Emanuel to look back on the life and legacy of Chicago's trailblazing leader.||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23: Chicago Architecture Biennial||Chicago Architecture Biennial artistic directors Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston discuss architecture's role in creating sustainable beauty and inclusivity amid ever-changing cities and spaces.||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22: The Soul of Chicago||Pilsen native Stuart Dybek, one of America’s great poets and writers, reminisces with Mayor Emanuel about Chicago’s working-class roots and neighborhoods that he calls “eyes into the City’s soul.”||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21: My Block, My Hood, My City||Jahmal Cole, Chatham resident and founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, talks with Mayor Emanuel about his journey and how he came to believe that "exposure is key" to helping Chicago’s youth discover new opportunities and embrace their city.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20: Rami and Rahm||MacArthur “Genius” and Palestinian-American activ…||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 19: As American as Apple Inc.||Chicago and Apple don't just share a long history…||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18: The Irrational Nobel Prize||Richard Thaler's path to the Nobel Prize began wi…||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17: The Spirit of Invention||What do Operation, Radio Flyer, Cards Against Hum…||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16: Shakespeare's My Daddy||Meet Leah Guenther, a Chicago Public Schools teac…||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15: "Yes, And"||Comedy legend and lifelong Chicagoan Charna Halpe…||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14: Dear Mr. Mayor||Air Force veteran Claude Lamb shares his story ab…||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13: Second Chances||"Let me add life to my years and years to my life…||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12: The Gift Theatre||Mayor Emanuel interviews the inspiring Michael Pa…||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11: Diversity in Tech||Mayor Emanuel visits 1871 to meet Shaniqua Davis,…||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10: Chicago Picasso's 50th Anniversary||As the iconic Chicago Picasso sculpture in Daley …||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9: Manny's Deli Turns 75||Mayor Emanuel meets with Ken, Patti and Dan Raski…||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: STAR Scholars||Mayor Rahm Emanuel personally meets with Arturo a…||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7: Tiny Tapp and Craft Cocktails||Tiny Tapp owner Mark William Johnson discusses Ch…||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: Parachute, Robinson's Ribs and a Taste of Chicago||It's Korean fine dining vs. Southern BBQ. With th…||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: A Wounded Warrior Competes in the Games||What if you were given a second chance at life? L…||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: Harold Green, Spoken Word Artist||Mayor Emanuel talks about spoken word's home in C…||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: Curie High School's Principal||Mayor Emanuel chats with Allison Tingwall, Princi…||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: Chicago Shakespeare and the Yard||Mayor Emanuel sits down with Barbara Gaines, Arti…||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Mayor Emanuel Meets Haymarket Brewery||Mayor Emanuel kicks off the inaugural Chicago Sto…||6/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Chicago told through its people
If you're looking for a podcast about Rahm Emanuel this isn't the one. This is a 'show not tell' exhibit of an animated American city that relishes in its diversity - of backgrounds, ideas and offerings. From world famous rib sauce on the South Side to Shakespeare in the Park, the fact that it's hosted by the highest ranking city official seems almost secondary, although it adds a unique element. For a politician as closely scrutinized as Emanuel he speaks freely and at times is deeply personal as he connects to the constituents he serves everyday - however most of the time the story is told by the "everyday" Chicagoans he's interviewing. This podcast is for anyone who wants to know the secret sauce of a thriving city and an occasional inside look into an unscripted and loose Emanuel. Perfect for your L ride home.
Thoughtful and funny
As a newcomer to Chicago, it's great to hear from locals who make the city diverse and contribute to it through food, their small businesses, arts, culture and much more. Especially interesting to hear the Mayor interview them one-on-one and his genuine interest in each guest's story. Give it a listen.
When the only glimpses of Mayor Emanuel you get are 10-second clips on the local news discussing police reform or school-funding bills it can be hard to see him as anything more than another politician.
However, this podcasts offers a look into both Emanuel’s more relaxed and friendly nature, while delving into topics Chicagoans will truly take an interest in (like beer!) The format is extremely casual, and Emanuel invites a number of the city’s most interesting citizens to tell “their stories” about Chicago and how they interact with the city.
At first, it might seem a bit odd to hear the mayor of Chicago discussing Korean BBQ or poetry. But after only a few minutes, I became wholly invested in the unique stories of everyday people who call Chicago home. That said, this podcast does not focus on the mayor or his policies but that is its greatest strength.
P.S. -- One of the mayor's jokes in the Haymarket episode really cracked me up! Keep it up Rahm!