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