It took two-and-a-half-years for the first episode of The Frunchroom podcast to be released. The next came a bit quicker.
Here is Volume 4 of the The Frunchroom from January 21st, 2016 at O’Rourke’s Office on 111th and Western Avenue.
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Why is there no Volume 2 or 3? Listen to find out.
The readers are, in order:
James Finn Garner
Humorist, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories and Rex Koko, Private Clown
Editor, The Villager; Facilitator, Longwood Writers Guild
Writer, Bloomberg News
Some notes related to the show:
If you’re wondering why there’s so much background noise, it’s because there was a Blackhawks game on the TV in the other room at O’Rourke’s Office. (They lost 2-1 that night.)
This is the Google Street View of 111th and Hoyne, one of the places mentioned in James’s story.
Here’s a video of Lolly during her Harvard/Nieman fellowship. Her first article for the Tribune after returning was about “rebranding the South Side” around the Obama Presidential Center and featured Jahmal Cole, another Frunchroom reader.
Here’s the lineup of the live readings at Speakeasy – the demo version of The Frunchroom – including Grace Kuikman. You can see the exterior of The Irish American Center here though I haven’t been able to find a picture of those stairs.
Here’s an article from Mario in the Washington Post with a similar tone to his piece here.
The next Tuesday Funk, hosted by Andrew Huff, happens to coincide with the next Frunchroom, so be sure and attend the next 20X2 Chicago, his other series, on October 20th. The lineup is here. Also, I forgot to mention this in the episode but his references to “this past season” refer to 2015, not the Cubs’ successful World Series run.
Thanks, as always, to ace audio producer Tim Mata for making The Frunchroom podcast sound so good.
Our next episode will be out on November 1st.