In episode 36, Chuck talks about coffee! This drink made from roasted, ground beans has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, but Chuck has only been drinking it since he’s been an adult. Chuck likes his coffee black and bold but not burnt! Let Chuck know what kind of coffee you like and where and how you like to drink it!
In episode 35, Chuck sits down with his friend Scott Kraus to talk about South America! Scott spent some time in Colombia and Ecuador, while Chuck has spent no time in any of the twelve sovereign nations or three territories. The largest country in South America, Brazil, has already been covered in a previous episode. Some interesting facts were discussed, and Chuck had fun saying Lake Titicaca. If you’ve traveled to South America, share with us your fondest memories.
In episode 34, Chuck talks about Cooking Shows! He spends too much of his time watching these how-to shows. There was a time when the only place to see an entire show devoted to cooking was on the local Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) station. Now there are entire cable channels devoting to cooking, but Chuck cut the cord months ago, so it’s pretty much back to PBS for him. Tell Chuck about your favorite cooking shows!
In episode 33, Chuck talks over the phone with his friend and return guest, Joel Albright, about hamburgers. Chuck and Joel talk about the origin of this meat patty on a bun—it may not be as straightforward as you think! Besides the chains known worldwide, there are regional ones as well. Joel tells us about the worst hamburger he’s had; but to be honest, he shouldn’t have been too surprised. Tell us about your favorite hamburger joint!
In episode 32, Chuck talks about Barney Miller! It’s a classic sitcom from the 1970s. The men, and occasional women, of the 12th precinct were a diverse bunch who served the Greenwich Village neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. Throughout its eight seasons, Captain Miller runs an incorruptible squad of detectives. Barney Miller is very well received by police officers for its realistic portrayal of cops!
In episode 31, Chuck sits down with his friend Pat Nevis to talk about Philadelphia! Pat spent the first eight years of his life there—well almost. Chuck visited there in November 2015 and had a great time! Lots of firsts happened in Philadelphia and it’s where Larry Fine of The Three Stooges was born! Chuck and Pat talk about what to see, do, and eat in Philly—there’s a lot more than the Liberty Bell and cheesesteaks! Independence Hall, Eastern State Penitentiary, Reading Terminal Market, and the Mütter Museum are well worth your time as well. If you’ve been to Philadelphia, let us know what your favorite attractions are.
In episode 30, Chuck talks about Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Chuck very briefly talks about some of the history and traditions of this joyous holiday. Childhood memories are shared, and there’s yet another harrowing journey to the desert—that was one rip-roaring flight. There’s a lot of Christmassy stuff that Chuck didn’t talk about, so let him know what your traditions are for the Christmas season!
In episode 29, Chuck talks with his friend, Laurie Fieffer, over the phone. Chuck and Laurie talk about board games! They grew up together and played many board games together. After discussing the history of board games, Chuck and Laurie reminisce about some of their favorites. Chuck learned about German-style board games during his research and then saw some of these games during his trip to Canada! Let them know which board games you used to play and/or which ones you currently enjoy playing!
In episode 28, Chuck talks about Thanksgiving! It’s that time of year when family and friends gather to give thanks for all that they have. Chuck talks about the origins of this American holiday. Remember it’s celebrated in the United States of America and in Canada. Childhood memories of this holiday are brought up, as are memories of one harrowing journey to the desert—that was one turkey of a flight. But seriously folks, let Chuck know what you’re thankful for this year!
In episode 27, Chuck sits down with his friend John Swinford to talk about running! John has been running since 2004 and has since run in many, many marathons. He ran in his 19th marathon, the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon® after we recorded this episode! Did John’s story of why he started running and the positive effects it’s had on his life inspire Chuck to take up running? (Chuck doubts it.) Tell us about your running experiences, and let us know what benefits you’ve received since you became a runner!
In episode 26, Chuck talks about Italian beef! It’s another one of those Chicago things. Like hot dogs, there are plenty of places to get these delicious sandwiches. Dry, wet, or dipped and with or without sweet peppers, mild giardiniera, or hot giardiniera—so many choices! Oh I suppose you can also top it with cheese. One joint is famous for being Jay Leno’s favorite. Let Chuck know which place you think serves the best Italian beef and how you like yours topped!
In episode 25, Chuck talks with his friends Mary Catherine (Britty) Pastoret (the first return guest) and Joe Osowski about Britcoms! These are British situation comedies. We talk about some well-known shows like Fawlty Towers and Absolutely Fabulous and other lesser-known shows like Steptoe and Son and Till Death Us Do Part. These last two became Sanford and Son and All in the Family, respectively, in the United States. We didn’t mention all of these crossovers—one of the best-known ones actually. Let us know which Britcom is your favorite and which one(s) we forgot to mention!
In episode 24, Chuck talks about Sudoku! It’s not “math”! It’s logic! It’s fun for Chuck just about every Saturday after he’s done eating his bagel. What do bagels have to do with Sudoku? Nothing! Leave it to the Japanese to come up with a puzzle that can be simple one day and next-to-impossible the next. Wait…what? Seriously though—give it a go if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to keep you mind active. Have you given any of the variations a try? If you have, let Chuck know about it.
In episode 23, Chuck talks with his friend Gene Varnado about his blog, The Franklin Chronicles! It’s more than a just a blog: there are films, podcast episodes, and music! Speaking of more, there is video to accompany this episode, and it’s the first episode recorded outside of Chuck’s home studio. Did this make Chuck nervous? Listen and watch to find out. Thanks to Gene’s family for sitting by for support. Special thanks to Charles and Suzy Moore for recording the video and audio. You can see the video portion and learn all about The Franklin Chronicles at www.franklinchronicles.com.
In episode 22, Chuck talks about summer Olympics! From the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony and the events in between, there’s…the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat…. That’s from ABC’s Wide World of Sports—but it’s still fitting here. Chuck does enjoy watching the summer Olympic Games, but does he enjoy the commentary that goes with them?
In episode 21, Chuck talks with his cousins Alan and Adriana Kurtzweg about Brazil! There’s more to the largest country in South America as well as Latin America than beaches and Carnival. The capital is Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro as some silly, scary movie might have us believe. Alan talks about the futuristic architecture of Brasília. Adriana is from the state of Rio Grande do Sul where Fogo de Chão was founded! We talk about Brazil’s use of hydroelectric power and ethanol. And, of course, we talk about Snake Island!
In episode 20, Chuck talks about Frisbee®! First things first: Frisbee® is a registered trademark of Wham-O. He talks about Frisbee Golf and Ultimate (formerly known as Ultimate Frisbee). From previous episodes you may have gathered that Chuck’s not really into sports. Well that’s true, but he loves to throw these plastic flying discs! And he’s pretty darn good at throwing them! Chuck thinks that last statement is true despite a particular story you’ll hear in this episode.
In episode 19, Chuck talks with his friend Bill Baker about craft beer! We’re not talking about the mass-produced swill the big boys pump out. We’re talking about the fine and varied brews created from yeast, malt, hops, and water. Bill believes every kind of beer has its place. Chuck believes that too but not in the same way. What are your favorite craft beers? Do you like the mass-produced stuff? Tell us about which beers we should try and where we can find them.
In episode 18, Chuck talks about summer! Here in Chicago, it’s not so much the heat it’s the humidity! (Thanks, mom!) What’s not to like about summery things? What’s not to love about picnics, beaches, and fireworks? Hold on to your hats, would you believe Chuck could find fault with these things! What’s the deal with flip-flops? (That’s Chuck’s Seinfeld impression.) Tell Chuck what you like and/or don’t like about summer.
In episode 17, Chuck talks with his friend Tom Kearney about acting! Tom talks about how he got his start in acting on the stage. Tom acts in plays, and he has directed plays. Chuck talks about the first time he tried to see Tom act in a play. Chuck and Tom trade theories of what the role of the audience is. Chicago actors and the respect they have from actors across the country is discussed as well. Tom ends up interviewing Chuck about his inspiration for starting the podcast. Do you like Chuck’s imitation of Jon Lovitz’s Master Thespian?
In episode 16, Chuck talks about award shows! What’s the point of these things? Why do people watch these shows? Why does Chuck watch these shows? Of course there are the big four (E. G. O. T.), but there are plenty of other awards that shouldn’t mean much to most folks. Do you watch award shows? Which part of the show is your favorite? Which part(s) could you do without? Share your thoughts about these narcissistic shows!
In episode 15, Chuck talks with his friends, Alan and Eli Tecktiel. That’s plural! It’s the first time there has been more than one guest on an episode of the podcast! Chuck, Alan, and Eli talk about vinyl records. These things were almost extinct! Thanks to the hipsters (and some artists and Eli), the medium that was all the rage for most of twentieth century is alive and well. What are these things that once needed a piece of furniture in order to hear them? What is their appeal? Where can you get them? What’s the coolest album cover? Tell us about your favorite record or album.
In episode 14, Chuck talks about theatergoing! Yes, it’s a noun—look it up! Chuck loves going to the theater to see plays. He’ll see a drama, a comedy, a dramedy, and maybe even a musical (maybe). Oh, but he doesn’t love everything about the theatergoing experience (surprise)—see it’s also an adjective! Tell Chuck about your favorite plays! What transgressions have you witnessed/endured while trying to enjoy the performance?
In episode 13, Chuck talks with his friend, Tom Greene, over the phone. That’s right listeners, it’s the first episode recorded over the phone! (The host has mad tech skills!) Chuck and Tom talk about people all people must deal with—jerks! Admit it, you’ve been a jerk. Chuck and Tom admit when they’ve been jerks. Are jerks born or bred? Once a jerk, always a jerk? Let us know about your encounters with a jerk—even (especially) if it was you!