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Mark Bazer is a Chicago-based writer whose column is syndicated by Tribune Media Services. He hosts a monthly talk show at the Hideout in Chicago. His Web site is www.markbazer.com.

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Jeff Mauro "The Sandwich King" Doesn't Talk Sandwiches on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Jeff Mauro is the Sandwich King on Food Network. But he steers clear of sandwiches in favor of topics such as "why you should marry a nurse" and "Tony and Tina's Wedding" in this interview with host Mark Bazer on The Interview Show.

Filmed at The Hideout, Dec. 5, 2014. Next Interview Show is Friday, Feb, 6, 2015.

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Talking Birth Control (and the Birth of It) With Jonathan Eig

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:33 AM

Jonathan Eig, author of biographies of Jackie Robinson, Al Capone and Lou Gehrig, turns his attention to the story of the birth-control pill in his latest book, The Birth of the Pill. Eig came on The Interview Show, which I host, to talk the science, politics and sociology behind what...

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Talking Rapture, Blister, Burn With the Goodman's Kimberly Senior

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo's play about the choices women have to make -- as well as the choices they're not given a chance to make -- is at Chicago's Goodman Theatre Jan. 17 to Feb. 22. The director, Kimberly Senior, came on The Interview Show to talk about the play, her...

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Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine Talks College Football Then and Now

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Dave Revsine, the Big Ten Network's lead studio host, stopped by The Interview Show to talk about his book on the beginnings of college football, The Opening Kickoff -- and how the game has changed and remained the same since then. (Filmed Nov. 7. 2014, at The Hideout, in Chicago.)

The next Interview Show, the show's seventh anniversary, is Feb. 6 at The...

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Filmmaker Steve James Talks Life Itself, Roger Ebert on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Documentary filmmaker Steve James stopped by The BIG Interview Show, at The Abbey Pub in September 2014, to talk about his new movie, Life Itself, about the life of Roger Ebert.

Our next show is Nov. 7, at The Hideout, in Chicago, with Kelly Hogan and more! http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/693931 and theinterviewshowchicago.com.

Thanks to Ben Chandler, Adam Peindl, Neal...

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Saba Talks 'ComfortZone' on 'The Interview Show'

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 7:19 PM

Saba's new mixtape, "ComfortZone," is one of the year's best. Lot of fun to have him on The Interview Show.


Filmed at The Hideout, this summer (Aug. 1, 2014). Next Interview Show is Nov. 7, with Kelly Hogan and more!


Thanks to Ben Chandler, Adam Peindl and Kevin...

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Jeff and Spencer Tweedy Talk and Perform on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Jeff and son Spencer Tweedy join me on The Interview Show to talk about their new album, Sukierae, as well as about autographing Dominick's receipts, a band called Sexfist and much more. Plus, they perform "You Are Not Alone," a song Jeff wrote for Mavis Staples.

Filmed at The Abbey Pub Sept. 12, 2014. Thanks to Ben Chandler and Adam Peindl. Next Interview Show is Nov. 7 at The Hideout....

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Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One Performs on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Hologram Kizzie, aka Psalm One, closed out the The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, at the MCA on February 7, 2014. Her new album is Hug Life.


The Interview Show normally takes place the first Friday of every month at The Hideout. More at www.theinterviewshowchicago.com....

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Art Institute President Douglas Druick Talks Art and Life on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Douglas Druick, the Art Institute of Chicago's president and director, visited The Interview Show to talk about the museum, his "eureka" experiences with art and the best time of day to look at paintings. (Filmed at The Hideout, March 7, 2014)



The next Interview Show is April 4, 2014, at The Hideout. Guests include Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me Host Peter Sagal....

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Paul Kahan Talks Blackhawks, Rahm, Haircuts, Cats and a Little Bit About Food

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Chef Paul Kahan, part of the One Off Hospitality Group (Blackbird, Avec, Nico), stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, Jan 3, to talk his new restaurant Nico Osteria ... and a whole bunch of other things. (Filmed Jan. 3, 2014, at The Hideout)

The next Interview Show is March 7 at The Hideout. More info at...

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Lagunitas' Tony Magee Talks His Craft

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Tony Magee, founder and head of Lagunitas Brewing Company, talks with The Interview Show host Mark Bazer about the future of craft beer, the subjectivity of beer, the real reason Goose Island bought Budweiser and more. Next Interview Show is Feb. 7 at the MCA in Chicago.

Recorded at The Hideout, in Chicago, Dec. 6, 2014.

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Monsters: Rich Cohen Talks His New Chicago Bears Book on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Rich Cohen stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, to talk about his new book, Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. Rich talks Doug Plank's smelling salts, Mike Ditka's outfits, Jim McMahon's suburban neighbors and more. Filmed at The Hideout Nov. 1, 2013....

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Bill Siegel Talks 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Documentary filmmaker Bill Siegel stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, to talk about The Trials of Muhammad Ali. The movie, from Kartemquin Films, explores Ali's "exile years" after he refused to fight in Vietnam and how his "choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates...

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Chicago Reader Political Reporter Mick Dumke Returns to The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Frequent Interview Show guest Mick Dumke stopped by the show, hosted by Mark Bazer, to talk about Chicago politicians, violence in the city and more from his recent reporting for the Chicago Reader. (Filmed at The Hideout, Oct. 4, 2013.)


Next Interview Show is Friday, Nov. 1, at The...

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Daniel Okrent Talks 'Old Jews Telling Jokes' on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Maybe you know Daniel Okrent as the creator of fantasy baseball. Maybe you know him as the first public editor for The New York Times, or the author of books on Prohibition and Rockefeller Center. Or maybe you know him as an Old Jew Telling Jokes. Here he is talking...

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Hebru Brantley Talks Art, Life and Jabba the Hut on The Interview Show

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Artist Hebru Brantley stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, to talk about his art (including "The Watch," now at Pioneer Court), his life (including having Q-Tip DJ his recent birthday) and more. (Filmed at The Hideout, in Chicago, Oct. 4, 2013)

Next show is Nov. 1 at The Hideout....

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The Original Inspiration for '23' Featuring Miley Cyrus

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Turns out producer Mike WiLL's new song, "23," featuring Miley Cyrus was originally called "13" and was inspired by another Chicago Bulls legend. Here's a screenshot from the original video shoot.

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Doug Sohn Talks Good Hot Doug's Tattoos, Bad Hot Doug's Songs and More

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn, one of our all-time favorite guests, returns to The Interview Show to talk about his new book called ... Hot Doug's: The Book. We talk Hot Doug's tattoos, Hot Doug's songs and conversations that should have taken place in 1978.

Next Interview Show is Oct. 4, at The Hideout, in Chicago. More at...

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Sam Lipsyte Talks Fiction, Kids, Kids in Fiction and More on The Interview Show

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Fiction writer Sam Lipsyte stopped by The Interview Show to talk his new short-story collection, The Fun Parts, writing about kids, growing up the son of a sportswriter and more with host Mark Bazer. Filmed May 16, 2013, at Union Hall, in Brooklyn. More at www.theinterviewshowchicago.com.

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Director Joe Swanberg Talks 'Drinking Buddies' on 'The Interview Show'

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Joe Swanberg returns to The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer, to talk making his new film Drinking Buddies, star Olivia Wilde's dangerous moment at a brewery, how his moviemaking goals have shifted and more. In theaters now.

(Interview filmed at The Hideout, in Chicago, Aug. 2, 2013)

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