Sundays and Thursdays at 11AM CST, Eye 94 broadcasts from Lumpen Radio (105.5 FM) in Bridgeport, Chicago. Hosted by Jeremy 'Malcontent' Kitchen, Mike Sack, and Lumpen's own Jamie Trecker.

Eye 94 Radio would not be possible without the production skills of Jamie Trecker or the facilities at Lumpen Radio/Co-Prosperity Sphere. Thank you, and thank you.

Take a peak at our list of shows from 2017

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29 November 2018

Rebecca Makkai (#52) -- (when all your friends are dying it feels like war...)

We taped our interview with Makkai in front of a live audience at The Dial Bookshop in downtown Chicago. Makkai's novel The Great Believers was a finalist for this year's National Book Award. It has a two-for-one plot line, following a group of young men in Boystown Chicago during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and a mother searching for her wayward daughter in 2015 Paris. Check it out!

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18 November 2018

Meghan O'Gieblyn (#51) -- (allergic to NPR...)

Interior States is a collection of O'Gieblyn's magazine essays from the last few years. The subjects range from Alcoholics Anonymous to Mike Pence to the marriage of machine and human. She left the Christian faith over a decade ago, but her evangelical upbringing, her ravenous intelligence, keen eye for detail, and honest self-reflection make her an original and fascinating writer on U.S. modernity. Reminiscent of some of David Foster Wallace's essays. We had a great conversation.

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4 November 2018

Ingrid Rojas Contreras (#49?) -- (narcos, through a child's eye...)

Rojas Contreras joined us by phone from San Francisco to discuss her debut novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree. You might, in a crude but not wholly inaccurate way, describe the novel as a cross between the narrative style of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and the factual content of Gabriel García Marquez's News of a Kidnapping. We also got a little preview of Ingrid's fascinating family.

This episode was aired on the radio before the #50? show, but taped after. Hence the strange numbering of the episodes.

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30 October 2018

Janice Law (#50?) -- (eye 93...)

Jamie's mom returns, this time for a live show at the Richard J. Daley Chicago Public Library. Mike was out of town for this one, and Jamie tried not to embarrass Jeremy at his place of work.

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28 October 2018

Ronald Kitchen (#48) -- (the midnight crew...)

Forced to confess to five murders under seventeen hours of brutal torture, Kitchen spent twenty-one years wrongfully imprisoned, a dozen of them on death row. He was exonerated and released from prison in 2009. A new book out from Chicago Review Press, My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge's Police Torture Ring and Death Row, tells his story. Kitchen joined us by phone from Philadelphia.

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18 October 2018

Corinne Halbert (#47) -- (death and sex...)

Chicago local artist/author/illustrator Corinne Halbert said two of the things that fascinate her most are death and sex, and that she tries to incorporate them into her work. She sat down with Eye 94 at Pilsen Community Books to talk about her work, the history of horror comics, censorship, and other potentially disturbing subjects.

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30 September 2018

Dubravka Ugresic (#46) -- (yugo-americana...)

We had the honor and pleasure of hosting Dubravka Ugresic in the Lumpen studios this morning! Ugresic has published twenty books in Croatian over four decades, fourteen of them translated to English. She has won numerous international literary prizes. She had two books released on Open Letter Books this year, Fox and American Fictionary. Today we discussed American Fictionary, a compilation of essays Ugresic wrote between 1991 and 1993, when she fled her native Croatia and landed a guest professorship in Middletown, Connecticut.

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20 September 2018

Kathleen Belew (#45) -- (white power...)

Kathleen Belew, an assistant professor of US history at the University of Chicago and author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, sat down with us in front of a live audience at Pilsen Community Books. Check out the link for our conversation, including questions from the audience.

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16 August 2018

Ling Ma (#44) -- (apocalypse now...)

We were back in the historic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago at The Dial bookshop to speak with Ling Ma about her debut novel, Severance. The crowd was so large we had to move the show out of the shop and into the hallway. Thank you to all who came out to support Ling, Eye 94, and The Dial!

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22 July 2018

Janice Law (a.k.a. Jamie's Mom!) (#43) -- (the painter sleuth...)

Mystery novelist and writer Janice Law joins us in the studio for some great talk on writing, Francis Bacon (the painter), gay fiction, the publishing industry, and books and books and books.

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19 July 2018

Adam Morgan/Chicago Review of Books (#42) -- (19th century Chicago fiction...)

The Dial bookshop hosted Adam Morgan (Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Review of Books) and the Eye 94 crew for a talk about the Review's reprinting of The Cliff-Dwellers, a Chicago classic from 1893. Thank you Adam and thank you Dial!

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15 July 2018

Sergio de la Pava (#41)

Great conversation with the author of A Naked Singularity, Personae, and most recently, Lost Empress. We talked NFL, US criminal justice system, Sergio's life as a New York City public defender, theoretical physics, Joni Mitchell, and social power structures. Thank you, Sergio!

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21 June 2018

Megan Stielstra (#40)

It was the third Thursday of the month, and that meant our friends at Pilsen Community Books hosted another live show of Eye 94. This month we sat down with Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, a collection of essays. The essays explore a variety of subjects, including fear, writing, teaching, gun violence, sex, failure, and more. One of the essays, "Here is My Heart", has been included in a three part series on gun violence at Longreads. Read that series here.

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10 June 2018

Nafissa Thompson-Spires (#39)

Heads of the Colored People is the title of Thompson-Spires's new collection of stories, now out from Atria/37 INK. The stories explore the psychological and physical worlds of middle class black lives, often surrounded by a sea of white people.

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3 June 2018

Jim Elledge (#38)

We phoned Jim in Kentucky to discuss his twenty-fourth book, The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century. Some great Chicago history in this one. Thanks, Jim!

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17 May 2018

Dominic A. Pacyga (#37)

We were back at Pilsen Community Books for our monthly live show, this time featuring author and professor Dominic A. Pacyga and his new book, Slaughterhouse: Chicago's Union Stock Yard and the World it Made. Tune in to hear about the "squeal wheel", Dominic's time as a worker in the stockyards, labor union struggles, and the potential of livestock returning to the urban setting.

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6 May 2018

Joe Peterson (#36)

In Peterson's Gunmetal Blue, detective Art Topp is grieving the grisly murder of his wife. We spoke with Joe about grief, gun violence, genre fiction, and the portrayal of the working class in literary fiction, among other things. Thanks, Joe!

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22 April 2018

Grab Bag (#35)

Jeremy brought a couple of his colleagues, Steve and Kelly, from the library to join us for a grab bag show. The books we discussed are as follows:

Jeremy: Ice by Anna Kavan

Kelly: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Jamie: The High Priest of California by Charles Willeford

Steve: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Mike: Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter

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15 April 2018

Jim Gauer (#34)

Jim Gauer wrote a novel called Novel Explosives. He woke up before the sunrise everyday for seven years to finish it. It's about a lot of things. Maximalist, many would call it. The subjects of artillery ammunition, poetry, corporate finance, drug trafficking, money laundering, Ciudad Juárez, drug cartels, pharmacology, Western philosophy, neuroscience, fiction, language, among others, are all explored in great detail within the narrative. The narrative: A man wakes up in Guanajuato, Mexico not knowing who he is or how he got there; a venture capitalist is struggling to write his memoirs of financial stardom; and two gunmen cross the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso to Ciudad Juarez in search of an anonymous man they've been contracted to kill.

We spoke with Jim about books, Thomas Pynchon and the municipal water qualities of coastal California and Manhattan Beach, and his time spent in Juárez, Mexico researching for the novel.

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29 March 2018

Michael P. Daley (#33)

We taped this show in front of a live audience at Pilsen Community Books. Michael's book, Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld, is the result of five years' research and conversation with the subject himself. Bobby BlueJacket, an Eastern Shawnee Native American, was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1948. Read the book for a ride on the BlueJacket wild side. Thank you, Michael!

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11 March 2018

Gary Indiana (#32)

We called Gary in New York City to discuss the re-release of Three Month Fever from Semiotext(e). Three Month Fever chronicles the life of Andrew Cunanan and the US media circus in what Mr. Indiana has called pastiche form. Cunanan killed five men over a three month period in 1997 before killing himself. We all laughed a lot with each other. Inappropriate?

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4 March 2018

Frances FitzGerald (#31)

We called up the Pulitzer Prize winning author in Connecticut to discuss her latest work, The Evangelicals.

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22 February 2018

Eve Ewing (#30)

Eve pretty much ran the show tonight, and it was a pleasure to kick back and enjoy. This show was taped in front of a live audience at Pilsen Community Books. Thanks, Eve!

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4 February 2018

Grab Bag/Dorothy, a publishing project (#29)

We each took a pick and brought it to the mics:

Jeremy: Mirages of the Mind by Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi (New Directions)

Mike: Gnomon by Nick Harkaway (Knopf)

Jamie: The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington (Dorothy, a publishing project)

Martin Riker, co-founder of Dorothy, a publishing project, joined us by phone from St. Louis for some great book talk. Thanks, Martin!

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18 January 2018

Joe Allen (#28)

Author and activist Joe Allen joined us at Pilsen Community Books for a live taping of Eye 94. We discussed his books Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost and People Wasn't Made to Burn: A True Story of Race, Murder, and Justice in Chicago. Thanks for coming out, Joe.

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14 January 2018

Ivy Pochoda (#27)

We called up Ivy in Los Angeles to talk about Wonder Valley, her third novel, which takes place in: Los Angeles. Jamie gives a verbal reconstructive blueprint of the city; Ivy talks about her time as a professional squash player; Mike wonders what the differences between racquetball and squash are; Jeremy wants to know about Ivy's pet rabbits. And we all talk about her new novel, where five characters from five absurdly different walks of life all become intertwined in the search for meaning in their lives. Warning: drugs, sex, and violence. Thanks, Ivy!

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7 January 2018

Archipelago Books (#26)

We speak with Kendall Storey, editor and publicist at Archipelago Books, about the Archipelago catalog. It was a pleasure, Kendall! Titles mentioned include: Sarajevo Marlboro by Milenko Jergovic (trans. by Stela Tomasevic), Nest in the Bones by Antonio Di Benedetto (trans. by Martina Broner), My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard (trans. by Don Bartlett), Incest by Christine Angot (trans. by Tess Lewis), and For Isabel: A Mandala by Antonio Tabucchi (trans. by Elizabeth Harris).

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