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The First Time is a regular storytelling and reading series benefiting CHIRP Radio. Each reader tells a personal story based on that month’s theme, and requests a song that’s played by our band, The First Time Three.

First Time First Catch | Steve Krakow

Chicago-native Plastic Crimewave aka Steven Krakow is known for being a "psychedelic guru" of sorts, and is the creator of the Galactic Zoo Dossier, a hand-drawn magazine published by Drag City since 2001. Crimewave also runs the Galactic Zoo Disk reissue label imprint that is manufactured/distributed by Drag City and roving label Galactic Archives, draws/writes the bi-weekly Secret History of Chicago Music comics for the Chicago Reader for over a decade, has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary art, and has drawn countless comics, posters and album covers.and art for Lush Cosmetics.

From 2001-2011, PCW headed up Plastic Crimewave Sound, legendary space-punk ensemble that recorded 5 LPs, toured nationally with Acid Mothers temple, Comets on Fire and The Ponys, and whom Julian Cope described as "outtasite." PCW currently leads Plastic Crimewave
Syndicate (who have opened for Hawkwind, Keiji Haino, Loop, Purling Hiss and Woods); conducts the Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra of up to 70 guitarists (performed in NY, Hyde Park Arts Center, and every year at the Hideout block party),
and has DJ-ed all over the world--from London to Tokyo.

produced by Brian Heath

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Topics: chicago music, drag city, first catch, first time, martyrs, plastic crimewave, steve krakow

First Time First Catch | Micki LeSueur

Micki LeSueurIn addition to writing stories for fun and her own amusement, Micki LeSueur is a creative director and copywriter, writing fiction posing as non-fiction and putting on shows for major corporations and their agencies. She is also the founder and host of Fictlicious, a live reading and music series at The Hideout in Chicago, and president and founder of Coat Angels, a local not-for-profit proving warm winter coats for cold Chicago kids.  

produced by Brian Heath

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Topics: chicago, dating, first catch, martyrs, micki lesueur, storytelling, the first time, the hideout

First Time First Test - Allie Wachowski

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The self appointed Mariah Carey of the midwest, Allie Wachowski has been described by bouncers as the "Wicked Witch of Logan Square," "Logan Square Famous", and "Can You Stop?" She's an aspiring Instagram honey and one third of the world's only living podcast, Amateur Hour. You can find her in her element on twitter @alliewach. She politely requests you refrain from speaking to her about anything that isn't hot dogs.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, depression, first time, gerald dowd, hospitalization, liam davis, live lit, look what they've done to my song, martyrs', melanie safka, mental illness, normal, ptsd, schizophrenia, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling

First Time First Test - Dan Epstein

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Dan started in radio in the 1990s as a DJ and producer for jazz stations in San Diego and San Francisco. During that time, Dan was co-producer of an occasional radio comedy series called The Cabinet of Dr. Marconi. As a CHIRP volunteer, Dan's been news director, one-third of the production director triumvirate, and features producer. He likes hats, and his 1979 Vespa scooter. Dan can trace his lineage all the way back to the first single-celled organism.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein
 

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Topics: 1980s, alan price, army, basic training, chicago, conflict, cooperation, first time, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', o lucky man, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, the reagan years

First Time First Test - Bill Ayers

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William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has written extensively about social justice and democracy, education and the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. His books include A Kind and Just Parent; Teaching toward Freedom; Fugitive Days: A Memoir; Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident; On the Side of the Child; To Teach: The Journey, in Comics;  and Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, first time, gerald dowd, i wish i knew how it would feel to be free, innauguration, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', nina simone, peace ball, pussy hats, resistance, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, trump election, women's march

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