Episode 212: Jay Wolke

September 20, 2009 · Print This Article

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Jay Wolke
This week: Duncan and guest interviewer (who really does most of the interviewing while Duncan slumbers) Anna Kunz talk to artist and educator Jay Wolke! This entertaining and at times wacky interview is not to be missed. As you listen to this you can think to yourself; “I wonder what general zaniness was in the 10 minutes Richard chopped out of this show for the purposes of brevity and flow”, but you can rest comfortable that most of it consisted of Anna giving Duncan a hard time.

Do not miss the longest, most unfocused and rant laden outro/credits in the history of the show, where Richard and Duncan are interrupted by Buses, the El, a panhandler, and Richard’s spontaneous rant about a cop on a Segway smoking a cigarette. This spawns a discussion about the ascendancy of “douchebag” in the contemporary lexicon.

Wow. That is a lot of quality show!

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Jay Wolke is professor and chair of the department of art and design at Columbia College Chicago, and the author of All Around the House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life. Dominic A. Pacyga is a professor at Columbia College Chicago, and the author and editor of numerous books on Chicago’s history, including Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago and Chicago, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway
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4 Responses to “Episode 212: Jay Wolke”

  1. I like the shooting verbs not nouns comment. Wolke has some great insights. Freeways and interstates they are like oceans and leviathans in one big Twinkie, you fear someday they may take more than a limb and yet the spermaceti filling is so soothing and therapeutic. douche bag –Rubber Rose-Summers Eve.

  2. Great job Anna, welcome to BaS as interviewer.

  3. The Dan Ryan works discussed here are really great. Some of them can be found on Wolke’s site under “Projects” and then “Along the Divide.” That title alone is perfect. I like Jay’s last last name too, as an aside, German for “Cloud.” Seems somehow appropriate.
    http://www.jaywolke.com/index.php?g=4

  4. Anna was so great! I hope she is on more!

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