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FOF #2724 – Love for Sale

In the modern age privacy has become the key battleground. World War 3 is thankfully not being fought with nuclear weapons but with dick pics and headless torsos on Grindr.

Today performance artist and cooking drag queen Vita Santa Mamita joins us to take a look at the crazy mixed up world of gay dating apps, her outrageous and delicious drag performances and her adventures as an HIV educator in Malawi.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 24 days ago 0

FOF #2711 – The Complicated Case of Jussie Smollett

Like an episode of the prime time melodrama Empire, the case of Jussie Smollett has everyone hanging on the edge of their seat wondering was he or wasn’t he a victim of a hate crime?

Today, comedian Matt Brown joins us to take a look at the complicated case of Jussie Smollett and how race, sexual identity, celebrity and fascism intertwine to make for one hell of a case.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 2 months ago 0

FOFA #1018 – Run, Lady Vera Parker, Run!

There’s a new development coming shortly about Lady Vera Parker, now known as the Seatbelt Psychic, so to get you caught up with her story, check out this classic podcast form 2009.

Drag queen Lady Vera Parker moved to Chicago with the hopes of making it big as an entertainer. Her dreams were dashed when she was pulled over in U-Haul truck she allegedly stole in Kentucky. When the police pulled up her record they found a laundry list of check fraud and deception warrants.

Posted in: Classic Podcasts, Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 2 months ago 0

FOF #2703 – Muffy Fishbasket Gets Real

With the rise of the internet, web videos and reality TV shows, queer artists have access to an unprecedented amount of visibility and while it seems like the possibilities of having a real career as a drag queen are endless, is it really so easy?

Today Muffy Fishbasket, the campy queen from Camp Wannakiki joins us to talk about how to make it work when the work seems daunting.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 2 months ago 0

FOF #2702 – The Legend of the Bearded Lady

One of the most talked about names in Chicago gay nightclub history is The Bearded Lady, who is now a bit of a legend because many who remembered her are either dead or were too drunk to remember anything.

Today historian Owen Keehnen joins us to chat about his new book ”Dugan’s Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady” which looks at the life of the Bearded Lady, who ruled the roost at Dugan’s Bistro, a Chicago disco that pioneered the use of spectacle in nightclubs, later adopted by clubs like the famous Studio 54.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast, Writers 2 months ago 2

FOF #2662 – The Queen of Nice is Now the Queen of Camp

Kindness is in short supplies these days, so it’s great to see Chicago’s Queen of Nice, Alexis, snatch the coveted crown on Camp Wannakiki. Today Alexis P Bevels, the winner of Camp Wannakiki joins us to take a look at her time at the drag internment camp and what it takes to go all way!

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast, YouTube Celebrities 6 months ago 3

FOF #2612 – Chicago’s Weird & Wonderful Secret Spots

As people plan their summer getaways, many folks who enjoy the podcast write to us to ask: “what should I do while I’m in the Windy City?

Joining us to talk about some of Chicago’s hidden gems is writer Jessica Mlinaric whose new book, Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird Wonderful, and Obscure is now available.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 12 months ago 3

FOF #2540 – Rainbow Magic at the Belmont Rocks

Although we like to think of our LGBT spots as permanent places that will always be there, the reality is that they come and go.

Today writer and historian Owen Keehnan joins us to talk about the Belmont Rocks, a very public space where LGBT folks hung out in the sun to find community and a little bit of love in the early days of the queer rights movement.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 2 years ago 0

FOF #2529 – Is This Goodbye?

Chicago has long been the place people come to make something of themselves before moving elsewhere- students, immigrants, and artists all come to the Windy City to work on their craft and when they are ready, they move on, just like Oprah.

Joining us today is comedian Eric Clements to talk about the uproar a “Chicago breakup letter” is causing and why folks are eagerly rushing to defend the city.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 2 years ago 2

FOF #2507 – Underwear that’s Fun to Wear

In the early 80s, designer Calvin Klein used gorgeously muscular men to promote his underwear brand which turned an everyday undergarment into a sexualized fashion accessory that not only changed the way people think about underwear, but also how men look at their own bodies.

Joining us is comedian Carma Nibarger to talk about underpants and how women have managed over the centuries to corral their boobies – from corsets, to bullet bras, to letting it all hang out.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 2 years ago 2