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A crusader for truth, or, as Karl Rove called him: “a nut with internet access”? Jason Leopold wanted to be a part of something, and that quest brought him through a labyrinthine world of decadent glam metal, dangerous mafioso, love, investigative journalism challenging the heights of government and corporate power, and the collisions of past and present. His story is the subject of the season three premiere of the critically-acclaimed Love + Radio podcast.

He also wrote the Process Media book News Junkie.

Presented publicly for the first time in Chicago, this event also celebrates Love + Radio’s debut as a WBEZ podcast. We’ll feature a mind-blowing hour-long audio screening, followed by Q+A and reception. Love + Radio director Nick van der Kolk and producer Sarah Lu will be in attendance, joined via video conference by sound designer Brendan Baker in New York City.

WBEZ’s Love + Radio features intimate interviews with an eclectic range of subjects from the seedy to the sublime, permeated by music and otherworldly production. It won the top prize at the 2011 Third Coast Festival Competition (often described as the “Sundance of public radio”), the first podcast to do so in the competition’s 11-year history.

This is event is brought to you by High Concept Laboratories. High Concept Laboratories is an arts service organization dedicated to supporting working artists and engaging the Chicago community in arts and culture. Partnering with artist on every step of the creative process from experimentation and development to presentation and performance, the organization offers high quality, no-cost support services including administrative assistance, production support and space use to projects of vision and merit. HCL also curates and hosts artist showcases, presents special events, and facilitates community and educational arts partnerships. With a vibrant cycle of events and process-support, High Concept Laboratories grows community alongside culture and fosters new audiences for the arts.