XRT Morning Show

Keith Richards Interview: Lin Talks To The Coolest Guitarist In The Business

The myth is flash and bone. Keith Richards."The human riff." Keef. He walks the stage like a benevolent pirate. His laugh crackles and rumbles like a mine about to cave. His autobiography is so improbable that 500 years from now, people will believe it was a novel. In the spirit of scientific...
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Mick Jagger Interview: Mick and Lin In Conversation

The Rolling Stones are my Mount Olympus, my Grail, my refuge in good times and bad. They also have helped me answer some common questions. What is the greatest song ever written? Gimme Shelter What is your desert island disc? Exile on Main Street What is the best show you've ever seen? The Rolling...
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The Rolling Stones at the United Center 6/3/2013

An acoustic “You Got The Silver” from Let It Bleed and the gritty and poignant “Before They Make Me Run.” Keith Richards in all his glory.
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Lin, What Were Things Like When You Were A Kid? (Lin's Bin)

Wooden school desks were so sturdy that you could save yourself from thermonuclear war by hiding underneath them.
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Swinging with the Hammer of the Gods: Robert Plant Linterview

October 1st, 2014, we were ushered into a private room at City Winery Chicago. 40 XRT listeners had been selected at random to join Robert Plant and me for a very special and intimate conversation. The album Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar had been released September 8, 2014. In a wide-ranging...
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Before The Who There Was The Hairy Who

It is not unusual for Chicago Sun-Times Neil Steinberg to alert me to some cool happening in Chicago. In this case it was his blog entry about The Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition of works from The Hairy Who, an art collective with a very rock and roll name. It reminded me that I wrote about...
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Is Being a Cub Fan Going to Kill Me?

I haven't been the only one. "The Cubs are killin' me." Your devotion has been a life-long liability. It all reminded me that I once wrote about the health benefits of being a Cub fan. In 2012, Tracy asked, "Lin- Is being a cubs fan going to kill me? I have symptoms: heart palpatations, mood swings...
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Is it better to have loved and lost, or to have never loved at all?

from the Lin's Bin files: Jonathan Insley asks “Is it better to have loved and lost, or to have never loved at all?” Love is as deep as the lake. And as sweet as a summer breeze. “Love is a rose but you better not pick it It only grows when it's on the vine” Neil Young Is it better to have loved...
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The Police, A Leopard and the Case of the Missing Microphones

The Hullabaloo in Rennselaer, N.Y. was a music club owned and built by a carpenter so its interior was largely unfinished wood. It smelled like a saw mill and in the days of cigarette smoking, you couldn’t help but feel that you were watching music in a tinderbox. The Hullabaloo had a working...
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The Empty Nester's Lament

Dear Lin, My youngest son went off to college this fall which leaves me and my husband alone for the first time in 21 years. We are trying to relate to this new phase in our life known as empty nesting. Can you provide any insight for us? The old toys. The boxes of Legos. The endless assortment of...
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