Running Stanley’s

I got a chance to talk with the man in charge at Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap last week.  Jack Binyon has been involved with a number of bars and restaurants around the city.  He has been in the business since before the Jordan days in Chicago and his family has been selling food, beer and spirits here since before the great depression when his father won his first restaurant in a game of backgammon.

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6 Questions About Corporate Social Responsibility with John Kim

1. What is CSR and why does it matter?

CSR stands for corporate social responsibility and stems from the idea that corporations and businesses have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens, and not just maximize profits for shareholders.  CSR includes environmental stewardship, community investment, employee engagement, and other areas. In general, my brand of CSR revolves around the idea that the private sector/businesses and the non-profit sector can have mutually beneficial relationships to address societal/community problems.

2. Who are you and how did you get interested in this?

I’m John Kim, a mix of do-gooder, brand strategist, bicyclist, and soccer fan.  I first got interested in the idea of businesses and non-profits partnering to do some good in the world when I worked at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC.  Foodbanks are a really wonderful (and successful) illustration of how businesses and non profits can have a mutually beneficial relationship in service of a cause; hunger alleviation in this case.  Foodbanks depend on the donations of the the food industry (manufacturers, grocers, etc.) to distribute to organizations in need.  And foodbanks provide food manufacturers 2 things: 1. an outlet for perfectly edible food that they would’ve had to pay to get destroyed  and 2. a feedback loop that tells the business where areas of inefficiency were; what product lines didn’t sell well, etc. It’s beautiful.  And while foodbanks won’t solve the problem of food insecurity it certainly fills a crucial niche. Read more

Defending the Detainees at Guantanamo (Part 2)

This is the second part of my interview with Candace Gorman civil rights lawyer for two of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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Part one of this podcast is available here

Photo Credit: Tim Pearce

Defending Detainees at Guantanamo (Part 1)

Candace Gorman is a civil rights lawyer with an office in Greektown. Last week she sat down with me to talk about her pro bono work with two of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. I was floored by some of what Candace had to say.

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Because of the importance and serious nature of the subject matter, I had trouble editing this interview to the usual ten to fifteen minutes. So, today I have broken the interview into two parts. The first part is above and the second is available here.

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Welcome to NorthandClark.net

This is the redesign/new site.  All the content is the same I have just moved to a new more personalized format.  There is a lot more that can be done with this site visually and I am excited to get started.

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If you have just been redirected fear not!  You’re in the right place.  We’re still interviews, you still have access to all the audio you have been listening to, its still Casey Brazeal behind the curtain and you will still be able to get the weekly podcasts.

There’s a lot of great content coming up including: interviews with a lawyer for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, southern rocker turned city boy I.J. Quinn, and a discussion of what its like to own a bar.

If you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments about the new site please leave them below.

Oktoberfest in Milwaukee

Fred Brewer talks about Oktoberfest and his quest to bring it to Milwaukee.

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Drinking Larry’s Beer (Mini-Podcast)

This is a selection from my interview with Larry Coble, house brewer for the Brew and Grow store. Larry is a home brewer a story teller and the perfect person to talk beer with.  Not only is he endlessly knowledgeable on the subject he’s also approachable easy going and loves to share the beer love.  That day we shared a beer, critiqued it and he even gave me the recipe.

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If you want to here the rest of Larry’s interview or read more about homebrewing check out this and this

You Are Jazz to Me

Friend of the site Ian Randall reads a love poem about “the only truly American art form.”

If you like this please you can check out Ian’s interview and another poem here.

If this post looks funny that’s not Ian’s fault.  We are still working on the video feature, but it should play nicely.


Beer Man, House Brewer, and Homebrewer: Larry Coble

Long time house brewer for Brew and Grow, Larry Coble talks homebrew, history and hops from a seat next to four five-gallon carboys of brewing beer.  We talk about how to drink, make and appreciate beer.

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What To Do When You Can’t Control Your Circumstances

By Josh Hanagarne,

Long story short, I am dealing with a horrible case of Tourette’s Syndrome that has resurfaced with a bang after years of being more dormant.

It causes me to injure myself in a lot of different ways, none of them on purpose. But so what? Hopelessness and misery are beneath me, and they are beneath you as well.

Things that used to put me on my back and cripple me are now just making me irritated and productive. Mainly because I have learned to love a good fight.

We all have situations that feel intolerable. Pains that we would rather not bear and can’t figure out. The good news is, anyone can learn to deal with situations and circumstances that they can’t control. You can do it too.

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