Podcast Network

Welcome to the Champaign Showers Podcast Network. Locally-sourced music, sports, and interviews – for Champaign-Urbana, by Champaign-Urbana.

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The 200 Level

The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter is a weekly podcast focusing on Fighting Illini basketball and football.

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The Portal Giveth (05/01/22) The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter

Illinois basketball secures another big commitment, this time from the transfer portal: Terrence Shannon Jr., a 6'6" wing who can fill it up and play lock down D. Mike Carpenter reacts to the news, compares the Underwood era to Self's tenure, and digs into the delicious rivalry that's developed between the Illini and Michigan basketball programs.
  1. The Portal Giveth (05/01/22)
  2. Kofi Proburn (04/20/22)
  3. Skyy’s the Commit (04/07/22)
  4. The Offseason Cometh (03/29/22)
  5. Gratitude (03/22/22)
  6. Round of 32 Preview (03/19/22)

Champaign Is Also A Band

Sven interviews different C-U musicians (past or present) each episode to talk about a favorite song they’ve written, the CU music scene, and their favorite non-musical thing.

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Episode 85 – Eli of Mermaid Heaven – ”Nightbloom” Champaign Is Also A Band

Sven chats with Eli (She/Her) of Mermaid Heaven about her song "nightbloom," what makes a good music scene, and her favorite non-musical thing. "You" Video: https://youtu.be/olhQMf1oLzA (NPR Tiny Desk Concert entry) SONG: nightbloom ALBUM: Single   BANDS: Dalipop (~2014) Sleeping okami (~2016) Mermaid Heaven (~2018 to present) Favorite Treat: Jameson on the rocks and an amazing, simple cheesecake
  1. Episode 85 – Eli of Mermaid Heaven – ”Nightbloom”
  2. Bonus Episode 18 : Sean Kutzko – ChambanaJazz: Documenting the CU Jazz Scene
  3. Bonus Episode 17 : Perimeter Road Music Festival 2022
  4. Episode 84 – Luna of The Latex Figure -”Spiders In Your Head”
  5. Episode 83 – DB – ”EOTA”
  6. Episode 82 – Tristan & Andy of Boxcar Graffiti – ”Blind”

I Have To Ask…

Elizabeth Hess has a one-on-one sitdown with important Champaign-Urbana figures, from activists to elected officials.

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Episode 81: Ann Prisland, League of Women Voters of Champaign County I Have To Ask…With Elizabeth Hess

Episode 81: Ann Prisland, League of Women Voters of Champaign County by Elizabeth Hess
  1. Episode 81: Ann Prisland, League of Women Voters of Champaign County
  2. Episode 80 – Ray Long, Investigative Reporter, Chicago Tribune
  3. Episode 79: Champaign County Board Member Jenny Lokshin
  4. Episode 78: Steve Summers, Candidate for Champaign County Executive
  5. Episode 77 – 13th Congressional District Candidate David Palmer
  6. Episode 76: Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Ben Dyer