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19 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
A LARP in the park with Belegarth | Under Rocks podcast
How would you handle yourself in a medieval melee? Do you know what realm you live in? In the latest Under Rocks podcast, our team joins up with Team Belegarth in a Kane County park. When the herald cries "weapons up," these foam fighters really "lay on!"
24 minutes | May 20, 2022
A Pod of Pelicans | Under Rocks podcast
So you've spotted a flock of huge white birds with comically-large beaks riding the Rock River surf. They couldn't possibly be pelicans, could they? They're far too exotic for the Midwest. Right?WNIJ's Under Rocks team heads out in search of the American White Pelican — and finds a festival devoted to these spring-time visitors along the way.Email us your story ideas at email@example.com!
28 minutes | Apr 23, 2022
A prescription for fire | Under Rocks podcast
Sometimes, the best way to fix something is to burn it down -- especially when it comes to natural areas choked with invasive plants. Things heat up for the Under Rocks crew as they tag along with Jack Pizzo and Associates for a prescribed burn at his house.
14 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
The Sappening | Under Rocks Podcast
A splash of real maple syrup can mean the difference between a good waffle and a great waffle. And once you know the amount of work that goes into making that tablespoon of sweet amber liquid, it becomes even more delicious. We tap into our local sapspert to guide us through the magical transformation we're calling The Sappening.
19 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Good Curling! | Under Rocks Podcast
Dry your tears, curling fans! You don't have to wait another four years for the Olympics to roll around to get a fix of your favorite icy sport. There are more than 40 curling clubs in the Midwest, including the Waltham Curling Club, the oldest in Illinois. For the first time, the Under Rocks crew deals with actual rocks as they hit the sheets and aim for the button. Who will come back for the next bonspiel? Good curling, everyone!
38 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
The Illinois Enthusiast | Under Rocks Podcast
What's an "Illinois Enthusiast?" Behold county expert and Under Rocks fan John Kokoris. He shares his love for his home state and schools the Under Rocks crew on county seals. Check out his seal rankings on Twitter — @johnjkoko.Send your ideas for future episodes to firstname.lastname@example.org!
27 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
DeKalb's glorious beer nugget | Under Rocks podcast
DeKalb is known for a lot of things: corn, its university, Cindy Crawford… But one of the hidden gems of the city is the little golden pillow of fried dough known as The Beer Nugget. We explore its origins and try to answer the question, "why aren't these EVERYWHERE?"
14 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
In the corn maze, no one can hear you scream | Under Rocks Podcast
Farms across Illinois are serving up their own little slice of horror this time of year — corn mazes. Haunted corn mazes. The Under Rocks teams asks "Why is corn so scary? And how do I get outta here?!?"
23 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
The Pawpaw: America's Platonic Banana | Under Rocks Podcast
Some call it yucky, most call it yummy, and we just call it our beloved pawpaw. The Under Rocks team heads to Paw Paw, Illinois in pursuit of the elusive fruit.
31 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
RAGBRAI Revisited: When The Finish Line Is Not Far Enough | Under Rocks Podcast
RAGBRAI, an annual week-long bike ride across Iowa, returned after a COVID-canceled 2020. In this episode of Under Rocks, we check in with Dan Libman and friends during their pedal across Iowa, then dip into the WNIJ archives for more stories about the ride that brings thousands of people together for friendship, adventure, good causes, and...hamballs?
18 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
America's Back! From Bed To Outhouse To Band Shell | Under Rocks Podcast
The Under Rocks crew leaves no stone unturned, no sparkler unlit, in pursuit of the greatest Fourth of July celebrations in northern Illinois.
8 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
ODBRAI: Biking Illinois, From The Mississippi To That Great Lake, In One Day | Under Rocks Podcast
From sunrise in Thomson to fireworks in Chicago, Under Rocks host Dan Libman gets a good long taste of Illinois as he and four intrepid friends pedal their way across the Land of Lincoln.
13 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Under Rocks | Death, Sorrow, The End Of Things: A Shroud Of Mystery in Oregon
Imagine walking in the woods and coming across six large men struggling to transport a coffin on their shoulders, heads bowed in concentration, arms taut under their burden. It might take you a moment to realize you’re looking at a sculpture: Six life-sized somber mourners and a casket.
11 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Augers Aweigh! Now We're Jigging With Shiners | Under Rocks Podcast
The coldest, snowiest, most miserable time of year means one thing for many of the hardiest folk in Wisconsin – time to drag your ice auger and a bucket of shiners out onto the nearest lake.
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