The Roundtable


From January 2010 till July 2011 Transistor Radio offered a weekly arts interview show, The Roundtable, hosted by Rani Woolpert (now Rani Young). In the course of that year-and-a-half run, her guests included jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark, Lou Mallozzi of Experimental Sound Studio, musician Jon Langford, performance artist Julie Laffin, and filmmaker/scholar Daniel Eisenberg; those interviews and one full remaining episode are available below. 

Guests on the Valentine’s Day episode above were Patrick McCarty of Chicago circuit-bending duo Roth Mobot, Matthew Peabody and Mike Kegler of Chicago band The Missing Chums, and the Artist Formerly Known as Vince.


Rani Young is a Chicago-based artist, musician and designer. The recipient of a 2014 Individual Artist Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Rani works out of her studio at Fulton Street Collective, with her current focus on narrative figurative oil paintings. She has a BFA from Colorado State University and a post-baccalaureate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2009, Rani co-founded Transistor, from which she curated a weekly music performance series, hosted a radio interview show, and taught fine art and design software classes to hundreds of students; she stepped away from those roles in 2011.  Rani is a graphic designer, creating digital signage, print materials and outdoor advertising for Hyatt, Hilton, Omni and other hotel clients. She is also the lead singer in three Chicago bands: Girl Detective, Dreams of Falling and Dream House (the latter a Siouxsie and the Banshees tribute band). Visit Rani’s website.

The Roundtable was produced, recorded and edited by Andy Miles.


February 14, 2010: Rani welcomes Patrick McCarty of Chicago circuit-bending duo Roth Mobot, Matthew Peabody and Mike Kegler of Chicago band The Missing Chums, and the Artist Formerly Known as Vince.

March 7, 2010: Rani welcomes local magician/raconteur Sean Masterson, who talks about his current show at local wine bar In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark Street, which runs Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., through the end of July. Plus, he performs tricks on the radio! Also appearing this week: electronic groups Gamma and Feedbacula, who will both be performing at Transistor Friday, March 12. We have in-store performances from both!

March 14, 2010: Rani welcomes Mikey Peterson, Brian Hischier, Jess Pappalardo, and Dalia (Farida Traore) to talk about upcoming workshops and events they will be participating in at Transistor. Peterson’s workshop is Laptop Remix; Hischier’s is How to Create a Digital Darkroom; Dalia’s is Secrets of French Facial Care (a workshop presented by The Closet). Pappalardo is part of Color Swim, which will present on Friday March 19 a genre-bending mash-up of video and music at Transistor.

March 21, 2010: Rani welcomes members of Billy Goat Experiment theater group and Two With Water to talk about their upcoming joint event at Transistor, Friday, March 26; Two With Water will continue its Rx Reading Series and Billy Goat Experiment will perform a short piece on our orange stage.

March 28, 2010: Rani welcomes artist Jyl Bonaguro to talk about the two Bottles and Brushes workshops that she will be presenting at Transistor in April; and members of The Plagiarists theater group to talk about their new production “The Wreck of the Medusa.”

April 11, 2010: Rani welcomes performance artists Clover Morell and Matt Marcum, who will be talking about the upcoming performance art night at Transistor Friday, April 16; artist Andy Rohr, talking about his zine The 27 Steps, now available at Transistor; and Josh Siegal, who will stop by to talk about his upcoming workshop, Fundamentals of Programming for Artmaking, Saturday, April 17.

April 18, 2010: Rani welcomes Mikey Peterson, who will be talking about his upcoming workshop, GarageBand Basics (April 22), and Alex White of Busy Beaver Button Company, Lauren Kurtz and Andy Miles of the band Airlines-X; they will betalking about next Friday’s event where both bands will play Transistor’s orange stage and the Button-O-Matic button vending machine will be launched.

April 25, 2010: Rani welcomes spoken word artist Sondra Morin, who will be performing at Transistor Friday, April 30; Barbara Trinh, Paul Dinh and Dan Scotti to talk about the upcoming VIVA DOC International Student Documentary Competition fundraiser (Sunday May 2 at Viaduct Theater); and Caressa Givens, Liz Birnbaum, Ali Hoefnagel and Emily Forsgren of The Part Time Gallery, Andersonville’s newest art space (5219 N. Clark Street).

May 9, 2010: Rani welcomes photographer, instructor, author, illustrator and “Silent K” host Brian Hischier; Rhonda Holcomb, who is hosting a fundraiser/film screening of “Born Into Brothels” at Transistor May 13; and members of local indie bands Seafarer and T-Bone, who will be playing Transistor May. Seafarer performs a song in studio.

May 23, 2010: Rani welcomes members of local indie rock bands Absinthe and the Dirty Floors and House Sounds, who will be sharing a bill at Transistor Friday, May 28. The show includes two in-studio song performances by Absinthe and the Dirty Floors and two studio recordings of House Sounds.

May 30, 2010: Rani welcomes Karen Cross Durham, associate director of public relations and marketing at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to talk about current and upcoming events at the Siskel; Don Hill of “dark ambient” music project Millipede and VJ Byron Durham of MF Chicago to talk about their upcoming June 4 Transistor performance; and Emily Martin and Joshua Wentz to talk about Orange Beautiful, their new stationary and home shop at 4648 N. Damen.

June 20, 2010: Rani welcomes Jordan Bunker from Pumping Station: One, Chicago’s hackerspace; photographer and sculptor (and Rani’s twin sister) Colleen Woolpert, who will be presenting a short film, “Red Twin Blue Twin,” Tuesday night June 22 at Transistor, and a workshop, “The Photographer’s Eye,” June 30 at Transistor; and Sayward Schoonmaker, host of “TheExtended Pause,” Transistor Radio’s monthly literary show. The show includes music from “Unimpressive,” the new album by the band Split, which will play Transistor Friday, June 25, with a CD release party!

July 11, 2010: Rani welcomes synth pop musician Charlie Slick, who has just released a new album and will be performing Friday night, July 16 at Transistor. The show includes three Charlie Slick songs.

July 18, 2010: Rani welcomes members of the Idle Muse Theatre Company, whose production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” opens July 22; and photographers Tracy Graham and Brendan Shanley of, a website devoted to concert and band photography. Prints of their work are available at Transistor.

July 25, 2010: Rani welcomes guests Monica Panzerino to talk about her involvement in the Chicago Women of Noise, where she presents her freqshift/reverb audio bra; and Fred Mowery and David Sergeant, organizer and performer respectively with the Andersonville Performance Collective.

The six photos above are scenes from a taping, in which Rani and Andy Miles are at the mics, the gathered audience looks on, Rani talks to Tommy Stephenson of Roth Mobot, and Roth Mobot bends circuits during a break from their interview. Because of the low-res quality of the photos, a table screen is not the ideal platform for viewing the page.