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Block Club’s ‘It’s All Good’ Podcast Launches Thursday

The first episode features South Side chef Mike Airhart and Clemente swim coach Miriam Franchi, two Chicagoans who make our neighborhoods great.

Chef Michael Airhart
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CHICAGO — Need good news?

We’re here to help. Block Club Chicago’s “It’s All Good” podcast, which focuses on the people who make our neighborhoods great, launches Thursday.

The first episode features reporters Jamie Nesbitt Golden and Mina Bloom and two inspiring Chicagoans they’ve featured in recent stories.

South Side chef Mike Airhart founded Taste for the Homeless after he saw a Taste of Chicago vendor throwing away pizza rather than give it to someone asking for a slice. On “It’s All Good,” Airhart talks about how he’s made it his mission to feed others since he was a kid and how his work to fill hundreds of stomachs and share love continues.

Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Chef Michael Airhart has been serving food to people experiencing homelessness most days at the corner of 14th Place and Canal Street. On March 17, 2021, he cooked up dozens of burgers and polishes for those in need of a bite.

Miriam Franchi was a swimmer at Humboldt Park’s Roberto Clemente Academy before becoming a Park District lifeguard and swimming teacher. After returning to work at the school, she was stunned to learn the swim program that made such an impact on her life was gone.

On the podcast, Franchi details the many hoops she had to jump through to bring boys swimming back to the school — and why she thinks her role as coach could change the lives of Clemente swimmers.

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The boys swim team at Roberto Clemente Community Academy with coach Miriam Franchi.

You can subscribe to “It’s All Good: A Block Club Chicago Podcast” on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. 

And if you have good news to share, share it with our team at podcast@blockclubchi.org. Feel free to record a voice memo of your news so we can share it with our listeners!

We can’t wait to share the first episode with you Thursday. Until then, listen to all of the “It’s All Good” trailers here:

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