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The Mental Illness Happy Hour, the corner of Fullerton and Western, and Samsara

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Rachel Niffenegger, artist who's part of a group exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center, gets weird with:

The Mental Illness Happy Hour Flipping through the TV channels in the early aughts, I would sometimes land on Dinner and a Movie on TBS. If you aren't familiar, hosts Paul Gilmartin and Annabelle Gurwitch would announce a film to be aired in full and take intermittent breaks to cook a related recipe, such as Creepy Crawly Crab Legs during Arachnophobia. I forgot about Paul, until I found his podcast through the grapevine of comedy casts I listen to in the studio. While not a comedy podcast by any means, the Mental Illness Happy Hour consists of Paul interviewing various comedians and creative types about mental illness, addiction, and depression. The interviews range from ex-con "Murph" discussing teeth he would keep in a jar to former Daily Show correspondent and actress Beth Littleford talking about her postpartum depression and more. Also, look for the episode where Paul interviews his former Dinner and a Movie cohost Annabelle for a frank and revealing conversation about their TV relationship.

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