What do a cross-gender idealist, a cross-racial skeptic and a cross-examining anchorwoman have to say about music and life?

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Allie n Steve is a nationally recognized composer, music producer, singer and songwriter who has composed music for over 500 national TV commercials and 100 feature length documentaries and independent films. Check out their record, A Yankee Clipper In Congo Square, an exploration of American identity through music. 

They also teach as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where their days are spent exploring the intersection of music and film, with an emphasis on the cultural role of music. This fascination has led to their current work as a founding member of  Gumbo Contrarians. 



Lloyd is a composer, performer and audio artist. He studied flute with Marcel Moyse, James Moody and James Newton, and learned broadcasting from his mentor, Studs Terkel, and his Chicago Public Media colleagues. His awards for composition include an NEA fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council fellowship, and a Joseph Jefferson award. Currently Lloyd's teaching music at Lake Forest College, writing tunes, and developing audio conversations and narratives. He performs regularly with Funkadesi, the Sun Ensemble, Michael J Miles and The Other Brothers, and the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. You can hear and download Lloyd's music at lloydbking.bandcamp.com. While you're at it, check out his first podcast, The Obscure News, presenting all the news the networks left out.



Katelyn Sinclair is in her fourth and final year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her studies focus primarily in Sound and Art and Technology, as she produces works primarily for radio and podcasting. Her radio documentary practice reflects her interests in broadcast media as a means of education and connection across boundaries.