The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter
Champaign Showers (05/29/20)

Champaign Showers (05/29/20)

May 29, 2020

Mike Carpenter welcomes on Boswell Hutson, publisher of Champaign Showers. They discuss the local media landscape, the future of the music scene in CU, and life in a "micro-urban" community like Champaign.

Strictly Voluntary (05/26/20)

Strictly Voluntary (05/26/20)

May 26, 2020

Mike Carpenter, Harry Black and Trevor Vallese react to the Illinois athletic department's plan to welcome back student athletes (along with a discussion as to what "student athlete" means).  Later, a bonus interview with Chuck Koplinski, film critic and co-host of the "Reel Talk" podcast.

Breitwieser 2: Electric Boogaloo

Breitwieser 2: Electric Boogaloo

May 20, 2020

Mike Carpenter welcomes back co-host emeritus Steve Breitwieser for a "state of the program" episode, focusing on the good news/bad news of Lovie Smith's recruiting and the remarkable turnaround for Brad Underwood's basketball team.

The Last Dance, Parts 9 and 10 (05/18/20)

The Last Dance, Parts 9 and 10 (05/18/20)

May 18, 2020

Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Harry Black recap the final episodes of The Last Dance.  They tell tales of the Legend of Gimpy Pippens, take a brief look at the history of the post-Jordan Bulls, and wonder if the "poisoned pizza" was poisoned after all.

The Last Dance, Parts 7 and 8 (05/11/20)

The Last Dance, Parts 7 and 8 (05/11/20)

May 11, 2020

Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Harry Black react to The Last Dance, including Jordan as a leader/teammate, Pippen's folly, and the impact of MJ's retirement and comeback. They also discuss the state of Illinois football and issues with local sports coverage.

Lon Tay’s Hour of Power (05/07/20)

Lon Tay’s Hour of Power (05/07/20)

May 7, 2020

Mike Carpenter catches up with old friend and radio cohort Lon Tay, covering a wide range of topics including COVID-19, health scares, concerts, Illini basketball and football, and the possibility of baseball returning.

The Last Dance, Parts 5 and 6 (05/04/20)

The Last Dance, Parts 5 and 6 (05/04/20)

May 4, 2020

Mike Carpenter, Harry Black and Trevor Vallese react to episodes 5 and 6 of The Last Dance.  Also, the guys celebrate May the 4th by reflecting on the best and worst moments of the film franchise.

Transfer U (05/01/20)

Transfer U (05/01/20)

May 1, 2020

Mike Carpenter looks at the pros and cons of transfers for Illini basketball and football, including the possible addition of Chaundee Brown for Brad Underwood and two transfers in one week for Lovie Smith.  Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play for BTN, ESPN and NBCS-Chi) hops on to talk about growing up in Deerfield, a stones-throw away from Michael Jordan and the 90's Bulls.

The Last Dance, Parts 3 and 4 (04/27/20)

The Last Dance, Parts 3 and 4 (04/27/20)

April 27, 2020

Mike Carpenter, Harry Black and Trevor Vallese react to The Last Dance parts 3 and 4, the ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls.  Later in the episode (01:06:25), they move the discussion to the state of Illinois football and its lack of recruiting momentum.

Miller Time (04/22/20)

Miller Time (04/22/20)

April 22, 2020

Illini fans, exhale! Adam Miller signs his letter of intent for the University of Illinois.  Mike Carpenter breaks down what the commitment means and how Underwood has set up Illinois basketball for sustained success, along with a brief discussion of Lovie Smith's lack of recruiting momentum.  MLB expert Casey Boguslaw hops on the podcast to talk about baseball, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.