Andrew Hicks, the director of Soapbox, a stand-up showcase that takes place at The Accord, talks about comedy, turning 28, and cracks a few jokes. This section of the podcast also features the ambient noises of The Accord itself.

Later in the program we hear a portion of a new novel by Philip Graham. Graham is the author of seven books and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois. 

Smile Politely Radio airs each Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign and is available as a podcast the following week. You can find our past episodes here. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes.