August 23, 1996

A Night at the Wiener Circle

Host Ira Glass spent a Saturday night — from 9:00 p.m. until dawn the next morning — at one of the most frenetic, joyous, efficient, angry, boisterous hot dog stands in the nation: Chicago's own Wiener Circle.
Note: No master copy of this show exists; this recording is from a cassette of the program.


Ira introduces what we're about to listen to: a casette tape of the show. It was never broadcast internationally, only locally, and no master exists any more.

Act One

Ira meets the workers of the Wiener Circle; they're screaming and cursing at each other, and the customers, and they actually seem really happy. And then we meet some of the customers. (15 minutes)