Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions is the world's only rock and roll talk show! The mix is like this: take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions. Before coming to public radio station WBEZ in Chicago in December 2005, Sound Opinions aired for seven successful years on one of the Midwest's most powerful rock radio stations, Chicago's WXRT. Now you can hear it in the Tampa Bay area every Saturday afternoon!
Schedule:

Saturday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

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Host:
Jim DeRogatis

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ’n’ roll shortly thereafter. He a full-time lecturer in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, writes the “PopNStuff” music and culture blog for blogs.vocalo.org, and co-hosts Sound Opinions, “the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show,” with Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. The hour-long weekly radio show originates at Chicago Public Radio and is syndicated nationally to some 94 public radio stations in 80 markets ranging from New York to Alaska.

DeRogatis spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, worked as an editor at... Read More...

Host:
Greg Kot

Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated Sound Opinions. He has written several books, including Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music and Wilco: Learning How to Die. In 2014, Scribner publishes his biography I‘ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway. He also coauthored The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry with his Sound Opinions colleague Jim DeRogatis. Kot's Tribune-hosted blog, Turn it Up, debuted in 2007 and covers all aspects of music. A... Read More...

From Sound Opinions

  • #634 New Wave & Alison Moyet
    Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book "Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s", co-written with Jonathan Bernstein. In it, the authors reveal why New Wave caught on so strongly with pop fans and the media, especially post-punk in the U.K. Plus, an interview with Alison Moyet, an English singer-songwriter that came up in the New Wave scene, and is still making waves musically.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=bZljgBOOQ1k:1w5ReSwmOQk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=bZljgBOOQ1k:1w5ReSwmOQk:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=bZljgBOOQ1k:1w5ReSwmOQk:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=bZljgBOOQ1k:1w5ReSwmOQk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=bZljgBOOQ1k:1w5ReSwmOQk:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=bZljgBOOQ1k:1w5ReSwmOQk:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=bZljgBOOQ1k:1w5ReSwmOQk:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/bZljgBOOQ1k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #633 Iron & Wine and Opinions on Jeff Rosenstock
    Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, returns to his stripped down, acoustic roots. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview Sam Beam at the Goose Island Barrelhouse and they talk about his sound, collaborations and fatherhood. He also delivers a performance in front of a live audience. Plus, a review of the new album by punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yGLKMFuOekY:16vg3rLVl_4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yGLKMFuOekY:16vg3rLVl_4:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=yGLKMFuOekY:16vg3rLVl_4:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yGLKMFuOekY:16vg3rLVl_4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yGLKMFuOekY:16vg3rLVl_4:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=yGLKMFuOekY:16vg3rLVl_4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=yGLKMFuOekY:16vg3rLVl_4:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/yGLKMFuOekY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #632 Alex Cox & Opinions on N.E.R.D.
    Few filmmakers have embodied the punk aesthetic like Alex Cox. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the classic LA punk soundtrack to Repo Man, the making of the Sex Pistols biopic Sid and Nancy, and his fruitful collaborations with Joe Strummer. Plus, a review of the new album from Pharrell Williams's side project N.E.R.D.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=BXTRvFrsZoQ:o6-GMjj_Q_s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=BXTRvFrsZoQ:o6-GMjj_Q_s:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=BXTRvFrsZoQ:o6-GMjj_Q_s:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=BXTRvFrsZoQ:o6-GMjj_Q_s:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=BXTRvFrsZoQ:o6-GMjj_Q_s:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=BXTRvFrsZoQ:o6-GMjj_Q_s:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=BXTRvFrsZoQ:o6-GMjj_Q_s:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/BXTRvFrsZoQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #631 Mixtapes 2017 & Musical In Memoriam
    As 2017 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present DJ sets full of some of their favorite songs of the year. They'll also pay tribute to some of the musicians who died in 2017.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=rDBEG6NeHic:x4zilvkGFLE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=rDBEG6NeHic:x4zilvkGFLE:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=rDBEG6NeHic:x4zilvkGFLE:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=rDBEG6NeHic:x4zilvkGFLE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=rDBEG6NeHic:x4zilvkGFLE:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=rDBEG6NeHic:x4zilvkGFLE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=rDBEG6NeHic:x4zilvkGFLE:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/rDBEG6NeHic" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #630 Bob Ezrin & Amber Mark
    Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer," has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Peter Gabriel. Plus, up-and-coming R&B singer Amber Mark shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=hHfndEuN668:1z0dzgzzLuY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=hHfndEuN668:1z0dzgzzLuY:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=hHfndEuN668:1z0dzgzzLuY:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=hHfndEuN668:1z0dzgzzLuY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=hHfndEuN668:1z0dzgzzLuY:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=hHfndEuN668:1z0dzgzzLuY:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=hHfndEuN668:1z0dzgzzLuY:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/hHfndEuN668" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #629 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2017
    It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nKimQ-JqWI0:r7L2GsFhfyU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nKimQ-JqWI0:r7L2GsFhfyU:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=nKimQ-JqWI0:r7L2GsFhfyU:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nKimQ-JqWI0:r7L2GsFhfyU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nKimQ-JqWI0:r7L2GsFhfyU:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=nKimQ-JqWI0:r7L2GsFhfyU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=nKimQ-JqWI0:r7L2GsFhfyU:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/nKimQ-JqWI0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #628 Rock Criticism with Jonathan Lethem, Mavis Staples & Björk
    Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot indulge this week in a deep look at their own profession: rock criticism. They're joined by novelist Jonathan Lethem, co-editor of a new anthology of rock criticism, who makes the case for music journalism as great American writing. Plus, they look at the life and career of legendary critic Lester Bangs and review new albums from Chicago gospel legend Mavis Staples and Icelandic multimedia artist Björk.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=h1Q5a84YvX0:oUauid2I0RU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=h1Q5a84YvX0:oUauid2I0RU:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=h1Q5a84YvX0:oUauid2I0RU:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=h1Q5a84YvX0:oUauid2I0RU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=h1Q5a84YvX0:oUauid2I0RU:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=h1Q5a84YvX0:oUauid2I0RU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=h1Q5a84YvX0:oUauid2I0RU:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/h1Q5a84YvX0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #627 The Best Albums of 2017
    2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their lists of the Best Albums of 2017.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ltDiP6ES9VM:2x73RSGtgz0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ltDiP6ES9VM:2x73RSGtgz0:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=ltDiP6ES9VM:2x73RSGtgz0:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ltDiP6ES9VM:2x73RSGtgz0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ltDiP6ES9VM:2x73RSGtgz0:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=ltDiP6ES9VM:2x73RSGtgz0:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=ltDiP6ES9VM:2x73RSGtgz0:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/ltDiP6ES9VM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #626 Songs of Thanks, the Bass VI & Rise Against's Tim McIlrath
    Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to reflect on the past year and give thanks. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs that say "thank you." Plus, the story of the twangy guitar-bass hybrid instrument known as the Bass VI, and Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=96w_uX0MMQ8:UdXNgKxvbR4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=96w_uX0MMQ8:UdXNgKxvbR4:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=96w_uX0MMQ8:UdXNgKxvbR4:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=96w_uX0MMQ8:UdXNgKxvbR4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=96w_uX0MMQ8:UdXNgKxvbR4:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=96w_uX0MMQ8:UdXNgKxvbR4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=96w_uX0MMQ8:UdXNgKxvbR4:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/96w_uX0MMQ8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • #625 Al Green's The Belle Album & Opinions on Taylor Swift
    Al Green sang some of the most acclaimed soul records of the 1970s. So when he decided to leave it all behind for the church, many questioned why. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss Al Green's life and his pivotal transitional record, The Belle Album, with biographer Jimmy McDonough. Plus, a review of new music from Taylor Swift.<div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=GJ1emz7zYKE:HxyJ4ln1ucQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=GJ1emz7zYKE:HxyJ4ln1ucQ:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=GJ1emz7zYKE:HxyJ4ln1ucQ:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=GJ1emz7zYKE:HxyJ4ln1ucQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=GJ1emz7zYKE:HxyJ4ln1ucQ:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?i=GJ1emz7zYKE:HxyJ4ln1ucQ:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?a=GJ1emz7zYKE:HxyJ4ln1ucQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheSoundOpinionsPodcast/~4/GJ1emz7zYKE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

 

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