Milt Rosenberg

Milt Rosenberg

Sinopsis

A daily show featuring intelligent, enlivening and thought provoking discussions centered on the world of ideas. Guests from the world of literature, journalism, academia, public policy, science, religions, and foreign policy join Milt to discuss the big questions of the day–an all star list of people who shape our world.

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  • The Chicago Blues: A Cautionary Tale from America’s Second City
    The Chicago Blues: A Cautionary Tale from America’s Second City
    24/11/2015

    Oh, Chicago. Where did we go wrong? With our shocking fiscal crisis, looming and potentially crippling property tax hikes, rampant crime, out flight of businesses and youth, crumbling infrastructure, education system mired in corruption and under performance, rising cost-of-living…the list of ills goes on and on. What can Chicago teach the rest of the nation?…

  • Gangland Chicago with Richard Lindberg and John Drummond
    Gangland Chicago with Richard Lindberg and John Drummond
    21/11/2015

    Richard Lindberg is one of the foremost authorities on Chicago history. He’s written multiple, fine books on some of the lost history of this city. In his latest book, Gangland Chicago, Richard talks gangsters. From the organized crime outfits to vice to booze and gambling and all that these endeavors entail, this is the book…

  • Great Directors of Film
    Great Directors of Film
    20/11/2015

    After the thoroughly depressing and emotionally exhausting events from Paris last week and lengthy discussions of them this week, we turned to one of our refuges–movies. Here we talk about some of the greatest directors. We’re joined in studio by our mainstay of film talks, John Kupetz of Medill and the College of Lake County,…

  • Le Monde Pleure Pour Paris
    Le Monde Pleure Pour Paris
    20/11/2015

    On this show we again investigate the events of another devastating attack on the French capitol. We’re joined in studio by W. Rand Smith of Lake Forest College, a political scientist who studies French politics and Daniel S. Kamin, adjunct professor of International Relations at DePaul. Via phone we check in with Fred Kagan of…

  • To Paris, with Love
    To Paris, with Love
    17/11/2015

    Like the rest of the civilized world, we were horrified by the weekend’s events in Paris. Immediately we moved to bring you the most sober and informed analysis possible. In this episode, we’re joined by to fine academics who study terror and its machinations–John Allen Williams of Loyola and Barry Kellman of DePaul–in studio. Via…

  • On France and ISIS, as it Unfolded
    On France and ISIS, as it Unfolded
    16/11/2015

    What began as a show on the political world at large and the insanity on the campuses (campi?) of American colleges quickly turned into a discussion of the events in Paris, again, following the attacks on a concert venue and other locations Friday evening last. Charles Lipson of the University of Chicago and Richard Baehr,…

  • Great Quotations
    Great Quotations
    16/11/2015

    “Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.” So said Ambrose Bierce, at least we hope. In this entry, we discuss some of our favorite quotes. This show could’ve been the length of a week, but we confine it here to one episode along with Gary Saul Morson of Northwestern and David…

  • Analyzing the Milwaukee GOP Debate
    Analyzing the Milwaukee GOP Debate
    16/11/2015

    Yet another debate was held in Milwaukee and we are on the scene to tell you who won and who lost. Several under-performing candidates have left the big table, and Ben Carson and Donald Trump are at the top of the leaderboard as of this writing. To discuss, we have in studio Dick Ciccone and…

  • Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation with Jim Baggott
    Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation with Jim Baggott
    11/11/2015

    Jim Baggott is an influential science writer. A scientist himself by training, he has turned toward a career in the commercial world as a successful author who popularizes complex scientific theories by making them, well, understandable. His latest, Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation, is a concise history of how we got here, how life…

  • Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs with Dr. Lisa Randall
    Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs with Dr. Lisa Randall
    11/11/2015

    Dark Matter. How does it differ from Dark Energy? What role has it played in mass extinctions throughout history? To answers those and many, many more questions of cosmological and biological import is Dr. Lisa Randall, one of our nation’s most esteemed physicists and professor at Harvard. Her latest book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs:…

  • The Vatican Prophecies with John Thavis
    The Vatican Prophecies with John Thavis
    10/11/2015

    When most of us think of the supernatural in the Catholic religion, we think of the Shroud of Turin, or sightings of Mary, or exorcisms. These are just the big ones in a limitless line of claims which the Church must investigate. John Thavis has years of experience working in the Vatican as he was…

  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 with Stacy Schiff
    The Witches: Salem, 1692 with Stacy Schiff
    09/11/2015

    When most people hear the name of the town ‘Salem’ they immediately think, “Witches!” To be sure, that is the legacy of Salem in the minds of the masses. But beyond the wrongful execution of some young women for practicing witchcraft and sorcery, most people know nothing. Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and…

  • Gospel Music History with Bob Marovich and Dr. Charles Clency
    Gospel Music History with Bob Marovich and Dr. Charles Clency
    07/11/2015

    Here we continue with our series on American music. Today we examine Gospel music. Joining in studio are Bob Marovich, founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gospel Music and the author of the recently published A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music. Our second in-studio guest is the esteemed Dr.…

  • The Pleasures of Reading Mark Twain
    The Pleasures of Reading Mark Twain
    06/11/2015

    With too many quotes to possibly pick one that would sum up his greatness, we won’t try. Instead we present this delightful talk on Mark Twain, his work, his legacy, his wit and his wisdom with two local professors who have studied Twain in depth. Larry Howe teaches Twain in his English courses at Roosevelt…

  • The Political World at Large with Three Guests
    The Political World at Large with Three Guests
    05/11/2015

    There’s much going on in the world at the moment, and instead of bringing you a themed show, we thought we’d look to those whose writings on it we admire. And, of course, a little music. First up to join is Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign-affairs columnist at the Wall Street Journal. His latest…

  • A Tale of Two Cities…Washington and New York
    A Tale of Two Cities…Washington and New York
    03/11/2015

    If Chicago’s the Second City, New York is the first to be sure. So where does that leave Washington, D.C.? Without it, what would we be? But we’re not so concerned with prestige on this particular program as we are with what events, characters, considerations and compromises gave birth to these two superpowers of influence…

  • Into the Fray that was the Boulder GOP Debate
    Into the Fray that was the Boulder GOP Debate
    29/10/2015

    By most accounts, the third GOP debate was a circus which strangely pitted the Republican candidates banding together to fend off their foes–not the Democrats, but rather their moderators from CNBC. To shed light on the proceedings–if there was any of political value–we turn to a fine panel. In studio, Richard Baehr and Ed Lasky…

  • An Examination of British Literature
    An Examination of British Literature
    29/10/2015

    English. Our mother tongue. Recently we tackled the Great American Novel, so naturally it merited occasion to look toward Britain. In this episode we discuss the periods from medieval British Literature to the Victorians. Our panel here is a delightful trio from academia, namely Micael Clarke of Loyola, Lesley Koredecki from DePaul, and Regina Schwartz…

  • The Philosopher’s Microphone with Sandy Goldberg
    The Philosopher’s Microphone with Sandy Goldberg
    28/10/2015

    Sometimes there are too many moving parts to a program and we need to digress and decompress. Philosophy is a vast field, with limitless options for study and discussion. One person with whom we’ve been meaning to sit down with is Dr. Sanford Goldberg, the Chairperson of Philosophy at Northwestern. So at first opportunity, we…

  • An Hour with Joseph Morris
    An Hour with Joseph Morris
    27/10/2015

    As you know we are always keen to keep abreast of all of the latest political news. One member of our Political A-Team is Joseph Morris, former U.S. Assistant Attorney General and all-around polymath. We brought him to the show to discuss the upcoming election and the candidates on both sides, the troubles in the…

  • The Red Web
    The Red Web
    27/10/2015

    It’s no secret that Russia is and has always been a propaganda state. Their efforts to control information and influence public opinion at home and abroad are are aggressive and extensive. But Putin’s Russia has a greater goal: to control the internet–the greatest tool in bringing about a total surveillance state. But there’s another side…

  • Political Roundup 10/23/15
    Political Roundup 10/23/15
    23/10/2015

    What a week it’s been in the political world. Hillary Clinton was back on the Hill again testifying about Benghazi. U.S. troops engaged in the Middle East. Assad visited Putin in Moscow. Putin’s troops continued their assault on ISIS. A wave of terror and retaliation once again grips Israel. Joe Biden dropped out of the…

  • The Many Faces of Christ with Philip Jenkins
    The Many Faces of Christ with Philip Jenkins
    20/10/2015

    Dr. Philip Jenkins has written extensively on the ‘Lost Gospels‘. In this newest book, The Many Faces of Christ, he takes on the notion that these books on the life and divinity of Jesus were never really accepted by the church. To the contrary, they were openly and regularly discussed by early church fathers and…

  • The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball with Charles Fountain
    The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball with Charles Fountain
    20/10/2015

    8 Men Out. Shoeless Joe Jackson. Even the most casual baseball fan will know a bit about the 1919 Chicago White Sox–or Black Sox*. But what is the true story behind the scandal? As we all know, Hollywood often takes liberties with the facts when producing a feature length film. And how did that World…

  • Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman with Harlow Unger
    Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman with Harlow Unger
    20/10/2015

    Often when studying history we focus on the major figures. This is no less true in American history, where we may discuss founding fathers, maybe Lincoln, or the great generals of our wars. But one man who was very much a major figure who has been overlooked with the passage of time is Henry Clay.…

  • All That Jazz…
    All That Jazz…
    16/10/2015

    Well, not all of it. But today we discuss traditional jazz. Joining Milt in studio is a very talented and traveled jazz guitarist and scholar, namely Michael Allemana. He brought with him a collection of recordings and a vast knowledge of the genre. We go from the beginning up until the mid 40’s or so.…

  • An Appreciation of the French
    An Appreciation of the French
    16/10/2015

    Somehow the French became the butt of jokes for decades in this country. But the truth is, there would hardly be an America as we know it if it weren’t for French thought and, considering the Marquis de Lafayette, a healthy portion of French might. So as the France many of us loves prepares to…

  • Analysis of the First Democratic Primary Debate
    Analysis of the First Democratic Primary Debate
    14/10/2015

    And then there were five. Will there be a sixth soon? At any rate, the first Democratic debate is in the books and we are here to bring you the finest analysis of what transpired. Who has taken the lead? Who fell on their face? What issues will take the fore as we move forward?…

  • Reclaiming Conversation with Sherry Turkle
    Reclaiming Conversation with Sherry Turkle
    13/10/2015

    Dr. Sherry Turkle is a renowned professor who has written extensively on how technology affects the way that humans communicate. You have no doubt experienced how communication has changed as you look around and see people not looking at each other, but rather at their phones. So just how has technology changed human interaction? Is…

  • Fundraiser A: with Robert Blagojevich with Dick Simpson
    Fundraiser A: with Robert Blagojevich with Dick Simpson
    09/10/2015

    Most people know the name Rod Blagojevich. But his brother Robert—Fundraiser A from the title of his new book–was also square in the crosshairs of the U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. He has plenty to say about his ordeal, his brother, corruption, and the justice system. Also joining is a longtime friend of the program Dick…

  • The Slaughter in the Middle East
    The Slaughter in the Middle East
    09/10/2015

    Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups are being butchered in the Middle East. This is not up for debate. It is a fact. Who are the Assyrians? Why are they being targeted? Who are the Yazidis? Why are their women and children being tortured, forced to marry ISIS fighters, and driven from their homelands?…

  • Mass Shootings: An American Epidemic
    Mass Shootings: An American Epidemic
    09/10/2015

    With the news of yet more shootings at American schools, we thought it time to move beyond the debate on guns. What is wrong in American culture that has led us to this disturbing phenomenon? The patient is clearly sick. What are the causes that have manifested themselves in this, seemingly, uniquely American symptom of…

  • On Spies and Generals: Two Civil War Historians
    On Spies and Generals: Two Civil War Historians
    07/10/2015

    When Civil War generals are discussed, most often they are Grant and Lee. But of course both sides had able and noteworthy commanders. One of the most revered on the Confederate side is Stonewall Jackson. S.C. Gwynne has written a very readable history of Jackson, and joins us here in part one to talk about…

  • On the Origins of Language with Two Linguists
    On the Origins of Language with Two Linguists
    02/10/2015

    Words, language, communication. It’s one of our favorite topics. Language can be beautiful, frightening, coarse, forceful, and arresting and, when under the employ of a master, it is like “wine upon the lips”, according to Virginia Woolf. In the photograph that accompanies this entry is a rendering of the Tower of Babel. As the story…

  • On the United States, Russia, Syria and the Power Play between Putin and Obama
    On the United States, Russia, Syria and the Power Play between Putin and Obama
    01/10/2015

    Russia has moved militarily into Syria, ostensibly to fight ISIS, though those in the know say its true aim is to bolster the Assad regime. Whatever the case may be, the red line was crossed by president Assad a long time ago and ISIS has done nothing if not grown in strength over the past…

  • Three Archivists
    Three Archivists
    01/10/2015

    Chicago is rife with fascinating libraries and collections. Many of those are located on campus on any number of the fine institutions of higher learning in the area. We invited three professionals in the field to discuss what they do, how they acquire their wares, and to talk about their collections. Included here are Kevin…

  • The In$ane Chicago Way with John Hagedorn
    The In$ane Chicago Way with John Hagedorn
    29/09/2015

    We never tire of Chicago crime stories. Professor John Hagedorn is one of the foremost authorities on gangs, gang culture, the drug trade and organized crime in the city of Chicago and beyond. He has just had published his latest work, The In$ane Chicago Way, a fascinating story of an attempt by Latin gangs to…

  • On the State of Israel
    On the State of Israel
    28/09/2015

    This program has never made secret its support of the State of Israel. Once again, Israel finds itself in a precarious national security setting as the debate rages on the recent Iran nuclear deal and the migration catastrophe that is engulfing huge swathes of the Middle East. To discuss the current state of the State…

  • Children of Monsters with Jay Nordlinger
    Children of Monsters with Jay Nordlinger
    25/09/2015

    Jay Nordlinger is that most valued sort of journalist: a true intellectual. Not only does he cover politics as the Senior Editor of National Review, he’s also a fine music critic. Nordlinger has a curiosity that lends itself well to writing books. He recently asked himself what might have become of the children of some…

  • Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking with Richard Nisbett
    Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking with Richard Nisbett
    24/09/2015

    Richard Nisbett is one of the most influential social psychologists in the world. One of his many talents is his ability to explain the inner workings of the mind in plain language, and to explain why we do some of the things we do, why one group acts the way that it does, and how…

  • Confronting Capitalism with Philip Kotler
    Confronting Capitalism with Philip Kotler
    22/09/2015

    Winston Churchill said of capitalism, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Our esteemed guest, Dr. Philip Kotler–the great economist from Northwestern–says that capitalism is still the best system, but that it has to “have a heart”. In his latest…

  • The Kings of England
    The Kings of England
    21/09/2015

    Recently we did a program on the genius of Shakespeare, which got us thinking: why don’t we do a program on the kings of England? There’s no shortage of historical information and anecdotes about them, and they are utterly fascinating. So we gathered some of the best scholars in the area to discuss just that.…

  • GOP Debate #2: Post-Debate Analysis with Milt’s Political A-Team
    GOP Debate #2: Post-Debate Analysis with Milt’s Political A-Team
    18/09/2015

    The second GOP debate is in the books. Carly Fiorina is, by most accounts, the big winner, with Donald Trump still standing tall. We turned to several members of the Political A-Team, namely Richard Baehr of American Thinker, Dr. Charles Lipson of the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago, and Joseph Morris, former…

  • Inside the Business of College Football: Billion Dollar Ball
    Inside the Business of College Football: Billion Dollar Ball
    17/09/2015

    Gilbert Gaul is a two time Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist who has now turned his eye toward the business of college football. Now that the new season is underway, we thought it time to bring him on to discuss his fantastic new work, Billion Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football.…

  • The Thin Blue Line: Two former Police Officers and John Drummond
    The Thin Blue Line: Two former Police Officers and John Drummond
    16/09/2015

    John Drummond has been on this program and its various iterations a number of times. He always has a story from his days as the venerable crime reporter at CBS2 here in Chicago. Perhaps no man knows the ins and outs of organized crime as much as he does. On this program, we were pleased…

  • The Heroic Heart with Tod Lindberg
    The Heroic Heart with Tod Lindberg
    15/09/2015

    Every child has heroes. The firefighter, the police officer, the soldier. History is rife with tales of the heroic warrior or the quiet and stoic figure who stood tall in the face of oppression. What is a hero? Can anyone be a hero? Must a hero engage in battle against tremendous odds and to emerge…

  • The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics with Rich Rubino
    The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics with Rich Rubino
    15/09/2015

    A good politician knows how to deliver a speech that pulls at the heartstrings. An effective politician knows how to work in a joke or some clever wordplay to put the people at ease. And then there’s the political gaffe, which can sink a campaign or make a mockery of one’s rule. Rich Rubino is…

  • Analysis of the Refugee Crisis in Europe the Causes and Solutions
    Analysis of the Refugee Crisis in Europe; the Causes and Solutions
    11/09/2015

    One of the great humanitarian crises of this still young century is the mass of refugees seeking asylum in Europe. They have blazed trails from various war-torn nations and are knocking on the doors of Germany, France, Hungary and others in the hopes of finding new lives in the new world. To help us understand…

  • Profile: F. Richard Ciccone
    Profile: F. Richard Ciccone
    11/09/2015

    Dick Ciccone is one of the members of Milt’s Political A-Team. He’s also a decorated war veteran, a college professor, a fantastic author, journalist and newsman, and a helluva golfer. He spent decades in the business, including as managing editor of the Chicago Tribune. He’s one of the most fascinating people to ever have appeared…

  • ‘Seven Revolutions’ with Jim Papandrea
    ‘Seven Revolutions’ with Jim Papandrea
    10/09/2015

    Though church attendance in this nation has declined over the last several decades, by and large Christianity is still the predominant religion in this nation. But Christianity has not just influenced American values and culture. It has, as our guest James Papandrea writes, changed the world for the better. Along his co-author Mike Aquilana, he…

  • The Triumph  Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson with Joseph Califano, Jr.
    The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson with Joseph Califano, Jr.
    09/09/2015

    Joseph Califano is a politician, educator and public servant with decades of experience. He was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, he was with the Defense Department, and he was–and still is–one of the champions of the anti-drug crusade. But he may be known most for his time working alongside President Lyndon B. Johnson as…

  • Milt’s Music
    Milt’s Music
    31/08/2015

    When we absolutely have to remove ourselves from the news of the day, we turn on the record player. Well, cds, streaming, etc. Milt delved into his collection to sample music from Verdi to Jerry Lee Lewis and dozens of genres in between. Joining him with headphones on was producer Dan French, who also gave…

  • The Anatomy of Revolution
    The Anatomy of Revolution
    31/08/2015

    Many have written about it, some have even penned songs. But how is a revolution properly executed? When is it necessary? When is it effective and what is the aftermath? To answer this question, we checked in with two esteemed historians, both well-versed in revolution. John Bushnell is a historian at Northwestern, and has studied…

  • Milt’s Political A-Team
    Milt’s Political A-Team
    27/08/2015

    It’s nearing the time that we must check in with the political world on a regular basis. As of this writing, Donald Trump still leads the GOP race, seemingly to the chagrin and exasperation of top pollsters and major news networks. Hillary Clinton is embroiled in an email scandal, and Joe Biden may challenge her.…

  • Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion…with Doug Swanson
    Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion…with Doug Swanson
    26/08/2015

    Even if you’re not a gambler you’ve heard the name Binion. Benny Binion started a gambling dynasty and took his uniquely Texan approach to gambling and poker to Vegas, where his World Series of Poker took the nation by storm. But there was (and is) a lot more to Benny Binion than just savvy and…

  • The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season with Barry Svrluga
    The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season with Barry Svrluga
    26/08/2015

    Baseball is hot again in Chicago as the Cubs are off to their best season in decades and look to be positioning themselves for postseason ball for the first time in several years. So we thought we’d check in with Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post to talk about the ins and outs of a…

  • Turmoil in the Markets
    Turmoil in the Markets
    25/08/2015

    After a sharp decline in the various indices on Monday, we thought it wise to reach out to our friends at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Joining us from the academic world to determine whether this is “the beginning of the end” (it’s not!) or just a blip on the radar (most…

  • The Great American Novel
    The Great American Novel
    24/08/2015

    We nearly titled this show ‘The Greatest American Novels’ before realizing, quite rightly, that that is a show that would be faulted by name. It’s impossible to classify, say, the ‘Top Ten’ greatest American novels. Better to have a discussion on many of the ‘Great American Novel‘ and novelists as a concept and see if…

  • The Art and Science of Crisis Management
    The Art and Science of Crisis Management
    21/08/2015

    Pop Quiz: Who said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste”? Time’s up. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is the correct answer. While not everyone may see a crisis as an opportunity, those in the business of managing image and rehabbing public opinion–pr experts–are an essential component of getting back in the good graces…

  • Lord Conrad Black and Mark Steyn
    Lord Conrad Black and Mark Steyn
    20/08/2015

    Most Chicago natives will know the name Conrad Black well, and those beyond Chicago will most certainly have heard the name. In addition to being a publisher of major newspapers, he’s also a fine journalist and historian. Among the many matters discussed on this recent program was his great historical entry, Flight of the Eagle.…

  • The Health and Illness of Illinois with the Illinois Policy Institute
    The Health and Illness of Illinois with the Illinois Policy Institute
    19/08/2015

    Something is rotten in the state of Illinois. More people are leaving than coming and, despite the many qualities of life in the Chicagoland area, people are choosing to work and live in other states where they can, frankly, keep more of their money. What would a healthier economy in our state entail? What can…

  • ‘The Devil’s Pleasure Palace’ with Michael Walsh
    ‘The Devil’s Pleasure Palace’ with Michael Walsh
    18/08/2015

    Michael Walsh is a renowned critic. But instead of music or film, this time he has turned his attention to the cultural decline of our nation and our rotting society. His latest, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace:The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West has become a hugely influential work upon publication. What…

  • ‘Spinglish’ with Christopher Cerf
    ‘Spinglish’ with Christopher Cerf
    18/08/2015

    Chris Cerf is no stranger to creative language. Along with his co-author Henry Beard, he also co-founded National Lampoon, was a publisher at Random House, worked on The Muppets and Sesame Street, contributed to Saturday Night Live, and has composed songs for some of the biggest musicians on the planet. Their latest work, Spinglish–with the…

  • A Trip to the Movies Film Noir
    A Trip to the Movies; Film Noir
    17/08/2015

    On this program we occasionally venture into the realm of entertainment. Our last film discussion was on the Western. Today, we focused on Film Noir. Like any genre, there are great and not-so-great entries. So today we spoke on the best as we see them. John Kupetz, Nathan Holmes, and Matt Hauske have seen almost…

  • The Once and Future King on the Presidency and the Race for It Frank Buckley and William Howell
    The Once and Future King; on the Presidency and the Race for It; Frank Buckley and William Howell
    14/08/2015

    The race for the presidency is in full swing. But what if the very seat on which so much money is spent and for which so many are running was too close to the very office–of king–than our founding fathers ever intended? That is the contention of F.H. Buckley, who has written a masterful work…

  • Faith Versus Fact with Jerry Coyne
    Faith Versus Fact with Jerry Coyne
    12/08/2015

    Two themes to which we often return on this program are faith and fact. Or, more specifically, religion and science. Dr. Jerry Coyne–always a remarkable interview–has just had published another supremely fascinating book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible. You should read his previous influential work, Why Evolution is True. Coyne is…

  • James Piereson – Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order
    James Piereson – Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order
    11/08/2015

    One need not look further than Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the top of the GOP candidate heap to know that Americans have become disillusioned with the political establishment. James Piereson takes a look at previous political ‘revolutions’ that have already taken place in this country. Piereson tells us that another is on its way. His…

  • Analysis of the First 2016 GOP Debate
    Analysis of the First 2016 GOP Debate
    08/08/2015

    It wasn’t the Roman Senate or Lincoln v Douglas, but it was entertaining. Perhaps that is, for better or worse, a large part of the formula of a political “debate” in the digital age. Donald Trump came in a large favorite. There are mixed feelings as to whether that lead will be so large once…

  • Elementary, my dear Rosenberg
    Elementary, my dear Rosenberg
    05/08/2015

    Of course, when you see the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” you think of Sherlock Holmes. But…Holmes never uttered this phrased. It’s one of the great misquotes in literary history, and it’s just one of many we explored recently when we welcomed three ‘Sherlockians‘, all part of the group The Hounds of the Baskerville. Dr.…

  • American Cornball with Christopher Miller
    American Cornball with Christopher Miller
    04/08/2015

    What is funny? When does something become funny? Cease to be funny? Christopher Miller is a best-selling author, college professor who asked himself these questions and set out to answer the in his very amusing book, American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny. Think Whoope Cushions, squirting flowers, college professors and countless others.…

  • Big Science with Michael Hiltzik
    Big Science with Michael Hiltzik
    04/08/2015

    We’ve all heard of the “Military Industrial Complex”. Indeed, we were warned that we guard against undue influence by that then-new termed institution by President Eisenhower as he prepared to leave office. But long before America felt compelled to have a permanent armaments industry, many men were fast at work to ensure that we would…

  • Focusing on Israel, the U.S.-Iranian detente, and the conflicted Middle East: with Caroline Glick and Richard Baehr
    Focusing on Israel, the U.S.-Iranian detente, and the conflicted Middle East: with Caroline Glick and Richard Baehr
    31/07/2015

    We make no secret of our respect, admiration and, yes, love of Israel. And though turmoil in the region is nothing new, we thought that we should continue to examine the percolating situation in the Middle East after we’ve been able to analyze the Iranian nuclear deal. Two of our favorite people with whom to…

  • Under the Rocks and Stones: Geology Talk
    Under the Rocks and Stones: Geology Talk
    31/07/2015

    By now we now that the continents were one body of land that was broken apart to give us our present landforms. But there is much, much more to plate tectonics, seismology, hyrdology and their affiliated disciplines. We wanted to know what the future held for Earth. What will it look like in 1000 years?…

  • The War that Forged a Nation with James McPherson
    The War that Forged a Nation with James McPherson
    29/07/2015

    Dr. James McPherson has dedicated his entire career to the study of the Civil War. As he so eloquently shows us in his new book, the Civil War is still as relevant–if not more relevant–to our current times than to those that were directly affected by it.

  • A Look to 2016: the Candidates
    A Look to 2016: the Candidates
    27/07/2015

    The race for the White House in 2016 is fully underway. The GOP side is entertaining, to say the least. The Democrat side has not, so far, been as colorful, though questions still remain as to who will succeed President Obama in running for the presidency. We thought it the right time to sit down…

  • Speaking of Radio…with Chuck Schaden
    Speaking of Radio…with Chuck Schaden
    27/07/2015

    Old Time Radio…our favorite. It’s what got us into the business. Milt has his shows and personalities that will forever remain his favorite: Vic and Sade, Jean Shepherd, Bob and Ray. Chuck Schaden is a legend in his own right. His long-running (still running!) show, “Speaking of Radio” is a treasure. Old time radio stars…

  • The Genius of Shakespeare
    The Genius of Shakespeare
    27/07/2015

    Shakespeare is as relevant as ever. Like Elvis, his genius isn’t always apparent, especially when he’s foisted upon the youth. But as patience and a thirst for learning set in, the magnificence of his characters and an appreciation of the scale of these productions finally hits you. There’s a reason he’s so popular and legendary.…

  • Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren: Ally
    Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren: Ally
    23/07/2015

    Former Israeli Ambassador the the U.S., Michael Oren, has written a truly brilliant memoir of his time in that post at exactly the right time. While the streets of Tehran teem with those calling for Death to America and Death to the Jews, Oren’s insider’s account of the pressures faced by the Middle East’s lone…

  • Last to Die with Stephen Harding
    Last to Die with Stephen Harding
    21/07/2015

    Stephen Harding is a wonderful military historian and editor-in-chief of Military History. He wrote the great book The Last Battle, the amazing story in which German and American soldiers actually fought together. That one will be coming to a movie screen near you. Last to Die is the story of Anthony Marchione—the last American killed…

  • Jonathan Horn: The Man Who Would Not Be Washington
    Jonathan Horn: The Man Who Would Not Be Washington
    20/07/2015

    Robert E. Lee is back in the news, and not for the best of reasons. He’s certainly not a target for Union snipers, but rather a target for political correctness, for those that want to erase history. And a car named after him won’t be outrunning any tv sheriffs again. For years, this brilliant American…

  • A Brief History of American Musical Theater
    A Brief History of American Musical Theater
    20/07/2015

    Sometimes we have to leave behind the world of politics, history and science and remember that entertainment holds an important place as part of the well-rounded life. A brief and welcome departure from news of presidential races and nuclear armament deals came to us in a study of theater and, specifically, American Musical Theater. We…

  • The Iranian Nuclear Deal the Politics and the Science
    The Iranian Nuclear Deal; the Politics and the Science
    17/07/2015

    So most of the week the media has been focusing on the political implications of the Iranian nuclear agreement and, while we will discuss that pertinent aspect of the deal, we thought we should look into the science behind their capabilities. What do we know? What is speculative? We brought in Rachel Bronson of the…

  • The Sacred Texts of the Abrahamic Traditions
    The Sacred Texts of the Abrahamic Traditions
    16/07/2015

    Father Abraham had many sons, and from those sons were born three of the world’s greatest faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. While much is made of the differences between and the conflicts that have emerged amidst these groups, the fact that remains that we share common ancestry. So, what are the commonalities of those faiths?…

  • Iran Nuclear Agreement Reached
    Iran Nuclear Agreement Reached
    15/07/2015

    Interpretations of the long-term consequences of the nuclear agreement between the U.S., Iran and a host of other nations at the negotiating table are a disparate as American and Iranian ideas of freedom. Many herald it, but seemingly more are wondering how we could have given an inch to a nation so preoccupied with chanting…

  • The New Spymasters: Inside the Modern World of Espionage with Stephen Grey
    The New Spymasters: Inside the Modern World of Espionage with Stephen Grey
    14/07/2015

    Rosenberg. Milt Rosenberg. He always aims to bring you compelling talk. That was the goal with bringing journalist Stephen Grey to the program. Grey has just penned a new book in which he tackles the history and changing nature of spying as we have emerged from the Cold War and are now right in the…

  • Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy with Frank McLynn
    Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy with Frank McLynn
    13/07/2015

    The largest empire the world has ever known. A genius general of a Mongol horde that raped, pillaged, and burned its way across China, Central Asia, and all the way to the Atlantic. But most people know precious little about Genghis Khan other than the face that he was a successful warrior, a brutal subjugator…

  • The SAG-AFTRA Radio Players
    The SAG-AFTRA Radio Players
    10/07/2015

    Radio a’int what it used to be. From its beginning as a vehicle to broadcast weather and farm reports to an agricultural America to broadcasting the sounds of big bands from New York or Chicago to Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds broadcast, radio was king. That is, of course, until it was dethroned by…

  • The Fabulous Future with Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
    The Fabulous Future with Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
    09/07/2015

    In 1956, an influential group of leaders published The Fabulous Future: America in 1980, in which they attempted to project how various aspects of life might look in 25 years or so. Some of it they got right, some of it wrong. It’s a noble task and an interesting concept for which editors might gather…

  • The Cosmos and Dark Matter
    The Cosmos and Dark Matter
    08/07/2015

    Space. The Origins of the Universe. Black Holes. Dark Matter. It’s seemingly impossible to tire of discussing the timeless question of how we got here. Sometimes we tackle this topic from a spiritual viewpoint, or we entertain a metaphysical talk. But more likely we turn to our friends in academia, specifically those who study cosmology.…

  • By the People with Charles Murray
    By the People with Charles Murray
    07/07/2015

    Charles Murray is no stranger to controversy and, piggybacking on a similar theme from a recent episode of this program, was castigated in the media for his findings in his hugely influential book, The Bell Curve, published back in 1994. His newest work, By the People, is no less important and incredibly timely in its…

  • End of Discussion with Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham
    End of Discussion with Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham
    07/07/2015

    Watch what you say. Don’t offend anyone.Be sensitive to the feelings of others. Censor yourself. These are probably suitable pieces of advice if you’re going to Sunday school, but if you’re trying to engage in political talk they are impossible to attain. Yet, somehow, our nation finds itself at a crossroads at which free speech…

  • Combating the Killer Diseases
    Combating the Killer Diseases
    06/07/2015

    The title of this program describes a noble fight. On the front lines of this battle are America’s physicians and support staff in the various studies of medicine. We’ve enlisted the participation of three leading doctors from The University of Chicago Medicine, namely Drs. Douglas Dirschl, Jason Luke, and Nir Uriel, a surgeon, an oncologist…

  • The Skeptic’s Case Against Anthropogenic Global Warming
    The Skeptic’s Case Against Anthropogenic Global Warming
    02/07/2015

    Man is causing the Earth to warm. Industry and man’s poor stewardship of the planet will lead to our ruin. This is not an uncommon opinion held by many. Indeed, labeling it “opinion” is heretical in some circles. But as there are many instances of the Earth shedding one climate pattern for another throughout geological…

  • What Every American Needs to Know with E. D. Hirsch
    What Every American Needs to Know with E. D. Hirsch
    01/07/2015

    A collective cry resounds from coast to coast: “We’ve got to fix our broken education system!” Yet what do we do? Young Americans are caught between schools’ requirements to maintain certain levels of testing and garnering a valuable, useful education that can manufacture valuable, able-minded citizens. E. D. Hirsch is a pioneer in the field…

  • Space Exploration: a History, Current Affairs, and a Look Toward the Future
    Space Exploration: a History, Current Affairs, and a Look Toward the Future
    30/06/2015

    In anyone’s top ten list of great events of American history would be man’s walking on the moon. This nation was the world leader in space exploration and, while we’ve scaled back our manned missions into the final frontier, there are still many exciting projects underway. Just this week there was debate about the mysterious…

  • John Kass on the State of Radio, Newspapers, and Free Speech
    John Kass on the State of Radio, Newspapers, and Free Speech
    29/06/2015

    John Kass should be appointed as the new head of FIFA. To be sure, it’s an appointment that would suit him. But as he may not have the necessary backing, he will have to rely on his current position as the hugely popular columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Kass sat in with Milt to…

  • Gay Marriage Wins 5-4 SCOTUS Decision
    Gay Marriage Wins 5-4 SCOTUS Decision
    26/06/2015

    We delve deep into issues political, scientific, academic and beyond on this program. This compels us to address news items of grave importance as they develop. So when the report from the Supreme Court came today of its historic ruling making gay marriage legal in all fifty states, we immediately assembled a panel to analyze…

  • Building the H Bomb: A Personal History
    Building the H Bomb: A Personal History
    25/06/2015

    Kenneth W. Ford is one smart cookie. He went to work at Los Alamos at the ripe old age of 24, working alongside such physicist luminaries as Oppenheimer, Fermi, Wheeler, Neumann, and Teller. If these names don’t ring a bell to you, then you have found this interview at the right time, because you’d do…

  • Senator George J. Mitchell – The Negotiator: A Memoir
    Senator George J. Mitchell – The Negotiator: A Memoir
    25/06/2015

    Senator George Mitchell was the Majority Leader until he did something we could only wish that other politicians would emulate: He retired from political life. He has just penned a memoir which is deeply readable. It is not merely a collection of self-congratulating tales from a political life, but there are some amusing and interesting…

  • News from the Religious World
    News from the Religious World
    25/06/2015

    There’s a lot happening on the religious front. Pope Francis has weighed in on climate change. ISIS continues its mayhem in the Middle East. Church attendance in America is going the way of church attendance in Europe–many empty pews in houses of worship of nearly all denominations. To discuss these and many others of spiritual…

  • From the Cincinnati Reds to the Moscow Reds
    From the Cincinnati Reds to the Moscow Reds
    24/06/2015

    Irwin Weil is a fine storyteller we have known for years. As professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern, he is also an expert on Russian life and culture. He has just penned an autobiography, and joined Milt to talk Russian life, music, a bit of politics and culture and to share some of…

  • An Hour with Victor Davis Hanson
    An Hour with Victor Davis Hanson
    22/06/2015

    Victor Davis Hanson is, quite simply, one of the finest minds in America. Professor Emeritus, Classics, at the University of California, Fresno, he is also one of the foremost writers on American politics and foreign policy. It is always an education speaking with him and today is no different.

  • The State of the American Mind
    The State of the American Mind
    22/06/2015

    Decades ago, the grade most given to high school students was a C. Today? It’s an A. Does anyone honestly believe that American youth are smarter than they were 50 years ago? What has changed? Cultural Literacy is a theme we will be visiting again on this program. It’s an ongoing theme. Mark Bauerlein and…

  • The Historical Jesus
    The Historical Jesus
    22/06/2015

    Jesus is one of the greatest philosophers the Earth has ever known. He is the Son of God to many, a great prophet to others, and a rabble-rousing revolutionary to some. Then there’s the claim claim he didn’t exist. On the latter point, we feel that it is no point at all. To deny that…

  • Top 10 Films of All Time
    Top 10 Films of All Time
    19/06/2015

    Compiling lists of our top ten songs, favorite ball players or films is always a fun endeavor. Who makes the list? Who did we anguish over having to leave out? We turned to our learned panel of film scholars and critics. Sitting in, Pete Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com and EFilmCritic.com, filmmaker and scholar Spencer Parsons of…

  • Philosophy 101: What Does it All Mean?
    Philosophy 101: What Does it All Mean?
    19/06/2015

    What? Why? How? The basic questions are sought after by scientists, men of religion, and some of our favorite people: philosophers. From Socrates to Descartes, to Wittgenstein to Locke to Lao Tzu, these were learned and wise men who sought answers to those questions. Two fantastic philosophers from contemporary times are Rick Lee of DePaul…

  • Conservative Heroes with Garland Tucker III
    Conservative Heroes with Garland Tucker III
    17/06/2015

    Jefferson, Reagan, Goldwater. Those are the names you’d expect to see on a list of influential conservatives. But interestingly, Mr. Tucker has compiled a fascinating list of others whom he deems worthy of study. It may surprise you. Well researched, and oozing with passion for this nation and what it stands for, “Conservative Heroes: 14…

  • Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy
    Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy
    16/06/2015

    A question often bandied about is how Americans’ feel about our involvement overseas. Maybe a better one is how our leaders feel about it, and whether or not their feelings are in line with the citizens’. That’s just one of the many that are posed in this informative entry into the series, as Milt is…

  • Chicago Crime
    Chicago Crime
    15/06/2015

    Chicago Crime. It sounds like the newest dramatic series coming to a network near you. Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s a big, big problem. And there’s no shortage of people who believe they know how to fix it, or who’s to blame. But on this program, we always leave the passion behind and use our minds.…

  • Reagan: The Life with H.W. Brands
    Reagan: The Life with H.W. Brands
    09/06/2015

    Much has been written about our 40th president. Many are hagiographies, many are hit pieces. But few are as even handed as this latest biography by the great H.W. Brands of the University of Texas at Austin. Milt and professor brands speak in depth on Reagan’s boyhood life, particularly the psychological wounds Reagan took from…

  • The Ghost in My Brain with Dr. Clark Elliot
    The Ghost in My Brain with Dr. Clark Elliot
    08/06/2015

    Imagine that everything you knew about living life was lost. You couldn’t do your job. You couldn’t even walk. You couldn’t recognize people by name, even your children. For Dr. Clark Elliot, a professor of Artificial Intelligence at DePaul University, this nightmare was his reality. To top it off, he was told he had a…

  • Milt’s Music
    Milt’s Music
    08/06/2015

    Sometimes we have to decompress a bit and step back from the interviews. When that’s the case, we go to music class with Dr. Rosenberg. Such was the occasion on this program, another installment of Milt’s music.

  • Kenneth C. Davis and the Hidden History of America at War
    Kenneth C. Davis and the Hidden History of America at War
    04/06/2015

    Kenneth C. Davis is a marvelous historian and the author of the wildly popular ‘Don’t Know Much‘ book series. He’s turned his well-trained eye to the military and, specifically, though it should come at no surprise based on the title, American war history. As he always does, he uncovers many facts we may not have…

  • Architecture in Chicago and Beyond
    Architecture in Chicago and Beyond
    04/06/2015

    One of our great guests over the years is the Tribune’s Architecture Critic Blair Kamin. With several exciting renovation projects underway and the new 606 Trail once again proving the visionary leadership of Chicago in regard to green space, we thought it was time to take stock of this city’s rich architectural history and standing.…

  • The Inner Workings of the Brain How do We Learn and Remember?
    The Inner Workings of the Brain; How do We Learn and Remember?
    03/06/2015

    We love dispelling myths on this show. One longstanding myth is that we only use a small percentage of our brain. What’s the truth? We enlisted David Uttal, the Director of Cognitive Psychology, and Paul Reber, the Director of Brain, Behavior and Cognition, both at Northwestern University, to tell us. You’ll have to listen to…

  • Milt’s Political A-Team: What to Do about ISIS (with Fred Kagan)
    Milt’s Political A-Team: What to Do about ISIS (with Fred Kagan)
    01/06/2015

    On the panel today: Charles Lipson, Joseph Morris, and Dick Ciccone. Also joining is the American Enterprise Institute‘s Fred Kagan, the architect of the Troop Surge in Iraq. Is it time to concentrate forces to destroy ISIS? Or will we wait and let them retake the whole of Iraq and Syria? This is the most…

  • The Poetry Show
    The Poetry Show
    28/05/2015

    We make clear in no uncertain terms that we are lovers of art and lovers of words. There is no greater form of art and words than poetry. But what makes poems great? What makes some more successful than others? What makes one poem stir the heartstrings of one man or woman and, in another,…

  • Christopher Wright – No More Worlds to Conquer
    Christopher Wright – No More Worlds to Conquer
    26/05/2015

    If you’re a fan of this program you probably know that the title of the new book by Chris Wright is a quote about Alexander the Great. If you’re not into history, you may remember it as one of the many quotable scenes from Die Hard and the great actor Alan Rickman. At any rate,…

  • Alex’s Wake with Martin Goldsmith
    Alex’s Wake with Martin Goldsmith
    26/05/2015

    If you don’t know the truly heartbreaking story of the MS St. Louis, you are in for a shock. Fleeing Germany in the ramp up to hostilities in World War II, a group of Jews was first turned away from asylum in Cuba, then the United States and then Canada. All returned to Europe. The…

  • The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson
    The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson
    22/05/2015

    Washington and Jefferson hated each other. What? Washington and Jefferson hated each other? How can that be? That was our reaction when we read what Tom Fleming had discovered and made the central theme of his great new book “The Great Divide“. It seems anathema to everything we’ve come to believe of our founding fathers…

  • Future Crimes with Marc Goodman
    Future Crimes with Marc Goodman
    22/05/2015

    Marc Goodman is a global thinker and a futurist. He’s also an ex Los Angeles policeman and one of the most sought after security consultants in the world. He studies the advances in technology and how they are put into use by the criminal underworld–and mega corporations–to keep track of you, what you do, what…

  • Evolution
    Evolution
    21/05/2015

    One of the frequently asked questions on this program is ‘how’ and ‘why’ we are here. We asked it of two cosmologists recently and on this episode we discuss it in evolutionary terms with our friends Dr. Lance Grande of the Field Museum and Dr. Robert Richards of the University of Chicago’s Center for the…

  • “Is the American Century Over?”
    “Is the American Century Over?”
    20/05/2015

    So asks our esteemed and welcome guest Joseph Nye, of the Kennedy School in Cambridge, who is the University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard. He has written a fascinating new book in which he examines the rise of China and India and asks whether or not the age of American dominance is well behind us,…

  • The Jewish Literary Mafia
    The Jewish Literary Mafia
    19/05/2015

    Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud and Saul Bellow. They were some of the finest writers of the 20th Century. We had the great pleasure of discussing their place in literary history and the evolution of the American novel. Milt is joined in studio by Zachary Leader, professor of English Literature at University of Roehampton…

  • Dick Ciccone and Peter Schweizer Clinton Cash
    Dick Ciccone and Peter Schweizer; Clinton Cash
    13/05/2015

    One of our longtime favorites is Dick Ciccone, formerly of the Chicago Tribune and now professor at Notre Dame. We sought his estimable analysis on the upcoming presidential race. Joined in hour two by the highly successful and very top of fold writer Peter Schweizer on his popular book, “Clinton Cash“. How did Bill and…

  • The Courtroom Tactics and Psychology of Lawyers
    The Courtroom Tactics and Psychology of Lawyers
    11/05/2015

    People love to disparage lawyers, at least until they need one. But where would we be without them? In a bad state, for sure. In this installment of Milt Rosenberg, we bring you three of the best. Philip Corboy, Jr., Jon Loevy, and Aaron Goldstein. All respected practitioners of the trade in our fair city…

  • VE Day, 70th Anniversary Don Casey, Nazi POW
    VE Day, 70th Anniversary; Don Casey, Nazi POW
    10/05/2015

    Hitler had just shot himself a week before. The Allies begin to liberate death camps across Europe and Paris is saved. What a remarkable day from the most remarkable of wars was this VE Day. We are honored to have as our guest Don Casey, Chicago native and navigator of a B-17 Flying Fortress, who…

  • Political Roundtable – Middle East, George Friedman, and New GOP Candidates
    Political Roundtable – Middle East, George Friedman, and New GOP Candidates
    05/05/2015

    Ah, politics. For one of the finest quotes on the art we turn to that estimable political scientist, Groucho Marx, who said that, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and apply the wrong remedies.” Today a new batch of candidates look to drive us either over the…

  • The Truly Great Books
    The Truly Great Books
    01/05/2015

    What are the ‘truly’ great books? Why do we love them? What makes them great? What about books that we thought were great (or someone did) that don’t actually stand up to scrutiny. We discuss all of those issues and more with the fantastic Bruce Gans, Rasmus Holm and our friend at Emory University Mark…

  • Fighting Back Against Terrorist 17 Carnations
    Fighting Back Against Terrorist; 17 Carnations
    30/04/2015

    Shayna Gould was 19 when she was shot during a terrorist attack in Israel. Her story is one of perseverance and character. She was recently part of a lawsuit that found the PLO liable and levied a $655 Million dollar judgement in federal court. She is joined in studio by our friend from the Simon…

  • The China Mirage
    The China Mirage
    30/04/2015

    It’s time to take an academic look at China. Will they surpass the United States as the world’s foremost superpower? What do we misunderstand about that great nation? How has its culture influenced the way it does business as continues to evolve into a hybrid communist/capitalist economy? Joining Milt in studio is Northwestern University professor…

  • Talking Sports with Joseph Epstein – Masters of the Games
    Talking Sports with Joseph Epstein – Masters of the Games
    28/04/2015

    Joseph Epstein is one of the finest writers in America. He is, also, a sports fanatic. As sports writing at large is not as rife with fine literary contributions as it once was, we are always pleased when a talent the likes of Joseph turn their pen to our favorite past times. He has made…

  • Great Heroes of the American Western
    Great Heroes of the American Western
    24/04/2015

    We love the movies. Film, cinema, whatever you want to call it. Some of it’s art, some of it’s not. Equally with the Western genre, there are indeed works of modern art and then there are just fun shoot-em-up flicks that are the predecessors of the modern action movie. Milt sat down with Matt Hauske…

  • Former NYC Police Commisioner/Homeland Security Nominee Bernard Kerik – From Jailer to Jailed
    Former NYC Police Commisioner/Homeland Security Nominee Bernard Kerik – From Jailer to Jailed
    24/04/2015

    You probably remember the story. The recently established cabinet agency The Department of Homeland Security was looking for a new leader with the departure of Tom Ridge. Bernard Kerik, a regular image in the coverage of post 9/11 rescue missions and police investigations, forever at the side of mayor Rudy Giuliani, was tapped by President…

  • Talking Science Fiction
    Talking Science Fiction
    23/04/2015

    Would we have smart phones without science fiction? Would we have ever dared to explore our galaxy, to dream of life on other planets? Probably not. Science Fiction has given birth to some of our greatest technologies, our greatest works of literature and, of course, some of our greatest films. Milt is joined in studio…

  • When Paris Went Dark – author Ronald Rosbottom
    When Paris Went Dark – author Ronald Rosbottom
    22/04/2015

    Paris. The City of Lights. One of Milt’s favorite cities on the planet. But a curious set of circumstances led to the relatively easy takeover of France by the Nazis. Ronald Rosbottom has made a wonderful entry into that history with his latest, “When Paris Went Dark.”

  • The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 4/20/15
    The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 4/20/15
    21/04/2015

    We look to history to learn lessons about ourselves. Rome was, undoubtedly, a great empire. Can we learn anything about our future by studying its rise and ultimate demise? Milt is joined in studio by the venerable Dr. Dan Garrison and Professor Taco Terpstra to discuss what made Rome great and what happened to bring…

  • Live Long and Prosper. Growing well as we grow older 4/17/15 Hour 1
    Live Long and Prosper. Growing well as we grow older 4/17/15 Hour 1
    17/04/2015

    “Live long and prosper” was, of course, the phrase of Leonard Nimoy’s iconic character Spock from Star Trek. How do we ensure that we don’t merely live to a ripe, old age, but to be in the best of shape possible when we get there. The time to consider health is not once it has…

  • Live Long and Prosper. Growing well as we grow older 4/17/15 Hour 2
    Live Long and Prosper. Growing well as we grow older 4/17/15 Hour 2
    17/04/2015

    “Live long and prosper” was, of course, the phrase of Leonard Nimoy’s iconic character Spock from Star Trek. How do we ensure that we don’t merely live to a ripe, old age, but to be in the best of shape possible when we get there. The time to consider health is not once it has…

  • Caveat Emptor: Scams and Ripoffs 4/16/15 Hour 1
    Caveat Emptor: Scams and Ripoffs 4/16/15 Hour 1
    17/04/2015

    Milt was joined in studio by Steve Bernas, president of the Better Business Bureau for Chicago and Northern Illinois and David O’Toole of the Federal Trade Commission. The discussion was all about the many scams, ripoffs, confidence games, and more tools the underworld employs to separate you from your money. As the saying goes, “if…

  • Caveat Emptor: Scams and Ripoffs 4/16/15 Hour 2
    Caveat Emptor: Scams and Ripoffs 4/16/15 Hour 2
    17/04/2015

    Milt was joined in studio by Steve Bernas, president of the Better Business Bureau for Chicago and Northern Illinois and David O’Toole of the Federal Trade Commission. The discussion was all about the many scams, ripoffs, confidence games, and more tools the underworld employs to separate you from your money. As the saying goes, “if…

  • Remembering Lincoln 4/15/15 Hour 1
    Remembering Lincoln 4/15/15 Hour 1
    16/04/2015

    Milt took this occasion–the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination–to look back at the life, death, and legacy of our 16th president. Joined in studio by Loyola University’s professor of history Theodore Karamanski and Daniel Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. Also joining, James Swanson and Louis P. Masur of Rutgers University. You will…

  • Remembering Lincoln 4/15/15 Hour 2
    Remembering Lincoln 4/15/15 Hour 2
    16/04/2015

    Milt took this occasion–the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination–to look back at the life, death, and legacy of our 16th president. Joined in studio by Loyola University’s professor of history Theodore Karamanski and Daniel Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. Also joining, James Swanson and Louis P. Masur of Rutgers University. You will…

  • Dr. James Garbarino – “Listening to Killers” 4/14/15 Hour 1
    Dr. James Garbarino – “Listening to Killers” 4/14/15 Hour 1
    15/04/2015

    Some of the finest minds in academia are right here in Chicago. Dr. James Garbarino is one such mind. His latest book, “Listening to Killers”, is a touching, heartbreaking, groundbreaking, and intense look at what goes on inside the mind of those who kill. Primarily working with children or young adults who have killed, Dr.…

  • Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman – Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry 4/14/15 Hour 2
    Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman – Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry 4/14/15 Hour 2
    15/04/2015

    As many of you know, Milt is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Having spent so many decades in the field, he’s often hesitant to discuss it. But this fascinating new book by the highly regarded Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman proved too much to ignore. Listen to these two amazing minds discuss the…

  • Milt Rosenberg’s Political A-Team 4/13/15 Hour 2
    Milt Rosenberg’s Political A-Team 4/13/15 Hour 2
    14/04/2015

    Milt is joined by Dr. Charles Lipson of the University of Chicago, Scott Stantis, the renowned cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune and our esteemed friend Joseph Morris. Topics: Presidential Election 2016, the continuing standoff between Iran and Israel and the reelection of Rahm Emanuel.

  • Milt Rosnberg’s Political A-Team 4/13/15 Hour 1
    Milt Rosnberg’s Political A-Team 4/13/15 Hour 1
    14/04/2015

    Milt is joined by Dr. Charles Lipson of the University of Chicago, Scott Stantis, the renowned cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune and our esteemed friend Joseph Morris. Topics: Presidential Election 2016, the continuing standoff between Iran and Israel and the reelection of Rahm Emanuel.

  • Milt Rosenberg’s Middle East Forum, 4/10/15 Hour 2
    Milt Rosenberg’s Middle East Forum, 4/10/15 Hour 2
    10/04/2015

    Today, Milt was joined by a distinguished panel of qualified guests who engaged in a fascinating discussion on the broad topic of the contemporary Middle East. Undoubtedly this was the most intelligent and matter-of-fact talk you will hear on the subject in some time. One the show: Professor Guity Nashat Professor David Faris Professor Khalil…

  • Milt Rosenberg’s Middle East Forum, 4/10/15 Hour 1
    Milt Rosenberg’s Middle East Forum, 4/10/15 Hour 1
    10/04/2015

    Today, Milt was joined by a distinguished panel of qualified guests who engaged in a fascinating discussion on the broad topic of the contemporary Middle East. Undoubtedly this was the most intelligent and matter-of-fact talk you will hear on the subject in some time. One the show: Professor Guity Nashat Professor David Faris Professor Khalil…

  • The Chicago Underworld, Hour 2 4/09/15
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