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Description The John Williams Podcast from 720 WGN
Updated Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:12:25 +0000
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1. How the Cubs and Sox Will Perform in 2020 and Super Bowl Predictions
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Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to talk about where you should be placing your bets for Chicago sports and more. Hear Panayotovich say how he thinks teams like the Cubs and White Sox will perform in 2020. Plus, Sam gives you his early Super Bowl predictions and the pros and cons of his predicted winner.



2. The Proposed Ordinance That Would Outlaw Single-Use Plastic in Chicago
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Executive Director at the Illinois Environmental Council, Jennifer Walling, joins John Williams to talk about this week’s NewsClick and the possible ban on single-use plastic and foam in Chicago. If banned, restaurants worry about the cost of single-use alternatives. If passed, the ordinance would give restaurants until January 1st, 2021 to find their alternatives.



3. Is the Nation’s Debt Crisis Really a Crisis?
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Ben Harris is the Executive Director of the Public and Private Interface at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Managment and Joe Biden’s Economist. Today, he joins John Williams to talk about the nation’s debt crisis and whether it really is a crisis or not. Harris talks about how the nation’s economy has performed over the last 20 years and how predictors were wrong about it’s trend.



4. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 1.16.2020: National Debt Crisis, Single-Use Plastic Ordinance and the Sports Teams to Bet On
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John Williams talks about the nation’s debt with Ben Harris, the Executive Director of Public and Private Interface at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Managment. Harris talks about how the economy has performed over the last 20 years and how predictors were wrong about it’s trend. Then, Executive Director at the Illinois Environmental Council, Jennifer Walling,  covers this week’s NewsClick and the possible ban on single use plastic and foam in Chicago. Sam Panayotovich joins the show to talk about where […]



5. When the Hawks Score, the Homeless Win
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Ryan Dowd, Executive Director of Hesed House and Doug Gerald, Owner of Gerald Auto Group stop by to talk with John Williams about how they are helping the homeless. The Gerald Auto Group is donating $100 to the Hesed House for every goal the Blackhawks score this season. That money will go to helping house, feed, clothe and educate the homeless. Dowd and Gerald speak to the importance of Hesed House and how they can help to get people back […]



6. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 1.15.2020: One Book, One Chicago, Phil Vettel, Senator Warren’s promise, vape flavor ban
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John Williams celebrates and asks for your suggestions on the new WGN America “News Nation” program coming this Summer. Then, Author Dan Egan of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes joins the show to talk about climate change and its effects on water wildlife. He will appear at the Chicago Public Library tonight in One Book, One Chicago. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel tells John about Avanzare and responds to your questions and comments on local eateries. And to […]



7. Bankruptcy and Student Loan Attorney Rae Kaplan responds to Senator Warren’s promise
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Bankruptcy and Student Loan Attorney Rae Kaplan joins John Williams to respond to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s promise to cancel student loans. Listeners then call in with their questions and opinions of the plan.



8. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: Spaghetti, eggplant and cheese
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to talk suburban and downtown eats, and listeners weigh in.



9. “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” Author Dan Egan: Gorgeous water isn’t clean water
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Author Dan Egan writes The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, one of four books features in the Chicago Public Library’s “One Book, One Chicago” series. He tells John about the fate of the Great Lakes wildlife from climate change.



10. John Williams shares a special message from AMITA Health
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John Williams explains how AMITA Health can help you stick with your weight loss New Year’s resolution.



11. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 1.13.2020: Oscars 2020 Nominations, the biggest profit for airlines, Chicago pizza, Mega Pros Monday Quiz
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John Williams invites Producer Griffin Fillipitch to give his take on Oscars 2020 nominations. Then, “Eye on Travel” Host Peter Greenberg tells John the most profitable fee for airlines. Chicago Tribune Columnist Kristen McQueary sparks a debate on the best pizza in Chicago, after her tweet asked which Chicago deep-dish pizza she should send to Florida. Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich talks about the NCAA football game. And, John administers the Mega Pros Monday Quiz.



12. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 01.14.2020: Self-checkout, Harry and Meghan’s finances, sign-stealing, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes”
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John Williams sparks up a conversation with you about grocery store self-checkout lines, and why many of you won’t use them. Then, Royal Reporter and “Gabby Road” Host Fred Weintraub joins the show to explain what’s going to happen financially to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Listeners weigh in on that. John then wants to know your opinion of the Astros’ general manager and managers’ firings after the team cheated in 2017 with sign-stealing. And tomorrow, Author Dan Egan […]



13. Royal Reporter and “Gabby Road” Co-Host Fred Weintraub on : “They can make way more money by going out on their own”
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Royal Reporter and “Gabby Road” Co-Host Fred Weintraub joins John Williams to help him dissect the finances of the royal family as Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan leave.



14. Mega Pros Monday Quiz: The Great Lakes
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Test your knowledge on the Mega Pros Monday quiz below, then compare how you did to how Joan did!   1. The name of Lake Michigan is from the Algonquian Indian term, “michigami,” meaning A – Big lake B – Stinky onions   2. Lake Michigan is the A – Largest of the Great Lakes B – Second largest C – Third largest.   3. Name all the states with Lake Michigan shores.   4. The flow of lake Michigan […]



15. Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich on what to watch for on tonight’s game
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Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to talk about the weekend in NFL sports and what to keep in mind for watching the NCAA football game tonight.



16. Chicago Tribune Columnist Kristen McQueary on Chicagoans’ deep dish recommendations
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Chicago Tribune Columnist Kristen McQueary posted an inquiry on deep dish pizza on Twitter and got a surprisingly wide response. Listeners react with their own Chicago pizza delivery.



17. “Eye on Travel” Host Peter Greenberg on what earned airlines $29 billion last year
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“Eye on Travel” Host Peter Greenberg joins John Williams to explain how baggage fees can profit airlines the most.



18. Resident Movie Buff Griffin Fillipitch disagrees with number of Oscars nominations to “Joker”
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WGN Radio Producer and Resident Movie Buff Griffin Fillipitch joins John Williams to react to Oscars nominations, which were topped by “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix.  



19. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 01.10.2020: Jeopardy “Greatest of All Time” match three, a teen’s invention of a sexual assault database, friendly celebrity encounters
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John Williams begins this Friday show by recapping Jeopardy round three, quizzing you, the listener. Then, John invites Downers Grove South High School student Therese Malinowski to talk about what inspired her to design her sexual assault database, Project Dandelion. And after reading a tweet about a friendly celebrity encounter, John asks you for your celebrity kindness stories. And finally, John gives you the Bright Side of Life.



20. Listener stories of celebrity kindness
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Listeners flood the lines with their stories of kindness encountered with a celebrity after WGN Radio Host Matt Bubala shares his.



21. Downers Grove South High School student on why she designed a sexual assault database for college applicants
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Downers Grove South High School Student Therese Malinowski joins John Williams to explain what provoked her to create a sexual assault database designed for college applicants. [audio https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3711868/Downers_Grove_South_High_School_Student_Therese_Malinowski_2 020-01-10-195708.64kmono.mp3



22. WGN-TV Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory: There will be a lot of things falling from the sky this weekend
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WGN-TV Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory joins John Williams to give the weekend forecast, which shows a high volume of different types of precipitation.



23. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 01.09.20: Coyotes roaming Michigan Avenue, “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy, intermittent fasting, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave Royal Family
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John Williams wants to know what we should do when we’re faced with a possibly rabid coyote, especially if it’s bitten someone before. Lincoln Park Zoo Urban Wildlife Institute Director Seth Magle joins John to explain what one should do in this instance and why coyotes are roaming the downtown streets. Then, John celebrates the week’s “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy championship with some of the surprising clips from last night’s round two. Northwestern Medicine Bariatric Dietitian Audra Wilson weighs […]



24. Anglophile Hannah Stanley on why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are leaving the Royal Family
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Anglophile and “Gabby Road with Hannah, Fred and Justin” Co-Host Hannah Stanley joins John Williams to explain why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to split from the Royal Family. And Hannah highlights what she found to be weirdest about this news.



25. Bariatric Dietitian Audra Wilson on whether to partake in intermittent fasting
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Northwestern Medicine Bariatric Dietitian Audra Wilson joins John Williams to weigh in on the trend of intermittent fasting, and why some people should not implement it. Audra then explains the proper method to executing this fasting trend.



26. Lincoln Park Zoo Urban Wildlife Institute: A Gold Coast coyote might be biting people because they’ve been fed
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Lincoln Park Zoo Urban Wildlife Institute Director Seth Magle joins John Williams to give possible explanations for why a coyote in Downtown Chicago is biting people. And he gives the proper precautions for when met with an oncoming coyote.  



27. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 01.08.20: Iran missile launch, foul ball causes permanent brain damage, Cubs cable channel
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John Williams starts the show by checking in with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th-Schaumburg), who provides the pros and cons of the president’s ordered murder of Iran General Qassem Soleimani. Then, John recaps round one of the “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy series. Nexstar Media Group Washington Correspondent Jessi Turnure previews President Trump’s remarks on Capitol Hill, and then bookends them with the message of deescalation. Later, Washington Post National Security Correspondent and Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS  Author Joby […]



28. Washington Post National Security Correspondent Joby Warrick: “It was an attempt to stand down or deescalate, and that’s what we were looking for”
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Washington Post National Security Correspondent Joby Warrick joins John Williams to comment on President Trump’s remarks this morning regarding the Iran missile launch on Iraq U.S. military bases. And Joby analyzes the purpose of the strikes from both ends. Read his Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.



29. The new Cubs channel could cause fans to switch off completely, as in LA
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LA Times Sports Writer Bill Shaikin joins John Williams to recount the impact on Los Angeles baseball fans when the Dodgers games were moved off local television, over to cable. And Bill explains the strategy behind talks between Comcast and Marquee to get the Cubs on cable television, even in spite of fan needs.



30. Attorney and “Legal Face-Off” Host Rich Lenkov: “I’m sure none of us…read that fine print on the [baseball game] ticket”
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Attorney and “Legal Face-Off” Host Rich Lenkov joins John Williams to provide the legalities surrounding the permanent brain damage suffered by a toddler hit by a foul ball last year at Wrigley Field. He also explains why Baseball Rule might save the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball.



31. Nexstar Washington Correspondent Jessi Turnure: President Trump is attacking the regime that could harm Americans
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Nexstar Media Group Washington Correspondent Jessi Turnure joins John Williams to explain the sentiment of Iranian and American officials just ahead of President Trump’s public address and reviews his remarks after. And Jessi tells John what might have been keeping President Trump in the situation room longer than planned.



32. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th): “I haven’t seen evidence that [Soleimani’s] threats are not going to unfold anyway”
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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th-Schaumburg) joins John Williams to explain the pros and cons of the president’s ordered murder of General Qassem Soleimani last week, and whether tensions will continue after Iran’s missile launch on US military bases in Iraq.



33. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 01.07.20: Jeopardy James Holzhauer’s brother, Australia fire damage, Dometi Pongo MTV News docuseries, Selective Services
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John Williams starts the show by welcoming back Ian Holzhauer, the brother of James Holzhauer, who will be competing in the “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy rounds this week against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Then, John tries to think of a state whose area can best compare to the number of acres burned in Australia in the last week. Dometi Pongo is reporting on a series of unsolved crimes in MTV’s True Life: Crime, including the freezer death of […]



34. MTV News Host Dometi Pongo on True Life | Crime: One theory says someone led Kenneka Jenkins into the freezer and was photoshopped out
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MTV News Host and Former WGN Radio News Anchor Dometi Pongo joins John Williams to describe his investigation of the death of Kenneka Jenkins, who was found in a hotel freezer in September 2017. Watch Dometi’s documentary series on MTV and VH1 Wednesdays at 8.



35. Selective Services System Chief of Staff Wadi Yakhour: Horrible timing shut down the website
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Selective Services System Chief of Staff Wadi Yakhour joins John Williams to debunk some of the draft rumors that have resulted from the possibility of a war with Iran, and provide some of the realities surrounding military registration. Wadi then explains the coincidence that shut the Selective Services website down for days.  



36. “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy Contestant James Holzhauer’s brother, Ian, ahead of game 1
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Ian Holzhauer joins John Williams to describe what it’s been like as the brother of James Holzhauer, who will be competing in the “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy rounds this week, against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.



37. Mega Pros Monday Quiz: Chicago landmarks
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This week’s edition of the Mega Pros Monday Quiz tested listener Dave on his Chicago landmarks knowledge. Take the quiz below and then listen for how you did in comparison to Dave. 1. This landmark is an industrial wasteland turned world-class public park. Between the 1850s and 1997, the land on which this park sits was controlled by the Illinois Central Railroad. It’s a popular “mirror selfie” destination. 2. Spanning across 12 acres of the city’s west side, this green […]



38. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 01.06.2020: Golden Globes opening, Chicago’s Iranian community reacts, City Hall latest, Australia fires and thunderstorms, Mega Pros Monday Quiz
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Jon Hansen fills in for John Williams and recaps Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globes opening speech, asking you how appropriate you felt the jokes were. Then, Iranian community member Narimon Safavi explains the personal effects of President Trump’s ordered murder of General Qassem Soleimani. The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone gives Jon the latest on City Hall ongoings, including new laws in practice. WGN-TV Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory explains how the fires devastating Australia are evolving to thunderstorms elsewhere. Northwestern Medicine  Behavioral […]



39. Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health Counselor: Mental health apps for college kids and vulnerability to parents
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Northwestern Medicine DuPage Hospital Behavioral Health Counselor Nea Cortez joins Jon Hansen to explain the need for digital mental health resources for college students. And she gives advice on how best to approach mental health issues to open a conversation with your kids.



40. WGN-TV Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory: Climate change is the cause for horrific Australia fires
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WGN-TV Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory joins Jon Hansen to explain what’s causing massive fires across all of Australia. Then, Demetrius explains how these fires are creating thunderstorms elsewhere. And he offers his thoughts on how best climate change should be approached going forward.



41. The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone: 2020 laws now in practice
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The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone joins Jon Hansen to bring the latest on City Hall news, including ride share tax hikes now in place for downtown rides and other new laws that arrived on Jan 1. Plus, Heather elaborates on the to-do list of Mayor Lightfoot back from out of town.



42. Iranian-American Entrepreneur Narimon Safavi: “To kill [Soleimani] this way was not a justifiable action”
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Iranian-American Entrepreneur Narimon Safavi joins Jon Hansen to talk about the local personal  perspective on the worsened uncertainty since the president’s ordered murder of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.



43. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 1.04.20: letting your kids skip school, the state of Chicago sports, & the Mincing Rascals
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John talks to Anne Johnsos, former WGN producer and co-host of the uh-PARENT-ly podcast, about the days that many CPS students recently took off of school. Sam Panayotovich joins him later on to discuss the upcoming NFL playoffs, and how the Sox and Cubs have done this off-season. Plus, the Mincing Rascals discuss Illinois politics.



44. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 1.3.2020: U.S. and Iran relations going forward, Cubs vs. Sox 2020 season predictions, Phil Vettel on cravings, “The Interview Show”
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John Williams wants to know if your Chicago Public Schools kids attended their makeup days yesterday and today. Listeners tell us what the right call would be on that. And as far as 2020 predictions are concerned, John invites WGN Radio sports heads Dave Eanet and Dave Zaslowsky to debate on whether the Cubs or the White Sox will win more games in the upcoming season. Then, Former Department of Homeland Security Acting Undersecretary John Cohen shares his forecast of […]



45. “The Interview Show” Host Mark Bazer interviewed Jeff Tweedy after gunfire hit his home
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“The Interview Show” Host Mark Bazer previews season 5 of the WTTW show, premiering tonight, with a funny anecdote that became of a horrifying life experience. The next live edition of “The Interview Show” at The Hideout comes next Friday.



46. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel has the…munchies to curb your cravings
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In the age of legal recreational marijuana, the Chicago Tribune dining section has “munchie” craving recommendations across the city. Phil Vettel joins John Williams to elaborate on those. The conversation evolves to listeners’ steak and pizza suggestions for us and you.



47. WGN Radio Sports Heads Dave Eanet and Dave Zaslowsky debate on which baseball team will fare better in 2020
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WGN Radio Sports Director Dave Eanet debates with Operations Manager Dave Zaslowsky on whose 2020 baseball season looks more promising. Dave Eanet has his eyes on the Cubs, while Zas has his on the Sox. Here’s why.



48. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 01.02.2020: What’s coming to 2020, Englewood Brews, Columbia Care and NuMed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
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John Williams starts the show with on-goings expected for 2020 that many can look forward to. Then, Englewood Brews Owners Steve Marchese and Lesley Roth join John to talk about the inspiration behind their brewery and the opportunities they are bringing to the community. John then invites directors from two Illinois dispensaries, NuMed Medical Marijuana and Columbia Care Dispensary. They provide a recap on the first day of recreational marijuana sales and answer listeners’ questions.



49. Englewood Brews Founders Lesley Roth and Steve Marchese bring jobs to the community
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Englewood Brews Founders Lesley Roth and Steve Marchese joins John Williams to talk about the South side brewery and a fundraiser for a community-built taproom. And they talk about the opportunities they aim to provide in Englewood with this business.



50. Jon Hansen and Ji Suk Yi in for John Williams 12.31.19: New Year’s Eve edition
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Jon Hansen and Ji Suk Yi sub in for John Williams and help you ring in the new year with affordable last-minute champagne suggestions from “Check, Please!” Host Alpana Singh. And Chicago Tribune Transportation Reporter Mary Wisniewski has some insight into what 2020 will bring to the roads that have long been under construction in Illinois. Listeners call with their questions for Mary. Then, A.B.L.E. Ensemble Founder Katie Yohe talks about the theatre club for those with Down syndrome. And […]



51. “Check, Please!” Host Alpana Singh gives you easy champagne finds at the last minute for New Year’s!
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“Check, Please!” Host Alpana Singh joins Jon Hansen and Ji Suk Yi to offer recommendations to last-minute wine and champagne purchases for New Year’s Eve. Plus, Alpana explains what provides quality to different types of beverages. You can find more of Alpana’s advice on her website.



52. A.B.L.E. Ensemble: A stage for those with Down syndrome to discover a passion in acting
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A.B.L.E. Ensemble Founder Katie Yohe joins Jon Hansen and Ji Suk Yi to explain the inception of the organization that gives those with Down syndrome a stage. You can help to continue the fun by donating to the A.B.L.E. year-end fundraiser.  



53. Chicago Tribune Transportation Reporter Mary Wisniewski: Conclusion to Jane Byrne Interchange construction not close in sight
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Chicago Tribune Transportation Reporter Mary Wisniewski joins Jon Hansen and Ji Suk Yi to update on the construction projects on the Illinois highways through 2020 and remaining eye sores. Plus, Mary shares her favorite form of GPS.



54. The 3 Bears – happy we won, happier the season is over
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After the last game of the season (a win over the Vikings), our three Grabowskis – Dan Hampton, Ed O’Bradovich and Mark Carman – were as happy as they’ve been all season long.



55. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.30.19: “Uncut Gems,” marijuana legalization and random drug tests, Sterigenics sued, new Illinois laws, Mega Pros quiz
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John Williams wants your reviews on “Uncut Gems,” the new film starring Adam Sandler and Idina Menzel. And with Jan 1 just two days away, John takes your questions regarding employer drug tests when recreational marijuana use is legal. GWC Lawyer Lou Cairo answers those questions. Then, Collins Law Firm Attorney Shawn Collins explains the evidence showing their cancer likely was caused by ethylene oxide emissions from Sterigenics.  And The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone joins John to discuss a […]



56. Mega Pros Monday Quiz: Top Chicago stories of 2019
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Take the Mega Pros Monday quiz on top city stories of the year below, and then let us know how you did in comparison to Steve on today’s show! 1. Say what you want about Lori Lightfoot’s taxes, she overwhelmingly beat how many candidates to become mayor? A. 14 B. 5 2. As a result of the new Chicago Teachers Union contract negotiated after a two-week-long strike, the starting salary for a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree will be: A. […]



57. The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone: Increasing tax on ride shares is “An improper attempt to regulate their business”
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The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone joins John Williams to describe the purposes of a few of the new laws coming to Illinois in 2020. Those include lawmakers’ hope for outcome of the increasing ride share tax.



58. Lawyer of six teachers suing Sterigenics for illnesses: “The EPA blew it”
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Attorney Shawn Collins joins John Williams to explain the evidence that Sterigenics knowingly exposed a large community of people to a dangerous carcinogen, which his six clients say caused them to fall dangerously ill. And he explains why the EPA is not quite to blame.



59. GWC Attorney Lou Cairo: Drug testing technology is not caught up with the law
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Lou Cairo of GWC Law Firm joins John Williams to talk about the parameters of workplace marijuana testing when recreational use of the drug becomes legal Wednesday. And he explains some of the nuances that could arbitrarily get someone in trouble.



60. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.28.19: New Year’s resolutions, highest paid athletes, & the biggest Chicago stories of 2019
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John is joined by Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn to break down the year in Chicago news. WGN’s own Roe Conn joins him later on to discuss the death of broadcaster Don Imus. Plus: what’s your resolution for next year?



61. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.27.19: Troy Murray, Last-minute New Year’s Eve reservations, cannabis sales license applicant, “Potted Potter”
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John Williams kicks off the post-Christmas show by sharing some of the odd things he saw during the record high temperatures on his break. Then, Blackhawks Color Analyst Troy Murray gives his take on this turn of the NHL season. John wants to know about your proposal equality stories. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel has the New Year’s dinner reservations still available at highly sought after locations. And real estate broker and “Weed Travel Food” Blogger Michael Malcolm shares […]



62. Potted Potter Stars James Percy and Joseph Maudsley: The two-man show that summarizes 7 books
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Potted Potter Stars James Percy and Joseph Maudsley join John Williams to describe their tour of a show that amalgamates all seven books into a 70-minute parody. See them at the Broadway Playhouse Theatre through Jan 19.



63. Cannabis Sales Applicant Michael Malcolm has tried cannabis in all its forms
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Michael Malcolm is a real estate broker and “Weed Travel Food” blogger who has done the research and wants to become a marijuana retailer on the South side of Chicago. Michael explains how his previous surgeries led him to become dubbed a “cannabis influencer.”



64. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel gives you last minute NYE reservations!
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It’s getting down to the wire on one of the biggest holiday celebrations of the year, New Year’s Eve. But Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune has you covered with these sought after Chicago dining locations that still have openings Tuesday.



65. Blackhawks Color Analyst Troy Murray: Playing the last game on the break was easier on the road
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Blackhawks Color Analyst Troy Murray joins John Williams to give his take at this turn of the season, while reflecting on current injuries. And Troy talks about the efficiency of specific players.



66. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 12.26.19: Best and worst Christmas gifts, how you can get your money back, high Christmas temps, stories of the decade, Jermaine Horton
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Jon Hansen wants to know how you’d summarize your year in five words. Listeners call in with their answers to that. And, he asks what your favorite and least favorite Christmas gifts have been over the years. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas joins the show to explain how you can easily get your money back. And WGN-TV Meteorologist Mike Janssen talks about the unseasonable warmth we’ve experienced this week, and the possible effects of 5G technology on Chicago area forecasts. […]



67. Naperville Photographer Jermaine Horton on the individuality he hopes to help kids maintain
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Naperville Photographer Jermaine Horton joins Jon Hansen to talk about how he stepped in when a Detroit elementary school student was denied a school picture. And, Jermaine talks about the people who helped spearhead his big break.  



68. Block Club Chicago Editor Jen Sabella on a decade of stories and Chance the Snapper
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Block Club Chicago Editor Jen Sabella joins Jon Hansen to talk about some of the stories of the decade, including that about Chance the Snapper. Subscribe to this incredible local publication today.  



69. WGN-TV Meteorologist Mike Janssen on the predicted effects of 5G on forecasts
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WGN-TV Meteorologist Mike Janssen joins Jon Hansen to talk about the record-breaking highs this Christmas week. Then, Mike responds to the effects 5G technology may soon have on weather forecasts.



70. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas: “We’re not hunting you down anymore”
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Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas joins Jon Hansen to explain why her office is paying residents back, and why they thought they needed to pay more than what was due. And she talks about easy ways to get that money back.



71. Mega Pros Monday Quiz: The Dane Neal Food Edition
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Dane Neal challenges Jeff to a Mega Pros Chicago Food Quiz. Listen and test your knowledge, too, on this week’s quiz!



72. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.19.19: Willis Tower, MasterClass on negotiating, a Radio Flyer history, “The 12 Mr. Fix-It Days of ClarkG=
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John Williams starts off the show with favorite Chicago attractions after TripAdvisor named its Willis Tower number 9 in the United States. Chicago Tribune’s Lori Rackl tells him about that and other common favorites. Then, John wants to know your thoughts on some of the new Illinois laws. Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss shares ways to put his methods into practice in everyday life, whether in debating with a teenager or for top-notch service. He teaches a MasterClass on […]



73. Lou Manfredini in “The 12 Mr. Fix-It Days of Clark Griswold’s Christmas”
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Mr. Fix-It Lou Manfredini joins John Williams to talk about one of our favorite Christmas movies, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” With professional help, Clark Griswold causes $10,915 of damage, but independent fixes would incur Clark $8,220, says Mr. Fix-It. “12 Days” cuts are voiced by Lou Manfredini executive producer Lindsay Smithwick.  



74. Kelly Leonard of The Second City and “Getting to Yes, And…” on the beginnings of Radio Flyer
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Kelly Leonard of The Second City and “Getting to Yes, And…” joins John Williams to talk about Chicago family businesses we hold close, like the Radio Flyer. And Kelly shares one of the most important qualities in a business owner.



75. Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss: “Never be mean to someone who can hurt you by doing nothing”
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Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss gives a MasterClass on everyday negotiations, like those with your teenagers or a service provider. Chris says lying is one of the key behaviors to avoid when negotiating, and describes the importance of “How?”



76. Chicago Tribune Travel Editor Lori Rackl on her top Chicago attractions vs. TripAdvisor’s
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Chicago Tribune Travel Editor Lori Rackl joins John Williams to talk about the top attractions in Chicago according to her, in comparison to those according to TripAdvisor. The travel site ranked the SkyDeck at Willis Tower 9th in the whole United States.



77. The John Williams Show 2nd Annual Salvation Army Radiothon
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With the help of WGN Radio’s generous sponsors, amazing listeners and staff, John Williams reached and surpassed his virtual red kettle goal of $35,000. But you can still donate to help the fight for good.



78. Chicago Tribune Columnist Rex Huppke on his Insult-a-Columnist food drive
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Rex Huppke Columnist for the Chicago Tribune joins John to explain what inspired him to pioneer the Insult-a-Columnist food drive fundraiser for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  



79. Former Congressmen Ray LaHood (18th) recalls banging the gavel on President Clinton’s impeachment
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Former Congressman of the 18th District Ray LaHood recalls the moment he presided over the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. The Congressman talks describes events that led up to the impeachment, and what he thinks will happen tonight.



80. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.17.19: The Blank Box to fend off porch pirates, favorite holiday traditions, the city’s rocky relations, your retirement recaps
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John Williams has the latest on the story involving Zola, a wedding planner whose advertising featured a gay couple, and the Hallmark channel. Listeners weigh in with more of their thoughts on that. Then, The Blank Box is a deterrent for porch pirates. Its creator, Jaireme Barrow joins John Williams to explain how it works, technically and legally. Then, listeners give John all their zany methods for fending off doorstep thieves. John gives you a few of his favorite Christmas […]



81. Two Chicago reporters on city relations, which “are a little bit tense between the mayor and news media”
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Chicago Tribune Reporter Lisa Donovan and The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone join John Williams to explain some of the trouble out of City Hall. That is, Mayor Lightfoot’s firing of Law Department Spokesman Bill McCaffrey, and the latest turn of events in the Jussie Smollett case.



82. The Blank Box thief-thwarting doorstep package
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The Blank Box Creator Jaireme Barrow joins John Williams to explain how the device repels porch pirates. Then, listeners share their ingenious homemade methods.



83. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.16.19: Zola ads will run again, dogs in restaurants, splitting checks, Hyperloop, Salvation Army Fatherhood in Action program
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John Williams laments the Bears’ loss to the Packers over the weekend. Then, Zola Chief Marketing Officer Mike Chi joins John to talk about the wedding planner’s negotiation with the Hallmark channel. That’s after conservative groups caused the cable TV channel to remove its ads highlighting gay couples, and then reinstated them. John revisits the topic of bringing dogs to local establishments and listeners call in with more of their thoughts on that. They also weigh in on John’s inquiry […]



84. Salvation Army Fatherhood in Action Program: From incarceration to family life
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Salvation Army Fatherhood in Action Program Manager Derrick White joins John Williams talk about how the organization helps parents do one of their most important jobs. And as a graduate of the program, Richard Lowe explains how it helped him move forward from incarceration, and focus on his relationship with his kids.



85. Mega Pros Monday Quiz: Chicago native actors!
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Today, John tests the knowledge of one Anthony from La Grange. Questions are below. See how you do in comparison to Anthony when John tests his knowledge of Chicago native actors. 1. Tall, talented and currently in a supporting role in “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,” she was raised in Dolton, attended Illinois State and was on Steve Cochran’s show last week. 2. Another tall, talented comic who is also musical, he was born in Chicago, raised on the South Side […]



86. Hyperloop may shrink your journey time by hours, says Mary Wisniewski
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Chicago Tribune Transportation Reporter Mary Wisniewski joins John Williams to explain the Hyperloop system, which would transport passengers a distance of Chicago to Cleveland in 32 minutes. Mary lists some of the kinks the Hyperloop company still has yet to work out, talks about its economic potential and when it could run.



87. Zola is making sure Hallmark doesn’t censor its ads after bringing them back
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Zola Chief Marketing Officer Mike Chi joins John Williams to describe communications after Hallmark’s parent company removed Zola’s ad featuring a gay couple in response to a conservative group’s complaint, then reinstated it.  



88. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.13.19: Holiday travel, why Canada Goose coats cost so much, matching your Red Kettle donations, the new dog age calculator
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John Williams invites travel expert Peter Greenberg to talk about holiday flights and travel shopping habits across the world. Then, John wants to know if the quality of the Canada Goose coat matches its hefty price tag. Gentleman’s Gazette Founder Sven Raphael Schneider did the research and explains. John wants to know if you think Michael Vick deserves to be honorary Pro Bowl captain as part of a comeback. Listeners have a lot of thoughts on that. PapaNicholas Coffee Marketing […]



89. “The Interview Show” Host Mark Bazer on his latest endeavors
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“The Interview Show with Mark Bazer” Host Mark joins John Williams to talk about what he has coming up on his show, and about talking to Jeff Tweedy last week.



90. Here’s the new way to calculate your dog’s age
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University of California San Diego Professor of Genetics Trey Ideker joins John Williams to describe his research, which shows that the 7-year multiplication of a dog’s age is inaccurate. But there is one million-dollar question Trey says his team of researchers still has about that dog age calculator.



91. PapaNicholas will match your Salvation Army Red Kettle donations!
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PapaNicholas Marketing Director Michele Vento joins the show to talk about the local tie of the coffee company. Papanicholas will be matching your donations to John’s Salvation Army virtual Red Kettle. 



92. Gentleman’s Gazette answers whether or not Canada Goose jackets are worth their price tag
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Gentleman’s Gazette Founder Sven Raphael Schneider joins John Williams to explain why Canada Goose coats actually are worth that $1,500 price tag. And he explains how the materials, like coyote fur and duck down, are harvested.



93. WGN Radio “Eye on Travel” Host Peter Greenberg: The Chinese “are lining up at the Louis Vuitton store at 8 o’clock in the morning”
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WGN Radio “Eye on Travel” Host Peter Greenberg joins John Williams to talk about travel and travel shopping habits of different cultures, and whether it’s still a good time to seek out cheap holiday flights. [adio https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3703514/WGN_Radio_Eyes_on_Travel_Host_Peter_Greenberg_2019-12-13-184214.64kmono.mp3%5D



94. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.12.19: NewsClick, pot conviction expungements, next steps of the impeachment hearings, your media bills
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John Williams starts the show revisiting yesterday’s NewsClick question and the huge mistake Sam Panayotovich thinks the Chicago Cubs could be making. Then, Lacy Burpee of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. joins John to explain the pot conviction expungement process, a day after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced their initiation. Listeners call in with the  Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent of the New York Times, describes what would happen if the Senate heard the impeachment case, and […]



95. New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker: President Trump’s lawyers “would throw themselves in front of the motorcade” before he testified
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New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker joins John Williams to talk about how the impeachment trial in Senate would work if one were to be called. And Peter tells John about the options Republicans would have in those hearings. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3703183/New_York_Times_Chief_White_House_Correspondent_Peter_Baker_2 019-12-12-195823.64kmono.mp3



96. Prairie State Legal Services on the process of pot conviction expungements
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Prairie State Legal Services Attorney Lacy Burpee joins John Williams to explain what exactly happens when a person’s criminal record is expunged of pot convictions. And Lacy explains how one’s pot conviction can be expunged as there are three different ways. That’s a day after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced that expungements would occur.



97. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 12.11.19: Chicago Cubs shake-ups, the impeachment articles explained, “Home Alone” 30 years later, recommended water intake
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John Williams talks with Sports Reporter Andy Masur, about the possibility of Kris Bryant being traded off the Chicago Cubs. And along those lines, Sam Panayotovich has insider information on the potential departure of Anthony Rizzo, as well. Nexstar Media Group Washington Correspondent Trevor Shirley joins the show to describe those two articles of impeachment to John. And John moves on to ask listeners what types of product they steal from hotel rooms after their stays. Listeners flood the phone […]



98. Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich on possibility of Cubs letting go Anthony Rizzo: “A serious mistake”
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Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to share some insider information on the strain between the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo. He goes on to explain why the possibility that the Cubs will not resign Rizzo is a mistake.



99. AMITA Internal Medicine Dr. Jonathan Maks clears up some water drinking confusion
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AMITA Internal Medicine Dr. Jonathan Maks joins John Williams to clarify some facts about water consumption after the confusion that John’s Bill Bryson book, The Body, caused on Tuesday’s show. He describes an easy indicator on which to base your water intake.



100. “Home Alone” House Neighbor Linda Martin: It would be nice if a charity box were placed near that house for all the visitors
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Linda Martin is a neighbor of the Winnetka house in which Home Alone was filmed almost 30 years ago. She shares stories of the 43 days it took to shoot the film and the fun of getting to know the cast.