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Podcast title The John Williams Podcast from 720 WGN
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Description The John Williams Podcast from 720 WGN
Updated Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:07:02 +0000
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1. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.16.19: Livestream gamer Aaron Travis, Pet Expert Steve Dale, Fun Things to do, and the Bright Side of Life
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John Williams invites you to join him in celebrating National Joke Day. Then, popular livestream video gamer Aaron Travis joins the show to talk about what shifted him to the gaming industry, and what made his gaming so popular. Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Steve Dale also joins the show to talk about a law he initiated, which Governor Pritzker signed last week, and the danger of green algae to your dogs’ health. Finally, John, Elif and Lauren give you Fun […]



2. Pet Expert Steve Dale on dogs who watch TV, to the fire protection of pets law
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Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Steve Dale joins John Williams to explain his role in, and the parameters of the passing of the fire protection for pets law. Then, Steve shares another concern that’s cropped up, on untimely deaths in dogs. Finally, John wants to know why Steve wants an end to the Air & Water Show.



3. Livestream Gamer Aaron Travis gained massive popularity by yelling and overreacting
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Aaron Travis, a livestream video gamer, followed by thousands, joins John Williams to explain what made him so popular in the first place. And, Aaron explains why he chose this outlet as an alternative to doing heroine.



4. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.15.19: Trump’s Latest Tweets, Body Chipping, Steve King, Venmo and MORE!
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To kick off the show John Williams reads some of President Trumps most recent tweets. John then switches gears and talks about the concept of body chipping and if it’s here to stay. Next on the show, John and listeners dive a little deeper into what Congressman Steve King meant when he alluded that there would not be any population left if it were not for rape or incest. On the latter half of the show, Attorney Rich Lenkov joins […]



5. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.14.19: Statue Of Liberty Poem Re-Write, Simone Biles, Marijuana Dispensaries Finding Homes On Chicago’s “Mag Mile” and MORE!
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To kick off the show John Williams is joined with Executive Director of the Chicago Poetry Center, Elizabeth Metzger Sampson, to talk about Ken Cuccinelli’s revision of the Statue of Liberty Poem that defends the new immigration rule. Next on the show, gymnastics expert, Rebecca Schuman from Slate.com, talks to John in depth about Simone Biles winning the U.S. Gymnastics title.  Then John, Steve Bertrand and Lauren Lapka to talk about how Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is in the process of […]



6. Rep. Anna Moeller on the LGBTQ History Curriculum
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John talks with Rep. Anna Moeller, who first introduced the newly passed law that will require public schools to include LGBTQ history in their curriculum. “It’s very powerful when children have role models,” said Moeller, “They can look up to and know these people did amazing things and they were gay.” Listen to the full conversation now:



7. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.13.19: Rep. Anna Moeller & the LGBTQ Curriculum, Chirs Cuomo, Celebrity Hairstyles
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First up on today’s show, John talks with Rep. Anna Moeller, who first introduced the newly passed law that will require public schools to include LGBTQ history in their curriculum. “It’s very powerful when children have role models,” said Moeller, “They can look up to and know these people did amazing things, and they were gay.” John then opens the phone lines to hear from the listeners and to get their take on the law, which will take effect in […]



8. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.12.19: Conspiracy theories, Blagojevich, Tuffypack, best movie quotes of all time
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John Williams starts the week of with President Trump’s seeming exploration of conspiracy theories that involve the Clintons. Then, John wants to know what the real crime was that got Former Governor Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison. Listeners chime in. Plus, The Atlantic released a list of best movie quotes of all time, according to a group of thought leaders. John plays some of those, and you give us some of yours. Finally, Tuffypack Founder Steve Naremore […]



9. Tuffypacks Founder Steve Naremore: Bulletproof technology for your kids
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Tuffypacks Founder Steve Naremore joins John Williams to talk about what motivated him to create bulletproof inserts for children’s backpacks.



10. John Williams Saturday Show 8/10/19
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John begins the show with some highlights of his trip to France, including an emotional experience in Normandy. Later he talks about the best sports movies, Walmart’s response to one of the latest mass shootings, and kicks around other political topics with the Mincing Rascals.



11. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.09.19: Back from Paris, social media’s Dylan Geick, Bears preseason, Fun Things To Do, Bright Side of Life
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John Williams returns from his Kelly Cruises trip along the Seine River in Paris with stories of American pride. Then, Social Media Influencer Dylan Geick explains what it was like to be a gay wrestler in high school, and what a digital entrepreneur is. WGN Radio Sports Anchor Kevin Powell tells John why he’s actually looking forward to the end of Summer, and what’s to come in the season’s Bears. Finally, John, Jen and Elif give you “Fun Things To […]



12. WGN Radio Sports Anchor Kevin Powell on why he’s okay with Summer ending [as a Chicagoan]
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WGN Radio Sports Anchor Kevin Powell joins John Williams to explain why, as a Chicagoan himself, he has been waiting for the Summer to end so he can watch football again. He tells John what to look out for this season from Matt Nagy’s Chicago Bears.



13. Social Media Influencer and Writer Dylan Geick on being an out digital entrepreneur
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Social Media Influencer and Writer Dylan Geick joins John Williams to educate on what a social media influencer – or digital entrepreneur – does, and what it was like to be on the high school wrestling team as a gay teen.



14. Frank and Sherry Fontana in For John Williams 08.07.19: Hobbies you didn’t know about, Phil Vettel, Danny Carcillo on mental health
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Frank and Sherry talk about the hobbies couples didn’t know about each other, like Sherry’s love for puzzles on vacation. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel talks about two dining rooms new to Winnetka, both created by Michael Lachowicz. Former Blackhawks left winger Danny Carcillo then joins the show to describe his mental health journey, and improvement since helping win the Stanley Cup. And, Frank and Sherry wonder if you’d be seen by a doctor who, before earning his […]



15. Former Blackhawks player Danny Carcillo: From winning the Stanley Cup to improving his mental health
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Danny Carcillo, former left winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, and one of those players who helped us win the Stanley Cup in 2016, joins Frank and Sherry Fontana. He checks in with the couple on his latest medical improvements, and helps previews his appearance on Frank’s “Human Renovation Project” podcast, which premiered last week.



16. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: “This is a different level of ambition” in Winnetka
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins Frank and Sherry Fontana to talk about two Winnetka dining rooms by Michael Lachowicz. And, Phil explains the missed opportunity in making pasta: the gluten free component.



17. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 08.06.19: Addressing mental health in Chicago, a new work schedule, Via rideshare, Toni Morrison
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Jon Hansen fills in for John Williams. He starts off by talking mental health with Heather Cherone, and the city’s management of it under new leadership. Then, TedX Speaker Joe Martin explains why he decided to keep the six week on/two week off schedule for his employees, even after it initially failed. Alex Lavoie, global head of consumer of Via, describes the upcoming rideshare service that gets you to your train stop. And University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Emeritus Professor of […]



18. UIC English Professor Helen Jun: Toni Morrison ‘did not hold back’
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University of Illinois at Chicago English Professor Helen Jun joins Jon Hansen to describe the impact Toni Morrison left on the African American community and on literature, having explored such themes as black female sexuality and the nuclear family. Morrison passed away Monday.



19. Alex Lavoie introduces Via, a rideshare service or transit stops
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Via Head of Global Consumer Alex Lavoie joins Jon Hansen to describe the new rideshare app, a cheap ride between to and from CTA and Metra stops.  



20. “Another Kind of War” Author and U of I Emeritus Professor of History John Lynn: “Learning about terrorism is a defense”
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University of Illinois Emeritus Professor of History John Lynn joins Jon Hansen to talk about the different types of warfare, about which he writes in Another Kind of War: The Nature and History of Terrorism. Plus, he shares some the “rational” aspects of a terrorist’s plots.



21. TedX Speaker Joe Martin designs a new work schedule
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Joe Martin just presented a TedX lecture in Chicago. He explains to Jon Hansen why he decided to put his employees on a six week on – two week off cycle, how it first went wrong and why he kept it. Read more in his book, 6-Week Cycles.



22. Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone with Chicago’s take on mental health issues and more
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Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone joins Jon Hansen to talk about how Chicago has approached mental health issues in recent years, in light of the recent shootings. And, Heather addresses Mayor Lightfoot’s revocation of aldermanic privilege and where it’s put Chicago since its signing.  



23. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 08.05.19: Dayton shooting, Latino Leadership Council on El Paso shooting, mental health vs. personality disorders, TaTa Top, Lollapalooza 2019
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Jon Hansen fills in for John Williams. Jon is joined by WGN Radio and ABC News Reporter Ryan Burrow, live from Dayton, Ohio, a day after a bar shooting that left nine dead. Then, Dr. John Duffy stops in to explain how parents should talk to their kids and teach them about mass shootings. And Latino Leadership Council Juan Morado, Jr. and Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya join Jon to share how people can help to protect the Latin community, […]



24. TaTa Top Owner Linze Rice: It all started with “why is no one topless here?”
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TaTa Top Owner Linze Rice joins Jon Hansen to explain why she decided to buy the nipple imagery bikini top company and what led to the company’s inception.



25. Northwestern University Director of the Institute for Public Health Dr. Lori Post: A mental health issue versus a personality disorder
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Director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Lori Post, joins Jon Hansen to explain why mental illness isn’t the primary cause for a mass shooting. Dr. Post specifies one key variable: the process with which a shooting is undertaken.



26. Latino Leadership Council and Cook County Board of Commissioners: The president hasn’t called out racism and white nationalism as we see it
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Latino Leadership Council Chariman Juan Morado, Jr. joins Jon Hansen to explain what his organization is doing to help the Latin community in response to Saturday’s race-targeted shooting. And, Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya describes what she thinks motivates targeted attacks like this one, and how people can come together to help protect the Latinx community. Juan and Alma respond to President Trump’s rhetoric on racism and white nationalism in Monday’s press conference.



27. Dr. John Duffy comments on the theory that video games influence gun violence
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Dr. John Duffy joins John Hansen to explain why video games don’t actually inspire kids to pick up violent behavior. And he shares tips on talking to one’s kids about the recent shootings. Dr. Duffy is most recently the author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety. 



28. ‘Did the gunman know that that was his sister?’ – Ryan Burrow live from Dayton, Ohio
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Ryan Burrow, reporter for WGN and ABC, joins Jon Hansen live from Dayton, Ohio one day after shooting that left nine dead outside a bar, including the sister of the gunman. Police killed the shooter less than a minute after the incident began, preventing a further tragedy.



29. Ana Belaval in for John Williams 08.03.19: checking in on Puerto Rico, summer parenting tips, and Lollapalooza Day 3
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WGN TV’s Ana Belaval begins the show with a report from journalist and political analyst Jay Fonseca about the governor shakeup in Puerto Rico. Producer Elif Geris checks in from Lollapalooza with her favorite acts so far and her recommendations for the rest of the fest. Co-host of the uh-PARENT-ly podcast Anne Johnsos gives Ana some tips on how to spend the summer with your kids without relying too much on screens. Later, Ana gives her Top 5 Summer Spots […]



30. Kathy Hart and Kelley Kitley in for John Williams 08.02.19: Mission Save Her, Harry Lennix, Lolla Cares
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Kathy Hart and Kelley Kitley are in for John Williams. They talk with Mission Save Her Founder Reggie Benjamin about what inspired him to start a human trafficking event. That’s just ahead of the second annual gala event happening next weekend at Venuti’s, to which you can buy tickets here. Then, Actor Harry Lennix of “The Blacklist” joins the show to share why he’s involved in the Mission Save Her event, as well as how he’s helping Chicago area television. […]



31. Lolla Cares Representative Emily Sorlie helps you make the most out of Lollapalooza
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C3 Guest Services Manager Emily Sorlie joins Kathy Hart and Kelley Kitley to talk about how her team is helping make Lollapalooza as positive an experience as possible for festival-goers. Lolla Cares includes ChainLinks, a bike valet with free locks, and MusiCares, making custom earbuds to avoid hearing loss and more.



32. “The Blacklist” Actor Harry Lennix on why he’s on the Mission to Save Her and “CONRAD”
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“The Blacklist” Actor Harry Lennix talks about his involvement in the human trafficking gala, Mission Save Her Presents, and about the upcoming television series, “CONRAD.”



33. Mission Save Her Founder Reggie Benjamin: When your child walks to the parking lot alone
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Mission Save Her Founder Reggie Benjamin joins Kathy Hart and Kelley Kitley to explain what inspired him to start a gala to prevent human trafficking. Several celebrities have supported this cause, and Mission Save Her Presents takes place at Venuti’s on Aug 11.



34. Kathy Hart in for John Williams 08.01.19: Motivational Speaker Kevin Brylski, Dr. Jill Crista on mold, Democratic Debate, Lollapalooza
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Kathy Hart is in for John Williams. She talks to Motivational Speaker Kevin Brylski about how parents can excite their children about staying active and more. And, Kathy talks with Dr. Jill Crista, this time about detecting mold. Plus, Kathy talks annoyance injuries, the Democratic Debate’s finest moments, and more.



35. Motivational Speaker Kevin Brylski on getting your kids excited about exercise, and five things you love
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Motivational Speaker Kevin Brylski joins the show to talk about how to stay inspired when working out, especially when it comes to motivating children to do so. Plus, Kevin explains why “me” isn’t in most people’s “Top Five Things.”



36. Dr. Jill Crista on “breaking the mold”
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Dr. Jill Crista joins Kathy Hart to talk about how you can detect mold in your surroundings and avoid getting sick by it.



37. Kathy Hart and Ana Belaval 7.31.19: August activities, ordering pizza, preventing Lyme Disease
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Kathy Hart and Ana Belaval fill in for John Williams. They kick off the show by talking end of Summer. That includes celebratory pool time with the kids before they head back to school, last-minute vacation and more. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel shares tips on how best to order your pizza, whether it’s deep dish or thin crust. And Kathy and Ana talk about the time someone ruined a nationally recognized reality TV show moment. Plus, Dr. Jill […]



38. Dr. Jill Crista explains how to avoid Lyme Disease because it’s still Summer!
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Dr. Jill Crista joins Ana Belaval and Kathy Hart to explain how to detect ticks and dangers of a tick bite. Kathy shares how she knows ADHD symptoms can be misconceived for Lyme Disease. Plus, Dr. Crista shares how mold develops and how its effects are comparable to Lyme Disease. Check out Dr. Jill Crista’s book, Break the Mold.



39. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: Ordering deep-dish, and downtown seafood fixing
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins Kathy Hart and Ana Belaval to comment on Chicago Tribune‘s commentary on how best to order pizza in Chicago. And, Phil reveals the weirdest food item he’s tried.



40. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.30.19: Amazon shopping, and Lollapalooza fashion and food
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Pete McMurray is in for John Williams today. Pete begins by discussing products sold on Amazon that most young people wouldn’t recognize because of modern technology. Next, Lollapalooza stylist Sal Yvat joins Pete to discuss how to accomplish fashion trends in an inexpensive way within the city, and at Lollapalooza. Also, Lollapalooza “Chow Town” vendors Xurro and XoMarshmallow  discuss how they prepare and distribute their desserts efficiently at festivals like one of Chicago’s biggest.



41. Lollapalooza “Chow Town” vendors Xurro and XoMarshmallow prepare for Lollapalooza 2019
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Lollapalooza vendors  Xurro and XoMarshmallow join Pete McMurray to discuss the preparation and distribution of desserts like churros and marshmallows at large festivals like Lollapalooza. Catch them there!



42. Chicago Stylist Sal Yvat on city fashion and Lollapalooza style
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Chicago-based stylist Sal Yvat joins Pete McMurray to discuss modern fashion trends, and how to accomplish good style affordably.  Sal also shares some Lollapalooza style tips, which highlight comfort!



43. Block Club Chicago Reporter Mina Bloom on new alligator “Second Chance”
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Block Club Chicago Reporter Mina Bloom joins Pete McMurray to share her perspective on claims by two men that they caught another alligator in Humboldt Park. That’s just three weeks following the capture of Chance the Snapper.



44. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.29.19: Alligators, Lollapalooza, and Vietnamese food!
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Pete McMurray is in for John Williams today. Pete begins the show by discussing a recent cancer fundraiser he attended in which the charity raised over $740,000. Next, Pete speaks to Block Club Chicago reporter Mina Bloom who shares her thoughts on the second alligator to surface in the Chicago area. Then, Pete and Elif talk about best concerts of 2019 and Lollapalooza, which kicks off Thursday. Finally, Pete speaks to Lollapalooza vendors Nancy Mai of Tank Noodle and Jared […]



45. Lollapalooza Vendors Tank Noodle and The Budlong Hot Chicken on how to cook food for 100,000 people
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Nancy Mai of Tank Noodle and Jared Leonard of The Budlong Hot Chicken join Pete McMurray to talk about their menu items for Lollapalooza. They describe the process of cooking for up to 100,000 people a day.



46. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.26.19: Compassionomics
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John begins today by discussing Producer Elif’s return to WGN after a three week vacation. Next, John speaks to Second City Executive Vice President and “Getting to Yes, And…” Host Kelly Leonard who talked about how compassion affects not only mental, but also physical health in some cases.  Also, John talks the recent developments in the Robert Mueller testimony, including President Trump’s reaction. Finally, there’s another segment of “Fun Things To Do This Weekend” and wraps up with the weekly […]



47. From the archives: John Williams at the 75th Anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial
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In July, 2000, John Williams traveled to Dayton, Tennessee to mark the 75th anniversary of the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” a key legal event pitting teaching the theory of science-based evolution vs. belief in biblical creation. The original trial also marked a moment in broadcast history as it was carried live on recently-launched WGN Radio. WGN announcer Quin Ryan described the events of the trial to radio listeners in 1925, and John Williams assumed that role in a re-creation of the […]



48. FOP Vice President Patrick Murray talks Mayor Lightfoot’s ‘clown’ comment
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The Fraternal Officer of Police 1st Vice President, Patrick Murray, pays John Williams a visit in studio to discus in-depth about the incident that happened with Mayor Lori Lightfoot calling him a ‘Clown’ while there was a live microphone present.



49. Doug Meffley With Honor Flight Chicago Talks About The Most Recent Flight!
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The new director of communications for Honor Flight Chicago, Doug Meffley, joins John on the air to talk about the most recent flight and he shared some of the experiences felt by the Vietnam Veterans in DC during the day they spent there with Honor Flight Chicago. To learn more about Honor Flight Chicago go to honorflightchicago.org. M



50. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Kumiko/Kikko, & 2nd Annual Food Bowl
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to share his thoughts on restaurants located on the Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and a cocktail bar in located at thw true corner of Lake and Desplaines, 630 W Lake St. Phil also tells us about the upcoming 2nd Annual Food Bowl.



51. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.25.19: Acting Guilty When You’re Not, TSA, Apollo 11 Splashing Down To Earth, Honor Flight Chicago, and FOP 1st VP Patrick Murray.
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To kick off the show, John got a surprise phone call from WGN Radio’s very own Pete McMurray. Then legendary News Reporter, Walter Jacobson, joins John on the air to debrief a little further about the Mueller Testimony. Next we had our good friend from the Museum of Science and Industry, Voula Saridakis, hop on the line with us to wrap up the Apollo 11 Mission Trip and talk in detail about their landing back on Earth. Then on the […]



52. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.24.19: Mueller Testimony, Phil Vettel, Chicago Parking, and Minimum Wage!
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To kick off the show John gives the listeners an overview of what has happened in the Mueller Testimony. Then on the show John is joined with Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune to talk about restaurants along the Chicago magnificent mile and in Chicago in general we should be giving a shot as well as the second annual Food Bowl coming up in August. Next on the show John is joined with ProPublica Reporter Melissa Sanchez to talk in […]



53. EMPERORS OF THE DEEP: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians.
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William McKeever, Author of EMPERORS OF THE DEEP, joins John Williams in studio. In EMPERORS OF THE DEEP: SharksThe Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians author, documentarian, conservationist, and activist, William McKeever, is devoting his life to radically shifting the popular perception of sharks. Far from cold-blooded underwater predators, sharks are falling prey to humans in — staggering numbers. McKeever states a hard fact: “While Sharks kill an average of four humans a year, human kill 100 […]



54. Come Out To The New Trier Hockey Club Summer Block Party Saturday, July 27th!
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One of my colleagues here at WGN Radio, Peg Pegler, had a wonderful, much loved son, Alex. He passed away at the age of 24 last year. He was a terrific hockey player and then coach at New Trier. Alex’s brother, Jack Pegler joins us on the show to tell us that if there ever was a player that showed a true love for the game of hockey on and off the ice, it was his brother, Alex. In his […]



55. The John Williams Show Full Show Podcast 07.23.19: Mental Health Days, Sharks, New Trier Hockey, Chicago Casinos Minimum Wage and MORE!
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To kick off the show, John Williams talks with listeners about how a Oregon will allow students to take “mental health days” as they would for physical ailments . William McKeever, author of EMPERORS OF THE DEEP: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians, joins us in studio to talk all things Sharks. Next on the show John is joined with Jack Pegler, brother for Alex Pegler who past away last year. Alex bled green and played […]



56. John Williams Talks With Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi About Robert Mueller & E-Cigarettes Among The Younger Demographic
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Today John Williams was joined with Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi from the 8th congressional district to discuss how he will be on The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday for the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller. Congressman Krishnamoorthi also talks about the e-cigarette epidemic sweeping the youth of America.



57. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.22.19: Mother Nature To The Rescue, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Net Around Guaranteed Rate Field, Vaping, & City Parking Sticker Violations
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To kick off the show John Williams talks about the heat and the cheers that came from Cubs fans this weekend when a breeze came through Wrigley Field. Then John is joined with Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi from the 8th Congressional District. Next on the show, The Chicago White Sox are playing their first game today, July 22nd with netting all the way around the field to protect fans. On with us to talk about that is Senior Vice President of […]



58. John Williams Saturday Show 7/20/19
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John talks to ABC Radio’s Jim Ryan from Space Center Houston and curator at the Museum of Science and Industry Voula Saradakis about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Later, Carl Giametti, president of the Chicago Ornithological Society joins him to discuss how a few birds got a festival on the beach canceled. The Mincing Rascals discuss politics, and he rates stories of the week from 1-100 on the VibeScore segment.



59. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.19.19: High School Reunions, WGN Trivia Night Super Team, Colbert On Trump, Things To Do This Weekend and Bright Side Of Life
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To kick off the show John asked the listeners about what the etiquette is for attending or not attending your spouses reunions. Then throughout the first half of the show John wanted to test your summer music knowledge and in doing so it sparked up his idea that WGN should form a trivia night super team. Next King John updates us on what other members of the media have to say about what’s been going on over in “Trump-land”. To […]



60. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.18.19: FaceApp Run By Russians, U of I Death Penalty Trial Update, Whiskey, Rev. Jesse Jackson and MORE!
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To kick off the show John Williams and Steve Bertrand talk about the conspiracy surrounding the new FaceApp app in regards to it being ran by the Russians who could be using the app to get in-depth information about those using it. Next on the show Reporter Tim Ditman of The News Gezette joins us on the show to give us an update on the death penalty trial involving Brendt Christensen and the 2017 kidnapping and murder of Chinese scholar […]



61. Want To Swim In The Chicago River?
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The Chicago River Swim event spear-holder, Doug McConnell, gave John a call to talk about how everyone should jump in and get involved to get this event going. The Chicago River is a unique and majestic feature that is tightly linked to Chicago’s identity.  With the overall improvement of the Chicago River, we bring the world’s fastest growing sport – open water swimming – to the stadium of bridges and walkways that have been built to witness this event. There […]



62. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.17.19: Chicago Is Heating Up, Four Republicans Vote To Condemn Trump’s Tweets, FaceApp, Mai Tai Guy, & Taking A Swim In The Chicago River
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John kicks off the show by getting a weather update from WGN-TV’s very own  Mike Janssen giving us the scoop about what we should expect this weekend when it comes to Chicago’s intense heating rolling in. John then updates listeners on the Republican Representatives standing about whether or not they think President Trump’s tweets should be condemned or not. Only four of the 197 Republican Representatives voted alongside the Democratic party leaning for him to be condemned. Next on the […]



63. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.16.19: Chance The Snapper Caught, Mr. Fix It, Women’s Soccer Equal Pay Rally In Chicago, Emmy Nominations
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John kicks off the show to tell us that Chance The Snapper no longer resides in the Humboldt Park Lagoon. John then goes over the NewsClick poll about President Trump’s Tweets regarding the four congresswomen and discusses what the Republican representatives of Illinois had to say about it. Next, Mr. fix-It gives John a call. Then John is joined with MoveOn’s Director of Strategic Growth, Maria Tchijov who spoke at the rally earlier this morning. To close out the show […]



64. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.15.19: Bertrand Goes To Milwaukee, Trump Tweets, Apollo 11 Anniversary, Baseball, and Amazon Prime Day!
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John kicks off the show by talking with WGN’s Very Own Steve Bertrand about his recent trip over to Milwaukee. Then we touch upon some tweets President Trump tweeted yesterday that could seem slightly racist. Let us know what you think in our NewClick poll right here on WGNradio.com. The Resident Space Expert at the Museum of Science and Industry, Voula Saridakis, joins us on the phone to talk all about the starting phases of the Apollo 11 Mission. Then, […]



65. John Williams Full Show | 07.13.19
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John starts the show  by talking about the alligator from Humbolt Park also known as “Chance the Snapper.” Then, Sue Kelly from Kelly Cruises joins John to talk about her top 5 destinations. Later, Erik Larsen talks about his experience on climbing Mount Everest, and going to North & South Pole all in the same year. He will be at the Outside Experience on Sunday, July 14th hosted at the McCormick Place. Plus, Alderwoman Rosanna Rodriguez of Chicago’s 33rd ward, […]



66. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.12.19: Alex Acosta steps down, Disco Demolition turns 40, Chicago events this weekend, and the Bright Side
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John plays some highlights from yesterday’s gator coverage, and wonders what you think of a new law meant to curb drag racers in the city. Mike Veeck joins him to reflect on his role in the Disco Demolition 40 years ago. Abbey Malbon stops by to preview the With Dignity Art Show and Panel Discussion tomorrow at the Harold Washington Library. Former federal prosecutor breaks down Alex Acosta’s handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case, and explains why it has now […]



67. Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti on Acosta’s handling of the Epstein case: “This is a question of judgement.”
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John is joined by former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti to discuss the case that lead Alex Acosta to step down from his position as Labor Secretary today. Did he botch his prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein?



68. Mike Veeck on the 40th anniversary of Disco Demolition: “Would I do it today? No.”
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Mike Veeck joins John to talk about how the idea for the Disco Demolition came about, why it went wrong, and some of the controversy that it has generated recently.



69. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.11.19: Alligator Bob, the census citizenship question, equal pay for USWNT, Pritzker cancels concert
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John is checking in on the alligator situation in Humboldt Park all show with his intern Jay reporting live from the scene. Later, John is joined by Alligator Bob himself to talk about his search for the rogue gator. New York Times reporter Katie Benner breaks down what is happening today concerning the citizenship question that President Trump wants on the census. Walter Jacobson drops by to talk about equal pay in soccer and Chicago’s role in it. Plus: was […]



70. Alligator Bob on his search for the Humboldt Park Gator: “It’s a little tiring with all the commotion going on.”
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A volunteer with the Chicago Herpetological Society now known as Alligator Bob joins John Williams to tell the people of Chicago to remain calm, and answer a few questions about his search for the alligator living in Humboldt Park.



71. New York Times reporter Katie Benner on the census citizenship question: “This is a fast-moving, fast-changing story.”
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New York Times reporter Katie Benner joins John to break down the latest in President Trump’s legal battle to get a question about citizenship on the U.S. census.



72. Walter Jacobson on the US Women’s National Soccer Team: “Of course they should be given equal pay.”
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Walter Jacobson stops by to explain why he’s fuming about Chicago’s role in the controversy surrounding equal pay and the US Women’s National Soccer Team.



73. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.10.19: Ricketts’ property tax problem, dropped charges against a CPD officer, and Greek star Panos Mouzourakis
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John is joined by Chicago Tribune’s Hal Dardick to discuss his investigation into the property tax issues arising at Todd Ricketts’s house. Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel drops by to quickly give his first recommendation out of the Taste of Chicago. Greek singer and actor Panos Mouzourakis is in town tonight, and he tells John about his time working on “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” among other things. Later, Rich Lenkov, attorney and co-host of Legal Faceoff breaks down […]



74. Greek star Panos Mouzourakis on his role in “Mamma Mia,” his home country, and his music
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Panos Mouzourakis is in studio with John Williams ahead of his show tonight at Park West. They talk about his experience on the set of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” the best things to do while you’re in Greece, and more.



75. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.09.19
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John begins with a remembrance of the late Ross Perot. Then he’s joined by University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones to talk about the school’s presence in Chicago, among other things. Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com breaks down season 3 of “Stranger Things.” Then, New York Times bestselling author Andrew Shaffer is in studio to talk about his books “Hope Never Dies” and “Hope Rides Again,” which cast Barack Obama and Joe Biden as a crimefighting duo.



76. Brian Tallerico on season 3 of Stranger Things: ‘Nostalgia is big right now’
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John is joined by Brian Tallerico, editor at RogerEbert.com, to discuss season  3 of the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” He explains why it’s such a huge hit, why he thinks this season is the best so far, and gives his take on the controversy that smoking on the show has generated. Plus: what’s the absolute worst way to die in a movie?



77. Remembering Ross Perot
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John and Steve Bertrand remember the politician, businessman, and philanthropist Ross Perot, who died today at the age of 89, and listen to an interview that John conducted with him 19 years ago.



78. From the archives: Remembering Ross Perot
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Ross Perot, best known for his third-party run in the 1992 presidential race, died on Tuesday. He was 89. In a statement, his family said the world lost “a true American patriot and a man of rare vision, integrity and deep kindness:” “The ground-breaking businessman and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away on July 9, 2019, at his home in Dallas, surrounded by his devoted family. He was 89 years old.” His family also posted a full obituary […]



79. Attorney Rae Kaplan on relieving student debt: “We already have a statute in place that provides loan forgiveness.”
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John Williams is joined by Rae Kaplan to discuss the presidential candidates’ ideas on student loan forgiveness, and the flaws that she sees in their ideas. Then she takes your questions.  



80. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.08.19: Chicago River tours, border crisis, giving up your seat on the CTA, and the Bean vandals sentence
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Today, John discusses what makes the Chicago River tour such a sought after tourist activity, what is happening at the border, and what will/should the sentence be for the men behind the Bean vandalism? Plus: do men still give up their seats for women on the CTA?



81. Former tour director Tom Carmichael on the Chicago River: “People don’t realize how young the city is.”
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Former cruise tour director Tom Carmichael from the Chicago Architecture Center joins John Williams to discuss a recent list that called the Chicago River the second best tour in the world.



82. Toby Gialucca from Lights For Liberty on the border crisis: “We need to utilize the resources that are available to us.”
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Toby Gialucca from Lights For Liberty joins John Williams to discuss what she’s seen at the border, what resources we have and aren’t using, and a protest coming up in Chicago.



83. John Williams Saturday Show 7/6/19
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John talks to Tony Wagner, digital producer at Marketplace and Los Angeles resident, about this weekend’s earthquakes. Then he’s joined by Washington Post critic Ron Charles to talk about their list of 100 books for 100 years of your life. The Mincing Rascals return to discuss politics. Plus, the weekly VibeScore segment.



84. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.03.19: American songs, Phil Vettel, USWNT and Trump’s parade
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John begins by comparing past and present American songs. Then, John speaks to Thomas Jefferson who discusses the political relevance of Donald Trump’s planned 4th of July celebration.  Next, John speaks to Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel about Band of Bohemia. After, Chicago Fire correspondent Brittany Arnold joins John to discuss the recent U.S./England Women’s Soccer Match. Then, John speaks to Washington Post Military Reporter Dan Lamothe about the logistical side of Donald Trump’s military parade in celebration of […]



85. Washington Post National Security Reporter Dan Lamothe: Some roles in the President’s 4th of July celebration remain TBD
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Washington Post National Security Reporter Dan Lamothe joins John Williams from the Pentagon to describe the multi-million dollar plans for Washington, D.C. 4th of July festivities. And, he explains why this parade is so unusual from those of years past.



86. Chicago Fire Sidelines Reporter Brittany Arnold: “The U.S. Women’s National Team is…too good.”
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Chicago Fire Sidelines Reporter Brittany Arnold joins John Williams to review yesterday’s exciting Women’s World Cup match between the U.S. Women’s National Women’s Team and England Women’s National Football Team. That includes the jaw-dropping penalty kick just ahead of the match end.



87. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: Tiny, delicious dishes and more surprises from Stephanie Izard
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to share their love for Band of Bohemia, small dishes and all. And, Phil gives his take on a new Stephanie Izard venture, Cabra. That’s a rooftop dining experience where customers can hear each other talk.



88. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.02.19: Women’s Soccer, Madigan’s candidates and Kim Jong Un’s meeting
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John begins the show by discussing potential outcomes of the U.S.  Women’s Soccer match with Brittany Arnold, Chicago Fire Sidelines Reporter and Pro Soccer USA Reporter Alicia DelGallo. Additionally, John speaks to Attorney Tony Peraica about a recent story involving Illinois Speaker of The House Michael Madigan’s odd request to have candidates of Hispanic descent run against him. Also, John Speaks to Sam Panayotovich about how baseball statistics could affect the future of this year’s season. Finally, John asks listeners […]



89. Women’s World Cup 2019: “I’m racking my brain for a reason” why Megan Rapinoe won’t start today’s match
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Chicago Fire Sidelines Reporter Brittany Arnold and ProSoccerUSA Editor and Co-Founder Alicia DelGallo – reporting from Lyon – join John Williams for the latest highlights of the Women’s World Cup. They talk about Megan Rapinoe’s absence at the start of today’s game, expressing excitement for a goal and more.



90. Sam Panayotovich: The Cubs against the numbers
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Sam Panayotovich tells John what the Cubs’ chances are this season per Las Vegas. Then, Sam describes Joe Maddon’s managing style, this season’s performance and what he thinks Theo Epstein should  do to help.



91. Attorney Tony Peraica: Mike Madigan and “his minions” bamboozled voters
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Attorney Tony Peraica joins John Williams to explain how House Speaker Mike Madigan partly caused his client, Jason Gonzales, to fall behind on the ballot against him. He breaks down how two sham candidates on that ballot are the evidence he will need to prove Gonzales’s case in court.



92. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 07.01.19: Pride Parade, texting while driving, Alabama law, and show automation
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John Williams begins by discussing the recent Chicago Pride Parade in which WGN Radio Producer Jasmine Cooper and public relations and promotions manager Sara Tieman discuss their experience on the WGN Radio float. Additionally, John talks about Illinois’ new law regarding texting while driving. Next, John speaks to faith, culture, and politics columnist Dana Hall McCain about Marshae Jones, the expecting mother indicted after getting shot in the stomach. Then, John explores what life would be like if the show […]



93. Alabama columnist shares why a pregnant woman shot in the stomach was indicted for her baby’s death
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AL.com Faith, Culture & Politics Columnist Dana Hall McCain joins John Williams to explain why a pregnant woman is being indicted in the death of her unborn baby, after being shot in the stomach. Dana shares why a prosecution has yet to be announced against Jones.  



94. Reviewing the Pride Parade of 2019: “‘If you were born this way, scream!'”
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Marketing and Public Relations Manager Sara Tieman, and “Bill and Wendy” Executive Producer Jasmine Cooper join John Williams to reflect on Sunday’s Pride Parade, seeing Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Kim Foxx, enduring the thunderstorm and all. Jasmine cheered in the parade in the Chicago Spirit Brigade.



95. John Williams Saturday Show 6/29/19
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John is joined by Mike Nowak and Peggy Malecki, co-hosts on WCGO and gardening experts, to talk about their Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards. John shares some facts about this weekend’s 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Plus, the Mincing Rascals discuss politics and we rate other stories of the week from 1-100 on the VibeScore segment!



96. Chicago Tonight Correspondent Amanda Vinicky: The money “has to go back to roads and infrastructure”
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Chicago Tonight Correspondent Amanda Vinicky joins John Williams to talk about some of the taxes officially going into effect  Monday. One of those is the $.38 increase per gallon of gas.



97. CTA Spokesman Brian Steele: When you drop your phone, “Don’t think you can do it yourself”
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Chicago Transit Authority Spokesman Brian Steele joins John Williams to explain the safe protocol for when a customer of the CTA drops belongings on the train tracks. That’s after an incident of that like yesterday, which unfortunately resulted in the customer’s death.



98. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 6.28.19: The Democratic debate, Illinois’ new gas tax, and phone falls on the CTA
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John Williams begins by discussing last night’s Democratic debate and the legacy of Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Then, John speaks to Chicago Tonight political correspondent Amanda Vinicky about Illinois’ new gas tax. Next, John speaks to CTA spokesperson Brian Steele about the recent incident involving a women who fell off of the tracks while trying to reach for her dropped phone. Then, John circles back to the Democratic debate in a discussion with legendary news anchor Walter […]



99. Walter Jacobson on 2020 Democratic presidential debates: “They’ve got to start thinking about how they’re sounding before…talking”
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Walter Jacobson joins John Williams to share his Perspective on the second night of the 2020 Democratic Presidential debate, from Joe Biden’s pass to Kamala Harris’s media-led lead. And, they discuss the spit transferred in The Aviary from an employee of the high-end Chicago restaurant, to Eric Trump’s face.



100. Actor Aldis Hodge on what he doesn’t yet know about “City on a Hill” and colleague Kevin Bacon
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Actor Aldis Hodge joins John Williams to talk about his character on “City On a Hill,” and working with Kevin Bacon. And, he describes one of his side hobbies, for when he’s not modeling or acting.