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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 Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:13:33 +0000
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1. John Williams Saturday Show 6/15/19
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In celebration of Father’s Day, John and the news team play some songs that remind them of their dads, and ask listeners to share some of their dads’ wisdom. Later, the Mincing Rascals discuss local politics. Plus, the weekly VibeScore segment.



2. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.14.19: “16 Shots,” Yingying Zhang, Fun Things To Do and Bright Side of Life
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John Williams begins by sharing a nightmare incident. Then, “16 Shots” Producer and Journalist Jamie Kalven joins John to talk about some of the surprising details in the death of Laquan McDonald, which are highlighted in the documentary, airing tonight at 8 on Showtime. Urbana News-Gazette Reporter Tim Ditman talks about some of the new details of the Yingying Zhang death, which came out in trial this week. Sleep in Heavenly Peace Co-President Laura Jansma invites you to help her […]



3. Urbana News-Gazette Reporter Tim Ditman: “Prosecutors are not in a mode to take a last-minute plea deal”
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Urbana News-Gazette Reporter Tim Ditman joins John Williams to describe the feeling in the room where he and other journalists and Chinese community members have been watching the murder trial of Brendt Christensen in Yingying Zhang’s death. Tim predicts prosecutors’ next steps in the case and lists the defense’s argument, even as they admit Christensen’s responsibility of Zhang’s death. [audio http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3648432/Urbana_News-Gazette_Reporter_Tim_Ditton_Prosecutors_are_not_in_a_mode_to _hear_a_last-minute_plea_deal__2019-06-14-205532.64kmono.mp3



4. Journalist on Laquan McDonald death and “16 Shots” producer Jamie Kalven: “The release of the video was one such moment, and…the verdict…was another”
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Jamie Kalven is a freelance journalist, who extensively covered the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, and was approached by producers of “16 Shots,” the documentary about his death. Jamie is now one of the producers of that documentary, which debuts tonight at 8. Jamie joins John to share on his reporting of the death, and police accounts from what happened on the scene, to their accounts now.



5. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.13.19: Sports, happy moving, Fair Oaks Farms, appealing the Obama Presidential Center ruling
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John Williams kicks off the show with sports talk, from the U.S. National Women’s Team win, to the White Sox and more. Then, he invites The Art of Happy Moving author Ali Wenzke to give tips and tricks for an easier move. Free From Harm Founder Robert Grillo joins the show to share why he believes the livestock industry to be unfair, and why people shouldn’t consume any dairy or meat products. John moves on then to catch up with Charlotte Adelman, […]



6. Charlotte Adelman loses case against Obama Center construction: “This is setting a terrible precedent”
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Charlotte Adelman led the lawsuit against the city of Chicago in the planned construction of the Obama Presidential Center, which a federal judge threw out Tuesday. She plans to file for an appeal against the ruling, and she explains why the Center should be built in a less groomed, overlooked area.



7. Free From Harm Founder Robert Grillo: “This is an industry that’s based on violence and killing”
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Free From Harm Founder Robert Grillo joins John Williams to talk about how his organization got involved in the case of Fair Oaks Farms’ mistreatment of its animals. He lists some of the ways he’s seen animals being abused at farms like this, and provides alternatives to consuming and buying into this industry.



8. “The Art of Happy Moving” Author Ali Wenzke: Declutter before you move!
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The Art of Happy Moving Author Ali Wenzke joins John Williams to explain why she wrote a book about moving, after moving 10 times in 11 years. And, she lists some mistakes people make when they move, some tips for keeping it as cheap as possible and how to approach a move with a positive attitude.



9. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.12.19: Jim DeRogatis on the case against R. Kelly, Phil Vettel on Entente and George Beutel on farming this Spring
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John Williams invites journalist, “Sound Opinions” Co-Host and Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly Author Jim DeRogatis to describe what happened since he got the tip that R. Kelly was sexually abusing young black girls. See him at the Chicago Humanities Festival tomorrow. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel shares his review of the relocated Entente, and presents a new edition of “Phil’s Flash Fry.” Finally, Joliet farmer George Beutel talks about how the long, wet Spring has treated his crops.



10. Joliet farmer and friend of John Williams, George Beutel on his crop in this wet spring
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Joliet farmer and friend of John Williams, George Beutel, joins John Williams to share how his crop has fared in this long, wet Spring. And, he describes how plant insurance works.



11. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel on duck consommé, interchangeable spaghetti and more
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to give his review of Entente, which involves duck consommé. Then, he and John provide another edition of “Phil’s Flash Fry!”



12. “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly” Author and “Sound Opinions” Co-Host Jim DeRogatis: From receiving the sex tape, to exposing R. Kelly
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Jim DeRogatis is the author of Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly, and the journalist who broke the story on R. Kelly’s sexual abuse of young black girls. He talks about the piece of evidence sent to him, which led to his mission to get R. Kelly caught. And, he describes the hardships with this case, including race and a controversial judge. Attend his free presentation tomorrow at the Chop Shop as a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.  



13. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.11.19: “Code Red weather,” Radiohead music held for ransom, Kevin Durant, David Ortiz
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John Williams plays back audio of a Springfield TV meteorologist, criticizing Sinclair’s requirement for the use of “Code Red” during bad weather. That led to what appears to be his termination. Listeners chime in with their thoughts on that phrase in that situation. Then, after 18 hours of private Radiohead music was leaked and held for ransom, former FBI Most Wanted Hacking Expert Brett Johnson shares his thoughts on the band’s response. WGN Radio Sports Anchor Kevin Powell gives an […]



14. Former FBI Most Wanted Hacker Brett Johnson: Radiohead took the high road by telling hackers to bug off
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Former FBI’s Most Wanted Computer Hacker Brett Johnson joins John Williams to explain why Radiohead made the right call in giving up the intellectual property, rather than the ransom held to them. And, he discusses companies who have given up the ransom to their data hackers in recent cases.



15. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 06.10.19: Billie Eilish review, tough conversations with your S.O., Chicago River Cruise and NeoCon, why your boxwoods died
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Jon Hansen fills in for John Williams, and starts the show by opening the floor to Producer Elif, who gives a brief review of the Billie Eilish concert Sunday at United Center. That leads to a conversation on sleep paralysis. Then, Jon asks you how you would approach your significant other if they appear to have gained a lot of weight. Listeners call in with their solutions. Jon then welcomes Bob Irving, the first Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Director […]



16. Chicago Flower and Garden Show President Tony Abruscato on the Polar Vortex and your boxwoods
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Chicago Flower and Garden Show President Tony Abruscato joins Jon Hansen to explain why your boxwood plants are brown. He tells you what to do if that is the case with yours. And, he gives other gardening tips for the Summer.



17. NeoCon and the beginning of tourism on the Chicago River: “My God, they have a boat!”
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Bob Irving, the first Chicago Architecture Tour River Cruise director joins Jon Hansen, alongside Tom Carmichael chief storyteller and CAFC River Cruise Tour Director, and Todd Heiser, managing director of Gensler, the architects who designed NeoCon Plaza. They tell Jon about NeoCon, taking place through Wednesday in Chicago, and about the inception of the Chicago River Cruise.



18. John Williams Saturday Show 6/8/19
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John tries to decipher President Trump’s tweet about Mars, ranks his 5 favorite donuts, and talks to Consul General of France in Chicago, Guillaume Lacroix, about a Saturday night concert to help the rebuilding effort for Notre Dame.



19. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.07.19: National Donut Day, Bishop Thomas Paprocki on abortion, smoking in cars with kids, Bright Side of Life
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John Williams takes a moment to celebrate National Donut Day, by giving you some of his favorite childhood memories with donuts. Then, John invites Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki to learn why he announced he would be refusing communion to Speaker Mike Madigan and Senator John Cullerton, for letting the new Illinois abortion bill pass. John then wants to know your thoughts on the House bill to forbid smoking in a car while a minor is present. Finally, John, Elif and […]



20. Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki: “If [Speaker Madigan and Senator Cullerton] voted for this, they committed a grave sin”
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Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki joins John Williams to explain why he chose Speaker Mike Madigan and Senator John Cullerton whose communions to refuse. Listeners flood the phone lines with their questions, rebuttals and some pride.



21. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.06.19: 42 pounds of mail-order THC, World War II vet, Thomas Jefferson on the NBA
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John Williams is back with a description of exactly why he was gone. Listeners call in with their similar experiences, both physically and financially. Then, John replays an interview that was broadcast in April, with a World War II veteran, who stormed Normandy on D-Day. The third president, Thomas Jefferson, also joins the show to talk to John about his newfound interest in modern day sporting events. And, finally, John and listeners alike have some questions for the lawyer of […]



22. Thomas Jefferson on modern day sports and Greek mythology
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Third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson joins John Williams to talk about what he likes and dislikes about today’s sporting events. He even explains his comparisons to sports in Greek mythology.



23. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 06.05.19: London calling, Summer eating list, Chicago money, Parkland officer faces up to 100 years
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Jon Hansen fills in for John Williams, and he kicks off the show with an update on President Trump’s visit with Queen Elizabeth II. He does that with the help of anglophile and WGN Radio Pinch Hitter Fred Weintraub. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins the show to talk about some of the best new places to eat this Summer, from their rooftop patios, to their flower shop features, he has it all. Walter Jacobson chimes in to […]



24. Attorney Tony Romanucci on Stoneman Douglas High School officer arrest: “He was trained…to stop active shooters. He did not do that”
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Attorney Tony Romanucci joins Jon Hansen to explain why Officer Scot Peterson of Stoneman Douglas High School is being charged with child neglect and could face a sentence as heavy as 100 years. Plus, Tony describes the possible – though unlikely – ways Peterson’s attorney could argue reasonable doubt, and how President Trump created a disadvantage in Peterson’s case. And, Tony divulges a surprising detail about Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.



25. Chicago Tribune Columnist Heidi Stevens: “I think the world is a straight pride parade”
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Chicago Tribune Columnist Heidi Stevens joins Jon Hansen to explain why the motion by a Boston organization to have a straight pride parade seems redundant. Click and vote on whether or not you would support having one in your city.



26. Walter Jacobson: Bankruptcy is “a reasonable thing for [Mayor Lightfoot] to think about”
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Walter Jacobson talks about why Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering declaring bankruptcy for the city of Chicago.



27. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel assigns you your Summer Eating List
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins Jon Hansen to talk about his start in Chicago, to his start at the Chicago Tribune as a pinch hitter. Plus, Phil shares a Summer eating list, from Chef Stephanie Izard’s Cabra, to Jonathan Meyer’s Flora Fauna, a restaurant with a flower shop and more!



28. WGN Radio Pinch Hitter Fred Weintraub on President Trump’s England stop and Brexit: “This is as messy as it gets”
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Fred Weintraub joins Jon Hansen to give him the latest on President Trump’s visit with the queen this week, which appears to have unfolded nicely for the cameras. And, Fred brings us up to the speed on where the meetings in England put the United States in terms of trade and Brexit. Check out his podcast, “Gabby Road,” with co-host Hannah Stanley.  



29. Justin Kaufmann in for John Williams 06.04.19: Chicago casino, “The Mushroom Cure,” Former CPD Superintendent Philip Cline
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Justin Kaufmann fills in for John Williams and asks listeners where they’d like the first Chicago casino to open. Then, The Mushroom Cure one-man show star Adam Strauss joins Justin to share about his coping mechanism for his obsessive compulsive disorder. Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent and Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Executive Director Philip Cline sits in with Justin to talk about the new way people can donate to the memories of fallen officers through a scratch-off lottery ticket. Finally, Justin, Kevin […]



30. Former CPD Superintendent Philip Cline on a new way to help grieving families of fallen officers
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Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent and Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Executive Director Philip Cline joins Justin Kaufmann to talk about a cool way to donate to the memories of fallen Chicago police officers. That’s in light of the recent deaths involving shootings, pursuits and traffic stops.



31. “The Mushroom Cure” Actor Adam Strauss: “I wanted to be totally open and raw about” my OCD
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“The Mushroom Cure” Actor Adam Strauss tells Justin Kaufmann about his one-man show, in which he shares his coping mechanism for his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He talks about how yoga could not give him the relief psychedelics did.



32. Pete McMurray in for John Williams 06.03.19: Bill sponsors, Walk of Fame, Summer music
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Pete McMurray fills in for John Williams, and checks in with a couple bill sponsors who experienced success Friday in Springfield. They are Representative Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-82nd) and State Senator Majority Leader Tony Munoz (R-1st). Chicago Tribune Political Reporter and “Sunday Spin” Host Rick Pearson provides his observations, as well. Then, Pete welcomes Walk of Fame 2019 Inductees Andrea Darlas, Marlene Wells and John Williams on the show. John shares why he has been absent, and a surprise […]



33. WGN Radio Walk of Fame 2019 Inductees John Williams, Andrea Darlas and Marlene Wells
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WGN Radio Walk of Fame 2019 Inductees John Williams, Andrea Darlas and Marlene Wells join Pete McMurray to talk about their starts at WGN Radio. Their broadcasting careers begin with young Tom Skilling, Judy Pielach, Wally Phillips and more. Then, a surprise guest calls in for Andrea.



34. Illinois State Senator Tony Munoz: “Law enforcement is hurting throughout our state as it is”
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Illinois State Senator Tony Munoz joins Pete McMurray and Chicago Tribune Political Reporter Rick Pearson to talk about how he argued for the legalization of gambling and marijuana.



35. Representative Jim Durkin (R-82) on fighting the good Springfield fight
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Representative Republican Leader Jim Durkin joins Pete McMurray and Chicago Tribune Political Reporter Rick Pearson to talk about the hectic past few days in Springfield. He describes how he made his points to his colleagues regarding the budget and more.



36. Charlie McMurray wants money for his 8th grade graduation
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Pete McMurray’s son, Charlie McMurray, joins the show to celebrate his upcoming 8th grade graduation, and his last day of school. He claims he wants money for graduation gifts, but dad Pete has another thought.



37. Steve Bertrand celebrates 95 years of WGN Radio with guests including Spike O’Dell, Judy Markey and David Stewart
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Steve Bertrand is in for John Williams this Saturday, and he’s talking to former WGN Radio hosts and producers about their favorite memories of the station on its 95th birthday. He’s joined by Judy Markey, Spike O’Dell, David Stewart, and more.



38. Justin Kaufmann in for John Williams 05.31.19: Bills deadline, The North Face marketing, extreme weather, Fun Things To Do This Weekend
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Justin Kaufmann is in for John Williams, and his first order of business is to check in with Springfield. Patti Vasquez joins the show to describe the atmosphere as the marijuana bill took the House floor. Then, ABC News Correspondent Mark Remillard explains why Wikipedia is calling a North Face marketing scheme to a breach of public trust. Northern Illinois University Professor of Meteorology Walker Ashley expands on the extreme weather the country has been facing, with tornadoes and the […]



39. NIU Professor of Meteorology Walker Ashley on recent extreme weather: It’s surprising how many homes aren’t bolted down
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Northern Illinois University Professor of Meteorology Walker Ashley joins Justin Kaufmann to explain what’s caused the wettest May in Chicago on record. He describes how the causes of severe weather, like storms and tornadoes, are like ingredients to a cake recipe.



40. ABC News Correspondent Mark Remillard: The North Face and a breach of public trust
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ABC News Correspondent Mark Remillard joins Justin Kaufmann to describe how The North Face got itself in trouble with a creative marketing scheme. And, Mark describes Wikipedia’s own comparison of the ploy by The North Face’s ad agency.



41. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 05.30.19: Baseball fan safety, Springfield news, City Council smack-down
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Jon Hansen spends time with listeners who have plenty of varying thoughts on how the situation should be handled, in which a child was hit with a baseball at the Cubs game last night. Tell us your opinion here. Then, WGN Radio Host Patti Vasquez explains a few of the bills that are passing through the Senate and the House in Springfield, including those about women’s reproductive rights, clean needle exchanges, sports betting and more. Mina Bloom of Block Club […]



42. Block Club Chicago Reporter Mina Bloom on the leaking blue line canopy
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Block Club Chicago Reporter Mina Bloom joins Jon Hansen to describe a waterfall canopy, which cost $17 million to install in an Avondale blue line and is now leaking. She explains why she reports on stories as such, too.



43. Walter Jacobson: “Lori Lightfoot had a great time making minced meat out of [Alderman Ed Burke]”
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WGN Radio Political Commentator and Legend Walter Jacobson joins Jon Hansen to colorfully describe the smack-down Wednesday between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Alderman Ed Burke. And, he gives his take on updating pronouns in City Council.



44. WGN Radio Host Patti Vasquez: “We have three or four bills about morality”
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WGN Radio Host and Springfield Correspondent Patti Vasquez joins Jon Hansen to brief him on some of the big ticket bills aiming for Governor Pritzker’s signature tomorrow. Those include the reason behind a clean heroine needle exchange, an extreme women’s reproductive health bill and more.



45. Jon Hansen in for John Williams 05.29.19: Robert Mueller, City Council, Mount Everest traffic jam, Olympic rugby
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Jon Hansen fills in for John Williams, and first gets right to the special counsel’s resignation and some of the quotes that stood out from his address this morning. Listeners call in with their thoughts. Then, The Daily Line Managing Editor Heather Cherone gives a snapshot of the tension inside City Council, between Mayor Lightfoot and Alderman Ed Burke. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel gives his review on the Italia menu at Next, as well as another edition of […]



46. USA Olympic Athlete Alev Kelter and the Olympics coach who introduced her to rugby
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USA Olympic Rugby Player Alev Kelter joins Jon Hansen to talk about her training journey to Tokyo, where the Summer Olympics take place in 2020. Alev’s former teammate, Amanda Berta explains the process for tackle rugby and talks about her own journey to become an Olympic athlete herself.



47. “Outside Magazine” Senior Editor Grayson Schaffer: “Everyone [at Mount Everest] sees weather windows opening up” and they rush at once
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“Outside Magazine” Senior Editor Grayson Schaffer joins Jon Hansen to describe the traffic jam that caused 11 deaths this year on Mount Everest. He’s climbed Mount Everest before, and he lists the point for each camp on the mountain, and he describes how the high altitude can lead to climbers’ brain swelling and more.



48. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel talks great Italian food
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins Jon Hansen to talk about the “Italia” menu at Next. Then, it’s a new edition of Phil’s Flash Fry!



49. The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone: “This is a stark, stark turnaround”
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The Daily Line Editor Heather Cherone joins Jon Hansen to discuss the latest in City Council news, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s response to Alderman Ed Burke’s objection.



50. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.28.19: 19 new taxes and fees, Bill Buckner and Ben Zobrist, “The Interview Show” and “Jeopardy!”
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John Williams starts off the short week with an observance of Memorial Day. And, he tells you how he messed up a hotel reservation over the weekend. Then, Illinois Policy Institute Budget and Tax Director Adam Schuster joins John Williams to talk about the 19 taxes and fees proposed to go into place in Illinois, and how the graduated income tax doesn’t actually help the middle class as it is meant to do. WGN Radio Sports Reporter Mark Carman remembers […]



51. “The Interview Show” Host Mark Bazer wouldn’t make a good “Jeopardy!” contestant
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“The Interview Show” Host Mark Bazer joins John Williams to preview his upcoming Hideout comeback on June 7 with a film producer, a chef and more. Then, Mark talks about his podcast, “The Interview Show with Mark Bazer.” He holds the rights to the name of his show, but here’s what he does when someone else uses it. And, he bombs at James Holzhauer’s Jeopardy! questions.



52. WGN Radio Sports Reporter Mark Carman on the coolest Cub and where Ben Zobrist has been
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WGN Radio Sports Reporter Mark Carman joins John Williams to remember Bill Buckner’s phenomenal work with the LA Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. And, Mark tells John where Ben Zobrist has been since stating about wife Julianna’s inappropriate marital conduct.



53. Illinois Policy Institute: Governor Pritzker’s graduated income tax “paves the way for middle class tax hikes”
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Illinois Policy Institute Budget and Tax Director Adam Schuster joins John Williams to explain the impact from and reason for 19 different tax and fee hikes in Illinois. And, he breaks down each of those increases, from video-gaming to wine and beer and more.



54. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.24.19: Weekend weather, Jussie Smollett court documents, Nancy Pelosi’s speech, Fun Things to Do and Bright Side of Life
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Weekend weather, Jussie Smollett court documents, Nancy Pelosi’s speech, Fun Things to Do and Bright Side of Life



55. Chicago Tribune Federal Courts Reporter Jason Meisner: “It was a court fight between the media and Jussie Smollett’s attorneys”
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Chicago Tribune Federal Courts Reporter Jason Meisner explains why Jussie Smollett’s court documents were unsealed Thursday after charges against him were dropped. And, Jason tells John what documents will likely be turned over next.



56. WGN-TV Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory, the prophet of Memorial Day Weekend 2019
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WGN-TV Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory joins John Williams to give the weekend forecast, which is expected to be a rainy and stormy one. Then, Demetrius answers listeners’ questions with a weather prophecy for each of their weekend events.



57. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.23.19: Trump and Congress, impounded cars, strange Uber stories
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John Williams gives his review of “Cirque du Soleil: Volta,” running through July 6 at the Big Top at Soldier Field. Then, John wants to know what influenced President Trump to take to the Rose Garden Wednesday to address reporters on why he won’t collaborate with Congress for now. Washington Post Political Reporter Amber Phillips explains that and why the word, “impeachment,” has been prevalent over the last two days. Then, Diana Simpson of the Institute for Justice represents Spencer […]



58. Spencer Byrd on why he owes the city thousands after a “good deed gone wrong”
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Spencer Byrd is a body shop mechanic whose car was impounded after police found drugs – unbeknownst to Spencer – on a customer whom he was giving a ride in his car. That was in June 2016. Institute for Justice Attorney Diana Simpson explains why this is happening to Spencer, and shares even more shocking details of the case, which inspired his GoFundMe. Hear Veronica Walker-Davis’s similar story.



59. Washington Post Political Reporter Amber Phillips: “The White House and his administration doing the equivalent to standing up and leaving the room”
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Washington Post Political Reporter Amber Phillips joins John Williams to describe what has really driven President Trump to the point of giving Congress the cold shoulder. And, she explains why impeachment has become a prevalent word in the last day’s reporting.



60. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.22.19: Congresswoman Lauren Underwood sparks controversy, Jeopardy! Holzhauer family, yearbook quotes
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John Williams asks you to join him in analyzing Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s choice of words while questioning Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan about migrants held at the border. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins the show for another edition of “Phil’s Flash Fry” and to discuss meatless meat. John moves on to test Steve, Lauren and Elif’s smarts in a round of Jeopardy questions, which were actually asked of James Holzhauer. His brother joins the […]



61. Jeopardy! Ruler James Holzhauer’s brother, Ian Holzhauer gives James’ genius shout-out
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Ian Holzhauer is an attorney in Naperville and the brother of James Holzhauer, who has been ruling Jeopardy recently. He joins John Williams to share some of the behind-the-scenes insight into the show, and why we don’t know how James is faring now. And, Ian responds to the NewsClick on James’s relentless successes and listeners’ questions about his brother.



62. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: Meatless burgers, “Food & Wine” and Phil’s Flash Fry
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to talk about meatless burgers, a “Food & Wine” Chicago pick and give you “Phil’s Flash Fry.”



63. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.21.19: 40 years since Flight 191, Morehouse College grad and Milton Coronado paints Marlen Ochoa-Lopez
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John Williams begins the show with Illinoisans’ tornado stories after a week of rough weather raking through the Midwest. Then, listeners can also relate to one another on  what they were doing 40 years ago when they heard about the horrific American Airlines Flight 191 crash. John also wants listeners’ takes on the success James Holzhauer has known since his winning streak began on Jeopardy, and returned this week. His brother, Ian, joins Wednesday. And Trayvon Truss, a Morehouse College […]



64. Chicago Artist Milton Coronado on painting a mural of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez
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Chicago Artist Milton Coronado joins John Williams to describe his mission with having painted a mural of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, murdered last month while pregnant. Milton explains how he spray-painted Marlen and her backdrop in freehand.



65. Morehouse College 2019 Graduate and Chicagoan Trayvon Truss on Billionaire Robert F. Smith’s announcement
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Trayvon Truss graduated from the Morehouse College Class of 2019, which was promised student loan debt forgiveness by billionaire Robert F. Smith. Trayvon shares the feeling with John about the matter-of-fact quality of Smith’s announcement.



66. Alderman Ray Lopez (15th): Mayor Lightfoot’s inaugural address was confrontational, not celebratory
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Alderman Ray Lopez (15th ward) joins John Williams to describe the feeling as Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke about corruption in Chicago at her inaugural address today. And, he disagrees with the first executive order Mayor Lightfoot signed on aldermanic privilege.



67. “Extension 720” Host Justin Kaufmann: “Those were good things to hear from the mayor of Chicago”
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“Extension 720” Host Justin Kaufmann joins John Williams to respond to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s inaugural tone this morning. They address the mayor’s point on women’s rights, and on corruption in the city of Chicago.



68. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.17.19: Chicago dialect is sexy, Before the Butcher, Michael Pollan on psychedelics in midlife
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John Williams invites Justin Kaufmann of the esteemed “Extension 720” to read Shakespeare quotes in a strong Chicago dialect after it was voted fifth sexiest American dialect. Then, Before the Butcher Founder Danny O’Malley stops into the studio to display delicious meatless burgers to John, who gives you his review. Listeners chime in with their questions about the plant-based products. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence Author Michael […]



69. “How to Change Your Mind” Author Michael Pollan: Drugs reminded him that “Love is really important”
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How to Change Your Mind Author Michael Pollan joins John Williams to talk about his mid-life discovery of psychedelics. And, he gives John and Steve advice on consuming meatless products, in response to the earlier Before the Butcher segment; Michael also writes Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.



70. Before the Butcher Founder Danny O’Malley gives you amazing meatless burgers
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Appearing at the McCormick Place Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show, Before the Butcher Founder Danny O’Malley joins the John Williams Show with freshly cooked meatless burgers. John and his show mates sample the different burgers and give their newly educated opinions.



71. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.16.19: Lost cars, antiabortion in Alabama, “Hamilton” prepares to leave
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John Williams checked in first with WGN-TV Meteorologist Tom Skilling on the thunderstorm warning that later expired. Then, Institute for Justice Attorney Diana Simpson describes Veronica Walker-Davis’s case against the city of Chicago, after her car was impounded through no fault of her own. Listeners say whom they believe is to blame in the case. And, in light of the national attention on the antiabortion law in Alabama, John hears from AL.com Faith, Culture and Politics Columnist Dana Hall McCain, […]



72. Institute for Justice Attorney Diana Simpson on her car impounding case against the city
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Veronica Walker-Davis is one of many Chicagoans who are being punished for someone else’s crime, their car now missing for almost a year. Her attorney, Diana Simpson of the Institute for Justice, joins John Williams to describe why a body shop employee was the reason for the impounding of Veronica’s car.



73. Chicago Tribune Theatre Critic Chris Jones on “Hamilton” success ahead of Chicago close
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Chicago Tribune Theatre Critic Chris Jones joins John Williams to reflect on the Hamilton season in Chicago, and how the show has positively impacted the city.  Plus, he theorizes on why Hamilton did so well and divulges the best time of year to check out the show before it closes its Chicago run in January.



74. AL.com Faith, Culture and Politics Columnist Dana Hall McCain on why she supports the antiabortion law in Alabama
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AL.com Faith, Culture and Politics Columnist Dana Hall McCain joins John Williams to explain why Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a strict antiabortion bill into law. She lays out what the bill entails, including what Republicans view as the science behind the decision.



75. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.15.19: Trump Hotel customers down, Phil’s Flash Fry, renting vs. buying, Tiger Woods lawsuit
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John Williams invites Washington Post Political Reporter David Fahrenthold to address the Trump Organization claim that the reason for a lack of business at the Trump Hotel in Chicago is the city’s gun violence. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel gives John his Momotaro review, and responds to John’s review of Aba. Plus, he answers your questions about where to eat what in Phil’s Flash Fry. Bob Westrick of Private Vista gives tips for those winning the lottery lately, […]



76. Attorney and “Legal Face-Off” Host Rich Lenkov on Tiger Woods’ lawsuit: “This is a case about personal responsibility”
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Attorney and “Legal Face-Off” Host Rich Lenkov joins John Williams to describe Illinois’ Dram Shop laws after Tiger Woods was sued in the drunk driving death of one of his employees. He gives his subjective opinion of that case, and predicts how far the case will go. Listeners call in with insight into the restaurant and bartending business.



77. Private Vista Partner Bob Westrick: Don’t take your lottery money in lump sum if…
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Private Vista Partner Bob Westrick joins John Williams to advise on lottery winnings after a man in Wisconsin took his $704 million in the lump sum.  And, Bob explains the benefits of buying a home versus renting in today’s economy, and when it comes to investments. Plus, is $1 million enough? Bob answers.



78. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel on the rule of three and more
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel explains why shared dishes always come in threes, at restaurants like Aba, which John visited recently and reviews here.



79. Washington Post Political Reporter David Fahrenthold lays out why Trump Hotel is “virtually unleasable”
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Washington Post Political Reporter David Fahrenthold joins John Williams to address the Trump Organization’s claim that gun violence is the deterrent for Trump Hotel business.



80. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.14.19: Scooter share program, Wrigleyville hotels, Thomas Jefferson, buying Chinese goods
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John Williams consults with Jalopnik Reviews Editor Andrew Collins, for his Los Angeles experience with the city’s scooter sharing program. That program will pilot in Chicago in June. Then, New York Times Contributor and Chicagoan Elaine Glusac gives her reviews on the Hotel Zachary and The Wheelhouse Hotel, both in Wrigleyville. Thomas Jefferson joins the show for some help from John and Lauren Lapka in preparing for his appearance on WGN-TV tomorrow morning. WGN Radio Sports Reporter Mark Carman joins […]



81. Mr. Fix-It Lou Manfredini and Kellogg School Professor Phil Levy: “It would be really hard” not to purchase Chinese products
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Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Professor Phil Levy joins John Williams to address President Trump’s implication that Americans should no longer purchase Chinese goods. That’s after China hit the U.S. with a threat to increase the tariff on American goods. Plus, Mr. Fix-It Lou Manfredini joins the conversation to give his opinion on the president’s statements as a retailer himself.



82. WGN Radio Sports Reporter Mark Carman on the NBA draft in Chicago
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WGN Radio Sports Reporter Mark Carman joins John Williams to talk about the NBA draft, which takes place right here in Chicago. He predicts the outcomes for team combinations, and some of the odder trade considerations. He even tells John which possible new player on the Chicago Bulls could make the city more exciting.



83. President Thomas Jefferson prepares to appear on WGN-TV tomorrow
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President Thomas Jefferson joins John Williams for a little help in preparing for his WGN-TV appearance tomorrow morning, ahead of his appearance on-stage at the Classic Cinemas Tivoli Theatre on Saturday. Traffic Reporter Lauren Lapka lends an experienced hand.



84. New York Times Contributor Elaine Glusac reviews Hotel Zachary and The Wheelhouse Hotel
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New York Times Contributor Elaine Glusac is a Chicagoan who reviewed Hotel Zachary and The Wheelhouse Chicago in Wrigleyville. She talks about the Detroit pizza and rooftop restaurant at the Wheelhouse, then gives a tip for booking cheap at Hotel Zachary.



85. Jalopnik Reviews Editor Andrew Collins reviews the Bird scooter share program in Los Angeles
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Jalopnik Reviews Editor Andrew Collins joins John Williams from Los Angeles to talk about his experience with the Bird scooter share program there, just a month before it pilots in Chicago. He provides some of the surprising observations about users of the program, too.



86. VHT Studios CEO Brian Balduf: “This is really about…the decor”
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VHT Studios CEO Brian Balduf joins John Williams to explain ways virtual staging in real estate works. And, Brian explains why drones can benefit the seller, by letting the buyer know about surrounding amenities. But John asks Brian to differentiate virtual staging from possible catfishing on dating sites.



87. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.13.19: Season finales, the catcher of the 2000-RBI ball, Riverwalk, trade tariffs
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John Williams talks about season finales and penultimate episodes, like the ones last night of “Game of Thrones” and “Veep.” Listeners give John their favorite finale episodes. Then, with Doris Day having passed today, John wants to know whom you’d classify as another one of America’s Sweethearts in this century. And Ely Hydes caught a 2,000-RBI ball from Los Angeles Angels player Albert Pujols last week. He joins the show to talk about what he’s deciding he will do with […]



88. Northwestern University Management Professor Phil Levy on China trade tariffs
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Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Professor Phil Levy joins John Williams to explain how U.S. trade tariffs will affect China, and why China retaliated with their own threat for high tariffs. And, Phil gives possible rationalizations for supporting the president’s trade threat.



89. Riverwalk Project Manager Michelle Woods on the Riverwalk opening day
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Riverwalk Project Manager Michelle Woods joins John Williams on opening day of the Riverwalk, with its new renovations. As part of its new chapter, the Riverwalk is even bringing in souvenirs and more entertainment cruises.



90. The man who caught the 2,000-RBI Albert Pujols ball, Ely Hydes: “It’s the people’s ball at this point”
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Ely Hydes is the Detroit Tigers fan who caught Albert Pujols’ 2,000-RBI ball last week and he shares what led up to that moment. He explains what he decided when the team asked for the ball back, and what he plans to do instead with the ball.



91. John Williams Saturday Show 5/11/19
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John talks about Mother’s Day, an unexpected upcoming cameo in “Game of Thrones,” and a battle over a baseball. Later he talks politics with the Mincing Rascals.



92. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.10.19: The “OK” sign, keeping a player’s 2,000-RBI ball, an addictions expert on pot legalization
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John Williams still has a few musings about the upside-down “ok” sign a Cubs fan flashed behind Doug Glanville during his on-air report this week. Listeners chime in with a few of their lingering thoughts, too. Then, John wants to know if it was appropriate for Detroit Tigers fan Ely Hydes to keep the 2,000-RBI ball he caught in the stands when asked for it back by Albert Pujols. Many listeners agree on one thing here. And the governor is […]



93. Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Hospital on marijuana legalization: “This is about money”
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Linden Oaks Hospital Executive Director of Addiction Services Aaron Weiner joins John Williams to explain why legalizing marijuana wouldn’t actually benefit the state, financially, or health-wise. Listeners express their qualms with his position.



94. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.09.19: The upside-down “OK” sign, White Sox rain delay, pharmaceutical costs
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John Williams starts off the show with yesterday’s NewsClick results, which show that most people have room in their hearts for the benefit of the doubt. That’s in reference to the Cubs fan who was banned from Wrigley Field for flashing a seemingly racist hand gesture on camera behind Doug Glanville. Listeners call in with their own rationalizations. WGN Radio Sports Reporter Andy Masur then joins the show to talk about the White Sox and Indians rain delay, which occurred […]



95. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.08.19: Cubs fan investigation, the royal baby named, duties of the maid-of-honor
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John Williams found a few more goofs in “Game of Thrones” episodes. He lets you judge for yourself. And, John wants to know your thoughts on the upside-down “O.K.” sign someone gestured with behind a sports anchor during a Cubs game. WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow and Kevin Powell talk about the investigation and the next actions they think the Cubs should take against the fan. Plus, our in-house royal family expert, Hannah Stanley, joins the show to share her educated […]



96. WGN Radio News Anchor Ryan Burrow, Sports Reporter Kevin Powell on the upside-down O.K. sign
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WGN Radio News Anchor Ryan Burrow and Sports Reporter Kevin Powell join John Williams to talk about the investigation to find the man who flashed an upside-down “O.K.” sign behind NBC Sports Anchor Doug Glanville during his on-air report Tuesday night. That’s been known to symbolize white power in recent years, and Kevin has poignant thoughts on the matter.



97. In-House Anglophile Hannah Stanley has it all on Baby Sussex Archie
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In-House Anglophile Hannah Stanley joins John Williams to share her observations on Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s new baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. She has a lot of background on this royal family and sheds some helpful insight on why they’re entertaining. Check out her new podcast with Fred Weintraub, titled “Gabby Road,” coming soon.



98. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel gives you Chicago’s James Beard honorees and Mother’s Day recommendations
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to list some of Chicago’s James Beard Foundation Awards winners. Plus, Phil gives you last-minute reservation recommendations for Mother’s Day meals, and patio season dining in this great city.



99. John Williams shares a message from AMITA Health
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AMITA Health Digestive Health Institute can find and treat the route cause of your acid reflux before chronic disease develops with their advanced methods. John Williams describes those methods.



100. The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.07.19: Driving while high, Carry the Load Memorial May, “Keep Going”
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John Williams wants to know how traffic stops would work with legalized pot. He checks in with State Senator Heather Steans, who explains how impaired drivers would be identified on the roadside. Plus, John hears from Marine Corps vet and Carry the Load Ambassador Josh Lewis, who describes today’s National Relay event to observe a Memorial May, as opposed to just one Memorial Day. Finally, Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad Author and TedX Talker Austin […]