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Podcast title The Dean Richards Entertainment Podcast from 720 WGN
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Description Dean Richards covers the entertainment world in this podcast from WGN Radio 720 in Chicago
Updated Tue, 22 Oct 2019 06:54:18 +0000
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1. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | October 20th, 2019 | Larry Potash, Elton John Tribute, Paul Rudd, Seafood and Apples
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Join Dean for a jam packed show of Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning. This week, Dean talks with WGN-TV’s very own, Larry Potash about what’s to come in the fourth season of his Backstory with Larry Potash. Join Potash every Saturday night in October as he dives into the stories behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science. (17:45) Next, This Week In Theater gets covered in sequins as Elton John Tribute Colte Julian joins Dean […]



2. Larry Potash Gives an Inside Look at “Backstory with Larry Potash” (10/20/19)
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Dean talks with WGN-TV’s very own, Larry Potash about what’s to come in the fourth season of his Backstory with Larry Potash. Join Potash every Saturday night in October as he dives into the stories behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science. You can stream the show live at WGNTV.com/live or the replays on WGN-TV on Sundays at 11pm or Wednesdays at 7pm. Plus, catch up on all of the past seasons at WGNTV.com/Backstory.



3. In Love with the Sights, Smells and Sounds of Fall? Kuipers Family Farm Has It All!
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Kim Kuipers is the owner of Kuipers Family Farm. Kim and her family run the 230 acre farm in Maple Park, IL where they are best known for their apples, pumpkins, corn mazes, haunted walks and much more. With the Kuipers Family Farm offering over 30 different types of apples, Kim talks with Dean about the different tastes and varieties that you can expect when you visit. Plus, Kim lets you know which pumpkins are best for pies and which […]



4. Something’s Fishy on this Edition of FoodTime
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October is National Seafood Month so to celebrate, Chef Lucas Montoya of Ocean Prime Chicago joins Dean to talk about all things seafood. Are you new to eating or cooking seafood? Listen in as Montoya gives his recommendations on which fish are the best to begin eating and cooking. Plus, you’ll get expert tips on how to cook salmon, clams and many more of your seafood favorites.



5. Sunday Morning’s Alright For Fighting
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This Week In Theater gets covered in sequins as Elton John Tribute Colte Julian joins Dean to talk about his return to the Apollo Theater with the Chicago Premiere of Wonderful Crazy Night, A New Elton John Tribute Concert. Julian talks about the similarities that he shares with Elton’s upbringing and how it has helped him get into character for the show. The show is December 6th, 7th and 8th only, get your tickets today by visiting ApolloTheater.com.



6. Mashup: FoodTime and This Week in Theater with Philip Potempa
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This Week in Theater gets mashed up with FoodTime as food writer and theater critic Philip Potempa joins the show. First, the FoodTime portion, Potempa talks about his new book, ‘Back from the Farm: Family Recipes and Memories of a Lifetime.’ The book is littered with home style recipes that are accompanied by interesting, warm stories that tell the origins of those recipes. Potempa also breaks down the latest in the theater scene and gives you his recommendations. Hear what’s […]



7. Tiosha Bailey, Executive Director of Komen Chicago
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Tiosha Bailey, Komen Chicago’s Executive Director joins the show. Komen Chicago collaborates with federally qualified heath centers to enact a plan that addresses socio-economic barriers to care and health system fragmentation. Bailey explains the importance of breast cancer awareness, how to self check if you have breast cancer and what you should do, if you do.



8. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | October 13th, 2019 | Larry Potash, ‘The Barber of Seville,’ Food/Theater Guest Philip Potempa, Komen’s Tiosha Bailey
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It’s Dean’s favorite weekend, marathon weekend! First, in light of the Chicago Marathon, Dave Schwan delivers his Far Flung Forecast for Athens, Greece where the first marathon was finished. Hear what happened to Phidippides, the first man to run that marathon, after he delivered the news that the Persians were coming to invade. (8:08) Then, Dean talks with WGN-TV’s very own, Larry Potash about what’s to come in the fourth season of his Backstory with Larry Potash. Join Potash every […]



9. Larry Potash Gives an Inside Look at “Backstory with Larry Potash” (10/13/19)
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Dean talks with WGN-TV’s very own, Larry Potash about what’s to come in the fourth season of his Backstory with Larry Potash. Join Potash every Saturday night in October as he dives into the stories behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science. You can stream the show live at WGNTV.com/live or the replays on WGN-TV on Sundays at 11pm or Wednesdays at 7pm. Plus, catch up on all of the past seasons at WGNTV.com/Backstory.



10. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | October 6th, 2019 | Larry Potash, This Week in Theater, A Red Carpet Premiere, George Takei, FoodTime
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First, Dave Schwan delivers a Far Flung Forecast, this week from Riverhead, New York. Riverhead is known as the location that an RCA Communications outpost intercepted a signal from the Soviet Union’s Sputnik on October 4th, 1957. (11:52) Then, Dean talks with WGN-TV’s very own, Larry Potash about what’s to come in the fourth season of his Backstory with Larry Potash. Join Potash every Saturday night in October as he dives into the stories behind some of the most intriguing […]



11. “Ohhhh My” George Takei of Star Trek Joins Dean Richards
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George Takei, known best for his role as Sulu in the original Star Trek television series, talks about coming to Chicago on October, 14th to host the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s “The Galaxy’s Greatest Hits.”  The concert features a spaced theme environment at the Symphony Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Takei also talks about meeting astronauts and sharing mutual heroic feelings with them. Finally, Takei talks about his time as a prisoner in an […]



12. Dean Richards’ FoodTime: Restaurants Without Walls
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Simon Mikhail is the owner of Si-Pie Pizzeria and seven virtual restaurants. Mikhail talks about the concept of virtual restaurants and how his business has grown thanks to one of the biggest trends in the food industry. Mikhail says more people these days are interested in comfort over experience which has played a huge factor into his seven wall-less restaurants. Listen to Mikhail talk about the future of food and what you can expect from virtual dining. Si-Pie Pizzeria has […]



13. Interviews From the ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Red Carpet Premiere
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Dean was in LA for the red carpet premiere of ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ and brought back with him WGN exclusive interviews with members of the cast. Listen to Dean break down his time on the carpet and the conversations that he had with Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan Michael Key and more.



14. Larry Potash Gives an Inside Look at “Backstory with Larry Potash” (10/06/19)
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Dean talks with WGN-TV’s very own, Larry Potash about what’s to come in the fourth season of his Backstory with Larry Potash. Join Potash every Saturday night in October as he dives into the stories behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science. You can stream the show live at WGNTV.com/live or the replays on WGN-TV on Sundays at 11pm or Wednesdays at 7pm. Plus, catch up on all of the past seasons at WGNTV.com/Backstory.



15. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | September 22nd, 2019 | Far Flung Forecast, Gary Pressy Plays the Organ, Kris Vire Talks Theater, Emmy Preview
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First, Dean remembers the Cubs on WGN-TV as they aired the final game on WGN-TV, Saturday. (0:00) Then, Dave Schwan delivers his weekly Far Flung Forecast. This week he goes across the pond to Highbury, England for a connection to the Fab Four’s fab fifth. (8:56) Next, Cubs’ organist Gary Pressy joins Dean live from the Wrigley Field organ booth to play the Beatles and talk about his time with the Cubs. Then Pressy teases, what could be, his final […]



16. Theater Writer Kris Vire Shares His Latest Reviews
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Theater writer and editor, Kris Vire, talks about why he’s excited for Tiny Beautiful Things, obsessed with Into the Woods, and why everyone is talking about Oslo. Vire also talks about why he thinks the play The King’s Speech doesn’t hold up to the movie version. Subscribe to Vire’s newsletter, Storefront Rebellion, for exclusive theater news and reviews.



17. A Far Flung Forecast with a Connection to the Fifth Beatle
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Dave Schwan delivers his weekly Far Flung Forecast. This week he goes across the pond to Highbury, England for a connection to the Fab Four’s fab fifth…



18. Gary Pressy Teases His Final Tune at Wrigley Field
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Cubs’ organist Gary Pressy joins Dean live from the Wrigley Field organ booth to play the Beatles and talk about his time with the Cubs. Then Pressy teases, what could be, his final tune and game at Wrigley.



19. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | September 15th, 2019 | Full Show Live From the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival
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First, Dean and Steve Cochran talk with Blackhawk greats Jay Blunk (9:49), Troy Murray (19:44), Chris Chelios (29:44) and Brian Campbell (49:51). Listen to all of the interviews recorded live from the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival at the United Center. Then, if you’ve been to a Cubs game then you’ve heard him play. He’s got one job, but it’s a big one, ensure there’s no silence during “downtime” at Wrigley Field. Listen to Gary Pressy, Chicago Cubs’ organist, talk with […]



20. Legally Blonde Stars Shine at the United Center
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Cast members of “Legally Blonde The Musical” join Dean for this week in theater live from the United Center. They talk about the show and perform a tune live on air. The last show is Sunday, September 15th, buy your tickets at CuttingHall.com.  



21. Gary Pressy, 33 Years of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
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If you’ve been to a Cubs game then you’ve heard him play. He’s got one job, but it’s a big one, ensure there’s no silence during “downtime” at Wrigley Field. Listen to Gary Pressy, Chicago Cubs’ organist, talk with Dean about his retirement from the Cubs after 33 years of taking people out to the ballgame.



22. Dean Richards’ FoodTime with Joey Di Buono, Owner of Tufano’s (09.15.19)
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Joey Di Buono, owner of Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, joins the show to talk about his restaurant, the most popular menu items and what his family has taught him about the business.  Also, listen to which celebrities and sports figures have made the “wall of fame” at Tufano’s.



23. Comedian Jim Gaffigan Talks About His Role in New Film “American Dreamer”
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Jim Gaffigan talks with Dean and Steve about “American Dreamer,” his newest film. Listen to the interview, then join Gaffigan on Monday, September 16th at the Music Box Theater for a viewing and post screening Q&A . Gaffigan will also be at the Chicago Theater October 18-20th.



24. Dean Richards and Steve Cochran talk with Blackhawk Legends at the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival
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Dean and Steve talk with Blackhawk greats Jay Blunk, Troy Murray, Chris Chelios and Brian Campbell. Listen to all of the interviews recorded live from the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival at the United Center: Jay Blunk   Troy Murray   Chris Chelios   Brian Campbell



25. FoodTime with Editor at Epicurious, Emily Johnson (09.08.19)
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Editor at Epicurious, Emily Johnson, joins the FoodTime segment. Emily talks with Jerry Nunn about “The New Fall 2019 Cookbooks We Can’t Wait to Cook From” article recently posted by Epicurious.



26. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | September 8th, 2019 | AIDS Foundation of Chicago CEO, John Peller, Cast of Paramount Theatre Newsies
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It’s a condensed, but busy, edition of Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning as Dean takes off early to participate in the Mexican Independence Day Parade. First up, Dean taps into the live stream of Kanye West’s “Sunday Service” on Northerly Island. (9:37) Then, Dave Schwan delivers this week’s “Far Flung Forecast” to Dean as they head west to California. (16:58) Then, Dean talks with the President and CEO of AIDS Foundation of Chicago, John Peller, about the 2019 AIDS run and walk. The […]



27. John Peller, President and CEO of AIDS Foundation of Chicago
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Dean talks with the President and CEO of AIDS Foundation of Chicago, John Peller, about the 2019 AIDS run and walk. The annual event takes place on Saturday, October 5th at Soldier Field and has already raised over $183,000. You can learn more at aidsrunwalk.org.  



28. Extra! Extra! A Performance and Interview with the Cast of Disney’s “Newsies”
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Cast members of Disney’s “Newsies” sit down with Dean to talk about the show and the “music that makes audiences want to stand up and cheer.” The cast also shows off two hit tunes from the show in a spectacular performance live on the radio waves. Tickets for “Newsies” are available now and the show runs through October 20th at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.  



29. Remembering Valerie Harper
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Dean takes a look back at his conversations with actress Valerie Harper who died at 80 years old, on Friday. Harper is best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her role on the show earned her three Prime Time Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Harper is survived by her husband Tony Cacciotti and her daughter Cristina Cacciotti. Listen to all of the conversations below: Steve Cochran Show Interview: […]



30. Common, a Common Man for the Common People
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Dean talks with Chicago born hip-hop artist Common about his latest contribution to his community, a new school of the arts for young students. Dean and Common also talk about what his newest album, “Let Love,” means to him. Listen to the full interview now. Part one:   Part two:



31. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | September 1st, 2019 | Remembering Valerie Harper, Frank Ferrante, Common the Rapper and Philanthropist
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First, Dean takes a look back at his conversations with actress Valerie Harper who died at 80 years old, last week. Harper is best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (14:31) Then, Frank Ferrante joins Dean in the morning to talk about An Evening with Groucho and its one night feature at The Spiegeltent ZaZou on Tuesday, September 17th. In the show, Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of […]



32. Frank Ferrante talks “An Evening with Groucho”
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Frank Ferrante joins Dean in the morning to talk about An Evening with Groucho and its one night feature at The Spiegeltent ZaZou on Tuesday, September 17th. In the show, Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in an hour and a half of hilarity. Listen to the full conversation now.  



33. Dean Richards in for John Williams 08.30.19: Hurricane Dorian, the “State of the City,” “South Side” on Comedy Central, Fun Things To Do
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Dean Richards fills in for John Williams. He checks in with WGN-TV Meteorologist Mike Hamernik, who describes the strength of the incoming Hurricane Dorian. Then, Miami “Deco Drive” Producer John Hayden explains the uncertainties of this hurricane for Floridians. Dean turns to listeners for the worst weather situations they’ve experienced, from storm during a sail, to several hurricanes. And to analyze Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “state of the city” address is Former 44th Ward Alderman and UIC Political Science Professor Dick […]



34. “South Side” Creators, Actors Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle on the real Chicagoans they aim to highlight
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Bashir Salahuddin plays Officer Goodnight and Diallo Riddle plays Allen Gayle on Comedy Central’s “South Side,” a Chicago-based series which has just been renewed for a second season.



35. Alderman Ray Lopez: “We got…one big happy kumbaya” from the “State of the city”
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Alderman Ray Lopez of the 15th Ward joins Dean Richards to outline Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “state of the city” address last night, which he thought fell flat. And, Alderman Lopez highlights some of the city taxes that were listed in the address, which were struggles of the Emanuel administration.



36. Former Alderman Dick Simpson: The “state of the city” address mentioned “an enormous number”
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Former Alderman of the 44th Ward and University of Illinois at Chicago Political Science Professor Dick Simpson joins Dean Richards to discuss Mayor Lightfoot’s “state of the city” television address Thursday night.



37. WGN-TV Meteorologist Mike Hamernik and Miami TV Producer John Hayden on Hurricane Dorian
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WGN-TV Meteorologist Mike Hamernik joins Dean Richards to describe the strength of the approaching Hurricane Dorian and cities it will most impact next week. And Miami “Deco Drive” Producer John Hayden describes the uncertainties of this upcoming storm for residents of Florida.



38. Dean Richards’ FoodTime with Chef Shelley Young (08.25.19)
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Chef and owner of The Chopping Block Shelley Young joins the FoodTime segment to give you last minute summer grilling tips. She reveals her tips on how to best grill veggies like asparagus, Brussel sprouts and eggplant.



39. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | August 25th, 2019 | Paul Lisnek, Cast of “Miracle,” Actress Rachel Dratch, Chef Shelley Young
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First, Dean talks with WGN-TV political analyst Paul Lisnek about Joe Walsh’s recent announcement to challenge Trump in the 2020 Presidential primary. (11:29) Then, members of the musical “Miracle” talk about the memories they’ve made during their time in the hit production before performing tunes straight from the show. “Miracle” tells the story of a working class family and what it means to lose and regain faith time and time again. (28:34) Next, Dean talks with actress Rachel Dratch, about […]



40. Rachel Dratch Plays a Special “Roll” in National Toilet Paper Day
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Actress Rachel Dratch talks about her improv set at the Cottonelle Superior Clean Country Fair on Navy Pier. The fair has plenty of family fun activities and is held in light of National Toilet Paper Day. “I got the call. You know the call every actor wants to receive, ‘Will you participate in National Toilet Paper Day?,’” said Dratch. Dratch goes on to talk about the latest news in her acting life, including the role she plays as a “pretty […]



41. “Wilson Contreras had tears in his eyes.” Interview with Cast Members of Cubs Themed Musical “Miracle”
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Members of the musical “Miracle” talk about the memories they’ve made during their time in the hit production. “Miracle” tells the story of a working class family and what it means to lose and regain faith time and time again. The struggle of the Cubs to win a pennant plays hand in hand with the struggles of the Delaneys, a close-knit Chicago Irish family who is fighting to keep their bar near Wrigley Field up and running. The cast shares […]



42. Political Analyst Paul Lisnek on Joe Walsh’s Big Announcement
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Former Representative Joe Walsh announced Sunday morning that he will challenge President Trump in the 2020 Presidential primary.  WGN-TV political analyst Paul Lisnek talks with Dean about Walsh’s recent announcement and what this means as we head into the next Presidential race.



43. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning FoodTime (08.18.19)
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FoodTime goes gelato in light of the Gelato Festival coming to Chicago this weekend. Dean is joined in studio by Phil Greenberg and Camille Hawley of the festival. They talk about everything from the ins and outs of the event to what it is that makes gelato such a special treat.



44. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | August 18th, 2019 | Jennifer Hudson, Betty Mohr, “Blinded by the Light,” and Gelato Experts
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Dean’s covering it all on this edition of Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning! First, Dean talks with actress Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia at their ninth annual ‘Hatch Day’ event. The event commemorates Jennifer’s nephew Julian King who was shot and killed almost 11 years ago. (12:53) Then, Betty Mohr, theater and opera critic for Le Bon Travel & Culture, joins Dean to talk about the latest in the Chicago theater and opera scene. (20:51) Next, Dean talks with the […]



45. Dean Talks with the Writer, Director, and Actors of New Film, “Blinded by the Light”
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Based on a true story, “Blinded by the Light” tells the story of Javed, a British teen of Pakistani descent, who is inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s music. “After the film he [Bruce Springsteen] gave me a give hug and a kiss and said ‘Thank you for looking after me,’” said Director Gurinder Chadha. Listen to Dean interview Chadha along with author Sarfraz Manzoor actors Viveik Kalra and Aaron Phagura to hear why Dean rated this movie an A.



46. The Latest in Chicago Theater and Opera News with Critic Betty Mohr
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Betty Mohr, theater and opera critic for Le Bon Travel & Culture, joins Dean to talk about the latest in the Chicago theater and opera scene.



47. How Jennifer Hudson and Her Sister Julia Have Been Giving Back to Their Community for Nine Years
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Dean talks with actress Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia at their ninth annual ‘Hatch Day’ event. The event commemorates Jennifer’s nephew Julian King, who was shot and killed almost 11 years ago. Jennifer and Julia have also lost their mother and brother to gun violence. “Don’t wait until it happens to you,” Julia said in regards to gun violence. “We all need to come together like we’re here today to try to find a solution.”



48. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | August 11th, 2019 | Cast of “You Can’t Fake the Funk,” Hollywood and Violence, FoodTime
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It’s a packed edition of Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning! First, a far flung forecast that takes us to Oconomowoc, WI where “The Wizard of OZ”  was first premiered 80 years ago. (16:25) Then, Dean welcomes in members the Black Ensemble Theater’s “You Can’t Fake the Funk” to talk about the production and perform a tune from the show. (26:58) Following that, Dean talks about the role violence in Hollywood is playing in the recent mass shootings. (48:12) Last, FoodTime, Dean […]



49. Interview and Performance with Black Ensemble Theater’s “You Can’t Fake the Funk”
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Dean sits down with members of the Black Ensemble Theater’s “You Can’t Fake the Funk” to talk about the importance of the show and the timeless music that can be heard throughout.  The cast even showcases one of the show’s tunes in a funky performance. The show pays tribute to artists like Sly and the Family Stone, Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan, Rick James and more. “You Can’t Fake the Funk” runs through September 22nd, tickets are on sale […]



50. Janelle Monae tells Dean how she’s voting in the upcoming elections
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Dean heads to Lollapalooza to chat with musician, performer, actor, and activist Janelle Monae. Monae talks about her art and how she makes sure it serves a purpose in the world. She also reveals how she’s voting in the upcoming elections and what she’s paying attention to when watching the debates.  



51. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: “I look over and my mom lost it. I mean she is crying, hard.”
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‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ is currently the #1 movie in America. Dwayne Johnson tells Dean why this movie is especially meaningful to him and why it made his mom emotional. Johnson also pokes fun at fellow actor, Jason Statham and talks about their chemistry in the making of the movie.



52. Interview with James Earl Jones II of Broadway’s ‘Come from Away’
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James Earl Jones II of the Broadway musical ‘Come from Away’ talks about the importance of the musical and how a small town in Canada played a huge role in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Jones also showcases his pipes as he performs “Is Anybody There?” from  the musical ‘1776.’



53. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | August 4th, 2019 | James Earl Jones II of ‘Come from Away,’ Dwayne Johnson, Janelle Monae
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Dean’s back from Hawaii! Join him as he sits down with triple threat actor James Earl Jones II (yes, related to THAT James Earl Jones). (33:19) Jones discusses the  Broadway musical ‘Come from Away’ and showcases a tune . Then, Dean sits down with Dwayne Johnson to talk about his newest movie ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’. (56:30) Finally, Dean heads to Lollapalooza to chat with musician, performer, actor, and activist Janelle Monae. (1:03:12) She talks about how […]



54. Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014
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 Steam Engineer, Ed Dickens, on the 133-foot-long Big Boy No. 4014 as part of Union Pacific’s tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad. 



55. Joe Pollina: Lawn Care & Landscaping
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Joe Pollina, an expert on lawns and landscaping, joins Pete and Saudia in-studio, to answer listener’s questions.  



56. Gina Marotta: Career Coach
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Gina Marotta, career coach and spiritual guide, provides insights on how to traverse your career and life, to pursue your passion and happiness.  



57. Amy Tara Koch: Travel Expert
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Travel expert, Amy Tara Koch, stops in to discuss her traveling highlights and her latest article, NAPA WITH THE FAMILY (GREAT WINE, MINIMAL WHINE).



58. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | Fill-In Hosts: Pete McMurray & Saudia Davis | July 28, 2019
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Join Pete McMurray and Saudia Davis this week, as they fill in for Dean Richards. They starts things off with Steam Engineer, Ed Dickens, discussing the 33-foot-long Big Boy No. 4014 as part of Union Pacific’s tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Then, Joe Pollina, an expert on lawns and landscaping, joins Pete and Saudia, to answer listener’s questions. Gina Marotta, career coach and spiritual guide, provides insights on how to traverse your career and […]



59. Andy Murray: Brother of Bill Murray
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Dean speaks with Andy Murray, brother of comedian Bill Murray, on the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant, located in Rosemont, Illinois.



60. Frank Ferrante: Cirque, Comedy, Cabaret, & Dinner
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Frank Ferrante, actor and host of Teatro ZinZanni, joins Dean in-studio, to discuss his whirlwind performance of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast.



61. Apollo 11 Mission: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
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On its 50th anniversary, Dean takes a walk down memory lane, as he explores the Apollo 11 mission and its monumental impact on the world.



62. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | July 21, 2019 | Caddyshack, Apollo 11, Teatro ZinZanni
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Dean opens the show with a walk down memory lane, as he explores the Apollo 11 mission and its monumental impact on the world. Then he chats with Mitchell Schnipper, Executive Editor for the Pitchfork Musical Festival on this season’s lineup. Frank Ferrante, actor and host of Teatro ZinZanni, joins Dean in-studio, to discuss his whirlwind performance of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Finally, Dean speaks with Andy Murray, brother of comedian Bill Murray, on […]



63. The Cast of The Music Man
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The cast of The Music Man joins Dean in-studio, including the Barbershop Quartet, Geoff Packard, and Monica West to perform songs such as “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” accompanied on keyboard by Music director Jermaine Hill.



64. Chicago Ice Cream Hotspots!
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As the summer heat lingers on, Dean takes listener’s calls on their favorite ice cream shops around Chicagoland. Then, Dana Cree, author of Hello, My Name is Ice Cream, and graduate of Penn State University’s Ice Cream Short Course, otherwise known as Ice Cream College, speaks to Dean about all things ice cream.



65. Jon Favreau – Director of The Lion King
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Dean shares his interview with Jon Favreau, the director of the new Disney remake film, The Lion King.  



66. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | July 14, 2019 | The Music Man, The Lion King, Ice Cream Expert Dana Cree
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Join Dean today for a jam-packed show! The cast of The Music Man joins Dean in-studio, including the Barbershop Quartet, Geoff Packard, and Monica West to perform songs such as “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” accompanied on keyboard by Music director Jermaine Hill. Then Dean shares his interview with Jon Favreau, the director of the new Disney remake film, The Lion King. As the summer heat lingers on, Dean takes listener’s calls on their favorite ice cream shops […]



67. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 07.07.19 | California’s ‘Crown Act’ legislation, Maggie Reed performs live, and callers share jello recipes
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This morning on Dean Richards’ Sunday morning: Wednesday, California has become the first state to ban discrimination against people due to their natural hair textures under the ‘Crown Act.’ The Crown Act: Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair, becomes law as a result of various incidents nationwide that put a spotlight on the issue. Hear what Dean has to say about it. Mother McCauley junior Maggie Reed won “Best Actress” in the eighth Annual Illinois High School […]



68. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 06.30.19 | Avengers: Endgame with Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, PRIDE parade preparations, and more
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It’s a special show today on Dean Richards’ Sunday morning as Dean prepares for Chicago’s 50th Annual Pride Parade with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot heading the parade as Grand Marshall! Might miss your chance to see Dean? Meet him at the Niles 4th of July parade this Thursday as he serves as the Grand Marshall! Scooters everywhere! Earlier this month the city of Chicago launched the Electric Shared Scooter Pilot Program June 15 and its expected to last four months. […]



69. Jim Fizzell: Horticulturalist Answers Your Gardening Questions!
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Jim Fizzell, horticulturalist and long-time WGN contributor, checks in with Dean to answer your questions on how to grow and care for your garden.



70. Spiderman: Far From Home – Interview with Tom Holland, Zendaya, & Jacob Batalon
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Dean shares his interview with the stars of the new film, Spiderman: Far From Home; Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon.



71. Tom Dugan: Writer & Actor of Wiesenthal
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Tom Dugan, writer and actor of Wiesenthal, a play about the life and work of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, speaks with Dean about his performance, playing at the North Shore Center for Performance Arts in Skokie from June 26th to 30th.



72. Darryl Jones: Bassist for the Rolling Stones
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Darryl Jones, the bassist for the Rolling Stones, chats with Dean about his Chicago roots, his favorite songs to perform, his enjoyable relationship with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and  working with this iconic rock group.



73. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | June 23, 2019 | Larry Potash, Rolling Stones, Spiderman, & Caring for You Garden!
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Join Dean today for a jam-packed show! Dean starts things off with WGN’s Larry Potash to discuss the latest episode of his new show, Backstory with Larry Potash. Then, Darryl Jones, the bassist for the Rolling Stones, chats with Dean about his Chicago roots, his favorite songs to perform, his enjoyable relationship with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and  working with this iconic rock group. Tom Dugan, writer and actor of Wiesenthal, a play about the life and work of […]



74. Jim Gaffigan
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Dean’s interview with Jim Gaffigan on his new film, Being Frank.



75. Robert Downey Jr. & Jon Favreau
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Dean shares his red-carpet interview with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, while Jon was in Chicago receiving the 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award.



76. Larry Potash
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Dean checks in with WGN’s Larry Potash to talk about the latest episode of his new show, Backstory with Larry Potash.



77. Paul Schwan & Steve Masur: Happy Father’s Day
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In honor of Father’s Day, Dean chats with Dave Schwan’s dad, Paul, and Andy Masur’s dad, Steve; each sharing embarrassing stories about their sons.



78. David Zak: Pride Arts Center
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David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Center, talks to Dean about Pride Month celebrations and the latest theater offerings.



79. Pamela Powell: Film Critic & 23 And Me
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Pamela Powell, a Chicago-based film critic with FF2 Media, joins Dean to discuss her incredibly unique ancestry experience with 23 and Me.



80. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | June 16, 2019 | The Father’s Day Show!
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Dean starts things off by chatting with Dave Schwan’s dad, Paul, and Andy Masur’s dad, Steve; each sharing embarrassing stories about their sons. Then, we check in with WGN’s Larry Potash to talk about his new show, Backstory with Larry Potash. David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Center, talks to Dean about Pride Month celebrations and the latest theater offerings. Pamella Powell, a Chicago-based film critic with FF2 Media, joins Dean to discuss […]



81. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | June 9, 2019 | Shaft, a far flung forecast, and more
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Join Dean Richards this morning, as he kicks the show off with the classic Shaft theme songs sang by Isaac Hayes and all the fun details of his trip to New York to interview song of the actors in the newest version of Shaft starring Samuel L. Jackson in theaters now. Then, WGN-TV’s Larry Potash, joins Dean over the phone to talk about the newest episode his show “Backstory with Larry Potash” to air tonight on WGN-TV at 8:30p. This […]



82. Ravinia Festival: Tony Bennett Tickets Giveaway
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Dean gives a couple lucky listeners a chance to see Tony Bennett live at the Ravinia Festival on Friday, June 21st! Get your tickets here.



83. FoodTime Segment: Jennifer Lamplough
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For today’s Food Time segment, author Jennifer Lamplough, talks about the Les Dames d’Escoffier Culinary Bazaar. This will be a dazzling culinary marketplace filled with gently used and new treasures and all proceeds will support women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries through scholarships and community outreach programs.



84. Elton John Round-Table
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Dean has a round-table discussion with “Elton” Jim Turano, Wayne Martin, and Sharon Kalinoski, all long-time Elton John fans, on the new “Rocketman” film.



85. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | June 2, 2019 | “Elton” Jim Turano, Larry Potash, Elton John Round-table, Falsettos, & Healthy Grilling
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“Elton” Jim Turano joins Dean as co-host for this jam-packed show! They start things off by checking in with WGN Newsroom’s very own, Dave Schwan, who is on a family road trip to Mount Rushmore. Then, WGN’s own Larry Potash calls into the studio, to discuss the third season premiere of his hit WGN-TV  series, Backstory with Larry Potash. Dean shares his interview with Nick Adams and Max Von Essen, stars of the groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical, Falsettos, which is […]



86. Memorial Day: We Remember
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Dean joins everyone throughout the United States to pause, reflect, and commemorate those who lost their lives while serving in the defense of our nation.  



87. Matilda: The Musical
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The cast of Matilda: The Musical, joins Dean to talk about their award-winning show, and they perform two hit songs, My House and Naughty.



88. Food Time Segment: Jamie Purviance
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Finally, for Dean’s food time segment, we get a call from Jamie Purviance, a Weber Grill expert and author, to discuss his new cookbook, Memorial Day BBQ tips, and takes listener questions.



89. Rocketman Interviews: Taron Egerton, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, & Boy George
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Dean shares his interviews with Taron Egerton, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Boy George, from the Rocketman red carpet in London.



90. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | May 26, 2019 | Memorial Day, Bike the Drive, Matilda the Musical, Rocketman Interviews, Weber Grill Giveaway!
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Join Dean this Sunday morning, as he starts things off with WGN’s Dave Eanet, reporting live from the Bike The Drive on Lake Shore Drive. Then, the cast of Matilda: The Musical, joins Dean to talk about their award-winning show, and they perform two hit songs, My House and Naughty.  Dean shares his interviews with Taron Egerton, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Boy George, from the Rocketman red carpet in London. Finally, for Dean’s food time segment, we get a […]



91. Mick Kayler: “Pot” Culture Club
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Mick Kayler of the “Pop Culture Club” chats with “Elton” Jim Turano on the effects of legalizing Marijuana in Illinois, changing their name to the “Pot Culture Club”.



92. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | May 19, 2019 | “Elton” Jim Turano fills in for Dean!
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“Elton” Jim Turano fills in for Dean for this exciting, jam-packed show! First, “Elton” Jim checks in with Dean, live from London, to see what he’s up to on the other side of the pond. Then, he takes listener’s calls to hear who is pumped for the Game of Thrones finale and who could care less. Mick Kayler of the “Pop Culture Club” chats with “Elton” Jim on the effects of legalizing Marijuana in Illinois, changing their name to the […]



93. Dean’s Review of ‘West Side Story’
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Dean’s review of West Side Story, performing now until June 2nd, at the historic Lyric Opera of Chicago.



94. The Latest Television Show Cancellations
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Dean discusses the latest network television show cancellations.



95. Interview with Dean’s Mom
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Dean replays a throwback interview with his mother from 2015, where she discusses her famous Greek Yogurt Recipe – spoiler alert: it involves the bedroom.



96. Interview with the Cast of West Side Story
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Dean shares his interview with the Chicago cast of West Side Story, performing now at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.



97. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | May 12, 2019 | The Mother’s Day Show!
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Dean opens the show by replaying a throwback interview with his mother from 2015, where she discusses her famous Greek Yogurt Recipe – spoiler alert: it involves the bedroom. Then Dean shares his interview with the Chicago cast of West Side Story, performing now at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. After that, Dean discusses the latest television network show cancellations. Lastly, Dean checks in with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Doey Daschanel, Rick Bayless, and many more at the Lyric Opera of […]



98. The World’s Greatest Newspaper Television Podcast
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Brian and Ross, producers from WGN-TV stop in to talk about their podcast “World’s Greatest Newspaper Television Podcast” and their upcoming interview with Dean Richards.



99. Christian Bale
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Dean shares his interview with Christian Bale, discussing his work with foster children and the organization SOS Children’s Villages.



100. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | May 5, 2019 | Co-Host “Elton” Jim Turano, Ravinia, Hamlet, & Christian Bale
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Join Dean and special co-host, Elton Jim Turano, for a jam-packed Sunday morning! They start things off by chatting with Welz Kauffman, CEO of Ravinia, on their upcoming season and the exciting performances to look out for. Then, the cast of Hamlet, performing now at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, join Dean and Elton in-studio to give us a taste of their timeless show. Then, Producers from WGN-TV stop in to talk about their new podcast “World’s Greatest Newspaper Television Podcast” […]