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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 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 20:56:58 +0000
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1. 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 […]



2. 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 […]



3. 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.  



4. 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.



5. 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.’



6. 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 […]



7. 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. 



8. 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.  



9. 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.  



10. 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).



11. 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 […]



12. 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.



13. 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.



14. 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.



15. 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 […]



16. 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.



17. 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.



18. 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.  



19. 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 […]



20. 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 […]



21. 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. […]



22. 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.



23. 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.



24. 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.



25. 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.



26. 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 […]



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



28. 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.



29. 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.



30. 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.



31. 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.



32. 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.



33. 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 […]



34. 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 […]



35. 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.



36. 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.



37. 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.



38. 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 […]



39. 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.  



40. 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.



41. 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.



42. 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.



43. 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 […]



44. 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”.



45. 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 […]



46. 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.



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



48. 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.



49. 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.



50. 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 […]



51. Welz Kauffman, CEO of Ravinia
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Dean and Jim chat with Welz Kauffman, CEO of Ravinia, on their upcoming season and the exciting performances to look out for.



52. Hamlet: Chicago Shakespeare Theater
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The cast of Hamlet, performing now at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, join Dean and Jim in-studio to give us a taste of their timeless show.



53. 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.



54. 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.



55. 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” […]



56. Interview with Lin Manuel Miranda
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Dean interviews Lin Manuel Miranda , creator of the world-renowned Hamilton, to discuss the opening of “Hamilton: The Exhibition”, a 360-degree immersive exhibition in Chicago.



57. August Rush: The Musical
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Dean gets a visit from the cast of August Rush: The Musical, to discuss the world premiere of their show, based on the original Warner Bros. motion picture with the same name. Tickets are now available to see the performance at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, from now until June 2nd.



58. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 4.28.19 | Lin Manuel Miranda, August Rush, & Avengers: Endgame
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Dean starts the show with a special interview with Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of the world-renowned musical, Hamilton, to discuss the opening of “Hamilton: The Exhibition”, a 360-degree immersive exhibition in Chicago.  Then Dean gets a visit from the cast of August Rush: The Musical, to discuss the world premiere of their show, based on the original Warner Bros. motion picture with the same name. Tickets are now available to see the performance at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, from […]



59. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 04.20.19 | Pamela Enzwieler, the cast of Footloose, David Korins and more
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It’s Easter Sunday! Dean kicks off the show with Director of The Dick Biondi Film Documentary, Pamela Enzweiler-Pulice, to discuss the film, legendary broadcaster Dick Biondi and the inspiration behind the film.  Check out The Dick Biondi Film’s upcoming fundraiser Sunday, April 28th at 115 Bourbon Street from 2p-6p. For more information go to DickBiondiFilm.com. The cast of Footloose at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater join Dean in the studio for a live music performance of a couple of their signature […]



60. Creative Director David Korins adds some interactive history to popular show Hamilton
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Creative Director for Hamilton, David Korins, calls in to give an inside scoop on what to expect with a museum quality exhibition that takes a deeper look into the life of Alexander Hamilton. You can visit the exhibit at Northerly Island starting Saturday April, 27. Get you tickets here! For more information visit hamiltonexhibition.com



61. Footloose gets loose in our Allstate Skyline Studio
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The cast of Footloose at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater join Dean in the studio for a live music performance of a couple of their signature songs in our Allstate Skyline Studio. You can catch Footloose now through June 2 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater. You can get your tickets to the show here.



62. Dick Biondi’s legacy and new documentary
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Director of The Dick Biondi Film Documentary, Pamela Enzweiler-Pulice discusses the film, legendary broadcaster Dick Biondi and the inspiration behind the film.  Check out The Dick Biondi Film’s upcoming fundraiser Sunday, April 28th at 115 Bourbon Street from 2p-6p. For more information go to DickBiondiFilm.com.



63. Interviews with the Director & Cast of Star Wars: Episode IX
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Dean shares his interviews with Star Wars’ film director, J.J. Abrams, and cast members, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Anthony Daniels, and Oscar Isaac, from the Star Wars: Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.



64. Michael Moreci: Sci-Fi Comic Writer & Novelist
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Dean starts things off with local Chicagoan comic book writer, Michael Moreci, to discuss his new book, We Are Mayhem: A Black Star Renegades Novel. Drawing inspiration from the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, the novel is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by strange creatures.



65. Passover at Manny’s Deli
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Ken Raskin, owner of one of Chicago’s most iconic restaurants, Manny’s Deli, joins Dean in-studio, to discuss the holiday of Passover and the significance of the food available at his popular (and tasty) establishment.



66. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 4.14.19 | Michael Moreci, Star Wars, and Manny’s Deli
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Dean starts things off with local Chicagoan comic book writer, Michael Moreci, to discuss his new book, We Are Mayhem: A Black Star Renegades Novel. Drawing inspiration from the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, the novel is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by strange creatures. Then, Dean shares his interviews with Star Wars’ film director, J.J. Abrams, and cast members, John Boyega, […]



67. Best Easter Brunch Spots
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Phil Vettel, the Chicago Tribune’s Restaurant Critic, tells Dean all about the latest and greatest places for Easter Brunch.



68. Movies You Will ALWAYS Stop To Watch
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Dean checks in with listeners, to hear their favorite movies that are always a pleasure to watch.



69. Time For Three Performs “Deana” and “Stand By Me”
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Time For Three, performs two songs in-studio, that are sure to entice any music lover. With Nick Kendall and Charles Yang on Violin and Ranaan Meyer on the Double Bass; they are truly a unique performance.



70. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 4.7.2019 | Time For Three Performance, Favorite Movies, Easter Brunch
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Join Dean today for a jam-packed exciting show! First, Time For Three, performs two songs in-studio, that are sure to entice any music lover. With Nick Kendall and Charles Yang on Violin and Ranaan Meyer on the Double Bass; they are truly a unique performance. Then, Dean checks in with listeners, to hear your favorite movies that you can watch at anytime. Finally, Phil Vettel, the Chicago Tribune’s Restaurant Critic, tells Dean all about the latest and greatest places for […]



71. Food Time Segment: New Food Options at Guaranteed Rate Field
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For this weeks Food Time Segment, Dean looks into the new offerings at our city’s cherished ballparks. He checks in with Jennifer Kribs, Concessions Manager for the Chicago White Sox, to hear all about the new and exciting foods at Guaranteed Rate Field.  



72. Food Time Segment: New Food at Wrigley Field
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For this weeks Food Time Segment, Dean looks into the new offerings at our city’s cherished ballparks. He checks in with Chef David Burns, Executive Chef for Wrigley Field, to hear all about the mouthwatering options this season.  



73. Disney’s Dumbo: Interview with Colin Farrell
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Dean interviews Colin Farrell on the Disney’s Dumbo – they talk about St. Patrick’s Day and the new remake directed by Tim Burton.



74. Disney’s Dumbo: Interview with Danny Devito
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Dean interviews Danny Devito on the new Disney remake of Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton.



75. Heidi Stillman – Artistic Director for the “Looking Glass Theatre”
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Heidi Stillman speaks with Dean about her role as Artistic Director at the Looking Glass Theatre and their upcoming performances this season. Check their website for ticketing and more information, especially for their new shows, Lookingglass Alice and Frankenstein .  



76. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 3.31.19 | Rolling Stones, the Looking Glass Theatre, Colin Farrell, Danny Devito, and Ballpark food!
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Join Dean as opens things up with the postponing of the Rolling Stone’s concert, due to Mick Jagger’s sudden health issue.  We chat with huge Stone’s fan, Jim Pietrygga, who has seen the Rolling Stones perform 88 times. Then, Heidi Stillman, discusses her role as Artistic Director at the Looking Glass Theatre and their upcoming season performances. Then, Dean shares his interviews with Danny Devito and Colin Farrell, discussing their new upcoming film remake, Dumbo. For this weeks Food Time […]



77. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning 3.24.19 | Little Shop of Horrors, Aidy Bryant, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Peele and Lupita Nyongo
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This week on Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning: Dean shares his A-List Interviews with New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg, SNL cast member Aidy Bryant and the writer/director and star of the spectacular new horror film “Us”, Jordan Peele and Lupita Nyongo. The stars of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Mercury Theatre drop by to perform two of the songs from the classic musical. Plus, Dirk Fucik of Dirk’s Fish joins Dean by phone for an all seafood edition […]



78. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 3.17.19 | The St. Patrick’s Day Show
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Join Dean today for a special “St. Patrick’s Day Show”, where he first checks in with the Arranmore Irish Folk Band, who perform some classics, such as: Danny Boy and Windy City Irish. Then, we get a visit from Welz Kauffman, CEO & President of the Ravinia Festival, to give us a breakdown of the institution’s 2019 music season. J.R. Sullivan, the new Artistic Director of the Irish Theatre of Chicago, stops into the studio to share the latest productions, […]



79. Arranmore: Irish Folk Band
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The popular band, Arranmore, joins Dean in-studio, to perform a few of their most popular songs: County Down, Danny Boy, and Windy City Irish. Arranmore, best described as an Irish pub band, has evolved into what is better described as an Americana/Folk/Celtic music-influenced act. They perform a few of their hits and talk with Dean about their upcoming performance.



80. J.R. Sullivan: Artistic Director of the Irish Theatre of Chicago
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J.R. Sullivan, Interim Artistic Director of the Irish Theatre Of Chicago (formerly Seanachai Theatre Company), joins Dean in-studio to discuss the upcoming year, as the Theatre enters its 23rd season. To learn more about the Theatre’s offerings, check out their website for more information and tickets.



81. Food Time Segment: Louisa Chu on “What’s the best corned beef in Chicago?”
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Louisa joins Dean to discuss her new article on the best corned beef in Chicago.  In her review, she ranks 17 of the best corned beef sandwiches in Chicago – you don’t want to miss this!



82. Andy Mitran on the Life and Legacy of Marshall Brodien
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Dean chats with Andy Mitran on his friendship with Marshall Brodien and the impact he had on The Bozo Show.



83. Bozo says farewell to Wizzo
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As a tribute, Dean chats with Bozo, Joey D’Auria, on the life and legacy of Marshall Brodien, who played Wizzo the Wizard on The Bozo Show.



84. Food Time Segment: Rainbow Cone and County Fair Foods
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For this week’s Food Time Segment, Dean shares his favorite South Side places; chatting with Lynn Sapp, owner of Rainbow Cone, and Tom Baffes, owner of County Fair Foods.



85. A tribute to Wizzo the Wizard, Marshall Brodien
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Dean pays tribute to Marshall Brodien, who famously played Wizzo the Wizard, on WGN-TV’s Bozo’s Circus and The Bozo Show from 1968-1994, by replaying his previous interviews with Marshall, chatting with the show’s Musical Director, Andy Mitran, and Bozo himself, Joey D’Auria.



86. Djembe! The Show: A new audience-interactive drumming show
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Doug Manuel, Ben Hope, and Seku, join Dean Richards to discuss Djembe! The Show, a special audience-interactive performance featuring drumming and music by a cast of mostly West African musicians.  



87. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning | 3.10.19 | Remembering Wizzo, Djembe The Show, and Food Time
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Join Dean as he records live from the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb fundraising event, at the Presidential Towers in Chicago’s West Loop. Dean starts off chatting with Najee Richardson, spokesman for the American Lung Association and an American Ninja Warrior, on the importance of the Fight for Air Climb fundraiser and why it means so much to him. Then, Doug Manuel, Ben Hope, and Seku, join Dean to discuss Djembe! The Show, a special audience-interactive performance featuring drumming […]



88. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning 3.3.19 | “Dear Evan Hansen”, Bobby Moynihan, Tyler Perry and Pazcki’s
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This week on Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning: Dean shares his big interviews with the cast of the Tony award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen”, the wickedly funny Tyler Perry and SNL alum Bobby Moynihan in This Week in Theatre and A-List Interviews. He also gets ready for Fat Tuesday with Cajun/Creole restaurant recommendations from Chicago Tribune food and dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger and talks paczki with Norman Dinkel Jr. from the legendary Dinkel’s Bakery. Plus, your Far Flung Forecast, a KISS […]



89. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning 2.24.19 | Oscar Sunday
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Today on Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning: It’s Oscar Sunday and Dean’s got the experts to discuss Hollywood’s biggest night. Critics Pamela Powell and Patrick McDonald weigh in on all the possible winners and losers of the evening and make some surprising predictions on big categories. Plus, Former Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis joins Dean on the phone to discuss the latest revelations in the criminal case against R&B singer R. Kelly. DeRogatis reflects on his time reporting on the case and […]



90. Jim DeRogatis talks reporting on R. Kelly for two decades
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Former Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis joins Dean on the phone to discuss the latest revelations in the criminal case against R&B singer R. Kelly. DeRogatis reflects on his time reporting on the case and the continuing problem of silencing the victims of Kelly’s actions.



91. Taste testing the best supermarket brand coffee and recipes for National Grapefruit Month
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This week on Food Time: Gwen Ihnat, deputy managing editor of The Takeout, drops by in-studio to give you the verdict on the best tasting supermarket brand coffee. Maxwell House, Folgers and more go head to head to earn the prize of best bean. Plus, February is National Grapefruit Month so Emily Johnson, Associate Editor at Epicurious phones in to celebrate with delicious recipes that use grapefruit’s unique flavor profile. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3596951/3596951_2019-02-17-160151.64kmono.mp3



92. Bozo’s legacy: Dean Richards talks with the families of the original star Bob Bell and producer Don Sandburg
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Dean Richards welcomes the families of Bob Bell and Don Sandburg to talk about the immortal legacy of “Bozo’s Circus” and the talented team behind a piece of a Chicago history. Carol Bell (Bob’s wife),  Joan Roy (Bob’s daughter), and Doug Sandburg (Don’s son) all join Dean by phone while Jeff Bell (Bob’s son) is in our Allstate Skyline Studio. It’s all in preparation for a huge special titled Bozo’s Circus: The 1960s, a collection of digitally remastered segments from […]



93. This Week in Theatre: Blake Hammond and Jake Morrissy, The Producers at the Paramount Theatre
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This week in theatre, Dean Richards welcomes the stars of The Producers at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Blake Hammond and Jake Morrissy. From comedy legend Mel Brooks, The Producers tells the hilarious story of shifty Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Hammond) as he tricks the neurotic Leo Bloom (Morrissy) into producing the single worst musical of all time. The two leads perform “I Wanna Be a Producer” and “We Can Do It” live in the Allstate Skyline Studio. The Producers runs through March 17, 2019. […]



94. A postcard to Bozo finally arrives 40 years later
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As a little girl, Sonali Dighe sent a post card to Bozo’s Circus in hopes of making a pen pal out of her favorite TV personality. 40 years later, her letter finally arrived. Dean talks with Sonali about growing up with Bozo and why “Bozo’s Circus” holds such a special place in the hearts of Chicagoans. It’s all in preparation for a huge special titled Bozo’s Circus: The 1960s, a collection of digitally remastered segments from the first decade of […]



95. Chicago’s most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day with Time Out Chicago’s Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen,  Editor of Time Out Chicago, chats with Dean about our city’s most romantic restaurants for Valentines Day!   http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3594692/3594692_2019-02-10-150332.64kmono.mp3



96. Comedian/TV host Craig Ferguson talks about his new film, “How To Train Your Dragon”
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Dean interviews ex-Late Late Show Host, Craig Ferguson, to discuss his latest film, How To Train Your Dragon. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3594694/3594694_2019-02-10-150434.64kmono.mp3



97. Get all the answers about the 2019 Chicago Auto Show from Dave Sloan, President of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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Join Dean as his catches up with Dave Sloan, President of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Auto Show General Manager, to discuss the upcoming Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3594693/3594693_2019-02-10-150433.64kmono.mp3



98. In-studio performance from the cast of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”
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The cast of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story: Kieran McCabe, Shaun Whitley, and Zach Stevenson, join in-studio to perform hits from their one night performance at FitzGeralds Night Club to pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of “the day that music died”.   http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3594689/3594689_2019-02-10-150129.64kmono.mp3 



99. Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning Full Show 2.10.19: Chicago Auto Show, The Buddy Holly Story, Romantic Restaurants
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Join Dean as his catches up with Dave Sloan, President of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Auto Show General Manager, to discuss the upcoming Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place. Then, the cast of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story joins us in-studio to perform hits from their one night performance at FitzGeralds Night Club to pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of “the day that music died”. Morgan Olsen,  Editor of Time Out, chats with Dean about Chicago’s most romantic restaurants. […]



100. “Soup”er Bowl Sunday with Alison Velazquez of Skinny Souping
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It’s “Soup”er Bowl Sunday on Food Time this week and Dean’s got a bowl full of  recipes that are both delicious and healthy! First, Alison Velazquez of Skinny Souping joins Dean on the phone to talk about her amazing soup recipes designed for the souper on the go who doesn’t want to sacrifice health for taste. Her soups are specially made to be enjoyed hot or cold and eliminate many of the less than healthy ingredients of popular canned soups. […]