John Williams Full Show 7/18/1507/18/15
Now that John has had a chance to read “Go Set a Watchman,” he’s ready to talk about it and book critic from the Los Angeles Times David Ulin is on to give his opinion too. Then Pulitzer Prize winning columnist from the Chicago Tribune Mary Schmich is...
LA Times Book Critic David Ulin on “Go Set a Watchman”
Now that he’s had a chance to finish reading it, John wants to talk about Harper Lee’s newly released novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” and he’s joined by book critic from the Los Angeles Times David Ulin to do so. Is it a worthy follow-up to her 1960...
John Williams Full Show 7/11/15
John begins the show by sitting down with author Mike Thomas to talk about his oral history in Chicago Magazine of the devastating 1995 Chicago heat wave, which hit the city 20 years ago this week. Later he talks to Matt Roush, senior TV critic at TV...
Remembering the ’95 heat wave
John sits down with Mike Thomas, who wrote an oral history of the 1995 heat wave that claimed over 700 lives in Chicago. The 20th anniversary is this week. They talk about what happened, what it was like re-telling the story, and take calls from...
John Williams Full Show 7/4/15
John once again talks to Thomas Jefferson to kick off his 4th of July episode! Jefferson has some qualms about the way we celebrate now, and some things to say about freedom. Later John counts down the best American bands of all time and interviews...
‘Love and Mercy’ Director Bill Pohlad
Many are praising the Beach Boys biopic “Love and Mercy” as one of the best movies of the year. John talks to director Bill Pohlad about bringing their amazing story and music to the big screen.
Happy 4th of July from our old friend Thomas Jefferson
Happy 4th of July! Here’s our weekly podcast with Thomas Jefferson. This is a good one. Listen as he discovers something about how we celebrate Independence Day. His voice is stern and his challenge is clear. Share this with your friends, dear...
John Williams Full Show 6/27/15
John starts the show with a segment from his “Mincing Rascals” podcast with Steve Bertrand, Eric Zorn, and Kristen McQueary, as they talk about the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. Then he sits down with author Tim Weiner to talk about his...
Nixon was “One Man Against the World”
Tim Weiner joins John to talk about his new book, “One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon.” It’s mostly based on documents that have only been made available recently, and paint Nixon as a man “in a state of such utter misery that you...
Author Steven Dubner tells you “When to Rob a Bank”
Steven Dubner shares ideas behind his new book, When to Rob a Bank. How do you know when you are actually in danger?
John Williams Full Show 6/20/15
Ringing in Father’s Day, John shares a story of embarrassment cured by reassurance. Then, he gives his thoughts on the South Carolina shooting, and listeners chime in with theirs. Steven Dubner talks risk assessment and other ideas behind his new...
John Williams Full Show 6/13/15
On the show this week, John speaks with Heath Harris, attorney representing the only person charged with a crime in the McKinney, Texas pool party incident last week. Then he talks about a new map that shows Illinois to have more UFO sightings than...
John talks to Heath Harris, attorney in McKinney case
John talks to Heath Harris, attorney for Adrian Martin, the only person charged with any crime at the incident last week at a pool in McKinney, Texas (the charges have since been dropped). They discuss how officer Eric Casebolt handled the situation...
John Williams Full Show: 6/6/15
John begins the show talking to Phil Kadner, columnist at the Daily Southtown, about his idea for an Illinois politics Wall of Shame. Then takes calls on whether or not you should yell out during a graduation ceremony. Matt Roush, TV Editor at TV...
Illinois Politics Wall of Shame
Phil Kadner, columnist at the Daily Southtown, joins John to discuss a recent column in which he proposed a Wall of Shame for disgraced Illinois politicians, though there may not be enough wall in the world to contain them all.
FIFA scandal and tragedy
Matt Negrin from Bloomberg Politics walks John through the recent controversy surrounding FIFA and the construction of World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
AV Club’s Les Chappell talks TV
Les Chappell joins John to talk about “Silicon Valley” which he reviews weekly for the AV Club, and gives his picks for the other best shows on TV right now. Later, he takes calls and answers your questions.
John Williams Full Show: 5/30/15
On the show this week, John talks to Matt Negrin from Bloomberg Politics about the controversy surrounding FIFA and the tragic ongoing construction of soccer stadiums in Qatar. Les Chappell from the AV Club is on later to talk about the best shows on...
Jim Zwit’s Incredible Story
In honor of Memorial Day, John tells the story, written by Mary Schmich in 2011, of his friend and neighbor Jim Zwit, who made it his life’s mission to track down the families of eight friends and fellow soldiers lost in Vietnam.
John Williams Full Show 5/24/15
This week, in honor of Memorial Day, John tells the incredible story, written by Mary Schmich, of Vietnam veteran Jim Zwit. He talks to racing expert Pete Pistone about the Indy 500, asks Salon’s TV critic Sonia Saraiya about the “Mad Men” and “Late...
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