John Williams Full Show 9/12/1509/12/15
This week’s show is slightly shorter than usual, but John still has time to discuss Europe’s refugee crisis with Rob Martier, play another portion of the Mincing Rascals podcast (featuring Eric Zorn, Kristen McQueary, and Steve Bertrand), and talk to...
Thoughts on Europe’s refugee crisis
John talks to Rob Martier about the refugee crisis in Europe and what President Obama had to say about it this week. Then he takes calls to help answer the question: should the US take these people in?
John Williams Full Show 8/29/15
Today on the show, John takes your calls about the unpaid winners of the Illinois Lottery. Then he plays back a little bit of the Mincing Rascals podcast in which he, Eric Zorn, Kristen McQueary, and Steve Bertrand discuss Donald Trump’s recent press...
“Mr. Robot” and Wednesday’s shooting on live TV
Sonia Saraiya, TV critic at Salon, is on to talk about USA’s decision to postpone the finale of “Mr. Robot” after Wednesday’s shooting on live television. The episode apparently contained a scene that echoed the day’s events a little too closely.
John Williams Full Show 8/22/15
Today’s show begins with a broadcast of the podcast, Mincing Rascals, in which John is joined by Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis, and WGN Radio’s very own Steve Bertrand. Together they discuss the latest...
CEO faces consequences of a $70,000 minimum salary
New York Times writer Patricia Cohen joins the show to discuss the fallout that faced Seattle company Gravity Payments after CEO Dan Price raised the minimum salary to $70,000.
Attorney Leonard Goodman defends Rod Blagojevich
Leonard Goodman, appellate attorney for Rod Blagojevich, joins the show to talk to John about why he believes his client wasn’t as bad as many other politicians and why his sentence should be reduced.
John Williams Full Show 8/8/15
On this week’s show, John kicks things off talking about the recent GOP debate and getting your reactions to it. Then he talks with Rod Blagojevich’s appellate attorney Leonard Goodman about where the former governor stands now and why he thinks his...
John Williams Full Show 8/1/15
John begins the show with an unbelievable story about his brother and takes calls from people with embarrassing nude stories of their own. Then he talks to the hilarious Joel Stein about recent pieces he’s written for GQ and Businessweek. Later, he...
Joel Stein on Google inhabitants and his superhero body
The hilarious Joel Stein, writer for publications like TIME, GQ, Businessweek, and more, is on the show to talk about recent pieces he’s written on Google employees that live at the office (literally) and the training regiment that Hollywood actors...
John Williams Full Show 7/18/15
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?
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