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John's program is a full-service show in every sense of the word. Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, books, etc. On occasion, John will take calls from Mr. President and a cast of characters that become more familiar each day.

John's program is a full-service show in every sense of the word. Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, books, etc. On occasion, John will take calls from Mr. President and a cast of characters that become more familiar each day.
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Chicago, IL

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John's program is a full-service show in every sense of the word. Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, books, etc. On occasion, John will take calls from Mr. President and a cast of characters that become more familiar each day.

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English


Episodes

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.17.18: Author Howard Bryant, baseball’s unwritten rules, the Bright Side

8/17/2018
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John talks to WGN’s own Mark Carman about a recent controversy involving the practice of throwing at batters in Major League Baseball. Author Howard Bryant discusses his book, “The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.” John returns to his conversation about the Queen of Hearts raffle happening on the South Side. Plus: fun things to do in the city this weekend, and your Bright Side!

Duration:01:12:56

Author Howard Bryant: “What has become an issue is the commercializing of patriotism.”

8/17/2018
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Howard Bryant, columnist for ESPN and author of “The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism,” joins John and Steve to talk about patriotism and commerce in sports.

Duration:00:15:46

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.16.18: Remembering Aretha Franklin, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, raffle on the South Side

8/16/2018
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John is joined once again by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi to discuss what question he has for Thomas Jefferson this Saturday, plus what he thinks of Congressman Todd Rokita’s claim that the Mueller investigation has gone on too long. He remembers the legend Aretha Franklin and plays a couple of her songs. WGN’s own Kevin McDonough tells John about a raffle on the South Side that is up to $2.5 million in potential winnings.

Duration:01:08:33

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.15.18: Frank Lloyd Wright curator David Bagnall, Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel, what do we call the Hancock Building now?

8/15/2018
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John talks to David Bagnall, curator at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, about the architect’s legacy. Phil Vettel stops by with more recommendations about what to eat and do in the city. Plus, John wants to know if a horse should be able to sue a human.

Duration:01:30:34

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust curator David Bagnall: “He still affects the way that we live today.”

8/15/2018
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Curator at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust David Bagnall joins the show to talk about Wright’s place in American and architectural history, what makes his designs so unique, and what’s new at his Chicago-based nonprofit organization.

Duration:00:10:01

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.14.18: Cubs team photographer Stephen Green, exorbitant pet care, recycling, Trump’s tweets about Omarosa

8/14/2018
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John wonders how seriously to take Trump’s tweets about Omarosa, and how seriously to take Omarosa’s new book and set of allegations against the president and his staff. He asks you about your pets and how much you are willing to spend on them, revisits an old conversation about recycling, and talks to Cubs team photographer Stephen Green about his photo of David Bote’s celebration after his grand slam on Sunday night.

Duration:01:03:48

Cubs team photographer Stephen Green: “I was in the right place at the right time.”

8/14/2018
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Stephen Green, team photographer for the Cubs, tells John about the amazing photo he took of David Bote rounding third base after his walk-off grand slam on Sunday night (https://www.instagram.com/p/BmaAPOyAIMf/?hl=en&taken-by=sgreenphoto).

Duration:00:14:30

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.13.18: Plane theft in Seattle, opera singer J’Nai Bridges, Omarosa’s leaked tapes

8/13/2018
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CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg tells John the story of a man who stole a plane in Seattle. John, Steve, and Violeta talk about Omarosa’s recordings from inside the White House and her new book. Opera singer J’Nai Bridges, who will soon perform at Ravinia, discusses her path to opera and her career today. Plus: what did you do over the weekend?

Duration:01:02:51

Opera singer J’Nai Bridges: “Being on a live stage, something just grasped me.”

8/13/2018
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World famous mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges joins John to discuss her career as an opera singer, her past as an athlete, and her upcoming performance at Ravinia.

Duration:00:16:06

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.11.18: Brian Tallerico on a new Oscars category, bug stories, The Mincing Rascals, and more

8/11/2018
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John talks to the editor at RogerEbert.com Brian Tallerico about the Oscars’ proposed new award for “achievement in popular film” and whether or not he thinks it is a good idea. He takes your calls on gross bug stories, inspired by the moth that flew into the umpire’s ear at a Sox game last week. The Mincing Rascals talk local and national politics.

Duration:01:02:11

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.10.18: “Bait trucks,” The Ringer’s 100 Best TV Episodes of the Century, NFL protests, and the Bright Side

8/10/2018
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John asks you again what you think of the “bait trucks” that appeared last week on the South Side. He counts down the best TV episodes of the 21st century, as listed by The Ringer. Later he asks what you think of the looming NFL season, and the possibility of continued protests. Plus, the Bright Side! What’s making you smile today?

Duration:01:11:16

The John Williams Full Show Podcast 08.09.18: Congressman Todd Rokita, Chicago real estate drama, Ohio’s special election

8/9/2018
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DC Bureau Chief at the Columbus Dispatch, Jack Torry breaks down the results from the special election in Ohio. Todd Rokita, Congressman from Indiana’s 4th district, joins the show a little later to discuss his career in politics and his Resolution demanding that Robert Mueller produce evidence of collusion or end his investigation. WGN’s own Kathryn Lake recounts her troubling recent experiences in the world of Chicago real estate. Later, John takes your calls on the “bait trucks” that...

Duration:01:13:35

Congressman Todd Rokita on Mueller investigation: “It’s distracting to the country… It is fundamentally unfair.”

8/9/2018
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Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita joins John to talk about how he got into politics, his status in the House now, and his Resolution demanding that Mueller produce evidence of collusion, or end the investigation in 30 days.

Duration:00:14:13

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.08.18: Alex Jones vs. the internet, a weekend at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel

8/8/2018
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Media ethics expert from the University of Minnesota’s Silha Center, Jane Kirtley breaks down what is happening to Alex Jones and Twitter at the moment. Dr. Jaime Moreno talks to John about what last weekend was like at Mount Sinai Hospital. Chicago Tribune restaurant critic is back with recommendations from his list of the 50 best restaurants in Chicago.

Duration:01:10:47

Media ethics expert Jane Kirtley on Twitter and Alex Jones: “There’s gonna come a point where they can’t have it both ways.”

8/8/2018
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Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, joins John to discuss Twitter’s decision to continue to host Alex Jones, even after other tech companies have ousted him.

Duration:00:12:29

Dr. Jaime Moreno on Chicago’s violent weekend: “We need to invest in these communities. This is our city.”

8/8/2018
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Dr. Jaime Moreno, chair of the emergency department at Mt. Sinai Hospital, joins John to discuss how his hospital handled the violent weekend, his own experience with gang violence in Chicago, and what the city needs to do about it.

Duration:00:13:00

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.07.18: Former Governor Pat Quinn, Manafort trial, what to do about plastic straws?

8/7/2018
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John begins the show talking to former Governor Pat Quinn about his push to institute a two-term limit on mayors in Chicago. New York Times science columnist John Tierney says there’s nothing wrong with plastic straws, and a lot wrong with a lot of environmentalism. ABC’s Ali Rogin reports live from Washington on the Manafort trial. Plus, John checks in with WGN’s own Matt Bubala about the state of the little league team he coaches.

Duration:01:10:27

New York Times science columnist John Tierney: “Don’t worry about plastic straws.”

8/7/2018
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Contributing editor to City Journal and science columnist at New York Times, John Tierney joins the show to discuss how harmful plastic straws actually are, and other gripes he has with modern environmentalism.

Duration:00:14:03

Former Governor Pat Quinn: “Eight years is a reasonable amount of time… to do great work.”

8/7/2018
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Former Governor Pat Quinn joins John to talk about his push to institute a two-term limit on mayors in Chicago.

Duration:00:11:56

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.06.18: Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chicago’s violent weekend, “Ali & Cavett”

8/6/2018
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John begins today’s show discussing Chicago’s violent weekend and Rudy Giuliani’s response on Twitter. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi joins him to talk about a piece of bi-partisan legislation he just helped pass. Filmmaker Robert Bader discusses his new documentary “Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes.” Plus: should John be watering his neighbor’s lawn?

Duration:01:11:44