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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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Episodes

Meredith Vieira: I have nothing to do with…”50 Shades of Grey” being on “The Great American Read” list

5/21/2018
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Meredith Vieira has a new series beginning tomorrow at 7 p.m. Central on PBS called “The Great American Read,” and it’s all about books. She joins John to describe the show and its purpose for the Summer. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3506718/3506718_2018-05-21-163418.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:07:36

“Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez” Host Patti Vasquez: Ignoring the Royal Wedding and being a handyman

5/21/2018
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“Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez” Host Patti Vasquez joins John to explain why she chose not to watch the Royal Wedding Saturday, and why she has been avoiding learning anything about it since. Then, she judges between John, Steve and Violeta, who did the toughest task for a game of Handyman Poker. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3506715/3506715_2018-05-21-162915.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:11:18

John Williams Saturday Show 5/19/18

5/19/2018
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John gives his take on the Royal Wedding, raises some objections about the rules in the MLB, talks politics with the Mincing Rascals, and more.

Duration:01:04:44

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.17.18: Speaking your language, Taste of Chicago, 31 Bullets by the Chicago Sun-Times, Brookfield Zoo rhino surgery

5/17/2018
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John asks you what you think about Spanish-speaking employees of a service establishment who prefer to speak their first language in front of customers. That’s after a Manhattan lawyer was caught on camera berating staff at a New York cafe for doing just that, but with Spanish-speaking customers. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel makes his weekly stop in the studio to share food news, from the array of booths at Eataly, to those you’ll get a taste of […]

Duration:01:09:24

Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Page Editor Tom McNamee on 31 Bullets: “The biggest criticism of this campaign…is from people who try to pretend it’s a black and white issue”

5/17/2018
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Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Page Editor Tom McNamee joins John to explain 31 Bullets, a campaign begun by the editorial page. 31 Bullets partnered with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to create a “Gun Share” exhibit on Daley Plaza, which conveyed the ease with which people can buy guns. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3505299/3505299_2018-05-17-170139.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:15:03

Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: Eataly, $100 rib eye and Taste of Chicago

5/17/2018
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John to describe the cuisine of Chef Phil Stefani at Stefani Prime in Lincolnwood, which includes a shareable $100 dramatic rib eye. Then, he previews the upcoming cuisines to be showcased at the Taste of Chicago, coming up on the week of July 11. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3505297/3505297_2018-05-17-165637.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:15:33

John Williams shares a message from AMITA Health

5/16/2018
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May is National Stroke Awareness Month and John has some pointers for you to spot and respond to a stroke. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3504783/3504783_2018-05-16-162123.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:01:30

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.15.18: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, John McCain “dying anyway,” sports betting, “Gun Share” art installation

5/15/2018
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To start, John asks everyone what they think of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress price tag. Then, John asks listeners what they think of the White House’s lack of public apology, following an inappropriate remark made by Communications Aide Kelly Sadler in reference to the ailing John McCain. Former WGN Radio Sports Reporter and currently an anchor for Vegas Stats & Information Network, Sam Panayotovich joins the show to explain where he thinks the new Supreme Court ruling will take sports […]

Duration:01:06:25

Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence “Gun share” installation removed

5/15/2018
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Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence President Kris Brown joins John to explain the “gun share” exhibit they commissioned to start in Chicago’s Daley Plaza. She tells John where the gun-share “kiosk” is headed next, and how it was received by those who could experience it before it was removed. Listeners weigh in. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3504291/3504291_2018-05-15-163831.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:12:35

Vegas Stats & Information Network Anchor Sam Panayotovich on a new Supreme Court sports betting ruling

5/15/2018
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Vegas Stats & Information Network Anchor Sam Panayotovich joins John to share what direction the new ruling that protects sports betting will go. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3504287/3504287_2018-05-15-163227.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:13:50

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.14.18: “Chasing New Horizons,” Losing Abraham Lincoln’s priceless artifacts, John McCain, sports betting

5/14/2018
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John turns to you for your opinions on sports gambling, after the Supreme Court appealed the ban of the activity across the country. Then, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto authors Alan Stern and David Grinspoon join the show to explain how a space craft was set back on track after it went off the radar on its way to Pluto. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation CEO Carla Knorowski explains to John why some precious Lincoln artifacts may […]

Duration:01:04:12

“Chasing New Horizons” authors on passing Pluto: This space craft is a million years closer than Hubble could ever get

5/14/2018
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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto Authors Alan Stern and David Grinspoon describe what happened when a space craft sent to Pluto in 2006 was no longer traceable. That’s factoring in the nine hours it takes to communicate with that satellite. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3503764/3503764_2018-05-14-164104.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:39:28

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation may have to sell Lincoln artifacts to pay back loan

5/14/2018
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation CEO Carla Knorowski joins John to explain how it acquired the personal artifacts of Lincoln, and why six other items belonged to Marilyn Monroe. And, she tells John why the Foundation might have to sacrifice part of its Lincoln collection, including the blood-stained gloves that were in the president’s pocket the night he was assassinated. Don’t let the museum lose these precious artifacts. Donate today....

Duration:00:18:30

John Williams Saturday Show 5/12/18

5/12/2018
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John asks listeners for their mothers’ favorite sayings, discusses the music video for Childish Gambino’s “This is America,” talks politics with the (award winning) Mincing Rascals, and more.

Duration:00:59:41

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.10.18: Graduation touch-down dance, National Women’s Lung Health Week, The Mincing Rascals, Hawaii volcano

5/10/2018
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John begins the show by asking you who is in the wrong at the University of Florida graduation last weekend, where students who used their time on stage to dance were pushed off by administrators. Then, American Lung Association Greater Chicago Executive Director Kristen Young joins John to talk about women’s risks with lung cancer. John previews this week’s The Mincing Rascals, when he was joined by Steve Bertrand and Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn, Kristen McQueary and Scott Stantis to […]

Duration:01:02:39

Northern Illinois University Geology Professor Paul Stoddard: It’s possible that another Hawaiian island will form

5/10/2018
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Northern Illinois University Geology Professor Paul Stoddard explains to John how Earth’s moving plates and a volcanic hole formed the Hawaiian islands. Plus, he describes the explosive volcano eruption over the weekend in Hawaii. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3502378/3502378_2018-05-10-164018.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:10:49

John gives you a glimpse of The Mincing Rascals just ahead its official release

5/10/2018
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John plays a short clip from The Mincing Rascals, recorded this morning. In it, he, Steve Bertrand and Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn, Kristen McQueary and Scott Stantis review President Trump’s definition of “fake news.” http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3502374/3502374_2018-05-10-163114.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:08:27

The American Lung Association holds its annual Lung Force Walk!

5/10/2018
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American Lung Association Greater Chicago Executive Director Kristen Young joins John to discuss the number one cancer killer in American women during this National Women’s Lung Health Week. Sign up today for this year’s Lung Force Walk, taking place in August. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3502372/3502372_2018-05-10-162612.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:12:43

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 05.08.18: Iran Deal, Mother’s Day brunch with Phil Vettel, “The Odyssey of Echo Company,” Menards guy

5/8/2018
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The show kicks off with President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the Iran Deal. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins the show to give John the results from the James Beard Awards, and where you can make last minute reservations for Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. Horse Soldiers and The Odyssey of Echo Company Author Doug Stanton shares the stories of those who endured the 1968 Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. Finally, in memory of the Menards “pitchman,” Ray...

Duration:00:10:48

“Listening to them [Menards commercials] never gets old for me” says late Menards pitchman’s son

5/8/2018
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Ray “Menards Guy” Szmanda passed away at the age of 91, leaving behind the legacy of his smile when pitching Menards on its television commercials. His son, Charles Szmanda, tells John about his late father. Plus, John pitches Chuck ideas for the funeral – and Chuck takes them! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3501390/3501390_2018-05-08-172430.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:10:48

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