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Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, and books with a thoughtful perspective and quirky sense of humor. John excels at drawing out listener views on all sides of the issues. Inquisitive and curious by nature, he asks what listeners want to know and his guests never get a pass on the tough questions.

Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, and books with a thoughtful perspective and quirky sense of humor. John excels at drawing out listener views on all sides of the issues. Inquisitive and curious by nature, he asks what listeners want to know and his guests never get a pass on the tough questions.
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Chicago, IL

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Focusing on current events, he discusses the news of the day, sports, television programs, movies, and books with a thoughtful perspective and quirky sense of humor. John excels at drawing out listener views on all sides of the issues. Inquisitive and curious by nature, he asks what listeners want to know and his guests never get a pass on the tough questions.

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English


Episodes

Candidate Erika Harold for Illinois Attorney General tip-toes around her views on same-sex marriage

9/19/2018
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Candidate Erika Harold for Illinois Attorney General joins John Williams to explain how her opponent, Kwame Raoul, makes false claims in his attack ad on Harold. Then, John and Steve try to find out if Erika supports same-sex marriage. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3548189/3548189_2018-09-19-174529.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:11:49

Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair on efforts “…to minimize the perception that no one cared about Laquan McDonald”

9/19/2018
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Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to describe day three of the Jason Van Dyke-Laquan McDonald murder trial. One of the key points from today’s session she explains is why the medical examiner was asked on the show to elaborate on the number of entry and exit shots fired into the body of Laquan. And, she answers whether or not she thinks it was a bad idea for Van Dyke’s then-partner, Joseph Walsh, to have ever taken […]

Duration:00:12:02

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.18.18: Jason Van Dyke, Brett Kavanaugh, Queen of Hearts Raffle, Bingo the weiner dog

9/18/2018
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John Williams invites WGN Radio Reporter Erik Runge on the show to learn the developments of the Jason Van Dyke trial on its second day in session. Then, he wonders and asks you if allegations against Brett Kavanaugh ought to impact his confirmation for Supreme Court Justice. VFW Post 4600 Commander Dwane Lungren talks about the finally drawing of the Queen of Hearts raffle, which will happen tonight in McHenry County. Finally, John has some sad news to share about […]

Duration:01:05:15

VFW Post 4600 Commander Dwane Lungren on winning that Queen of Hearts raffle

9/18/2018
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VFW Post 4600 Commander Dwane Lungren joins the show to talk about the now $7 million raffle prize for tonight’s final drawing of the Queen of Hearts! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3547737/3547737_2018-09-18-174737.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:06:28

WGN Radio Reporter Erik Runge: Jason Van Dyke’s partner is facing obstruction of justice charges

9/18/2018
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WGN Radio Reporter Erik Runge joins John Williams to describe the second day of the Jason Van Dyke Laquan McDonald murder trial. He depicts the developing relationship between jurors, too, as they take notes on the defense and prosecution. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3547722/3547722_2018-09-18-171622.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:11:14

Dr. David Baron of Yellowbrick on how to follow your kids on social media

9/18/2018
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Yellowbrick Medical Director Dr. David Baron joins John Williams to advise on how parents should approach troubled teens, while still allowing them personal space. Join him and John at the Parents & Conversations Forum next Tuesday. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3547324/3547324_2018-09-17-170924.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:07:48

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.17.18: Bill Daley, Jason Van Dyke trial, Amazon Go

9/17/2018
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Bill Daley announced today that he will be running for Chicago Mayor in 2019. He joins John Williams to explain what issues he hopes to prioritize if he wins. Then, Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair describes the tasks the Jason Van Dyke jury is undertaking in real time, and how the infamous tape of the Laquan McDonald shooting is being presented in a new way. Yellowbrick Medical Director Dr. David Baron talks about the upcoming Parents & Conversations Forum, […]

Duration:01:11:26

Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair: “…Because he was a black boy who had the audacity not to stop walking when the police told him to”

9/17/2018
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Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair is reporting from the Jason Van Dyke trial. She updates John Williams on opening day of Van Dyke’s hearings, including what the jurors are doing during this interview, and the most damning details of the defense. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3547333/3547333_2018-09-17-172633.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:08:33

Mayoral Candidate Bill Daley: “We could march all day, every day on the streets of Chicago”

9/17/2018
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Bill Daley formally announced his bid for mayor of Chicago in the 2019 race today. He joins John to give his opinion on matters across the board, from the Jason Van Dyke trial, to protest marches across the city. Plus, Bill names three important elements he hopes to address as mayor. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3547313/3547313_2018-09-17-165013.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:17:07

John Williams Saturday Show 9/15/18: LIVE at at Blackhawks Training Camp Festival

9/15/2018
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John is live at the United Center for the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival! Join in for all the Hawks talk you need with a slew of great guests all show long.

Duration:01:02:40

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.14.18: Hurricane Maria and the number 3,000, Hurricane Florence, the Jason Van Dyke jury, “Fear”

9/14/2018
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John Williams revisits Thursday’s conversation on race and its impact on the Jason Van Dyke trial verdict. Listeners call in, trying to make sense of it, too. Then, John gives you day three of his review of best-seller Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward. Plus, he wants to know how a mileage tax proposal could be implemented in Illinois; so do our listeners calling in. And, in order to make sense of and verify the findings of 3,000 dead […]

Duration:01:06:13

Wilmington, North Carolina Resident Alice Melott: “I see…a lot of downed trees, a lot of uprooted trees”

9/14/2018
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Alice Melott lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and is a real estate broker whose company was wiped out by Hurricane Ike in Texas. She describes her last 24 hours as a prepared resident in the path of Hurricane Florence, while staying with her friends further inland. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3546543/3546543_2018-09-14-180243.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:05:24

Harvard Faculty Member Dr. Satchit Balsari on the number 3,000: “At least one-third of those deaths were because of interrupted access to healthcare”

9/14/2018
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Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights Faculty Member Dr. Satchit Balsari joins John Williams to explain how his team calculated the death toll number following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. That’s following President Trump’s tweet, denying that 3,000 is that number. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3546536/3546536_2018-09-14-174136.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:10:18

The Mincing Rascals 09.13.18: Jason Van Dyke jury, hotel labor unions, a mileage tax, Hurricane Maria, Chicago Mayoral Race 2019

9/13/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Patti Vasquez and Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They start by discussing the jury selection in the Jason Van Dyke trial, and the impact its demographic will have on the verdict. They then go on to discuss ways the hotel labor union strike has worked well for the employees this week. The Rascals debate the mileage tax that Governor Rauner’s newest attack ad on […]

Duration:00:37:44

John Williams Saturday Show 9/8/18

9/13/2018
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John was live from Northwestern last Saturday, previewing their first home game of the season.

Duration:00:15:47

Jury Consultant Dave Zehner: “You need to look at people’s pre-existing attitudes and experiences and beliefs”

9/13/2018
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Jury Consultant Dave Zehner tells John how much impact demographic has on the verdict of the Jason Van Dyke trial. Listeners ask why John even wants to know. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3546083/3546083_2018-09-13-171323.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:11:58

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.13.18: Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Maria relief, Jason Van Dyke jury, Bob Woodward

9/13/2018
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John Williams invites WGN Radio Reporter Ryan Burrow to give a fresh update on preparations for Hurricane Florence. Then, John and listeners evaluate President Trump’s claims of A+ recovery efforts to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year. Locally, John discusses the complete jury of the Jason Van Dyke trial with Jury Consultant Dave Zehner, who describes the impact of jury demographic on a verdict. John also wants to know your opinion on that topic. Finally, he provides you […]

Duration:00:46:15

WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow reports from North Carolina: Volume of water matters most in this hurricane

9/13/2018
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WGN Radio Reporter Ryan Burrow gives John an update on preparations in North Carolina for Hurricane Florence. And, as hotels book up in the Carolinas and Virginia, Ryan tells John how he’s sought open rooms. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3546064/3546064_2018-09-13-163304.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:09:41

John Williams shares a message from AMITA Health

9/12/2018
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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. John Williams describes prostate cancer, and why it’s so important to get regular physicals. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3545711/3545711_2018-09-12-181511.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:01:30

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.12.18: A mileage tax, Hurricane Florence, hotel union strikes, Phil Vettel

9/12/2018
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John Williams wants you to know how much damage a mileage tax would do if proposed by JB Pritzker. And, he calls on WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow who is reporting from the East Coast where Hurricane Florence gains strength. Creative Services Director Chris Duffy joins the show to talk about two of his experiences in Florida hurricanes, too. Locally, 27 hotels are on strike in Chicago for health insurance in the winter months. Palmer House Bartender and Strike Captain Roushaunda […]

Duration:01:08:52