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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

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 11.20.18: Mercy Hospital shooting, city parking violations, opening the door to strangers

11/20/2018
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Mercy Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Davenport joins John Williams to describe what he saw in yesterday’s shooting, and to provide his main takeaway from the tragic experience. Then, Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Editor Tom McNamee addresses the National Rifle Association’s claim that medical workers aren’t “in their lane” on the topic of gun possession. John then goes on to discuss with listeners a topic inspired by Patti Vasquez: opening the door to strangers. Finally, John...

Duration:01:06:58

ProPublica Reporter Melissa Sanchez and City Clerk Anna Valencia: “We have to figure out the revenue piece”

11/20/2018
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City Clerk Anna Valencia join John Williams to explain how she and other city leaders have worked towards making it easier for poorer communities to pay off their parking violations. ProPublica Reporter Melissa Sanchez also joins to share how her reporting in June inspired that. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3568946/3568946_2018-11-20-171446.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:15:45

Chicago Sun-Times Editor Tom McNamee: “As a newspaper reporter…you go to the hospital” after a shooting

11/20/2018
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Chicago Sun-Times Editor Tom McNamee joins John Williams to explain how the National Rifle Association is wrong in claiming that hospital workers aren’t “in their lane” on the topic of gun possession. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3568923/3568923_2018-11-20-163823.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:06:13

Mercy Hospital Chief Medical Officer Michael Davenport: As physicians, we are against “anything that hurts or harms the body”

11/20/2018
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Mercy Hospital Chief Medical Officer Michael Davenport joins John Williams to describe what he saw yesterday during a shooting that killed three at the hospital. He provides his takeaway from the tragic experience. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3568918/3568918_2018-11-20-162118.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:06:42

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 11.19.18: Pete Souza, Chicago Bears, Simeon Alumni Association vs. Nazareth Academy

11/19/2018
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John Williams starts off the show with some comments on President Trump’s weekend tweets. Then, you challenge John. He goes on to talk to Author Pete Souza, who writes Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, a book about his Instagram page and photography of two administrations, as well as on the act of trolling. John and WGN Radio Sports Reporter Kevin Powell chat about football, and a new pattern presented by the Chicago Bears. Finally, the attorney representing the Simeon Alumni Association […]

Duration:01:09:24

Simeon Career Academy Attorney Shay Allen: Adults came in and robbed [Simeon] students of an opportunity

11/19/2018
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Shay Allen is the attorney representing the parents of the Simeon Alumni Association in its lawsuit against Nazareth Academy. He joins John Williams to break down what happened at the football game last weekend that led to that lawsuit. One IHSA official calls in, supporting Simeon. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3568508/3568508_2018-11-19-163908.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:12:48

WGN Radio Reporter Joe Brand was at the Nazareth v. Simeon game

11/19/2018
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WGN Radio Reporter Joe Brand joins John Williams to describe what he noticed when he called the Nazareth Academy vs. Simeon Career Academy game that led to a lawsuit. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3568507/3568507_2018-11-19-162907.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:04:22

“Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents” Author Pete Souza: “I really think I’m part of the truth squad”

11/19/2018
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Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents Author Pete Souza joins John Williams to talk about being the photographer of two different political party presidents. He describes how shade is thrown by politicians, and how he transformed Instragram posts into a book. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3568503/3568503_2018-11-19-161803.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:12:58

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 11.16.18: NewsClick, corporate site selection (HQ2), you’ve “got a guy”

11/16/2018
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John Williams starts by asking you how you feel about the governor’s salary. That’s our NewsClick today. Then, Corporate Site Selection Expert John Boyd explains what draws big companies like Amazon and Foxconn to build headquarters in certain cities. And John goes on to talk about his guy. That is, his guy at ABT who helps him get good deals. And, Elif, Steve and Violeta chime in with their guys in the city who help them out. Finally, the gang […]

Duration:00:56:59

Corporate Site Selection Expert on Amazon HQ2: “The backlash is real”

11/16/2018
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Corporate Site Selection Expert John Boyd of The Boyd Company joins John Williams to describe the best business climates for corporations like HQ2 to join cities. He also explains incentives for companies like Foxconn, and reflects on the decision for part of HQ2 to reside in New York City. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3567780/3567780_2018-11-16-164320.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:15:39

The Mincing Rascals 11.15.18: Arresting liars, Melania Trump, Baraboo prom picture

11/15/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They are asked by a listener if a law should be enacted that makes it illegal for the president to lie, especially in cases like the edited Jim Acosta video. The Rascals then discuss how proper it was for First Lady Melania Trump to issue a public statement of her disdain toward a national security adviser. Plus, they say whether or […]

Duration:00:30:07

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 11.15.18: 28 Trombones, a viral Wisconsin prom photo, Ed Henry supporting CNN

11/15/2018
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John Williams introduces you to 28 Trombones, a group who covers mega hits like Queen’s earworm, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Then, with questions still lingering about that viral photo of 60 boys holding up what appears to be the Nazi salute, John calls in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter Annysa Johnson. John also invites Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry to explain why Fox News has filed its own amicus brief in support of the CNN lawsuit against the Trump administration. Finally,...

Duration:01:07:22

Robert Torres brings a car with 6,000 bullet holes to Chicago

11/15/2018
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Parents for Peace & Justice Founder Robert Torres joins John Williams to describe the art installation that shares the story of Chicago violence with those who see it. The south side installation is of a car covered in bullet holes, and it speaks to the pain and loss experienced throughout Chicago. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3567384/3567384_2018-11-15-164124.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:05:28

Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry: The White House wants the CNN lawsuit to go to trial

11/15/2018
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Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry joins John Williams to explain why Fox News joined a list of media outlets filing amicus briefs in support of CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration. And, he describes his relationships with such Fox News personalities as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3567377/3567377_2018-11-15-163117.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:16:49

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter Annysa Johnson: “Baraboo is struggling with some issues”

11/15/2018
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter Annysa Johnson joins John Williams to answer some still lingering questions regarding that viral prom photo out of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Plus, talks about some of the other racial issues Wisconsin has been exposed to recently. [audio http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3567375/3567375_2018-11-15-162215.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:09:31

John Williams shares a message from AMITA Health, November 2018

11/14/2018
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November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. John Williams provides some tips for spotting Alzheimer’s, and explains when you should seek help. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3567005/3567005_2018-11-14-172705.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:01:28

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 11.14.18: Computerized apologies for Amazon, Thanksgiving dinner, punching a bear in the nose

11/14/2018
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John Williams invites the creators of the computerized apologies made to 18 cities who didn’t acquire Amazon HQ2. Then, computer Elif expresses her alarm of this capability. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins the show to talk about some of the recommended Thanksgiving dinners in town, and foreign cuisine in Chicago. John and listeners debate on yesterday’s NewsClick, which asks what those Baraboo High School students were doing in that viral photo. Finally, John plays...

Duration:01:05:09

Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel: “Give ’em some crepe!”

11/14/2018
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to list a few great spots to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal next week. Plus, he gives you some of the best international food he’s tried in the last week. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3566986/3566986_2018-11-14-164026.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:15:32

McGarrah Jessee Creative Director Sarah Weigl is the person behind those Amazon Alexa HQ2 apologies

11/14/2018
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McGarrah Jessee Creative Director Sarah Weigl joins John Williams to talk about how she crafted 18 computerized apologies geared towards the cities who didn’t get HQ2. Then, computerized Elif expresses regret at the capability Sarah describes in this interview. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3566979/3566979_2018-11-14-163319.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:11:53

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 11.13.18: Amazon apologizes, California wildfire causes, Susan Orlean, CNN v. Trump

11/13/2018
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John Williams opens the show by inquiring about Trumpy Bear. Then, he lets you down easy with a recording of Amazon Alexa apologizing that Chicago didn’t acquire HQ2. Elif rebuts. In light of President Trump’s tweet, and a continued uncertainty of how the rapidly spreading California wildfires, John calls on Forest and Fire Ecologist Dr. Chad Hansen of the John Muir Project. He debunks Trump’s tweet, explaining that his suggestion does more harm than good in disasters like this one. […]

Duration:01:09:56