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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 06.18.18: Immigration and family separation, Elizabeth Brackett, Robert F. Kennedy

6/18/2018
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Today, John invites listeners to respond to quotes both from Republican and Democratic figures on the Trump policy to keep families separate when they enter the United States illegally. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8th) joins that conversation in-studio. And, John pays tribute to Elizabeth Brackett, who was a friend to the show, especially on the Rod Blagojevich topic, a great athlete and who passed away Sunday at 76. Daughter of Robert Kennedy and author, Kerry Kennedy, then joins...

Duration:01:03:07

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8th): Reports of border agents deterring people from coming to ports of entry

6/18/2018
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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8th) joins John to talk about the separation of children from their families during their migration to the United States. Plus, Raja talks about his upcoming town hall meeting with Representative Darin LaHood, which John will emcee. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3517150/3517150_2018-06-18-171650.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:11:15

Daughter of Robert Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy: “All of us want a country that’s based on peace and justice, and compassion”

6/18/2018
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Kerry Kennedy is the author of Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope: Kerry Kennedy in Conversation with Heads of State, Business Leaders, Influencers, and Activists about Her Father’s Impact on Their Lives. From the time her father packed up the kids in the middle of the night to leave a high-end resort, to how he inspired Tony Bennett, Kerry tells John about her great respect for her father....

Duration:00:17:51

John Williams Saturday Show 6/16/18

6/16/2018
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John talks with Dr. Peter Makovicky, a curator at the Field Museum, about an exciting new exhibit there. He recommends a couple new books for Father’s Day, and says goodbye to the Tribune Tower for the very last time.

Duration:00:54:34

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.15.18: Goodbye, Tribune Tower, let the kids fight, rosé all day, Elon Musk’s plan

6/15/2018
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Today, the John Williams Show bids farewell to the Tribune Tower. The Allstate Showcase Studio now transitions to the Allstate Skyline Studio at 303 East Wacker Drive. WGN Radio Host Bill Leff joins John to talk about his recent guest’s advice to let your kids fight, and you call in to tell us about your childhood sibling scuffles. Then, Forbes Food, Drink and Luxury Travel Contributor Elva Ramirez lists her favorite affordable rosés for the 2018 summer. And, Northwestern University […]

Duration:01:05:29

Northwestern University Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor James Hambleton is skeptical of Mayor Emanuel’s plan for a high-speed rail

6/15/2018
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Northwestern University Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor James Hambleton explains why he is skeptical of a high-speed tunnel between the Loop and O’Hare, designed by Elon Musk’s Boring Company. Some math may be used in this segment. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3516332/3516332_2018-06-15-172232.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:18:10

Forbes Food and Drink Contributor Elva Ramirez: Marketing experts “know that with rosé…you’re going to go for something that looks good”

6/15/2018
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Forbes Food and Drink Contributor Elva Ramirez joins John to share a rundown of affordable rosé wines for the Summer. She describes what makes rosé wine delicious. Check out her favorites here. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3516314/3516314_2018-06-15-165614.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:12:02

WGN Radio Host Bill Leff tells John why he thinks girls are smarter – and more in parenting!

6/15/2018
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WGN Radio Host Bill Leff joins John Williams to talk about his and Wendy Snyder’s guest, who shared why he lets his kids fight. You call in to tell us about your boxing matches with your siblings. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3516310/3516310_2018-06-15-164510.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:12:33

“The Feather Thief” Author Kirk Wallace Johnson: A bonus podcast on a robber who really wanted a golden flute

6/13/2018
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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Author Kirk Wallace Johnson joins John to explain how a fly-fishing trip led to writing the story of an American teen who stole hundreds of exotic birds from the British Museum of Natural History.

Duration:00:32:57

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.13.18: Pat Quinn to end Mayor Emanuel’s mayoral career, Mordecai, Steve Almond and “Bad Stories” of our country, Amy Guth

6/13/2018
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Governor Pat Quinn kicks off this Wednesday show with John, and describes his petition to shorten the mayoral term limit in Chicago. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins the show to share his experience at Mordecai. Catch his review in print tomorrow. Author Steve Almond of Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country joins the show to break down his rhetorical question, and the meaning of “bad stories.” Finally, WGN Radio Host Amy Guth joins John to […]

Duration:01:10:25

WGN Radio Host Amy Guth clarifies a Twitter conversation with John

6/13/2018
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WGN Radio Host Amy Guth joins John to talk about his recent tweet. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3515529/3515529_2018-06-13-180429.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:13:18

Author Steve Almond on “Bad Stories,” stories that are fraudulent and propagandistic

6/13/2018
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Author Steve Almond writes Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country, and he appeared at last weekend’s Printers Row Lit Fest. He explains to John how he thinks the new normal has morphed since the election of President Trump. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3515526/3515526_2018-06-13-175726.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:17:56

Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel previews tomorrow’s print review

6/13/2018
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel gives you a glimpse into his experience at Mordecai in the new Hotel Zachary in Wrigleyville. Then, he answers your restaurant questions! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3515518/3515518_2018-06-13-174518.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:14:11

Former Governor Pat Quinn: “Every other big city in America – except Chicago – has term limits on its mayor”

6/13/2018
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Former Governor Pat Quinn joins John to explain why he wants to prevent Mayor Rahm Emanuel from being able to seek a third term, and how he is executing that operation to gain 100,000 signatures. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3515515/3515515_2018-06-13-174015.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:09:45

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.12.18: Trump meets Kim, Illinois representatives want Blagojevich to stay in prison

6/12/2018
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John weighs in on the U.S. and North Korea summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, and plays back different media voices on the topic. You tell us your take. Then, Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood (IL -18) explains why he and six other representatives signed a letter, asking Trump not to pardon the former governor, Rod Blagojevich. Listeners share their own thoughts....

Duration:01:06:01

Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18): “I don’t think there’s anything that exemplifies a swamp more than what Blagojevich engaged in”

6/12/2018
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Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) joins John Williams to explain why he and six other Republican Illinois representatives signed off on a letter pleading for Trump not to pardon Former Governor Rod Blagojevich. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3515017/3515017_2018-06-12-165417.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration:00:13:43

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 6.11.18 | Singapore Summit, Supreme Court Rules on Ohio Voting Rules, Mies Van Der Rohe House

6/12/2018
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Today on the John Williams Show, John looks at the upcoming historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore. Kim Jong-Un has a rough track record, will this meeting be a success? The Supreme Court ruled Ohio’s purging of voter rolls to be legal under federal law, USA Today Supreme Court correspondent Richard Wolf explains what this means for Ohio and, potentially, the rest of the country. And John chats about the new Mies Van […]

Duration:01:07:56

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 6.9.18: Goodbye Tribune Tower, “West Winging It” & The Mincing Rascals

6/9/2018
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John takes calls about saying goodbye to the special buildings in our life: homes, workplaces and more. Author Pat Cunnane returns to share more of his experiences as part of the Obama White House staff, as told in West-Winging It: An Un-presidential Memoir. In a clip from the Mincing Rascals, John and the gang discuss the scandal involving sexual abuse in Chicago Public Schools and look at some tough questions from former President Bill Clinton’s recent book tour.

Duration:01:59:59

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 06.08.18: Anthony Bourdain, Trump activities, Cabrini Green, flying 1st class debate, Brightside of Life

6/8/2018
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John opens the show discussing the death of Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain was a chef, storyteller, and writer. He was found dead in his hotel room. John shares an interview he once did with Anthony. Trump says he doesn’t need to prep for his summit in Singapore. “It’s about attitude” he said. Ben Austen, author of ‘High Risers’ drops by to talk about his book which tells a story about Cabrini Green and American public housing. He will also be attending ‘LitFest’ this year. British mom […]

Duration:01:47:15

Podcast Special: Listen here for John’s exclusive full interview with David N. Schwartz

6/8/2018
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David Schwartz’s new book is The Last Man Who Knew Everything. Appearing in Chicago at LitFest, Schwartz tells the story of Enrico Fermi, “the father of the nuclear age.” This is a story of science and scientist, in the capable hands of a great story teller. And of course, with Fermi as its subject, you know this is a story with deep Chicago roots. Get this book and don’t put it on your science shelf. Put it on your Chicago […]

Duration:00:17:06