Mitch Epner was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office between 2001-2004. He joins The Matt Bubala Show to talk about the issue with immigration and what changed to create this crisis. Epner has been dealing with immigration issues for about 20 years in New Jersey, where there’s a large immigrant community and airport. Since 2014, Epner says that President Trump’s administration went to a zero tolerance policy. His administration started “prosecuting everyone if they didn’t go...
In this full show podcast, Matt focuses on a series of newsworthy topics. At 1 a.m., mayoral candidate Troy LaRaviere joins the show. In addition to the first show from the Allstate Skyline Studio, Matt talks about immigration with Mitch Epner and listeners. Later on, Roger Badesch and the gang talk about Johnny Depp. Tune in
Mayoral Candidate Troy LaRaviere joins The Matt Bubala Show to talk about his goals for improving Chicago. He is one of ten candidates in the race for mayor for the working class. This former Chicago principal says he uses “evidence, reason and research” to guide the district. When LaRaviere officially announced he was running, he says it “wasn’t like other candidates. A reporter asked me if I was going to run. The moment I decided to run, I didn’t want to wait […]
Dr. Natalie Marks, Veterinarian and Medical Director at Blum Animal Hospital, joins The Matt Bubala Show to discuss pet safety tips this summer. As temps begin to rise into the 90 degree range this weekend, Marks discusses the signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion in your furry friends. Besides providing fresh water and shade, there are recommended peak hours where owners can walk their dogs or have pets outside. Marks says animals “don’t don’t sweat like we do.” Pets can […]
This weekend marks the final Saturday that Matt Bubala broadcasts live from the historic Tribune Tower from the Allstate Showcase Studio. With this move comes another change. Matt will gain an extra hour by beginning the show at 1 a.m., effective next Saturday from the Allstate Skyline Studio. Producer Jess returns back from vacation and Matt, Jess, Patti and listeners share some of their favorite memories throughout the night. At 2:30 a.m., Dr. Natalie Marks joins the show in-studio to […]
Matt Bubala is back from vacation and talks about his trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Sticking to the sports conversation, Matt, Roger Badesch, and producer Curtis Koch talk about the debate about LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Who is the greatest of all time? Later, Matt opens the phone lines and gives his thoughts on the summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung-un.
Lauren Mieli joins Steve Dale on The Matt Bubala Show to talk about an upcoming cat convention in Rosemont. Meili talks about the Meow Meet Up–where people who love cats can finally get together in one place. Her inspiration started because “there wasn’t any [events like this] in the Midwest, and cats have taken over the internet. Being based in Chicago, the next thing we had to do was provide a venue for people who didn’t have Throughout the weekend, Meili […]
Steve Dale fills in for The Matt Bubala Show this weekend, which may be the last weekend WGN Radio broadcasts from the Allstate Showcase Studio. WGN’s legal expert, Karen Conti joins the show to chat with Steve about Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart on whether or not they should be pardoned. Later on, in-studio guest Alex Blackshire shows us how to make margaritas to prepare for the Chicago Margarita Festival. Steve also chats with Lauren Mieli about another upcoming Fest, Meow Meet […]
Alex Blackshire, Event Coordinator for the Chicago Margarita Festival, joins Steve Dale as he fills in on The Matt Bubala Show to talk about the upcoming event and drink recipes. Blackshire says his passion for making good drinks started in college. His Spanish professor told him “the best way to learn a language is to come to the bar.” He previously went to Tampa Bay and had an extravagant festival there with fireworks. Since the turnout was so great, he decided that Chicago would be […]
Author of Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness and University of Sydney professor Peter Godfrey-Smith joins The Matt Bubala Show to talk about new research into the analogy that octopuses may be similar to aliens or that these animals have come from somewhere other than Earth. Roughly 33 scientists support this hypothesis but Smith rejects the idea that octopuses came from space. These group of scientists who believe they are alien wrote a paper called...
D. B. Cooper hijacked a plane and $200,000 in ransom money 45 years ago and mysteriously disappeared. Recently, some news sources have reported that this mysterious man has finally been identified and a Michigan publisher has all the details. Matt Bubala talks with Vern Jones, CEO of Principia Media shares Carl Laurin’s story behind “D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend.” Filmmaker Thomas Colbert believes that D.B. Cooper is Robert Henry Rackstraw, a Vietnam vet from San...
This Memorial Day weekend, Matt Bubala documents his adventures of the Tribune Tower before WGN Radio officially moves locations with. Tune in as he tells listeners his favorite one. At 2:30 a.m., professor Peter Godfrey Smith joins the conversation to talk about the theory behind aliens….and octopuses. After the 4 a.m. news, publisher and CEO Vern Jones talks about the D.B. Cooper mystery. Later, Matt gives a review of the new Star Wars movie.
As WGN Radio prepares to make a move out of the Tribune Tower, Matt Bubala invites some former producers back to the studio to talk about their favorite memories working at WGN Radio. Audrey Clarke, former producer of Bob Collins, Tracy Weiner, producer of Spike O’Dell and Kurt Vanderah producer of Kathy and Judy share some behind-the scenes stories about working at WGN and updates on what they are doing now.
It’s a packed weekend for The Matt Bubala Show! Former producers joins the show in-studio at 2:30 a.m. and the special guests reminisce on WGN Radio’s history and the Walk of Fame that was held earlier Friday afternoon. Throughout the show, Matt and Roger Badesch talk about the royal wedding today. Royal Correspondent and WCIU’s Fred Weintraub calls in to share his thoughts. This Worldly Fellow has taken on the role of being Chicago’s royal watcher! Tune in at 4:30 a.m. as he shares […]
Volcanologist Dr. Janine Krippner returns to The Matt Bubala Show this week to continue the discussion of the Hawaiian aftermath of Kilauea’s eruption. Dr. Krippner elaborates on the activity in Kilauea; what has caused it and what it’s future could be.
The show starts off with WGN Radio’s Patti Vasquez, Ken Jakubowski, and Eric Elk joining Matt to discuss the bad joke that came out of the White House. Volcanologist Dr. Janine Krippner gives a rundown of the Hawaiian volcano activity pouring out of Kilauea. One of Matt’s regulars calls in from Stockholm, Sweden and leads to a discussion on the postponing of a Nobel Prize. Roger Badesch chimes in with his wisdom and much more!
Volcanologist Janine Krippner joins The Matt Bubala Show to discuss Hawaii’s aftermath of Kilauea, as it erupted this past week. Residents were forced to leave their homes as it flowed into residential areas. Dr. Krippner is a postdoctoral researcher in volcanology at Concord University. She says her field is diverse and involves intense physics, math and use of satellite data. As she tries to answer questions about how volcanoes work, she studies active volcanoes like Mount St. Helens....
Author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War Paul Scharre, joins The Matt Bubala Show to discuss his book and the futureof drone technology on the battlefield. Scharre explains that the more often that technology “takes bullets” it means “the less we risk human lives.” He says that 90 countries have drones and 16 countries have armed drones. The author does worry about what might happen in a jammed competitive communications setting for issues like hacking, but he also...
In this full show podcast, Matt Bubala and Roger Badesch talk about the treaty to formally end the Korean War. Later on, listeners share their thoughts on the nuclear testing. Matt talks about the death of the popular DJ Avicii, while listeners remember other deaths that occurred this date in history. Bubala also talks about Southwest Airlines’ decision after last week’s crash that left a woman dead. Later on, one world traveler listener calls from Rome. Matt and Roger share their travel...
Social media is a huge platform to spread a message. Actress Roseanne Barr was recently tweeting some questionable things that the world is trying to understand. The Daily Beast quotes Barr on Twitter saying, “President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere.” Recently, fans were speculating that the Trump supporter had “secretly been takeout and swapped out with an […]