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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 08.22.19: Dancing with the Stars, cell phones and cancer, SCARCE.org

8/22/2019
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John Williams begins by asking you if you find the new “Dancing with the Stars” spicey enough to watch this season. Then, Mayo Clinic Professor of Oncology Dr. Edward Craegan joins the show to share why cancer should not be a danger on the minds of those who still make phone calls. Finally, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) Founder Kay McKee joins John to explain what inspired the organization that donates school supplies, and the […]

Duration:00:50:26

SCARCE Founder Kay McKeen on gathering school supply donations

8/22/2019
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School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) is an organization that collects education supplies, from guitars, to books and posters. Founder Kay McKeen talks about how she started the organization in her garage, and how it evolved into a hub for teachers today.

Duration:00:12:06

Mayo Clinic Oncology Professor Ed Creagan on cell phones and cancer: “The data simply are not there”

8/22/2019
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Dr. Ed Craegan is a professor of oncology at the Mayo Clinic. He joins John Williams to describe why theories that holding a cell phone to your ear causing cancer have not yet been found accurate. Listeners call in with their questions and comments.

Duration:00:16:23

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.21.19: Pizza, Deborah Lipstadt, the trade policy

8/21/2019
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John Williams starts off the show questioning reports that the radiation from cellular phones can cause cancer. Then, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins the show to talk pizza and Night Market taking place weekends on the Chicago Riverwalk. Historian Deborah Lipstadt also joins the the stream to address antisemitism and the way she’ll approach the subject Sep 9 at the “What You Do Matters” luncheon at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Finally, Dr. Ben Harris, former economist to...

Duration:01:34:23

Former Joe Biden Economist and Northwestern University Professor Ben Harris: “To characterize [trade war] as minor is…an unfair characterization”

8/21/2019
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Former Joe Biden Economist and Northwestern University Professor Ben Harris joins John Williams to react to yesterday’s interview with University of Chicago Economics Professor Casey Mulligan on the possibility of another recession soon. He predicts also when people will start getting worried by effects of a recession.

Duration:00:14:34

Historian Deborah Lipstadt: “To suggest that you can cure [antisemitism] may be…simplistic”

8/21/2019
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Historian Deborah Lipstadt, author of several books including Antisemitism Here and Now, and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Deborah was also in the 2016 film, “Denial” and will be speaking at “What You Do Matters” in an effort educate on the Jewish community in today’s day and age.

Duration:00:19:18

Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel on the best crust, calzones and Night Market

8/21/2019
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Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to talk pizza! That is, to review Pizzeria Portofino and Robert’s Pizza & Dough Co. And, Phil goes over this year’s Night Market on the Chicago Riverwalk.

Duration:00:21:51

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.20.19: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, “Thick Chicago accent guy,” “TRUMP,” no recession

8/20/2019
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John Williams is joined by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, approved of by many of the WGN Radio audience. He answers a slew of listeners’ questions, and shares how President Trump still could win in spite of recent polls. Then, Joey Santore, otherwise known as “thick Chicago accent guy,” a botanist from LaGrange, joins the show to explain the origin of his dialect, and what happened to the coyote once he took her home. Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg gives a new […]

Duration:01:09:43

White House Chief Economist Casey Mulligan: We exaggerate the impact of tariffs, no recession

8/20/2019
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White House Chief Economist and University of Chicago Economics Professor Casey Mulligan joins John Williams to explain why, in spite of recent reports, the United States isn’t expecting another recession. He shares the advice he would give the president for trade.

Duration:00:14:12

Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg: Acknowledge “TRUMP” and move on with it

8/20/2019
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Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg describes the renewed metaphor of the giant letters, “T-R-U-M-P” on the Trump Tower in Chicago.

Duration:00:14:32

“Guy with thick Chicago accent” and Botanist Joey Santore: That coyote’s death stood as a metaphor

8/20/2019
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Botanist Joey Santore, also known as “thick Chicago accent guy”, joins John Williams to talk about his accent, being raised in LaGrange and what the death of the coyote he tried to save symbolized.

Duration:00:10:16

Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Trump wouldn’t have won “if there wasn’t disgust with the status quo”

8/20/2019
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins John Williams to share what he’d say in a debate with President Trump, why he thinks Trump still has a chance for reelection in spite of the latest polls and how he’d beat Joe Biden. Plus, he answers a slew of listeners’ burning questions.

Duration:00:12:11

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.19.19: The Clintons, John Travolta watch, the best U.S. colleges

8/19/2019
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The John Williams Show wants to know if there are any listeners out there who believe that the Clintons really organized anyone’s death in exchange for a hypothetical $1 million. And John questions President Trump’s claims that Fox reporting on the latest presidential poll is inaccurate. Then, John sends Producer Elif to find John Travolta in the hallway and report live from his taping with the Roe Conn Show. Plus, The Princeton Review has produced it’s 28th annual “best colleges” […]

Duration:01:14:27

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.17.19: deciphering the poem at the Statue of Liberty, the logistics of buying Greenland, and the Mincing Rascals

8/17/2019
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John is joined by Elizabeth Metzger Sampson, executive director of the Chicago Poetry Center, to discuss the poem “The New Colossus,” which improbably made headlines this past week. Later he talks to his old friend Thomas Jefferson about Trump’s possible plan to buy Greenland. The Mincing Rascals join later on to kick around national and local political topics.

Duration:01:05:23

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.16.19: Livestream gamer Aaron Travis, Pet Expert Steve Dale, Fun Things to do, and the Bright Side of Life

8/16/2019
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John Williams invites you to join him in celebrating National Joke Day. Then, popular livestream video gamer Aaron Travis joins the show to talk about what shifted him to the gaming industry, and what made his gaming so popular. Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Steve Dale also joins the show to talk about a law he initiated, which Governor Pritzker signed last week, and the danger of green algae to your dogs’ health. Finally, John, Elif and Lauren give you Fun […]

Duration:01:15:09

Pet Expert Steve Dale on dogs who watch TV, to the fire protection of pets law

8/16/2019
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Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Steve Dale joins John Williams to explain his role in, and the parameters of the passing of the fire protection for pets law. Then, Steve shares another concern that’s cropped up, on untimely deaths in dogs. Finally, John wants to know why Steve wants an end to the Air & Water Show.

Duration:00:17:40

Livestream Gamer Aaron Travis gained massive popularity by yelling and overreacting

8/16/2019
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Aaron Travis, a livestream video gamer, followed by thousands, joins John Williams to explain what made him so popular in the first place. And, Aaron explains why he chose this outlet as an alternative to doing heroine.

Duration:00:15:31

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.15.19: Trump’s Latest Tweets, Body Chipping, Steve King, Venmo and MORE!

8/15/2019
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To kick off the show John Williams reads some of President Trumps most recent tweets. John then switches gears and talks about the concept of body chipping and if it’s here to stay. Next on the show, John and listeners dive a little deeper into what Congressman Steve King meant when he alluded that there would not be any population left if it were not for rape or incest. On the latter half of the show, Attorney Rich Lenkov joins […]

Duration:00:57:50

The John Williams Show Full Podcast 08.14.19: Statue Of Liberty Poem Re-Write, Simone Biles, Marijuana Dispensaries Finding Homes On Chicago’s “Mag Mile” and MORE!

8/14/2019
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To kick off the show John Williams is joined with Executive Director of the Chicago Poetry Center, Elizabeth Metzger Sampson, to talk about Ken Cuccinelli’s revision of the Statue of Liberty Poem that defends the new immigration rule. Next on the show, gymnastics expert, Rebecca Schuman from Slate.com, talks to John in depth about Simone Biles winning the U.S. Gymnastics title. Then John, Steve Bertrand and Lauren Lapka to talk about how Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is in the process of […]

Duration:01:26:56

Rep. Anna Moeller on the LGBTQ History Curriculum

8/13/2019
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John talks with Rep. Anna Moeller, who first introduced the newly passed law that will require public schools to include LGBTQ history in their curriculum. “It’s very powerful when children have role models,” said Moeller, “They can look up to and know these people did amazing things and they were gay.” Listen to the full conversation now:

Duration:00:21:05