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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 9.25.17: NFL protests and employment, a sports recap, Black Monday

9/25/2017
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Over the weekend, President Trump expressed that those in the NFL who take a knee during the national anthem ought to be fired. John asks Labor Lawyer Ruth Major about the legalities of an employer doing so. Then, Sam Panayotovich gives the weekly sports update. Finally, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History explains how the stock market event 30 years ago sometimes reflects on today’s market pitfalls....

Duration: 01:11:59


Author Diana Henriques on Black Monday: “Neglected, ignored and misunderstood”

9/25/2017
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Author Diana Henriques wrote A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History. She tells John how today’s market pitfalls derive from a 500 point drop to the Dow in 1987, and how circuit breakers came to be. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3403131/3403131_2017-09-25-163831.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:15:52


Labor Lawyer Ruth Major on free speech in the work place and the NFL

9/25/2017
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Labor Lawyer Ruth Major helps John conclude why the NFL can legally fire one of its players for protesting during the national anthem. John and Ruth look over and dissect the NFL Players contract, along with taking listeners’ calls on the matter. This is all after President Trump called on the firing of those NFL players. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3403129/3403129_2017-09-25-163029.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:13:16


John Williams Saturday Show 9/23/17

9/23/2017
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John talks to Brian Tallerico, editor and writer at RogerEbert.com, about a pair of new movies based on actual events, and Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s series “The Vietnam War.” Then Joe Orsolini, of College Aid Planners, discusses how to pay for school and takes questions. Plus, the Mincing Rascals and more!

Duration: 01:07:44


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.22.17: Low-Line, Lettuce Entertain You, Field Museum ID Day

9/22/2017
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Today, dictionary.com is busy with requests to define the word, “dotard,” after it was used by Kim Jong Un to describe President Donald Trump. John tries to understand why that particular word choice was made. Then, Dillon Goodson of Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Andrew Moddrell of PORT Urbanism describe their plan to build a Low-Line below the CTA brown line. Listeners call in with their questions about the project. Then, John celebrates with R.J. Melman his new position of […]

Duration: 01:04:24


Field Museum Collections Manager Jim Holstein will identify your artifacts tomorrow!

9/22/2017
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Tomorrow is ID Day at the Field Museum and Collections Manager Jim Holstein describes how the event works when you bring in your fossils, rocks or even leaves. Find out the strange, large artifact that was found right here in Chicago, at the Pritzker School. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3402210/3402210_2017-09-22-165010.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:04:31


Lettuce Entertain You New President R.J. Melman: “‘Entertain’ will be in our DNA forever”

9/22/2017
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Lettuce Entertain You has a new president, and it’s Founder Rich Melman’s son, R.J. Melman. He joins John to talk about the Chicago restaurant giant, restaurant qualities he finds most important, naming restaurants and more. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3402192/3402192_2017-09-22-162932.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:12:30


Low-Line Creators will bring beauty beneath the CTA rail lines

9/22/2017
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Lakeview Chamber of Commerce Community Development Manager Dillon Goodson and PORT Urbanism Partner Andrew Moddrell join John to describe the Low Line their team is creating below the Brown Line. They answer listeners’ questions addressing what the pathway will bring to the community. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3402184/3402184_2017-09-22-161924.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:10:38


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.21.17: 2018 Toyota Camry ad, Congressman Krishnamoorthi, Amazon HQ, Jimmy Kimmel on health care

9/21/2017
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John remains mystified by the question of who sings the song in that cool 2018 Toyota Camry ad. Listeners continue trying to help figure that out. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi explains his proposed Presidential Pardon Transparency Act. And listeners tell us what some of the draws, and some of the drawbacks would be, if Amazon were to build its next headquarters space in Chicago. Finally, Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal joins John again to discuss the latest on...

Duration: 01:10:24


Kaiser Health News: “Affordable and adequate” are words whose definitions may differ to a Conservative state legislator

9/21/2017
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Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal explains the Graham-Cassidy health care bill that Jimmy Kimmel angrily referred to the last two nights. That’s also after another tweet from our president this morning, which highlighted a promise. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3401763/3401763_2017-09-21-173403.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:09:00


Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th): Perhaps most worrisome, is that a president could pardon himself

9/21/2017
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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th) joins John to explain his Presidential Pardon Transparency Act in light of reports that the FBI informed Paul Manafort of a possible indictment. He tells John what would happen to the Russia probe if Manafort has already been pardoned in secret. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3401759/3401759_2017-09-21-172659.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:10:27


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.20.17: “The Vietnam War,” Hurricane Maria and Mexico City earthquakes, Jimmy Kimmel on health care

9/20/2017
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John shares his experiences so far with the new Ken Burns docu-series, “The Vietnam War.” Listeners give their takes on the series thus far. Then, Meteorologist and Northern Illinois University (NIU) Professor Walker Ashley describes the latest hurricane, Maria, and NIU Geology Professor Paul Stoddard tells us what is going on in Mexico City after the city suffered two high magnitude earthquakes. International President of Association of Flight Attendants Sara Nelson gives her thoughts on...

Duration: 01:05:26


Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal: “Health care should be about health care”

9/20/2017
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Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal responds to Jimmy Kimmel’s accusation that Senator Bill Cassidy lied about a health care bill. She breaks down the points Kimmel made, and explains what needs to be done by the government in order for the government to come to an agreement that works for the rich and the poor alike. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3401349/3401349_2017-09-20-182149.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:14:40


Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson: “People take for granted that they’re going to have a safe flight”

9/20/2017
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Association of Flight Attendants International President Sara Nelson gives her thoughts on the nearly $100,000 fee incurred by an unruly airline passenger. She tells John what is being done by Congress to improve comfort issues while on airline flights, whose seats are becoming increasingly tighter. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3401346/3401346_2017-09-20-181646.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:12:07


Meteorologist Walker Ashley and Geology Professor Paul Stoddard on hurricanes and earthquakes

9/20/2017
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Meteorologist and Northern Illinois University Professor Walker Ashley joins John to describe what is happening now, and what is to come for Peurto Rico and surrounding islands, from Hurricane Maria. Then, Northern Illinois University Geology Professor Paul Stoddard explains the coincidence of this week’s magnitude 7.1 in Mexico City, with that of the one that occurred exactly 32 years ago. He also goes on to explain what might be done in the future as precaution....

Duration: 00:09:33


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 09.19.17: Student loan advice, displacing the homeless, Sue, the Dinosaur

9/19/2017
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John dissects President Trump’s threat Tuesday morning that the United States will “totally destroy” the North Korean regime. Then, WGN Radio Sports Reporter Sam Panayotovich talks about his success from his football bet. College Aid Planners President Joseph Orsolini advises on student loan planning, and listeners call in with their questions. Then, John gets your thoughts on the latest development on displacement of “Tent City.” And, finally, Field Paleontologist and the woman who...

Duration: 01:06:18


Sue the Dinosaur’s Discoverer Sue Hendrickson: “I always thought she was not displayed to her best”

9/19/2017
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Sue the Dinosaur’s Discoverer and Field Paleontologist Sue Hendrickson tells John how she happened upon the bones of Sue, the Dinosaur, who is soon being moved from her lobby territory in the Field Museum. Then, she tells us her surprising reaction to Sue’s move, and her next dig goal. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3400826/3400826_2017-09-19-170526.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:11:29


College Aid Planners President Joseph Orsolini: “You’ve got to get it right early on”

9/19/2017
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As another school year commences, parents and students alike work towards putting together a smart financial plan. College Aid Planners President Joseph Orsolini breaks down what some of the confusing numbers that are thrown at you represent.

Duration: 00:15:41


John Williams Saturday Show 9/16/17

9/16/2017
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Blackhawks season is on its way back, so John is broadcasting live from the United Center for this Saturday edition. He talks to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns about his upcoming “The Vietnam War.” WGN Radio Blackhawks beat writer Scott King also joins to preview the coming season. Plus Mincing Rascals and more!

Duration: 01:01:09


Chicago Tribune Political Reporter Rick Pearson: Is Lisa Madigan’s leave to do with her father?

9/15/2017
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Chicago Tribune Political Reporter Rick Pearson joins John to discuss Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s announcement not to run for re-election. Rick tells John what will factor into her run for Illinois governor, a possibility widely speculated upon. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3399398/3399398_2017-09-15-162538.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:16:59

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