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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 10.20.17: Men at construction sites, a finished Cubs season, canceled Homecoming, Bright Side of Life

10/20/2017
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Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Tina Sfondeles noticed that men like to gaze over construction sites, and she tells John why she finds it amusing, and men call in to tell us why they find construction sites amusing. And Sam Panayotovich weighs in on what went wrong with the Chicago Cubs, to bring its post-season run to a close. Then, Hope Academy President Bob Muzikowski explains why he thinks football games at his school ought to go on, despite a recent shooting […]

Duration: 01:06:50


Hope Academy President Bob Muzikowski: “The mayor needs to cut the police department loose”

10/20/2017
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Hope Academy President Bob Muzikowski joins John to talk about a recent shooting during a football game, causing other schools to forfeit games against the West Side school. He responds to the cancellations with optimism, and takes skeptical listener calls. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3413332/3413332_2017-10-20-172132.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:16:42


Sam Panayotovich: “They [Chicago Cubs] just looked fatigued”

10/20/2017
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WGN Radio Sports Reporter Sam Panayotovich describes what happened with the Chicago Cubs, as it closed its season Thursday night. Then, he makes his weekly NFL predictions. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3413329/3413329_2017-10-20-171529.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:03:51


Chicago Sun-Times Political Reporter Tina Sfondeles discovers a subconscious male amusement

10/20/2017
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Chicago Sun-Times Political Reporter Tina Sfondeles describes the inception and process of her “men at construction sites” tweets. Listeners chime in with their own experiences on the subject. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3413322/3413322_2017-10-20-165522.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:10:15


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 10.1917: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, General John Kelly

10/19/2017
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Today is the last day for cities to bid on placement of the upcoming Amazon HQ2. Mayor Rahm Emanuel tells John how he promoted Chicago in its bid. Plus, Congresswoman Robin Kelly talks about current events and a job fair with John. John and Steven listen into General John Kelly’s press conference and comment, and you do, too. Happy Birthday, King John! http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3412885/3412885_2017-10-19-173125.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 01:07:03


Congresswoman Robin Kelly: “I think he likes chaos…and distractions”

10/19/2017
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Congresswoman Robin Kelly (2nd) will host the 5th Annual Hiring Event and Job Readiness Workshop, describing to John her solution for unemployment. But, first, John asks the Congresswoman about President Trump’s comments on calling Gold Star families, whom to tax more and about the gun debate. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3412870/3412870_2017-10-19-170810.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:14:34


Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Chicago’s bid to Amazon involves a spacey video

10/19/2017
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Today is the last day for cities to bid on placement of the upcoming Amazon HQ2. Mayor Rahm Emanuel lists some of his main selling points in making the bid for Amazon to call Chicago a home. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3412862/3412862_2017-10-19-164602.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:04:06


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 10.18.17: Thomas Jefferson, #MeToo, leadership

10/18/2017
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The president said on Monday that most previous presidents didn’t make phone calls to the families of fallen military service members. John asks you if conversation of more recent news of his insensitive comment while on one of those calls deserves airtime. Then, John asks Thomas Jefferson himself what his protocol was for contacting the families of fallen soldiers, and some of your questions, too. TJ will be at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College on Dec. 2. Heidi […]

Duration: 01:03:16


TIME Writer Joel Stein: “Everyone trying to be a leader is just a mess”

10/18/2017
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Time Magazine Joel Stein describes the definition of leadership, which he writes about in his latest column, What I Learned About Leadership from Leading Leaders. He provides examples for John some of the simple steps to becoming a great leader, learned from John C. Maxwell, author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3412451/3412451_2017-10-18-170451.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:11:42


Chicago Tribune Columnist Heidi Stevens: “Women…should be allowed to make themselves attractive without that seeming like a contradiction”

10/18/2017
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Chicago Tribune Columnist Heidi Stevens joins John to describe what Harvey Weinstein’s case indicates about society today. She also explains the backlash towards Mayim Bialik’s New York Times op-ed piece, in which she describes how she thinks she has avoided sexual assault. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3412446/3412446_2017-10-18-165746.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:17:28


President Thomas Jefferson: “Hamilton would have been a great prime minister in England, but he was a very poor American in my view”

10/18/2017
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President Thomas Jefferson asks John what he wants to talk about on stage Dec. 2 in “Self-Evident Truths.” He also answers John’s questions, relevant to today’s events, like whether or not he called the families of fallen military service members. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3412435/3412435_2017-10-18-164635.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:13:00


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 10.17.17: Vivian Maier photography, President Trump on other presidents, neutron star collision

10/17/2017
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At this critical point in the MLB playoffs, John turns to you for advice on what the Chicago Cubs ought to do now. Then, Author Pamela Bannos joins John to discuss her book, Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife, about a Chicago photographer who kept her work close to the vest. John identifies President Trump’s latest uninformed comments regarding previous presidents, and you chime in. Finally, University of Chicago Professor of Cosmological Physics Daniel Holz gives you the...

Duration: 01:04:26


Cosmological Physics Professor Daniel Holz on how a neutron star collision created gold rings

10/17/2017
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University of Chicago Cosmological Physics Professor Daniel Holz tells John what insight we are provided about our universe by a neutron star collision that occurred 130 million years ago. That collision’s light arrived in August, but scientists everywhere are disclosing those insights today, like the development of gold created by the collision. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411958/3411958_2017-10-17-164958.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:12:52


Author Pamela Bannos: “She [Vivian Maier] used her camera like a copy machine”

10/17/2017
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Author Pamela Bannos joins John to explain why famous Chicago Photographer Vivian Maier preferred to keep her work to herself, and about Maier’s anonymous craft. Then, she expresses the feeling it gives her that Maier’s work has since been distributed, 10 years after it was first auctioned. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411946/3411946_2017-10-17-163846.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:14:27


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 10.16.17: Chicago Cubs and Bears, Lake County gun raffle, Jane Addams Resource Corporation

10/16/2017
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The weekend brought a loss by the Chicago Cubs and a more shocking win by the Bears. Sam Panayotovich joins John to analyze the execution of both games. Then, John asks you for your thoughts on a gun raffle taking place in Lake County, IL just weeks after a shooting that killed 58 people, and injured more than 500. Finally, Jane Addams Resource Corporation is granted a gift to continue serving those in need of a job with the appropriate […]

Duration: 01:10:12


Jane Addams Resource Corporation: A free job skills program

10/16/2017
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Jane Addams Resource Corporation Vice President Regan Brewer and JARC Graduate Lisa Urbina joins John to talk about how Lisa has employed the skills obtained at JARC. Those skills include financial training, closing on a home and more. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411479/3411479_2017-10-16-165719.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:10:49


Sam Panayotovich: “It’s about protecting your players”

10/16/2017
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WGN Radio Sports Anchor Sam Panayotovich goes over the two big games from the weekend with John. He does so by totaling the number of strikes out for the Chicago Cubs’ last two games and discussing game prep. Plus, Sam gives John the good news on his football betting. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3411472/3411472_2017-10-16-164412.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:16:38


John Williams Full Show 10/14/17

10/14/2017
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John sits down with Scott Smith and Grant Rosenmeyer, the writer/director and star of “Chasing the Blues,” a new film about to screen at the Chicago International Film Festival. The Mincing Rascals talk politics as always. Plus the VibeScore segment!

Duration: 01:00:29


The John Williams Show Full Podcast 10.12.17: Eminem, the Cubs in ’08 and playoffs dining

10/12/2017
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John asks you what Eminem’s rap, warning against Trump supporting fans, means to you. Then, Author Rich Cohen recounts a pandemonium event that occurred during a single walk-off at a Chicago Cubs game in 1908. He writes The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse. Finally, Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel tells you where you should eat near Wrigley Field. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3410158/3410158_2017-10-12-174358.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 01:07:17


Chicago Tribune Food Critic Phil Vettel gives you where to eat during the playoffs

10/12/2017
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Chicago Tribune Food Critic Phil Vettel joins John to share how you can donate to earthquake relief by simply buying a drink. Then, Phil gives you some suggestions for dining near Wrigley Field, from Tango Sur to Home Bistro. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3410155/3410155_2017-10-12-173255.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3759.mp3

Duration: 00:14:24

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