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Saturday Night Special 9.16.17 | Behind the Scenes

In this special podcast, host Amy Guth and producer Tom Hush sit down to discuss the making of the show as well as the course of the Saturday Night Special over the next few months.

Duration: 00:26:38

Saturday Night Special 9/10/17 | Climate and Weather

This week on the Saturday Night Special, host Amy Guth welcomes a series of guests to discuss the current state of our planet’s climate and what we can expect from our weather in the future. Dr. Stephen Strader, Derpartment of Geography & Environment at Villanova d talks about the role of population and infrastructure in environmental disasters and what we might be able to do in the future to minimize damage. Daniel Horton, assistant professor at Northwestern University explains […]

Duration: 01:17:38

Amy Guth and Jen Bosworth 9.4.17 | Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

Amy Guth and Jen Bosworth are back to fill in for the first half of The Download! This time, they welcome writer Tori Telfer to the studio to talk about her upcoming true crime book “Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History”. They discuss some of the femme fatales Telfer has written about and explore some of our preconceived notions about serial killers, women and the nature of our own violent tendencies. We also get an update on iGrow Chicago’s Peace […]

Duration: 01:20:23

Saturday Night Special 9.2.17 | Board Games

This week on the Saturday Night Special, host Amy Guth takes a look at the deceptively simple world of board games. Not just well known favorites like Monopoly and Risk, but also complex modern games of great skill and strategy that have grown the tabletop gaming business into an over $9 billion industry. Amy talks with Erin LaFlamme, writer for Cardboard Republic and co-host of the Greatway Games Podcast, about the long history of board games in human societies. LaFlamme […]

Duration: 01:21:30

Wil Wheaton talks board games, the gaming community and webseries “Tabletop”

Actor, writer, podcaster and professional geek Wil Wheaton joins host Amy Guth on the Saturday Night Special this week to talk about the deceptively simple topic of board games. A lifelong gamer, Wheaton discusses the recent resurgence in the popularity of board games, the rich diversity in the gaming community and why tabletop gaming might just be the breath of relief that we need from our hectic everyday lives.

Duration: 00:19:46

Saturday Night Special 8.26.17 | Space

This week, millions across the U.S. came together to view a total solar eclipse that captivated witnesses and inspired a renewed interest in our cosmos. Which begs the question, what is it about space that captures our imagination? How has the study of our universe affected our past and what lies ahead as we inch closer to expanded space travel? As ever, host Amy Guth welcomes a group of experts to help us explore the final frontier. Author Alex Salkever […]

Duration: 01:18:00

Wintrust Business Lunch 8/26/2017: Gabriela Barkho, Ira Boudway & Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

Amy starts things off by talking to writer Gabriela Barkho about her recent piece in Bloomberg about Blue Apron’s recent struggles and why it’s becoming difficult for subscription box services recently. Then, Amy talks about how Whole Foods prices are going to be dropping now that Amazon’s in charge. Bloomberg’s Ira Boudway Ira told Amy about his article on basketball stars after their NBA careers, investing in startups, instead of more traditional post-NBA career professional paths. Last...

Duration: 00:37:05

Saturday Night Special 8.19.17 | Sleep

This week on the Saturday Night Special, host Amy Guth takes a look at the thing that everyone needs but never seems to get enough of: sleep! She talks with Dr. Bharati Prasad, Director of the UIC Sleep Center about the science behind bedtime and how sleep (or the lack thereof) can have a direct and measurable affect on your health. Next, Amy chats anthropologist Melissa Melby who has studied the cultural influences and norms surrounding humans and sleep. She […]

Duration: 01:17:14

Amy Guth and Jen Bosworth | 8.15.17

Amy Guth and Jen Bosworth finish their two-night residency on The Download with celebrity sightings, weird dreams and a little dive into DNA and family ancestry. Amy and Jen talk with listeners about their encounters with the stars, including chance encounters with the likes of Tom Hanks, Julie Haggerty and WGN’s own Walter Jacobson. Next, they recount some of their own strange recurring dreams featuring visits from beyond the grave and ninja fantasies. Finally, Amy discusses her recent...

Duration: 01:14:58

Amy Guth and Jen Bosworth 8/14/17

Amy Guth and Jen Bosworth are back at it again filling in for Justin Kaufman on The Download! Amy, Jen talk about Amy’s recent experience skydiving with the Golden Knights), running marathons and rescue animals. Plus, we hear from listeners about their own adventures, some tips on getting ready to run a marathon and the finer points of hedgehog ownership.

Duration: 01:19:59

Saturday Night Special 8.12.2017 | Adrenaline

This week on the Saturday Night Special, Amy examines the fascinating world of adrenaline. She talks about her recent experience sky-diving for the first time and then invites experts from a variety of fields to help her pin down some scientific and social details on adrenaline and how it has effected humans through time. First, she’s joined by Dr. Kristin Kreuger from Loyola, who talks about the evolutionary role of adrenaline and its differing patterns through the ages and even […]

Duration: 01:23:40

Business Lunch with Amy Guth 8/12/2017

Amy Guth talks with Washington Post’s Silicon Valley correspondent, Elizabeth Dwoskin, to discuss Facebook’s willingness to copy technology and design from other apps and platforms, and how it might be hurting innovation. Then, Ally Marotti, business reporter at Chicago Tribune, talks about the city’s plan to issue Airbnb registrations and how it will affect the industry in Chicago. Amy also shares her skydiving experience and the music playlist that helped her prepare for the giant leap.

Duration: 00:34:32

Saturday Night Special 8.5.2017 | Sex

On this edition of the Saturday Night Special, host Amy Guth talks about sex. She welcomes an array of “sexperts,” from a clinical psychologist to educators to a sex shop owner to attempt to break down the awkwardness that usually surrounds the taboo topic. To begin, Dr. John Duffy joins Amy in the studio. They talk about the psychology of sex and how it varies culturally and from generation to generation. They also answer listener questions on how to talk […]

Duration: 01:25:30

Business Lunch with Amy Guth 8/5/2017

Amy talks with Adrienne Roberts from The Wall Street Journal to discuss the joint venture of Mazda and Toyota to build a billion dollar plant in the U.S. Then, Frank Devincentis, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in Chicago, joins Amy in studio to discuss the latest release of the Job Report. Next, Lauren Zumbach from Chicago Tribune then shares information on Illinois companies mobilizing in the wake of the news of Foxconn moving to Wisconsin. Lastly, […]

Duration: 00:40:59

Saturday Night Special 7.29.17 | Hot Sauce

On this edition of the Saturday Night Special, host Amy Guth turns up the heat and dives in to the topic of hot sauce. Amy welcomes a group of hot sauce experts to help her dig deeper into the science, history and business of hot sauce. O’Neill Ryan of Pepper Palace Chicago stops by to show off some of his best selling sauces and talk about Pepper Palace’s move to all in-house sauces. Plus, Amy challenges their hottest sauce, “The […]

Duration: 01:19:33

Saturday Night Special 7.22.17 | Women & Violence

This week on the Saturday Night Special with Amy Guth, we take on the very real problem of women & violence, especially instances of domestic violence and sex trafficking. To be sure, this is not a problem that only affects women. 1 in 4 men have suffered physical or emotional abuse at the hands of a domestic partner and have similarly been affected by human traffickers around the globe. However, we focus our gaze on women due to the statistical […]

Duration: 01:19:26

Business Lunch with Amy Guth Full Podcast 7/22/2017

Amy talks with Marshall Allen about the article he wrote on the confusing and flawed system of drug expiration dates, which requires that many drugs are thrown out, even when the FDA knows they are good form longer: David Herrera, Founder and CEO of Golden Mean, joins Amy in studio to discuss his attempt to bring “co-living” to Ukrainian Village; the idea is that, as in co-working spaces, sharing will allow renters more...

Duration: 00:34:19

Amy Guth talks with ‘Gray Rhino’ author Michelle Wucker about risk, being proactive, and crashing the Chinese stock market

Author of The Gray Rhino, Michelle Wucker comes to the studio to discuss her book and the role it played in crashing the Chinese stock market.

Duration: 00:10:26

Amy Guth discusses News of The Week

Amy is joined in studio by the Director of U.I.C.’s Latino’s in Science Office, Veronica Arreola, and Deborah Douglas, whom is a Chicago based Journalist and Northwestern Professor. The trio talk about the top stories of the week which include ‘The Jerk of The Week’, White House news, and more!

Duration: 01:11:47

Saturday Night Special 7.15.2017 | Tattoo

This week on the Saturday Night Special: the body art tradition that has a history richer than we thought and an ever-transforming social stigma. Amy talks tattoos. First, we hear the perspective of Human Resource consultant and expert John Hudson, who unpacks the myth that getting a tattoo means not getting a job, and speaks to the many leading corporations that actually embrace the individuality of their employee’s tats. Then, Anthropologist Dr. Kristin Krueger from Loyola University...

Duration: 01:26:00

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