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Brian Noonan Show 9/24/17: Apple picking and Jen Weigel on spiritual enlightenment

Brian and the crew discuss their best and worst apple picking adventures, and award winning journalist Jen Weigel talks about her live series exploring spiritual enlightenment. To kick off the show, Brian recounts his experience apple picking at County Line Orchard, where he had many delicious apples, donuts, and more… but only after fighting terrible Indiana traffic with an unacceptable amount of road construction. He and the crew discuss apple picking and the price of apples, including...

Duration: 01:50:28

Brian Noonan Show 9/17/17: Luke’s Lobster and how to have a successful marriage

Brian welcomes Ben Conniff from Luke’s Lobster to talk about the grand opening of their new location in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Then, Dr. Eli Finkel, relationship expert and author of the new new book The All-or-Nothing Marriage, discusses how to have a successful and fulfilling marriage. To kick off the show, Brian gets an update on the wedding preparation of his producer, Cody Gough, who just attended a Pre-Cana class and survived with his relationship in-tact. Brian and Cody swap […]

Duration: 01:51:24

Brian Noonan Show 9/10/17: The Newberry Library and Hurricane Irma

Brian welcomes a guest from the Newberry Library to discuss their new exhibition, Religious Change, 1450-1700. Plus: Brian and the crew check in on damage from Hurricane Irma throughout the program. To kick off the show, Brian asks why anyone in Florida with the means to leave their home would choose to instead stay put during the devastating Hurricane Irma (or really any hurricane). He and newsman Roger Badesch discuss the widespread destruction and check in with updates from down […]

Duration: 01:55:43

Brian Noonan in for Roe Conn: Full Show (9/4/17)

Brian Noonan is in for Roe Conn for Monday, September 4, 2017.

Duration: 02:16:42

Top Five @5 (9/4/17): Haley and Mattis talk North Korea, backlash to Trump’s ‘DACA’ decision and more…

The Top Five @5 for Monday, September 4, 2017.

Duration: 00:14:20

Gordon Chang on North Korea: “Kim Jong-Un believes that President Trump is in no position to respond effectively”

Brian Noonan talks with ABC News Washington correspondent Andy Fields and columnist Gordon Chang, author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World following US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley addressing the UN Security council in an emergency meeting in response to North Korea seemingly ramping up their nuclear testing.

Duration: 00:22:21

Brian Noonan Show 9/3/2017: What it takes to complete a Chicago summer in the perfect way

Brian shares details of his final summer road trip with his wife to Wisconsin; things Chicagoans do better than anyone else are discussed; newsman Roger Badesch covers ‘This Date In Old Man Music History”, and more!

Duration: 01:52:41

Live from Studio 435: Band Called Catch

Brian Noonan (in for Justin Kaufmann) visits with Tim Frank, Tim Koelling and Jess Lyons of Band Called Catch for some live music and conversation. They talk about reconvening for a new record after a five-year hiatus, the challenge of writing and arranging for what is typically an eight-member ensemble, the importance of a good shaker in a song, and more.

Duration: 00:34:22

Fred Weintraub talks Princess Diana’s legacy: “Diana…really improved the Royal Family”

Brian Noonan visits with Chicago’s “Royal watcher” Fred Weintraub, who discusses the legacy of Princess Diana as we approach the 20th anniversary of her death. They talk about Diana’s death as a “where were you when…” moment in history, and the lasting effect she had on the perception of the Royal Family, and Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

Duration: 00:29:35

USBA-IBF Light Heavyweight champ Mike Lee: “I don’t overlook anybody, but this 20-0 means a lot to me”

Boxer and Chicago native Mike Lee joins Brian Noonan ahead of his September 15th fight where he defends his USBA-IBF Light Heavyweight Title against Aaron Quattrocchi at the Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont. The champ talks about how watching “Rudy” and then attending Notre Dame helped him learn about himself and find a competitive edge, his physical and mental preparation heading into a bout, the importance of being able to overcome fear whether it’s in Rosemont or at Madison […]

Duration: 00:16:11

RedEye’s Adam Lukach is helping you maximize your Divvy experience

Chicago Tribune and RedEye reporter Adam Lukach joins Brian Noonan to break down the basics of Divvy, Chicago’s commuter bike-sharing system. He explains the ins and outs of checking out bikes and how to maximize your bike time, the city’s plans to add more stations in the outlying neighborhoods and the logistics of how stations are laid out throughout the city in relation to the most popular routes; he also shares some of his list of the best routes in the […]

Duration: 00:18:01

Brian Noonan Show 8/27/17: Brian’s eclipse adventure and wedding invitation etiquette

Brian recounts his Carbondale adventure during the solar eclipse. Plus: how do you address a wedding invitation in 2017, and when does tradition trump etiquette? To kick off the show, Brian talks to WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow live from Houston for an update on the extreme flooding in Texas thanks to Hurricane Harvey. Then, a local television reporter checks in with her experience getting stuck in Texas with no way of returning to Chicago as the flooding rages and it […]

Duration: 01:55:40

Karen Conti Law: 8.21.2017

Brian left the show early to get down to the eclipse, so Karen took the reigns to answer listeners’ questions about child support, car accidents & wills.

Duration: 00:39:33

Brian Noonan’s Eclipse-A-Palooza

This week on the Brian Noonan Show, we dedicate the first 2 hours to the upcoming eclipse. First, he talks to Steve Powers, City Manager of Salem, Oregon, which will be the first town in continental US to experience eclipse. Brian and Steve talk about the months of planning the city has put into organizing Monday’s eclipse festivities. Then, SIU Communications Spokesperson Rae Goldsmith called in to tell Brian all about the exciting eclipse hoopla happening in and around campus […]

Duration: 01:15:07

Brian Noonan Show 8/13/17: Summer adventures with Flapjack Brewery

Brian discusses Milwaukee Irish Fest and summer road trips, in addition to getting a taste of local Chicago beer from Flapjack Brewery. To kick off the show, Brian talks to WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow live from Charlottesville for an update on the ongoing police activity following the clash of protesters over the weekend. Then, Milwaukee Irish Fest’s Catherine Ward calls into the show to give a preview of Irish Fest on August 17-20, 2017, including talk of bands and special […]

Duration: 01:59:10

Karen Conti covers the Michelle Carter Sentence, “Pink Slime” Meat Case, Blackhawks, and more!

Karen Conti is joined in studio by Damon Cheronis, Criminal Defense Attorney, to discuss the grand jury into Russian election interference, the Michelle Carter sentence, and the upcoming Van Dyke/Laquan McDonald trial. Next, Karen talks with Attorney, Dan Webb, as he just completed a trial against ABC News for the “Pink Slime” meat case. Then, John McDonough, CEO and President of Chicago Blackhawks, shares his experiences while working with the Blackhawks team. Comedian Tom Dressen also...

Duration: 02:08:46

Brian Noonan Show 7/30/17: By Your Side and seeing musical idols

Brian discusses his experience trying to ride flamingos, talks autism with By Your Side President Brad Balduf, recaps seeing Paul McCartney live, and much more. To kick off the show, Brian tells a hilarious story of trying to ride flamingos at the zoo. “I was going all Jon Snow at the Brookfield Zoo today” is an actual quote from his story, so you definitely don’t want to miss it! Then, Brian is joined in-studio by By Your Side President and […]

Duration: 02:08:07

Brian Noonan Show 7/16/17: Jonathan Pritchard talks being a mentalist

Brian and the crew debate whether a hot dog is a sandwich, and Jonathan Pritchard stops by the studio to talk mentalism and more. To kick off the show, Brian talks about some of the latest antics from five-year-olds that he’s been interacting with over the last few weeks, including how he dealt with certain “meltdown” stories. He also draws some interesting parallels between his experience with kids and his interactions with adults every day. Brian and the crew then […]

Duration: 01:55:00

Chicago’s New Love For Poké With Aloha Poké Co.’s Zach Friedlander

Owner and Founder of Aloha Poké Co. Zach Friedlander joins Brian Noonan, in for Dean Richards, to talk about the latest Chicago food craze; Poké. They talk about the history of the dish that came from the streets of Hawaii and are now a delicious must-have for Chicagoans.

Duration: 00:18:46

Love In The City Of Lights: Christopher Howard From Broadway In Chicago’s ‘ An American In Paris’

Brian Noonan, in for Dean Richards, welcomes in Christopher Howard from Broadway in Chicago’s An American in Paris. They talk about his role as Dance Captain and Swing Performer and they discuss the story that has been capturing audiences for over 50 years and what to expect in the new Chicago version which takes a different look at Paris post WWII.

Duration: 00:11:23

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