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The Search for the Historical Jesus...

Guest: John Dominic Crossan and Ray Pickett

.....or, as the famous Albert Schweitzer put it, "Der Besuch dem Historichen Jesu"...has occupied the full careers of many biblical scholars. One of the foremost in our time is John Dominic Crossan who is joined in this recent conversation from our new daily program on WCGO, by Ray Pickett of…

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The Voices on the Commercials….

Guest: Harlan Hogan, Joel Corey, Lisa Lewis and a guy called Ron

....whether in radio or television are provided by "voice-over actors," many of whom pursue their special trade (it's really a very special art!) in Chicago. Here are four of them telling the secrets of the trade, invoking their many voices and having a good gossip session one night back in…

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Simple Words and Short Sentences? Nah!!

Guest: John McWhorter

Here's a famous linguist who disagrees with contemporary advocates of the simple, minimalist style whether in writing or in oratory. To the contrary, John McWhorter tells us, in this spirited conversation from 2003, that he favors and misses the "elevated speech" that once marked the public utterances of great political…

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Warren Buffett and Benjamin Disraeli

Guest: two biographers

What's the connection? We assert nothing more than on one fine night in 2008 we did a two part program with two biographers who had done excellent and separate books about these two men of great (and incomparable) attainment. It rather makes one wish that we could get Disraeli and Buffett…

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Warren Christopher as Secretary of State

Guest: Warren Christopher

To our collection of occupants of the office (Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Schultz, Madeline Albright) we now add Warren Christopher who filled that most important cabinet position during all of the first term of Bill Clinton. Here, in 2001, he reminisces about such problems as Bosnia. Haiti, NAFTA and…

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Did the KGB Penetrate the CIA?

Guest: William Colby

The question has often been asked. Here William Colby, former Director of the CIA, addresses one  famous instance, namely the case of KGB defector Yuri Nosenko. Curiously, one important CIA personage, James Jesus Angleton, ended by madly accusing Colby himself of being a double agent of the KGB!

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Do Conservatives Have Heroes?

Guest: Garland Tucker III

Yes, of course. and the list is a long one that does not begin and end with Edmund Burke. Here is a discussion from a few weeks ago with a thoughtful and well-informed historian (part-time) who has done a fine book about fourteen particular American conservatives who, for him, help…

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The Craft of Lexicography

Guest: John Morse and Erin McKean

Two makers of modern dictionaries discussed their always challenging task (decisions, decisions, decisions!) and the questions of why and how all languages are always  in the process of changing. The discussion dates back to 2003 and, to say the least,  our language has not stopped doing so.

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The Dinosaurs of the American West

Guest: Paul Sereno

Some of the earliest dinosaurs from which the later and larger ones evolved,  were found in the U.S. by Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago. Here he is in a discussion from 2004 telling us how he and his student assistants went about finding them and extracting them from…

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