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With Milt Rosenberg

That three-dollar word is used here to say that Milt has taken a week off from putting up the new material for this website. And that is largely because of the press of new demands on his time due to the new live radio program that he has launched.

He will be back again next week with a new major interview and with five new selections from the vast file of Extension 720 Classics. Meanwhile do please continue to enjoy the hundreds of programs available here.

And if you have not yet done so do tune in to the new daily Milt Rosenberg show. It is on WCGO AM and the frequency is 1590. It can be heard live every week day from 12 Noon to 2PM whether on “terrestrial” radio or steaming on  the internet. Also now available are the full podcasts of all the new programs from the first month on air. For access just go to the stations website  (again. WCGO radio) and link to the podcast pages for Milt’s show.

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Shrinks and Beyond

With Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman

As many of you know, Milt is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Having spent so many decades in the field, he’s often hesitant to discuss it. But this fascinating new book by the highly regarded Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman proved too much to ignore. Listen to these two amazing minds discuss the mind itself along with the history of psychology and psychiatry. You’ll hear a brand new take on the legacy of Sigmund Freud that could change the way that we view the field. Also discussed: Are psychiatrists in the 21st century too quick to prescribe psychotropic drugs?

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The Roads to Religious Conversion

With three religious converts

These days in the middle east the threat of death at the hands of ISIS is forcing ostensible conversions away from other faiths and into Islam. But, of course, real conversions from one faith to another do occur in other circumstances and often with deep conviction. Here is a memorable conversation back in 1985 with  three women who went, respectively, from Protestant  Christianity to Judaism, from Judaism to Roman Catholicism and from Catholicism to Islam.

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Who is the Central Character (After God) in the “Old Testament?”

With Robert Pinsky and Benjamin Sommer

You could, of course, answer Adam or Moses. But for Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, it has to be David. So he attests–and reveals why–in this engrossing  conversation with  Judaic historian, Benjamin Sommer, and the fascinated moderator of the program. The extra attraction: Some wonderful  poems about David read  here by Pinskey.

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Who Are These Six Great Film Actors?

With Six famous but unidentified film actors

Here are brief clips for each of them as they appeared on our program back in the “80′s. Their voices and styles were distinctive and if you are over 50 you should be able to identify all of them and, for that matter, many of their films are still frequently on view.

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How to Read Other People’s Minds

With James Randi

There may be some whose ESP power enables them to actually do that. But James (the Amazing) Randi, having sought them for many years, has  never found one. However–and it is a big “however”–he does  do great “cold readings” which persuade the person being read that his mind and history have been magically probed. Here he is one night disguised as “The Incredible Zoran” as he practices and explains the mind-reading art.

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Professional Football, Surgery and Early Death

With Three big Bears

Does that title suggest a newly-arisen concern? Not actually. Here are three veteran football players (all from the Chicago Bears and, at he time, all broadcasters at WGN) telling their disturbing stories way back  in 2001. What emerges in this rollicking conversation is that getting your bones broken gains you temporary riches, great stories and permanent pain.

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The Barack and Milt Show

With Barack Obama

Back in 1995, as he was readying himself for his attempt to get elected to the State Senate of Illinois, this youngish Chicago lawyer (and former community organizer!) joined us to discuss his new book and his attitudes toward various major matters. Having heard him on the air for this hour and a half discussion would you have predicted a “big public career” to come?  Frankly, it did not so strike me. But upon the guest’s departure the program’s producer, an otherwise calm, quite intelligent and slightly cynical recent Yale graduate, excitedly declared, “I don’t know where he’s going but I want to go there with him!!” How much of the Obama to come do you hear in this longish sample of the Obama that was?

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Which Are the Really “Great Books?”

With Mark Bauerlein and Bruce Gans

Those, say our guests,  that are among “the best that has been thought or said.” Our two very well read guests are Mark Bauerlein of Emory University and Bruce Gans of Wright College  who is also the founder of the Great Books Institute. Yes of course, Plato, Machiavelli, Dante, Shakespeare and the rest of that crowd are discussed; but you will be surprised and probably fascinated by some of the other authors who show up and are here quoted and appreciated in a memorable discussion from 2004.

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Why Evolution is True

With Jerry Coyne and Robert Richards

That, as it happens, is the title of a book by Jerry Coyne, one of our guests in this assertive and informative 2009 show. He is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. Our other guest, Robert Richards, is in Philosophy of Science at the same institution and both are, among other things, major experts on Darwinian theory. But, say the doubters, how could something as complex as the human eye have “just evolved” rather than have been designed? They explain that one and a great deal more in this noteworthy discussion.

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