The Long Run of Terrorism

With Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey, son of the great American poet and a leading international journalist, wrote a book in 2009 predicting much more terrorism to come. He was, to say the least, prescient and his analysis remains most relevant down to the present time of escalated Islamist assault upon the West and its national cultures.


The John Carradine Story

With John Carradine

A number of listeners, over the years, have remembered this one and asked that we put it up on podcast. Here, in conversation with John Anderson of the Tribune, we are recounting the great actor’s visit to the program on a decidedly wet St. Patrick’s Day.


The Philosophy and Science of Baseball

With Carrie Muscat, Phil Rogers, David Kaplan

Three veteran journalistic observers of the great game sat down one night in 2002 to share their wisdom. Here is the fascinating outcome—a general treatise about the game that is definitely not a mere set of predictions about the then-current season (in which the Cubs did not particularly distinguish themselves).


The Times and Convictions of a Conservative Publisher

With Alfred S. Regnery

We bandy about the words “liberal” and “conservative” as we discuss just about anything in the realm of public policy or private preference. In this conversation from 2008 we examine the history of conservative thought from Edmund Burke to the present. Our guide ran the leading conservative publishing house (simply “Regnery”) for many years.


“Don’t know much about history”…..

With E. D. Hirsh

……or geography or philosophy or how to read or write the language. That, says E.D. Hirsch, was the problem thirty years ago when he wrote “Cultural Literacy” and it is still the case for far too many American high school and college students. Last year, long after our original discussion of the great failure of American education, we discussed it again and found that cultural illiteracy still prevails.


Into the Fray that was the Boulder GOP Debate

With Richard Baehr, Ed Lasky, Larry Sabato, Jonathon Last, and Fred Barnes

By most accounts, the third GOP debate was a circus which strangely pitted the Republican candidates banding together to fend off their foes–not the Democrats, but rather their moderators from CNBC.

To shed light on the proceedings–if there was any of political value–we turn to a fine panel. In studio, Richard Baehr and Ed Lasky of American Thinker, Larry Sabato of the Center for Politics and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Jonathan Last and Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard.

For this installment we are using podcasts from the new program (heard Monday through Friday, 4-6PM at WCGO 1590AM). If you followed the program at WGN but have not yet discovered or heard the new program, do please join us there. Our next installment at this website will be back to the classic programs from our 38 years at WGN.


An Hour with Joseph Morris

With Joe Morris

As you know we are always keen to keep abreast of all of the latest political news. One member of our Political A-Team is Joseph Morris, former U.S. Assistant Attorney General and all-around polymath. We brought him to the show to discuss the upcoming election and the candidates on both sides, the troubles in the Middle East, and a vast range of other topics.


The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball

With Charles Fountain

8 Men Out. Shoeless Joe Jackson. Even the most casual baseball fan will know a bit about the 1919 Chicago White Sox–or Black Sox*. But what is the true story behind the scandal? As we all know, Hollywood often takes liberties with the facts when producing a feature length film. And how did that World Series give birth to the game as we know it today? Charles Fountain has delved deep into the history and offers this fascinating account of the gambling ring that destroyed the players who participated–and maybe some who didn’t–and sheds light on that heroic figure, Joe Jackson.


The Many Faces of Christ

With Philip Jenkins

Dr. Philip Jenkins has written extensively on the ‘Lost Gospels‘. In this newest book, The Many Faces of Christ, he takes on the notion that these books on the life and divinity of Jesus were never really accepted by the church. To the contrary, they were openly and regularly discussed by early church fathers and elders all the way through the middle ages. The story of how we came to the books of the Bible is well documented. Now Jenkins rights the historical inaccuracies long accepted on these gospels, and how the misconceptions came to be and, more important, what those books contain, is utterly fascinating.