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.


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.


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.


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.


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.