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Milt Rosenberg is a daily show featuring intelligent, enlivening and thought provoking discussions centered on the world of ideas. Guests from the world of literature, journalism, academia, public policy, science, religions, and foreign policy join Milt to discuss the big questions of the day–an all star list of people who shape our world.

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Milt Rosenberg is a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago and the former host of the long-running public affairs program Extension 720. Milt hosted Extension 720 on WGN Radio five nights a week for nearly 40 years before ending his run in December 2012.

During his academic career, Milt held posts at Yale, the Naval War College, Dartmouth, Ohio State and finally, the University of Chicago, where he directed the doctoral program in social psychology.

Milt serves on the boards of many organizations, including the National Association of Scholars, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the Howard Center for Family and Religion and the National Great Books Curriculum. In 2008, in a White House ceremony, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush.

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Watch what you say. Don’t offend anyone.Be sensitive to the feelings of others. Censor yourself. These are probably suitable pieces of advice if you’re going to Sunday school, but if you’re trying to engage in political talk they are impossible to attain. Yet, somehow, our nation finds itself at a crossroads at which free speech…

Combating the Killer Diseases

The title of this program describes a noble fight. On the front lines of this battle are America’s physicians and support staff in the various studies of medicine. We’ve enlisted the participation of three leading doctors from The University of Chicago Medicine, namely Drs. Douglas Dirschl, Jason Luke, and Nir Uriel, a surgeon, an oncologist…

The Skeptic’s Case Against Anthropogenic Global Warming

Man is causing the Earth to warm. Industry and man’s poor stewardship of the planet will lead to our ruin. This is not an uncommon opinion held by many. Indeed, labeling it “opinion” is heretical in some circles. But as there are many instances of the Earth shedding one climate pattern for another throughout geological…

What Every American Needs to Know with E. D. Hirsch

A collective cry resounds from coast to coast: “We’ve got to fix our broken education system!” Yet what do we do? Young Americans are caught between schools’ requirements to maintain certain levels of testing and garnering a valuable, useful education that can manufacture valuable, able-minded citizens. E. D. Hirsch is a pioneer in the field…

Space Exploration: a History, Current Affairs, and a Look Toward the Future

In anyone’s top ten list of great events of American history would be man’s walking on the moon. This nation was the world leader in space exploration and, while we’ve scaled back our manned missions into the final frontier, there are still many exciting projects underway. Just this week there was debate about the mysterious…

John Kass on the State of Radio, Newspapers, and Free Speech

John Kass should be appointed as the new head of FIFA. To be sure, it’s an appointment that would suit him. But as he may not have the necessary backing, he will have to rely on his current position as the hugely popular columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Kass sat in with Milt to…

Gay Marriage Wins 5-4 SCOTUS Decision

We delve deep into issues political, scientific, academic and beyond on this program. This compels us to address news items of grave importance as they develop. So when the report from the Supreme Court came today of its historic ruling making gay marriage legal in all fifty states, we immediately assembled a panel to analyze…

Building the H Bomb: A Personal History

Kenneth W. Ford is one smart cookie. He went to work at Los Alamos at the ripe old age of 24, working alongside such physicist luminaries as Oppenheimer, Fermi, Wheeler, Neumann, and Teller. If these names don’t ring a bell to you, then you have found this interview at the right time, because you’d do…

Senator George J. Mitchell – The Negotiator: A Memoir

Senator George Mitchell was the Majority Leader until he did something we could only wish that other politicians would emulate: He retired from political life. He has just penned a memoir which is deeply readable. It is not merely a collection of self-congratulating tales from a political life, but there are some amusing and interesting…

News from the Religious World

There’s a lot happening on the religious front. Pope Francis has weighed in on climate change. ISIS continues its mayhem in the Middle East. Church attendance in America is going the way of church attendance in Europe–many empty pews in houses of worship of nearly all denominations. To discuss these and many others of spiritual…