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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.

From the Cincinnati Reds to the Moscow Reds

Irwin Weil is a fine storyteller we have known for years. As professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Northwestern, he is also an expert on Russian life and culture. He has just penned an autobiography, and joined Milt to talk Russian life, music, a bit of politics and culture and to share some of…

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An Hour with Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is, quite simply, one of the finest minds in America. Professor Emeritus, Classics, at the University of California, Fresno, he is also one of the foremost writers on American politics and foreign policy. It is always an education speaking with him and today is no different.

The State of the American Mind

Decades ago, the grade most given to high school students was a C. Today? It’s an A. Does anyone honestly believe that American youth are smarter than they were 50 years ago? What has changed? Cultural Literacy is a theme we will be visiting again on this program. It’s an ongoing theme. Mark Bauerlein and…

The Historical Jesus

Jesus is one of the greatest philosophers the Earth has ever known. He is the Son of God to many, a great prophet to others, and a rabble-rousing revolutionary to some. Then there’s the claim claim he didn’t exist. On the latter point, we feel that it is no point at all. To deny that…

Top 10 Films of All Time

Compiling lists of our top ten songs, favorite ball players or films is always a fun endeavor. Who makes the list? Who did we anguish over having to leave out? We turned to our learned panel of film scholars and critics. Sitting in, Pete Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com and EFilmCritic.com, filmmaker and scholar Spencer Parsons of…

Philosophy 101: What Does it All Mean?

What? Why? How? The basic questions are sought after by scientists, men of religion, and some of our favorite people: philosophers. From Socrates to Descartes, to Wittgenstein to Locke to Lao Tzu, these were learned and wise men who sought answers to those questions. Two fantastic philosophers from contemporary times are Rick Lee of DePaul…

Conservative Heroes with Garland Tucker III

Jefferson, Reagan, Goldwater. Those are the names you’d expect to see on a list of influential conservatives. But interestingly, Mr. Tucker has compiled a fascinating list of others whom he deems worthy of study. It may surprise you. Well researched, and oozing with passion for this nation and what it stands for, “Conservative Heroes: 14…

Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy

A question often bandied about is how Americans’ feel about our involvement overseas. Maybe a better one is how our leaders feel about it, and whether or not their feelings are in line with the citizens’. That’s just one of the many that are posed in this informative entry into the series, as Milt is…

Chicago Crime

Chicago Crime. It sounds like the newest dramatic series coming to a network near you. Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s a big, big problem. And there’s no shortage of people who believe they know how to fix it, or who’s to blame. But on this program, we always leave the passion behind and use our minds.…

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Reagan: The Life with H.W. Brands

Much has been written about our 40th president. Many are hagiographies, many are hit pieces. But few are as even handed as this latest biography by the great H.W. Brands of the University of Texas at Austin. Milt and professor brands speak in depth on Reagan’s boyhood life, particularly the psychological wounds Reagan took from…