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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.

The Ghost in My Brain with Dr. Clark Elliot

Imagine that everything you knew about living life was lost. You couldn’t do your job. You couldn’t even walk. You couldn’t recognize people by name, even your children. For Dr. Clark Elliot, a professor of Artificial Intelligence at DePaul University, this nightmare was his reality. To top it off, he was told he had a…

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Milt’s Music

Sometimes we have to decompress a bit and step back from the interviews. When that’s the case, we go to music class with Dr. Rosenberg. Such was the occasion on this program, another installment of Milt’s music.

Kenneth C. Davis and the Hidden History of America at War

Kenneth C. Davis is a marvelous historian and the author of the wildly popular ‘Don’t Know Much‘ book series. He’s turned his well-trained eye to the military and, specifically, though it should come at no surprise based on the title, American war history. As he always does, he uncovers many facts we may not have…

Architecture in Chicago and Beyond

One of our great guests over the years is the Tribune’s Architecture Critic Blair Kamin. With several exciting renovation projects underway and the new 606 Trail once again proving the visionary leadership of Chicago in regard to green space, we thought it was time to take stock of this city’s rich architectural history and standing.…

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The Inner Workings of the Brain; How do We Learn and Remember?

We love dispelling myths on this show. One longstanding myth is that we only use a small percentage of our brain. What’s the truth? We enlisted David Uttal, the Director of Cognitive Psychology, and Paul Reber, the Director of Brain, Behavior and Cognition, both at Northwestern University, to tell us. You’ll have to listen to…

Milt’s Political A-Team: What to Do about ISIS (with Fred Kagan)

On the panel today: Charles Lipson, Joseph Morris, and Dick Ciccone. Also joining is the American Enterprise Institute‘s Fred Kagan, the architect of the Troop Surge in Iraq. Is it time to concentrate forces to destroy ISIS? Or will we wait and let them retake the whole of Iraq and Syria? This is the most…

The Poetry Show

We make clear in no uncertain terms that we are lovers of art and lovers of words. There is no greater form of art and words than poetry. But what makes poems great? What makes some more successful than others? What makes one poem stir the heartstrings of one man or woman and, in another,…

Christopher Wright – No More Worlds to Conquer

If you’re a fan of this program you probably know that the title of the new book by Chris Wright is a quote about Alexander the Great. If you’re not into history, you may remember it as one of the many quotable scenes from Die Hard and the great actor Alan Rickman. At any rate,…

Alex’s Wake with Martin Goldsmith

If you don’t know the truly heartbreaking story of the MS St. Louis, you are in for a shock. Fleeing Germany in the ramp up to hostilities in World War II, a group of Jews was first turned away from asylum in Cuba, then the United States and then Canada. All returned to Europe. The…

The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson

Washington and Jefferson hated each other. What? Washington and Jefferson hated each other? How can that be? That was our reaction when we read what Tom Fleming had discovered and made the central theme of his great new book “The Great Divide“. It seems anathema to everything we’ve come to believe of our founding fathers…