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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 China Mirage

It’s time to take an academic look at China. Will they surpass the United States as the world’s foremost superpower? What do we misunderstand about that great nation? How has its culture influenced the way it does business as continues to evolve into a hybrid communist/capitalist economy? Joining Milt in studio is Northwestern University professor…

Talking Sports with Joseph Epstein – Masters of the Games

Joseph Epstein is one of the finest writers in America. He is, also, a sports fanatic. As sports writing at large is not as rife with fine literary contributions as it once was, we are always pleased when a talent the likes of Joseph turn their pen to our favorite past times. He has made…

Great Heroes of the American Western

We love the movies. Film, cinema, whatever you want to call it. Some of it’s art, some of it’s not. Equally with the Western genre, there are indeed works of modern art and then there are just fun shoot-em-up flicks that are the predecessors of the modern action movie. Milt sat down with Matt Hauske…

Former NYC Police Commisioner/Homeland Security Nominee Bernard Kerik – From Jailer to Jailed

You probably remember the story. The recently established cabinet agency The Department of Homeland Security was looking for a new leader with the departure of Tom Ridge. Bernard Kerik, a regular image in the coverage of post 9/11 rescue missions and police investigations, forever at the side of mayor Rudy Giuliani, was tapped by President…

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Talking Science Fiction

Would we have smart phones without science fiction? Would we have ever dared to explore our galaxy, to dream of life on other planets? Probably not. Science Fiction has given birth to some of our greatest technologies, our greatest works of literature and, of course, some of our greatest films. Milt is joined in studio…

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When Paris Went Dark – author Ronald Rosbottom

Paris. The City of Lights. One of Milt’s favorite cities on the planet. But a curious set of circumstances led to the relatively easy takeover of France by the Nazis. Ronald Rosbottom has made a wonderful entry into that history with his latest, “When Paris Went Dark.”

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The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 4/20/15

We look to history to learn lessons about ourselves. Rome was, undoubtedly, a great empire. Can we learn anything about our future by studying its rise and ultimate demise? Milt is joined in studio by the venerable Dr. Dan Garrison and Professor Taco Terpstra to discuss what made Rome great and what happened to bring…

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Live Long and Prosper. Growing well as we grow older 4/17/15 Hour 1

“Live long and prosper” was, of course, the phrase of Leonard Nimoy’s iconic character Spock from Star Trek. How do we ensure that we don’t merely live to a ripe, old age, but to be in the best of shape possible when we get there. The time to consider health is not once it has…

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Live Long and Prosper. Growing well as we grow older 4/17/15 Hour 2

“Live long and prosper” was, of course, the phrase of Leonard Nimoy’s iconic character Spock from Star Trek. How do we ensure that we don’t merely live to a ripe, old age, but to be in the best of shape possible when we get there. The time to consider health is not once it has…

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Caveat Emptor: Scams and Ripoffs 4/16/15 Hour 1

Milt was joined in studio by Steve Bernas, president of the Better Business Bureau for Chicago and Northern Illinois and David O’Toole of the Federal Trade Commission. The discussion was all about the many scams, ripoffs, confidence games, and more tools the underworld employs to separate you from your money. As the saying goes, “if…