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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 Slaughter in the Middle East

Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups are being butchered in the Middle East. This is not up for debate. It is a fact. Who are the Assyrians? Why are they being targeted? Who are the Yazidis? Why are their women and children being tortured, forced to marry ISIS fighters, and driven from their homelands?…

Mass Shootings: An American Epidemic

With the news of yet more shootings at American schools, we thought it time to move beyond the debate on guns. What is wrong in American culture that has led us to this disturbing phenomenon? The patient is clearly sick. What are the causes that have manifested themselves in this, seemingly, uniquely American symptom of…

On Spies and Generals: Two Civil War Historians

When Civil War generals are discussed, most often they are Grant and Lee. But of course both sides had able and noteworthy commanders. One of the most revered on the Confederate side is Stonewall Jackson. S.C. Gwynne has written a very readable history of Jackson, and joins us here in part one to talk about…

On the Origins of Language with Two Linguists

Words, language, communication. It’s one of our favorite topics. Language can be beautiful, frightening, coarse, forceful, and arresting and, when under the employ of a master, it is like “wine upon the lips”, according to Virginia Woolf. In the photograph that accompanies this entry is a rendering of the Tower of Babel. As the story…

On the United States, Russia, Syria and the Power Play between Putin and Obama

Russia has moved militarily into Syria, ostensibly to fight ISIS, though those in the know say its true aim is to bolster the Assad regime. Whatever the case may be, the red line was crossed by president Assad a long time ago and ISIS has done nothing if not grown in strength over the past…

Three Archivists

Chicago is rife with fascinating libraries and collections. Many of those are located on campus on any number of the fine institutions of higher learning in the area. We invited three professionals in the field to discuss what they do, how they acquire their wares, and to talk about their collections. Included here are Kevin…

The In$ane Chicago Way with John Hagedorn

We never tire of Chicago crime stories. Professor John Hagedorn is one of the foremost authorities on gangs, gang culture, the drug trade and organized crime in the city of Chicago and beyond. He has just had published his latest work, The In$ane Chicago Way, a fascinating story of an attempt by Latin gangs to…

On the State of Israel

This program has never made secret its support of the State of Israel. Once again, Israel finds itself in a precarious national security setting as the debate rages on the recent Iran nuclear deal and the migration catastrophe that is engulfing huge swathes of the Middle East. To discuss the current state of the State…

Children of Monsters with Jay Nordlinger

Jay Nordlinger is that most valued sort of journalist: a true intellectual. Not only does he cover politics as the Senior Editor of National Review, he’s also a fine music critic. Nordlinger has a curiosity that lends itself well to writing books. He recently asked himself what might have become of the children of some…

Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking with Richard Nisbett

Richard Nisbett is one of the most influential social psychologists in the world. One of his many talents is his ability to explain the inner workings of the mind in plain language, and to explain why we do some of the things we do, why one group acts the way that it does, and how…