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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 Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson with Joseph Califano, Jr.

Joseph Califano is a politician, educator and public servant with decades of experience. He was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, he was with the Defense Department, and he was–and still is–one of the champions of the anti-drug crusade. But he may be known most for his time working alongside President Lyndon B. Johnson as…

Milt’s Music

When we absolutely have to remove ourselves from the news of the day, we turn on the record player. Well, cds, streaming, etc. Milt delved into his collection to sample music from Verdi to Jerry Lee Lewis and dozens of genres in between. Joining him with headphones on was producer Dan French, who also gave…

The Anatomy of Revolution

Many have written about it, some have even penned songs. But how is a revolution properly executed? When is it necessary? When is it effective and what is the aftermath? To answer this question, we checked in with two esteemed historians, both well-versed in revolution. John Bushnell is a historian at Northwestern, and has studied…

Milt’s Political A-Team

It’s nearing the time that we must check in with the political world on a regular basis. As of this writing, Donald Trump still leads the GOP race, seemingly to the chagrin and exasperation of top pollsters and major news networks. Hillary Clinton is embroiled in an email scandal, and Joe Biden may challenge her.…

Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion…with Doug Swanson

Even if you’re not a gambler you’ve heard the name Binion. Benny Binion started a gambling dynasty and took his uniquely Texan approach to gambling and poker to Vegas, where his World Series of Poker took the nation by storm. But there was (and is) a lot more to Benny Binion than just savvy and…

The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season with Barry Svrluga

Baseball is hot again in Chicago as the Cubs are off to their best season in decades and look to be positioning themselves for postseason ball for the first time in several years. So we thought we’d check in with Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post to talk about the ins and outs of a…

Turmoil in the Markets

After a sharp decline in the various indices on Monday, we thought it wise to reach out to our friends at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Joining us from the academic world to determine whether this is “the beginning of the end” (it’s not!) or just a blip on the radar (most…

The Great American Novel

We nearly titled this show ‘The Greatest American Novels’ before realizing, quite rightly, that that is a show that would be faulted by name. It’s impossible to classify, say, the ‘Top Ten’ greatest American novels. Better to have a discussion on many of the ‘Great American Novel‘ and novelists as a concept and see if…

The Art and Science of Crisis Management

Pop Quiz: Who said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste”? Time’s up. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is the correct answer. While not everyone may see a crisis as an opportunity, those in the business of managing image and rehabbing public opinion–pr experts–are an essential component of getting back in the good graces…

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Lord Conrad Black and Mark Steyn

Most Chicago natives will know the name Conrad Black well, and those beyond Chicago will most certainly have heard the name. In addition to being a publisher of major newspapers, he’s also a fine journalist and historian. Among the many matters discussed on this recent program was his great historical entry, Flight of the Eagle.…