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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 Health and Illness of Illinois with the Illinois Policy Institute

Something is rotten in the state of Illinois. More people are leaving than coming and, despite the many qualities of life in the Chicagoland area, people are choosing to work and live in other states where they can, frankly, keep more of their money. What would a healthier economy in our state entail? What can…

‘The Devil’s Pleasure Palace’ with Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is a renowned critic. But instead of music or film, this time he has turned his attention to the cultural decline of our nation and our rotting society. His latest, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace:The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West has become a hugely influential work upon publication. What…

‘Spinglish’ with Christopher Cerf

Chris Cerf is no stranger to creative language. Along with his co-author Henry Beard, he also co-founded National Lampoon, was a publisher at Random House, worked on The Muppets and Sesame Street, contributed to Saturday Night Live, and has composed songs for some of the biggest musicians on the planet. Their latest work, Spinglish–with the…

A Trip to the Movies; Film Noir

On this program we occasionally venture into the realm of entertainment. Our last film discussion was on the Western. Today, we focused on Film Noir. Like any genre, there are great and not-so-great entries. So today we spoke on the best as we see them. John Kupetz, Nathan Holmes, and Matt Hauske have seen almost…

The Once and Future King; on the Presidency and the Race for It; Frank Buckley and William Howell

The race for the presidency is in full swing. But what if the very seat on which so much money is spent and for which so many are running was too close to the very office–of king–than our founding fathers ever intended? That is the contention of F.H. Buckley, who has written a masterful work…

Faith Versus Fact with Jerry Coyne

Two themes to which we often return on this program are faith and fact. Or, more specifically, religion and science. Dr. Jerry Coyne–always a remarkable interview–has just had published another supremely fascinating book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible. You should read his previous influential work, Why Evolution is True. Coyne is…

James Piereson – Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order

One need not look further than Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the top of the GOP candidate heap to know that Americans have become disillusioned with the political establishment. James Piereson takes a look at previous political ‘revolutions’ that have already taken place in this country. Piereson tells us that another is on its way. His…

Analysis of the First 2016 GOP Debate

It wasn’t the Roman Senate or Lincoln v Douglas, but it was entertaining. Perhaps that is, for better or worse, a large part of the formula of a political “debate” in the digital age. Donald Trump came in a large favorite. There are mixed feelings as to whether that lead will be so large once…

Elementary, my dear Rosenberg

Of course, when you see the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” you think of Sherlock Holmes. But…Holmes never uttered this phrased. It’s one of the great misquotes in literary history, and it’s just one of many we explored recently when we welcomed three ‘Sherlockians‘, all part of the group The Hounds of the Baskerville. Dr.…

American Cornball with Christopher Miller

What is funny? When does something become funny? Cease to be funny? Christopher Miller is a best-selling author, college professor who asked himself these questions and set out to answer the in his very amusing book, American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny. Think Whoope Cushions, squirting flowers, college professors and countless others.…