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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.

A Brief History of American Musical Theater

Sometimes we have to leave behind the world of politics, history and science and remember that entertainment holds an important place as part of the well-rounded life. A brief and welcome departure from news of presidential races and nuclear armament deals came to us in a study of theater and, specifically, American Musical Theater. We…

The Iranian Nuclear Deal; the Politics and the Science

So most of the week the media has been focusing on the political implications of the Iranian nuclear agreement and, while we will discuss that pertinent aspect of the deal, we thought we should look into the science behind their capabilities. What do we know? What is speculative? We brought in Rachel Bronson of the…

The Sacred Texts of the Abrahamic Traditions

Father Abraham had many sons, and from those sons were born three of the world’s greatest faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. While much is made of the differences between and the conflicts that have emerged amidst these groups, the fact that remains that we share common ancestry. So, what are the commonalities of those faiths?…

Iran Nuclear Agreement Reached

Interpretations of the long-term consequences of the nuclear agreement between the U.S., Iran and a host of other nations at the negotiating table are a disparate as American and Iranian ideas of freedom. Many herald it, but seemingly more are wondering how we could have given an inch to a nation so preoccupied with chanting…

The New Spymasters: Inside the Modern World of Espionage with Stephen Grey

Rosenberg. Milt Rosenberg. He always aims to bring you compelling talk. That was the goal with bringing journalist Stephen Grey to the program. Grey has just penned a new book in which he tackles the history and changing nature of spying as we have emerged from the Cold War and are now right in the…

Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy with Frank McLynn

The largest empire the world has ever known. A genius general of a Mongol horde that raped, pillaged, and burned its way across China, Central Asia, and all the way to the Atlantic. But most people know precious little about Genghis Khan other than the face that he was a successful warrior, a brutal subjugator…

The SAG-AFTRA Radio Players

Radio a’int what it used to be. From its beginning as a vehicle to broadcast weather and farm reports to an agricultural America to broadcasting the sounds of big bands from New York or Chicago to Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds broadcast, radio was king. That is, of course, until it was dethroned by…

The Fabulous Future with Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro

In 1956, an influential group of leaders published The Fabulous Future: America in 1980, in which they attempted to project how various aspects of life might look in 25 years or so. Some of it they got right, some of it wrong. It’s a noble task and an interesting concept for which editors might gather…

The Cosmos and Dark Matter

Space. The Origins of the Universe. Black Holes. Dark Matter. It’s seemingly impossible to tire of discussing the timeless question of how we got here. Sometimes we tackle this topic from a spiritual viewpoint, or we entertain a metaphysical talk. But more likely we turn to our friends in academia, specifically those who study cosmology.…

By the People with Charles Murray

Charles Murray is no stranger to controversy and, piggybacking on a similar theme from a recent episode of this program, was castigated in the media for his findings in his hugely influential book, The Bell Curve, published back in 1994. His newest work, By the People, is no less important and incredibly timely in its…