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  • Listen up.

     
    Mary Schmich and I will be guests of John Williams on WGN AM 720 at 11 a.m. We will try not use any of the station's newly forbidden words and expressions, though I am a big fan of "to be......
  • Who put the demon into `Deem and Pass'?

     
    I'm deep into rehearsals for today's appearance on the John Williams show (11 a.m. WGN Am 720). Mary Schmich keeps stepping on my lines and John is missing his cues. But meantime, I want to open the floor for those......
  • The World's Greatest Podcast: Bad calls & close calls

     
    Mary Schmich, John Williams and I discussed crazy 7th-grad parents (like me) in Chicago, Mary's close call last night in which she mistakenly filed a four-year old column and our view about the future of Democrats in the House who......
  • Richard D. Zanuck, a Hollywood legend too busy for nostalgia

     
    This is a longer version of my Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar cover on Hollywood producer Dick Zanuck, who is having quite the year with "Alice in Wonderland," "Clash of the Titans" and "Book of Eli." I interviewed Zanuck last......
  • What was the best day of your life? Team WGP wants to know

     
    Mary Schmich, John Williams and I discussed the idea of “the best day of my life,” health care reform and the rescue of a child from Haiti during our weekly chat on WGN AM 720. The Best Podcast Episode of......
  • Swearing as an expression of intimacy

     
    John Williams made a good point earlier this week on WGN AM: The use of profanity is sometimes -- not always, of course -- a way in which we express friendship, trust and a degree of closeness. By using a......
  • Spicing up the Hall of Governors

     
    WGN AM 720 host John Williams has asked his listeners to contribute suggestions for a suitable portrait of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to hang in the Hall of Governors in the State Capitol, given the controversy over the cost. Here's......
  • World's Greatest Lunchbox

     
    John Williams is off today so there will be no World's Greatest Podcast with him, Mary Schmich and me. I will be attempting to fill the void with another appearance on the live-chat show The Lunchbox at noon (and archived......
  • Blago belongs in the Hall

     
    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich should hang. No, not from the gallows. The federal corruption charges on which he'll be tried later this year are not capital offenses. And neither are his excruciating antics on "Celebrity Apprentice," though he...
  • L.A. County High School for the Arts has celebrity lineup to celebrate its 25th anniversary

     
    These may be tough times for maintaining excellence in public education, given the condition of the California state government that's primarily responsible for funding it, but that's not stopping the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts from...
  • World's Greatest Podcast -- a grab-bag of timely topics

     
    Mary Schmich, John Williams and I carry on in a desultory but we hope entertaining fashion. Click to play: World's Greatest Podcast 4/7 (.mp3)...