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Host Elysabeth Alfano dishes and drinks with celebs on The Celebrity Dinner Party. What funny stories and inspirational insights do celebs and influencers have to share from their road to success? Over food and drink the unscripted conversation flow, as Alfano sits down with some of the most prominent chefs, actors, directors, musicians, comedians, politicians and sports figures to find out! Live streaming and filmed in front of an audience and viwers that shares in the food and conversation ...
 
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University of Colorado Law School Professor Aya Gruber and Karchmar & Lambert Managing Partner and Cook County Bar Association President Cannon Lambert Sr. join Legal Face-Off to discuss the missing white woman syndrome in the wake of Gabby Petito’s murder. George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Professor Todd Zywicki discusses the lates…
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (10/19/2021): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast socially distanced from secure locations. This week, the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago, Charles Lipson discusses the origins of Critical Race Theory and how it’s being used to int…
 
Blackhawks legend, El Bandido Yankee Tequila co-founder and NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios joins Jon Hansen on WGN Radio. Hear as Chris talks about this year’s Blackhawks team and excitement for fans and a great season ahead. Hear as Chris fills us in on the origins of El Bandido Yankee Tequila Company that he founded with former NFL player and bu…
 
Andy Kuntz, Eddie Gossage and NASCAR Driver A.J. Allmendinger The man behind a favorite treat in fourteen states, Andy Kuntz joins Dane Neal “On The Road”. Hear as Andy shares excitement for this year’s NASCAR season and the anticipation for the upcoming Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at Texas Motor Speedway. Listen as Andy fills us in on the behind the…
 
21C Chicago Museum Hotel Adia Sykes, museum manager for 21C Chicago joins Dane Neal “On The Road”. Hear as Adia talks about the unique vision and concept for 21C and the newest member of the multi – city group, right here in Chicago. Listen as Adia talks about the way the art is built into the hotel for guests and the public as well, being open 24 …
 
It’s the spooky time of year, so it’s time to talk about Halloween beers and Halloween cocktails. A cocktail episode means that Greg and Pat get to hang out while Roger makes them cocktails. And Chris will make his own while spending way too much time crafting the garnish. If you have a question for the Barrel to Bottle Crew, email us at comments@b…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with James Beard-winning Chef Rick Bayless who is also a playwright for the immersive production “A Recipe for Disaster.” Windy City Playhouse is known for its immersive productions including the huge hit Southern Gothic. The Plot: it’s influencer night at “The Contumacious Pig, one of the city’s hottest rest…
 
The BBQ Bus with Pitmasters Brian and Brendan Dwyer with team and Scottie JohnsonWorld Champion Pitmaster Scottie Johnson Chicago’s all time greatest competition cook and World Champion Pitmaster Scottie Johnson joins WGN Radio’s Dane Neal during this year’s Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ. Hear as Scottie shares memories of winni…
 
The Mincing Rascals are Jon Hansen of Block Club Chicago, Eric Zorn of The Picayune Sentinel, Brandon Pope of Ebony Magazine and WCIU, Heather Cherone of WTTW and Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute. They begin by discussing the Chicago high school battling uncertainty after a protest against Latin music at the school’s dance. And the Rascals …
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (10/12/2021): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast socially distanced from secure locations. This week, veteran Chicago journalist and proprietor of Suburban Chicagoland, Ray Hanania talks about the way politics and media have changed in Chicago over the decades and asks the question,…
 
Acclaimed Pitmaster Brad Leighninger of Gettin’ Basted joins Dane Neal “On The Road” live from the Hollow after the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ. Hear as Brad shares how the “Hot and Fast” cooking revolution has taken hold and taken over with more wins and now the biggest BBQ title in the World. Listen as Brad shares the excite…
 
In this 281st episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano binges on episodes of “The Sopranos” before the new “The Many Saints Of Newark” movie prequel — and appreciates the TV show again. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3883348/3883348_2021-10-07-202948.64kmono.mp3By WGN Plus
 
The Mayor of Elk Grove Village, Craig B. Johnson joins Dane Neal “On The Road”. Hear as Mayor Johnson shares the honor of a visit from President Biden, in town to recognize Elk Grove’s position as home to North America’s largest industrial park and a global leader in business manufacturing and technology. Mayor Johnson fills us in on excitement for…
 
Roger put some real time and effort into this week’s episode of Barrel to Bottle, all about Czech Pilsners. He’s also asking Greg to be on his best behavior since he usually doesn’t like these kinds of beers. Roger has long encouraged listeners to check out lagers and more and more local breweries are making pilsners, so it’s never been easier to c…
 
Trophy Barrel Heads at “The Jack” pic courtesy of Dane Neal World Champion Pitmaster of Clark Crew BBQ, Travis Clark joins WGN’s Dane Neal while “On The Road” and heading to Lynchburg. Hear as Travis shares his experience winning the world’s top competition and looking forward to being back at The Jack and defending his title. Travis tells us why T…
 
University of Colorado Law School Professor Aya Gruber and Karchmar & Lambert Managing Partner and Cook County Bar Association President Cannon Lambert Sr. join Legal Face-Off to discuss the missing white woman syndrome in the wake of Gabby Petito’s murder. George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Professor Todd Zywicki discusses the lates…
 
According to a new book, the average teen spends nine hours a day on a screen. Nine hours. Even more alarming, we continue to learn about BIG TECH companies (like Facebook and Instagram) and their algorithms that hijack our kids' attention. Snapstreaks, Likes, Shares, you name it: These manipulative measures lead to more screen time. One psychologi…
 
Walter Jacobson talks about Ken Griffin’s recent comments about possibly moving his employees out of Chicago because of the gun violence. Walter says it’s time to stop with the talking and start doing with actions. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3883224/3883224_2021-10-07-150124.64kmono.mp3By WGN Plus
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast and creative team for “Kinky Boots,” now playing at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. With COVID precautions in place, (vaccination required and checked, masks worn), live performances have resumed in this glorious performance space. Kinky Boots had it’s pre-Broadway run in Chicago 10 years ago, …
 
The Mincing Rascals are Jon Hansen of Block Club Chicago in for John Williams, Eric Zorn of The Picayune Sentinel, Brandon Pope of Ebony Magazine and WCIU and Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute. They begin by discussing the Facebook outage that kept users off Instagram and WhatsApp, too. And, the Rascals debate whether or not social media sho…
 
CEO of BBQ Holdings, Jeff Crivello joins Dane Neal “On The Road”. Hear as Jeff shares excitement for new and expanded things happening with the restaurants and concepts with the company. Hear as Jeff talks about America’s love for BBQ and how he and his team are bringing beloved brands like Famous Dave’s or newer favorites like Real Urban BBQ to mo…
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (10/05/2021): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast socially distanced from secure locations. On this episode, Matt Rosenberg stops by to discuss his new book What, Next, Chicago? Notes of a Pissed-Off Native Son, in which he explores the roots of Chicago’s violent crime, failing schoo…
 
In this 280th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano explains he is cautiously optimistic about the Chicago Bears apparent plan to play in the suburbs — could they screw THIS up too? https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3881818/3881818_2021-10-04-023318.64kmono.mp3By WGN Plus
 
Radio philosophizer and political observer Jim Bohannon, whose program airs on WGN Radio from 1 to 4 am weekdays, speaks with Steve Dale and offers his views of whether divisive DC can ever come together, and he’ll review the Biden administration, so far. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3881801/3881801_2021-10-03-212601.64kmono.mp3…
 
Now that she’s gone national, Chicago talk show host Whitney Reynolds sits in with Steve Dale and talks about her guest interviews this upcoming season. She also discusses trying to staying humble amidst going national as well as receives dog advice from Steve. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3881800/3881800_2021-10-03-210400.64kmono.mp3…
 
Jeremy Wechsler, director of “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” at the Lit Theatre, calls in to discuss the animated sitcom. Together they share Simpsons trivia, talk about the hit show on the near north side, as well as the impact that “The Simpsons” had on pop culture. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3881798/3881798_2021-10-03-211238.64kmono.mp3…
 
With October 15th being National “I Love Lucy” Day and the 60th anniversary of the sitcom, actor Keith Thibodeaux, who played “Little Ricky” on the legendary series, joins Steve on air. Together they discuss how he originally got on the show, his first time meeting Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and more! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3881797/3881…
 
Uruguay is a wine region you may have not heard of before. Luckily, we have two special guests to introduce you to this category. Alec Griffiths, export manager of Bodega Garzón came all the way from Uruguay to do the podcast. Also joining Alicia is Bill Newton, Binny’s wine buyer for Uruguay. If you have a question for the Barrel to Bottle Crew, e…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the author of a new in depth biography of First Lady Nancy Reagan, Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor and political columnist Karen Tumulty. Tumulty makes it clear that Nancy was a very complex woman, not the caricature she was often presented to be. While husband, President Ronald Reagan was c…
 
NBMBAA President and CEO, Joe Handy sits down with J. Vincent Williams, President and CEO of the Chicago MSDC on a special episode of #BuyDiverse on WGN Radio. This episode joins Joe Handy as he shares his journey in life and leadership with family influences and the driving forces that brought him to where he is today, leading the 50th annual NBMB…
 
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn of The Picayune Sentinel, Heather Cherone of WTTW, Brandon Pope of WCIU and Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute. They start by discussing the Bears’ purchase agreement of the Arlington Heights racetrack, and Mayor Lightfoot’s mixed response. Then, the Rascals go over the city’s budg…
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (09/29/2021): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast socially distanced from secure locations. On this episode, retired Army intel officer and United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) investigator in Chicago, Patrick Dickinson discusses the challenges of securing U.S. …
 
Author Richard Keith joins Steve Dale to discuss his new book “Prison Clown,” exploring the years he spent in federal prison for what most would consider to be no crime at all. Listen in to hear the unfortunate story of a nice guy who had to pay an unfair price so the system could use him as an example, some insights into life in a federal prison c…
 
Kelly looks into the future of work and learning with noted expert Gary Bolles whose new book is called The Next Rules of Work: The Mindset, Skillset, and Toolset to Lead Your Organization Through Uncertainty. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3878771/Getting_to_Yes_And_Gary_Bolles_-_The_Next_Rules_of_Work__2021-09-23-191211.64kmono.mp3…
 
Tech superstar and USA TODAY syndicated columnist Jennifer Jolly joins Dane Neal on WGN Radio. Hear as Jennifer shares new advancements in teaching, learning and even healthy living when it comes to students and schools. From early learners and online support through college and extra concerns for cleanliness, Jennifer Jolly has a little some of th…
 
Community Theatre is back! The Westchester Civic Theatre group is hosting their 8×10 Theatre Festival after a year of hiatus, but this time with a slight twist….the 80s. Listen in while 80sx10 director and WGN Supervising Producer Ashley Bihun joins Steve Dale to talk about what one can expect if they come out and support community theatre again. T…
 
Playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez joins Steve Dale to talk about his latest story coming to the Goodman Theatre, American Mariachi. Listen in while Jose shares the details of the story that will be coming to life on stage this October and the history surrounding mariachi music. To learn more about about the show and to get tickets go to goodmantheatre.…
 
In this 279th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano and regular “Pop Culture Club” contributor Mick Kahler debate Rolling Stone magazine’s newest “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time List.” Does it deserve our “Respect”? https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3878807/3878807_2021-09-23-211107.64kmono.mp3 Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ …
 
Food Network host and star Sunny Anderson joins Dane Neal “On the Road”. Hear as Sunny shares her new show “Chocolate Meltdown Hersheys After Dark” and excitement for the kickoff coming up. Listen as Sunny fills us in on judges Maneet Chauhan and Ralph Attanasia and the spooky fun with teams creating and competing for prizes money, bragging rights …
 
Dawn Padmore, James Beard Foundation VP of Awards joins Dane Neal on WGN Radio along with Siobhan Flaherty-Haber VP of events for JBF. Hear as Dawn shares excitement for this year’s event in Chicago at the Harris Rooftop and the scope of the foundation’s efforts that go far beyond the awards. Listen as Siobhan fills us in on multiple city watch par…
 
Author of “How to Talk to a Tiger . . . And Other Animals: How Critters Communicate in the Wild” Jason Biddel joins Steve Dale to talk about his latest book that makes animal education fun for everyone! You can purchase the book by going to amazon.com/How-Talk-Tiger-Other-Animals. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3879511/3879511_2021-09-26-192811.6…
 
A lot of world records were broken this week! Villa Park Community F.U.N. Commission Chair Leslie Allison-Seei joins Steve Dale to talk about how she and other members in the Villa Park community attempted to break the record for the worlds largest dog wedding ceremony. Listen in to hear about how 160 dogs (paired into 80 couples) participated in a…
 
Chef Maya-Camille Broussard, driving force behind Chicago’s “Justice of the Pies” bakery, joins Dane Neal on WGN Radio. Hear as Maya-Camille talks about her start and family inspirations for her bakery. Listen as Maya-Camille shares excitement for her new hit show “Bake Squad” on Netflix and the behind the scenes story of the start and stars. Maya-…
 
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