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This week, Paul goes Behind the curtain with a look at the research and work done by Morris Animal Foundation. The organization funds research into a variety of illnesses and conditions related to dogs and cats and but also other animals of the wild. If you didn’t know this organization existed, then you will learn a lot from Dr. Kelly Diehl, Senio…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Chasten Buttigieg, husband of “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend Indiana who took the national scene by storm in the 2020 Presidential election… But Chasten was a farm boy never imagined himself entering the political scene as a gay man and being part of changing the political landscape. …
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to take a strategic look at the election and its impact. What does government look like under a President Biden? What can we expect from President Trump before and after the election? How does Biden accomplish anything with a republican controlled Senate? And lots more explored with democratic strategist and …
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with award winning author, columnist, filmmaker and biographer, Jonathan Alter to discuss his latest book: “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life.” The definitive biography to date of our 39th President. From the humblest of beginnings to entering the national stage just 5 months after becoming Governor of Geor…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the Curtain with a look back at the HIV/AIDS crisis through the eyes of a physician who was there at the outset and continues to be there for patients today. “Plague Years: A Doctor’s Journey through the AIDS Crisis” by Dr. Ross Slotten is a personal and insider’s view of a disease that took too many lives. Numerous stor…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with former Illinois Governor George Ryan to discuss his new book: “Until I Could be Sure: How I stopped the death penalty in Illinois.” The former governor signed the order putting a moratorium on the death penalty in the state, a highly unpopular move for a Republican Governor but Ryan explains how he came …
 
Paul goes behind the curtain with attorney and well-known legal analyst and commentator (for MSNBC) Jill Wine-Banks to discuss her autobiographical and historical reflections on Watergate and President Richard Nixon. Jill also shares the challenges of her personal life including the discrimination she faced as a woman in “a man’s world,” and theref…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast and screenwriter of “Foster Boy.” The story of a young man, Jamal Randolph (played by Shane Paul McGhie) who is moved within a privately run for-profit system from foster home to foster home. We come to learn about the abuse he faces through his youthful years and it is stunning; the film uncove…
 
This week, Paul’s podcast returns after a long Covid-19 hiatus and it’s good to be back! Paul goes behind the curtain with CNN host of Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter, author of the book “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth,” In this best-selling book, Stelter talks about the incredible tie that binds President Trump …
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with attorney and political strategist Richard Gordon for an in-depth look at the impact on the Coronavirus on the election season and our lifestyle, as well as whether Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee and who his likely Veep pick will be. Finally, what does a race between President Trump and former V…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Chief Official White House Photographer for the Obama administration, Pete Souza. Souza’s book “Shade” is NOT your average book of photographic memories. Souza notes that from Inauguration day in 2017, he believed that President Trump did not respect the office or others and that his attacks on President…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with singer/composer Michael Mahler who will be presenting “Silly Love Songs, Michael Mahler Sings Paul McCartney” at Marriot Theatre on March 9th and 10th. Mahler known for composing “Miracle the Musical, The Secret of My Success (currently at Paramount Theater in Aurora), October Sky and Hero, takes to the …
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with master magician Shin Lim! Winner of America’s Got Talent, AGT Champion Edition and a performer who even fooled Penn & Teller on “Fool us.” He has turned the world of magic upside down by presenting s performance which is more Art than just the sleight of hand he has mastered. Shin talks about how he got …
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast and director of “Shear Madness,” Chicago’s hilarious “WhoDunIt” now playing at the Mercury Theater Chicago on Southport. Cast members Joe Popp (plays Detective Nick Rossetti), ,”MR” Roth (plays Mrs. Schubert) and director Warner Crocker talk about the show that is as fresh and fun as when it fir…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast of “Boys in the Band,” currently revived by and playing at Windy City Playhouse. Even if you have seen this show since it was first written in the late 1960s, you haven’t experienced it like this before. Windy City Playhouse is known for immersing theaudience into the show, but…have no fear…. in…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast and creative team behind “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies” now playing at Porchlight Music Theatre thru March 6th. Donica Lynn (“The Chanteuse”), John Marshall, Jr. (“The Hipster”) and music director/conductor Jermaine Hill share their thoughts on the interpretation and creation of this ma…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain with former Obama speechwriter and author Adam Frankel who discusses his new book, “ The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing.” Adam, the grandson of Holocaust survivors set out to tell that family history only to discover his own unknown past. He discovers that the man who raised him is not his…
 
Paul goes behind the curtain this week with political strategist Brad Bannon, President of Bannon Communication Research, for a look at the impeachment trial of President Trump. What are the chances that the President will be removed from office? Who are the democrats trying to convince? What impact will the infighting among Democrats risk come Nov…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to discuss his new book “Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators who Changed America.” But before talking about the book, the Senator opines on whether he believes the upcoming impeachment trial of the President will be fair, whether democrats can defeat President Trump in Novemb…
 
This program pulls back the curtain on the incredibly talented Alexandra Billings, an actress, singer, teacher, activist and openly transgender woman who is about to make history as the first openly transgender cast member of Wicked on Broadway playing the role of Madame Morrible. Billings began life as a boy named Scott, is remembered by many for …
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the stars of The Light in the Piazza playing at the Lyric Opera House through December 29th. Young lovers Clara Johnson (played by podcast guest Solea Pfeiffer) and Fabrizio Niaccarelli (played by Rob Houchen) talk about the magic of this show with its beautiful score as it appeals to lovers of both oper…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich. Known for his writing about and critique of the music world, Reich is an accomplished filmmaker and author. His latest book, “The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Weisel” is an intimate conversation on his family’s history as Holocaust Survivors and …
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain of three great Chicago productions. First, actress Tandy Cronyn (yes, she is the daughter of theater/movie legends Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn) appears in the one-person show “The Tall Boy” at Stage 773. This moving tale is told by the American matron of an orphanage for “unaccompanied children” set in occu…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the actor/musicians playing the iconic music of Simon & Garfunkel in the wonderful musical review of the duo’s greatest hits and much more, in The Simon & Garfunkel Story playing at the Broadway Playhouse through December 8th. Taylor Bloom (Paul Simon) and Ben Cooley (Art Garfunkel) look and sound the pa…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Brad Kane, the author of the new book: “Pitchfork Populism” a discussion of ten political forces that shaped the election of 2016 and which should be studied as the country heads towards the 2020 election. Understanding why people decided to vote for Donald Trump, how our nation struggles between the for…
 
This week, Paul goes behind he curtain with playwright/actor/director Ronnie Marmo to discuss his play “I’m Not a Comedian, I’m Lenny Bruce” currently running at the Royal George Theatre. Also joining the conversation is Chicago native/award winning actor/director Joe Mantegna (Godfather III, Criminal Minds,” The Simpsons). This biography of the tr…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain with Broadway and cabaret legend Karen Mason. Recently off of her national tour in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies,” Karen collaborated with singer/songwriter/producer Danny Kravitz to record “Believe in Love,” released on November 1st and available everywhere (CD Baby, Amazon, etc). This beautiful ball…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat with the cast of Porchlight Music Theater’s latest hit: Sunset Boulevard. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this Tony Award-winning show stars Chicago legend Hollis Resnik (“Norma Desmond”) in the lead, and the very talented Billy Rude (“Joe Gillis”) her beacon of hope in many ways. Also joining the …
 
Paul goes behind the curtain on this week’s podcast with the author of a new book called “R.I.P. GOP” by Stanley Greenberg. Mr. Greenberg has conducted significant polling to reach the conclusion that 2020 will be a strong year for democrats. What is at the root of America’s deep divisions, why the republican party doesn’t challenge President Trump…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with three great shows on Chicago stages. First up, Spamalot at Mercury Theater Chicago brings the madcap humor of Monty Python to the stage in a fresh presentation of this Broadway hit. Lead actors Jonah Winston (King Arthur) and Meghan Murphy (Lady of the Lake) join director Walter Stearns to talk about ano…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain with author and Lincoln scholar Sidney Blumenthal who discusses the newly released Volume 3 of his 5 part epic biography (called “The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln) of our nation’s greatest president. This volume is titled: “All the powers of Earth: 1856-1860” and takes a look at the Lincoln’s rise to powe…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain for two great theatrical productions. First up is “Disney’s Newsies” at Paramount Theatre. This production is as strong as any on Broadway of this wonderful and inspiring show. A strong cast, wonderful staging and music that will stick in your head, are just a few of the reasons to catch this show prior to Oc…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with author Mark Larson to discuss his new book: “Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater.” The book tells the story of Chicago theater from its roots in 1953 thru today and all through the memories and words of those who lived through it all. Steppenwolf to Goodman, Wisdom Bridge to Timeline Theater, fr…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast and director of “Mama Mia” presented by the Highland Park Players at Northbrook Theatre thru September 22nd. Only two weekends to catch this high quality producction presented by one of our fine community theaters. Hannah Rose (Donna), Geoff Isaac (Bill), Emma Widlowski (Sophie) and Executive Pr…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat with the creator and cast members of Teatro Zinzanni, currently playing on the 14th Floor of the Cambria Hotel. The newly renovated space is set in an old and gorgeous tent with original stain glass and wooden floors intact. Created in 1998 by Norman Langill, you will hear about the history of the sho…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to talk with Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL 5th) about the status of climate and environment issues coming out of the G-7, Congress’ inquiry into impeachment and Russia’s efforts to interfere with our 2020 elections, and even the impact of former Congressman Joe Walsh’s Republican challenge to President Trump…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Chicago songwriter/singer/actor Kevin Pollack who discusses the process behind his new single, “Man About Town.” Known all over as one of the Blooze Brothers, Kevin is frequently seen on Chicago stages and soon to appear in Las Vegas. Then (starting at 13:04 into the show), the cast and director/writer o…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with variety! First up, Windy City Playhouse has truly made a name for itself in immersive theater meaning the audience becomes part of the scenery so to speak, although the actors pay no mind. The audience moves along from a dorm room to a jail cell to a sauna in The Recommendation, and moves from room to ro…
 
This week Paul goes behind the curtain for a fun-filled show in theater and music. First up, “Come from Away” star James Earl Jones II talks about the power of this 9-11 related musical and the positive light is sheds on what is GOOD with humanity (Playing at Cadillac Palace Theater Thru 8/11). Then (beginning at 14:47 into the show, the director a…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat about the return of the classic Broadway Musical CATS to Chicago. Playing thru August 4th at the James Nederlander Theater, it’s the same iconic show you’ve known, but with a fresh look and new feel thanks to the work of the talented Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) which makes the show both familiar an…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the legendary star of television/movie/Broadway, Renee Taylor who everyone loved in the role of Sylvia Fine (the Mom) in The Nanny tv show. But there is so much more to the long and lasting career of this actress who had the guts to take the industry by the horns and make it big! She comes to the North S…
 
This week in a very special Behind the Curtain Paul talks with Tony Award Winning playwright Steven Levenson about the creation of the incredible show “Dear Evan Hansen,” TV’s Fosse/Verdon Mini-series , and “IF I Forget” currently playing at Victory Gardens Theater thru July 7th. Steven is candid as he shares the true events behind the story of Dea…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat with a star of Volta, Cirque du Soleil’s latest offering in Chicago. Playing thru July 6th, Volta’s senior publicist Steven Ross and performer Darren Trull (he performs on the straps) talk about what it takes to perform in a cirque show, the story of Volta and some insights into life as part of a circ…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with law Journalist (CNBC, Fox) and Professor Stanley Goldman who wrote a book on his Mother’s experiences and struggle to survive a life in the death camps of Nazi Germany. In “Left to the mercy of a Rude Stream,” Goldmans mother’s life was spared by Nazi Heinrich Himmler and her getting saved lead to the su…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the creative team and cast of “Miracle: A Musical 108 Years in the Making,” that celebrates the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series Victory! More than that amazing magical season though, it’s also a story of family, the tough decisions we face and must make, and the traditions we hold so close. Joining the c…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain of a company called Cuddle Clones, that makes a stuffed clone of your pet! You send them several photos of your pet from various angles, and they make a real-life look alike stuffed figure that will amaze you! Learn how its done. A great way to remember a pet who has passed or double up on the ones still arou…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast of “West Side Story” which is knocking everyone’s socks off at The Lyric Opera (thru June 2nd) . Corey Cott (Tony) and Mikaela Bennett (Maria) talk about starring in this legendary show performed in an historic grand theater. Critics have called this the best production since the original and on…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast of “Djembe!” a show which introduces the audience to the development of music thru time and across the world. But where this show is like no other, is that every audience member is greeted with a Djembe (African drum) waiting at their seat. The audience, both young and old, are taught to play th…
 
In this week’s podcast, Paul goes behind the curtain for an extensive conversation with Actor Loretta Swit who played Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the classic TV series MASH. Swit reminisces about her years on the series (only she and Alan Alda were with the show from its inception to its final episode) and why and how the show was so successful…
 
“and 5,6,7,8”…as Paul goes behind the curtain with the cast of “A Chorus Line” at Porchlight Music Theatre. This ground-breaking iconic show is as fresh today as it was in it’s 1975 Broadway debut. It is truly theater magic for anyone who has ever auditioned or wanted to audition for the stage. Joining the conversation are Director Brenda Didier an…
 
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