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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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Vanderbilt Law Professor and former Scalia clerk Brian Fitzpatrick discusses takeaways from this week’s Judge Barrett confirmation hearings. Election Law attorney Mario Nicolais discusses whether Judge Barrett should recuse herself from a Trump election case. University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Kim Wehle and Arizona Democratic Party Vot…
 
Seipp Brewing Co. was known as the Beer that Built Chicago, and at one time it was the best selling beer in America. It survived the Chicago Fire, but like many other Chicago breweries, couldn't survive Prohibition. Laurin Mack, Conrad Seipp's great great great granddaughter joins the Barrel to Bottle Crew to talk about reviving her family's brewer…
 
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn and Lisa Donovan of Chicago Tribune and Neil Steinberg of Chicago Sun-Times. They begin by discussing the reinstated restrictions across the Chicagoland area, and in Chicago, as COVID cases rise exponentially. Then, they discuss the much-awaited, final debate tonight. The Rascals talk ab…
 
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…
 
Indy 500 winning team owners Bobby Rahal and Mike Lanigan join Dane Neal live from the Hazel Crest headquarters of MiJack. Hear as Bobby and Mike talk about the excitement around bringing the winning car, driver and iconic trophy to Chicago to share with fans. Listen as Mike fills us in on the satisfaction of being at the top of the racing world an…
 
Oscar winning producer, creator and author Glen Zipper joins Dane Neal to share the acclaimed and hit series “Dogs” as well as new series “Challenger, Final Flight”. Hear as we talk about our love and connection to Dogs, the universal, global ways they are highlighted in the hit Netflix Series and Glen’s process of choosing projects. https://serve.…
 
Kelly connects with film and television director Ken Kwapis (“The Office,” “The Bernie Mac Show”) about his new book, But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3789703/Getting_to_Yes_And_Ken_Kwapis_-_Directing_and_Leading__2020-10-15-193103.64kmono.mp3By WGN Plus
 
In this 230th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano commemorates the 80th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth on October 9, 1940, and shares why Lennon remains one of Jim’ s strongest influences. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3789727/3789727_2020-10-15-210527.64kmono.mp3By WGN Plus
 
Steve Dale speaks with Lucille Ball’s secretary Wanda Clark about her fairy-tale experience of working for Lucille over the years. Wanda also shares some hidden gems, including when TV shows began to use laugh tracks, they were in fact using the laughter from I Love Lucy; Lucy’s determination to communicate with her fans and how seriously she handl…
 
Vanity Fair has ranked the biggest B-words on TV ever and Alison Arngrim aka Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie came in at #1. Steve Dale speaks with Alison about this title; the transition from doing in-person events to virtual events; and more. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3790034/3790034_2020-10-18-194934.64kmono.mp3…
 
The one and only Chris Pacelli of the always awesome Al’s Italian Beef and James Beard Award winning Chef of Virtue Restaurant join Dane Neal to share the cool collaboration going on. Hear as Chris talks about the tradition on Taylor Street and the way they worked together to make the iconic Al’s Beef and (Chicken) Andouille Combo and appreciation …
 
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn and Lisa Donovan of Chicago Tribune, Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute and Heather Cherone of WTTW. They begin by discussing the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in Illinois and elsewhere. Then, the Rascals talk about President Trump’s supporters’ attitude towards top Dr. Anthony…
 
Vanderbilt Law Professor and former Scalia clerk Brian Fitzpatrick discusses takeaways from this week’s Judge Barrett confirmation hearings. Election Law attorney Mario Nicolais discusses whether Judge Barrett should recuse herself from a Trump election case. University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Kim Wehle and Arizona Democratic Party Vot…
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (10/13/20): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast socially distanced from secure locations. This week, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s first-year law professor and former U.S. Ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec — appointed by former President Barack Obama — joins t…
 
Nascar Superfan Sammy Wilson and his Mom Jennifer join Dane Neal to talk about his 7 track Positivity Tour. Hear as Sammy shares his love for NASCAR, his favorite driver Kyle Busch, and how it all started at Chicagoland Speedway. Listen as Sammy fills us in on the 7 tracks so far and excitement to visit the Speedway in Joliet and then head to Road …
 
The Chicago White Sox parted ways with manager Rick Renteria yesterday. Chicago Tribune’s lead sports columnist, Paul Sullivan, joined Bob Sirott and Dave Eanet to share his thoughts. Sullivan, who is also the president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, talked about some of the potential candidates to take over for Renteria next seas…
 
Rick Renteria joined the White Sox coaching staff prior to the 2016 season. He spent a year as the team’s bench coach and was then promoted to manager of the club. After four seasons at the helm, and leading the White Sox to their first playoff appearance in 12 years, the team and Renteria decided to part ways. The play-by-play announcer for White …
 
In this 229th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano recalls how he began listening to music as a young child, and his musical tastes expanded thanks to the explosive sound of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3789044/3789044_2020-10-12-180144.64kmono.mp3…
 
In this 229th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano recalls how he began listening to music as a young child, and his musical tastes expanded thanks to the explosive sound of Eddie Van Halen's guitar. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3789044/3789044_2020-10-12-180144.64kmono.mp3…
 
Chardonnay is a versatile grape that can be grown almost anywhere by almost anyone. That means you can coax a wide variety flavors out of the grape. Many listeners might know Chardonnay for being buttery and heavily oaked, but the Barrel to Bottle crew is here with some more subtle expressions. Plus a listenera Q&A about identifying corked wine. Dr…
 
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn and Lisa Donovan of Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of WTTW and Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute. Then, the Rascals discuss the President’s COVID diagnosis and his actions since. Plus, last night’s Vice Presidential Debate has opinions…flying…but not nearly as much as the pr…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
Lou Manfredini talks fire safety with First Alert's Brand and PR Manager Ashley Gocken. First Alert has been protecting homes and families for over 60 years and they specialize in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers. To learn more about First Alert go to firstalert.com. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3788144/3788144_2020-1…
 
Kelly has a powerful conversation with civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, and faith leader Valarie Kaur. TRIGGER WARNING: this discussion includes discussion of racial slurs and sexual violence. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3787453/Getting_to_Yes_And_Valarie_Kaur_-_See_No_Stranger__2020-10-01-194453.64kmono.mp3…
 
HushLoudly's Jeri Bingham speaks with Feminist Career Strategist Cynthia Pong who urges (or empowers or encourages?) women of color to NOT stay in their lane, and to change to the career they really want and can have. DSIYL Book https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3788019/3788019_2020-10-06-021219.64kmono.mp3 Introverts are adventurous. Introverts are…
 
IndyCar Superstar Will Power joins Dane Neal to talk about the Harvest Grand Prix weekend and racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in October. Hear as Will shares thoughts on great career, dealing with 2020, having success and the power of TEAM Penske. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3787790/3787790_2020-10-04-151330.64kmono.mp…
 
Driver of the number 10 Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, Felix Rosenqvist joins Dane Neal to talk about the races, and road courses. Hear as Felix shares how 2020 had been a good year on the track and he shares excitement for fans back at IMS. Listen as Felix talks about Swedish racing roots, winning at Road America and being a great part of Team Gan…
 
TV Host, Concept Creator, Nascar correspondent and Friend in FOOD, Rutledge Wood joins Dane Neal to share NEW Netflix hit show “American BBQ Showdown” bringing great people together to compete in a live fire face off high-lighting love for the foods and family of BBQ! Hear as Rut fills us in on NBC Nascar playoffs and pandemic as well as the huge e…
 
After a tough showing in the playoffs, Mark Carman evaluates what happened this season with the White Sox and what clubhouse options lay ahead with WGN Radio and NBC Sports Chicago’s Adam Hoge, MLB.com writer Scott Merkin, and NBC Sports Chicago Sr. Producer Ryan McGuffey. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3787780/3787780_2020-10-04-005820.64kmono.m…
 
Greg Bucko from “Chicago Corvettes” and Mariano’s Amanda Puck join Dane to talk about the cool car cruise happening this Saturday. Hear as Greg shares the latest with the club and inspiration for the event and Amanda fills us in on how Mariano’s mobilized to help make it happen. Corvettes will be cruising from Oak Lawn at 10am to Lombard at 12:30 a…
 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law Professor Stephen Vladeck, University of Chicago Law School Professor David Strauss and Loeb & Loeb Partner Andy DeVooght join our Supreme Court panel to talk about what lies ahead for Judge Barrett and the legacy of Justice Ginsburg. CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig discusses the possibility of invoking the …
 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law Professor Stephen Vladeck, University of Chicago Law School Professor David Strauss and Loeb & Loeb Partner Andy DeVooght join our Supreme Court panel to talk about what lies ahead for Judge Barrett and the legacy of Justice Ginsburg. CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig discusses the possibility of invoking the …
 
Tiki cocktails are one of Roger's passions. But some members of the Barrel to Bottle Crew don't want to go through the hassle of mixing a 15-ingredient cocktail. Maybe you're the same way? If you don't want to stock up on multiple fruit juices, syrups, liqueurs and types of rum, this is the perfect episode for you. Check out our blog post for all t…
 
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn and Lisa Donovan of Chicago Tribune and Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute. They begin by discussing the first presidential debate. They go on to talk about State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her wish not to take part in a debate against challenger Pat O’Brien. And keeping it local, the…
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (10/02/20): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast socially distanced from secure locations. This week, RealClear Politics’ Tom Bevan looks at the undue criticism of Chris Wallace’s role as moderator of the presidential debate in Cleveland. Plus, professor emeritus of political science …
 
The White Sox and Oakland A’s compete in a win-or-go-home playoff game this afternoon. Andy Masur, the play-by-play announcer for White Sox games on WGN Radio, joined Dave Eanet to preview the matchup. He expects to see a change or two in the lineup, and said that it’s anybody’s guess as to who will be on the mound for the White Sox. Masur also sai…
 
Impractical Jokers superstar Joe Gatto joins Dane Neal to share he new bestselling book, highlighting his dogs, desserts and growing up Italian. Hear as Joe fills us in on the inspiration and experience writing and doing all the photography for “The Dogfather” and the unique way the pandemic played into the process. Listen as Joe talks about his (8…
 
Demeter CEO Mark Crames joins Dane Neal to share the latest, greatest and always unique fragrances they are creating and bringing to market. Hear how the business that brought you the basics like “Grass” and “Dirt” has evolved to be the Go-to place for the essences of our favorite foods, movies and even pets! Listen as Mark fills us in on the scien…
 
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…
 
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…
 
There was a point in the summer when some thought that baseball might not happen at all in 2020. Today, after 60 games and very few days off, the White Sox will compete in their first playoff game in 12 years. Jason Benetti, the play-by-play announcer for the team’s television broadcasts, joined Bob Sirott and Dave Eanet to preview the best-of-thre…
 
WGN Radio White Sox play-by-play announcer Andy Masur joins John Williams to talk about what’s brought the White Sox to this point as we enter the playoffs. And John and Andy discuss the true meaning of a bat flip. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3786833/WGN_Radio_White_Sox_Commentator_Andy_Masur_Bat_flips_are_fun_not_intimidating__2020-09-28-1810…
 
Rescue Dog Wines co founder Blair Lott joins Dane to talk about the ways they brought their passion for wine and dedication to dogs together in California. Learn about the business, bottles and company commitment to give 50% of the profits to support causes around adoptions and dogs. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3786772/3786772_2020-09-28-14291…
 
Fox NASCAR pit reporter and personality Jamie Little joins Dane to talk about her canine connections, support and dedication for for dogs. As part of our National Dog Week coverage, Jamie talks about pandemic adoptions, advice for new parents and programs out there making a difference. Jamie also shares her latest on track thoughts and the unique w…
 
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