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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCVIV, 4.19.2021

April 19, 2021 16:53

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

Winnebago Industries sees a significant increase in sales as families look for different ways to vacation safely

April 19, 2021 16:29

John Williams speaks with Brian Hazelton, Senior Vice President of Winnebago Industries, about the current state of RV Lifestyles and the recent increase of business the company is facing as families look for safe ways to vacation amidst the on-going pandemic. Brian shares details about the history of Winnebago Industries, explains the various models offered […]

Chicago History Museum has acquired never-before-seen images included in the new Vivian Maier Exhibit

April 19, 2021 16:29

John Williams speaks with Charles E. Bethea, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs at Chicago History Museum, about the new Vivian Maier Exhibit. Charles shares details about Vivian’s life, how impactful her work has been worldwide and especially to Chicago culture and history, and more. The Vivian Maier Exhibit opens May 8th at […]

NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield: Speaking with Jay Leno about the current state of comedy

April 19, 2021 16:27

“Banfield” host Ashleigh Banfield joins John Williams to talk about her upcoming conversation with Jay Leno and the #StopAsianHate movement that has led Jay to apologize for some of his previous jokes he’s made throughout the years. Ashleigh also shares what she believes the outcome of the Chauvin case will be as this week unfolds.

Illinois Policy Institute: ‘The consent decree…should improve for everyone…not just civilians, but officers, as well’

April 16, 2021 19:11

Illinois Policy Institute Vice President of Marketing Austin Berg joins John Williams to explain the consent decree and how it would have applied to the shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Austin describes how positive changes can come with its proper implementation by the city and the police department.

Illinois Policy Institute: “The consent decree…should improve for everyone…not just civilians, but officers, as well”

April 16, 2021 19:11

Illinois Policy Institute Vice President of Marketing Austin Berg joins John Williams to explain the consent decree and how it would have applied to the shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Austin describes how positive changes can come with its proper implementation by the city and the police department.

Chicago Architecture Center docent Lisa Pickell on walking and river tours launch

April 16, 2021 18:51

Chicago Architecture Center docent Lisa Pickell joins John Williams to share what’s to come in the new season of tours. The tours start back up on Saturday, April 17.

Chicago Architecture Center Docent Lisa Pickell on walking and river tours launch

April 16, 2021 18:51

Chicago Architecture Center Docent Lisa Pickell joins John Williams to share what’s to come in the new season of tours. The tours start back up on Saturday, April 17.

John Williams brings you the best-of Speed Jokes, 4.16.21

April 16, 2021 18:43

John Williams brings you the best-of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

Jackson Park Advisory Council celebrates a first of cherry blossom trees

April 15, 2021 20:12

Jackson Park Advisory Council Head Louise McCurry joins Jon Hansen to talk about the long-awaited full bloom of all cherry blossom trees planted near the Museum Campus. She explains how they were able to bloom together at once, and how visitors can get to the trees.

Betting analyst Sam Panayotovich: The big bet of the week and baseball

April 15, 2021 19:34

New England Sports Network betting analyst Sam Panayotovich joins Jon Hansen to talk about the big bet of the week and baseball season!

New England Sports Network: The big bet of the week and baseball

April 15, 2021 19:34

New England Sports Network Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich joins Jon Hansen to talk about the big bet of the week and baseball season!

Jamie Kalven: “The relative speed with which this [Adam Toledo] video is coming out is definitely progress”

April 15, 2021 19:18

Invisible Institute Leader Jamie Kalven joins Jon Hansen to discuss how the release of the bodycam footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s shooting will impact the city. Jamie also describes the perspectives the video might give city officials insight to.

Jamie Kalven: ‘The relative speed with which this [Adam Toledo] video is coming out is definitely progress’

April 15, 2021 19:18

Invisible Institute leader Jamie Kalven joins Jon Hansen to discuss how the release of the bodycam footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s shooting will impact the city. Jamie also describes the perspectives the video might give city officials insight to.

Attorney Rich Lenkov: Derek Chauvin should have testified

April 15, 2021 19:09

Attorney Rich Lenkov of Bryce Downey & Lenkov and “Legal Face-Off” joins Jon Hansen to explain why the jury would benefit from hearing from Derek Chauvin himself, as he is tried in the death of George Floyd. And he shares what can happen as the prosecution rebuts the defense.

Ashleigh Banfield: “Derek Chauvin could have used a big dose of humanity…of personality”

April 15, 2021 19:02

Ashleigh Banfield, host of “Banfield,” airing week nights at 9 on NewsNation, joins Jon Hansen to talk about the main takeaways from the Derek Chauvin trial over the previous 24 hours. Those include his 5th Amendment invocation.

Ashleigh Banfield: ‘Derek Chauvin could have used a big dose of humanity…of personality’

April 15, 2021 19:02

Ashleigh Banfield, host of “Banfield,” airing weeknights at 9 on NewsNation, joins Jon Hansen to talk about the main takeaways from the Derek Chauvin trial over the previous 24 hours. Those include his 5th Amendment invocation.

Jon Hansen brings you a replay round of Speed Jokes, Part CCXVII, 4.15.2021

April 15, 2021 18:56

Jon Hansen brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]! [audio https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3829083/sj_4_15_2021-04-15-180723.64kmono.mp3

Alpha Wealth Group: The Dow reacts to Johnson & Johnson

April 14, 2021 21:03

Alpha Wealth Group President Tom Fortino joins John Williams to talk about inflation, Roth IRAs, the impact of the Johnson & Johnson news on stocks, and more.

Author Diana Henriques on the death of Bernie Madoff

April 14, 2021 20:52

Bernie Madoff died in prison at the age of 82. Author Diana Henriques wrote Wizard of Lies, an account of the Ponzi scheme that ruined lives. She joins the show to explain what happened to the ill-gotten money that resulted from the scheme, and how Madoff’s wife has been emotionally.

Coil has a new way to pay for articles online

April 14, 2021 20:43

Software developer Stefan Thomas joins John Williams to talk about how his company, Coil, is working towards an easier way to read articles online. And they touch on clickbait.

Attorney Rich Lenkov: ‘I don’t know what planet [the use of force expert] is living on’ in the Derek Chauvin case

April 14, 2021 20:34

Attorney Rich Lenkov of Bryce Downey & Lenkov and “Legal Face-Off” joins John Williams to share his legal insights on witnesses in the defense of Derek Chauvin Tuesday. So far, he is not impressed.

Dr. Allison Arwady: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, symptoms in youth, indoor gatherings

April 14, 2021 20:27

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, joins John Williams to answer some outstanding questions on the symptoms of COVID-19, safety of vaccines after the J&J news and more wisdom on indoor gathering.

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCVII, 4.14.2021

April 14, 2021 20:14

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

Northwestern Medicine’s Dr. Robert Murphy on the possible connection between blood clots and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

April 13, 2021 18:41

Dr. Robert Murphy, professor of infectious diseases and the executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern Medicine, joins John Williams to describe the demographic of the six people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and suffered blood clots.

Northwestern Medicine Dr. Robert Murphy on blood clots caused by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

April 13, 2021 18:41

Dr. Robert Murphy, professor of infectious diseases and the executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern Medicine, joins John Williams to describe the demographic of the six people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and suffered blood clots.

NewsNation’s Banfield: “Will this officer somehow be able to convice the jury that…George Floyd could come roaring back”

April 13, 2021 18:20

“Banfield” Host Ashleigh Banfield joins John Williams to describe how the defense is presenting George Floyd’s character, using video of a previous arrest. Ashleigh shares what she believes to be the main challenge facing the defense at the moment.

NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield: ‘Will this officer somehow be able to convince the jury that…George Floyd could come roaring back’

April 13, 2021 18:20

“Banfield” host Ashleigh Banfield joins John Williams to describe how the defense is presenting George Floyd’s character, using video of a previous arrest. Ashleigh shares what she believes to be the main challenge facing the defense at the moment.

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCVI, 4.13.2021

April 13, 2021 18:01

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

WCCO Radio Minneapolis: The prosecution has been trying to humanize George Floyd, while the defense strategy involves attacking his lifestyle

April 13, 2021 17:52

WCCO Radio Minneapolis Reporter Susie Jones joins John Williams briefly to catch him up on four main points from the Derek Chauvin trial, for the murder of George Floyd.

Derek Chauvin trial reporter: The prosecution has been trying to humanize George Floyd, while the defense strategy involves attacking his lifestyle

April 13, 2021 17:52

WCCO Radio Minneapolis reporter Susie Jones joins John Williams briefly to catch him up on four main points from the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd.

Brown Sugar Bakery Owner Stephanie Hart on her booming business since VP Harris visit and blowback that accompanied it

April 12, 2021 18:57

Brown Sugar Bakery Owner Stephanie Hart joins John Williams to talk about her incredible German chocolate and caramel cakes, which are in high demand since Vice President Kamala Harris visited last week. But the VP’s visit was joined by online trolls, who challenged her on her stop for cake in the midst of the immigration […]

Brown Sugar Bakery owner Stephanie Hart on her booming business since VP Harris visit and blowback that accompanied it

April 12, 2021 18:57

Brown Sugar Bakery owner Stephanie Hart joins John Williams to talk about her incredible German chocolate and caramel cakes, which are in high demand since Vice President Kamala Harris visited last week. But the VP’s visit was joined by online trolls, who challenged her on her stop for cake in the midst of the immigration […]

Chicago Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau: Prosecutors argue that without 21-year-old Ruben Roman, 13-year-old Adam Toledo would still be alive

April 12, 2021 18:47

Chicago Tribune Reporter Megan Crepeau joins John Williams to explain the charges against the 21-year-old man who was with 13-year-old Adam Toledo the night he was shot and killed by police.

Chicago Tribune Reporter Megan Crepeau: Prosecutors argue that without 21-year-old Ruben Roman, 13-year-old Adam Toledo would still be alive

April 12, 2021 18:47

Chicago Tribune Reporter Megan Crepeau joins John Williams to explain the charges against the 21-year-old man who was with 13-year-old Adam Toledo the night he was shot and killed by police.

Attorney Rich Lenkov on the choice in witnesses by the prosecution of Derek Chauvin

April 12, 2021 18:29

Attorney Rich Lenkov, partner at Bryce Downey & Lenkov and co-host of “Legal Face-Off” joins john Williams to weigh in on the use of the county medical examiner by the prosecutors in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. That’s after the witness countered the prosecution’s case. Susie Jones of WCCO Radio joined John just […]

Attorney Rich Lenkov on the choice of witnesses by the prosecution in the case of Derek Chauvin

April 12, 2021 18:29

Attorney Rich Lenkov, partner at Bryce Downey & Lenkov and co-host of “Legal Face-Off”, joins John Williams to weigh in on the use of the county medical examiner by the prosecutors in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. That’s after the witness countered the prosecution’s case. Susie Jones of WCCO Radio joined John just […]

Derek Chauvin trial court reporter: The prosecution questioned the county medical examiner who ‘put a wrench in it’

April 12, 2021 18:21

WCCO Radio Minneapolis reporter Susie Jones joins John Williams to talk about a key moment in Friday’s proceedings in the trial Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. That moment was when the county medical examiner described what he saw, countering the prosecution.

WCCO Radio Minneapolis: The prosecution questioned a witness who “put a wrench in it;” the county medical examiner

April 12, 2021 18:21

WCCO Radio Minneapolis Reporter Susie Jones joins John Williams to talk about a key moment in Friday’s hearing of Derek Chauvin in the second-degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd. That was when the head of the county medical examiner described what he saw, countering the prosecution.

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCV, 4.12.2021

April 12, 2021 18:11

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected] for a chance to win a Speed Jokes mug!

Marbula 1 Racing play-by-play announcer Greg Woods one year later

April 09, 2021 19:54

To distract from the pandemic and the new absence of sporting events last year, John Williams invited the commentator of a sport he had newly discovered: marble racing. Its play-by-play is done by Greg Woods, who also leads Iowa’s Alzheimer’s program. Greg joins John Williams to share how far his marble racing videos have come […]

Marbula 1 Racing Play-By-Play Announcer Greg Woods one year later

April 09, 2021 19:54

To distract from the pandemic and the new absence of sporting events last year, John Williams invited the commentator of a sport he had newly discovered: marble racing. Its play-by-play is done by Greg Woods, who also leads Iowa’s Alzheimer’s program. Greg joins John Williams to share how far his marble racing videos have come […]

‘Ask Amy’ Dickinson on her weight loss method

April 09, 2021 19:46

Amy Dickinson of syndicated advice column “Ask Amy” joins John Williams to talk about her online newsletter in which she shares how she has been able to keep weight off after losing it.

“Ask Amy” Dickinson on her weight loss method

April 09, 2021 19:46

Amy Dickinson of syndicated advice column, “Ask Amy” joins John Williams to talk about her online newsletter in which she shares how she has been able to keep weight off after losing it.

NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield: The fentanyl and meth pills with George Floyd’s saliva not found until months after the fact

April 09, 2021 19:37

NewsNation “Banfield” Host Ashleigh Banfield joins John Williams to talk about the “whiplash” piece of evidence that hit jurors this week in the Derek Chauvin case. She shares why she doesn’t think that piece of evidence will help the defense.

NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield: The fentanyl and meth pills with George Floyd’s saliva were not found until months after the fact

April 09, 2021 19:37

NewsNation “Banfield” host Ashleigh Banfield joins John Williams to talk about the “whiplash” piece of evidence that hit jurors this week in the Derek Chauvin case. She shares why she doesn’t think that piece of evidence will help the defense.

John Williams brings you the best-of Speed Jokes, 4.9.2021

April 09, 2021 19:28

John Williams brings you the best-of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

New England Sports Network: Big bets and baseball

April 08, 2021 20:25

New England Sports Network Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to share the big bet of the week, his predictions for the baseball season and more!

Sam Panayotovich: Big bets and baseball

April 08, 2021 20:25

New England Sports Network betting analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to share the big bet of the week, his predictions for the baseball season, and more!

Minooka Mayor-Elect (and dad of actor Nick Offerman) Ric Offerman

April 08, 2021 20:21

Minooka Mayor-Elect Ric Offerman joins John Williams to explain what he’s been up to since his time as a teacher in Channahon. And he describes his four kids, one of whom is Nick Offerman, known for his role on “Parks and Rec” and “Making It”.

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