Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus is celebrating 20 years of his design firm, Nake Berkus Associates, and is also rolling out a specially designed line of appliances for LG Studio.  We talked about his basic design philosophy, why he jumped at the chance to put his own stamp on the latest technology in appliances, and why Chicago still means so much to him.


Eating Bugs with Bill McCormick

Bill McCormick called in from the World News Center to share recipes and tips on getting more protein in your diet through insects, and also shared the latest news on Supergirl and Jessica Jones.

DIY expert Nicole Curtis

Nicole Curtis called in to talk about her partnership with Bernzomatic on a series of “Find Your Fire” grants, where three people will receive $10,000 grants to help bring a project to life that will benefit their communities.  The grand prize winner will receive a visit from Nicole herself to help complete the project! 


Beatles historian Larry Marion

Larry Marion is one of the world’s leading authorities on rock and music memorabilia and is the author of a new book, “The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive 1964-1966.”  Bob Bonis was the manager for the Beatles’ U.S. tours and had unprecedented access to the band.  It’s a stunning compilation of authentic, honest, and never-before-seen photos of the Beatles.

Larry discussed how he came to be the caretaker of the Bob Bonis archive, how the project came about, and what fans will take away from it.

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae called in to talk about her new memoir, “The Facts of My Life.”  We talked about the surprising opening chapter (which you’d never expect if you think of her only as Mrs. Garrett), why she decided to finally share her story, and how “The Facts of Life” viewed in the context of its time was groundbreaking television in its realistic portrayal of teenagers.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Elvira called in to talk about her role as a special guest judge on the season finale of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars,” which airs Sunday night at 9/8c.  We also discussed her life and career, including her show at Knott’s Scary Farm and upcoming live appearance in Chicago.


Phil Collen from Def Leppard

It was fun to visit with Phil Collen from Def Leppard and chat about his great new book “Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard and Beyond.”  We discussed his essential contributions to the band’s signature sound (including the best possible word for describing his harmony vocals), why they never worried about translating the sound of the record to the stage, and the otherworldy position the band found themselves in with the arrival of MTV.

Chloe Bennet from Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Chloe Bennet plays Agent Daisy Johnson aka Syke aka Quake on Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” which is now in its third season.  We discussed the changes in her character (which are reflected in, but go far beyond the cutting of her hair), why the series has developed such a loyal fan following, and how issues of identity are certainly not unique to superheroes.

The Movie Man loves him some Hanks & Spielberg

In our weekly segment with The Movie Man, he discusses “Bridge of Spies” (and his love in general for Hanks & Spielberg), “Goosebumps,” and Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.”


Bill McCormick on comet clusters, practical packaging & sweepin’ Swedes

Bill McCormick called in live from the World News Center to answer some panicked e-mails from listeners convinced the alien invasion is imminent, and then spent the rest of the segment trash talking — as in literally talking about trash.