Monthly Archives: November 2015

Squanto was a jerk & other pilgrim tales with Bill McCormick

Bill McCormick checked in once again from the World News Center to revisit one of our favorite Thanksgiving topics:  how the beloved Squanto was really pretty much a jerk.

Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano took a break from Thanksgiving dinner preparations to call in and talk about his skating special, airing this Sunday at 2 on ABC-7 Chicago, where he and his fellow skaters will be performing to live music from the band Train’s new holiday album.

The Movie Man reviews “Creed” and “The Good Dinosaur”

The Movie Man called in for some viewing suggestions for your holiday weekend, including the option to just enter a Netflix coma if you don’t want to head out to the theaters (and maybe avoid your family for a couple hours) to see either “Creed” or “The Good Dinosaur.”

Bill Nye

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) called us up to chat about his new book “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.”  We discussed climate change from a health, terrorism, and energy perspective, and how small changes now can have a huge impact down the road.  We also talked about his new design partnership with Nick Graham on a signature line of bow ties, and if he’s still actively engaged in an energy feud with Ed Begley Jr.

Marcus Lemonis from “The Profit”

“The Profit” is back with new episodes on Tuesday nights at 10/9c on CNBC.  We chatted with host Marcus Lemonis about some recent episodes, what we’re going to see tomorrow night, and whether or not that’s his actual checkbook he takes out on the show to make a deal.

Chef Amanda Freitag on new episodes of “American Diner Revival”

Chef Amanda Freitag called in to talk about a new season of “American Diner Revival” on Food Network, which she co-hosts with Ty Pennington.  We talked about why it’s important to preserve classic diners, common things that can get a mom-and-pop restaurant in trouble, and her favorite diner food.

Chef Marc Murphy

Chef Marc Murphy was once again listed in People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue as the sexiest chef, and just opened a new restaurant, Grey Salt.  We talked about the process of opening a new venue, his worked on Chopped, and whether or not all Food Network personalities are constantly dropping in on each other’s houses.

The Movie Man reviews “Mockingjay Part 2″ and “The Night Before”

The Movie Man called us in a very jovial pre-holiday mood to give us his thoughts on the end of the “Hunger Games” franchise and another Seth Rogen stoner comedy.

 

Bill McCormick on Jessica Jones, Supergirl and listener emails

Bill McCormick checked in from the World News Center to respond to a listener’s concern about Jessica Jones on Netflix ((WARNING:  THIS SHOW IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER AND MORE SENSITIVE VIEWERS)), and shared the latest news on Supergirl.

 

Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire

It was thrill to talk to Philip Bailey, Verdine White & Ralph Johnson from Earth, Wind & Fire and Lee Loughnane & Robert Lamm from Chicago about their “Heart and Soul Tour 2.0,” which comes to the United Center on April 1, 2016.   We discussed how they keep having great success in the face of changing music trends and band personnel, the depth of their original song catalogs, and what they have planned for their hometown show in Chicago.