People magazine editor Antoinette Coulton on the “Sexiest Man Alive” issue

Antoinette Coulton is a staff editor at People Magazine, and she called in to talk about the 2015 “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, featuring David Beckham.  We talked about why David was chosen, how Jimmy Kimmel got the exclusive reveal, and the latest on the “dad bod” trend.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler on her new movie “The Christmas Note”

Jamie-Lynn Sigler stars in a new movie for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, “The Christmas Note,” which premieres on Sunday, November 29th.   We talked about how this is a Christmas movie with a twist, why she always wanted to be a part of a Christmas movie, and what message she hopes the movie will share.

Gatlin Green from “Heroes Reborn”

Gatlin Green plays Emily on “Heroes Reborn,” which has new episodes Thursday nights at 8/7c on NBC-5 Chicago.   We talked about her role as a normal girl in a world of heroes, how the cast bonded despite an unusual shooting schedule, and her process of becoming a great comic-con panelist.

Paul O’Neill from Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Paul O’Neill is a founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who have just released a new album, “Letters from the Labyrinth,” and are about to embark on a Winter tour, where they will feature a live debut performance of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.”  We talked about the serious topics covered on the new album, how to coordinate a live rock show with band members on two separate stages, and why selling out a show in Chicago had a particularly significant meaning.

Warren Zanes, author of “Petty: The Biography”

Warren Zanes is a musician (former member of the Del Fuegos), professor, rock historian and author who has written one of the best rock bios I’ve ever read, “Petty: The Biography.”  Warren was granted unprecedented access for this book and the result is a work of stunning honesty.  We discussed his relationship with Tom, how he was chosen to write it, and how he had to set aside the fan and make room for the biographer.

Rachel DiPillo from “Chicago Med”

Rachel DiPillo plays Dr. Sarah Reese on “Chicago Med,” which premieres tomorrow night at 8 on NBC-5 Chicago.  We talked about how she joined the show, what she did to prepare to play the role of a fourth-year med student, and how the whole Chicago PD/Fire/Med franchise works together.

Jon Mikl Thor on the new “I Am Thor” documentary

Jon Mikl Thor is a former champion bodybuilder turned musician, actor, screenwriter, songwriter and hockey historian.  Jon called in to talk about a new documentary 15 years in making “I Am Thor,” following his return to show business after retiring in 1987.  The film will be screened tonight at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, followed by Jon doing a live set of his music.

Holiday entertaining with Chef George Duran

Chef George Duran called in with some hints ‘n’ tips on making our holiday gatherings a success, talking about gadgets, gear and of course good food.


Friday the 13th & other superstitions with Bill McCormick

The World News Center‘s own Bill McCormick called in to share a little of the history of Friday the 13th and the origin of other common superstitions.

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips plays one of the trapped Chilean miners in “The 33,” which opens nationwide on Friday.  We discussed the amazing cast and all-star lineup behind the scenes, how the immersive on-set environment helped him feel some of what the miners might have felt, and how premiere audiences have been receiving the film, especially at a showing in Chile.