Jim Peterik (Survivor) on songwriting, redemption...

Jim Peterik (Survivor) on songwriting, redemption and reinvention

For 50 years, Jim Peterik has been a staple of the Chicago-area music scene. He first hit it big with the Berwyn-based band the Ides of March and their...

Ron Funches on Chicago, Robin Williams and...

Ron Funches on Chicago, Robin Williams and Lucille Ball

Comedian Ron Funches is everywhere. He’s got a new sitcom on NBC (“Undateable”) and is arguably the best panelist on Comedy Central’s...

Mo Ryan on 12 Strategies for Dealing with...

Mo Ryan on 12 Strategies for Dealing with Grief & Family Crisis

“Grief is a form of love,” says my friend Maureen “Mo” Ryan. Best known as the La Grange Park-based television critic for HuffPost TV, Ryan has...

Scott Turow on Amazon.com, the Supreme Court...

Scott Turow on Amazon.com, the Supreme Court & latest book, “Identical”

Author Scott Turow calls his latest novel, “Identical,” a “weird stew of personal things.” Indeed it is. The book centers around...

The Politics of Sainthood, Marriage Equality...

The Politics of Sainthood, Marriage Equality and The Evolution of the Catholic Church

By contemporary terms, Cristina Traina is an enigma. A driven Roman Catholic and professor of religion at Northwestern University, Traina is a prolific...

Dustin Lance Black on Harvey Milk, “Under...

Dustin Lance Black on Harvey Milk, “Under the Banner of Heaven” & How Love Is Good For You

“I believe loving someone makes you a better person,” says Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black. Moreover, Black doesn’t believe the state can...

Elizabeth Berg on her writing process, theater...

Elizabeth Berg on her writing process, theater & her forthcomig book on George Sand

Best-selling author Elizabeth Berg (“Durable Goods,” “Tapestry of Fortunes”) is the guest editor for this issue of the Oak Leaves...

Colt Cabana talks WWE, Mental Health &...

Colt Cabana talks WWE, Mental Health & The Art of Wrestling

Wrestler Colt Cabana (aka North Shore native Scott Colton) is our guest on this edition of “The Big Questions” podcast, and he’s also...

MLB Umpire Bias, Baseball Technology and...

MLB Umpire Bias, Baseball Technology and Reputation Management with Brayden King

Brayden King and Jerry Kim found bias played a role in new research that confirms what baseball fans knew all along: umpires blow calls. What’s surprising...

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan on...

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan on his upcoming spiritual memoir & 2 new records

Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan is a busy man. Not only is he recording two new Pumpkins records, but he’s also a quarter of the way through a...