Monday December 4th, Milt talked to ANTHONY LAKE, National Security Advisor to President Clinton from 1993-96, as they discussed his new book 6NIGHTMARES: REAL THREATS IN A DANGEROUS WORLD AND HOW AMERICA CAN MEET THEM. (12/4/2000)
Anthony Lake (1:57:57)
Monday October 2nd, Milt talked to celebrated photographer and journalist Art Shay about his recent memoir ALBUM FOR AN AGE: UNCONVENTIONAL WORDS AND PICTURES FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. (10/2/2000)
Art Shay (1:50:47)
Milt talked to best selling thriller Ridley Pearson about his new book Middle of Nowhere, and what it was like being the first recipient of the Reymond Chandler Fullbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.
Ridley Pearson (42:36)
In a two part special looking at the raising of the next generation Milt talked to DIANE RAVITCH author of LEFT BACK: A CENTURY OF FAILED SCHOOL REFORMS and child raising expert JOHN ROSEMOND, author, most recently, of RAISING A NON-VIOLENT CHILD. (9/6/2000-9/7/2000)
Click below to here Anthony Summers, former head of BBC News' Investigative Unit, as he joins Milt to discuss his revealing new biography THE ARROGANCE OF POWER: THE SECRET WORLD OF RICHARD NIXON. (9/4/2000)
Anthony Summers (1:51:01)
Tom Lynch Milt talked to award winning poet, essayist and undertaker Thomas Lynch about his new book Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality .
Thomas Lynch (32:43)
Milt talked to star of stage and screen Michael York (You saw him last as Austin Power's English Boss - but he's also performed Hamlet and starred in Polanski's Romeo and Juliet). Click below as he and Milt discuss his new book A SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR PREPARES.
Michael York (40:56)
RON ROSENBAUM, columnist for the New York Observer, joined Milt to talk about his fascinating new book, THE SECRET PARTS OF FORTUNE: THREE DECADES OF INTENSE INVESTIGATIONS AND EDGY ENTHUSIASMS. Click below to find out how ROSENBAUM discovered hundreds of nude photos of the great and the good squirreled away in a drawer in the Smithsonian and other startling revelations his inquiries have unearthed.
Ron Rosenbaum (1:48:23)
Click below to hear Milt's interview with CHRISTINA HOFF-SOMMERS author of THE WAR AGAINST BOYS: HOW MISGUIDED FEMINISM IS HARMING OUR YOUNG MEN.
Christine Hoff-Sommers (1:51:50)
A great holiday, or at least a fun day out, may not be far away. There are many places of interest in the local area, within Illinois and neighboring states. To help us navigate the best local vacation spots our panel of travel experts including JEROME POHLEN author of ODDBALL ILLINOIS, Bonnie Miller Rubin author of Quick Escapes Chicago and Alan Solomon on of the Tribune's team of award winning travel writers, offer advice and suggestions on some of their favorite Midwestern haunts.
Oddball Illinois (1:51:24)
Milt talked to Jim Lehrer about his new historical novel THE SPECIAL PRISONER
Jim Lehrer (27:32)
The ramming and sinking of the Waleship Essex by a large male sperm whale provided the inspiration for Melville's classic tale Moby Dick. Click below to hear Milt discuss this fascinating story with Nathaniel Philbrick author of IN THE HEART OF THE SEA.
Nathaniel Philbrick (32:12)
Milt talked to the creator of Extension 720, former WGN general manager Bob Henley.
Bob Henley (37:44)
Milt talked about Communal Utopias with three experts including anthropologist Jayne Kamau, former Hutterite Ruth Lombach and author Abigail Foerstner. (7/10/2000)
* segment Communal Utopias (1:49:37)
We marked the 75th Anniversary of the Tribune Tower with a special broadcast from Colonel McCormick's office on the 24th floor. The Colonel's ghost made a guest appearance on our panel which included Tribune Editor Howard Tyner, the paper's architecture critic Blair Kamin and Colonel John Votaw of the 1st Division Museum. (7/6/2000)
June 1st, 2000 Milt talked to Sergei Khrushchev, author of Nikita Khrushchev: the Creation of a Superpower, and Professor John Bushnell of Northwestern University. (6/1/2000)
Sergei Khrushchev (1:50:02)
Milt talked with paleoanthropologists Dan Amick, Jim Brown and Dennis Stamford, about a new theory that the first people to settle North America may have come from southwestern Europe and not from Asia as previously thought. 5/15/2000)
Milt talked with Captain Jim Lovell commander of Apollo 13. (4/10/2000)
Milt talks to the General Secretary of NATO, Lord George Robertson about the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other security issues.
Lord George Robertson (32:45)
Milt talks to author Francis Stonor Saunders about her new book The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters which presents for the first time evidence that the CIA infiltrated every niche of the cultural sphere during the postwar years.
Francis Stoner Saunders (33:22)
March 27, 2000 Milt talked to four B-29 fliers about their part in the air war against Japan. (3/27/2000)
B-29 Fliers (1:59:03)
The world would not be in such a snarl - if Marx had been Groucho instead of Karl.' Whether or not you agree with Isiah Berlin's birthday message to the mustachioed comic, it's clear that Marxists of the political variety have some rather awkward questions to face. The genocides wrought in communist countries, the economic collapse of the former Soviet Union and the difficulties of European Social Democracies could all provide grounds for the rejection Marx's ideas. Tune in tonight as our expert panel debates Marx's legacy and the validity and future of Marxist thought. 3/14/2000)
Click below to hear Harvard Professor Marc D Hauser, author of the new book Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think, discuss parrot intelligence. (3/13/2000)
Marc Hauser (03:55)
Concerning exercise Socrates held that for men and women, '...experience showed that to let all things be uncovered was far better than to cover them up.'. Milt's guest, Wendy Shalit, takes a rather different view. A mere three years since completing her BA in philosophy, Shalit, author of A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, has written a striking and powerful argument for the rehabilitation of this neglected virtue. Click below to hear Shalit and Milt as they draw a discrete veil over modern vulgarities on Extension 720. (3/8/2000)
Wendy Shalit (1:49:24)
We all know that our ancestors had some unusual ideas about the function of the internal organs. Aristotle, for example, observes that ' ..the spleen looks rather like a bastard liver... ' and thus concludes that it does the liver's work for the left side of the body. Click below to hear Sherwin Nuland explore the fascinating history of our misconceptions about the internal organs in his new book The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myths. 3/2/2000)
When asked recently by the editors of the Wall Street Journal which book (besides the Bible) had most influenced him, Gov. George W. Bush replied: "The Dream and the Nightmare by Myron Magnet crystallized for me the impact the failed culture of the sixties had on our values and society. It helped create dependency on government, undermine family and eroded values which had stood the test of time and which are critical if we want a decent and hopeful tomorrow for every single American." Click below to hear Magnet discuss with Milt the arguments contained in The Dream and the Nightmare and their recurring significance in American political life. (3/3/2000)
John Nance, Boeing 737 captain, aviation editor and analyst for Good Morning America and ABC news, joins Milt to discuss air safety and his latest terrifyingly realistic novel Blackout. (2/2/2000)
Life at Lincoln Park Zoo: Mark Rosenthal, Dennis Pate and David Bernier talk to Milt about their life and work at Lincoln Park Zoo. (1/28/2000)
Former Ebony editor Hans J. Massaquoi about his experiences growing up black in Nazi Germany as recounted in his new book DESTINED TO WITNESS (William Morrow & Co). (1/18/2000)
Hans Massaquoi (48:39)
Bioethics: The current ethical challenges created by the explosion of emerging technologies have created dilemmas that challenge all of us to reconsider fundamental notions of life and consciousness. The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity brings a Christian perspective to these issues, and tonight John Kilner, director of the Center, and Nigel Cameron, a professor and consultant for the Center, talk of their views on such issues as human embryo research, euthanasia, and cloning. Joining them will be Leon Kass, a physician who teaches and writes on ethics as professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. (1/11/2000)
Most of us don't give much thought to the words we use, why we use them, or their history, but there is a large group of specialists who study those issues intently, believing that language is a reflection of who we are. Linguistics is the study of language (its origins, its structure, and its continuing evolution), and tonight we will be joined by three nationally respected linguistics scholars, Walt Wolfram, Mark Aronott and Donna Christian, who will take us on a trip across this fascinating field of study. (1/7/2000)
You've heard a lot about and maybe have even read Dutch, Edmund Morris' biography of Ronald Reagan. Here, Milt spends two hours talking with Morris about the life of our fortieth President, as well as the controversy surrounding the book. They are joined by former Reagan cabinet member Joe Morris. (10/25/99)
Milt Rosenberg talks with Detective Bruce Walstad. Bruce is an expert in cons and scams who trains members of the public and law enforcement officials to deal with confidence tricksters. (6/24/99)
Milt talks with William Doyle, author of Inside the Oval Office (Kodansha). William tracked down a large number of tape recordings from the Oval Office of presidents from FDR to Clinton. Some excerpts from these tapes were played during the show - including some that had never been aired in public before.
What are the prospects that the fragile peace in Northern Ireland will last? Can generations of enmity be put aside as the province struggles towards a civil society? Can the paradox of decommissioning weapons be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties? Senator George Mitchell, the chair of the peace talks and a key figure in the historic settlement discusses the peace process, Nobel prizes and the future of the province with Milt tonight. And in all likelihood there will be much else to discuss, including the mess in the Balkans and other problems on the foreign policy agenda. (4/12/99)
Renowned journalist David Brinkley was an old friend of Extension 720 and a frequent guest on the program. Here is his final appearance on the show, from November 1996. The immediate occasion was the publication of his book Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion, but the conversation turned to Brinkley's varied stories and experiences. His intelligence, grace and humor will certainly be missed. (11/18/1996)
David Brinkley (46:43)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times