MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
THE BARN HOUSE
Joining us in the studio tonight will be Ed Zotti, the editor of the syndicated column The Straight Dope and author of the new book The Barn House , which tells the story of Zotti attempting to rehab his old Chicago home.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD
There will be no shows tonight due to the Cubs games.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH
RNC CONVENTION COVERAGE
Join us tonight as we examine the Republican National Convention with our three seasoned political observers, Joe Morris, Dan Johnson-Weinberger, and Dick Ciccone.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH
Tonight at 10pm after the Cubs game, join us for a discussion on the Presidential race. Now that both conventions are over and the Vice Presidential selections have been made, we’ll take your phone calls and hear what you think about each parties tickets.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
PATH TO POWER
Are our children faltering, floating aimlessly through their adolescence? Our guest tonight says they are, and he’s written a book detailing how to put your children on the right path. In The Path to Purpose , William Damon discusses the problem that children face today and the apathy that beclouds their lives. For instance, only 1 in 100 children today have any aspirations to become a political or civic leader, a considerable drop from previous generations. Damon, one of the world’s leading scholars of human development, is a professor at Stanford University.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
There will be no shows tonight due to the Cubs games.
THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA
In this political season there has been an entire crop of political books that have sprung up- both for and against each of the candidates. Last month, we hosted the author of a pro-Obama book, and tonight, we welcome David Freddoso, author of The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate. In his book, Freddoso, who is also a political reporter at the National Review, examines the agenda of Obama dating from his days before elected office through today, and comes to the conclusion that he is anything but the reformer and new politician that Obama claims to be. Our other guest for the night, Dan Johnson-Weinberger, president of Progressive Public Affairs here in Chicago, will most assuredly disagree with the thesis of the book.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
There will be no shows these nights due to Cubs baseball games.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
Tonight, we'll take a look at the recent events affecting our economy, as we welcome two masters of the financial game, namely Sam Peltzman, a professor of economics at the Chicago Graduate School of Business, and Leo Melamed, the former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and currently the president of Melamed and Associates.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
There will be no show tonight due to the replay of the Cubs-Zambrano no hitter game.
ACEDIA AND ME
Tonight at around 10pm after the Cubs game, we welcome to the studio Kathleen Norris, author of Acedia and Me. Norris’ new book delves into the world of monastic spiritualism and discusses acedia, a condition of the soul first identified by early Christian monks that means you are unable to care, or unable to care that you can’t care. Norris outlines her own situation and the effects that acedia has had on her life, including the years she cared for her dying husband.
ICARUS AT THE EDGE OF TIME
Black holes, dark matter, "The God Particle"…all are terms we’re sure you’ve heard recently with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN being in the news as of late. Tonight we welcome one of the finest science-writers around today, namely Brian Greene. Greene is widely known for making complex topics easily accessible for a wider audience, and he doesn’t disappoint with his latest- an illustrated book entitled Icarus at the Edge of Time. In his book, Greene re-tells the story of Icarus, although instead of using wax wings and a journey to the sun, he substitutes black holes and space travel. Tune in for a fun and informative night with one of the best and most humorous science writers writing today.
Tonight at around 10pm after the Cubs game, Milt will talk with Jennet Conant about her book The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington. Did you know that Roald Dahl was a spy during the war? Well, neither did most people, according to Conant. Based on research and using never before seen letters, diaries, and interviews, Conant brings us into the world British spies operating in the U.S., attempting to subvert the U.S. government policy of isolationism and mounting a campaign of propaganda and political subversion to manipulating the U.S. to enter WWII. Members of this spy ring not only included Dahl, but also Ian Fleming, David Ogilvy, and Noel Coward among others- they called themselves the “Baker Street Irregulars”. Tune in for an interesting and captivating discussion of this little known story.
Did you know about the planned terrorist attack in Chicago? Not recently of course, but one that was to have happened on October 1st, 1910. In what was to become called the “Crime of the Century”, a group of domestic terrorists planned coordinated attacks on major cities across the country, culminating in the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building. Bombings were also planned in major cities across the country, including one right here in Chicago. Howard Blum has written a book examining this amazing story in his book American Lightning, and we'll be discussing it with him tonight.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH
There will be no show tonight due to a Cubs baseball game.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
Tonight we welcome to the studio Susan Neiman, an American philosopher who has taught at Yale and Tel Aviv University, and author of Moral Clarity: A Guide For Grown-Up Idealists. In her book Neiman talks about good, evil, heroism, and nobility, and that moral clarity doesn’t necessarily have to be a religious pursuit, but should be open to all. We'll discuss all this and more with her tonight on Extension 720.
BOB SCHIEFFER’S AMERICA
Veteran journalist Bob Schieffer will join us tonight to discuss his book Bob Schieffer’s America, a combination of an anthology of his Face the Nation commentaries and some new, original commentaries and material. We’ll discuss his new book, his career in journalism, and his moderating of the second presidential debate, which will be roughly 2 weeks from the night of his appearance on Extension 720. Tune in for an interesting discussion, and perhaps a preview of the questions the candidates may get from Schieffer.