Extension 720 Audio Archives, July 2005

JudaismUnrest, Conflicts and WarTerrorismColleges and UniversitiesCrimeOrson WellesCrime, Law and Justice

Victims of Justice RevisitedA discussion of wrongful convictions--and particularly the history of wrongful convictions in Illinois--with a panel of three experts who are all heavily invested in this issue. They are Rob Warden, head of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, Gary Gauger, wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his own parents (he was later exonerated and pardoned by former Gov. Ryan in 2002), and Thomas Frisbie, reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and co-author of Victims of Justice Revisited. (07/28/05)

Wrongful Convictions (86:27)

Upon the meeting of the International Conference of Christians and Jews in Chicago, Extension 720 gathered four representatives from that organization to discuss the state of interreligious conversation, not only between Christians and Jews, but also between Christians, Jews and Muslims. Our guests were Rabbi David Rosen, director of International Interreligious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, Eva Schulz-Jander, a German Catholic and head of the German Coordinating Council of Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, Victor Goldbloom, former head of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and a former Canadian cabinet minister, and Peter von Butler, former German Ambassador to Belgium. (07/27/05)

Interfaith Dialogue (85:21)

On July 8, 2005--the day after the first terrorist bombings on the London Underground--Milt spoke with eminent mystery novelist and Baroness of Holland Park P.D. James via phone from London about her experiences on that day. (07/22/05)

P.D James (17:21)

War of the Worlds: Mars' Invasion of Earth, Inciting Panic and Inspiring Terror from H.G. Wells to Orson WellesWith the recent release of the Steven Spielberg adaption of War of the Worlds, Extension 720 took the opportunity to discuss all the incarnations of the classic H.G. Wells tale, with a particular focus on the famous Orson Welles radio play. Our guest was Gary Wolfe, professor of humanities at Roosevelt University and an expert in science fiction, and the source for most of our audio was the recent publication War of the Worlds: Mars' Invasion of Earth, Inciting Panic and Inspiring Terror from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles. (07/18/05)

War of the Worlds (66:30)

Leon Kass, chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics and professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, discusses a variety of controversies on the bioethical horizion. Topics include stem cell research, cloning, assisted suicide and much more. (07/14/05)

Leon Kass (89:38)

The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre comes to Extension 720 in this program, which features the director and three actors from the Theatre's current production of The Comedy of Errors. The guests are director Tim Gregory, and actors Gail Rastorfer, Krishna LeFan and Brian Hamman. For more on this program, including ticket information, click here. (07/11/05)

Chicago Shakespeare (86:40)

On the 4th of July, we aired this interview--recorded a few weeks earlier--with renowned historian David McCullough on his new book 1776, which details the first year of the Revolutionary War. (07/04/05)

David McCullough (41:07)

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