The John Williams Full Show podcast from 720 WGN Chicago
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kevin Most, joins John Williams to explain how the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discovered in South Africa, and why it isn’t a hoax as some are theorizing.
Port Ministries provides a slew of programs and services to communities in Chicago in need. Its executive director, David Gonzalez, joins John Williams to describe how, on this Giving Tuesday, your donation to Port Ministries will go a long way.
Former Chicago Tribune columnists Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich will produce and perform on stage for the first time in two years, in their Songs of Good Cheer holiday sing-along in December. And even John himself will make an appearance…get your tickets before they sell out again and listen here for what Eric and Mary […]
Jussie Smollett will begin to be tried this week for staging an attack on himself on a brutally cold day in January, 2019. Attorney Rich Lenkov of Bryce Downey & Lenkov joins John Williams to share his prediction of what the court and the jury will set out to decide.
Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to explain why a sum of $2 million is being fought over since the day of Kyle Rittenhouse’s “Not Guilty” verdict.
NewsNation Reporter Janel Forte joins John Williams four weeks into the trial of the shooters of Ahmaud Arbery, just as the jury deliberations begin. Janel outlines the arguments on both the defense and prosecution sides.
“Banfield” host Ashleigh Banfield joins John Williams to preview what she will discuss with Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted last week of the murders of two. Watch it on NewsNation tonight at 9 Central.
Patch.com reporter Mark Konkol joins John Williams to explain his tweet and story reporting that Chicago Bears Coach Matt Nagy will be fired after the team’s Thanksgiving Day game. Coach Nagy has said the report is not accurate.
Home Alone in Concert Conductor Richard Kaufman joins John Williams to explain what a conductor does, and what makes the live environment of a symphony so special when it’s coupled with a classic film.
Northside resident Robert received help from The Salvation Army after his sons’ mother died and increased pressures due to the pandemic. He joined John Williams to share his story and says he didn’t know where he’d be if The Salvation Army didn’t help.
Uptake CEO Kayne Grau is participating in the cause to bring awareness to communities on the South and West sides by having spent a whole night on a rooftop with Pastor Corey Brooks. Part of this effort is to build a community center to help enhance the prosperity and quality of life for residents of […]
Get into the holiday spirit with some spirits. Celebrate holidays on ice! Lou Manfredini, John Williams and Steve Bertrand will feature fun, festive cocktails featuring award-winning, farm-crafted whiskey from Whiskey Acres, Illinois’ first estate distillery. Check out all the recipes we have highlighted here. Cheers! Whiskey Acres Bourbon Slush – perfect for a party! Ingredients: […]
Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips joins John Williams to talk about “Being Blago,” a docu-series on the former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Stream it now on Hulu.
Pastor Corey Brooks is spending 100 days on a rooftop near where he hopes to build a community center in Woodlawn. He and Uptake CEO Kayne Grau join John Williams to explain the cause, and invites your help.
Following shortly after John Williams’ discussion with Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger on smash and grab incidents at an Ulta store in Oak Brook, 14 perpetrators ran inside a Louis Vuitton in Oak Brook Shopping Center, stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise. Chief Kruger joins John Williams again.
Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to share more updates from Kenosha County Courthouse, where the judge warned media not to do as one freelance journalist did.
American journalist Danny Fenster was sentenced to 11 years of hard labor in Myanmar last week and a U.S. diplomat helped free him after Fenster spent six months in jail there. WGN Radio’s Steve Dale has been communicating with Danny’s brother, Bryan, and he shares what Danny went through while waiting to return home.
Sam Lubeznik, a third-generation McDonald’s owner and operator in Northwest Indiana, joins John Williams to talk about the return of the limited edition sandwich: the McRib. He encourages that if you’re a fan of the sandwich, get yours now. Lubeznik also shares about the McDonald’s Food for the Body and Spirit events that give turkey […]
Eno Center for Transportation Policy Director Paul Lewis joins John Williams to talk about the parameters of the alcohol detection device that will come in new cars, per one item on the infrastructure bill. He also addresses flaws in the plan.
Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams on the second day of deliberations of the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. She updates him on the day’s focus.
“Over My Dead Body” was number one on Apple Podcasts in October and its season 3, hosted by New York Times Best-Selling Author Matt Baglio, discusses the staged suicide of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz. Matt joins John Williams to tell him what went wrong that led “G.I. Joe” to that final decision of […]
Chicago debt relief attorney Rae Kaplan works with families looking to relieve themselves of student loan debt. She joins John Williams to talk about what changes are coming, and how she can help you.
Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger joins John Williams to talk about the robberies at different locations of the same retail stores in his area. He explains where those offenders are today and their own expectations of repercussions.
Georgetown University Pharmacology and Physiology Professor Adriane Fugh-Berman joins John Williams to explain how hearing loss can contribute to cognitive decline, and why insurance should cover hearing aids and not expensive Alzheimer’s drugs.
Downers Grove School District 99 Superintendent Hank Thiele joins John Williams to explain why parents are clashing over a book that remains on the shelf in school libraries. But he also explains why he doesn’t feel inclined to pull the book.
Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to update him on the latest out of the Kenosha County Courthouse, where Kyle Rittenhouse himself pulled numbers for the six alternate jurors removed from deliberations.
Alpha Wealth Group Principal Tom Fortino and WGN Radio sports anchor Kevin Powell join John Williams to explain the purpose of the shares of stock the Green Bay Packers are selling, though they have been public for a while.
Chicago Automobile Trade Association President Dave Sloan joins John Williams to explain why cars are now being sold for much higher than their sticker prices. And yet he explains why supply in dealerships is so low.
Illinois Policy Institute Vice President of Marketing Austin Berg joins John Williams to explain why the job of John Catanzara, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police, is the subject of a hearing this week.
Two California couples were given each other’s embryos in error at an in vitro fertilization clinic. Dr. Shweta Nayak performs such procedures in Chicago’s Reproductive Medicine Institute, and she explains the safeguards her clinic takes to prevent a switch, as well as the emotional toll of one.
Reform for Illinois Executive Director Alisa Kaplan joins John Williams to explain why she doesn’t think billionaires should involve themselves in politics. That’s contrary to the perspective of the Better Government Association, as published in Chicago Tribune.
Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to share what’s happening behind closed doors and off-camera as the Rittenhouse trial closes. She explains what makes this nuanced trial so technical.