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Milt's File

A file of links relating to Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, a talk show on Chicago's WGN Radio.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Tonight on Extension 720: For the past few months, the major car companies have been unveiling the 2006 models at auto shows around the country. If you’ve been to the Chicago Auto Show and want the experts’ opinions, tune into Extension 720 tonight as we welcome RICK POPELY of the Chicago Tribune and JOE WIESENFELDER of Cars.com. They will be on hand to evaluate the aesthetic and engineering advances currently on display at McCormick Place.

Information on future programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.
Milt's File will return on Monday.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Tonight on Extension 720: What is the relationship between philosophy and science? And how does the discovery of the universe aid the discovery of ourselves? We will be exploring these fundamental questions tonight as we welcome theoretical physicist and award-winning novelist ALAN LIGHTMAN to discuss his latest book A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit.

Information on future programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.
DID SYRIA KILL HARIRI? This article from the Middle East Quarterly won't answer that question--but it does clarify how the Damascus regime has regressed to the point where such an undertaking would be almost routine. The author is a leading Syrian pro-democracy dissident.
TOM FRIEDMAN KNEW HARIRI...and, in this column from today's New York Times, he finds significant grounds for endorsing (sort of) the hypothesis of Syrian complicity in the assassination. Equally interesting, he finds, in the Iraq election, a positive message for the Lebanese citizenry.
AL-JAZEERA AND ITS READERS DISCOVER WHO KILLED AL HARIRI...and (quelle surprise!) it was Israel...though some of their readers opine otherwise in a fascinating--if almost unending--series of ruminations and accusations.
REMEMBERING NIKO TINBERGEN: Who? Probably the real founder of sociobiology, he is memorialized in what sounds, from this review, to be the long-needed, full biographical study.
GAY MARRIAGE IN THE AMERICAN CONTEXT: We have been particularly impressed by the clarity of argument and analysis displayed by Kay Hymowitz in this important essay published in the last issue of City Journal.
THE CHURCHILL AFFAIR AND THE ACADEMIC BILL OF RIGHTS: The latter is the creation of David Horowitz who is pushing it with the same passionate intensity he displays in this article from his own Front Page magazine.
AND SPEAKING OF TENURED RADICALS...does anybody here remember the lady who helped bomb the U.S. Capitol and now "graces" the law faculty at a leading American university? Read on...
AN ANTI-PANEGYRIC FOR ARTHUR MILLER...is supplied by Terry Teachout who, writing in the Wall Street Journal, finds him to have been a ridgidly politicized and pretentious bore as a playwright.
A GREAT FLAMENCO GUITARIST: Paco de Lucia has long led the list of masters of that Iberian-Arabic-Gypsy musical idiom. Here are six representative selections that display his fierce virtuosity.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tonight on Extension 720: One of the maxims of La Rochefoucauld states that “To safeguard one’s health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.” Many Americans, however, seem to have taken this too much to heart, and an abundance of adiposity has been the unfortunate result. The federal government, just last month, responded by issuing a far more strict set of dietary guidelines. Tonight, we will be discussing these new recommendations and the latest trends in nutrition and wellness with our two resident experts: MARY ABBOTT HESS, president of Hess and Hunt Nutrition Communications and a former head of the American Dietetic Association, and ROBERT KUSHNER, professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and head of the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Information on future programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Tonight on the program: Extension 720 is pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author RICHARD RHODES back to our studios, this time to discuss his newest book John James Audubon: The Making of an American. In writing the first major biography of Audubon in forty years, Rhodes illuminates many details about the famed naturalist’s personal life, from his birth as an illegitimate child in France to his eventual fame as “The American Woodsman.” Tune in tonight to hear this fascinating tale from one of the best working writers.

Information on future programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.
Milt's File is taking a few days off, but will return soon.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Tonight on the show: After the 7:00 Northwestern basketball game, Extension 720 examines the history of love in western civilization. From courtly love to love at court, we will discuss love through the ages, as well as read some accounts of how our European forbearers fell in love. Our guests will be BARBARA NEWMAN, professor of English at Northwestern University, and ROBERT BUCHOLZ, professor of history at Loyola University Chicago.

More information on this and other programs is available at our monthly program guide. You can listen to the show from 9 to 11 p.m. central time here.
A STAY-PUT STRATEGY RATHER THAN AN EXIT STRATEGY...is what is required in and for Iraq says Fareed Zakaria. As usual, this exceptionally clear-headed Newsweek columnist nails the basic realities that must be honored in policy design.
THEY MIGHT ALL BE "CONTENDUHS"...according to Richard Cohen in this far-seeing--and rather premature--review of presidential aspirants. Despite the unseemliness of opening up the 2008 campaign so early, this article from the National Journal compels our grudging interest.
HERE'S THE NEW, DISHEARTENING STORY ON AIDS VIRAL SPECIATION: Its immediate implication is that evolutionary process has led to the emergence of a drug-resistant strain--and, thus, a renewed epidemic may be in the offing!
AND SPEAKING OF EVOLUTIONARY DYNAMICS...Ernst Mayr of Harvard, who recently died at the age of 100, was a crucial figure in the development of the post-Darwinian extension of scientific understanding. Here is a sharply focused interview with him as it appeared five years ago in Skeptic magazine.
AN ALIEN ABDUCTION EXPERIENCE....eported by the editor of Skeptic!! It did really "happen" to Michael Shermer, author of this article from Scientific American who is, as well, an old friend and rather frequent guest on our program. And recent research by two Harvard psychologists, as recounted here by Shermer, explains HOW it happens.
ISLAM IN EUROPE AND IN THE EUROPEAN FUTURE...induces much worry, not only in the author of this article from the Orlando Sentinel but, apparently and increasingly, in the governments of western Europe.
THE HUMANIST SON OF NAZI GERMANY'S LEADING AMERICAN PROPAGANDIST...is now 88 years old. (That's Peter Viereck, son of George Sylvester Viereck.) In this new essay, appended to a just-republished book, he still broods on Hitler, Hitlerism, intellectual anti-semitism and the Holocaust.
WHERE ARE THE FEMALE PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS? As compared to prominent ones of a few decades ago (Stein, Parker, de Beauvoir, Weil, Murdoch, McCarthy and Arendt) there are none. So says Charlotte Allen in this essay from the Los Angeles Times. And she knows why! Read on...
DESTROYING OUR CIVILIZATION...just to demonstrate its multicultural bona fides. That, according to this despairing (and accurate!) cri de coeur from Mark Steyn is what is represented by the back-pages news stories he hits us with here.
THE "REAL" ROBERT LEWIS STEVENSON...is imaginatively reconstructed in this fine review/essay by Andrew O'Hagan just published in the London Review of Books.
FOR SHEER ANTI-ROYAL VENOMOUSNESS, YOU SIMPLY CAN'T BEAT THIS...from the London Times. We don't know who Julie Burchill is, but clearly she is a master of the almost-lost art of frontal-assault denunciation.
THE SECRET SIDE OF THE SUPER BOWL: If you missed the product placement side of the great confrontation in Jacksonville, The Onion comes to your rescue in this excellent instance of contemporary muckraking journalism.
TWO CONTRASTING PERFORMANCES OF WAGNER'S SIEGFRIED IDYLL: The composer one loves to hate--but not for his music--was never more moving than in this work composed for his son's first birthday.