The Milt Rosenberg Show
About This Show
The Milt Rosenberg Show is a daily show that features intelligent, enlivening and thought provoking discussions centered on the world of ideas. Guests from the world of literature, journalism, academia, public policy, science, religions, and foreign policy join Milt to discuss the big questions of the day-an all star list of people who shape our world.
Milt Rosenberg is a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago and the former host of the long-running public affairs program Extension 720. Milt hosted Extension 720 on WGN Radio five nights a week for nearly 40 years before ending his run in December 2012.
During his academic career, Milt held posts at Yale, the Naval War College, Dartmouth, Ohio State and finally, the University of Chicago, where he directed the doctoral program in social psychology.
Milt serves on the boards of many organizations, including the National Association of Scholars, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the Howard Center for Family and Religion and the National Great Books Curriculum. In 2008, in a White House ceremony, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush.
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Ep. 167: Classic Political Journalism Personified
Nov 9 16
That was the realm in which Dick Ciccone flourished for many years as he illuminated the range and depth of political corruption in the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois and the benighted nation. But always, behind the sharply written yet elegant prose, the reader could discern a compensatory amusement that tempered his never-depleted reserve of deeper outrage. As political editor and then managing editor of the Chicago Tribune he was one of the last of the great print journalists. He also graced our radio program as a member of our political "A-Team." The three other members of that team join me and a multitude of non-millennials in mourning his passing last week. Here he is in a solo appearance just about a year ago; it begins with the current presidential race as it was starting to shape up in September, 2015 and goes on to some great stories, a stream of amused and cynical asides and the display of his easy and street-smart erudition (in his last two decades he doubled as a Notre Dame adjunct). A closing conjecture: without Dick, Barack Obama would not have become President. Why? Because Dick, as political editor, hired a new reporter, an aspiring kid just out of the University of Chicago who was sort-of interested in politics: namely, David Axelrod.
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Rated 5 out of
An Old Pro
Rosenberg did radio interviews for years on Chicago public radio. He's a (now retired) professor of social psychology from the University of Chicago but has ties to other elite institutions across America. He uses them to bring on the brightest conservative minds the nation has to offer. The podcasts are, subsequently, rather high brow. They aren't the best for someone looking to have something on the in the background. They require pretty close attention to follow--better suited for slow day on a treadmill, for example.
Rosenberg knows how to let guests shine while steering discussion to make sure the audience stays engaged. The only quibble (and this is a small one) is that sometimes he does not always disagree strongly enough, even just as a devil's advocate. Honestly, that could be because I'm not as conservative as him. A great show. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-03-04