Discussing the debate over the site of the new Chicago Public Library with poet Jim Fuerst and Terry Brunner, Executive Director of the Better Government Association.
Irv Kupcinet said he was embarrassed to admit how many hours he'd spend per day working on one story for his column. Kup explained his work life, his social life and personal life all gelled together because he was working about 18 hours a day. Reading papers every morning and making phones to his various contacts were the main ways Irv Kupcinet got his information.
Discussing "The Damnedest Radical: The Life and World of Ben Reitman, Chicago's Celebrated Social Reformer, Hobo King, and Whorehouse Physician," (published by University of Illinois Press) with the author Roger Bruns.
Author of Mother Knows Best
As a tribute to Nelson Algren after his death, a collection of his writing is dramatized in this radio program titled "Come in at the Door."
Discussing the Chicago Area Writing Project with authors and educators Hank De Zutter, Betty Jane Wagner and Barbara Kotto.
Eliot Asinof, author, discusses his book, "Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series." Asinof talks about some of the Black Sox team members and their stories through the games, the sensation, and the trial. Early American baseball players such as Babe Ruth and Connie Mack and reporters such as Ring Larder are also mentioned.
Dr. Young talks about his policy about addictive medications at Cook County Hospital, and about the financially driven connections between pharmaceutical companies and doctors.
Dorothy and Henry Kraus describe how they discovered an entire European collection of church-located woodcarvings depicting a wide variety of scenes crafted by local artisans. Hundreds of years of political, religious, and social events shaped the portrayals, and they explore many of the illustrations in their book, focusing on the themes of labor, animals, and religion. They marvel at the skill and craftsmanship and observe that the works can be a rich source of primary research material for modern scholars.
Don Gold, writer and editor, discusses his book "Bellevue: A Documentary of a Large Metropolitan Hospital." He recounts his time spent following doctors and nurses in Bellevue in New York City and discusses how healthcare has become depersonalized. The conversation involves patients who are dealing with mental illnesses, abortions, attempted suicide and the terminally ill. The interview includes reading of passages from his book.