We explore the roots and evolution of fascism with two experts: Stanley Payne, professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Peter Fritzsche, professor of history at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. (03/31/06)

History of Fascism (91:15)

Two reporters discuss their experiences covering the Iraq war on the ground. Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune staff writer, joins the program live from Baghdad, and Jackie Spinner, staff writer for the Washington Post and author of Tell Them I Didn't Cry: A Young Journalist's Story of Joy, Loss, and Survival in Iraq, is live in-studio as they both share their unique perspective as to how the war is going. (03/23/06)

Reporting from Iraq (87:35)

We examine American journalism from the Revolutionary War to today with Eric Burns, host of "Fox News Watch" on the Fox News Channel and author of the new book Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism. (03/22/06)

American Journalism (87:28)

Extension 720 hosts a discussion of the future of the Catholic Church in America, which includes a call for greater democratization of its political organization. Our guests are Scott Appleby, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, and Robert Blair Kaiser, a noted religion journalist and author of the new book A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future. (03/20/06)

Catholic Church (86:26)

A panel of experts tackles the large subject of immigration in America and what should be done to better control the influx of people into the United States. Our guests are Barry Chiswick, professor of economics at the University of Illinois Chicago, Anna O. Law, professor of political science at DePaul University, and Rob Paral, research fellow at the American Immigration Law Foundation. (03/16/06)

Immigration (85:25)

We discuss the graduate student life with three grad students from three different Chicago Universities. Topics under consideration are the political climate on the American campus, the usefulness of tenure, and the joys of being a student. Our guests for this discussion were Samir Haddad from Northwestern University, Jennifer Searcy from Loyola University Chicago, and William Junker from the University of Chicago. (03/15/06)

Graduate Students (86:40)

George Stevens, Jr.--the founder of the American Film Institute and a noted director, producer and writer--discusses the golden age of Hollywood and the films of some of its great directors, including Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Frank Capra, and his father, George Stevens. Stevens is the editor of the new book Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age At the American Film Institute. (03/14/06)

Hollywood's Golden Age (85:15)

We replay the Cuban Missile Crisis, taking full advantage of the declassified documents and taped conversations, with Arthur Cyr, professor of political science at Carthage College, and John D. Gresham, co-author of DEFCON-2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis.(03/08/06).

Cuban Missile Crisis (87:32)

Joseph Bast, president and CEO of the Heartland Institute, and Herbert Walberg, research professor of education and psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago, discuss the state of Americas public schools and make a case for school reform and school choice. (03/07/06)

School Choice (87:13)