Three experts on Buddhism join in a roundtable discussion of the history and practice of that ancient religion. They are: Dan Arnold, professor of the philosophy of religion at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, Patti Nakai, non-resident minister at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, and Stephen Asma, professor of buddhism at Columbia College Chicago and author of the new book The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha. (05/27/05)

Buddhism (86:57)

The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley MilgramThis fascinating interview explores the work and legacy of Stanley Milgram, the noted social psychologist who changed how we think about ethics and morality with his famous Milgram experiment. The guest is Thomas Blass, professor of psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and author of The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram. (05/25/05)

Stanley Milgram (98:09)

Victor Davis Hanson, classicist and conservative political pundit, discusses the current state of the Iraq War and the future of U.S. foreign policy. Hanson can be read each at the National Review Online and every Friday in the Chicago Tribune. (05/20/05)

Victor Davis Hanson (35:48)

The genius of radio legend Jean Shepherd is heard and discussed in this interview. The guest is Eugene Bergmann, author of the book Excelsior, You Fathead!: The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd. (05/17/05)

Jean Shepherd (82:22)

In Praise of Nepotism: A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. BushBlood is indeed thicker than water, as Adam Bellow, son of the late Saul Bellow, points out in his recent book In Praise of Nepotism: A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. Bush. In this interview, he outlines some of the hidden benefits of nepotism, as well as some of its all-too-familiar drawbacks. (05/16/05)

Nepotism (86:14)

Two lawyers face off on the issue of tort reform. From frivolous lawsuits to medical malpractice, Maureen Martin of the Heartland Institute and Robert Bingle of Corboy and Demetrio debate all aspects of personal injury law. (05/11/05)

Tort Reform (88:47)

Following the recent indictments of Chicago-area mobsters, Extension 720 discussed the history and current state of "the Outfit" in Chicago. Our three expert guests were Tom Kirkpatrick, president of the Chicago Crime Commission, John Drummond, legendary crime reporter for WBBM-TV, and John Kass, Page 2 columnist at the Chicago Tribune. (05/05/05)

Organized Crime in Chicago (87:55)