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Extension 720 Audio Archives, April 2005

Former Chicago alderman Leon Despres--along with former Chicago Tribune reporter Kenan Heise--discusses his twenty years standing up to the Chicago Democratic machine, headed by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Despres new memoir is Challenging the Daley Machine: A Chicago Alderman's Memoir. (04/27/05)

Leon Despres (85:34)

Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost LightTom Harpur, one of the leading religious journalists in Canada, and Amanda Quantz, professor of the history of Christianity at the Catholic Theological Union, debate whether Jesus was myth or man. The source for this discussion is Harpur's new book Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light. (04/22/05)

Pagan Christ (86:53)

Comedy FAQs and Answers: How the Stand-Up Biz Really WorksDave Schwensen, author of the new book Comedy FAQs and Answers: How the Stand-Up Biz Really Works, and WGN Radio's Steve Cochran discuss the art of stand-up comedy and analyze some clips from Jackie Mason, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Jeff Foxworthy and the incomparable Steve Cochran. (04/14/05)

Stand-Up Comedy (87:18)

In a program broadcast live from the Chicago Historical Society, acclaimed writers Richard Stern and Aleksandar Hemon discuss the life and literary legacy of the greatest of all Chicago writers--Saul Bellow. (04/13/05)

Saul Bellow (87:08)

Bruce Gans, head of the Great Books program at Wright College, and Mark Bauerlein, professor of English at Emory University and director of research and analysis for the National Endowment for the Arts discuss the state of Great Books curriculum in American high schools and colleges, as well as read passages from some of their favorite literature. (04/04/05)

Great Books (86:49)

Pope John Paul II passed away on Saturday, April 2nd. The night before his death, we welcomed Jon Nilison, professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago, Father Leslie Hoppe of the Catholic Theological Union, and Meinrad Scherer-Emunds, executive editor of U.S. Catholic magazine. In this interview, they analyze his legacy, speculate on his successor and predict the future of the Catholic Church. (04/01/05)

Pope John Paul II (86:44)

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