One of the great graces of life is good conversation and respectful dialogue between neighbors.
The best talk show I have ever heard, which embodies this grace, is Extension 720 on WGN Radio in Chicago. It is hosted by Dr. Milton J. Rosenberg. Milt is a professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, where he has served as the director of the doctoral program in Social and Organizational Psychology. Prior to coming to Chicago, he taught at Yale, Ohio State University and Dartmouth College.
He has been hosting Extension 720 since 1973, and has interviewed thousands of public figures, scholars, authors, and experts on topics ranging from politics and foreign affairs to financial investment, entertainment, religion, literature, sports, media, medicine, and, always, many special shows that carry a “Chicago” flavor.
Last November, Dr. Rosenberg talked to N.T. Wright on the radio program when the Bishop was in Chicago. The result is a breathtaking interview between two of the best thinkers and conversationalists around. What makes it even more interesting is that Rosenberg is a secular Jewish academic. Yet he expresses profound admiration for Wright’s book, Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters, and is able to engage the author in intelligent, stimulating discussion on Jesus and the events of his life, death, and resurrection, the Gospels: their historicity and authorship, the early church, and matters of Christian theology, including justification and eschatology.
This one gets my highest recommendation, and if I could give it an even higher one I would.
Go to THIS PAGE at WGN to listen to the interview or download an audio file of it. Even better, you can go to WGN or iTunes and subscribe to the Extension 720 podcast so that you can join me in enjoying one of our great cultural institutions.