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Veteran radio news guy Charlie Meyerson talks to interesting people. (Some episodes consist of historic raw audio.) Contact: Meyerson@gmail.com
 
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(Updating this 2016 post of a 1997 interview that seems as timely as ever.) In his 1997 book A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, Pulitzer Prize-winner David K. Shipler documented a major split among Americans: “The divide between those who see racism and those who do not.” And he sounded an alarm about what many then might not ...…
 
(Updated on the occasion of Stan Lee's death, Nov. 12, 2018. Here’s Stan Lee, the man who created or co-created the core Marvel Comics universe, sitting down during C2E2 at age 94 for what his staff said was his last Chicago comics convention appearance. As you’ll hear, he had energy and enthusiasm to betray his age. His interviewers: Adrian F. ...…
 
The death of Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman took me back to 1997, when I interviewed the professor about his then- (and still-) revolutionary ideas on how to overhaul science education. Hear him talk about that—and much more—here … … or on iTunes or via your favorite podcast player. And while you’re at it, check out my other interviews with t ...…
 
How do you get the attention of newspaper editorial boards? How do you get them to see things your way? Are editorials as valuable as they used to be? Every once in a while, the Publicity Club of Chicago takes me up on my motto, “Will Moderate for Food,” and invites me to lead a panel discussion to address important questions like those. And so ...…
 
Approaching Mother’s Day 1993, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen—who shaped a generation’s approach to parenthood—stopped by the WNUA-FM studios in Chicago to promote her then-new book, Thinking Out Loud. Check out this audio—recorded May 5, 1993—to learn why she objected to the name of a Chicago Tribune newspaper section. Listen t ...…
 
In many ways, two-time presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan—former adviser to three Republican presidents (Nixon, Ford and Reagan)—set the stage for Donald Trump’s ascendance. When Buchanan made 2016’s “Politico 50,” the magazine pronounced Trump “Pat Buchanan with better timing.” How similar are they? Here’s 20-year-old, unheard-since-broad ...…
 
In 1998 Apple’s now-widely-forgotten CEO, Gil Amelio, sat down with me to discuss his relatively brief time atop what was then a struggling company—the subject of his book On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple. As you’ll hear—and as Engadget noted in 2014—Amelio proved remarkably “accurate … regarding how Apple could get its groove back.” In ...…
 
Netflix’s comedic biography of National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, sent me back to my conversation decades ago with one of the story’s key figures, who shared his recollection of developments that made their way into the movie. If you enjoyed A Futile and Stupid Gesture, you’ll get a kick out of this unedite ...…
 
From the perspective of the Women’s March and #MeToo era of 2018, a 20-year-old book that set out to examine “working women and the transformation of American life” offers insight into trends decades in the making. Here’s my 1998 interview with author Sally Helgesen, who, over the course of three years, put a microscope to women in the Chicago ...…
 
1975: I was just beginning my radio career at college station WPGU-FM, hosting an investigative mini-documentary radio series, Probe. What would be more natural to “investigate” than my passion for comic books—with what became the first of several interviews over my career with Marvel Comics impresario Stan Lee? Presented here far more for the ...…
 
Radio production, comedy and advertising visionary Dick Orkin’s death Sunday sent me back into the archives—waaaay back in the archives—to my days learning radio at my college station, WPGU. (Image: 2016 Radio Ink cover.) Aired Feb. 2, 1976, here’s my journalist-in-training report from the time I interviewed Dick Orkin, a man whose creation of ...…
 
Twenty years ago, journalist David Simon, author of the book that inspired the TV show Homicide—and later the creator of HBO’s acclaimed The Wire, among many others—joined me for a discussion of the then-new book he’d co-authored, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. Simon’s time spent on an urban corner in Baltimore ha ...…
 
Last week, I interviewed my former neighbor, Obama chief strategist David Axelrod, on stage. A sellout crowd of 1,000 people paid to see it, and many more told me they wished they’d been there. So I made arrangements to turn it into a podcast. Photo: Alexa Rogals, Wednesday JournalOur hosts at Dominican University, which recorded the event, sha ...…
 
As digital lawlessness holds center stage in the national political drama, doesn’t this seem like a good time to revisit the first generation of internet outlaws? So let’s set the WABAC machine for Feb. 5, 1995, original airdate for my interview with Michelle Slatalla and Joshua Quittner — authors of the seminal hacking story Masters of Decepti ...…
 
It’s a tradition on the birthday of Marvel Comics’ fearless leader, Stan Lee, for me to revisit one of my favorite encounters with him: A 1998 sitdown at the Wizard World pop-culture convention in Rosemont, Ill. Stan Lee in 2014 Photo: Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0This time, though, something different: Raw, unedited (stereo; he’s in the right cha ...…
 
Nov. 19, 1959, brought the debut of one of the greatest cartoon shows of all time: “Rocky and His Friends.” Bill Scott, Bullwinkle, June Foray (Credit: beyondthemarquee.com). Click for audio.Later known as “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” it had everything a little kid could want: A protagonist who could fly (Rocket J. ...…
 
Michael Crichton—the science fiction writer who created Jurassic Park, “Westworld” (reborn this fall as a critically acclaimed HBO series) and other tales of tech gone awry—bristled at suggestions his work was “anti-science.” Michael Crichton in 2002 Photo: Jon Chase / Harvard News Office (Click for audio)On a 1993 return to Chicago, where he w ...…
 
“I went in with this naive notion that what I was going to find … was sort of this fun-filled Santa’s workshop.” Toy Wars cover (Click or tap for audio)Author’s book inscriptionReporter G. Wayne Miller’s inside story about the 1980s and ‘90s battles between the toy companies Mattel and Hasbro, Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbi ...…
 
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) (Click or tap to hear audio)Then flirting with a campaign for mayor of Chicago, here’s U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in an interview with me, aired Sept. 25, 1994. On his role in 1968 as co-founder of the Black Panther Party’s Illinois chapter: “The focus of the civil rights movement became police oppression. … Some viewed ...…
 
Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck‘s political career looks like Ronald Reagan’s in reverse: He ran for president first and then had a mediocre movie career. In August 1976, as a college radio DJ and news reporter, I got Howard’s co-creator, Steve Gerber, on the line to talk about the character’s origins and his campaign for the White Hous ...…
 
Campbell, Chung, Flores, Kyles, Meyerson (Photo: Matt Marton)The Publicity Club of Chicago today gathered a panel of journalists representing national media organizations. The goal: To help publicists understand how best to work with newsrooms. Once again, as it has a few times in recent years, the club took me up on my standing offer, "Will Mo ...…
 
Sept. 11, 2001, by wallyg (Flickr)When the World Trade Center towers fell in New York Sept. 11, 2001, award-winning TV, newspaper and internet reporter Carol Marin was there. When I was tapped for the first time to host a WGN-AM 720 show in 2009, Carol was my first choice for a guest, and she graciously agreed to join me. In this archival audio ...…
 
Credit: Quartermaster (Click to hear audio.)… that Chicago was sweeping up after hosting the 1996 Democratic National Convention and that this audio journal reflecting the week that was hit the radio airwaves. It was a week that gave Chicago a chance to put to rest memories of the city’s traumatic 1968 convention. It seemed to work. At least th ...…
 
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