Most Chicago natives will know the name Conrad Black well, and those beyond Chicago will most certainly have heard the name. In addition to being a publisher of major newspapers, he’s also a fine journalist and historian. Among the many matters discussed on this recent program was his great historical entry, Flight of the Eagle.

Mark Steyn is no stranger to lovers of talk radio. As a regular substitute for Rush Limbaugh, he is a remarkable journalist. He has recently turned his attentions to ‘The Hockey Stick‘, and has just published an excoriating criticism of much of the faulty science perpetrated to support Global Warming/Climate Change entitled A Disgrace to the Profession.

Something is rotten in the state of Illinois. More people are leaving than coming and, despite the many qualities of life in the Chicagoland area, people are choosing to work and live in other states where they can, frankly, keep more of their money.

What would a healthier economy in our state entail? What can be done in Springfield to spur business? How can we cut the red tape of government to attract workers and industry and dissuade them from choosing Texas, Indiana, or a host of other states whose star is on the rise? How can we turn around schools in Chicago?

Michael Walsh is a renowned critic. But instead of music or film, this time he has turned his attention to the cultural decline of our nation and our rotting society. His latest, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace:The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West has become a hugely influential work upon publication. What is ‘The Frankfurt School’? What is ‘Critical Theory’? How did they work to destroy the work that this nation did to become one of the leading moral figures on Earth? What are the consequences of our decay? More important: how do we reverse this alarming trend?

The race for the presidency is in full swing. But what if the very seat on which so much money is spent and for which so many are running was too close to the very office–of king–than our founding fathers ever intended? That is the contention of F.H. Buckley, who has written a masterful work arguing just that. But as with so much scholarship, there is another side to the claim. Also joining us is Dr. William Howell–an eminent scholar–in his own right, who disagrees with much of Buckley’s assertion.

So as we explore the office of the presidency and its power–implicit and otherwise, we also turn to the race for the presidency that culminates in November of 2016. It’s been entertaining, to say the least. We check in with Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, who has analyzed the polls for the GOP nomination, and gives his analyses of the race thus far.

Two themes to which we often return on this program are faith and fact. Or, more specifically, religion and science. Dr. Jerry Coyne–always a remarkable interview–has just had published another supremely fascinating book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible. You should read his previous influential work, Why Evolution is True. Coyne is highly knowledgeable of religion and a leader in his own field, and handles opposition to his views with sobriety and forcefulness. An added bonus to this interview were several humorous exchanges with callers and emailers.

One need not look further than Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the top of the GOP candidate heap to know that Americans have become disillusioned with the political establishment. James Piereson takes a look at previous political ‘revolutions’ that have already taken place in this country. Piereson tells us that another is on its way. His latest book, Shattered Consensus, is a masterwork of historical and political analysis and should not be missed. On a positive note, Piereson is not another crying out from the wilderness that America will fall. On the contrary, he believes that any current political turmoil is a precursor to another period of growth for the nation.

It wasn’t the Roman Senate or Lincoln v Douglas, but it was entertaining. Perhaps that is, for better or worse, a large part of the formula of a political “debate” in the digital age. Donald Trump came in a large favorite. There are mixed feelings as to whether that lead will be so large once the next round of polling is completed. How did the others do? Will Carly Fiornia make it to the big table in the next debate?

Fred Barnes joined Milt early in the program–always a welcome commentator. Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball gave us solid analysis. We strongly recommend that you follow the work of both the Weekly Standard and the Center for Politics.

We’ve all heard of the “Military Industrial Complex”. Indeed, we were warned that we guard against undue influence by that then-new termed institution by President Eisenhower as he prepared to leave office.

But long before America felt compelled to have a permanent armaments industry, many men were fast at work to ensure that we would be able to defend ourselves against the likes of Hitler, Stalin, and others who wanted to knock America from its perch as world leader. One such man was Ernest Lawrence. A Nobel Prize-Winning nuclear physicist, Lawrence was behind the Cyclotron–the fore-father of the Large Hadron Collider and myriad other amazing scientific inventions.

We make no secret of our respect, admiration and, yes, love of Israel. And though turmoil in the region is nothing new, we thought that we should continue to examine the percolating situation in the Middle East after we’ve been able to analyze the Iranian nuclear deal.

Two of our favorite people with whom to discuss the topic are Richard Baehr, the Chief Political Correspondent for American Thinker (simply one of the best), and Caroline Glick, Deputy Managing Editor for the Jerusalem Post, and former assistant Foreign Policy Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Dr. James McPherson has dedicated his entire career to the study of the Civil War. As he so eloquently shows us in his new book, the Civil War is still as relevant–if not more relevant–to our current times than to those that were directly affected by it.

The race for the White House in 2016 is fully underway. The GOP side is entertaining, to say the least. The Democrat side has not, so far, been as colorful, though questions still remain as to who will succeed President Obama in running for the presidency.

We thought it the right time to sit down with a brilliant young political scientist, Thomas Ogorzalek of Northwestern. Joining us on the phone were Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation and Gabby Morrongielo of the Washington Examiner.

Former Israeli Ambassador the the U.S., Michael Oren, has written a truly brilliant memoir of his time in that post at exactly the right time. While the streets of Tehran teem with those calling for Death to America and Death to the Jews, Oren’s insider’s account of the pressures faced by the Middle East’s lone democracy serves as a counterbalance to those that are championing the Iranian nuclear deal.

Joining in on this conversation with Milt and Oren is our friend Dr. Charles Lipson of the University of Chicago.

Robert E. Lee is back in the news, and not for the best of reasons. He’s certainly not a target for Union snipers, but rather a target for political correctness, for those that want to erase history. And a car named after him won’t be outrunning any tv sheriffs again.

For years, this brilliant American mind–tactician, patriot, warrior, and Virginian–has occupied a place of honor among revered historical figures for the grace and dignity with which he represented a defeated nation. There is no denying that the Confederate army he headed was on the wrong end of history and fought to continue the wicked institution of slavery, what Lee himself called “a moral and political evil.” There is also no doubt that Lee himself–a slave owner–was an embodiment of that evil: a man who owned other men. Can we separate those paradoxes within our historical figures–the great men and those faults they harbored? Maybe that’s another show altogether, one for the philosophers.

So most of the week the media has been focusing on the political implications of the Iranian nuclear agreement and, while we will discuss that pertinent aspect of the deal, we thought we should look into the science behind their capabilities. What do we know? What is speculative?

We brought in Rachel Bronson of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Karim Pakravan, an Iranian who immigrated to the states who teaches finance at DePaul, Jeff Terry, Nuclear Physics expert and professor at IIT, and Lee Smith of the Weekly Standard.

Interpretations of the long-term consequences of the nuclear agreement between the U.S., Iran and a host of other nations at the negotiating table are a disparate as American and Iranian ideas of freedom. Many herald it, but seemingly more are wondering how we could have given an inch to a nation so preoccupied with chanting death upon America and Israel.

We assembled a panel to discuss the breaking news, namely Chris Robling, Joseph Morris, Fred Kagan and Charles Hoskinson. This is the biggest story in the world at the moment, and we owe it to you to discuss.

The largest empire the world has ever known. A genius general of a Mongol horde that raped, pillaged, and burned its way across China, Central Asia, and all the way to the Atlantic. But most people know precious little about Genghis Khan other than the face that he was a successful warrior, a brutal subjugator of his enemies, and, perhaps, the progenitor of millions of people.

The great historian Frank McLynn has tacked this enigmatic figure of history in his latest book. It is well worth the read. McLynn did his book justice in this recent interview.

Radio a’int what it used to be. From its beginning as a vehicle to broadcast weather and farm reports to an agricultural America to broadcasting the sounds of big bands from New York or Chicago to Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds broadcast, radio was king. That is, of course, until it was dethroned by its picture-producing cousin, television. And even though radio is still the most utilized medium in media, things have changed. Now it’s a bastion of pop-culture or political talk or Top 40 or country tunes.

But many long for the days of the radio dramatization or comedy and, fortunately for us in Chicago, the SAG-AFTRA Radio Players have kept the golden era of radio alive. They joined Milt ahead of their show this month for a sampling of some of their (and Milt’s) favorites. This was a fun show!

In 1956, an influential group of leaders published The Fabulous Future: America in 1980, in which they attempted to project how various aspects of life might look in 25 years or so. Some of it they got right, some of it wrong. It’s a noble task and an interesting concept for which editors might gather the opinions of leaders in their fields.

Our friend Gary Saul Morson and his colleague (and Northwestern University President) Morton Schapiro have rebooted this concept for their new book, The Fabulous Future? America in 2040. Drawing on prognosticators of religion, technology, politics, medicine and more, this book paints a possible picture of what we may face in the next 25 years. A great effort by two fine minds.

Space. The Origins of the Universe. Black Holes. Dark Matter. It’s seemingly impossible to tire of discussing the timeless question of how we got here. Sometimes we tackle this topic from a spiritual viewpoint, or we entertain a metaphysical talk. But more likely we turn to our friends in academia, specifically those who study cosmology.

Two of the leading scientists on cosmology and dark matter, in particular, are Drs. Michael Turner (who coined the term) and Don Lincoln, both affiliated with Fermilab. Turner has long been the head of Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. Lincoln is a guest professor of high energy physics at Notre Dame in addition to his regular post as a senior physicist at Fermilab and also work on the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, on which he’s written another fantastic book.

Charles Murray is no stranger to controversy and, piggybacking on a similar theme from a recent episode of this program, was castigated in the media for his findings in his hugely influential book, The Bell Curve, published back in 1994.

His newest work, By the People, is no less important and incredibly timely in its focus on the American political system.