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Episodes

  • Blair Kamin talks new Lucas Museum

    Sep 16, 2014 | 12 min
    Matt Bubala speaks with Blair Kamin about the controversy surrounding the new George Lucas Star Wars Museum in Chicago.  
  • Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek

    Sep 16, 2014 | 13 min
    Matt Bubala catches up with economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, Peter Coy, to discuss the recent news of Scotland’s economic issues.    
  • Bree Carey, A Cutters Guardian Angel

    Sep 14, 2014 | 6 min
    Matt Bubala speaks with Bree Carey, advocate for mental illness who started her own website to help teens and their families learn to deal with mental illness in positive and effective ways. For more information visit: http://acuttersguardianangel.webs.com/    
  • How To: Protect Your Cyber Security

    Sep 13, 2014 | 21 min
    Cyber security expert Steve Weisman joins Matt Bubala to talk about how the every day man and woman can protect their cyber identities in light of security breaches at retailers and Cloud storage systems.
  • Why big brands are failing on Twitter etiquette

    Sep 13, 2014 | 20 min
    As social media remains an important part in consumer’s lives, brands continue to try to understand where they fit in to their buyer’s feeds – and sometimes that means making some big social media mistakes – like making light of a Tweet intended to empower victims of domestic violence. Matt Bubala talks with social media manager and former writer/editor at Digiday, Saya Weissman about what makes a brand connect or disconnect with their “followers.”
  • Medical Cannabis in IL

    Sep 13, 2014 | 45 min
    Applications for a medical cannabis ID are starting to fill up in Illinois as 2014 comes to a close, but things aren’t getting any less complicated with the process. Amish Parikh and Phil DeVries of My Compassion, and Beata Jedrzejewska join Matt in studio to talk about options for patients interested in medical cannabis.  
  • Chicago Area Alternative Education League

    Sep 2, 2014 | 22 min
    Matt Bubala fills in for Pete McMurray and talks with Sarah and Gerry Lorenzi of the Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL) and how they’re getting kids to get involved and stay involved in after school activities to not only open up their creative minds, but strengthen their academics and values.  
  • Childhood Obesity

    Aug 30, 2014 | 18 min
    Obesity effects 17 percent of kids and teens…and the numbers keep rising. Matt Bubala talks with “The Mojo Coach” Debi Silber.     …
  • Bari Kroll, Private Investigator

    Aug 30, 2014 | 23 min
    Private investigator Bari Kroll talks with Matt Bubala about monitoring kid’s social media accounts, cell phone use, and internet searches. Plus, her life as a P.I. …
  • Matt Bubala on Marriage & Proposals

    Aug 23, 2014 | 41 min
    Matt Bubala and the gang talk marriage proposals, is it too old fashioned to ask for permission, and do you still get hitched even after the parents say no? …
  • RC Cola & Chicago’s Pizzerias

    Aug 16, 2014 | 31 min
    Matt Bubala talks with pizza historian and blogger Bokeen about how RC Cola came to dominate Chicago’s pizzerias, where it is now, and where the best thin crust, deep dish, and stuffed pizza is in Chicago.       …
  • Ivor Davis on Touring w/ the Beatles

    Aug 16, 2014 | 33 min
    Matt Bubala talks with journalist and author Ivor Davis about his book “The Beatles and Me On Tour” and his life traveling with the Beatles on their North American tour 50 years ago. Ivor will be “live tweeting” …
  • Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler

    Aug 10, 2014 | 16 min
      Matt Bubala visits with Darold Butler, manager of the South Side’s Jackie Robinson West team prior to their 12-7 victory over Indiana that sent them to the Little League World Series.   …
  • Talking I-Cubs with broadcaster Randy Wehofer

    Aug 10, 2014 | 13 min
    Iowa Cubs Broadcaster/Director of Media Relations Randy Wehofer joins Matt Bubala to discuss the Javy Baez promotion, the development of Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler, and the difficulties of balancing the plans of the big league club with staying competitive …
  • Matt Bubala & Gang Face Their Ages

    Aug 9, 2014 | 39 min
    Matt Bubala talks with UIC professor S. Jay Olshansky the man behind the new website “Face My Age” which analyzes a photo of you and determines how old your face looks and your possible life expectancy. Matt tries …
  • Katie Smaluk of ‘The Quest’ Returns…for Now

    Aug 9, 2014 | 41 min
    Katie Smaluk of “The Quest” returns to the Matt Bubala Show to talk about her recent debut on the show and her early departure…or will she be back? …
  • Five Steps to Becoming a Champion by Coach Jeff Scurran

    Aug 4, 2014 | 24 min
    As a little league coach and father of little league players, Matt Bubala is always looking to motivate and inspire his kids. Coach Jeff Scurran joins the show to talk about his five steps of how to turn underdogs into …
  • Photo Crowdsource with ScoopShot!

    Aug 4, 2014 | 13 min
    We spend so much time taking photos of things on our phones, why not take photos of brands and products and get paid for it? The new mobile app Scoopshot lets you do just that!   …
  • Internet Privacy with Mark Weinstein

    Aug 4, 2014 | 32 min
    How much privacy do you really have on the internet? Some? A little? None at all? Is anything really “protected?” Internet privacy expert Mark Weinstein joins Matt Bubala and gang to talk about how open is the internet – are …
  • Matt Bubala Full Show 8/2/14

    Aug 4, 2014 | 130 min
    Matt Bubala, Katie Gibson, and Bill Soronis talk internet privacy with expert Mark Weinstein, how to make a quick buck by using the phone photo app Scoopshot, the five steps you need to take to go from an …
  • Matt Bubala Full Show 7-19-14

    Jul 19, 2014 | 137 min
    Matt Bubala, Caitlin Fry and Bill Soronis talk to comedian Blake Grigsby, red light cameras in Chicago, author Laurence Gonzales about the 25th anniversary of United Flight 232′s crash in Sioux City, IA, aliens touching down on earth, and the …
  • Experience the Game

    Jul 19, 2014 | 16 min
    Matt Bubala talks with father son team Michael and Alex Sheck about their non-profit organization Experience the Game which gives children who come from lower-income families the opportunity to experience professional sporting events.   …
  • 25th Anniversary of United Flight 232 Crash

    Jul 19, 2014 | 39 min
    Author Laurence Gonzales talks with Matt Bubala about his new book, FLIGHT 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, which re-creates, minute by minute, the harrowing journey, those inside the doomed plane.         …
  • Blake Grisby Shouts Compliments to Chicago

    Jul 19, 2014 | 16 min
    Matt Bubala talks with comedian Matt Grigsby about his viral YouTube videos, especially his Drive By Compliments to Chicago video and how Chicagoan’s reacted to being yelled at.   …
  • Matt Bubala Full Show 7/12/14

    Jul 12, 2014 | 116 min
    Matt Bubala, Caitlin Fry, and Bill Soronis talk to Chicago bartender and upcoming “The Quest” contestant Katie Smaluk, former WGN Radio producer Mike Stephen and his love for tacos, a final World Cup trivia game, and how farts can …
  • Mike Loves Tacos!

    Jul 12, 2014 | 48 min
    Matt Bubala welcomes back former WGN Radio producer Mike Stephen in-studio to talk about his newest endeavor – his YouTube channel chronicling his taco tasting endeavors all over Chicago. …
  • Katie Smaluk & “The Quest”

    Jul 12, 2014 | 30 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Chicago bartender and badass swordswinger Katie Smaluk about her appearance on the upcoming ABC fantasy reality tv-show “The Quest!” …
  • “The Greatest Story Never Told”

    Jul 6, 2014 | 24 min
    Matt Bubala talks to Esquire writer Luke Dittrich about his newest piece, “The Greatest Story Never Told”, about the screenwriter of The Passion of the Christ, who attempted to make a prequel to the film, only to deal with shady …
  • Exploring “Rock, Paper, Scissors” strategy

    Jul 6, 2014 | 12 min
    Matt Bubala learns about a mathematically sound strategy to play “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and puts it to the test against opponents outside the Allstate Showcase Studio. …
  • Time Magazine’s Joel Stein: Professional Gaming

    Jun 29, 2014 | 13 min
    Matt talks with Joel Stein, of Time Magazine, about professional gaming, gaming scholarships, and the professional gaming event Joel attended.   …
  • Aine Mallaghan: Invest Northern Ireland

    Jun 29, 2014 | 20 min
    Matt chats with Aine Mallaghan about why businesses are making the move to northern Ireland, and how Chicago is perceived internationally.         …
  • Steve Dale on Scared Dogs for 4th of July

    Jun 21, 2014 | 16 min
    Steve Dale joins Matt Bubala to give tips and tricks to help keep your dogs calm and at peace this 4th of July. …
  • Matt Bubala Full Show 6/21/14

    Jun 21, 2014 | 133 min
    Matt Bubala, producer Caitlin Fry, and traffic reporter Bill Seronis recap the first week of the World Cup, predictions, and our Portugal trivia game. Plus, the rebooting of a former NASA space probe from an abandoned McDonalds, and traffic violations.…
  • NASA Probe Rebooted Inside of a McDonalds

    Jun 21, 2014 | 15 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Keith Cowen about the recent decision to reboot ISEE-3 project, a 36-year-old NASA probe that was sent out to explore space weather near the moon, earth, and sun, but was rechristened as the International Comet Explorer …
  • The next big college sport…video games?!

    Jun 21, 2014 | 12 min
    Matt Bubala fills in for John Williams and talks to Kurt Melcher, the Associate Athletic Director at Robert Morris University about their decision to offer scholarships and add gaming to the sports lineup!   …
  • Boomerang kids won’t leave and can’t

    Jun 21, 2014 | 23 min
    Matt Bubala, fills in for John Williams and talks to Annie Kasinecz about what it’s like to have major student loan debt and have to live at home which turns into a topic of finding the right career. …
  • Matt Bubala (in for John Williams) Full Show 06/20/14

    Jun 21, 2014 | 58 min
    Matt Bubala talked about the problem that Millennials are having with living with their parents and having student loan debt. Robert Morris University is planning to offering scholarships for gamers and Matt definitely has questions! …
  • Matt Bubala Full Show 6/14/14

    Jun 16, 2014 | 128 min
    Matt Bubala, Caitlin Fry and Bill Soronis talk the World Cup, the Kennedy carmageddon, when is it okay to step away from a marriage, and are parents too easy on their kids? …
  • “The Leftovers” takes on the rapture…or something like it

    Jun 16, 2014 | 29 min
    Matt Bubala and the gang discuss the upcoming HBO Summer drama, The Leftovers. The show deals with the aftermath of a world in which two percent of the people have vanished, possibly because of the rapture. Listen as Matt …
  • Peter Greenberg: the bad news about frequent flyer programs

    Jun 16, 2014 | 17 min
    Matt Bubala talks with the Travel Detective, Peter Greenberg, about the changes most airlines are making to their frequent flyer programs. Spoiler alert: it is not looking good.   …
  • Mirabell’s World Cup Viewing Parties

    Jun 13, 2014 | 13 min
    Matt Bubala chats with Jeff Heil, owner of German restaurant Mirabell on W. Addison, about their upcoming World Cup viewing parties perfect for every soccer fan and why the rest of the world is so in love with the sport.…
  • Illinois’ Gambling Business w/ Rep. Lou Lang

    Jun 13, 2014 | 21 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Rep. Lou Lang about Illinois’ gambling industry and its push for more casinos despite a lack of interest and activity in current establishments and gaming devices. …
  • Chicago Cannabis Conference

    Jun 7, 2014 | 33 min
    Advocates for the passage and usage of medical marijuana in Illinois joined Matt Bubala in studio to talk about the Chicago Cannabis Conference being held at Navy Pier on June 7 – 8 and how Illinois fits into the cannabis …
  • Dating with Decker – 6/7/14

    Jun 7, 2014 | 23 min
    Beloved WGN Radio producer Kristin Decker is back for another episode of “Dating with Decker” and she’s brought along her two roommates to talk about their adventures using the dating app, Tinder. …
  • Comedian Holly Laurent

    Jun 7, 2014 | 27 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Holly Laurent about the 3rd Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. …
  • Matt Bubala Full Show 06/04/14

    Jun 5, 2014 | 61 min
    Matt Bubala talks about the change with Cubs and WGN Radio and other Chicago icons that have changed. He also talked about the bullying of an 8th grader and if it’s Anti-Semantic – should it be serious enough to be …
  • Matt Bubala Full 06/02/2014

    Jun 3, 2014 | 65 min
    Matt Bubala sits in for John Williams and talks about Gay Marriage in Illinois with the Publisher and Editor of the Windy City Times, Tracy Baim. Matt then talks about the rescue of Bowe Bergdahl. He then talked about the …
  • Welcome Home Celebration for WWII Heroes

    Jun 3, 2014 | 18 min
    Matt Bubala talked to Mary Pettinato from Honor Flight Chicago about the need for people to welcome home 90 WWII Heroes on Wednesday, June, 2014 at 9:05pm – at Midway Airport Baggage Claim. For more information on Honor Flight go …
  • Professor Mark Conrad: Wrigley Rooftop Legal Battle

    Jun 1, 2014 | 17 min
    Matt talks with Professor Mark Conrad, Director of the Sports Business Program at Fordham University, about the legal battle over the Wrigley rooftops. …
  • Matt Bubala: Goodman Theater’s “Ask Aunt Susan”

    Jun 1, 2014 | 19 min
    Matt talks with Seth Bockley, playwright for the Goodman Theater, about his play “Ask Aunt Susan”. …
  • Lindsey Smithwick: Bee-oppers Music Class

    Jun 1, 2014 | 20 min
    Matt sits down with Lindsey Smithwick, Producer for the Mr. Fix It Lou Manfredini, to talk about her new children’s music class at Elawa Farm. …
  • We’ll Find Aliens In This Lifetime

    May 31, 2014 | 22 min
    Will we ever find out if there are aliens out there? Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute believes so! Mr. Shostak, a senior astronomer, recently told Congress that we should expect to encounter “other life” in our lifetime – meaning …
  • Is Mobile Dating the New Ride Sharing?

    May 31, 2014 | 20 min
    Matt talks with Gigaom writer Lauren Hockenson about how singles are finding love via mobile apps nowadays. You can read her article, “Is mobile dating the new ride sharing,” here.   …
  • Alfie Kohn, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child”

    May 26, 2014 | 20 min
    Matt Bubala is joined by author, Alfie Kohn to debunk myths behind the parenting of today’s children and discuss his book, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child”.   …
  • Farmer’s Markets According to Foodlander

    May 24, 2014 | 19 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Randy Anderson the CEO and co-founder of Foodlander, a mobile app that helps users find their local farmers markets and special deals specially for app users! …
  • Where Do Happy Marriages Start?

    May 24, 2014 | 20 min
    Matt Bubala challenges his listeners to guess what is the second most common place where a lot relationships that turned into happy marriages started… was it through friends? Church? Work? The answer may surprise you! Congrats to Barbara for guessing …
  • The 3-Year 360 Degree “Selfie”

    May 24, 2014 | 16 min
    Matt Bubala chats with world traveler Alex Chacón about his viral YouTube video that shows Alex in over 30 countries taking epic 360 degree “selfies.” The project took him 3 years to complete! You can follow Alex’s adventures on various …
  • ‘The Cubs Quotient’ Author Scott Rowan

    May 17, 2014 | 34 min
    Matt Bubala talks with The Cubs Quotient author Scott Rowan about how influential the Cubs have been on Chicago’s history, and how it possibly affected other moments and persons of history, as well!     …
  • Comedians Gary A. Williams & Jeannie Roshar

    May 17, 2014 | 20 min
    Matt Bubala talks with LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival creators and comedians Gary Anthony Williams and Jeannie Roshar about the event and how much its grown since its debut in 2009. …
  • 10 Most Stressful Cities To Live In

    May 10, 2014 | 11 min
    Matt Bubala chats with Patrick Brown of real estate blog Movoto about the top 10 most stressful cities to live in…where does Chicago rank on the list?       …
  • Full Show: 5/3/14 Hour 4

    May 5, 2014 | 36 min
    Matt Bubala (in for Nick Digilio) visits with Mary Slowik, Manager of the Taste of Chicago, who also organizes Food Truck Rallies: festivals designed to give more exposure to a growing part of Chicago’s food industry. The latest one is …
  • Full Show: 5/3/14 Hour 3

    May 5, 2014 | 37 min
    Matt Bubala (in for Nick Digilio) talks to Chicago Tribune’s “Getting Around” columnist Jon Hilkevitch about the pressure on city officials to reduce the noise in the area surrounding O’Hare International Airport; flight patterns were altered last fall in …
  • Full Show 5/3/14 Hour 2

    May 5, 2014 | 36 min
    Matt Bubala (in for Nick Digilio) tries to convince old friend and former WGN host John Williams to wager on the Blackhawks/ Wild playoff series. Also, just in time for prom season, we discuss whether or not you would let …
  • Full Show: 5/3/14 Hour 1

    May 5, 2014 | 32 min
    Matt Bubala (in for Nick Digilio) attempts to clear up the drama surrounding his theft of a Cherry Coke from the WGN green room. He also talks to the Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens about how the reactions to George Clooney’s …
  • Dating with Decker – 4/19/14

    Apr 19, 2014 | 21 min
    WGN Radio producer Kristin Decker joins Matt Bubala to talk about communication in relationships – what’s too much & when to just shut up and listen. …
  • Suzanne Heintz & Her Mannequin Family

    Apr 19, 2014 | 17 min
    Matt Bubala talks with conceptual photographer Suzanne Heintz about her photo series that’s lit up the Internet — “Life Once Removed” — a look into Heintz family of mannequins, that is. After feeling pressure and judgement for not being married, …
  • Effects of Casual Marijuana Usage

    Apr 19, 2014 | 19 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Northwestern University’s Dr. Hans Brieter about a recent study showing adverse effects on youth who casually smoke marijuana. …
  • Dwier Brown of “Field of Dreams”

    Apr 19, 2014 | 20 min
    Matt Bubala chats with Dwier Brown best known for portraying Kevin Costner’s father in the film Field of Dreams, 25 years ago. Brown talks about the film, fatherhood and his new book If You Build It… …
  • Searching the Indian Ocean for Flight 370 with Professor Sager

    Apr 12, 2014 | 23 min
    William Sager, a professor of geophysics at the University of Houston, talks to Matt Bubala about how difficult it is for search teams to look for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean, an area Professor Sager …
  • Diggin’ Up E.T. from the Video Game Grave

    Apr 12, 2014 | 21 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Sam Claiborn of video game news site IGN about the planned dig in New Mexico that’ll uncover millions of unwanted “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game cartridges.   …
  • Film Critic Matt Pais: ‘Draft Day’, ‘Oculus’, ‘Cheap Thrills’ and more

    Apr 12, 2014 | 18 min
    Film critic, Matt Pais, reviews Draft Day (**)Oculus (*1/2)Cheap Thrills (***)Cuban Fury (**) and Under the Skin (***). He also reveals to Matt and Anna why he doesn’t enjoy watching movie trailers. …
  • Comedian Mitch Fatel

    Apr 12, 2014 | 15 min
    Comedian Mitch Fatel chats about his upcoming performance at the Chicago Improv April 11th-13th. He also shares the unique story of how he met his wife. …
  • Snakes in a Studio

    Apr 12, 2014 | 1 min
    Chicago Herpetological Society Vice President Jason Hood brings cornsnakes, a carpet python, a Nelson’s Milk snake and a blackheaded python to the studio and chats about this weekend’s Reptile Fest 2014. …
  • Former CTA Employee Reacts To The Blue Line Crash

    Apr 5, 2014 | 7 min
    The CTA has fired the operator of the train that crashed into the platform at O’Hare . They also announced changes to the way that they schedule train operators in the wake of the accident. The changes include setting a …
  • Teacher Sends Former Students Letters From Their Past

    Apr 5, 2014 | 16 min
    Bruce Farrer, a retired high school teacher in Canada used to ask his students to write a letter to their future selves in 20 years. Now he’s mailing the many thousands of notes he’s saved throughout the years to all …
  • Time Magazine Columnist Joel Stein’s “One Perfect Bracket”

    Apr 4, 2014 | 13 min
    One of the more under-reported aspects of March Madness is the terrible song that is played every single year. Time Magazine columnist Joel Stein joined Matt Bubala to talk about his suggested replacement: …
  • The Great Office Refridgerator Debate

    Apr 4, 2014 | 14 min
    Matt Bubala faced a choice that has haunted everyone who has worked in an office environment at one time or another: Take a drink from the community fridge or live without caffeine. Matt decided to “borrow” a Cherry Coke, much …
  • Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Sport

    Apr 3, 2014 | 40 min
    Before professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey, spectators paid to watch people walk in circles, sometimes for hundreds of miles for days at a time. Author Matthew Algeo joined Matt Bubala to talk about his new book “Pedestrianism: When Watching …
  • Sue’s Microbes Head To The Station Station

    Apr 1, 2014 | 20 min
    Sue, the Field Museum’s famous Tyrannosaurus Rex, is headed to the final frontier. Well, not Sue exactly, but at least a few microscopic parts of her are going into orbit. Scientists at the University of California Davis have been collecting …
  • Easter Brunch Hot Spots

    Mar 30, 2014 | 14 min
    Matt talks with Tribune Restaurant Critic, Phil Vettell, about the places to be for great Easter brunch. …
  • The Drake’s “Souvenier Amnesty”

    Mar 30, 2014 | 16 min
    Matt Bubala talks with The Drake Hotel’s Marketing Manager, Nicole Mieski, about their ‘souvenier amnesty’.   …
  • Chicago To Go Dark for Earth Hour

    Mar 29, 2014 | 12 min
    Chicago will go dark at 8:30 p.m. CT tonight in honor of Earth Hour, a movement that encourages people around the world to switch off their lights for one hour, in celebration of showing their commitment to the goodness …
  • Car Narrowly Misses Allstate Studio Showcase

    Mar 29, 2014 | 21 min
    A silver Lexus ES narrowly missed the Allstate Studio Showcase early this morning during Matt Bubala’s overnight show. The driver flew past the studio, striking a light pole, before weaving around fire hydrants and coming to a rest right outside …
  • Matt Bubala and Anna Davlantes Full 03/28/2014

    Mar 28, 2014 | 85 min
    Matt Bubala and Anna Davlantes fill in for Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano today. They tackle the topics of the lawsuit against Boeing in regards to the missing Malaysian flight with Bob Clifford, Jordan Bernfield stops by the studio to …
  • Missing Malaysian Airliner: Bob Clifford talks Boeing Lawsuit

    Mar 28, 2014 | 16 min
    Matt Bubala and Anna Davlantes talk with Bob Clifford of Clifford Law Offices about the recent, and arguably premature lawsuit that has been filed against Boeing after the the Malaysian flight disappearance.       …
  • NCAA and Unions: Should student atheletes get paid?

    Mar 28, 2014 | 17 min
    Matt Bubala and Anna Davlantes chat with Jordan Bernfield and field some calls about the current push by Kain Colter to allow college athletes to be considered employees of the university and therefore protected by the union.   …
  • Bela Ghandi – Date Smarter

    Mar 28, 2014 | 14 min
    Matt Bubala and Anna Davlantes chat with Bela Ghandi of the Smart Dating Academy about the uncoupling of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin as well as what qualities you should be looking for in your potential life partner.   …
  • Overcoming Anxiety with Dr. David Carbonell

    Mar 25, 2014 | 17 min
    Dr. Carbonell joins Matt Bubala to discuss overcoming the fear of flying. The anxiety expert offers tips and ideas to help get over this common fear and anxiety as a whole. For more info on Dr. Carbonell visit his website …
  • Travel Detective Peter Greenberg on Flight 370

    Mar 22, 2014 | 16 min
    Travel detective Peter Greenberg chats with Matt Bubala about the frustrating search for missing Flight 370 and his disbelief at the lack of information on the incident. …
  • Eric Solomon or Jonah Hill?

    Mar 22, 2014 | 8 min
    Freshman traffic reporter Eric Solomon was welcomed to the WGN Radio family by Matt Bubala this weekend in comedic fashion – After hearing his reports while coming into work, Matt realized that there was something about Eric’s voice… he’s Jonah …
  • Will Missing Flight 370 Affect Malaysia’s Tourism Industry?

    Mar 22, 2014 | 18 min
    LA Times business writer Hugo Martín tells Matt Bubala how a German-based hotel booking company claims to have seen a drop in travel interest to Malaysia in light of the disappearance of Flight 370. Hugo even shares his own theory …
  • What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

    Mar 15, 2014 | 19 min
    Matt Bubala talks with Peter Greenberg, The Travel Detective, about what could have possibly happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. audio http://cdn.tribtv.com/wgnam/podcasts/mattbubala/MattBubalaPeterGreenbergPodcast.mp3 …
  • EightySixed: Life Lessons Learned

    Mar 3, 2014 | 45 min
    Matt talks with local author Emily Belden about dating in Chicago, weddings, and her new book, EightySixed.   …
  • Odd Stories and Odd Holidays

    Mar 3, 2014 | 34 min
    A tumor with teeth? International Pancake day? Matt Bubala runs down some odd stories and odd holidays.   …
  • Academy Award Analysis

    Mar 3, 2014 | 64 min
    Matt Bubala and listeners analyze the academy awards.   …
  • Flicknation.net on the Oscars

    Mar 3, 2014 | 20 min
    Dennis Willis of flicknation.net shares his thoughts on this year’s Oscars in this conversation with Matt Bubala. …
  • The Lost Seinfeld Episode

    Feb 28, 2014 | 34 min
    Matt and Ted reenact Matt’s rejected Seinfeld script for the entire WGN listening audience – much to his producer’s chagrin. …
  • The Future of the Chicago Skyline

    Feb 28, 2014 | 17 min
    Matt talks with Pulitzer Prize winner and Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin. Listen as they discuss new and existing cityscapes, the Chicago Spire, and the urban development issues facing China. …
  • What if your friend is dating a jerk?

    Feb 27, 2014 | 22 min
    Tribune reporter Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz joins Matt in studio to talk about her latest piece, “When Friends Date Jerks”. Do you tell your friend, your son, your cousin that you don’t like who they’re dating, or do you let them find …
  • Is Shia LaBeouf pulling a Joaquin Phoenix?

    Feb 27, 2014 | 22 min
      Matt talks with Time Magazine contributor Joel Stein about entertainment news and dives into the mess that has become Shia LaBeouf. …
  • TV Reporter Julie Tremell Fired for Doing What??

    Feb 26, 2014 | 25 min
    Matt talks with Julie Tremmell – a reporter from WJAR Providence about her wacky reporting and why she’s paying the price for it. …
  • The Who, What, Where, and Why behind Airport Cancellations

    Feb 26, 2014 | 19 min
    Over 79,000 flights have been cancelled by weather this year. Matt talks to Bill Saporito, Assistant Managing Editor at Time Magazine, about who makes flight decisions and why. (picture attached) …
  • Nicholas Pell

    Feb 25, 2014 | 23 min
    Think you’re getting everything out of your tax return? Think again. Matt Bubala talks with Nicholas Pell of Mainstreet.com about what you can do to maximize your return. …
  • Charlie Gurion and David Wilk

    Feb 25, 2014 | 24 min
    Matt Bubala sits down with Charlie Gurion and David Wilk – the first same sex couple to receive their marriage license from the state of Illinois after the new law was enacted. …
  • Dr. Ty Tashiro & the science of finding love

    Feb 15, 2014 | 22 min
    Matt Bubala chats with Dr. Ty Tashiro, author of The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love. He discusses several different aspects of finding “the one,” including relationship logistics, what to look …
  • Stacy St. Clair: Under Armour, the skeleton & Tinder’s popularity in Sochi

    Feb 15, 2014 | 23 min
    Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair is live from Sochi, Russia to give Matt Bubala some Olympic updates. She has the latest in the Under Armour scapegoat scandal, the win in women’s skeleton, and how many athletes are using Tinder. …
  • Andy McElman on officiating Olympic hockey

    Feb 15, 2014 | 23 min
    Andy McElman is officiating Olympic hockey in Sochi during the 2014 winter games. He called Matt Bubala from Sochi to share what it’s like to officiate Olympic games. They discuss how McElman preps for each game, the accommodations in Sochi, …
  • Sochi Problems T-shirt

    Feb 8, 2014 | 7 min
    The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi resulted in a flubbed light display of the Olympic rings, when only 4 of the rings illuminated. Designer Michael Miller jumped at this opportunity, and created the Sochi Problems T-shirt.…
  • Dr. Dan Siegel

    Feb 8, 2014 | 19 min
    Matt talks with Dr. Dan Siegel, Author of “Brainstorm. The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain”. …
  • Olympics with David Wharton

    Feb 8, 2014 | 18 min
    Matt talks with LA Times Reporter David Wharton about the Sochi Olympics. …
  • Sochi with Stacy St. Clair

    Feb 8, 2014 | 17 min
    Matt talks with Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair, about the conditions in Sochi and the games she’ll be covering. …
  • The Ghastly Tale of WGN’s Sam Dubinville

    Feb 1, 2014 | 40 min
    After telling the sad tale of the passing of WGN’s resident clown, Matt sends his Producer, Kevin, up to the seventh floor women’s restroom to see if he can stir him up. Unfortunately for Kevin, the story was made up, …
  • Author Peg Streep

    Feb 1, 2014 | 25 min
    Matt talks with Peg Streep, Author of, “Mastering the Art of Quitting:Why it Matters in Love, Live and Work”. …
  • Super Bowl Prop Bets with Raphael Esparza

    Jan 30, 2014 | 25 min
    Matt Bubala speaks with Raphael Esparza from docsports.com about the over under on this years Super Bowl. How many times will Payton Manning shout “Oklahoma”? How long will the National anthem go on for? And will Bruno Mars wear a …
  • Should NCAA Althletes be Allowed to Unionize?

    Jan 30, 2014 | 38 min
    Should NCAA athletes be able to unionize? Matt Bubala looks into the growing issue of collegiate athletes who are looking into earning compensation on top of their already lucrative scholarships. Matt investigates the College athletes players association and what concerns …
  • Kate Pickert, “The Mindful Revolution”

    Jan 29, 2014 | 21 min
    Matt Bubala speaks with Kate Pickert about her Time Magazine article “The Mindful Revolution”. Pickert’s article focuses on the the power of meditation and bringing awareness to the world around us. …
  • Dating Expert, Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

    Jan 28, 2014 | 42 min
    Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz joins Matt Bubala to discuss the ambiguity of dating and commitment. They talk about her recent singles cruise, the appropriateness of “labeling” and the ins and outs of dating while single. …
  • illinoisgunpros.com – Mike Bius

    Jan 28, 2014 | 36 min
    Matt Bubala welcomes to the studio NRA certified instructor and gun enthusiast, Mike Bius. They discuss the newly passed concealed weapons law and try to clear up any issues involved. …
  • Behind Bertrand on Books

    Jan 25, 2014 | 8 min
    Matt brings up an interesting experience Steve had while interviewing Caroline Kennedy. …
  • “Slightly Haunted” House?

    Jan 25, 2014 | 65 min
    Matt talks with Greg Leeson, who’s recent zillow.com posting mentions his house is ‘slightly haunted’, including sounds of footsteps, ghastly visage, and a soft screaming at 3:13 am. …