After Hours with Rick Kogan

After Hours with Rick Kogan

  • Rachel Louise Snyder on her new novel

    Apr 16, 2014 | 9 min
    Rachel Louise Snyder and Rick Kogan chat about her new book, “What We’ve Lost is Nothing.” The novel chronicles the 24 hours after a mass burglary in Oak Park and the suspicions and prejudices that surface as the neighborhood attempts …
  • Talking birds with Joel Greenberg

    Apr 16, 2014 | 43 min
    Rick Kogan sits down with naturalist and author Joel Greenberg to talk about the extinction of the passenger pigeon and the general state of birds in the wild. Greenberg is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “A Feathered River …
  • David Koechner makes us laugh

    Apr 09, 2014 | 12 min
    Comedian David Koechner joins Rick Kogan to talk about his career, tenure in Chicago, recent appearance on Letterman, and prepping to throw out the first pitch and sing the seventh inning stretch on Thursday. Koechner will be performing on Friday …
  • Mark Eleved on poetry, Lou Reed

    Apr 09, 2014 | 44 min
    Rick Kogan chats with poet and publisher Mark Eleved about musician Joseph Arthur’s forthcoming tribute album to Lou Reed and his new collection of poems, “I Miss the Zoo. ” We also chat with David Koechner, comedian and “Anchorman” actor, …
  • Brian Hieggelke, editor & publisher of Newcity

    Apr 09, 2014 | 42 min
    Rick Kogan sits down with Brian Hieggelke, editor & publisher of Newcity, to talk about the alternative paper’s founding, successes and Hieggelke’s new project: a movie. Read Rick’s column to learn more about Hieggelke’s life, work and entree into the …
  • Rick’s Salon Special

    Mar 25, 2014 | 42 min
    Rick Kogan sits down with Elysabeth Alfano and Jamie O’Reilly to talk about their different, but similar salon endeavors (and we mean the gathering of cultured intelligentsia type of salon, not the hair kind). Elysabeth’s “The Dinner Party” will serve …
  • ‘The Vinegar Works’: Puppetry and Edward Gorey

    Mar 17, 2014 | 37 min
    Rick Kogan sits down with Joe Mazza, Lizi Briet and Tyler Culligan to chat about puppetry, author Edward Gorey and the new theatrical adaptation that combines them both. “The Vinegar Works: Three Volumes of Moral Instruction” plays at 2 and …
  • March 15: St. Patty’s Day, Kristin Cavallari won’t vaccinate and we aren’t ‘banning bossy’

    Mar 16, 2014 | 64 min
    In this full episode of “Girls’ Night Out,” Hannah Stanley and the crew chat about St. Patty’s Day trivia, the hubbub that Jay Cutler’s wife, Kristin Cavallari, started after saying she won’t vaccinate her kids, the problems with the ban …
  • Chicago Literature Extravaganza

    Mar 11, 2014 | 40 min
    Rick Kogan sits down with Randy Albers, Liesl Olson and Kelly McGrath for the first “After Hours” Chicago Literature Extravaganza. In addition to talking reading and writing in Chicago, the group discusses some must-attend events for anyone interested in the …
  • Japanese drummers and Irish tunes: The perfect way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day

    Mar 04, 2014 | 21 min
    Get into the St. Patrick’s Day mood with two March 9 benefit concerts featuring Ho Etsu Taiko, a Japanese drumming troupe, collaborating with Paddy Homan and other local Irish artists. The event will benefit a new Legacy Garden at the …
  • Otis Redding and flamenco?

    Mar 04, 2014 | 23 min
    Carlo Basile, a musician and member of Las Guitaras de Espana, and soul singer Gerald McClendon join Rick to talk about their unusual collaboration on a show honoring Otis Redding. Click here to learn more about Basile and listen to …
  • Harold Gershowitz talks literature

    Mar 04, 2014 | 25 min
    Harold Gershowitz stops by to talk with Rick about his new novel, “Heirs of Eden.” Gershowitz’s first book, “Remember This Dream,” won the 1989 Friends of Literature Award for fiction. A former businessman and lecturer, Gershowitz served on many community …
  • Rick Kogan – Chicago’s birthday and the impact of CNN’s “Chicagoland”

    Mar 04, 2014 | 12 min
    Legendary writer Rick Kogan stops by the studio to talk with Pete McMurray and the morning crew about all things Chicago. Kogan has screened the first four episodes of the upcoming miniseries, “Chicagoland.” He discusses it’s portrayal of the city …
  • Chris Vallillo and Bucky Halker talk folk music

    Feb 25, 2014 | 44 min
    Chris Vallillo and Bucky Halker visit the studio to chat about folk music with Rick Kogan and share some of their favorite tunes off two of their recent albums, “Folk Songs of Illinois No. 5″ and “Midwest Folklife Festival.” Click …
  • Dan Schlaack on ‘An Evening With the Stars.’

    Feb 25, 2014 | 23 min
      Dan Schlaack sits down with Rick Kogan to talk about the annual Autism Speaks fundraiser, “An Evening With the Stars.” Hosted by WGN personalities Steve Cochran, Patti Vazquez and Spike Manton, the evening will feature a viewing of the …
  • Roger Hammond Moy talks ‘The Art of Recovery’

    Feb 25, 2014 | 21 min
    Roger Hammond Moy, author of “The Art of Recovery,” talks with Rick about art therapy and working with people who are struggling with their own recovery. …
  • Victoria Noe on grief

    Feb 25, 2014 | 21 min
    Victoria Noe joins Rick to talk about the grief one experiences after a friend dies. She is the author of multiple books on the subject, all of which explore people’s frustration at finding their grief is not respected and describe …
  • Tom Kastle talks about maritime culture in Chicago

    Feb 25, 2014 | 22 min
    Tom Kastle talks about maritime culture in Chicago and sings a sea shanty or two with Rick Kogan. Kastle, a musician and historian, is part of the group behind the Chicago History Museum’s Chicago Maritime Festival. Click here to learn …
  • Iris Krasnow on “Sex After…”

    Feb 25, 2014 | 21 min
    Iris Krasnow chats with Rick Kogan about her new book, “Sex After…Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes.” The book features interviews with 150 women about the challenges and delights that may arise during a woman’s life. Krasnow is …
  • Community Media Workshop’s leaders talk news

    Feb 12, 2014 | 44 min
    Thom Clark and Suzy Schultz, the founder and newly appointed executive director, respectively, of the Community Media Workshop talk with producer Courtney Crowder about community journalism, telling stories and news in the digital age. On March 6, the Community Media …
  • Michael Corcoran on Chicago film

    Feb 12, 2014 | 44 min
    Producer Courtney Crowder steps in to fill Rick’s shoes when bad weather maroons him in Dallas, Texas. In this wide-ranging conversation, Crowder and Corcoran talk about his beginnings as a stand-up, his brief tenure as a community organizer in Rogers …
  • Kogan remembers Pete Seeger

    Feb 12, 2014 | 31 min
    Rick Kogan remembers Pete Seeger through words and song. …
  • Charlie Newell and Doug Peck talk theater

    Feb 12, 2014 | 41 min
    Rick Kogan talks with Charlie Newell, artistic director of Hyde Park’s Court Theatre, and Doug Peck, a much-loved Chicago-based musical director. The trio chat about the state of theater in Chicago, the new season of shows at the Court Theatre …
  • Julie Ma on Chinese fine arts in Chicago

    Feb 12, 2014 | 34 min
    Julie Ma, president of the Chinese Fine Arts Society, talks with Rick Kogan about Chinese culture in Chicago. Celebrating 30 years in the city, the Chinese Fine Arts Society commissions professional artists for concerts and exhibitions, nurtures young talent and …
  • A look at “Not Yet Begun to Fight”

    Feb 12, 2014 | 23 min
    Rick Kogan sits down with Steve Platcow, CEO of RPM Advertising and the producer of the Ebert-approved documentary, “Not Yet Begun to Fight.” The documentary chronicles the lives, hardships and hopes of five wounded veterans who join older vets for …
  • Choose Chicago greeters

    Feb 12, 2014 | 23 min
    Rick Kogan talks with Katie Law, manager of greeter services for Choose Chicago, and one of Chicago’s very best greeters about the city’s free greeter program. Offered in more than a dozen languages, the greeter program allows visitors to take …
  • Branden James on finding his voice

    Feb 11, 2014 | 33 min
    Rick Kogan chats with Branden James, a classical crossover singer and finalist on Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent.” James, an opera singer who has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago (as well as countless others), recently released a holiday …
  • Union League Club honors Theaster Gates and Ellen Lanyon

    Jan 30, 2014 | 13 min
    Rick chats with Marsha Goldstein, chair of the Union League Club’s Beaux Arts Celebration, about the upcoming celebration honoring Theaster Gates and Ellen Lanyon, this year’s Distinguished Artists. To learn more about attending Friday’s celebration or taking one of the …
  • Phil Emery on life, sports and the Bears’ heartbreaking loss

    Jan 03, 2014 | 23 min
    Phil Emery, general manager of the Chicago Bears, joins Elysabeth Alfano to talk about his childhood and what growing up playing sports taught him about life. Hours after a Bears loss to the Packers, Emery talked about that heartbreaking game …
  • Nicholas Barron knows how to sing the blues

    Jan 03, 2014 | 21 min
    Singer/songwriter Nicholas Barron stops by WGN’s “The Dinner Party” to talk with Elysabeth about his life and music. Barron started as a street musician, singing at L stations, and today has released 10 records and opened for blues greats such …
  • Frank Maugeri, of Redmoon, gets wild

    Jan 03, 2014 | 12 min
    Frank Maugeri, co-artistic director of Redmoon theater company and a large-scale public art spectacle maker, joins Elysabeth to talk about getting into the arts, Redmoon’s new space in Pilsen and all the wild stuff Redmoon has in store for upcoming …
  • Lynne Jordan sings with her soul

    Jan 03, 2014 | 12 min
    Singer Lynne Jordan (of Lynne Jordan and the Shivers) talks with Elysabeth about her music, her New Year’s resolutions and the disco dance party she has planned for New Year’s Day. A self-described diva, Jordan, a Northwestern University theater major, …
  • Elysabeth Alfano brings ‘The Dinner Party’ to WGN

    Jan 03, 2014 | 20 min
    Join Elysabeth Alfano, executive producer and host of “The Dinner Party,” as she fills in for a vacationing Rick Kogan on this edition of “After Hours.” Every month at City Winery, Alfano, also the host of Fear No ART, invites …
  • Full show Dec. 22

    Dec 30, 2013 | 63 min
    This week’s edition of “After Hours With Rick Kogan” featured interviews with… Caryn Bark sits down with Rick to talk about her life onstage. A longtime stand-up comedian, Bark is one of four funny women, all older than 50, who …
  • Getting into the season with Goodman Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

    Dec 30, 2013 | 21 min
    Rick chats with actor Ron Rains and director Henry Wishcamper about the Goodman Theater’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Wishcamper, a first-time “Carol” director, described what it was like to be at the helm of this production and Rains …
  • Mother Butter’s Popcorn is moving

    Dec 30, 2013 | 9 min
    Tim Donnelly, owner and founder of Mother Butter’s Popcorn, talks with Rick about the store’s move from their longtime location in Bronzeville to their new store at 3342 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park. Donnelly also discusses the popularity of …
  • Carol Southard on how to stop smoking

    Dec 29, 2013 | 16 min
    Carol Southard talks with Rick about the difficulties of quitting smoking. A tobacco treatment specialist working with Northwestern Integrative Medicine, Southard has helped hundreds of Chicagoans finally kick their smoking habit. Click here to learn more about Carol Southard’s work.…
  • Caryn Bark talks ‘Funny Old Broads’

    Dec 29, 2013 | 19 min
    Caryn Bark sits down with Rick to talk about her life onstage. A longtime stand-up comedian, Bark is one of four funny women, all older than 50, who perform in the new show, “Funny Old Broads.” Bark describes how she …
  • Full show Dec. 15: Barbara Gaines on ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’

    Dec 29, 2013 | 43 min
    Barbara Gaines, artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, chats with Rick about the company’s new show, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” during this shortened version of “After Hours With Rick Kogan.” During the interview, Gaines discusses her passion for Shakespeare, …
  • Full show Dec. 8: Kari Lydersen

    Dec 29, 2013 | 42 min
    Kari Lydersen joins Rick to talk about her book, “Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%,” during a shorted version of “After Hours With Rick Kogan.” In this wide-ranging discussion, Lydersen describes Mayor Emanuel’s upbringing, his ties …
  • Full show Dec. 1

    Dec 29, 2013 | 87 min
    This week’s edition of “After Hours With Rick Kogan” featured interviews with…. Bob Bowker and Josie Falbo of the Lakeside Singers joined Rick to talk about holiday music and what it’s like to be a musician during this time of …
  • Kevin Elliot talks bookselling

    Dec 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Kevin Elliot, the manager of Open Books, one of Rick’s favorite bookstores, talks about bookselling and literacy in Chicago. Open Books is a nonprofit that supports its literacy programs in part through sales from the new and used bookstore located …
  • Dmitry Samarov on writing, drawing and cab driving

    Dec 24, 2013 | 35 min
    Dmitry Samarov talks with Rick about “Hack,” his collection of short stories drawn from his experiences as a cab driver, and a little bit about the new book he is working on. Born in the USSR, Samarov has always loved …
  • Jamie O’Reilly talks salons (not the hair kind)

    Dec 24, 2013 | 9 min
    Jamie O’Reilly calls in to talk about Roots Salon, which is meant to evoke the “soirees of the late 19th century.” Each event features a lineup of musicians, writers, poets, speakers, artists and photographers. Rick was a featured guest on …
  • Lakeside Singers talk holiday music

    Dec 24, 2013 | 34 min
    Bob Bowker and Josie Falbo of the Lakeside Singers join Rick to talk about holiday music and what it’s like to be a musician during this time of year. Falbo also chats about how she became a singer, including the …
  • Full show Nov. 24

    Dec 02, 2013 | 84 min
    This week’s show featured interviews with… David Royko and his wife, Karen, talk about their son, Ben, who is severely autistic and whose care has bankrupted the family, forcing the Roykos to move in with Karen’s family. David recently released …
  • Tony Fitzpatrick on Lou Reed and his new show

    Dec 02, 2013 | 12 min
    Tony Fitzpatrick talks with Rick Kogan about losing his good friend Lou Reed and his new show at Firecat Projects Gallery. Click here to learn more about Fitzpatrick. …
  • Corky Siegel and Albert Williams on ‘Celebrating William Russo: Artist and Educator’

    Dec 02, 2013 | 31 min
    Famous bluesman Corky Siegel and theater critic and professor Albert Williams talk with Rick Kogan about the upcoming musical series, “Celebrating William Russo: Artist and Educator.” The series is a tribute to one of the seminal figures in Chicago’s music, …
  • Zay Smith talks ’60606′

    Dec 02, 2013 | 13 min
    Columnist and author, Zay Smith, talks with Rick Kogan about his new novel, ’60606.’ The book tells the “story of a Chicago newspaper reporter who runs a foul of right-wing religious terrorists, among other things.” According to Smith’s website, many …
  • David Royko on autism, ‘The Chronicles of Ben: Adventures in Autism’

    Dec 02, 2013 | 29 min
    David Royko and his wife, Karen, talk with Rick Kogan about their son, Ben, who is severely autistic and whose care has bankrupted the family, forcing the Roykos to move in with Karen’s family. David recently released an ebook, “The …
  • Rick Kogan discusses the old days of radio

    Nov 25, 2013 | 11 min
    As Rick Kogan says: “Before Twitter, iPods and even television, there was radio.” In this edition of the Almanac, a historical news segment on Chicago Live!, Kogan talks about Chicago’s role in the early days of radio, including WGN’s broadcast …
  • Kathy and Judy dish with Rick Kogan

    Nov 25, 2013 | 15 min
    Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey sat down with Rick Kogan during a recent Chicago Live! show to talk about how everyone’s favorite radio duo got together on a Super Bowl Sunday. The trio discussed Kathy and Judy’s early years in …
  • George Motz talks about the Food Film Festival

    Nov 21, 2013 | 16 min
    George Motz, filmmaker behind the documentary and book “Hamburger America,” talks with Rick about the Food Film Festival, which takes place Nov. 20-23 at Kendall College in Chicago. Click below to hear the interview and learn what the heck food …
  • David Ellis on writing, Blagojevich

    Nov 21, 2013 | 24 min
    David Ellis chatted with Rick about his new book, “The Last Alibi,” which is the fourth in Ellis’ “Jason Kolarich” series. The book follows attorney Kolarich as he tries to find a serial killer while proving his own innocence. Ellis, …
  • Full show Nov. 10: Comedy in Chicago

    Nov 14, 2013 | 40 min
    Rick Kogan is joined by Bert Haas, executive vice president of Zanies Comedy Clubs, to talk about comedy in Chicago. This wide-ranging conversation featured Kogan and Haas dishing on their favorite comedians, remembering the night club boom of the 1980s …

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