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  • After Hours with Rick Kogan: Liz Carroll, Michael Ferro & Norman Baugher

    This evening, Rick shared some beautiful Irish music featuring the amazing violinist Liz Carroll, who also joined him for a chat about her established  career and her upcoming concert at the Beverly Arts Center. Then, Rick talked about his upcoming luncheon with the amazing David Mamet, and he played some dialogue from much-loved Mamet written film “Glengarry Glenn Ross.” Then author Michael Ferro called in to talk about his novel, “Title 13.” Finally, artist Norman Baugher joined Rick in the […]

  • Author Michael Ferro on his novel “Title 13”

    Author Michael Ferro called in to talk to Rick about his novel, “Title 13.” He tells Rick where he drew inspiration from for the book, talks about his time spent in Chicago and his transition from journalism to writing novels. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3468706/3468706_2018-02-19-002906.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3807.mp3

  • Legendary Irish-American Musician Liz Carroll on her career and upcoming concert

    Liz Carroll joined Rick for a chat about her established  career and her upcoming concert at the Beverly Arts Center. They reminisce on music times of old and talk about how the Irish music community in Chicago has changed throughout the years. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3468705/3468705_2018-02-19-002205.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3807.mp3

  • After Hours with Rick Kogan Episode 200: Chicago Party Aunt, Dick Simpson & Alicia Eler

    Rick celebrates episode 200 of After Hours by first talking to Dick Simpson about his new book “The Good Fight: Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive,” where he writes about some of his amazing experiences as a “1960 civil rights stand-in, a top spot in Eugene McCarthy’s presidential run, & four intense campaigns for Chicago alderman.” Then, Alicia Eler calls in to talk about her book “Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Content and […]

  • Rick Kogan hears from the Chicago Party Aunt!

    Rick Kogan (aka the “obituary-writing King of Chicago”) gets  to talk to the enigmatic and titillating Twitter sensation, Chicago Party Aunt. Her and Rick reminisce on old times, share some of their favorite Chicago hot spots and she reveals her day job. Rick also shares some of her most poignant tweets aloud and Chicago Party Aunt recalls the time that her and Rick met many years ago at the Old Town Ale House. For the latest on the underbelly of […]

  • After Hours with Chris Jones & Mark Caro: Super Bowl recap, how to NOT buy Twitter followers & Oscar predictions

    Chris Jones and Mark Caro, both of the Chicago Tribune, step in for Rick this week on After Hours. They recap the Super Bowl game, halftime show & commercials. Then, they compare their predictions for this year’s Academy Awards and talk about Richard Roper’s Twitter drama. Oh, and producer Lise consistently tries to bring the conversation back to Justin Timberlake as much as possible.   http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3462533/3462533_2018-02-05-010833.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3807.mp3

  • After Hours with Rick Kogan: writers Michelle Carter, Anne Johnsos & JJ Strong on their new books and Woodstock’s own Rick Bellairs on Groundhog Day

    This week on the show, Rick talked to Michelle Carter about her new memoir “From Under the Russian Snow,” which chronicles the year she spent living in Russia as a United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence. Then, Anne Johnsos stopped by the studio to tell him all about how and why she wrote “Potty-Mouthed: Big Thoughts from Little Brains,” where she shares some of the amazing commentaries her two kids have on life. Then, JJ Strong called in to tell Rick about […]

  • JJ Strong’s debut novel “Us Kids Know” – a sophisticated triumph

    JJ Strong joins Rick on the air to talk about his new novel, “Us Kids Know.” JJ tells Rick about where the story came from and how he developed such believable and complex teenage characters. He also shared a little bit about the publishing journey and how he decided to classify the book as “young adult,” despite the sophisticated story it tells.   http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3459092/3459092_2018-01-29-002732.64kmono.mp3%20?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3807.mp3

  • Anne Johnsos’ new book: “Potty-Mouthed: Big Thoughts from Little Brains”

    Former WGN Producer and now published author Anne Johnsos joined Rick Kogan in the studio to talk about how the “convergence of Facebook and the iPhone” lead to her new book, “Potty-Mouthed: Big Thoughts from Little Brains.” The book documents some of the amazingly funny and surprisingly profound  things her kids have said through the years. Find your copy on Amazon and join Anne for a reading from the book on February 10th at The Book Cellar. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3459091/3459091_2018-01-29-002631.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3807.mp3

  • Michelle Carter’s most ‘remarkable’ and ‘difficult’ year in a book: “From Under the Russian Snow”

    Rick Kogan talks to Michelle Carter about her new memoir “From Under the Russian Snow,” which chronicles the year she spent living in Russia as a United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence. She tells him about what she learned during the year – about journalism and about her personal life – and why she decided to finally write about it in a book. Find out more about the book here.   http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3459090/3459090_2018-01-29-002630.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3807.mp3