October 19, 2018

Candace Jordan is a renaissance woman. She began her journey in tiny Dupo, Illinois, found her way to the St. Louis Playboy Club, then to Ms. December 1979 and numerous covers of the iconic magazine created by Hugh Hefner. Using her platform to the utmost, she would go on to capture the pulse of The Windy City, being named to three of Chicago's top 100 lists – 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans, 100 Women Making a Difference and 100 Women of Influence. CJ writes the Candid Candace column for the Chicago Tribune along with her own  her Chicago Now blog and her own blog, 

From helping to raise millions for charity to hanging out on the Red Carpet with Al Pacino to collecting rare books to being a voice for our four legged friends, she has much to say about the power of kindness, appreciating the journey and insisting that you are "more than enough" just as you are. 



October 17, 2018

Digging into the vast audio archives I came across a "double header" conversation with two of the most respected names in the media, when it comes to information that informs, entertains and inspires with regard to environmental issues. Bill Kurtis & Jean- Michel Cousteau joined me back in 2008 to talk about some of the challenges we face as a species, most of which we seem to inflict on ourselves. For those of you that look forward "The Wednesday Rant" fear not, its included.


October 12, 2018

On October 12th 1997, John Denver's experimental plane plunged into the waters of Monterey Bay, California. His family lost a father, son and brother, I lost a friend and millions of fans around the world, mourned the loss of this celebrated and beloved singer/songwriter. This "Freebie Friday" on the 21st anniversary of John’s death, takes a look back at the man and his music through my conversations with a few of his friends including country music stars Michael Martin Murphey and John Berry, legendary producer the late Roger Nichols, his wife Connie Reeder who backed up JD vocally along with award winning broadcaster Rolland Smith and the late, great Aussie Terry Lipman.



October 10, 2018

How is it possible that we can send a man to the moon, have him walk around (more than once) and return safely but are seemingly unable as a species to put three people in a room of different political beliefs and find common ground? It's because we are lawbreakers...Newton's Laws to be precise. This Wednesday Rant is all about what happens when we ignore the laws of physics and the rebound effect it has on our lives, politically, spiritually & emotionally. Music by the late, great Pete Huttlinger. 


October 5, 2018

When he was just 18 years old, Brian McCaskey was considered a "failure" by a major college he was applying to. Using that as a "pivot point," he would work his way up the ladder from a "ball boy" for $10 a day to the Vice President of The Chicago Bears. As a grandson of the legendary George Halas, Brian maintains that the work ethic passed down from "Papa Bear" is a large part of his success. A diagnosis of Meniere's Disease would result in severe hearing loss by the age of 50, but he sees that as a "blessing in disguise" that had him focused on his "inner voice" more than ever before. A no-holds barred, behind the scenes conversation about the most historic franchise in the NFL and what it takes to make it all work, on and off the field no matter what quarter of life you are in.



October 3, 2018

The image of a 6,000-pound rhino, pounding its way across the tundra, ears back and horn glistening in the sun, kicking up a cloud of dust is the very embodiment of power. Scott Alexander thinks so too, and when he wrote "Rhinoceros Success" twenty-five years ago, he had no idea it would go on to sell over three million copies. He's one of my favorite guests over the years, so when I found a show he did with me on Oprah Radio from 2009, had to put it in the Life 2.0 rotation. Mini-rant precedes the interview, but hey...that's part of the deal. The "Blue Rhino" in the profile pic was made by my son Andy when he was in high school. Hangs in my office as a reminder to "keep charging!"


September 28, 2018
Back in the day when I was doing the five days-a-week, three-hours-a-day radio thing, I would often park the funniest people we could find on Friday. Figured after humans kicked the crap outta each other Monday to Thursday, by the end of the week we just needed to chuckle, chortle, guffaw, cackle and just plain laugh.
So if you need a break from trying to make sense of the senseless, digging for the obvious buried in the absurd, then you need to hear...Harry Caray knocking out "Rappers Delight" or commenting on how Bess Truman is hanging out with Johnny Carson or what Scott Podsednik's name is backwards and how Ben Franklin spends his time in the great beyond.
Tim Evans is the voice of "Harry" and over the years he would float in because we had a special rig built by our engineer that allowed directed access to the late, great baseball announcer and what followed was a free-for-all of fun, which usually left me gasping for air and my belly hurting from laughter.
If laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps a measured dose of the Freebie Friday Podcast will be just what the doctor ordered in these torturous times. As Steve Rizzo explains, laughter doesn't dismiss what is going on, it helps us endure it.
From 2005, uncensored, unscripted and unbelievably funny- Harry Karaoke!
Give your central nervous system a break, click the link to listen to "Freebie Friday" on the Life 2.0 Podcast.


September 24, 2018

Nothing like getting 29 minutes and 30 seconds into recording the 30th episode of "Life 2.0" and having my little Zoom machine shut down because there was no more room for my rants, raves and reflections. So a purge was in order, with the metaphors for life flying at me in digital terms and that led me to recalling my Sunday morning spent with former MLB slugger Eric Soderholm (you can listen to his podcast from July 13th for free) and a few of the "spiritual" lessons he learned from baseball.  "Earth Matters with Bill Kurtis" in this episode and music from the late, great Pete Huttlinger.


September 21, 2018

So what does the virtual landfill of Facebook have in common with the living legend (and star of "Hello Dolly") Carol Channing? Nothing at all but that's sometimes how it goes on the Life 2.0 podcast. I took a week away from the dumping ground of Facebook and have a few reflections about that and along for the ride is my conversation with Ms. Channing from 2001, who was just turning 81 back then and had a new book coming out, not to mention her impersonation of Yul Brynner. It's a mixed bag for Freebie Friday, with music from the genius of David Stoddard. A bonus episode for subscribers.



September 11, 2018

As I dug through the archives of shows past, I came across this from 9/14/01 and my conversation with the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer who was on tour with a new book "There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem" and it landed smack dab just a few days after the most jarring event in our history. Joining Wayne is author and speaker Steve Rizzo who lends his insights and observations to those difficult days. Reminders, reflections and retrospective that needs to be heard.