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Dr. Richard Gunderman, author of "Contagion:  the Amazing Story of History's Deadliest Diseases."  

Martina Reaves, author of the memoir "I'm Still Here."  

Michelle Dresbold, author of "Sex, Lies and Handwriting:  A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in your Handwriting."  

Carthage professor Art Cyr offers analysis of current events and concerns.  

Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht. 

Joycelyn Fish describes what it was like to be able to pose a question to President Joe Biden for his nationally televised town hall meeting in Milwaukee last week.

Best-selling children's author Denene Milner- who has just released her own line of children's books, all of which feature families of color.

Best-selling author Tim O'Brien ("Dad's Maybe Book.")

Gary Waters, author of "10 Principles of a Character Coach." Waters was an award-winning college basketball coach for more than 40 years, most notably at Cleveland State University. 

 Stormwater solutions with Nan Calvert. Her guest is Cassandra Hoppe, with Stormwater Solutions Engineering.

Part 1- "Meltdown."  We speak with Mike Tollin, executive producer of this new film about global warming.  He was executive producer for "The Last Dance," about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.   Part 2 -  Greg Everett, author of the new book "Tough." 

Hospice Alliance of Southeastern Wisconsin.  I speak with Rita Hagen, executive director, and Jennifer Sytkowski, bereavement coordinator.  We especially discuss how the work of Hospice Alliance has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The story of Marian Anderson in the "Voice of Freedom."  This is the next film in the PBS documentary series American Experience.  It chronicles the story of the dramatic recital which Anderson, the African-American contralto, sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. Our guest is Rob Rapley,  director-producer-writer of the film.

A look back at Abraham Lincoln; the 16th President of the United States with a discussion on some notable past books about Abraham Lincoln.


Poverty in America. A discussion of the book "Broke in America:  Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty" 

The legacy of baseball legend Jackie Robinson with Michael Long, author of  "42 Today:  Jackie Robinson and His Legacy."  

 (archives)  Mark Herzberg talks about two of his books about renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Professor MaryBeth Shinn, author of "In the MIdst of Plenty," a thorough examination of Homelessness in America.

From the archives - a 2017 conversation about racism with Wayne Thompson, former member of the Sociology faculty at Carthage College. 

Diane Rehm, a highly-regarded public radio host, and author of "When My Time Comes: Conversations about whether those who are dying should have the right to determine when life should end."

Local law enforcement in the wake of the Jacob Blake verdict. Richard Slein, director of Law Enforcement Training at Gateway Technical College - and Raymond Clark,  an instructor in the program as well as chief of police of the town of Delavan. This is a newly-recorded followup interview to the conversation we had back in the fall.

Best-selling author Meredith Hall, talking about her new novel "Beneficence." 

For Black History Month:  Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, talking about her new book "Ida B. The Queen:  The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells." 

 "The Trials of Lenny Bruce."   

Ann Bausum, author of "Ensnared in the Wolf's Lair:  Inside the 1944 Plot to kill Hitler and the Ghost Children of his Revenge." 

Gateway Technical College president Bryan Albrecht. 

 Tom Jokinen, author of "Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training." 

Composer James Stephenson, whose "Fanfare for Democracy" was played as part of the inaugural ceremony for President Joe Biden on January 20th, one of three new fanfares to receive their world premieres at that event. 

 Fawn Germer, author of "Coming Back: How to win the job you want when you've lost the job you need." 

 Dr. Munish K. Batra, author of the thrilled "Animal," which examines - among other issues - animal cruelty.

Dr. Art Cyr, Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College, offers his thoughts on January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, the second impeachment of President Trump,  and what is ahead for president-elect Joe Biden. 

Rescheduled from last week:  Laura Levitt, author of "The Objects that Remain."  In the book, she discusses the significance of physical objects that are a tangible legacy of a personal abuse one has suffered- or a more widespread trauma such as the Holocaust.  

Part 1- Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who helped win the Space Race."  Part 2-  Joylette Hylick, daughter of Katherine Johnson (one of the women featured in Hidden Figures.)  Hylick's children's book about her mother is titled "One Step Further." 

A conversation about habits with Sarah Hays Coomer, author of "The Habit Trip: A Fill-in-the--blank Journey to a Life on Purpose."  

Nan Calvert's monthly visit to the program.  Her guest is Jason Meekma, Executive director of Focus on Community and a new "Take Back My Meds" program that involves the safe disposal of our medications.

Today's Morning Show broadcast was pre-empted by NPR's live coverage of the impeachments proceedings in Washington DC. 

Today's podcast of the Morning Show features a 2003 interview with journalist Joseph Treaster (from the New York Times) talking about his book "Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend."  Volcker was one of the most admired and influential economists of his time.  He was chair of the Federal Reserve from 1979 until 1987.  

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Our topic is memory - and what it means if our memory fades when we are in middle school.  Cathryn Jakobson Ramin's book is called "Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife."  

Dr. Jerald Mast, Professor of Political Science at Carthage College, offers his thoughts on the tumultuous events in Washington DC last week-  the final days of the Trump presidency- and what may be ahead for the Biden presidency.

Joe Bageant, author of "Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War" 

Tim Caulfield, author of "Your Day, Your Way: The Fact and Fiction behind your daily decisions." 

Chana Gazit,  producer and director of "The Codebreaker,"  the next documentary in the PBS series American Experience.   

Roger Moreano, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Equity and Inclusion at Carthage College.

Ruby Warrington, author of "The Sober Curious Reset: Change the way you drink in 100 days or less." 

The Morning Show goes on broadcast holiday hiatus until January 4th.  During the hiatus, the program will still be available in its podcast format.   

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A memorial tribute to Ray Forgianni,  who was Kenosha's City Planner and Director of City Development for more than thirty years. The tribute will include the rebroadcast of a 1997 interview in which Forgianni talks about the Harbor Park development before construction had even begun.  We'll also hear from a more recent interview in which he talks about HarborMarket. Forgianni died on September 26th due to complications from COVID-19.

A memorial tribute to Shirley Abrahamson, former Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, who died this past Saturday.  We are airing excerpts from two different Morning Show interviews with Justice Abrahamson.   (The interview with Carthage's Roger Moreano, originally scheduled to air today, will air in early January instead.) 

Part One:  Rev. Warren Williams shares the story bout with COVID-19, which was serious enough to necessitate hospitalization - and his recovery.  <The entire interview can be heard in the podcast version of the program.  Search for 'The Morning Show with Greg Berg' on Spotify, Apple Podcast or Google Podcast."   Part Two:   Best-selling author David Baldacci discusses his latest novel, "Daylight."  

A preview of an upcoming virtual performance of "A Christmas Carol" directed by Alex Metalsky - a Fleeing Artists production but which will feature performers from a number of area community theaters- as well as several performers from far away.  We'll also hear about the actor to whose memory these performances are dedicated.  

Nan Calvert's monthly environmental program

A preview of the Racine Theater Guild's next Signature Spotlight Concert,  "Home fo the Holidays,"  which will be shared (virtually) with the public beginning on December 18th.