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Part One:  James Schatzman previews the newest season of the Choral Arts Society.   Part Two:  Jan Stocklassa, author of "The Man Who Played With Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin."  Larsson, author of the blockbuster bestseller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,"  spent many years studying the 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, a crime which remains unofficially unsolved to this very day.  <Part Two begins approximately 34 minutes into the program.> 

We speak with award-winning painter Dan Simoneau, who has an exhibit opening next week at the Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake, IL. You can also watch this Morning Show (as it was streamed live) on WGTD's Facebook Page here.

Carthage College political science professor Jerald Mast offers his thoughts on the latest controversies surrounding the Trump presidency,  the challenges confronting both the critics and defenders of President Trump as impeachment hearings begin,  and his impressions of the Democrats who are vying to be their party's presidential nominee for 2020.  

In part one, Julian Schwarz, acclaimed cellist who will perform during the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra's 80th season opening weekend. In part two, Barb Farrar, Exeuctive Director of the LGBT Center of Southeast Wisconsin. 

Carthage College President Dr. John Swallow and First Lady Cameron Swallow will talk about Carthage's homecoming celebration - and about the presentation they are giving Friday night on 150 Years of Women Studying at Carthage.

Best-selling author Rick Riordan (responsible for the hugely popular Percy Jackson books.) His latest book is "The Tyrant's Tomb," from his series titled "The trials of Apollo."   In a follow up interview, we hear from someone whose young dyslexic son fell in love with reading because of the Percy Jackson books. 

Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht discusses the Wisconsin Campus Compact.  

Previewing the season-opening concert of the Racine Symphony

Jack Rose, National Alliance for Mental Illness.


Herschel Kruger, talking about Carthage's "A Doll House, Part 2" -  also previewing this weekend's performance at Carthage by the group Women Of the World. 

Famed Russian economist Dr. Pavel Usanov

Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht

Clive Wynne,  author of "Dog is Love:  Why and How Your Dog Loves You."

Nan Calvert offers her monthly environmental segment.  Today:  Dawn Demuyt from the Eco-Justice Farm Corps. 

Ian Hutchison,  an expert on the history of games.

Dr. Art Cyr (carthage college) offers analysis of current events. 

Linwood Barclay, best-selling novelist.  His latest book is titled "Elevator Pitch." 

Robert Haggarty Jr. (son of WGTD's own Bob Haggarty) talks about the advocacy work he is doing with an organization called  He is working specifically on trying to learn the fate of missing people in China who are believed to have been arrested and perhaps killed for their political views and affiliations. 

Lisa Kornetsky talks about the RTG's current production of "Lost in Yonkers," which she directed.

Tenor Nick Huff (a recent Carthage graduate) - who is singing a recital at Kenosha's Creative Space this Friday night.  He recently sang the lead in the world premiere of a new Jake Heggie opera at the San Francisco Opera. 

James Schatzman from Racine's Vocational Ministries - and Patricia Hansen,  Racine District Attorney-  talking about the upcoming Re-Entry Expo.  Also part of the conversation is Karl McNeil, who was incarcerated back in the 1990's but has managed to build a new life for himself and has become a powerful force for good in his community.  

 Peter Steiner - author of "The Good Cop."

Rachel de Wosken talks about her acclaimed novel "Repeat after me."

Filmaker Stu Maddox previews his documentary "Gen Silent" 

We turn to the archives for several past interviews about the events of 9-11. 

Dr. James Ripley, director of instrumental activities at Carthage

We preview a theatrical presentation about sexual violence titled "Intrusion:  8 Characters, 1 Hour, 1 Actress" - that is being performed Tuesday evening, Sept. 10th at Carthage College in Wartburg Auditorium. 

Randall MacLowry, director and producer of the American Experience documentary "The Feud," which chronicles the infamous feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys that captured the imagination of people across the country during the mid 19th century.  

Katie Matteson, editor-in-chief of Belle City Magazine.

Ryan Swanson, author of "The Strenuous Life:  Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete." 

Benjamin Runkle, author of "Generals in the Making:  How Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton and their Peers Became the Commanders who Won World War II." 

No program because of Labor Day.

Ronald C. Rosbottom, author of “Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans,1940-1945.”

Erik Berry, mandolin player for the highly acclaimed bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles. 

Doug and Kim Instenes talk about their recent trip to the Fringe Festival, one of the largest and most important theater festivals in the world. 

Dr. Art Cyr, Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business at Carthage,offers his analysis of current events and issues.

David Vann, author of “ Legend of a Suicide.” Although a work of fiction, the novel draws heavily upon Vann’s real-life experience of losing his own father to suicide.

We'll talk about an upcoming event in Kenosha called Just Live - which seeks to bring attention to the issue of Suicide Prevention in our community. 

NPR's Scott Simon, author of "Baby, we weren't meant for each other:  In Praise of Adoption."

Milwaukee-based children's author Rayna Andrews talks about her book "Alex McGreen and the Tale of the Mysterious Kale." 

Bryan Albrecht, the President of Gateway Technical College, pays his monthly visit to the program. His guest is Ann-Claire Anderson, V.P. of the Center for Occupational Research and Development

Diane Ravitch, author of "Reign of Error:   The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools."  

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (officially August 15-17, 1969- although it stretched into the morning of the 18th)  we will hear from several people who attended Woodstock.  

Ted Howard, co-author of "The Making of a Democratic Economy:  Building Prosperity for the Many, Not Just the Fews." 

Guida Brown and (WGTD's own) David McGrath talk about a fascinating trip they recently undertook in which they retraced the final concert tour of the great Buddy Holly, a tour cut tragically short by a plane crash outside of Clear Lake, IA in early 1959. 

A look at the work of the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund and a preview of this weekend's Harbor Park Jazz, Rhythm and Blues Festival, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. 

Gaylon H. White, author of "Left on Base in the Bush Leagues:  Legends, Near Greats, and Unknowns in the Minors."

A conversation about "Imagines de Latin America," a new art exhibit at the Kenosha Creative Space.  Our guests will include Margaret Heller.  

Local environmentalist Nan Calvert leads a conversation about the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Project at UW-Parkside with Jessica Orlofskie, Assistant Professor of Biology at UW-Parkside,   and Dave Giordano and Chelsea Snowden-Smith from Root-Pike WIN.  The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee is a very valuable pollinator, but it is rapidly vanishing from the American landscape.  This project is an attempt to save it before it vanishes altogether. 

Rita Hagen, Executive Director of Hospice Alliance of Kenoha- and Kimberly Paul, author of "Bridging the Gap- Life Lessons from the Dying."