Hear two of my Chicago favorites: Milt Rosenberg interviews Joseph Epstein

Milt Rosenberg has been informing, educating and entertaining Chicagoans and all those within reach of the 50,000-watt giant, WGN Radio, for more than three decades. He created talk show radio on the smart side, and continues today with his own podcasts at http://www.miltrosenberg.com

Milt Rosenberg

Milt Rosenberg

Joseph Epstein is an accomplished essayist and writer (to say the least). I regularly catch his essays in the Weekly Standard, but his reach is much wider.

Both these learned and enjoyable men are rooted in the University of Chicago and are genuinely Chicago (Epstein having been raised in the same West Rogers Park neighborhood about the same time as I).

Rosenberg's guest Aug. 26  is Epstein in an interview that the host describes as:

Joseph Epstein sees through all of our foibles,

Joseph Epstein

Joseph Epstein

affectations, eccentricities and higher-level stupidities including his own (though he is very light on the last!). Here he is in a rambling conversation which, like all his contributions to this most basic human art form, delights, illuminates and provokes.

Here's a taste of Epstein from another great Chicago essayist, Pat Hickey. As Hickey says:

If Studs Terkel is a "Chicago Treasure" he is surely in his proper place, now; Joseph Epstein is readily available. Thank God!

Hear, hear!

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