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Lightning Rod with Rod Blagojevich

About The Show

“The Lightning Rod” is an exclusive weekly podcast hosted by former Illinois Governor and self-described “Trumpocrat” Rod Blagojevich. “The Lightning Rod” will feature analysis about politics, government, trending stories and global issues, and will feature conversations with politicians, political experts, policymakers, celebrities and influencers about what’s worked, what hasn’t and who can make it better.

As a Democrat, Blagojevich was a state representative before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago. He was elected the 40th Governor of Illinois in 2002, and won reelection to a second term in 2006, until his impeachment in 2009. Blagojevich, a Chicago native, holds a degree from Northwestern University.”

Recent Podcast Episodes

Connected to Chicago (12/29/19) – Aspects of Trump, 2019 Political Highlights, and Looking Into the 2020 Crystal Ball.

Connected to Chicago (12/29/19) – Aspects of Trump, 2019 Political Highlights, and Looking Into the 2020 Crystal Ball.

Mike reviews some of the facts and testimony presented as evidence during the House impeachment hearings. Is there enough proof on the 2 articles of impeachment? Why stop at only 2 charges? Have the democrats done enough to persuade the American people to swing their votes to the left in next year’s elections. Will the House stay a Democrat majority and are there enough vulnerable seats in the Senate to change the majority control?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Topics include reviewing the many accomplishments being touted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Looking into the crystal ball to see who will Heather & Lynn believe might be the Democratic candidate for President in 2020.

Then Lauren Cohn finds out about Christopher House, a family of schools working to provide education to families who need early head start learning. The schools provide additional care for low-income / at-risk children so they succeed in school, the workplace, and life. Their support starts with per-kindergarten readiness and continues through the 8th grade. Board Chair, Dee Dee Chesley explains their services and school programs.

Dennis Miller: “I think they’ll ravage Kavanaugh”

Dennis Miller joins Big John & Ramblin’ Ray to discuss the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, questioning whether people of quality will still be willing to accept public roles in the future. Dennis thinks that there is only one type of person who can win in public office anymore.

What have we learned today with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray? (9-26-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray recap today’s show with ‘What did we learn today?’, a segment where they comment on what they’ve learned from the show. The guys also ask the producers behind the scenes what they’ve learned. Today’s show covered where you can and cannot fight in Wrigleyville, a brand new pirate-themed attraction in Florida, and a new comedy show starring President Donald Trump.

Rick Wilson: “There’re a lot of folks who are gonna have a wake up call in November”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray talk with Rick Wilson, a Republican strategist and best-selling author of ‘Everything Trump Touches Dies’ joins the show to talk about Florida’s governor race between Ron DeSantis, a young conservative who ran unapologetically as the candidate of President Donald Trump, and the Democrats pick Andrew Gillum, the progressive Tallahassee mayor who drew support from Senator Bernie Sanders. Before talking about his book ‘Everything Trump Touches Dies’ and his book signing in Chicago, as well as the Trump administration.

Lincoln Forum present Rick Wilson, Republican Strategist and best-selling author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies”, September 19th from 5:30 pm – 7: 30 pm

Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the potential future of the Supreme Court. 

 

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Eric Segall, a Professor of Law at Georgia State. He talks about President Trumps SCOTUS pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Speaking about the reactions of conservatives and liberals, and the potential future of the Supreme Court.

Taylor Swift weekend recap; President Trump ‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself’

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray start with a weekend recap on the Taylor Swift show that was here in Chicago.
President Trump act’s his ‘rights’ when he says he should be able to pardon himself in Mueller’s investigation.

 

The Chris Plante Show 05-28-2018HR2

Chris Plante was shocked when he learned from New York Governor Andrew Quomo that Jews can’t dance. In an address to members of Harlem’s Mount Nebo Baptist Church, the Governor announced, “Catholics basically believe the same thing that Baptists believe. We just do it without the rhythm. But we try. We try. We are not as without rhythm as some of our Jewish brothers and sisters.”

Chelsea Manning announces Senatorial campaign platform which includes changes to healthcare, including closing down prisons and releasing transgender prisoners. Manning wants to, “…restructure and dismantle the justice system…” as a part of her reform plan.

Connected to Chicago (05-06-2018)

Bill sits down with Sean Casten. Casten is running for congress in the upcoming election against Peter Roskam to represent the 6th district of Illinois. Casten explains why he wants to be a congressman, and if there is a blue wave coming because of President Trump.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times, and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun Times. The discussion includes their reaction to Bill’s interview with Sean Casten, and the upcoming Mayoral and Governor Elections.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Jennifer Keiper. Jennifer is joined by John Shegerian, Founder and President of Recycling Company ERI, and Katy Huggins with Best Buy.
In the United States, millions of tons of old electronics are dumped in landfills, abandoned lots, or simply tossed to the side of the road, causing harm to the environment. We discuss some possible solutions with John Shegerian of ERI Recycling and Katy Huggins of Best Buy, which has a recycling program.

Diamond and Silk: ‘Comey’s not our homie’

Diamond and Silk, who were censored from Facebook, accompany John and Ray this morning to talk about what it was like to be silenced for what they believed in. Also telling John and Ray about their Chit Chat tour.

Learn more about their Chit Chat tour and where to get tickets here.

‘SNL’ tackles the raid on Michael Cohen

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Actors Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller made surprise appearances on “Saturday Night Live” to spoof the FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen.

 

Recently on Sirott and Murciano (Special Cohn and Bradley edition) – 7/13/2017

Lauren Cohn and WGN-TV’s Ben Bradley sits in for Bob and Marianne and chats with the stars of Something Rotten: The Musical,  Andrew Santino comedian and star of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, Navy Pier’s 101st birthday  celebration, Krispy Kreme’s 80th birthday celebration, Radio Flyer’s 100th birthday celebration, plus more!