CONVERSATIONS with Ed Tracy

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March came in like a lion and out like a wolf in Chicago - a Loyola Wolf, that is! The Ramblers are headed to the NCAA Final Four this weekend. Buckle up for a BIG game on Saturday!

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WILLIAM MASSOLIA - GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY'S LETTERS HOME & GHOSTS OF WAR

For William Massolia, Griffin Theatre Company's Founder and Artistic Director, the last ten years touring LETTERS HOME has been an extraordinary journey that has elevated his understanding of the commitment of our military and the family members who support them. That journey continues in April when LETTERS HOME returns for a run at The Den Theatre in rotating repertory with GHOSTS OF WAR, a new one-man show based on the book by Ryan Smithson. 

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BILL DYSZEL - THE INTERNET ATE MY BRAIN at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre March 31st

Ever feel like you want to throw your cell phone away, but then realize you need to call someone to tell them where you are? Was the last time you ended an argument with a Google search around lunchtime today? How many pairs of shoes did Amazon send to you before you actually wore them? If you are a keen social observer like Bill Dyszel, there is a good chance that you already know how amazingly dependent we are on the internet, that highway of information and practical applications that make life so easy we often forget to actually live it in real time.

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Two new CONVERSATIONS this week and a favorite program From The Archive. First, an in-depth look at leadership and the launch this weekend of the new Spertus Institute series "Critical Conversations" with President and CEO, Dr. Hal M. Lewis. Next, we delve into the backstory with photographer Michael Brosilow, whose extensive archive includes the last 32 years at Steppenwolf and scores of other theaters and productions, large and small, in and out of Chicago.  

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DR. HAL M. LEWIS - CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS AT SPERTUS INSTITUTE

The genesis of the idea for Critical Conversations, the spirited new Spertus Institute series debuting March 18th, was framed by another series of critical conversations between President & CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis and former trustee, the late Eric Joss. They envisioned a series that would bring together strongly divergent perspectives on hot-button issues of the day under the Spertus philosophy that, above all, the conversations strive not to change opinions, but to enhance understanding of individual viewpoints with civility and respect for one another.

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MICHAEL BROSILOW - 32 YEARS OF CHICAGO THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY

On any given day in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times or countless other publications in print or online, you will see powerful images by photographer Michael Brosilow. These are not breaking news photos, but they are breaking stories in a theatrical world that Brosilow has been a part of for over 32 years, capturing the rich textures, brilliant colors and the extraordinary personalities who create the work that appears on Chicago stages, and many others, across the country. He sees it before we do and his images last long after the play has drifted out of our memory.

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Our CONVERSATION this week is with Clifton Truman Daniel, the oldest grandson of President Harry S. Truman and Bess Truman and the son of author Margaret Truman. We delved into the legacy of President Truman, the backstory of his family's extraordinary 2012 trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the mission of the Truman Library and Institute in Independence, Missouri.

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