Rank #1: Brian Noonan Show 4/14/19: “How Change Happens” and Star Wars Celebration Chicago
Brian discusses changes to the new ‘Home Alone’ law in Illinois, then interviews Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein about his new book about how social change happens. Plus: The Cantina Cast crew takes a break from Star Wars Celebration Chicago to join Brian in-studio to discuss the Episode IX trailer and recap the festivities from the local fan gathering.
Brian opens the show by talking about Illinois House’s decision to lower the age at which children could be left home without supervision (the “Home Alone” law). He asks: is a 12-year-old too young to stay alone at home? Then, he and the crew express disbelief that Charlize Theron is “shockingly” available to date.
Then, Brian talks to Cass Sunstein, the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Sunstein also served in the Obama administration as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012. In his conversation with Brian, he discusses his new book, “How Change Happens,” which answers the question of how social change happens and how change is impacted by social norms.
To wrap up the show, Brian is joined in-studio by Albert Padilla, Chris “Jonesy” Jones, and Mike Rondeau of The Cantina Cast, who talk about Star Wars fandom and the Star Wars Celebration currently taking place at McCormick Place. The Cantina Cast is hosted by Albert Padilla and Chris “Jonesy” Jones, two dyed-in-the-wool fans with a penchant for serving up theories and speculation. You can follow The Cantina Cast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Apr 15 2019
Rank #2: Brian Noonan in for Matt Bubala 1-18-20
Brian Noonan and Cody Gough are back and braved the winter storm weather as Matt takes a trip to Florida this weekend. As expected, we talk about winter driving. Mentalist Jonathan Pritchard joins the show live in-studio at 1:15 a.m. At 2 a.m., Brian plays Overnight Arcade with some listeners. Later on, we discuss how realistic it is to give up social media screens….and how Cody has so many famous Twitter followers. Jess takes a trip to Nashville, Cody is trying to buy a house. The full show podcast can ben found right here.
Jan 21 2020
Rank #3: Brian Noonan Show 3/31/19: Chicago runoff elections and social media pros and cons
Brian talks about the White Sox’s journey towards a winning season, the Chicago mayoral runoff election, birthday celebrations, and social media use. He also gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Broadway in Chicago’s production of Anastasia.
Brian opens the show by talking about the White Sox’s journey towards a winning season, and asks what fans want to see during the rebuilding process so they can continue to enjoy watching the team play in the meantime.
Then, Brian turns his attention to the continuing fallout after charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett. This segues into a conversation about the Chicago mayoral runoff election on Tuesday, which may have been impacted by the case. Cody Gough, Brian’s producer, explains what he looks for in a candidate running for local office, and he and Brian urge Chicagoans to get out and vote on Tuesday.
Roger Badesch then calls in from the hospital, where he’s recovering from an illness with a 102.5 temperature. He does his usual joking around with Brian and gives an update on his health, and fortunately, he plans to be back in the newsroom on the show next week.
After the break, Brian gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Broadway in Chicago’s production of Anastasia, playing now through April 7, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre (24 W. Randolph Street). Hear why he gave it three out of four bow ties, and get your tickets while you still can!
Brian and Cody then wish each other a happy birthday week and discuss their birthday celebration plans. They talk about parties, using Facebook to plan events, and why they don’t want to always have to organize using social media.
Then, Brian turns his attention to a list of things that will make people instantly dislike you, including using the wrong profile picture on social media and “being too nice.” He also goes on a tangent condemning flat-earthers and anti-vaxxers, before Karen Conti joins him to wrap up the show.
Apr 01 2019
Rank #4: Brian Noonan Show 2/17/19: “Silence,” Dear Evan Hansen, sports memorabilia, and At the Breweries
Brian talks to Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge about finding true silence and sports memorabilia appraise Michael Osacky talks sports memorabilia. Plus: a Bow Tie Theatre Review of Dear Evan Hansen, and beer reviews on “At the Breweries.”
Brian kicks off the show by talking to Cody Gough, his producer, about a recent science conference he attended, and why it’s hard to talk about science with the public. The crew also talk about their Valentine’s Day activities last week.
Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge then calls in from Norway (!) to discuss his new book “Silence: In the Age of Noise.” He was the first person to reach the South Pole alone, and he tells Brian why silence is essential to our sanity and happiness — and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.
Certified sports memorabilia appraiser Michael Osacky from Baseball in the Attic joins Brian in-studio to talk sports collectibles. He’ll be at The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum’s seventh annual Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, February 23, at the museum (6422 Main St. in Union, Illinois). You can reserve a 10-minute slot for your treasure by calling the museum at 815-923-2267.
Brian then gives a shining “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Broadway in Chicago’s Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony Award-winning musical playing at the James M. Nederlander Theatre (formerly the Oriental Theatre) now through March 10, 2019, with tickets for shows during an additional engagement going on sale this week. He gives a less glowing review of their production of Friends: A Musical Parody, now playing at the Broadway Playhouse through March 3, 2019.
In the wake of revelations around the Jussie Smollett case, Brian asks: are you afraid to express doubt or skepticism around things because you’ll be branded with a label like “racist” or “homophobic,” even when details don’t seem to add up?
To wrap up the show, John Carruthers from Revolution Brewing and Jesse Valenciana from Goose Island Brewery join Brian in-studio for another edition of “At the Breweries.” They discuss Mexican-style Lager, Saison, and Porter style beers.
Feb 18 2019
Rank #5: Brian Noonan Full Show 11.01.19 | “Latin History for Morons” and Goddess and Grocer Thanksgiving Treats!
Brian gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of “Latin History for Morons”, then discusses the Thanksgiving treats, Real ID’s and Popeyes Chicken’s new chicken sandwich.
Brian opens the show by talking with the Executive Chef of Catering over at Goddess and Grocer, Jill Dedinsky. Listen as Jill gives tips for getting everything done/ready at the same time. Plus: learn about Thanksgiving catering options from Goddess and Grocer!
Then, Brian brings you his Bow Tie Theatre Review of “Latin History for Morons” a play by John Leguizamo.
To wrap up the show, Brian and the crew talk about in the redundancy of having to get your Real ID, what exactly is a “bop” regards to music and whether or not Popeyes chicken sandwich is all the rage.
Nov 04 2019
Rank #6: Brian Noonan Show 6/2/19: 8th grade “promotions,” the OK sign, and Hamilton: The Exhibition
Brian discusses and debates graduation or “promotion” ceremonies in grade school and in middle school and the power of the OK hand sign. Rep. Ann Williams also checks in with an update on the latest in Illinois politics, and Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis about Hamilton: The Exhibition.
Brian opens the show by discussing 5th and 8th grade “promotions,” or graduations, and why some people are taking these milestones a little too seriously. Cody Gough, his producer, explains why he thinks the term “promotion” is completely misleading, and Roger Badesch from the newsroom joins the show to talk about different ways of celebrating school achievements from his time as a high school teacher.
Then, Brian turns to a hot topic: the OK sign. After Oak Park River Forest High School announced it would spend more than $50,000 reprinting yearbooks because some students were displaying the hand sign. He and the crew debate the decision to reprint the yearbooks, the context and intent behind the students using the hand sign, and other related hot-button issues.
Illinois State Representative Ann Williams then calls into the show to discuss the recent vote to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois, along with many other recent issues facing the state government, from rideshare taxes to gambling policies.
Scott Stantis, editorial cartoonist for Chicago Tribune, joins Brian in-studio to discuss Hamilton: The Exhibition, running at Northerly Island with tickets on sale through September 8. He also talks about his career as a cartoonist and some of the things he’s been writing about lately.
Then, Brian gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Broadway in Chicago’s production of Falsettos, running through June 9 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre (24 W. Randolph Street). Hear Brian laud the performances that blew him away before he wraps up with a fun story about a teacher writing something inappropriate on a student’s paper.
Jun 03 2019
Rank #7: Brian Noonan in for Dave Plier Full Show 11/03/19: Bringing back the arcade, Jose Lopez of Casa Humilde Cervecería Artesanal, and more…
Brian Noonan is back in the overnight slot for Dave Plier. Tonight Brian brings back a fan favorite game of “Arcade” getting your calls and guesses. How did you do on the game?
Later Jose Lopez joins Brian in Studio to discuss his brewery Casa Humilde Cervecería Artesanal. What are the plans down the room? How did they get inspired to make beer?
Brian, along with news anchor Roger Badesch and producer Curtis Koch talk about a variety of topics, from bread, the baggers at Jewel Osco, Disney and their employees, and misheard song lyrics!
Nov 03 2019
Rank #8: Brian Noonan Show 5/19/19: Chicago millennial attitudes and “At the Breweries”
Brian welcomes a special guest to discuss millennial attitudes about Chicago and what they mean, just as Lori Lightfoot prepares to take office. He also talks Avengers: Endgame and presents another edition of the monthly beer segment “At the Breweries.”
Brian kicks off the show by talking about Avengers: Endgame. He just saw the film and wonders if 3 weeks is long enough to discuss the film without revealing any spoilers. Cody Gough, Brian’s producer, debates the issue, and plenty of listeners chime in with their opinions as well.
Then, Brian is joined in-studio by Margaret T. Brower, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where she is also an Urban Fellow. On the day before Chicago’s Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot takes office, Brower discusses the takeaways from a city-based report by GenForward, a nationally representative survey panel of young millennials. The report revealed that one third of Chicago’s young millennials, especially African-American young adults, hope to leave the city one day. You can read the complete report here after hearing a great conversation on what’s in store for Chicago as the city welcomes a new administration.
Brian then returns to his Avengers: Endgame story and explains why the film was so emotionally powerful, all while avoiding spoilers.
To wrap up the show, Revolution Brewing’s John Carruthers and Goose Island Brewery’s Jesse Valenciana join Brian in-studio for another edition of “At the Breweries.” Hazy IPA, helles lager, and pastry stout beers surprise and delight in-studio as the crew educates and entertains in their monthly craft beer conversation.
May 20 2019
Rank #9: Brian Noonan Show 1/27/19: Winter weatherproofing and finding a work-life balance
Brian talks about the severe winter weather in Chicago, from how to protect your home from the icy cold to why people choose to stay in a cold climate instead of move to warmer places. Plus: author Bryan Robinson discusses how to find a better work-life balance.
To kick off the show, Brian talks about the severe winter weather and why some very bad luck on the road kept him home on Saturday. Kevin Powell then calls in with an update on SoxFest 2019 and discusses all things White Sox baseball.
Lou Manfredini then joins Brian by phone to talk about how to prepare and protect your home for the extreme winter weather blanketing Chicagoland. He discusses how you should set the humidity in your home, how to keep pipes from freezing (and what to do if they freeze), how to deal with a drafty fireplace, how to weatherproof your home, and more.
Then, licensed psychotherapist and professor Bryan Robinson talks about his new book, “#Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life.” He explains why it’s important for workaholics and others let go of anxiety, and how they can achieve and maintain the healthy work/life balance they need.
In the face of severe winter weather and sub-zero temperatures, Brian asks: would you move to a warmer climate if you had the chance, and if not, then what is the main thing keeping you in the greater Chicago area? The phone lines light up as listeners of all ages and backgrounds weigh in on why they choose to live in a colder climate, and what might compel them to move somewhere warmer.
Then Brian talks about “presenteeism,” the practice of going to work while , and how it affects workers and their employers. He also says that emotional support animals have gone too far after a man opted to get an emotional support alligator so he wouldn’t have to take medication. He wraps up the show by talking about a recent string of Chicago robberies targeting Canada Goose coats.
Jan 28 2019
Rank #10: Brian Noonan in for Roe Conn Full Show 1.2.19 | Legalization: Day Two, Chicago White Sox, Lauren Lapka's Wing-Women Guide, Toaster VS. The Toaster Oven and MORE!
Brian Noonan is in for Roe Conn on day two of the new year bringing you all of the laughs and news you need this afternoon!
To kick off the show, Brian welcomes back Lauren Lapka and Kevin Powell back from their time off for the holidays.
Brian then talks to WGN-TV Ben Bradley about all of the top stories happening in Chicago. Some topics include the legalization of Marijuana and the ride share tax. To close out the hour, Brian talks with ABC Correspondent Andy Fields.
Then, the conversation turns to the listeners because Brian wants to know if there is any way to completely change the old mindset for weed. Then Brian switches gears to talking about 2020 Census happening at the start of this decade. To close out hour two, Brian talks about the new story involving The Pope slapping a women’s hand as well as Chicago White Sox updates with Kevin Powell.
On the latter half of the show Brian starts it off with the Top 5 at 5. Then Brian covers some of news articles that hit the news. Some including food trucks, Lauren Lapka is a great wing-women, FDA labels, The Toaster Oven, Parents getting nanny’s and so much more!
Jan 03 2020
Rank #11: Brian Noonan Show 9/1/19: Movies of Summer, Kevin Kaufmann, Arcade Game and more..
Brian Noonan in for Nick Digilio.
On the show this morning: Movie critic Blake Stubbs joins Brian in-studio at 1:15 am to discuss all of the summer movie selections. We also get his trusted recommendations on movies across that board.
Hour number two has the History of United States podcast host, Kevin Kaufmann in-studio to chat about the history of labor day. Dr. Kaufmann goes in-depth in history-defining moments and shares his expertise in the US.
We then bring back a WGN radio Favorite Arcade Game!! Rules are simple: 2 callers go one on one with trivia questions and until one contestant can’t answer correctly. Find out how this week’s contestants did!
Brian then finishes talking about trending stories in the news including Chicago Public Schools, return for the school year, Hurrican Dorian, Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches, and more…
Sep 02 2019
Rank #12: Aleman Brewing Company “American renditions of traditional beer styles” with Brian Noonan
American renditions of traditional beer styles, putting its definitive stamp on each beer through effective use of complementary adjunct flavors (Wheat Ale with Fresh Lemonthyme, Brown Ale with Salted Caramel, etc.) is what Aleman Brewing Company stands by. Joining Brian is Owner of Aleman Brewing Brad Zeller.
The company is a living, breathing Voltron of strengths, opinions, and experiences. Aleman Brewing is governed by the urban hustle and corn-fed integrity of our sweet home, Chicago. From hand-carved wooden tap handles to merchandise which is designed and screen printed in-house, Aleman hopes to engage a consumer base with a thirst for knowledge as well as beer.
You can catch Aleman Brewing Company participating in Chicago Ale Fest in Grant Park on June 1st. For information on the fest and tickets visit: http://www.chicagoalefest.com/
May 27 2019
Rank #13: Mexican-style lager, saison, and porter beer reviews on “At the Breweries” with Brian Noonan
Learn about Mexican-style lager, saison, and porter beers from Revolution Brewing’s John Carruthers and Goose Island Brewery’s Jesse Valenciana. They join Brian in-studio to educate and entertain in this edition of “At the Breweries.”
Porter Dark, roasty, and deceptively light Samuel Smith Tadcaster Porter vs. Illuminated Brew Works Pazuzu’s Pedals
About At the Breweries: Every month, J&J join Brian to explore craft beers of a certain variety or theme from a variety of breweries — not just the ones they work for! Hilarious banter ensues when two guys who are passionate about beer join Brian Noonan for some of the best beer banter you’ll ever hear.
Feb 18 2019
Rank #14: Brian Noonan Show 8/25/19: Green Tie Ball, annoying slang, and “At the Breweries”
Brian talks summer in Chicago and when slang gets to be too much to handle. Plus: learn about the Green Tie Ball and join beer experts who educate and entertain in another edition of “At the Breweries.”
Brian opens the show by talking about summer in Chicago and some of the best ways to spend time outside when the weather is nice. He and his producer, Cody Gough, discuss the arboretums they visited over the weekend, and tried to figure out why so many people were shooting off fireworks even though there no holidays to celebrate.
Then, Brian discusses the most annoying slang words, according to a recent study on how people perceive the use of slang. He tries to make the phrase “straight gravy” catch on, with mixed results.
David Lissner then joins Brian in-studio to talk about Chicago Gateway Green’s Green Tie Ball, which will take place at the Alhambra Palace (1240 W Randolph Street) on Friday, September 13. The theme of this year’s black-tie fundraiser is “I Dream of Greenie” and will feature food from 25 of Chicago’s best restaurants, premium open bars, charitable gaming by River’s Casino, silent auction, an exclusive VIP Experience, live music, and special guest and performer Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. The Green Tie Ball first made its appearance in 1992 and is now one of the most well-known and exclusive charity fundraising events in Chicago, benefiting Chicago Gateway Green, Chicago’s #1 non-profit greening and beautifying Chicago’s expressways, gateways and neighborhoods.
In a brand-new edition of At the Breweries, Revolution Brewing’s John Carruthers and Goose Island Brewery’s Jesse Valenciana bring a special guest into the studio: ERIS Brewery’s Michelle Foik! They join Brian in-studio to talk craft beers and review brown ale, ESB (extra special bitter), and Märzen beers.
Aug 26 2019
Rank #15: Brian Noonan’s Christmas Classics!
Dec 24 2019
Rank #16: Brian Noonan Show 1/20/19: CES recap, modern dating tips, and Hodie Snitch live in-studio
Brian gets a recap from Cody on the latest in consumer electronics and AI at CES 2019. Plus: modern dating tips from Smart Dating Academy founder Bela Gandhi, live music from Hodie Snitch, and more!
To kick off the show, Brian gives an update on the partial government shutdown, which somehow becomes a conversation about Cody Gough, his producer, traveling with a machete whenever he flies anywhere new (he doesn’t). It’s a hilarious off-the-cuff way to kick off a full show!
Brain discusses his experience staying at Terrible’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and then Cody gives an update on his experience at CES 2019, the Consumer Electronics Show, last week. He discusses facial recognition technology, products powered by artificial intelligence, and self-driving and autonomous vehicles, coolers, and luggage (!).
Chicago dating expert Bela Gandhi, founder of Smart Dating Academy, calls in to discuss how much pre-date cyber stalking is healthy. She tells Brian about the dos and don’ts of creating online dating profiles, why you should Google your name at least once a month, and other tips for dating in today’s online/connected world.
Then, Brian turns his attention to the new Gillette ad about toxic masculinity. He explains that although he agrees with the sentiment of the advertisement, he also thinks people need to realize that the spot is corporate pandering that is intended strictly to make money.
Roger Badesch joins Brian in the studio to talk about snow and building snowmen. Brian claims he doesn’t know how to make a snowman, and hilarity ensues. Cody brings up the “fire and ice” bonfires he used to watch at First Night in Rockford, and Brian has a field day with it. Brian then discusses the story of a University of Houston professor writing a letter to his students urging them to bathe regularly and wear deodorant in class.
To wrap up the show, the Hodie Snitch band joins Brian in-studio with some live music to promote their upcoming performance at the Cash for Kids: Johnny Cash Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center on Saturday, January 26.
Jan 21 2019
Rank #17: Here is how you can enjoy a beer and support The Trotter Project!
Brian Noonan welcomes Derrek Hull from the Trotter Project, and Trevor Rose-Hamblin from Old Irving Brewing join the show. The Trotter Project and Old Irving Brewing are working together for a fundraiser for the organization. The Trotter Project is Chef Charlie Trotter’s philosophical legacy. A philosophy which embodies the idea that excellence and purpose are best achieved through service to others. They open doors through education, mentorship, and the pursuit of excellence in the global culinary and hospitality industries.
Aug 05 2019
Rank #18: Brian Noonan 12.31.18 | New Year’s Eve with Noonan
Brian Noonan is back in for Roe and Anna to help you celebrate New Year’s Eve!
Today on the show:
Brian talks Wildcats with WGN Sports’ Adam Hoge, Cook County Treasurer tells you how to claim overpaid property taxes and Brian debates whether or not Grover dropped the F-bomb on Sesame Street.[audio http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3581574/3581574_2019-01-01-124814.64kmono.mp3]
Jan 01 2019
Rank #19: Brian Noonan Show 10/20/19: Coffee for Mental Health, plus the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB)
Brian discusses the Chicago teacher’s strike, Passion House Coffee’s partnership with Chance the Rapper’s charity SocialWorks and My State of Mind, Chicago decriminalizing mushrooms, the 17th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB), Rockin’ for a Cure, and more!
Brian opens the show by discussing the Chicago teacher’s strike and taking calls from listeners about how they’re talking to their kids about it.
Then, Joshua Millman, founder and owner of Passion House Coffee, and Justin Cunningham, co-founder of Chance the Rapper’s charity SocialWorks, join Brian in-studio to talk about the partnership between their two organizations. Passion House will now serve their award-winning cold coffee brew in specially designed cans, and with every purchase, 50 percent of the proceeds benefit My State of Mind, which is SocialWorks’ mental wellness solution. MSOM aims to unify the broader mental health community, increase access and visibility of services, and make it admirable to be honest with yourself and others.
Then, Brian talks about over the weekend, Chicago became the largest US city to decriminalize entheogens — basically, psychedelic plants and fungi. Cody then gives a cautionary tale of psychedelics that involves a gift shop in Amsterdam and “magic truffles” with some hilarious commentary from Brian.
Then, Brian discusses a proposed tax that would affect solo rideshare passengers in downtown Chicago. He and Cody discuss the implications of such a tax and whether it might affect passenger behavior in the city.
Kevin Cary, owner of Begyle Brewing and president of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, and Danielle D’Alessandro, executive director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, then join Brian in-studio to discuss the 17th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB). On November 8th and 9th, more than 200 breweries from across the country will converge on Chicago to showcase 400 of the world’s rarest, most exclusive wood and barrel-aged beer, cider, mead, and perry at North America’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged beer festival and competition.
Andy Cole then calls in to discuss Rockin’ for a Cure, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Dads’ Chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation. Rockin’ for a Cure is a great event for dancing, singing along, and having fun to support the fight against all blood cancers. And on top of all that, Brian Noonan will be emceeing the event, which place on Tuesday, November 19, from 7pm-10pm at Durty Nellie’s (180 N. Smith Street) in Palatine.
Oct 20 2019
Rank #20: Brian Noonan Show 6/23/19: American pale ale, Schwarzbier, and Barleywine beer reviews on “At the Breweries”
Brian describes his experience seeing the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field over the weekend, then presents another edition of the monthly beer segment “At the Breweries” with friends from Goose Island Brewery and Revolution Brewing.
Brian kicks off the show with a story about his seemingly never-ending move into a new house, as well as his review of the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field. He also has his producer, Cody Gough, explain why he turned down a ticket to see the legendary rock group on Friday.
Then, Goose Island Brewery’s Jesse Valenciana and Revolution Brewing’s John Carruthers join Brian in-studio for another edition of “At the Breweries.” They bring American pale ale, Schwarzbier, and Barleywine beers for the crew to sample in-studio as they educate and entertain in their monthly craft beer conversation.
Jun 24 2019