Keith Conrad

WGN Radio producer, Cubs fan, space geek, and a lonely beacon of restraint and self-sacrifice in a squall of car-crazies. Opinions expressed are my own.

Tues. Show Prep – Climate Controlled Edition

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is mandating that all Chicago Public Schools have air conditioning. CPS estimates that it would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million. They are already face a $1 billion budget shortfall. Is a hot classroom enough of a disruption to the learning environment that it’s worth the investment? (Interestingly, that’s the Read more

Mon. Show Prep – Tourist Trap Edition

Have you seen the giant 50 foot marionettes that will occasionally show up in Europe? They want to bring them to Chicago to help tourism. Do you think people would actually come to see them? How about putting them in the Cubs lineup while they are here? Maybe they’d actually score some runs. A group Read more

Thurs. Show Prep – World Of Tomorrow Edition

A new poll has come out gauging public interest in likely future technological advancements. Undoubtedly worried about a potential “terminator” scenario, 65% are against using robots to care for the sick and elderly. We’re also generally against altering the DNA of kids in the womb and drones of any kind. Interestingly, we’re just about equally Read more

Wed. Show Prep – Bridge Lift Season Edition

Another sign of spring, “Bridge lift season” has begun again. I know it’s not a huge hassle for anyone, but doesn’t it seem a little ridiculous to stop traffic and raise all 22 bridges just to get all of the sailboats back to the lake? More and more restaurants are doing Google searches of the Read more

Tues. Show Prep – Dishonest Sexting Edition

She’s not really naked. According to a new poll 45 percent of women have bent the truth in sexts, compared to 24 percent of men. In other news, they are now doing polls on how honest people are while sexting. Isn’t the digital age wonderful? A sculpture that depicts Jesus as a homeless man is coming to Read more

Mon. Show Prep – Bad Neighbor Edition

An Ohio man was ordered by a judge to carry a sign that reads, “I am a bully.” He’s been harassing his neighbor’s family, which includes adopted siblings with disabilities for 15 years. Court records show there were at least five complaints filed against him. I think thing I’ve ever run into was the occasional neighbor who had Read more

Fri. Show Prep – Buried Secrets Edition

It’s generally agreed that the worst video game of all time was Atari’s E.T. game in 1983. It did so badly that Atari buried all of the extras that didn’t sell in a landfill in New Mexico. Now a group is mounting an expedition to recover the long-lost game cartridges. It’ll happen on April 26th and Read more

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