Dr. Charles Krauthammer Added: 12/19/14 FOX NEWS ALL-STAR - Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer lamented the Obama administration's decision to open formal relations with Cuba on Wednesday, pegging it as part of a broader trend and wondering whether there's any tyrannical or anti-American regime to whom he won't grant one-sided concessions. He now joins Bruce and Pat.
Adam Kinzinger Added: 12/19/14 Congressman Adam Kinzinger pointed to Sony's decision to cancel the release of the controversial comedy film "The Interview," which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He further highlighted the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture as well as withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. He now joins Bruce and Pat to share his thoughts.
Dionne Miller Added: 12/19/14 Bears coach Marc Trestman's decision to bench starting quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of inexperienced backup Jimmy Clausen for Sunday's game against the Lions. Dionne Miller joins Bruce and Pat to answer what this could mean for the Bears and for Jay Cutler.
John Ratzenberger Added: 12/19/14 Best known for his role as Cliff on Cheers and the only actor to have a role in every Pixar film, John Ratzenberger joins Bruce and Pat to talk about his Made in America Gift Boxes and some of his favorite acting stories.
Jon Karl Added: 12/19/14 ABC CHIEF W.H. CORRESPONDENT - ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl deftly tied together the two biggest news stories of the day Thursday afternoon when he asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest why, if the U.S. could find a way to engage with Cuba, why it can't do the same when it comes to North Korea. He now joins Bruce and Pat to discuss his thoughts.
5 AM HOUR - FRIDAY - DECEMBER 19TH Added: 12/19/14 Pat Brady joins Bruce Wolf today as they discuss the latest in the Sony Hacking and it's choice to drop "The Interview" from theaters. Jay Cutler benched for Sunday's game, US and Cuban relations and Christmas Drinking songs.
Neal Hoffman Added: 12/18/14 Not an Elf on a Shelf but a Mensch on a Bench. Mensch on a Bench was created by a Jewish father who wanted to teach his sons about the Jewish holiday while adding new traditions to the family. Now, Neal Hoffman, the creator joins Bruce and Scott to discuss his Jewish beliefs and life as a father.
Dallas and Joyce Woodhouse Added: 12/18/14 A pair of dissenting political pundit brothers were silenced when their mother called in to shame them on live television Tuesday. When Steve Scully, host of Washington Journal on C-SPAN, announced the next caller would be "Joy from Raleigh, North Carolina," Dallas Woodhouse was excited to hear from someone from "down south." But the excitement waned when he realized the caller was in fact his mother. Dallas and his mother, Joyce, join Bruce and Scott now.
Manny Munoz Added: 12/18/14 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CO-HOST SOUTH FLORIDA'S MORNING NEWS 610 WIOD - Republican senator Marco Rubio said a top State Department official was "dishonest" about the Obama administration's plans to change its policy on Cuba. Tony Blinken, the newly confirmed deputy secretary of State, told the Florida senator at his confirmation hearing in November that the administration would not unilaterally change its Cuba policy without "full consultation" with Congress. Co-Host of WIOD Morning News, Manny Munoz joins to tell the story.
Larry Kudlow Added: 12/18/14 Here to break the myth of an abundance of oil means lower prices, Larry Kudlow, CNBC Senior Contributor and host of the Larry Kudlow Show, joins Bruce and Scott to discuss the process of oil prices and taxing oil and what defines oil to cost more or less throughout the year.
Dan Leverenc & Phil "The Angry Bears Fan" Guay Added: 12/18/14 On Sunday, just prior to the Bears' loss Monday -- Phil Guay uploaded to YouTube this Christmas carol collection parody, titled "A Very Angry Bears Fan Christmas." The compendium includes such gems as "Cutler the Would-Be QB," a riff on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and now he and Parkview Christian Church Worship Director, Dan Leverenc joins Bruce and Scott to talk Bears.
Dominic Kowalcyzk Added: 12/18/14 A suburban Chicago man known for decking his Tinley Park home with intricate designs is taking his over-the-top Christmas lights display to network television. Dominic Kowalczyk is one of 20 homeowners from around the country chosen for ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" show, which debuted last week. He now joins Bruce and Scott to discuss the show and why he does these intricate light shows.
Jim Ryan Added: 12/18/14 ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT, MIAMI, FL - President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century. ABC's Jim Ryan in Miami, Florida, gives Bruce and Scott the latest information regarding the release of Alan Gross from Cuban prison.
5 AM HOUR - THURSDAY - DECEMBER 18TH Added: 12/18/14 Stepping in for Dan is Scott Stantis, cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. Bruce and Scott open the show today discussing the open trade with Cuba after the release of Alan Gross, a US contractor who had been imprisoned for 5 years. Jay Cutler is benched for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, Sony Pictures cancels "The Interview" with Seth Rogan and James Franco, racism against the Obama's and Scott tells a story involving Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz.
Rep. Michele Bachmann Added: 12/17/14 US Representative Michele Bachmann may have cast her final vote in Congress on Thursday, but she is already gearing up for her next political venture. She joins Bruce and Anne to discuss her future plans in politics after her retirement from Congress.
Chris Janes Added: 12/17/14 A report from DNAinfo.com Chicago alleges that the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, which rose to prominence after winning the Little League national championship this past summer, used ineligible players. Chris Janes, EPAA Vice President, joins the show to discuss his investigations and why he believes that JRW should forfeit their title.
Matt Murphy Added: 12/17/14 Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is appointing the next state Comptroller in January after a merging of Comptroller and Treasurer offices. Senator Matt Murphy joins Bruce and Anne to share his thoughts on the merge and to discuss the memory of Judy Baar Topinka and the Public Memorial service in her honor today.
Dr. Jennifer Layden Added: 12/17/14 A flu outbreak in the Chicago area has prompted an entire school district to undergo a deep cleaning. Most local children have to finish out this week before holiday break, but about 600 students in Oak Park are getting a head start. Dr. Jennifer Layden, Infectious Disease Specialist at Loyola University Medical Center joins Bruce and Anne to discuss this outbreak and how to prevent your children from catching the flu.
5 AM HOUR - WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 17TH Added: 12/17/14 Anne Kavanagh returns for the vacationing Dan Proft. Bruce and Anne open the show discussing Governor-elect Rauner using his own "Secret funds" to repair the Illinois Governor's office. Jeb Bush's thoughts of running for Office and Bruce gives his opinion of the Bush family and why he has voted for Bush Sr. and G. W. Bush. The Backlash the Chicago Bears have faced from fans, The Simpsons turning 25 years old, a study that men only listen to sports talk and sex rather than their partners.
Eric Kaplan Added: 12/16/14 AUTHOR of the new book, "Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation" - Eric Kaplan joins Bruce and Anne to talk about his new book which addresses the existence of Santa Clause. Eric's central argument is that there are many things that haven't been proven by science, or experienced firsthand by everyone but still exist in life. He applies that logic to Santa Claus.
Cast of Die Hard: The Musical Added: 12/16/14 "YIPPEE KI-YAY, MERRY CHRISTMAS, DIE HARD: THE MUSICAL" - The cast of a new christmas musical from a group of Second City students, who wanted to write their own show. They went through each of their favorite Christmas movies, and ultimately settled on the action movie, Die Hard to adapt into a lovely holiday show. They even set up a keyboard and share the opening number with Bruce and Anne.
John "Moon" Mullin Added: 12/16/14 CHICAGO SPORTS NETWORK BEARS INSIDER - John joins Bruce and Anne to talk about the dysfunctional debacle that was the Bears' game last night, in which they lost to the Saints 31-14. John talks about what went wrong in the game, which included 3 interceptions thrown by Jay Cutler. John also talks about Jay's postgame activity, which consisted of him running away from most of the Bears' beat reporters from around town. Moon also highlights some of the disturbing things he's noticed about the Bears' management office, and how coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery can still look at this team through rose-colored glasses.
State Senator Christine Radogno Added: 12/16/14 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE of Lemont, IL / STATE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER - Christine joins Bruce and Anne to talk about Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's statement yesterday, which confirmed that Governor Pat Quinn will choose an interim State Comptroller to immediately fill the empty chair left by Judy Baar Topinka, who passed away last week. In January, after Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has been sworn into office, he will be allowed to choose a successor that will last the whole 4-year term.
Jonathan Hoenig Added: 12/16/14 CAPITALIST PIG - Jonathan joins Bruce and Anne to talk about the world's economy, following what he says has been a 50 point drop in a few short months. He also talks about Russia, and says the former Soviet Union's economy is on the verge on collapse. Bruce and Anne ask about the holiday season, which Jonathan says should be cheerful, as the average American family had an extra $400 in spending money this year.
5 AM HOUR - TUESDAY - DECEMBER 16TH Added: 12/16/14 Anne Kavanagh jumps in the studio again for Dan Proft, who has extended his vacation. Bruce and Anne spend the first hour discussing the Chicago Bears' abysmal loss on Monday Night Football to the New Orleans Saints. They talk about the continuing dysfunction of the team, and the likely fallout in the off-season. They also talk about the breaking story of a Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan, killing more than 130 people and injuring many more. They also talk about Vice President Joe Biden, who is supported by only 2% of the country according to a new poll, and Miriam-Webster's word of 2014: culture.
Blake Grigsby Added: 12/15/14 MISTLETOE KISSING CONTRAPTION - Blake joins Bruce and Anne in studio to talk about his most recent Youtube video, which features a contraption that hoists a mistletoe above his head, and allows passers-by to stop and give him a kiss. He's a Depaul University Junior and set up his gizmo at the Christkindle Market in the Daley Plaza in Chicago's Loop. He talks about the experience and what leads him to keep soliciting oral affection from strangers.
Randy Hultgren Added: 12/15/14 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE of Illinois' 14th District - Randy joins Bruce and Anne to talk about some stipulations in the budget that was passed late last week, avoiding a government shutdown and the fiscal cliff. He says that, in a split government no one gets everything they want, but this bill had many things that he wanted, including new regulations on the EPA which he says has been out of control. He then talks about January, when both houses of Congress will be controlled by Republicans.
Mark Potash Added: 12/15/14 SPORTS WRITER / CHICAGO BEARS WRITER - Mark joins Bruce and Anne to talk about the incredible dysfunction of the Bears' team. After last week's report by NFL's Ian Rappaport citing the Bears' administration having buyers remorse over Jay Cutler's massive contract, Coach Aaron Kromer tearfully apologized to Jay and the team and admitted to being Rappaport's source. Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall also talked about buyer's remorse, and said from a business standpoint, he would also feel that way about Cutler's contract. Mark, Bruce and Anne speculate what the offseason will hold for this trainwreck.
Stephen Moore Added: 12/15/14 CHIEF ECONOMIST at the Heritage Foundation - Stephen joins Bruce and Anne to talk about last weeks' economic activity and the overall outlook of the U.S. markets in the first half of the heaviest consumer spending month of the year.
5 AM HOUR - MONDAY - DECEMBER 15TH Added: 12/15/14 Anne Kavanagh joins Bruce this morning, in place of Dan Proft. Bruce and Anne talk about the budget deal that was passed by both houses of Congress last week and some of the stipulations within it. They also talk about last week's torture report on the Central Intelligence Agency's tactics for extracting information from terror suspects and spiraling dysfunction that is the Chicago Bears team. They also touch on the hacked Sony Pictures emails between executives that highlight some racist and offensive prejudices held by them.
Jim Peterik and Scott May Added: 12/12/14 IDES OF MARCH CHRISTMAS SHOW - Jim and Scott join Bruce and Pat in the studio to play some of their classic hits, as well some of the other well-known hits that Jim has written over the course of his career, with Bruce hardly containing his excitement as he sings along. Pat mostly abstains. Jim and Scott stick around for another segment, playing more classic songs as well as music from their new Christmas show.
David Pogue Added: 12/12/14 TECHNOLOGY EXPERT, former writer for the New York Times and author of "Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in your Life" - David joins Bruce and Pat to talk about his former job with the New York Times, and his new book which he describes as a cramdown of his 30 years of technology writing and working, into 200 tips to make working with technology easier.
John Hartmann Added: 12/12/14 PRESIDENT and CEO of True Value Company, was an "Undercover Boss" in the sixth season, which premieres Sunday, December 14th - John joins Bruce and Pat to talk about his business, from how it started to what they do now. He also talks about the experience of going all the way to the bottom and working at some branches of his stores. He also tells one of his employees that he interacted with, that was definitely sub-par.
Peter Roskam Added: 12/12/14 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE of Illinois' 6th District - Peter Roskam joins Bruce and Pat to talk, first and foremost, about the calendars his wife has become somewhat infamous for around Washington. Then the guys move on to discussing last night's budget passed by the House, and some of the measures taken in it to address spending needs. Roskam talks about some of the discussions he had last night, and where exactly the $1.1 trillion.
Claire Threlkeld and Jonathan Janulis Added: 12/12/14 Couple getting married on 12/13/14 - Claire and Jonathan join Bruce and Pat to talk about their decision to have their wedding on such a unique date, and a bit of their stories leading them each to this point in their lives. They also share their honeymoon plans and some other details of their wedding plans.
Jon Karl Added: 12/12/14 ABC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT - Jon joins Bruce and Pat to catch up on some of the big political stories over the last two weeks, including the report on the C.I.A. that showed agents used torturous tactics to extract information from terror suspects in the days that followed the 9/11 attacks. They also talk about Nancy Pelosi, and the budget deal that was reached by the House last night.
5 AM HOUR - FRIDAY - DECEMBER 12TH Added: 12/12/14 Pat Brady of Next Generation Public Affairs steps in for Dan Proft this morning. Bruce and Pat spend the first hour talking about the budget deal that barely squeaked passed the House last night, that avoids going over the "fiscal cliff" and another government shutdown. They also talk about the report on the C.I.A. and torturous practices by the agency during interrogations with terror suspects, and the press conference yesterday by the agency's Director John Brennan during which he addressed the report. They also remember Judy Baar Topinka, the magical run by Jackie Robinson West's little league team and Ferguson, Missouri.