Paul Lisnek’s Newest Book; Theaters Surviving in Pandemic; Ice-Cream War


Amazing, Betty White is about to celebrate her 99th birthday, and my dear OLD friend Paul Lisnek is the only person around I know who can call her “kiddo.” Paul, political analyst at WGN TV, and I talked about his latest book, how Chicago theaters are dealing with the pandemic and our ice-cream WAR at Windy City Sweets (which I am winning). You can listen HERE.

Assume Treason

Paul’s book, Assume Treason, according to Amazon, “takes readers on a mysterious ride.” We reveal some of that mystery, and Paul discloses how some of what happens in his book – which he authored a few years ago – is happening right now in Washington D.C. I’m even in the book as some sort of character, but likely I get killed off quickly.

If you’re a Chicagoan, you might recognize places from Assume Treason riding on a bus. I’m unsure how Paul would know about this since he never rides the bus, ever. Has nothing to do with COVID. This is an irrational fear. You know, some people have a fear of heights or maybe a fear of spiders. He has a fear of buses. Or maybe a fear of paying the faire.

Chicago Theater Scene

We discuss the commitment that the artists and behind-the-scenes workers make to benefit all sorts of causes all the now. Now, people who work in the theater need the help. is an intersectional grassroots campaign comprised of Arts & Culture workers, Unions, and institutions in the United States pushing the Senate to allocate proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector of the American economy.

THIS is the ice-cream you want!

Paul rattles off names of Chicago theaters which are creating all sorts of special events.

He describes what virtual theater productions are like.

Ice Cream War: Dale vs. Lisnek – Dale Winning

I tell the REAL story behind how the ice-cream war began at Windy City Sweets (3308 N.Broadway).

So, who wins here? My ice-cream, banana pudding ice-cream or Paul’s peppermint (which is very good but very common – as Paul is very common).

Proceeds from the war of who sells the most will benefit the Anti Cruelty Society.

Here’s the Ice-Cream Facebook Live.

Shoe Thief

Paul describes how he stole Brandon James shoes, from America’s Got Talent (who is on my Sunday show at 1:30 PM CT this Sunday). Moral: Never take your shoes off at Paul’s house; you’ll never see them again.

Lisnek’s house

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