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The Crisis Cast

Oct 26, 2023

Lissa Druss and Thom Serafin are back to do more work examining what divides us — and what might bring us together. Their guests are an award-winning columnist, and a 23rd Ward Alderman turned U.S. Congressman.  Together, Ray Hanania and Bill Lipinski host the Two Guys on Politics podcast.

In this episode, we answer...

Oct 19, 2023

Bob Berlin is a career prosecutor.  For more than three decades, he's been focused on guarding the rights of crime victims.  As DuPage Country State’s Attorney, he’s on the front lines of a new provision of the Safe-T Act. In September of 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled to eliminate cash bail in the state.


Oct 12, 2023

Crain’s Greg Hinz has been tracking the political scene in Illinois for a half-century. As Greg steps back from his regular column at, Lissa & Thom get a download on his past adventures and his next adventure.

For Hinz, politics is the business of getting things done.  During this visit to the chat...

Oct 4, 2023

For more than 30 years Nick Kass was guiding intelligence at the highest levels of U.S. government -- from the Department of State to the CIA, and the White House.  Nick's mantra is simple: question everything.

Based in Bucharest, this Chicago native is now Senior Fellow for European Affairs at the Center for the...