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Radio Guest List–Radisson Blu Aqua–December 3, 2011

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American Airlines declared bankruptcy this week. While the planes are still flying and the mileage program is intact, the full impact of the filing remains to be seen. Dallas Morning News‘ Terry Maxon and Joe Brancatelli delve into every aspect of the airline’s news and break down what this means for American and its customers.

When one thinks of Chicago, a few things might come to mind: deep-dish pizza, the Cubs, cold weather and Al Capone. Joining Peter to discuss the city’s most notorious mobster and his club’s role in the gangster era is Dave Jemilo, owner of the of The Green Mill Jazz Club, a legendary lounge that Capone and his goons used to frequent.

This week Peter will be broadcasting in the heart of Chicago at the Radisson Blu Aqua HotelClick here to find your local station or stream the show live here.

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Terry Maxon, business reporter for the Dallas Morning News, joins Peter to talk about what’s going on on the ground and behind the scenes at American Airlines.

Joe Brancatelli, Seat2B/Business travel columnist for and the Washington Post, talks with Peter about what consumers can expect from American Airlines’ bankruptcy.

Joe Sharkey, columnist for The New York Times, talks with Peter about the bonehead moves made every day by people trying to carry on unusual items.

Mark Angelson, deputy mayor of Chicago, speaks about on how the city of Chicago is utilizing the growing interest in social media to promote tourism.

Thomas Swick, author of A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler, stops in to discuss his latest works and poses a new way of looking at the travel writer as a poet.

Danny Grant, chef of the Balsan Restaurant, talks with Peter about his meteoric rise up the Michelin star food chain and what’s going on in the Chicago food scene.

Anne Banas, executive editor for Smarter Travel, will talk with Peter about some of the world’s more unusual and mysterious travel destinations and why you should go visit them.

Sally Kalmbach, Chicago historian and author, bring her perspective as a fourth generation Chicagoan and will discuss hidden gems that make the city unique, plus a few facts about the famous people and places that dot Chicago.

Melanie Waldman, founder of, explains the origins of her website and what she thinks are unique getaways for couples.

Kurt Haufelner, vice president of Exhibits & Collections at the Museum of Science and Industry, talks about his role at the museum and the $35 million U-505 submarine restoration going on there.

Jon Hilkevitch, transportation reporter for the Chicago Tribune, tells Peter about his consumer-oriented approach to reporting and the transportation issues in and around the city.

Dave Jemilo, owner of the Green Mill Jazz Club, delves into the 100-year-old club’s mob-era roots and how the Green Mill has changed and at the same time, stayed the same.

Katrina Garnett, founder of, talks about her site and tips about how to choose a destination and how to travel with kids.

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