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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. President Trump's rather remarkable and story-filled State of the Union speech last night...I want to get to some of the individuals he highlighted, heroes and victims, the stories that were told, poignant and inspiring. But there was one comment that he made that probably won't get picked up much by the DC Press Corps, because they wouldn't even understand the point of it. And I don't know if Trump totally internalizes it either, but it's important to hear the President say it. And this was "New American Moment" portion of the speech, there was something very important that he said that I wanted to pick up on, it isn't said enough, it isn't recognized enough by politicians or people in positions of power in government. Trump on the New American Moment, see if you can pick up on what I'm referencing. Trump (from tape): This in fact is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream. So to every citizen at home watching tonight...no matter where you've been, or where you've come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be *glitch, presumably "anything"), and together, we can achieve absolutely anything. *standing ovation* Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we're going to have, and what kind of a nation we're going to be. All of us, together as one people, one team, one American family, can do anything. We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag. *standing ovation* Together we are rediscovering the American way. In America we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life. The motto is "IN GOD WE TRUST"! Proft: So the DC Press Corps will pick up on the first 90 seconds of that, where he makes the play for unity, which he's done before. But the key statement he made the entire night...the key statement that came from the President...was that faith and family are at the center of America, not government. And point of fact, just to develop on that, faith and family are the only real restraints on government at any level. And to the extent that you see government and politicians pursue policies that undermine religious freedom, that undermine family...the family structure, you are growing government such that we ARE a government-centric society and not a free society anymore. Family and faith are the restraints on government, it cannot be said enough, it's not internalized by enough, and I'm glad the President said it, even if sometimes he doesn't act in furtherance of it. For more on the State of the Union, we're pleased to be joined by our friend Tim Carney, senior political columnist for the Examiner. Tim, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. Carney: Hey, thank you for having me. And before you get to what you want to talk to me about, I want to double down on what you just said, with a slight amendment; faith, family, and community, and I think it's important to point that out, that for a lot of us when we say faith, we mean our church community, but faith is also an individual thing, but I have to say that without that local community, whether it's local government, a congregation, a swim club, whatever that is, that's necessary in order for faith and family to be strong. So local community I always look at as that is the real check on government, that when Democrats say "government is the things we do together", we have to say "No, actually, you know...the Swim Club, the PTA, this Parish Breakfast, those are the things we do together. Government is, at best, ONE of the things we do together, and at worst, are things that politicians do to us." Proft: I take that friendly amendment and completely agree, it's what de Tocqueville wrote about in "Democracy in America", it's what our friend we just had on last week, Patrick Dineen from Notre Dame...soon to not be the Fighting Irish but from Notre Dame, talked about it in his new book, "How Liberalism Failed" (sic, "Why Liberalism Failed"), and no, that's precisely right. Carney: And I was glad that Donald Trump did mention that, and the point we make in our Washington Examiner editorial is that there's a bit of a shift in from the normal Trump rhetoric. Now obviously this is a speech that is written by many speech writers, not just by Stephen Miller like many of his campaign speeches, and not just kind of ad-libbed, like the average Donald Trump speech. And the shift is that he did talk more about faith and family in this than him being a strong leader or him having success. And the other thing was that the words "strong" and "strength" showed up a lot, I think I counted 13 times that those words showed up. But normally when he would talk about this...there were those sort of disturbing moments in the campaign, or early on, where he praised Putin for being strong leader, or talked about Rodrigo Dutarte, the southeast Asian sort of...strongman, and praised those guys. And so we said, this is sort of a scary totalitarian strength. But last night, the strength was sort of a collective strength, or the strength of an average man. It was about the people, and individuals, and communities being strong, rather than about the central state being strong. And it reminded me, he was talking about Houston, and then asking Joe Kennedy...you know, the way we often use strong in our culture, "Boston Strong", "Houston Strong", communities pulling together, NOT the central state having lots of power. So I thought that was a very salutary shift in the State of the Union, and we thought it was notable enough that that's what was in our editorial box this morning. Jacobson: Yeah. And, he wants to work with both parties, there was a message of unity as well. In about 45 minutes into his address, there's a message about immigration, about letting 1.8 million people, you know, Dreamers, stay here in the country. But, there was some hissing by the Democrats when he, BRIEFLY, rolled out his plan. Carney: Yes he...there were a couple of moments in there where Trump was trying to, and I think was successful in, drive a wedge in between the Democrats and the majority of the country. This is typical politics, I think that Bill Clinton did it better than anybody else. Bush and Obama tried to do it, in that...you KNOW where the Democrats are, you know that they can't applaud something you're going to say, and you know that most of the people are on your side. And it's sort of the "end to chain migration" combined with the compassionate thing with the policy for those who were brought in here as children, either as children or overstayed their visas, that that's a compromise that most Americans like. But it increasingly looks like something that Democrats are not happy to take. So, at best Trump is sort of pressuring the Democrats into taking this deal they don't want, and at worst he's highlighting how far they are from the American public. Proft: Can we get bipartisan agreement, you think, on this truism that I identified yesterday? That Oregon senator Ron Wyden is the spitting image of Super Dave as Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm? I mean, is that not true? Carney: I think that the more interesting appearance last night was Congressman Joe Kennedy, the third generation of Kennedy's. Both his kind of striking Irish look, one of my colleagues went "Man, what a GINGER!", when Kennedy went out on the stage. Which I think maybe should be the next name for Notre Dame's football team, the Gingers. (Proft: Oh yeah, the Gingers! Jacobson: Yeah, the Gingers, sure!) But also the unfortunate lip balm that was distracting everybody from what Joe Kennedy was saying on TV. Jacobson: Well, do you think that he was effective at all? I mean, it sounds to me...it felt, it felt to me as if he was just reading a script, that he didn't really feel anything, whereas Trump's was more genuine. Carney: It's hard to read and not sound like you're reading. (Proft: It's all put-upon passion.) Actually, I was just thinking about Barack Obama. And a lot of people criticized Barack Obama for using...from all of his use of a teleprompter. But what was remarkable was that Obama could read from a teleprompter, and sound like he meant it. Have you guys tried this? I've done it before, and I've read from a teleprompter, and I sounded intelligible, but I didn't sound genuine. It's really hard to do! So Joe Kennedy having a hard time with that. Trump's sound...gets kind of weirdly muted, to the point that at the beginning of the speech as he talked, people wondered what kind of medication he took to just chill out and do it. And it has a positive effect...and I don't know why! Maybe just because we're all sort of bracing for weird Trump, and flying off the rails Trump, so when he's acting calm, we sort of relax. It's interesting watching Trump read. Proft: Well, last night, we got storyteller Trump, and I gotta tell you, he was a pretty good storyteller. I mean, he had good material to work with there, their incredible stories, unbelievable stories. But I was...I mean, I cannot recall a more powerful moment during a State of the Union address than that young man from North Korea holding up his crutches and kind of thrusting them up in the air as kind of a defiant symbol for freedom. I mean, is there a better moment that you can recall in a State of the Union? Carney: No, that was great. As a New Yorker, when the subway hero was invoked, that guy who jumped down and pinned a child down to the tracks so he wouldn't get run over by the train and was on top to protect him, that was a really touching moment because of the backstory. But the unreal visuals of the man there and...that he...the unreal circumstances...yeah, that he fled from. And then having the actual prop of the crutches was great. And again, back to sort of our original point, these are my favorite parts of the State of the Union address...and even Obama did this, for all of his big government-ism, he had to say, because this is something Americans believe in a politician, however collectivist or state-ist, has to say it, that it is these things that make America great, that we can be proud of the big things that involved the government; winning World War 2 and saving Europe, and landing on the Moon...but sort of the everyday things, saying that this is what we expect of Americans, the Cajun Navy *glitch* going to Houston after the Hurricane, these people who do these amazing things and have these amazing stories of freedom because they love America, or heroes like the policewoman who adopted the baby and saved the woman who's possibly going to overdose from heroin...that these are the stories of individual heroes that really...that Americans love. It's part of our DNA, that we're looking for the person to go out there and to be a hero, or the groups, again, like the Cajun Navy, the volunteers, to do it, rather than always turning to the government in a way that Bernie Sanders might. Proft: Yeah, I know, and I think your point about it being other regarding, and the contrast between ego-maniacs on the floor and the Americans in the gallery on the second level couldn't be more stark, and I think that's what had great appeal. He is Tim Carney, senior political columnist for the Washington Examiner, WashingtonExaminer.com, check out their review of Trump's State of the Union at WashingtonExaminer.com. Tim, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. Carney: Thank you!

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Dan Proft: So I get to work with a Chicago broadcasting legend every day in Amy Amy Jacobson: Oh yeah right, sure D: Yeah and so the additional treat of getting to talk to a Chicago broadcasting legend is something. How do I know Kevin Matthews is a broadcasting legend? Well, I mean because I’m familiar with his career A: Well we grew up with him. D: Yeah, also because you were fixing your hair even though he’s on the phone in preparation for the interview. A: Well I just want to make sure if he’s watching, you know, online- D: Sure, sure. No, of course. A: -that he knows that I care about my appearance. I love Kevin Matthews, I uh went to prom with Kevin Matthews, I think I gave birth to his first child. D: Wow, well let’s resolve that right away. We’re pleased to be joined by, well you know. All you Kev Heads. Kevin Matthews. Kevin Matthews thanks so much for joining us. Appreciate it. Kevin Matthews: Thank you, Dan. And uh Amy, are you sure Trav is uh... You gave birth to my son, Trav? A: Yeah. K: Oh man. A: He came out kicking and screaming. K: Oh wow wow wow wow wow. Well he’s all grown up now, he’s a muscisian. He’s out on the road with uh Kings of Leon believe it or not. A: Oh that’s great! D: Is he really? Oh that’s awesome! K: He’s in a great band called Dawes and uh they’re actually uh in Mexico City in two days and they’re uh wrapping up a tour with Kings of Leon. D: I saw them at the United Center when they came through Chicago. It’s excellent. K: Ok yeah. D:Yeah cool. K: How about that? Yeah, Chicago it’s so good to be back in the air briefly in Chicago. D: Well and and Amy must be proud of your son as you are too. So that’s great as well A: I am. Kevin: Yeah. D: So you wrote this book, Broken Mary, uh to start there, um and it uh chronicles you know your time in radio as historic as it was, but also- and maybe we’ll work back to radio and start with the uh what seems to me the overriding purpose of the book particularly per the title Broken Mary. It’s uh- you’re kind of coming back to your faith after being diagnosed with MS. K: Yeah, you know I left Chicago- I had such a great career, and I’ve still got so many roots in Chicago- and in 2005 the whole radio industry is you know going through a change and you can see the changes today, but I decided I wanted to go back to where I started and that was in Michigan. I just wanted to go back to the starting line and um what happened in 2005, the housing market uh begins to crash and so I’m commuting now from Chicago in Michigan for basically three years and in 2008 I was on the air back at the station where my whole career started in Michigan. I couldn’t move, I-I didn’t know, honestly I thought I was having a stroke. I went to a neurologist they found a mass in my brain they said ‘if this is cancer, we can’t operate, and uh you know, prepare yourself,’ and I was about an hour away from getting a brain biopsy at Northwestern and um they came in and said “no it was a rare form of MS” and so that that started a ton of treatment and what not. And uh what had happened- and that’s again that’s in uh 2008. This whole story I wrote it’s really not about me, it’s a fascinating story because I one day it’s 2011 and I just hear a voice that says “go buy your wife some flowers” because you know when you’ve got someone with disabilities, the whole family is impacted by that, and I look up and there’s a flower shop. I pull in it’s uh a snowy little uh November morning. I get out of my truck, I’m walking towards the door and I look over and I see this dumpster, just a big garbage dumpster, and I saw this statue of the Virgin Mary lying on the ground. She’s broken in half, she’s covered in trash, her hands are missing, and I like I went over there and there’s no way, I just heard this voice that said “will you deny me? Will you deny my mother?” and I walked into the flower shop and there was a clerk and I said “I want to uh I want to buy that uh that statue of Mary outside,” and she goes “no no no, that’s not for sale,” and then again I heard that voice “will you deny me, will you deny my mother?” and I just said a quick prayer “help me,” and I just, I said “I’ll give money to those nuns out there.” Well I had no idea who those nuns were. They end up, they’re Franciscan nuns. The lady she says “I know you. Your voice, you sound familiar. You do, you’re the morning show voice,” and I go “yeah,” and that was my window of opportunity and I got the uh statue. She’s broken in half, she’s about four foot tall. In the spring a friend of mine, a priest, said “I know there’s a monument maker that can put her back together.” So i went out there and he wanted to make- put new hands on her and fresh paint and I said “no no, she really reminds me of me” because at that time I’m so broken you know with the MS, and I said “no, let’s keep her broken,” and she kind of represents everybody and that’s when we named her Broken Mary and she was blessed. And the journey that this statue’s been on in the last couple of years is totally amazing. A: Well what is the journey with this statue? K: The statue is basically what has happened is people will take this statue and she and they will bring her into hospice, or they bring her in intensive care. She’s gonna tour prisons, she’s gonna go overseas, uh there’s a uh big uh pro life rally and in Ireland uh we are working on that. This statue has a life of its own and it’s uh it’s amazing how this statue is touching so many lives and it also- it’s it’s powered by the rosary and how important the rosary is. It’s such an old form of prayer. Mary gave us the rosary in the 13th century and it’s, you don’t have to be Catholic to recite the rosary. That is just uh a very powerful weapon D: There’s also, there’s also a story that you recount of going to uh Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. K: Yep. D: And praying yourself and that experience K: That was uh that was uh that cemetery uh uh my wife and I and a few if you look back at the history of that cemetery on Hillside that’s uh where Al Capone is buried and it’s just a huge cemetery and I remember it was it was St. Paddy’s Day 2009. I had to go out Clairton Hills to see it turning and it was St. Paddy’s Day, and normally I take the Stevenson, but I had to take the Eisenhower cause of the St. Paddy’s traffic and I hate the Eisenhower. A: So do I. God bless you we agree. K: I hate it. So I’m getting, I get on the Eisenhower and I hear this voice “go to the cemetery,” and I know exactly what cemetary and I go to Hillside. It’s off road, I drive in, and you can get so lost so easy but I drive to this huge cross and uh it’s a beautiful morning uh just not a cloud in the sky. I sit there, and I get out of my truck and I walk towards it because I am really battered with MS now and I don’t know what it’s just it’s tough. Am I going to be kicked out of radio? And I walked up to the cross, and I put my hand on it’s gigantic- I’ve got to stretch, and I put my hand on and all of a sudden I felt water just running down my hand and my arm and that- my arm was affected by the MS and it was hard and it it was numb all the time I couldn’t really use it well. It came back to life. To this day, it just works perfectly and I just said I’m so scared what do I do? And after that day you know it just uh it it actually I’m blessed to have this MS because people have it so much harder in their lives and I’ve met some incredible people. I’ve been able to help people that are diagnosed with MS uh so it’s been a blessing. D: And suffice it to say you’re uh a proponent of the power of prayer? K: Oh without a doubt there’s no question folks, especially in the times we live in today. People are starving for spirituality,. They really really are and this book uh you know what in four years I I finally met those nuns, those Franciscan nuns and they to this day are dear friends and we do so much together. One was a writing professor, Sister Lucia. I went out I and uh this priest said the sister “hey this guy’s got a story you should really read, you should help write it.” Well I conned her in, I said “listen Sister, you can write this story about Broken Mary” she says “no I’m not gonna write it , you are” and uh we wrote it and she produced it and we sent it off to three of the biggest publishing companies and all three of them wanted the book. The bottom line is again this is not my story, it’s Mary’s story, it’s Mary working miracles she- we ended up on Beacon Books which is the biggest publishing company. The book has done really well, it’s in paperback now. Yesterday I literally, I’m- somebody wants to make a movie um it’s just amazing because this it’s called Broken Mary: A Journey of Hope , you can get the book on Amazon and it starts when I’m four years old, how did I get into radio and why the kind of comedy that attracted me at the time. You’ll find out all this stuff. It’s just uh it’s a motivating book, beautiful book and moreso today Mary, the power of the rosary is amazing see, see where this goes. A: Kevin Matthews, a radio icon, a legend in Chicago, uh I have to ask, have you always had God and Jesus in your life or- K: Yeah- A: In some way or another? K: Yeah you know somebody somewhere recently goes “when did you become a jesus freak?” I go “well when I was four” because we- I grew up outside Detroit in at that time in the 60’s in the early 60’s it was just volatile outside and inside my house and I was so young yeah and I was going to church and it was a big building and there was this guy named God and I just wanted it literally every night at because I lived in a pretty violent household I just wanted to die and go to heaven D: So so radio and some of the characters you ultimately created that were so popular was kind of an escape from that? K: Oh big time to bond, the divine gym shorts, all this stuff, yeah and it’s in the book how all these characters came about. In fact, Jim writes three times in this book and it was Sister Lucia who had that idea like “hey why don’t we bring Jim in” and it’s a uh it’s a dichotomy there that’s very interesting. D: Well just uh to close a loop, how are you doing healthwise at this moment? K: You know what? I’m not kidding you I uh I um um I’m working out uh there’s some things I can’t do but at the same time i’m working with people and uh especially younger people that are being diagnosed uh with uh with MS and it’s I’m I’m blessed, I truly am. D: And and we should ask a professional question too just since you’re an expert in the space. How much longer do you think Amy and I have before radio goes the way of the daily newspaper? A: Well the one constant thing about radio is change I can tell you that. K: At the same time, you know this you two are great at what you do it’s all about content you know and you’re in a city that is just loves content and you know you guys are you’re doing a great job. AA: Well thank you so, and I’ve just got a few text messages. One of my college teammates was just diagnosed with MS. I have to send her this book. Where is it? On Amazon? K: Yes uh it’s called Broken Mary: A Journey of Hope. It’s on Amazon it’s uh on Dynamic Catholic. You can get it on Amazon and get it delivered but I’m gonna be speaking at this two day conference in Elmhurst on Nov 12th. I’ll be speaking 11th and 12th it’s uh the Clairion Inn Conference Center in Elmhurst and I’m bringing the statue over and uh. D: Oh wow K: Yeah people can see the statue and people can actually take this statue like I said I-I think we’re on our way to Ireland and it’s it’s amazing how this statue is coming into people’s homes and the miracles that are happening around this statue. D: Still impacting hundreds of thousands of lives, he is Kevin Matthews Chicago’s radio icon. I know it’s fun for our listeners’ day to catch up with you and hear about what’s going on with you and the important work that you’re doing and learn about the book uh. The book, Broken Mary: Journey of Hope, uh you can get it at Amazon. Kevin Matthews, thanks so much for joining us, we really appreciate it. K: Both of you- and now Amy I’ll tell your son Trav you said hi. 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