The program debuted in 1993 with support from Loyola University's Office of Government and Community Affairs. The idea for the show grew from providing a place where people involved in their community could gather and talk. Featured guests have included Senator Barak Obama, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Roland Burris, Alderman Joe Moore, Cook County Clerk David Orr, Studs Terkel, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and many more.