Comedian Stephen Colbert started his new role as host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS last night. Someone who certainly caught the debut of Colbert in the seat once occupied by David Letterman was Chicago writer Mike Thomas. His most recent story in the Chicago Reader traces Colbert’s time in Chicago and how those 8 years set the stage for who he is today as a comedian and writer. Thomas stops by with insight on Colbert’s formative years as a performer. And from TV to radio…back in the heyday of radio drama there was an African American Chicago writer named Richard Durham. Durham created a popular weekly radio show called Destination Freedom which focused on the lives of notable African Americans at a time when mainstream media did not. We talk with the author of a new book on Durham. Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras is in with some of her favorite tunes by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who recently made news by getting a film about her pulled from the Telluride Film Festival. First up, Crain’s Chicago Business real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin tells us how a Chicago property tax hike would affect everyone from homeowners to renters.