"Eclectic" would be one of the best adjectives to describe the far-ranging world of the Chicago Public Radio's daily talk show known as "Odyssey". When it seems that the extent of most commercial radio public affairs programs tends towards those who can screech the loudest, Odyssey continues to offer insightful commentary and discussion on any number of issues. The program is hosted by Gretchen Helfrich, and first went on the air in Chicago in 1998, and was launched as a national public radio program in November 2001. Some of the more recent programs have dealt with the nature of American identity, stability in Iraq, and the politics of tax reform. Visitors can elect to listen to the current show, or they may browse through the audio archive that dates back to 1998.