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The Afternoon Shift was a live WBEZ show featuring in-depth interviews and conversations with newsmakers and innovators. Its last show was June 5, 2015.

The Afternoon Shift was a live WBEZ show featuring in-depth interviews and conversations with newsmakers and innovators. Its last show was June 5, 2015.
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The Afternoon Shift was a live WBEZ show featuring in-depth interviews and conversations with newsmakers and innovators. Its last show was June 5, 2015.

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English


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#ChiLove

6/5/2015
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For the last three years, we’ve brought you news and conversations on a wide range of topics that affect Chicagoans’ daily lives. We’ve covered a lot of big stories: elections, the Polar Vortex, the passing of major figures in the city like Roger Ebert, Jane Byrne, and Cardinal George. The list goes on. But not everything we do is so serious. Whether it’s stories about food, real estate, arts and culture or sports, we’ve always tried to bring an element of fun to your afternoon. So, this...

Duration:00:43:40

Proposed condo development in Pilsen stirs controversy

6/4/2015
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A proposed luxury condo development in Pilsen has some in that area concerned about the continued gentrification in the neighborhood. There’s a community meeting Thursday night at the Rudy Lozano library for residents to discuss their concerns. WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo joins us with a preview.

Documentary examines human cost of fashion

6/3/2015
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On Monday, police in Bangladesh filed murder charges against 41 people involved in the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory two years ago. At least 1,137 people were killed in that accident. That’s more than 1 in 3 of the workers who were there that day. That accident reignited this question: who really pays the price for our clothing? That’s the main question director Andrew Morgan asks us to consider in his documentary “The True Cost.” Joining us to discuss this aspect of the...

Duration:00:20:34

Gov. Rauner proposes use of two additional runways for O’Hare

6/2/2015
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The City of Chicago is asking the FAA to postpone dismantling one of O’Hares diagonal runways. Aviation officials planned to close the runway this coming August. The request comes on the heels of a new bill before Governor Rauner, which would allow the airport to use ten runways instead of just eight. Jon Hilkevitch is the transportation reporter for the Chicago Tribune, and he joins us with details on the bill and what the city is doing to address jet-noise complaints from residents.

Duration:00:04:44

Private helicopter industry could be returning to the Windy City

6/2/2015
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Imagine the city skyline dotted with helicopters buzzing back and forth delivering valuable documents or VIP's to important meetings. It's a system that already exists in other cities around the country, such as New York, and used to be available here. Now, a group of investors and a former Marine One helicopter pilot are bringing that service back to Chicago. Journalist, Dave McKinney, recently wrote about the story for The New York Times and he joins us with more.

Duration:00:04:29

Projects abound for Chicago Transit Authority

6/1/2015
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The Yellow line is still down, a pilot program for Purple line express service to Evanston begins Monday, and debate continues over the Chicago Transit Authority's proposed Red and Purple Modernization project. Joining us for an update on some of what's going on with public transit is CTA spokesperson Brian Steele.

Duration:00:04:51

Chicago strives for ‘nerd’ status

6/1/2015
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Since coming into office, Mayor Emanuel has been pushing to make Chicago one of the nation’s major tech hubs. But have we succeeded in becoming a so-called “Nerdopolis?” Amy Merrick is one of the authors of the article, “Welcome to Nerdopolis”, this summer’s cover article for Capital Ideas, the research magazine for The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She joins us to discuss the state of tech in Chicago.

Duration:00:07:38

Blackhawks head to Tampa for Stanley Cup play

6/1/2015
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The Blackhawks left for Tampa Bay on Monday to get ready for the Stanley Cup. Game One against the Lightning is Wednesday night. WBEZ’s Cheryl Raye-Stout has more.

Duration:00:05:18

Challenges of urban beekeeping

6/1/2015
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Who would steal three hives full of live bees? Someone who knows how much they’re worth, speculates beekeeper and founder of Bike a Bee, Jana Kinsman. Bee rustlers recently hit one of her hives on Chicago’s southwest side in McKinley Park. Jana joins us to talk about the value of bees and their honey amid mass bee deaths around the world.

Duration:00:11:21

Gas prices are rising in Chicago, but not like last year

5/29/2015
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Gas prices in Chicago are going up. In fact, they’ve risen by seven percent in the last week alone. But even with the jump, what you’re paying at the pump is still lower than it was a year ago. Patrick DeHaan is GasBuddy.com’s Senior Petroleum Analyst for the Midwest and he joins us with more.

Duration:00:04:24

Gov. Rauner pressures Democrats to pass his agenda items by Sunday

5/29/2015
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There’s a flurry of activity in Springfield as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has issued Democrats an ultimatum to pass two of his agenda items by Sunday. But Democrats are saying that’s not possible. Those negotiations are just part of what’s happening in Springfield. WBEZ’s State Political reporter Tony Arnold is in Springfield and joins us for an update.

Duration:00:05:38

Cook County Commissioner proposes plan to take on gun violence

5/29/2015
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To date this year, there have been at least 600 shootings and 140 people killed by gun violence in the Chicago. Grown weary of hearing the weekend tally of shootings and fatalities in the city, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin - who represents a portion of the West Side and west suburbs - proposed a 7-point plan to stem the tide of violence. His plan includes domestic terrorism charges against shooters and accomplices. He joins us in studio to discuss his plan.

Duration:00:07:14

FCC considers plan to bridge the broadband divide

5/28/2015
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Subsidized broadband access may soon become available to the poor. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler shared a plan today with fellow FCC commissioners that would ensure more Americans have fast internet connections. Karen Mossberger is professor and director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. The former UIC professor is still researching digital inequalities in Chicago and she joins us with more on the FCC’s plan.

Duration:00:05:39

Chicago starts to feel the effects of its ‘junk status’ ranking

5/28/2015
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First, there was Illinois’ pension ruling. Then, the downgrade of Chicago’s debt by Moody’s Investors Service. Two weeks later, the city starts to feel the effects of that downgrade to junk status. A Chicago Tribune analysis shows that the City of Chicago will pay at least $70 million more on a bond deal now that Moody’s has put the city at “junk status,” the lowest tier for credit ratings. That means Chicago will have to pay a lot more money to borrow money, something that’s crucial to...

Duration:00:05:11

Proposal to help curb heroin overdoses moves to Illinois Senate

5/28/2015
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On May 27, the House took a break from budget negotiations for a few minutes to unanimously approve a proposal to help heroin addicts. The proposal is modeled from a program in DuPage County that requires police officers to carry a drug called Narcan. That drug helps save the lives of heroin addicts who have overdosed. DuPage County Coroner Rich Jorgensen explains.

Duration:00:06:18

Bulls fire Coach Thibs, Blackhawks stay alive

5/28/2015
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The drama is over for now former-Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls announced the firing of Coach Thibs on Thursday. The Blackhawks won big Wednesday night forcing the Western Conference championship series to a game 7 on Saturday in Anaheim. WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout joins us with the latest.

Duration:00:04:13

Chicago youth organize rally for climate change

5/28/2015
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Chicago Public School students from all over the city organized Thursday at the Thompson Center to send a message to Illinois lawmakers about climate change. But before the rally kicked off, we spoke to two youth activists: Eve Robinson is a student at Whitney Young, and Maria Sanchez is from Northside College Prep.

Duration:00:05:35

Stalled CTA development impacts property owners in Lakeview

5/28/2015
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The Chicago Transit Authority has been kicking around development plans for a new Brown line flyover north of the Belmont stop in Lakeview for nearly a year. CTA says the new track would speed up travel times for Red and Purple line commuters and reduce overcrowding on trains. Property owners in the area say the longer the city continues to stall, the more the uncertainty of the situation is costing them. Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Dennis Rodkin has been following the story and joins...

Duration:00:04:55

How books become musicals

5/28/2015
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Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, Wicked, even Cats! What do of all these well-known musicals have in common? They're all based on books. We all know what it's like when one of our favorite books is turned into a movie but translating the page into a musical presents a special set of challenges. WBEZ’s General Admission co-hosts Tyler Greene and Don Hall join us along with Doug Peck, Music Director of the Secret Garden which runs at the Court Theatre through June 21.

Duration:00:18:58

Afternoon Shift Book Club: ‘All Our Names’

5/28/2015
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Love, war and loneliness are three of the threads that run throughout our Afternoon Shift Book Club selection for May. We always pick books that involve Chicago or are by Chicagoans. Our May selection, “All Our Names,” is really more of a story about the Midwest. The book centers around two young men in Kampala and the story of how one of them, Isaac, emigrates to the Midwest in the 1970s. Isaac’s past of violence and looming civil war in Uganda are interspersed with his present relationship...

Duration:00:26:00