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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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Chicago, IL

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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


Episodes

The relationship between art and social commentary

5/7/2015
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Theater has a history of making political and social statements. From Shakespeare, to Tennessee Williams and August Wilson, playwrights have used the stage to address issues of public importance. Now, with events in Ferguson, New York and most recently Baltimore - many local theaters are reacting by creating opportunities for audiences to explore issues of race and inequality. Isaac Gomez, Bobby Bierdrzycki, John Conroy and, Anthony Moseley are all involved in the arts and have personal...

Duration:00:26:57

Cook County chiefs discuss criminal justice issues

5/7/2015
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The top officials from Cook County’s criminal justice system convened on May 7 for a panel discussion. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Sheriff Tom Dart, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and Chief Judge Timothy Evans all sat together politely. But they’ve been known to butt heads and assign each other blame in the past. WBEZ’s Patrick Smith was there and he joins us with a recap.

Duration:00:07:16

Chicago’s Jimmy Butler wins Most Improved Player

5/7/2015
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The NBA has announced that the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler has been voted the league's Most Improved Player. Not only did Butler win that accolade but it was a landslide! WBEZ sports contributor and Bulls aficionado Cheryl Raye-Stout joins us from the Bulls practice at the Advocate Center.

Duration:00:05:06

Has summertime Chicago finally arrived?

5/7/2015
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It feels like the short but beautiful Chicago summer has finally arrived--but we all know it could feel like winter again in an instant. Joining us to explain this crazy late-spring weather is Gilbert Sebenste, meteorologist at Northern Illinois University.

Duration:00:04:14

Chicago passes reparations ordinance for torture victims

5/6/2015
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The Chicago City Council made history on May 6 passing the $5.5 million reparations ordinance for victims of police torture by disgraced Chicago police commander Jon Burge and his officers. Joey Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office and a co-founder of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials. Joey was at the City Council chambers for the vote and joins us with her perspective.

Duration:00:04:37

Outgoing City Council members meet for the last time

5/6/2015
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Well it was a busy, busy day at City Hall in Chicago. May 6 was the last meeting for the current class of aldermen, ahead of the May 18th inauguration where the new group of aldermen will be sworn in. WBEZ’s City Politics reporter Lauren Chooljian was there all day and updates us on the happenings in the council chambers.

Duration:00:07:54

Jury finds Chicago man guilty in murder of police officer

5/6/2015
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A guilty verdict has been reached in the Timothy Herring trial. Herring was accused of killing Chicago police officer Michael Flisk and ex-Chicago Housing Authority officer Stephen Peters in 2010. The jury took almost 8 hours to convict Herring of both murders and burglary. He’ll now spend the rest of his life behind bars. WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo covered the trial and was there when the verdict was read.

Duration:00:04:25

Competition driving down prices of parking in Chicago

5/6/2015
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Chicago has some of the highest parking rates in the country. A metered spot downtown can cost as much as $6.50 an hour. The hourly rate for a garage can be even pricier. But more parking apps are making it easier to find a cheaper spot, including ParkWhiz which now offers spots in high demand areas for 15-dollars for the day. WBEZ’s Susie An has been looking into the cost of driving downtown and she joins us with details.

Duration:00:03:26

Debate on eating meat takes over government public comment page

5/6/2015
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It is getting down to the wire to weigh in on new USDA Dietary Guidelines. The period of public input ends on Friday May 8. A major debate this year is whether or not eating less meat is good for your health and the environment. Pro- and anti-meat factions have been duking it out on the public comments page of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Recently, a group of meat and dairy alternatives companies (including two from Chicago) added their voice to the thousands of comments that...

Duration:00:09:38

The Bulls and Blackhawks dominate the playoffs so far

5/6/2015
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The 'Hawks won big with a crushing defeat against the Minnesota Wild in game 3 of the second round of Stanley Cup playoffs. And, the Bulls are up 1 game to zip as they head to Cleveland for game 2 in the Eastern Conference. WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout joins us to talk ‘Hawks and Bulls.

Duration:00:04:54

Chicago chef defines Southern cooking

5/6/2015
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For this installment in our week of small business conversations, we’re looking to Andersonville where the Southern style approach of Chicago's Big Jones restaurant is about history and geography as much as it is about the food. Chef Paul Fehribach takes inspiration from home-cooking traditions stretching from Southern Indiana to the Appalachian highlands to the Carolina coast. He joins us to discuss the evolution of Big Jones and the brand new book, The Big Jones Cookbook.

Duration:00:13:40

Spring brings allergy season

5/6/2015
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It’s allergy season and that means sore throats, itchy eyes, runny noses, and headaches. We know. Today we are here to help! We’re taking your questions about allergies and debunking an odd home remedy. Joining us is Dr. Mitchell Grayson, an Allergist/Immunologist and Principal Investigator at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Grayson Lab; Dr. Baiju Malde, a doctor of Allergy and Immunology at Northwestern Medicine; and Dr. Chris Codispoti, Associate Professor of Allergy and Immunology at...

Duration:00:31:18

Mayor Emanuel picks CTA’s new president

5/5/2015
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On May 5, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his pick for the new president of the Chicago Transit Authority. Dorval Carter, Jr. will replace Forrest Claypool who moves on as Emanuel’s chief of staff. Pending approval by the CTA Board, Carter will be the first African-American CTA President. WBEZ’s Susie An joins us to talk about Carter’s qualifications.

Duration:00:04:20

Unpacking historical significance of reparations for Chicago torture victim

5/5/2015
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Outgoing city council members will vote May 6 on the proposed reparations ordinance for torture victims at the hands of disgraced former Chicago Police commander Jon Burge. If passed, the $5.5 million reparations package will be the first of its kind in the nation. Joining us with details is Martha Biondi, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University and a member of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project.

Duration:00:09:27

The state of foreign investment in Illinois

5/5/2015
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Billions of dollars flow into Illinois each year through direct investment from foreign companies. On May 4, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office issued a survey of concerns held by foreign investors. However, which countries and companies were surveyed was not released and some of the content is redacted. Joining us for an overview of the state of international investment in Illinois is Dick Longworth, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Duration:00:07:32

Northwest Indiana business created from an essential need

5/5/2015
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It’s Small Business Week, and we’re continuing our conversations with small business owners from around the region. A few years ago, Julie Bombacino’s son AJ was placed on a feeding tube. He was just six-and-a-half months old at the time. Formula after formula seemed to make AJ sick. Then, Julie stumbled onto an idea that may seem like common sense: real food, blended and prepared for a feeding tube. That was the inspiration for Northwest Indiana-based, Real Food Blends. Julie joins us with...

Duration:00:05:25

Results from the James Beard Awards

5/5/2015
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On May 4, the prestigious James Beard Awards for chefs and restaurants made its Chicago debut at the Civic Opera House. Some of the nation’s top chefs marched up the red carpet to attend what many call the “Oscars of Food.” The weekend was packed full of parties by Chicago’s restaurateurs and chefs, including Grant Achatz, Paul Kahan and Rick Bayless who served as the host committee. WBEZ resident food experts, Monica Eng and Louisa Chu, attended many of the events and Monica Eng joins us...

Duration:00:12:34

Celebrating the legacy of the Black Press

5/5/2015
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In 1827 the first Black newspaper, Freedom’s Journal, led by editors Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm laid the foundation for the community to be informed about their own. The usual channels of media, mainly newspapers, often denigrating African Americans and questioned their right to exist. Other times, they were simply ignored. In 1941, a meeting of leading Black publishers from across the nation was held in Chicago to unify for the common mission of Black journalism. Out of that meeting,...

Duration:00:33:00

Board considers which conditions could be treated with medical marijuana

5/4/2015
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As the state of Illinois waits for its first legal medical marijuana products to come online, patients had the opportunity to petition for more conditions and diseases to be added to the program. On May 4, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard from patients and critics about fourteen conditions up for consideration. The board recommended PTSD and migraines, but denied diabetes and anxiety. WBEZ’s Susie An was at the hearing and joins us with more.

Duration:00:04:57

Adolfo Davis resentenced to life without parole

5/4/2015
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Life in prison without parole. That’s the sentence that Adolfo Davis received on May 4 in Chicago. He’s the first inmate in Cook County to have his sentence re-examined after a Supreme Court decision that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Davis was 14 when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. Now, at age 38, he received the same sentence. Patricia Soung, Adolfo Davis’ lawyer, joins us to discuss the case.

Duration:00:06:34