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Feb. 28, 2012

As Mitt Romney hopes Michigan voters welcome him home, Afternoon Shift considers the hometown legacy of Bernie Mac, Todd Stroger and honorary native Chicagoan Kenny Williams. We also talk about how the resurected literary magazine The Chicagoan rose from the ashes of Stop Smiling. And we consider the painful process of extricating oneself from online social relationships.

Listen to the first hour of the show

 

Michigan Primary:  Our neighbor to the northeast has a bigger role to play in the Republican nomination process than usual this year.  Can native son Mitt Romney hold off the hard-charging Rick Santorum?  And will the results matter in November’s general election? 

Bernie Mac:  A ceremony today unveils a street sign in Englewood for the late comedy great Bernie Mac.  We’ll explore Mac’s lasting impression on the neighborhood and the national comedy scene. 

Unfriending:  Physical ties can often be severed easier than digital ones.  Cesar Torres of Ars Technica offers up ways to make that digital separation from former loved ones and past colleagues.

Listen to the second hour of the show

 

Kenny Williams:  As position players report to spring training, White Sox GM Kenny Williams tells us what to expect from “that other Chicago team” in 2012.

The Chicagoan:  A glossy new magazine is trying to flip the typical publishing model by going non-profit-no-advertising.  (As we have some experience in that arena, we’ll tell them what to expect: great work from a staff that’s too small, overworked, and underpaid.)

Todd Stroger:  In the wake of Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers' federal indictment, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger joins us in studio. Stroger was beat up and beat down from the media, colleagues, and government watchdogs from the moment he took over the office.  How does he feel about the criticism, and what good does he believe his tenure in office accomplished for the residents of the county?