Wednesday's game plan for 'Afternoon Shift': Monkey business

February 29, 2012

Today's show covers the late lead singer of The Monkees, Guerilla Girls, Clever Apes and the relationship between schools and money. I think it all fits under the heading "Monkey Business."

Listen to the first hour of the show

More Scientists:  We’ll explore the question “why do we need more scientists?” According to reports, it’s not the lack of education or even kids wanting to go into the sciences that’s slowing things down—it’s the lack of job opportunities here in the US once they graduate. 

Leap Year:  From Free parking at Navy Pier to people turning 40 yet only celebrating their birthday for the 10th time…Katie O’Brien and Carrie Shepherd explore the Leap Year phenomenon.  

Clever Apes:  It’s been an unusually mellow flu season: it hit later and fewer people got it.  The Cleverest Ape Gabriel Spiters tells us why, and explores the science behind flu strains and keeping them at bay.

Listen to the second hour of the show

School Money:  Several big groups with national cache and big bucks have rolled into town and jumped head first into Chicago’s education reform wars.  Linda Lutton tells us who they are and what they’re all about.

Guerilla Girls:  We’ll talk to some of the “masked avengers” behind Guerilla Girls,  who expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture using facts, humor and outrageous visuals.

Davy JonesThe legendary teen idol has reportedly died at 66 of a heart attack. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of Sound Opinions consider his legacy and place in rock 'n roll history.