Afternoon Shift

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A daily conversation about news, culture and ideas.

Mar. 08, 2012

Listen to the first hour of the show

 

Sarah Vowell & Jon Langford: Everyone’s favorite cartoon-voiced author is teaming up with everyone’s favorite alt-country punk for a night of stories and songs based around ships and islands to promote Vowell’s new book Unfamiliar Fishes. 

Michael Beschloss:  Author and presidential historian Michael Beschloss gives us some perspective on the Obama presidency, and how others have won a second term with the country is facing difficult challenges and a highly divided government.

Listen to the second hour of the show

 

Hudzik/Elections: WBEZ’s Sam Hudzik takes us deep into Illinois 8th Congressional District. A pair of well-funded Democrats are battling for the chance to take on Tea Party freshman Joe Walsh in November.

Moore/CHA:  The CHA is transforming its Plan for Transformation.  Last week, Afternoon Shift covered the tech/resident participation part of the equation.  Today, WBEZ’s Natalie Moore sits down with the new head of the CHA to get his perspective on the changes.

Headhunting in the NFL:  Recent news of a pervasive “bounty system”within the NFL has revealed an ugly truth about the league's culture--but is it all part of the game or is it systemic unnecessary roughness?  ESPN.com’s Lester Munson and former Bears Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer come in to toss around the pigskin.