Afternoon Shift

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A daily conversation about news, culture and ideas.

Jul. 24, 2012

On Tuesday's Afternoon Shift we celebrate the power of stories with the people who tell them.

First Hour

Ray Bradbury:  We speak with writers Sam Weller, Mort Castle and Bonnie Joe Campbell about a new book of short stories honoring author Ray Bradbury.

Second Hour

3@3 (or 4 or 5):  Samantha Abernathy (Chicagoist) and Jimmy Carrane today to chat up these topics: Sally Ride, the first female astronaut in space died this week at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer; Amelia Earhart on this, the 115th anniversary of her birth; Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon plans to declare July 31 "The Onion Day" in Illinois; and finally – the Olympics coming later on this week, will you watch?

AIDS Conference: AIDS 2012, the International AIDS Conference, is underway in Washington, DC this week. Leaders from the political, policy, medical and advocacy world gathered to discuss strategies to eradicate HIV and AIDs around the world.  We speak with David Ernesto Munar-President and CEO, AIDS Foundation Chicago.

Tracy Letts: We speak with acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts about the new film adaptation of his work, Killer Joe.  The theatrical release stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple, and is directed by William Friedkin.