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Jul. 26, 2012

On Thursday's Afternoon Shift we get excited about the Olympics as they get underway in London- better there than here, right?

First Hour

Olympics:  As the world prepares for the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, we pull back the curtain for a look at the business, politics and scandals behind the rings. We’re joined by ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson, the Nation’s Dave Zirin, U.K.-based sports marketing wiz, professor Simon Chadwick and our own Niala Boodhoo, live from London.

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Second Hour

3@3 (or 4 or 5):  Ben Meyerson (Chicago Journal, Skyline) & Carol Felsenthal (Chicago Magazine) today to chat up these topics:

1)      Romney's Olympic gaffes- “London might not be ready for the Olympics” and the “shared Anglo-Saxon heritage/special relationship (with Britain).

2)      The quality of public schools for people living near downtown. People living in the South Loop and Loop have a pretty good grammar school in South Loop Elementary, but their high school options are pretty unappealing.  A group of parents and community leaders are working with Ald. Bob Fioretti to try to persuade CPS not to tear down the old Jones College Prep HS building and instead turn it into a neighborhood high school.  

3)      The conversation around guns has evolved since the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.  

Guns 101: Talk about guns and gun laws is back in the news in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shootings – but how much of the gun jargon do you really understand?  If you’re not a gun owner, chances are, it’s very little.   We’re breaking it down with Al Tompkins, who wrote a very useful guns explainer for journalists earlier this week.

Joe Meno:  We speak with author Joe Meno about his latest novel, Office Girl.