Eight Forty-Eight for 3.20.12

March 20, 2012

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Before Richard J. Daley became mayor of Chicago, he ran as a Republican for a state assembly seat.

In a recent performance for live magazine and podcast The Paper Machete, The Weather Underground co-founder William Ayers relayed how he became the unlikely dinner host of conservative personalities Andrew Breitbart and Tucker Carlson. Eight Forty-Eight takes a listen. And, WBEZ science reporter and Clever Ape Gabriel Spitzer meets two nuclear scientists whose moonlighting gigs might surprise you. Also, the first Mayor Daley epitomized Chicago's Democratic machine politics. So why did he run as a Republican for the Illinois House in 1936? WBEZ history blogger John Schmidt has the answers. Schmidt sticks around to test your knowledge of Chicago political trivia. To play, call 312.923.9239.