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Afternoon Shift: Remembering Riverview
February 20, 2013
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'Afternoon Shift'#254: Taking a journey
Today's show is traveling all over town; from Chicago's now-demolished amusement park Riverview with Curious City, over to Roberto Clemente High School, up north to Woodstock and even to jail. The journey continues tomorrow when the show packs up to do a LIVE broadcast from Frances Cocktail Lounge.
· Wed, Feb 20 2013 11:14:38
Curious City Riverview
: When curious citizen
moved to Chicago’s Roscoe Village he heard about an old theme park called Riverview. A bar near his house sported a mural of the park’s roller coasters. That got him thinking about the park, and he later sent
a long list of things he’d like to know about Riverview. The team compressed that list into this modest question: What are the origins of Riverview park and why was it torn down?
frequented the park in his youth and is happy to go back in time with a pair of authors who’ve written about Riverview,
. They’ll also be joined by
for an hour of pure amusement. We'd love to hear your Riverview memories also. Share them by calling
or on Twitter using
#Chicago's Riverview amusement park had a dark side, too. Toss on headphones and be transported: http://bit.ly/WVwDyvPowered by @ZeegaCurious City
Always wanted to know more abt Chicago's Riverview Park. Thanks, @wbez & Shannon Heffernan. Fascinating interactive. http://bit.ly/YmUpPzJessica Pupovac
Jacksons in Court:
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr
. pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a conspiracy count involving misuse of more than $750,000 in campaign cash. His wife, former Chicago
Ald. Sandi Jackson
, is charged with filing six years of false federal income tax returns. She is set to appear in court this afternoon. WBEZ political reporter
provides an update on the proceedings.
Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds. http://on.cnn.com/WQKHb0CNN Breaking News
: Roberto Clemente High School has lost three students to gun violence this year. WBEZ education reporter
wondered whether that number was atypical for a Chicago Public School—she’s learning that such information is difficult to ascertain.
Woman, 18, third Clemente High School student killed this school yearAn 18-year-old woman fatally shot Friday was a senior at Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School who had plans to attend college, ...
: If you caught Woodstock Willie’s forecast earlier this month, we’re in for an early spring. Groundhog Day is one of the busiest times of year in Woodstock, Illinois. Crowds gather on the second of February to catch Willie’s forecast and pay tribute to the movie
, which was filmed in the far northwest suburb about two decades ago. WBEZ’s
wondered what life was like the rest of the year, so they recently spent a day wandering Woodstock’s historic square after the festivities died down. They share their observations with Rick on
The Afternoon Shift
Woodstock: Beyond the Groundhog's ShadowTwenty-one years ago the town square in Woodstock, Illinois was just another idyllic little red cobble-stoned street surrounded by quaint...
Jail to Yale
once killed a man. He estimates he spent nearly a decade locked up, including time spent in reform school. That is the dark side of Dutton’s story. But after tragedy and tumult, Dutton found the theatre. He went on achieve success at Yale, in Hollywood and on Broadway, earning three Emmy Awards along the way. In his critically-acclaimed one-man-show,
From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage
, Charles “Roc” Dutton chronicles his journey. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 21, he’ll perform the autobiographical show in a pair of benefit shows to help the
Chicago Youth Leadership Academy
. The academy’s director, Chicago Police Officer
and 9th grader
join Dutton and Rick Kogan on
The Afternoon Shift
Come See the Show:
Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a
Frances Cocktail Lounge
, at 307 E. 75th St., from 2-4pm!