Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet 'Afternoon Shift' #143: Sky high September 7, 2012 By: Kate Dries [View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #143: Sky high" on Storify]'Afternoon Shift' #143: Sky highOn Friday's Afternoon Shift we take on things that are going up, like skyscrapers, and things we wish were going up, like our economic outlook.Storified by · Fri, Sep 07 2012 11:31:15We all know Chicago is the birthplace of the modernskyscraper. But a new exhibition at the MCA goes beyond the history andthe process and looks at the skyscraper as a subject of contemporary art….theform the myth, the message, and the iconic image. We’re joined by WBEZarchitecture blogger Lee Bey and the MCA’s Michael Darling to talk about the exhibit:Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity | Exhibitions | MCA ChicagoSkyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity examines contemporary works of art that take as their subject the form, technology, myth...What might have been: The ill-fated Chicago SpireA surrealist promotional video shows what might have been but never was: the 2,000 ft. tall Chicago Spire.Willis TowerchrisoakleyThen, Economist Diane Swonk joins us to crunch the numbers behind the latest economic news.Paltry Payroll Report Strengthens Argument for QE3Posted by on Payroll employment rose by a tepid 96,000 jobs in August, after being revised down significantly for the last two months. Ga...And for our 3@3, WGN’s Randi Belisomo and NPR’s David Schaper toss around some of the big stories of the day, ranging but not limited to:Bears kick off the season Sunday amid high expectationsThe weeks leading up to this Bears season opener almost feel like the weeks before Christmas, complete with a present under the tree: It ...The Drew Peterson jury's unanimous side-showThe Drew Peterson jury's strange side-show, the Chief Keef backlash begins and Gabrielle Giffords' inspiring moment at the DNC.Teen rappers death may be linked to rap music rivalryThe death of 18-year old rapper Joseph 'Lil Jojo' Coleman may be connected to a rap music rivalry. Coleman was shot in a drive-by shootin...Teachers, city report progress in contract negotiationsChicago teachers are set to walk off the job on Monday if they don't reach an agreement with the city, but negotiations on Friday were sa...The Boys Off the BusThe head of Mitt Romney's campaign in Illinois is in high demand this week at the Republican National Convention. On Monday morning, Ill....And Eboo Patel, the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, joins the show. Patel has a new book out called Sacred Ground. In it he describes the history of American religious pluralism and implores readers to build on that history in order to create a more robust society that Patel believes is at the heart of the American project.Here's an excerpt of his book:Sacred Ground: The Promise Of AmericaIn "What It Means to Be an American," Michael Walzer observes that political theorists since the Greeks believed that participatory polit... Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Previous post in Afternoon Shift 'Afternoon Shift' #142: Dreams of my son Next post in Afternoon Shift 'Afternoon Shift' #144: The picket line View the discussion thread. Top Headlines On WBEZ.org The Best Albums of 2013: The Top 10 Looking back at 1970s Uptown Strange Brews Podcast The Best Albums of 2013: 20 to 11 The politics behind the Illinois pension vote Chewing the Fat with Monica Eng and Louisa Chu Exoneree Diaries: Antione’s pay day How do kids like the new CPS lunches? Woman scarred by orphanage Remembering the 'Forgotten Hoosiers' What’s street cleaning really good for? What can Englewood learn from the new Detroit Whole Foods?