Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet 'Afternoon Shift' #161: Democratic process October 3, 2012 By: Andrew Gill [View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #161: Democratic process" on Storify]'Afternoon Shift' #161: Democratic processStorified by · Wed, Oct 03 2012 11:58:33Wespeak to the “father of televised debates”, the man who famously calledtelevision “a vast wasteland," former FCC Chair Newton Minow.Here's a creative interpretation of that speech:A Vast WastelandpvcnavTuesday NorthwesternUniversity professor Dylan Penningroth was awarded a no-strings attached,$500,000 MacArthur "Genius" grant. We learn about Penningroth’s researchfocuses on African-American history, specializing in property ownership byslaves.Swedishmusician/songwriter Jens Lekman joins for conversation and to play. Hisnew album is I Know What Love Isn’t.JENS LEKMAN - I KNOW WHAT LOVE ISN'TsrviceMaraShalhoup of the Chicago Reader and David Bernstein of Chicago Magazine joinRick for our 3 @ 3 review panel.We talk with WBEZ's Rob Wildeboer about this story:Illinois inmate says he lost 60 pounds when broken jaw was untreated for 8 weeksIllinois pays a private firm millions to take care of the medical needs of prisoners. But evidence suggests the care is terrible and pain...And finally, WBEZ's Caroline O'Donovan answers this week's Curious City question: Whyare there only Democratic mayors in Chicago?Question Answered: Why has Chicago had so many Democratic mayors?A listener asked Curious City what’s in the Dems’ secret sauce. Our experts point to patronage, of course, but they say a wil... Comments Send Print Share Recommend Tweet Previous post in Afternoon Shift 'Afternoon Shift' #160: Chicago personalities Next post in Afternoon Shift #162: Improv performance View the discussion thread. Top Headlines On WBEZ.org Discussing Nelson Mandela in Room 215 Young man finds new hope after HIV diagnosis The Best Albums of 2013: The Top 10 Looking back at 1970s Uptown Strange Brews Podcast The politics behind the Illinois pension vote Chewing the Fat with Monica Eng and Louisa Chu How do kids like the new CPS lunches? Remembering the 'Forgotten Hoosiers'