Afternoon Shift #268: Smoke signals

March 12, 2013

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'Afternoon Shift'#268: Smoke signals

Cristina Traina, professor of religion at Northwestern University, and writer Steve Rhodes examine today's biggest stories, including the papal conclave. Afternoon Shift also talks to nominees for the Youth of the Year award and checks in on the Blackhawks with Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd.

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The Day Today: Tuesday’s panel dissects the story captivating the world, the papal conclave, and the deal-making that happens behind closed doors not just in Rome but right here in Chicago. Cristina Traina, a religion professor and head of graduate studies at Northwestern University’s Department of Religious Studies, gives a guided tour of the Vatican and how the elections will affect area Catholics. And Steve Rhodes, editor and publisher of Beachwood Media, talks about his story “The Yes Men” in the April edition of Chicago magazine, which looks at why Chicago aldermen are rubber-stamping Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s objectives.
Papal conclave has begun! So exciting, like the Oscars all over again- we all want to know:Who will win, and who's dress will he be wearing?Bill Maher
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Youth of the Year: Finalists in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Youth of the Year Competition, a program aimed to inspire Chicago’s youth to develop character, leadership and a willingness to serve their clubs and communities, will be honored at the organization’s annual dinner Tuesday, where a winner will be named. Three of the finalists share their stories—and preview their pitches for why they should be named Youth of the Year.
Marco Nava is a 16-year-old junior at UIC College Prep School. He's a 6-year member of the Little Village Club, which borders several gang territories. According to one Club program director: "If you’d have asked me six years ago whether Marco would be a Youth of the Year finalist, I would have answered 'no way.' Now, he is the kid who puts in long hours as camp counselor, junior staffer and volunteer for sports and other programs."

Bianca Frustaci is a 17-year-old junior at Jane Addams High School. She's been a member for 11 years of the Louis L. Valentine Club. Bianca joined the club as a 6-year-old, when her mom was in and out of court. Frustaci has lived with 15 different families and has found comfort at the club, where she does not feel judged for her home life.

Takira Hill is a 17-year-old senior at Westinghouse College Prep School. She's a 6-year member of James R. Jordan Club. Takira has not missed a day of school in her life (and worried her radio interview would mar her perfect school attendance record). She says her neighborhood is divided by gang rivalries, but everyone is welcome at the club. It’s neutral ground. After witnessing an armed robbery at work, she was helped by club staff who escorted her to court proceedings against the perpetrator. Despite this harrowing experience, she returned to work to fulfill her responsibilities.  
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Blackhawks: After a record-breaking start, the Chicago Blackhawks were dealt a pair of losses on Friday and Sunday. The streak may be over, but the Hawks are being credited as “the franchise that brought hockey back.” Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks pre/post-game studio team, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd, join Rick in studio to talk about the team’s epic start on Afternoon Shift.
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