Afternoon Shift: Second City, tracing the African American accent and GOP troubles

May 8, 2013

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Today on the show Niala tackles the day's top stories with two of Chicago's funniest, Edgar Blackmon and Holly Laurent. Then Curious City stops by the studio to uncover the linguistics behind the African American accent and Chris Robling talks with Niala about how the Illinois GOP can get your vote.

Afternoon Shift: Second City, tracing the African American accent and GOP troubles

Today on the show Niala tackles the day's top stories with two of Chicago's funniest, Edgar Blackmon and Holly Laurent. Then Curious City stops by the studio to uncover the linguistics behind the African American accent and Chris Robling talks with Niala about how the Illinois GOP can get your vote.

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