WBEZ | The Afternoon Shift http://www.wbez.org/tags/afternoon-shift Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The 3@3: Trayvon Martin and Obamacare top the week in review http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/33-trayvon-martin-and-obamacare-top-week-review-97774 <p><p>Chicago Sun-Times Reporter John Fountain and Chicago Tribune Columnist Steve Chapman join Steve Edwards and the<em> Afternoon Shift </em>to talk about the stories making waves this weekend. Their choices:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-30/supremecourt.jpg" style="width: 499px; height: 333px;" title=""></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to The 3@3</span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120330_3@3.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-128791" player="null">AfternoonShift_20120330_3@3.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>Steve Chapman says it's all about health care. John Fountain discusses the Trayvon Martin case.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/33-trayvon-martin-and-obamacare-top-week-review-97774 Friday's game plan for 'Afternoon Shift': Selectivity http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/fridays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-selectivity-97771 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-30/highschool.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/making-sense-chicago-public-schools-selective-enrollment-process-97759"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-30/highschool.jpg" title="(Flickr/Andy Marfia)" height="325" width="626"></a></p><p>Friday on <em>Afternoon Shift</em> we talk about getting into choosy high schools, the debate over a new airport and selective memory of a certain Chicago brawl.</p><p>The specifics:</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the first hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333164150-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120330_1.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/making-sense-chicago-public-schools-selective-enrollment-process-97759"><strong>Magnets and Selective Enrollments</strong></a>- As students find out whether or not they’ve been admitted to Chicago Public Schools' selective enrollment and magnet schools, CPS executive director of access and enrollment Katie Ellis and WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton take your questions on the admission process and the schools themselves. Call 312-923-9239 to join the conversation.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/33-trayvon-martin-and-obamacare-top-week-review-97774"><strong>The 3@3</strong></a>- Tribune editorial’s Steve Chapman and Sun Times columnist John Fountain join us for their take on the biggest news stories of the week.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the second hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333164193-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120330_2.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p><strong>Peotone</strong>- Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. wants to get some ground moving -- literally and symbolically. Recently he invited supporters to join him &nbsp;for what he calls a “people’s ground breaking” at a prospective airport in Peotone.&nbsp; WBEZ’s Michael Puente reports.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy"><strong>Culture</strong></a>- WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy updates on some of the big cultural stories of the week.</p><p><strong>Wisconsin</strong>- NPR’s David Schaper joins us from Madison for the latest on the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker and the upcoming primary election.</p><p><strong>Koschman Case</strong>- The Sun Times' Chris Fusco takes us through the details of the case involving the 2004 death of David Koschman, from complications that arose allegedly from a punch from RJ Vanecko, the nephew of Mayor Daley. Details of the case are have been under scrutiny for years.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/fridays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-selectivity-97771 Making sense of Chicago Public Schools' selective enrollment process http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/making-sense-chicago-public-schools-selective-enrollment-process-97759 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-30/RS5191_WhitneyYoung_IanLorenzo-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-30/RS5191_alt_44.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 283px; margin: 7px;" title="Whitney Young High School (Flickr/Ian Lorenzo)"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to this segment from <em>Afternoon Shift</em></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333163917-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120330_schools.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p>Some Chicago Public Schools are among the best in the state, but getting into them can be harder than getting into college.&nbsp; That’s true now more than ever; CPS received a record number of applicants this year for its selective enrollment and magnet schools.</p><p>This month, students are finding out whether or not they’ve been accepted to attend a selective enrollment or magnet school in the fall, so it seems like a fitting time to check in Katie Ellis. Ellis is Chicago Public Schools’ executive director of access and enrollment.&nbsp;</p><p>Friday on <em>Afternoon Shift, </em>Ms. Ellis and WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton will be on hand to take your calls and questions about the application process for selective enrollment and magnet schools, as well as the schools themselves. Tune in at 2:00pm, and dial 312-923-9239 to join the discussion.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-30/making-sense-chicago-public-schools-selective-enrollment-process-97759 The 3 @ 3: Regulating online dating, freeing Tibet and the revival of the doughnut http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/3-3-regulating-online-dating-freeing-tibet-and-revival-doughnut-97742 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/dougnuts.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-29/dougnuts.jpg" title="Doughnuts being made at Chicago's Doughnut Vault (Doughnut Vault/Tumblr) " height="334" width="500"></p><p>Today on The 3 @ 3, our daily culture news/panel consists of <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/">Vocalo's MorningAMP</a> hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams. They each join Steve in bringing a conversation topic to the table:</p><p><strong>Steve Edwards</strong>: The <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-28/news/ct-met-legislature-online-dating-0329-20120329_1_background-checks-legislation-sites">Illinois Senate passed legislation yesterday requiring online dating sites to say whether they perform criminal background checks on prospective members</a> – and would have to advertise such on the site. Legislation now goes to the House.&nbsp; Wait, that hasn’t been in play before? Also serious issues of stigma for ex-offenders, etc.&nbsp; What else should these sites be telling us, really? And what can we trust on online profiles anyway? What effect would more disclosure have on the way people approach sites? On dating life?</p><p><strong>Brian Babylon</strong>: A possible resurgence of the Free Tibet movement? In trying to stop news of the more than 30 self-immolations of Tibetan monks and students that have occurred in the past year (yeah, 30. 22 deaths.), Chinese authorities have made it a priority to delete people's cellphone photos and videos following the aftermath of these horrifying suicidal protests of helplessness. However on Monday, photos of the death of Tibetan Jamphel Yeshi made it to the Internet when he set himself on fire in Delhi while Hu Jintao was visiting.</p><p><strong>Molly Adams</strong>: <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/03/28/first_look_glazed_and_infused.php#photo-1">Doughnuts are the new cupcakes and I could not be happier!</a> I am a fat person trapped in a skinny person's body and OMG DONUTS! First the Doughnut Vault opened, bringing back the old school chestnuts, old-fashioned, gingerbreads, and mocha, along with some more&nbsp;experimental&nbsp;flavors like birthday cake. Bonus old school-ness: one dollar coffee! Now, Glazed and Infused is opening in the back of Francesca's Forno, with a service window facing the Damen Blue Line. They look awesome, but I am not down with all these over the top gourmet donuts they will be serving alongside the classics. We don't need creme brulee vanilla bean infused bacon crumble decadence! just make a solid cinnamon sugar cake donut and we're good to go.</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/3-3-regulating-online-dating-freeing-tibet-and-revival-doughnut-97742 'The Most Expensive Game in Town': A look at the rising cost of youth sports http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/most-expensive-game-town-look-rising-cost-youth-sports-97740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/youth soccer flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-29/youth%20soccer%20flickr.jpg" title="(Flickr/Erica Hampton)" width="500"></p><p>Kids cost a pretty penny these days. According to the <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/expendituresonchildrenbyfamilies.htm" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a>, it costs a middle-income, two-parent family $226,920, on average, to raise a child from birth to age 18—that’s almost 14 grand every year! That figure primarily accounts for general expenses like food, shelter, health and child care, transportation and education. The price tag for parents of the nearly 50 million kids who play organized sports each year is even steeper.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Lester Munson and Mark Hyman on the Afternoon Shift</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333561907-0" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Lester Munson.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div></div><br><p>In his new book, <em>The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families</em>, sports journalist <a href="http://www.markhyman.com/" target="_blank">Mark Hyman</a> examines the cost of youth sports—from uniforms to equipment, league fees, travel, tournament fees and clinics. In the book, he tells the story of one father of three, Fran Dicari, who blogs about his expenses under the moniker “<a href="http://www.statsdad.com/p/youth-sports-costs.html" target="_blank">Stats Dad</a>.” Last year, Dicari spent over $11,000 on league fees, physical therapy, personal coaches, AAU fees, baseball cleats, basketball sneakers, turf cleats, golf shoes, baseball gloves, golf gloves, airline tickets, shirts, shorts and oh so much more.</p><p>Hometown hockey hero and current color commentator for the Chicago Blackhawks Eddie Olczyk also recognized the rising cost of recreation. And so the Chicago Blackhawks and the Blackhawks Charities created <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=74491" target="_blank">The Eddie Olczyk Award</a> to support young hockey players and teams in Illinois who may not have the means to play at a competitive level. Olczyk joined Hyman, ESPN.com senior writer Lester Munson and Steve Edwards on <em>The Afternoon Shift </em>to discuss the high price of play.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/most-expensive-game-town-look-rising-cost-youth-sports-97740 Wednesday's game plan for 'Afternoon Shift': Surprise moves http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-28/wednesdays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-surprise-moves-97694 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-28/RS5188_AP120224136966-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-28/RS5188_alt_43.jpg" title="Charlie Trotter (AP/Wilfredo Lee)" height="385" width="630"></p><p>Chicago's longtime top chef, Charlie Trotter, took many by surprise when he announced his recent move to leave his restaurant and return to grad school. We talk with him and others involved in surprise moves on today's show. Here are the details straight from director Jason Marck.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 10px;">Listen to the first hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333163037-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift20120328_1.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-28/chicago-nicholas-burns-and-future-nato-97686"><strong>NATO</strong></a>- Nicholas Burns, former U.S. permanent representative to NATO and now Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government talks about the future of the military alliance.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Kishi Bashi</strong>- Musician K Ishibashi (Jupiter One, Of Montreal, Regina Spektor) is touring to support a new solo project, and joins us in the studio for some tunes and conversation.</p><p><strong>3 @ 3</strong>- Monica Eng (Chicago Tribune reporter) and WBEZ’s Niala Boodhoo (reporter, serious tweeter) join us to talk about today's ‘stories of the moment’. &nbsp;</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 10px;">Listen to the second hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333163046-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120328_2.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p><strong>Pfleger</strong>- The Irreverent Reverend, the Fiery Friar, Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church led community members Sunday in a vigil for slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. We talk with Father Pfleger about his efforts to raise awareness about youth violence.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/cleverapes"><strong>Clever Apes</strong></a>- Gabe Spitzer freaks us out. Shocking, right?&nbsp; This time it’s about&nbsp; Prions.&nbsp; They’re not a germ, or a virus, or a fungus.&nbsp; But man, they can mess you up in a serious mad-cow kinda way.&nbsp; What are they? Where are they?&nbsp; Will you ever be able to sleep again?</p><p><strong>Charlie Trotter</strong>- The famed chef and restaurateur is closing shop for now to pursue a master’s in Philosophy and Political Theory. He joins Steve Edwards to talk about his surprising decision.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-28/wednesdays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-surprise-moves-97694 What's driving the democratization of design? http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-23/whats-driving-democratization-design-97572 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-23/teakettleGallery.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Michael Graves on <em>Afternoon Shift</em></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333160133-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120323_Design.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p>In the past five years it seems the number of "design aficionados" has blown up. An entire cottage industry of design blogs document the minutiae of home decor in loving detail. A certain period television show (that returns this Sunday) spiked interest in mid-century furniture that a few years ago would've been relegated to thrift stores. What's behind the new interest in designed living? Is it merely another industry for fetishists to obsess over or could this be a real shift in quality of life for average people?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-23/teakettle.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 281px; margin: 7px;" title="(Flickr/Danielle Angres and René Spitz)"></p><p>One person inextricably linked to the recent democratization of design is world-renowned architect Michael Graves. His whimsical and affordable household items are huge sellers for Target (in this context pronounced "Tar-jay").&nbsp; He'll join Steve Edwards on Friday's <em>Afternoon Shift</em> to talk about the trend that some say is leading to a whole new design sophistication in America.&nbsp; Editor at Large of <em>Architecture</em> magazine, Ed Keegan, and Christine Harold of University of Washington are also on hand to unpack what’s driving the democratization of design and what are the benefits and drawbacks – for us, for our culture and for the environment.</p></p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-23/whats-driving-democratization-design-97572 Wednesday's game plan for 'Afternoon Shift': Post primary hangover http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-21/wednesdays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-post-primary-hangover-97509 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-21/Contested Election.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-21/Contested%20Election.jpg" title="(Flickr/Dan Fogel)" height="400" width="600"></p><p>Do you realize that yesterday Steve Edwards did four hours of live radio? He's back again today for another live two hour show. Anyone want to start a Chuck Norris style game about Steve's super-human abilities? Here are today's details, straight from director Jason Marck's email.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the first hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333159192-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120321_1.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p><strong>Jesse Jackson Jr.-</strong>The Congressman (D-IL 2) joins us to talk about his win over primary challenger Debbie Halverson.</p><p><strong>Romney/Blackhawks-</strong> Does negativity begat negativity?&nbsp; When Mitt Romney’s opponents attack him before a primary, the Blackhawks go on a losing streak.&nbsp; When Santorum &amp; Co. back off, they start lighting the lamp out the yinyang.&nbsp; We bring on Matt McKenna, author of the blog post “American Policy Suggestions from a Chicago Sports Fan” from <em>McSweeney's</em>.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2012-03-21/cleaning-after-you-steve-jensen-protects-32nd-ward-97510">Ward Cleanup</a>-</strong> All those yard signs and fliers that pop up before an election…graffiti on fences, posters on light poles…One man has made it his mission to clean all the crap out of his ward.&nbsp; We’ll meet Steve Jensen of Chicago’s 32<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p><strong>3 at 3</strong>- We unpack the viral stories of the day with The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn and WBEZ blogger Achy Obejas</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the second hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333159202-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120321_2.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p><strong>Anti Intellectual</strong>- Last night, Mitt Romney derisively referred to the president as “Professor Obama”.&nbsp; We’ll explore the anti-intellectual streak that’s run through a segment of American politics for 200 years and the role of ivory tower types in our government, &nbsp;with Hudson Institute Scholar and former Bush administration official Tevi Troy.&nbsp; Troy is the author of “Intellectuals and the American Presidency”</p><p><strong>Clever Apes</strong>- If you ever thought the world’s financial system was so crazy it was run by monkeys, you’re not far off. WBEZ science reporter Gabe Spitzer found out our ancient ancestors were spending and investing for millions of years.</p><p><strong>John Sayles</strong>- We profile indie film icon John Sayles, known for such films as <em>The Howling</em> and <em>Lone Star</em>.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-21/wednesdays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-post-primary-hangover-97509 Tuesday's game plan for 'Afternoon Shift': Paying dues http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/tuesdays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-paying-dues-97467 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-20/artist_main_andre2012.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Let's get into it! As a rule, WBEZ doesn't mention candidates on election day. It actually makes it very hard to produce relevant radio. But hey, it gives us a chance to not follow the headlines and talk about other issues from around the region. There are plenty.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-20/artist_main_andre2012.jpg" title="Andre Williams will peform live in our studios (Bloodshot Records)" height="351" width="555"></p><p><strong>Today on the #Afternoonshift:</strong></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the first hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333158678-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AS%20120320%20Hr%201%20of%202%20EDIT.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p>We’ve all heard that one in two marriages end in divorce.&nbsp; But there’s a new trend.&nbsp; Boomer-age couples who stayed together “for the sake of the kids” are untying the knot once they become empty nesters. Is this swaying the stats? Loyola Professor (and WBEZ blogger) Al Gini dives into the greater meaning. I think we just all want to be 19 again.&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, performing live today is Andre Williams. The <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andre-Williams/16574831615#%21/pages/Andre-Williams/16574831615?sk=info" target="_blank">Chicago native</a> has been called “one of the last living links to the heyday of dirty R&amp;B, super-soul and first generation booty funk.” He has a new album out on <a href="http://bloodshotrecords.com/artist/andre-williams" target="_blank">Bloodshot Records</a> called <em>Hoods and Shades</em>.&nbsp; Andre Williams and the Goldstars perform live on the Afternoon Shift.&nbsp; They'll also perform this Friday night at the <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/" target="_blank">Hideout</a> in Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>Each day, we invite two esteemed members of the Chicago media elite to discuss the stories Chicago is talking about.</p><p>Today: The <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-14/news/ct-met-speed-cameras-statistics-20120314_1_red-light-cameras-emanuel-administration-traffic-deaths">sketchy stats behind speed cameras</a>; the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/mccarthy-chicagos-rising-murder-rate-97446">police chief says weekend violence wasn't because of warm weather</a> (then what is causing it?) and Rosie O'Donnell didn't work in Chicago. <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/17/rosie-o-donnell-s-disastrous-oprah-winfrey-network-experience.html">Why</a>? with Chicago Tribune Reporter Kristen Mack and Vocalo Host Brian Babylon.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the second hour of the show</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333158687-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120320_2.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120320/MEDIA_ENTERTAINMENT/120329991"> The New York Times is tightening up its paywall</a>.&nbsp; What will be the impact on the news consumer, and what does it mean for the paywall model of dishing out information? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/paper-paywalls-now-global-phenomenon-97480">Ken Doctor from Newsonomics fill us in on the changes</a> and what digital news trends are taking shape in Europe.&nbsp;</p><p>Legendary photographer <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Balterman">Lee Balterman</a> has passed away. We’ll <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/remembering-lee-balterman-through-his-photos-97475">look back on his life and his work</a> with photography curator Paul Berlanga of the Stephen Daiter gallery.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/remembering-lee-balterman-through-his-photos-97475"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-20/402.018.3.06.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 474px; margin: 7px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" title="Untitled event invitation. Photo from 1950s/60s (Lee Balterman)"></a></p><p>Actor and writer<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Neff"> Lucas Neff</a> (from the Fox TV series Raising Hope) is back home in Chicago for the world premiere of his play The Last Duck. Lucal sits down for an extended interview about his young career. Neff grew up in Andersonville.</p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/tuesdays-game-plan-afternoon-shift-paying-dues-97467 NFL Head Games: Is football out of control? http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-08/nfl-head-games-football-out-control-97101 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-08/AP Cutler Saints.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-08/AP%20Cutler%20Saints.jpg" title="(AP/file)" height="345" width="512"></p><p>First rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 10px;">Listen to Hunter Hillenmeyer and Lester Munson discuss this issue on <em>Afternoon Shift</em></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332747873-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120308_NFL.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p>A similar omertà rule kept talk about the ugly truths of the similarly violent culture of the National Football League contained to pro football locker rooms for years. That all changed last week when a league investigation revealed that the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system which rewarded players for deliberately inflicting injuries on their opponents. The news is especially troubling given a concerted league effort in recent years to curtail pervasive cheap shots and concussions—little did Commissioner Roger Goodell know, the going rate for a “knockout” in New Orleans was $1,500.</p><p>Now, espn.com senior writer <a href="http://search.espn.go.com/lester-munson/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a> says, the culture of the NFL is on trial.</p><p>It’s not the only item on the league’s docket: The NFL is facing several lawsuits from former players alleging that the league hid evidence linking concussions to permanent brain injuries. Last year the Chicago Bears terminated linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer’s contract shortly after the team’s concussion consultant recommended he no longer play football. The concussion Hillenmeyer sustained in a preseason game against the Cardinals in 2010 turned out to be a career-ending blow. Now, Hillenmeyer is entangled in a grievance process to claim his injury protection benefit—50 percent of his base salary up to $1 million—as is stipulated by the National Football League Players’ Association’s collective bargaining agreement.</p><p>His case is not unique according to the NFLPA; the union claims that despite the contract provision, many retired players have been denied benefits after suffering career-ending head injuries.</p><p>Hillenmeyer joined Munson and <em>Afternoon Shift </em>to tackle the question: Are hard hits and bounties just a part of the game or are they systematic unnecessary roughness?</p><p>Munson <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/page/munson-120302/dave-duerson-concussion-lawsuit-put-nfl-defensive" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson, who took his own life last February. A postmortem study of Duerson's brain revealed that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a form of damage to the tissues of the brain that results from concussions.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-08/nfl-head-games-football-out-control-97101