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Maureen Mackie

In April 1938, a guy shows up on the cover of Detective Comics’ Action #1 holding a car over his head, wearing blue tights, a red cape and a giant “S” on his chest. 75 years later, that man - now known as Superman - is still one of the planet’s most recognizable icons with thousands of comic books, several blockbuster movies and even an entire museum right here in Illinois.
Neil Hamburger and Tim Heidecker, alongside Eric Wareheim, created Tom Goes to the Mayor and host Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The comedians join Afternoon Shift today to discuss their work on the screen and stage, and how life on the road - they’re in Chicago as part of a national tour - is treating them.
The band will be playing a free show at Taste of Chicago on Thursday, kicking off their summer tour.
First, we talk with writer Jonathan Gottschall about his book The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. And with the days getting longer, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. We discuss the science of sleep with Dr. Eve Van Cauter and Dr. Lisa Wolfe of Northwestern University.