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Afternoon Shift: Are cliques harmful or helpful for students?

Are cliques harmful or helpful for students?

The Breakfast Club celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. All across the country, screenings of the film will be played including here in Chicago tomorrow through next Tuesday. The Breakfast Club’s characters belonged to different cliques including the jocks and the rebels. And this big anniversary made us think about High School cliques and how those groups develop.

We talk to UCLA anthropology professor  Norma Mendoza Denton, who studies cliques in high school, along with Kirk Honeycutt, the author of “John Hughes: A Life in Film” about the lasting influence of Hughes’ teenage films like The Breakfast Club. WBEZ’s Monica Eng also joins the conversation.


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Guest: Becky Vevea is a WBEZ reporter.

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Guest: Louisa Chu is the co-host of WBEZ’s Chewing the Fat podcast.

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Guest: Poonam Gupta is the founder of the Government Technology Foundation.

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Guest: Cheryl Raye-Stout is WBEZ’s sports contributor.

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