Afternoon Shift Afternoon Shift: Uneasy access WBEZ February 26, 2013 [View the story "'Afternoon Shift'#258: Uneasy access" on Storify]'Afternoon Shift'#258: Uneasy accessBlogger Julie Vassilatos and community organizer Leesa Albert join us to discuss food deserts, school closings and much more. We'll also check in with the same-sex marriage fight in Springfield, hear from author Michael Hainey and discover a service that helps Chicago students in trouble. Storified by · Tue, Feb 26 2013 12:38:28 More content below this sponsor message The Day Today: Hyde Park residents Julie Vassilatos and Leesa Albert have more than their zip code in common—both are mothers to a child with special needs. Vassilatos, editor of the blog “Cook's County: Urban Stories of Food and Life”, and Albert, a community organizer, join us to discuss the day’s news and how it relates to their lives and work. We’ll also hear from State Rep. Dan Brady who sponsored a bill to gain insurance coverage for hearing aids. And, we’ll also talk with a Northwestern professor, Jeanne-Marie-Olson, who is voluntarily crunching the numbers around CPS school closings.'Louder Than a Bomb' still crackles with young poets' ideasLast week, in a valiant effort and one that deserves to be applauded, the mayor and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas took the point in an e...Are food deserts just a mirage?"The South Side really has so much beauty," she told me. "The old buildings, the lakefront." "I'm acclimated to the neighborhood now. But...School closings: Combining CPS schools could pose security challengeWhen KIPP charter school was given space inside Penn elementary in North Lawndale nearly four years ago, charter students were bused from...Same-Sex Marriage: As Illinois lawmakers consider a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, we speak to Harvard Law professor Michael J. Klarman, the author of From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage.The House Committee hearing on the marriage bill begins at 3 today! Help make sure it advances to the House floor: http://bit.ly/VKPk7lEquality IllinoisMapping The Road 'From The Closet To The Altar' : NPRDuring a college visit to Colorado in September, Ruth Bader Ginsburg told students that she expects to rule this coming term on the Defen...Michael Hainey: Former Chicagoan Michael Hainey, deputy editor of GQ, explores his newspaperman father’s mysterious death in his new book, After Visiting Friends.'After Visiting Friends' by Michael HaineyMichael Hainey's mother taught him about Michael Corleone. She loved "The Godfather," and her favorite scene was its last one. She explai...24-Hour Crisis Care: The Comprehensive Community Based Services Program is a 24-hour crisis intervention program that covers every community in the state. CCBYS helps youth age 11-17 who are in danger -- locked out of their homes, runaways, or involved in other status offenses that place them at risk of involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We’ll speak with Andrea Durbin, chief executive officer of Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Andrea Kuebbeler, clinical director at Alternatives, Inc., and Kenny Martin-Ocasio, the executive director & CEO of the Youth Services Project, about the program and the need for 24-hour care.