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Friday's game plan for 'Afternoon Shift': Doing it for yourself

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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt at the 2008 Emmy Awards (Flickr/Kristen Dos Santos)


Today we talk with sociologist Eric Klinenberg about the trend of people choosing to live alone and filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt about single people having babies. Those and Michael Puente's story about the National Black Political Convention all relate to people creating the world they desire through self-determination.

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Kleinenberg:  Sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg joins us to discuss his new book. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, discusses the rising number of adults choosing to live alone.

Puente: 40 years ago, 8,000 people attended the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Ind. WBEZ’s Michael Puente takes a look at the lasting legacy of the gathering. 

LTAB:  2 of the finalists from Louder Than A Bomb join us to give us their stories and perform their poetry. 

Rewind:   Rick Kogan of the Trib and Mick Dumke of the Reader join us for their take on the week’s biggest news stories. (optional afternoon drinking game component:  do a shot every time you hear the words “Rahm” or “G8”)

Friends With Kids:  Writer/Actor/Director Jennifer Westfeldt’s new film may be an “indie”, but the cast is filled with heavy hitters (Kristen Wiig, John Hamm, Ed Burns, etc).  Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids opens today, and she joins us to discuss the movie’s themes…and the increase in the number of women writing, directing, and producing in Hollywood.

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