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Juvenile inmates in Louisiana. (AP/Tim Mueller)

What happens when a 13 year old commits a terrible crime? Do they deserve to be locked away for life after that kind of start?

Other questionable starts: This year's Taste of Chicago $25 ticket fee, the race for the GOP nomination and African-Americans' history in the United States generally.

Monday on Afternoon Shift all these topics will be discussed. Here are more details from director Jason Marck:

Listen to the first hour of the show

Juvenile Justice- Tomorrow the United States Supreme Court will hear a debate on the application of harsh penalties imposed on juvenile offenders who commit heinous crimes. The court has already rejected the death penalty for juveniles (Roper v. Simmons 2005), and it has said that juveniles who commit non-homicide offenses can no longer receive sentences of life without parole (Graham v. Florida 2010). Now it will address whether juvenile murders --13 and 14 year olds--should receive sentences of life without parole.  We’re joined by journalist Linda Paul and NYU Law Professor Rachel Barkow

Culture Panel- Frank Sennett of Time Out Chicago and Amy Guth of the Chicago Tribune join us to talk about the viral topics of the day. Today's topic should include the ticket fee being floated for Taste of Chicago, This American Life's retraction of their episode on Apple's factory conditions and Groupon's recent settlement.

Listen to the second hour of the show


GOP Politics- One day out from the Illinois primary, we’ll find out if our state’s voters are more Mitt-ish or Santorum-esque. What issues are affecting voters' decision at the polls? How are female GOP voters leaning? Conservatives Fran Eaton and Buffy Bains answer some of those questions.

Julieanna Richardson-Julieanna Richardson founded The HistoryMakers in Chicago over a decade ago with the goal of capturing "the whole depth and breadth of the African-American experience." Since then, The HistoryMakers has grown into the nation's largest African American oral history archive.  Richardson joins us to talk about her project and her most memorable moments working on it over the years.

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