'Afternoon Shift' #165: The future of facts

On Tuesday's show we consider the fourth estate, the gay and straight brain, the new sculptures on Lake Shore Drive and the master of made-up facts, John Hodgman.

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  1. How will the news industry change over the next decade as we become an increasingly social media driven, paperless, and global society? We ponder citizen journalism, digital media and the future of news as we know it. 
  2. Neuroscientist Simon LeVay talks about his research into the gay and straight brain. His most recent book is:  Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation.
  3. Tracy Baim of Windy City Media Group and Andrew Huff of Gapers Block join us to toss around the 3 @ 3 news football. 
  4. The new sculptures along Lake Shore Drive get a negative review in our unscientific survey. Alison Cuddy joins the show to talk about why they're there in the first place.
  5. Actor, author, humorist, humor editor of NYT Mag, contributor to The Daily Show and This American Life.  Doesn’t get much hipper than that, which is why, of course, he lives in Brooklyn.  His most recent book That Is All  is out in paperback, and he’ll be appearing at Northwestern in Evanston this weekend as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.
  6. A photo I took of John Hodgman at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts, circa 1988-9.
  7. Today's Break Room track comes from John Lennon, who would have been 72 today. The song "You Are Here" is from the album Mind Games.
  8. You Are Here - John Lennon
  9. Listen to today's full episode here: