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Afternoon Shift #278: A spoonful of sugar

Art Sims of Chat Daddy and Brown Sugar Bakery's Stephanie Hart offer hopeful stories of life in Chicago's toughest areas. WBEZ's Odette Yousef talks about the death of homeless man Jack King. Host Rick Kogan finds out about foster care in Auburn-Gresham and chats with Pat Byrnes, a.k.a. Captain Dad.


  1. The Day Today: A pair of eternal optimists help us see the world through a more positive prism. Art “Chat Daddy” Sims, relationship guru and entertainment contributor for WCIU, The U, and Stephanie Hart, owner of the Brown Sugar Bakery in Greater Grand Crossing, join Rick Kogan for the hour. They talk about how violence, the media and the economy has reshaped their neighborhoods—and how in spite of it all, they see a brighter future within reach. Also, Chicago Tribune transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch discusses the latest on the CTA’s new Ventra fare card.

  2. Homeless Death: The debate over how welcome the homeless are in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood took a tragic turn when the body of a homeless man was found outside a health clinic in the 46th Ward this month. Just days before his death, the man spoke with WBEZ’s Odette Yousef – and raised the alarm about evictions that he and other homeless were subjected to under a new alderman’s watch.

  3. SOS Foster Care: Almost 10 years ago, a rare oasis developed around 76th Street and Parnell Avenue. The SOS Children’s Village aims to help children whose world has been turned upside down by parental abuse, neglect or abandonment. It is a place where siblings from the same family can live with foster parents whose full-time job will be to raise them. Afternoon Shift learns about the Village and its connection to the surrounding Auburn-Gresham community from its CEO, Tim McCormick, and SOS alum Tarek.

  4. Surviving Spring Break: It is day two of spring break for Chicago Public School students and many suburban districts. For many parents, especially in dual-income households, trying to manage their kids’ schedules for the week can be a logistical nightmare. Captain Dad blogger Pat Byrnes shares how he has been juggling his daughters’ schedules. His book, Captain Dad: The Manly Art of Stay-at-Home Parenting, comes out later this year. To join the conversation, call 312.923.9239 or tweet using #AfternoonShift.