Afternoon Shift: Reynolds Wintersmith's release, condo communities and Iowan wind energy

Reynolds Wintersmith talks about his life in prison and what led to his commuted sentence. We talk about condo communities and a proposal that could help regulate them. Plus, we look at a controversial plan to use wind energy from Iowa, which could save Chicagoans money.


  1. Obama orders release of Reynolds Wintersmith after 20 years in prison

    Reynolds Wintersmith was one of just eight sentences President Barack Obama commuted last year. Wintersmith was convicted on crack cocaine-related drug charges when he was 20-years-old. It was his first conviction, but because of federal sentencing guidelines at the time, he was sentenced to life without parole. He served more than 20 years in prison until earlier this year, when he was released to a halfway house facility. He left there last week and is now on his own for the first time since he was teenager. Reynolds Wintersmith joins us in studio along with Elena Quintana, clinical psychologist and executive director of the Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

  2. Reynolds Wintersmith Jr. was ordered by President Obama to be released from jail | #afternoonshift hears his story now @wbezchicago @NialaBoodhoo
    Reynolds Wintersmith Jr. was ordered by President Obama to be released from jail | #afternoonshift hears his story now @wbezchicago @NialaBoodhoo
  3. Book Club: 'Bedrock Faith' and condo associations

    This month's Book Club has focused on houses and neighborhoods, similar to the fictional Parkland where Bedrock Faith is set. We look at another community that is a sort of neighborhood to many in Chicago: the condo assocation. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz joins us to talk about her proposal to create an office for an ombudsman who could regulate condo associations.

  4. The Rock Island Clean Line could save Chicagoans money

    Landowners in both Iowa and Illinois are opposing a proposed transmission line that could save Chicago residents cash on their electricity bills.  The Rock Island Clean Line is a 500 mile overhead power line that would deliver 3,500 megawatts from wind energy from northwest Iowa. Reporter Shannon Heffernan has been following the story and joins us to talk about the controversy.
  5. Rising popularity in choosing bus for travel

    A new study by DePaul’s Chaddick Institute is looking into how consumers are choosing to travel. The study focuses on the rising popularity of bus travel. Director of the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University Joseph Schwieterman joins us on the line.

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    once upon a time in the west
  7. Alinea chef sparks debate about dining with children

    Chicago’s Alinea restaurant recently shocked the dining world by revealing its dilemma over what to do with a crying infant in its famed dining room.The topic has remained the subject of hot debate, with some commenting that it might be a cultural issue. WBEZ’s Monica Eng joins us to talk about the controversy.

  8. Tech Shift: Open Street Map creates a crowd source map of the world

    In the world of online maps, services like Google Maps tend to rule the playing field. But another group, Open Street Maps, has been working for a decade to create a crowd sourced map of the world. This weekend, the group is getting together to improve Chicago's map. Chicago Developer and Open Street Map Board Member, Ian Dees, joins us.