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Afternoon Shift: Project Soapbox, female Executive Officers and Doris Kearns Goodwin

Project Soapbox, an annual high school speech competition, is this weekend at ITT. A study shows female Executive Officers are declining in Chicago. Author and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, joins us to talk about her new book, "The Bully Pulpit."

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  1. Project Soapbox speech competition this weekend

    Project Soapbox is an annual speech competition organized by the Mikva Challenge, that encourages high school students all across the city to speak out about issues of importance. The competition will be this Saturday at ITT. WBEZ's Becky Vevea joins us in studio to talk about the classroom competitions she went to a few weeks back. Program coordinator, Meghan Goldenstein also joins us in studio.
  2. Study reveals declining numbers in female Executive Officers in Chicago

    Although more women are serving on boards of directors at Chicago's 50 largest publicly traded companies, a new report shows there are less female Executive Officers than previous years. The study underscores how much still has to be done to close the gender gap. If the rate of change persists, it could be 71 years before women and men are equally represented in the boardroom and executive suites. President and CEO of The Chicago Network, Kate Benson, joins us in studio.
  3. Weather and news

    A new app allows you to check the weather on mars. The Mars rover "Curiosity" has an instruments called REMS, or the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station. Spain's Centro de Astrobiologia developed REMS and the app which allows users to look at the daily weather report for Mars.
  4. An argument over the Lincoln Park School annex leads to a fist fight between parents. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced a $15 million addition for Lincoln Elementary which is having problems with overcrowding. But poorer schools in the districts are facing much more overcrowding that isn't being addressed. WBEZ education reporter, Linda Lutton joins us in studio with DNAinfo reporter Paul Biasco.
  5. The Strange Brews podcasters join us to talk about developing a beer-tasting palate and discuss what it is host Niala Boodhoo dislikes about beer. WBEZ's Andrew Gill, Tim Akimoff and Alison Cuddy look at the elements of taste and what makes beers taste different.
  6. #afternoonshift Host Niala Boodhoo experiencing craft beer with our Strange Brew podcasters.
    #afternoonshift Host Niala Boodhoo experiencing craft beer with our Strange Brew podcasters.
  7. Doris Kearns Goodwin on "The Bully Pulpit"

    Author and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, joins us in studio to talk about her new book "The Bully Pulpit" and the state of journalism media in the U.S.
  8. #afternoonshift Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on Teddy Roosevelt and her book "The Bully Pulpit."
    #afternoonshift Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on Teddy Roosevelt and her book "The Bully Pulpit."
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