Chicago Cops, Unrest in Brazil, March Madness

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Demonstrators march through downtown on December 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Coming up on today's show:

  • On Thursday, the Chicago Police Department announced three finalists for the city’s next police superintendent. What does it take to be a top cop in the Windy City? Deborah Shelton, managing editor of the Chicago Reporter, and Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board, weigh in.
  • Protests continued across Brazil this week after ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was appointed to the cabinet of sitting President Dilma Rousseff, a move seen as a way to evade a widening corruption investigation. Bruce Douglas, Brazil correspondent for Latin American Newsletters, has the details.
  • The NCAA March Madness tournament began Thursday night with 16 games across the country. We look at three of the highest performing but most underrated players in the tournament with David Gardener, college basketball producer for Sports Illustrated.
  • Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, reviews this week’s big new releases, including the Christian drama "Miracles from Heaven," "Allegiant," the final first film of "The Divergent" young adult action series, and "The Bronze," a new comedy-drama.
  • As part of The Takeaway’s collaboration with WBEZ’s "Heat of the Moment" project, we hear from Selina Leem, a native of the Marshall Islands, an area uniquely threatened by climate change. Selina and her community are dealing with the reality that they soon may be forced to leave their homes behind. 
  • Father Oliver Rafferty, a professor of history and director of the Irish Studies Program at Boston College, discusses the 100th anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising, and considers America's role in the nationalist movement which eventually led to Ireland's independence.