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Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy your curiosities. You ask your questions about Chicago, the region and the people who live here, vote for your favorites, and together we find the answers. It’s your Curious City.

Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy your curiosities. You ask your questions about Chicago, the region and the people who live here, vote for your favorites, and together we find the answers. It’s your Curious City.
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Chicago, IL

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Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy your curiosities. You ask your questions about Chicago, the region and the people who live here, vote for your favorites, and together we find the answers. It’s your Curious City.

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English

Contact:

848 East Grand Ave Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois 60611 888-789-7752


Episodes

How Political Clout And Union Might Created Chicago’s Lead Water Problem

9/16/2018
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Chicago continued to use lead pipes long after many cities banned them. We look at the politics and personalities behind it.

Duration:00:09:46

Daley vs. Little Italy: Did The Mayor Drop UIC On The Neighborhood Out Of Spite?

9/9/2018
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Why did Richard J. Daley push for the UIC campus to rise from the heart of a long-standing ethnic neighborhood? In this special Curious City presentation, reporter Monica Eng examines the pervasive suspicion that the mayor’s choice rose from a political spat or — even worse — from disdain for the Italian-American community. Click here for the full story.

Duration:00:12:30

Hidden in Plain Sight: Inside Downtown Chicago's Windowless, Doorless Buildings

9/2/2018
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Here’s a peek at what goes on inside some of these “mystery buildings” and how their architectural disguises have evolved over the decades.

Duration:00:14:33

This Synagogue’s Story Mirrors The History Of Jewish Migration Across Chicago

8/26/2018
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We trace one synagogue’s migration, from the Maxwell Street neighborhood to North Lawndale to West Rogers Park.

Duration:00:14:53

What Happened To The East Chicago Residents Forced Out By Pollution?

8/19/2018
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More than 1,100 people had to move due to pollution. We follow two of them as they fight to find housing.

Duration:00:13:31

What Are The Costs Of Chicago’s Air And Water Show?

8/12/2018
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The city says the show generates millions of dollars in business. But some listeners wonder whether it’s worth the environmental costs.

Duration:00:05:55

Skyscraper Central: Why Are So Many of Chicago's Tallest Buildings Located Downtown?

8/5/2018
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We find out why downtown became the go-to destination for Chicago’s tallest buildings, and whether that might change in the future.

Duration:00:11:08

An Extended Interview With Actor And Improviser T.J. Jagodowski

7/29/2018
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Lots of famous comedians got their start in Chicago. Actor and improviser T.J. Jagodowski talks with Jimmy Carrane about why that’s the case.

Duration:00:19:06

What Officials Are(n't) Doing About Chicago’s Lead Pipes

7/22/2018
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Chicago has the nation's most extensive network of lead service lines, but city officials say drinking water is safe.

Duration:00:14:32

How The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Played Into Chicago’s Rivalry With New York

7/15/2018
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In this live podcast episode, two actors playing New York and Chicago duke it out over who will host the coveted 1893 World’s Fair.

Duration:00:14:41

Why Do Chicago Beaches Ban Flotation Devices?

7/8/2018
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One Chicagoan wonders why Chicago beaches ban things like rafts and boogie boards. But experts say there's good reason to leave them at home.

Duration:00:06:30

How Does Chicago Track Its Coyotes?

7/1/2018
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Chicago is home to an estimated 2,000 coyotes. To learn how they survive, Curious City joined researchers as they tracked down pups.

Duration:00:15:37

Doors Closing! Life As A CTA Rail Operator

6/24/2018
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Long hours, fatigue, and boredom can be hazards of the job. But former rail operators say there’s a lot to love about driving an 'L' train.

Duration:00:15:53

How Pollution Seeped Into The Lives Of East Chicago Residents

6/17/2018
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When pollution invaded Ezell Foster’s East Chicago neighborhood, he found himself stuck between industry and a bureaucracy.

Duration:00:15:20

WPLN’s 'The Promise': A Beautiful Day In The Projects

6/10/2018
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We curate an episode from WPLN’s podcast, ‘The Promise,’ a series about life in the James Cayce Homes, a public housing complex in Nashville.

Duration:00:28:40

Nerdette: Comedian John Hodgman Really Loves Malört

6/3/2018
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We curate an episode of the WBEZ podcast, Nerdette, featuring an interview with comedian John Hodgman and the very Chicago story of Malört.

Duration:00:31:54

Special Training For School Police: How Do Young People Feel About It?

5/27/2018
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As lawmakers move to require additional training for police in Illinois schools, five young people weigh in on whether it will make a difference.

Duration:00:14:01

Seeing Blue: Will Chicago's New LED Streetlights Do More Harm Than Good?

5/20/2018
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Do LED lights cause cancer? Can they really reduce crime? One kid is so concerned about LED streetlights that he called Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Duration:00:13:24

Sweet Success: How Chicago's Mexican Bakeries Stay Competitive

5/13/2018
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Lots of Mexican bakeries can be found near one another in neighborhoods like Pilsen. So how do they stay in business?

Duration:00:10:04

What A Murder In My Family Reveals About Chicago’s Chinese Gangs

5/6/2018
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On a warm September night, a gunman walked into a West Side restaurant, greeted the manager, and shot him three times. Hours after the murder, Chicago cops were still trying to figure out if the shooting was gang-related, the Chicago Tribune reported. This may sound a lot like Chicago in 2018. But the murder actually happened in 1936. The alleged gangs were Chinese — and the killer was after my family. That’s one of the reasons I recently took on a Curious City question about the history...

Duration:00:11:12