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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

Description:

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

Chicago Candidates Need Loads of Petition Signatures To Land On The Ballot, But Is That Fair?

12/9/2018
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Candidates need to gather loads of signatures to secure a space on the ballot. One listener wonders whether that’s fair.

Duration:00:09:40

Pregnancy Tests? Pigeon Poo? What Chicago Aldermen Really Do

12/2/2018
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Sure, they pass laws and vote on city budgets. But there’s so much more. Think: Pregnancy tests and pigeon poo.

Duration:00:10:23

DEH-vin Or Deh-VOHN? Why The CTA Pronounces Chicago Street Names A Certain Way

11/25/2018
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The CTA consults lots of sources to decide how to pronounce street names. Take our quiz to find out how your pronunciations match up.

Duration:00:07:06

Displaced: When The Eisenhower Expressway Moved In, Who Was Forced Out?

11/18/2018
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The Ike was the city’s first superhighway. In this special presentation, people affected open up about how it scattered ethnic neighborhoods and changed many lives forever.

Duration:00:14:11

Steak And Lemonade: What Are The Origins Of This Chicago Food Combo?

11/11/2018
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The beef sandwich and slushy drink are sold together all across the South and West sides. We track down the guy who put the two together.

Duration:00:09:57

Did All Chicagoans Support The Civil War?

11/4/2018
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The story of Irish-American draft resisters, African-Americans who defied the odds in order to fight, and women who found alternate ways to support the war.

Duration:00:01:49

From Stockyards To Speakeasies: A Chicago Historian Tackles 5 Questions About The City’s History

10/28/2018
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Dominic Pacyga shares his encyclopedic knowledge of Chicago history and answers questions about everything from “gin joints” to stockyards.

Duration:00:14:22

How Vacant Chicago Storefronts Rise From The Dead As Halloween Costume Stores

10/21/2018
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We unearth the business model behind these seasonal shops, and get the scoop on what costumes will be most popular this season.

Duration:00:05:53

Why Doesn’t Chicago Have More Co-Op Grocery Stores?

10/14/2018
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We learn that, despite the current paucity of food co-ops, the city actually has a strong food co-op history — and there may be more on the horizon.

Duration:00:10:03

Gone Fishin’: What Happened To Chicago’s Booming Commercial Fishing Industry?

10/7/2018
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Chicago once had a booming commercial fishing industry. Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp is one of the last vestiges of that industry.

Duration:00:10:47

Who Is Billy Sunday In The Popular Sinatra Song, ‘Chicago?’

9/30/2018
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Billy Sunday was an influential preacher within the American evangelical movement. How'd he end up in a song sung by Sinatra?

Duration:00:10:09

How Political Clout And Union Power 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