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English


Episodes

From Mickey Mouse To Oprah: What Chicagoans Write In On Election Day

2/17/2019
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Election judges don’t usually count votes for cartoon mice or celebrities, but there was one exception. We took a peek.

Duration:00:06:47

To Chicago, With Love: What Do Transplants Love About The City?

2/10/2019
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One Chicagoan wants to know what people who moved to Chicago love about the city. From fireflies to marathons, here’s what they have to say.

Duration:00:11:16

Chicago’s Dill Pickle Club: Where Anarchists Mixed With Doctors And Poets

2/3/2019
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The Dill Pickle wasn’t just any old 1920s nightclub. It opened its doors to queer Chicagoans and other marginalized groups.

Duration:00:10:04

The Gold Star Sardine Bar: The Rise And Fall Of A Chicago Jazz Club

1/27/2019
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The story of one Chicago grocery store tycoon’s dream for jazz music, movie stars, and bygone glamour.

Duration:00:15:36

Buying Black Then And Now: What’s The History Of Black-Owned Business Signs In Chicago?

1/20/2019
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From boycotts to hashtags, Curious City traces the history of a 150-year-old message urging the black community to support black businesses.

Duration:00:10:03

What Was It Like To Dance At The Warehouse Club In Chicago?

1/13/2019
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Curious City spends a night at The Warehouse club through the memories of teens who danced there in the 1980s.

Duration:00:09:35

Unlocking The Closet: Coming Out Later In Life

1/6/2019
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WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia talks with people who came out later in life about how that affected their closest relationships.

Duration:00:43:37

VPR’s ‘But Why’: Why Do We Poop And Fart?

12/30/2018
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A recent episode from VPR’s podcast for curious kids features reporting from Curious City about what happens after you flush the toilet.

Duration:00:25:42

Tips For Hunting Chicago’s Long-lost Recipes

12/23/2018
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The city's top recipe sleuths share their secrets as we recreate a divine, but elusive, fried chicken dish.

Duration:00:09:25

A Butcher, A Developer And His Wife: Where Six Chicago Streets Got Their Names (And Pronunciations!)

12/16/2018
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Hint: If you want a Chicago street named after you, it helps to know a real estate developer — or be married to one!

Duration:00:06:26

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 and then defend stacks of petition signatures. We break down who this helps and hurts.

Duration:00:09:43

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:00:14:20

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:00:10:00

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:00:01:47

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:00:14:17

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:00:05:47

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:00:10:05

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:00:10:45