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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:00:09:51

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:00:12:28

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:00:14:38

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:00:14:47

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:00:13:33

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:00:05:53

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:00:11:05

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:00:19:09

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:00:14:33

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:00:14:46

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:00:06:29

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:00:15:31

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:00:15:48

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:00:15:26

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:00:31:59

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:00:13:19

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:00:10:00

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:00:11:11