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Chicago, IL

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English


Episodes

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 Family Murder 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

Navy Pier Flyover For Bikers, Joggers Delayed (Again)

5/1/2018
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Warm weather this week has filled Chicago’s lakefront with bikers and joggers enjoying the outdoors after a record cold April. But those hoping to use the new flyover path near Navy Pier will now have to wait even longer than expected, and taxpayers could be on the hook for millions more on the perennially delayed project.

Duration:00:01:59

What Are Chicago’s Oldest Laws?

4/28/2018
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Looking around Chicago today, you won’t find many stink balls or cannons—but did you know the city has ordinances regulating both? When these laws were first passed more than a century ago, aldermen may have believed they posed a real threat. But today, these old laws don’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. Logan Square resident Ty McCarthy was wondering whether Chicago had any outdated laws on the books. So he asked Curious City: What are some of Chicago’s oldest and weirdest laws? To...

Duration:00:10:00

Which Historical Monuments Have Sparked Controversy In Chicago?

4/22/2018
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From a statue honoring police to a tribute to Confederate prisoners, these monuments have raised debate over how history is represented.

Duration:00:09:46

Map Quest: Searching for Chicago’s ‘Lizard Mound’

4/15/2018
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A Curious City fan asked us about an odd detail on an old Chicago map. Was it really a Native American burial mound?

Duration:00:15:13

Mold-A-Rama-Rama! The Secrets Behind Chicago's Plastic Souvenir Empire

4/8/2018
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How a Chicago-area family turned cheap plastic souvenirs into a nostalgia empire.

Duration:00:09:48

Seeing Red: What’s Up With That Stoplight On North Lake Shore Drive?

4/1/2018
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The light near Chicago Avenue causes mile-long backups. City officials are proposing a solution, but you might be in traffic for a while.

Duration:00:06:35

Picture This: Did The Art Institute of Chicago Ever Rent Out Paintings?

3/25/2018
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Robert K. Elder would love to decorate the walls in his living room with original paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago. So he was floored when a friend told him that her mom rented two pieces of artwork back in the day. This was hard for Robert to imagine. Like, what would that even look like? Someone strolling onto Michigan Avenue with a rented Monet stuck in his or her backpack? Curious City looked into whether this story has any truth to it.

Duration:00:09:07

From Blizzards To Heat Waves: Is It Actually Harder To Predict Weather In Chicago?

3/18/2018
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Beach weather one day and freezing rain the next: Chicago weather can be unpredictable, but how do we compare to other cities?

Duration:00:11:18

Get A Piece Of This: 9 Chicago Pizza Mysteries Solved

3/8/2018
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You asked about square slices, where the pepperoni goes, and the origins of the pizza puff. We dish it deep on nine questions you kneaded to know.

Duration:00:15:10