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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

Bed Rest And Sputum Tests: Inside Chicago's Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

3/1/2018
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Former patients recall the tests, treatments, and trauma more than 250,000 Chicagoans experienced over the sanitarium's near 60-year-long existence.

Duration:00:14:00

How 1920s Chicago Public School Design Reflects Changes In Education

2/22/2018
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More public elementary schools were built in the 1920s than in any other era. Their design reflected new ideas about child development and health.

Duration:00:09:43

Not In Your Front Yard: Why ‘For Sale’ Signs Are Banned In Oak Park

2/18/2018
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The village insists a decades-old rule to fight blockbusting continues to protect a precious suburban commodity: diversity.

Duration:00:09:24

How Often Do People Defend Themselves With A Gun?

2/11/2018
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Duration:00:13:26

What's It Like To Live In Chicago's Loop?

2/4/2018
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A family, a dog owner and tenants of a men's hotel explain why the Loop offers a sense of community amid the hustle and bustle.

Duration:00:13:30

What Makes Chicago A Destination For Improv?

1/28/2018
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A long list of famous comedians got their start doing improv in Chicago. Curious City talks to eight improvisers about why the city is no joke when it comes to the funny business.

Duration:00:13:45

What Happens To The Lincoln Park Zoo Animals In The Winter?

1/21/2018
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Do the animals go somewhere warm, like Florida? Does the zoo give them coats? We took a behind-the-scene tour of the zoo to find out.

Duration:00:05:32

Why Aren't There More Statues Of Women In Chicago?

1/14/2018
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Statues of historic men can be found throughout Chicago’s parks and plazas. But one Curious Citizen wonders, "Where are all the women?"

Duration:00:09:03

What’s With That Demolition Dust? The Rules And Risks Of Residential Teardowns In Chicago

1/5/2018
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Tearing down an old home can release dust containing asbestos or lead. Curious City found that Chicago rarely enforces demolition laws meant to minimize exposure to these contaminants.

Duration:00:12:29

Curious City: The Mystery Collection

12/31/2017
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Answers to listeners' questions about the mysterious side of Chicago that lies beyond the soaring skyscrapers and the sheen of the Bean.

Duration:00:52:38

Blacksmiths: The 'Plastic Surgeons' On Chicago's Payroll

12/24/2017
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The City of Chicago employs 20 full-time blacksmiths. But what do they do? And what's with the ancient job title?

Duration:00:08:29

Are Taxpayers Footing The Bill For Patriotic Tributes At College Games?

12/17/2017
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A 2015 Senate investigation found that the DOD did in fact pay college sports teams to stage patriotic tributes at games. Curious City finds out whether they still do.

Duration:00:08:37

What Would You Do With A Million Dollars? Whether Participatory Budgeting Is Worth The Effort

12/10/2017
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Some wards vote on how to spend some taxpayer money. Does it help spread the wealth or is it just a feel-good exercise?

Duration:00:13:36

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