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Curious City

Chicago Public Media

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

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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.

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English

Contact:

848 East Grand Ave Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois 60611 888-789-7752


Episodes

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


So, Why Did It Take So Long For It To Be Mayor Jane Byrne's Turn?

12/3/2017
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It took decades for Chicago's first and only female mayor to land an official honor from City Council. Is there a reason it took so long?

Duration: 00:13:52


Where Does Your Poop Go?

11/26/2017
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Curious City finds out where your poop goes by taking a journey through the Chicago-area sewer system.

Duration: 00:08:45


Little Fingers And Screechy Sounds: Why Do So Many Kids Learn To Play The Recorder?

11/19/2017
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The recorder often inflicts squeaky torture on parents. Music teacher Valerie DePriest explains why it became a staple in music education.

Duration: 00:08:14


Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago As We Know It?

11/12/2017
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Names like Marquette and Joliet are cited in history books. But it was Native Americans who first set Chicago on a path to develop into a major metropolis.

Duration: 00:13:28


Don't Believe The Height! Why Chicago Suburb Names Flat Out Lie About Their Elevation

11/5/2017
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From Chicago Heights to Mount Prospect, here's why Chicago suburb names flat out lie about their elevation.

Duration: 00:12:33


Why Chicago's Chinatown Is Practically Invisible On Apartment Rental Sites

10/29/2017
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The listings are there — just in Chinese. Is this a form of discrimination, or a way to preserve a neighborhood's character?

Duration: 00:08:48


Cycling In Cemeteries? Why Some Chicago Graveyards Are Changing Their Rules About Bicycles

10/22/2017
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The answer has to do with shifting ideas about bikes and the proper way to mourn the dead.

Duration: 00:09:59


Which Natural Disasters Are Most Likely To Hit Chicago?

10/15/2017
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The good news is Chicago probably won’t be hit by hurricanes and earthquakes. But the area is becoming more vulnerable to other disasters.

Duration: 00:13:26


Do Chicago’s Arab And African-American Muslims Share Mosques? If Not, Why Not?

10/8/2017
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Chicago area Muslim leaders weigh in, and they open up about what divides and unites the community.

Duration: 00:18:41


Forest Foresight: Who Created The Cook County Forest Preserves?

10/1/2017
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Architect Dwight Perkins' ambitious plan to save Chicago's natural landscapes raised a question: Which kinds of nature deserve to be preserved?

Duration: 00:08:56


Who Came Up With The Iconic Chicago White Sox Look?

9/24/2017
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The brainchild of a 22-year-old executive, the White Sox look hit a home run with fans and, half a century later, rappers.

Duration: 00:09:21


The Cha-Cha Slide And More: What Dances Were Invented In Chicago?

9/17/2017
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Don your dancing shoes as we track down the Chicago band members, musicians, and dancers who helped create five iconic moves.

Duration: 00:13:06


Baring It All: Why Boys Swam Naked In Chicago High Schools

9/10/2017
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John Connors says swimming naked in high school gym class was “torture.” Curious City looks at why schools enforced the policy for decades.

Duration: 00:13:16


Chicago's forgotten Civil War prison camp

9/3/2017
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Camp Douglas’ deadly reputation was kept in shadows but now there’s a surprising movement to bring it to light.

Duration: 00:14:12


Push Carts, Popsicles, And Patience: How To Be A Paletero In Chicago

8/27/2017
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Being a paleta — or Mexican popsicle — vendor may seem like a sweet life, but we learned it’s anything but a walk on the beach.

Duration: 00:09:20


City Of Big Agriculture: Here Are The Crops Chicago Was Once Famous For

8/20/2017
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The city deserves cred as an industrial giant, but it was also the first city of flowers, a pickle powerhouse and the heart of American celery.

Duration: 00:09:28


What Happened To Chicago’s Japanese Neighborhood?

8/13/2017
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Lake View once had a thriving Japanese community, but it fell victim to a push for assimilation. As one Japanese-American puts it: “You had to basically be unseen.”

Duration: 00:13:31


Chicago Bathhouses: More Than A Century Of Sanitation, Sex and Sweat

8/6/2017
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A quick tour of places where residents would chill, get clean and — sometimes — get down.

Duration: 00:13:07


Is Notoriously Segregated Chicago Becoming More Integrated?

7/30/2017
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On paper, Chicago is more integrated than it was a few decades ago. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Duration: 00:13:31

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