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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: 00:13:24


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: 00:08:54


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: 00:09:19


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: 00:13:04


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: 00:13:14


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: 00:14:10


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: 00:09:18


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: 00:13:29


Why Chicago Lightning Bugs Light Up One Neighborhood But Not the Next

7/16/2017
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A listener’s nostalgia for catching lightning bugs as a kid lead her to wonder: Are there any left these days? Our experts say they’re around, just really, really fickle.

Duration: 00:05:05


How Chicago Beaches Get and Keep That Nice Fine Sand

7/9/2017
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Here’s why you shouldn’t take that "sand between your toes" experience for granted!

Duration: 00:09:00


Chicago's Best Stargazing Spots

7/2/2017
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Chicago's notorious light pollution hides the stars, but here's where you have a fighting chance to peek at the heavens.

Duration: 00:09:36


Welcome Back, Otters: Could The River Otter Call Chicago's Loop Home?

6/25/2017
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Forty years ago, it would have been nearly impossible to find an otter in Illinois, never mind Chicago. Today, could they be here to stay?

Duration: 00:08:47


The Meaning Of Boystown: A Conversation About Chicago's LGBTQ Neighborhood

6/18/2017
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A multi-generational panel talks about what the neighborhood means to them and where they see its future.

Duration: 00:19:40


What's With That Odd Closet? What Chicago's Architectural Clues Reveal About How We Live

6/11/2017
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We look at eight building features and what each reveals about how society and urban life has changed over the years.

Duration: 00:13:53


Building Skyscrapers on Chicago's Swampy Soil

5/28/2017
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Engineers once compared Chicago’s soggy soil to jelly cake. How did they build a forest of skyscrapers on it?

Duration: 00:09:28


Rubber Stamp Aldermen: Why Does Chicago City Council Always Vote For What The Mayor Wants?

5/21/2017
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Most aldermen almost always vote with the mayor, but that's starting to change.

Duration: 00:09:34

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