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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


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: 00:13:55


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: 00:08:43


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: 00:12:31


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: 00:13:24


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

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