WBEZ | facts http://www.wbez.org/tags/facts Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 12 things to know about Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/12-things-know-about-chicago-104342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/8141487140_7b99231326_KansasPoetry.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s 12/12/12. So how about a dozen interesting factoids about the Second City?</p><p>1. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837.</p><p>2. The Harold Washington Library Center is the world&#39;s largest public library.</p><p>3. The gloves are off: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/what-deal-chicagos-ginormous-16-inch-softballs-103021">16-inch softball</a> was invented in Chicago.</p><p>4. Route 66 starts in Grant Park.</p><p>5. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/who-was-dan-ryan-103979">Dan Ryan</a> Sr. and Jr. were active Democrats in Chicago. Both served as Cook County Board President. The expressway was an idea Ryan Jr. had in 1933.</p><p>6. Chicago used to have <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-09/great-years-chicago-streetcars-102633">streetcars</a>.</p><p>7. Each symbol and color on the Chicago <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content/chicago-city-flag-everything-everyone">flag</a> represents something, namely the lake, rivers, the Fort Dearborn massacre, the World Fairs and the Chicago Fire of 1871. Check out the Historical Society&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagohistory.org/mychicago/03flag.html">interactive</a> diagram of the flag.</p><p>8. The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is modeled after the first Ferris wheel, which debuted in Chicago at the 1893 World&#39;s Columbian Exposition.</p><p>9. Chicagoans <a href="http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/300014.html">reversed the flow</a> of the river.</p><p>10. State and Madison are the <a href="http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/410052.html">baseline</a> for Chicago&#39;s street numbering system.</p><p>11. You know those brown signs on some streets? The City Council passed an <a href="http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/410052.html">Honorary Street Name Ordinance</a> in 1984 that honored local heroes on these brown signs instead of changing street names.</p><p>12. The <a href="http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/467.html">Chicago Folklore Society</a> was founded in 1891 to study lore and legends that explain Chicago events and figures, like the city name&#39;s origin and rumors about Al Capone.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Sources: The <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/facts.html">City of Chicago</a> and the<a href="http://www.chicagohistory.org"> Chicago Historical Society</a></em></p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/12-things-know-about-chicago-104342 Fact-checking politics: 'There cannot be a thing that's a wrong fact' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/fact-checking-politics-there-cannot-be-thing-thats-wrong-fact-102229 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/herman%20cain%20DS.jpg" style="float: right; height: 213px; width: 300px; " title="Herman Cain on 'The Daily Show'" />&quot;There cannot be a thing that&#39;s a wrong fact,&quot; said writer Benno Nelson at <em>The Paper Machete</em>. But he points out that, despite this, politicians these days seem to be arguing quite the opposite.</p><p>Like&nbsp;Herman Cain, for example, who, when making an appearance<a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-august-29-2012-herman-cain"> on <em>The Daily Show</em></a> last week said to John Stewart, &quot;Here&#39;s where we differ on the facts. And I would challenge you on the facts. Your facts are wrong. This happens all the time when people have the wrong facts.&quot;</p><p>Read an excerpt of Nelson&#39;s thoughts below or listen above:</p><p><em>For me, listening to politicians talk is like listening to an audio recording of a live performance. I know there are things going on that I don&#39;t have access to. I know the medium is controlling my impression of the truth but its difficult to diagnose the scope of that control without more information. In the case of a recorded performance you&#39;re just out of luck; you may or may not be missing something and there&#39;s no way for you to know how good or bad that thing you might be missing might be. </em></p><p><em>But in politics, the control for this, the anchor, should be facts. Like 100 percent of America, I haven&#39;t read the Affordable Care Act, haven&#39;t read the Ryan budget, haven&#39;t read Bowles-Simpson. And so we enter a contract where we pick people who we trust to tell us the facts. But we know they&#39;ll also tell us their opinion, they&#39;ll also try to sell us something or get us to vote for them. But the facts will anchor us.</em></p><p><em>Following the Republican National Convention, there&#39;s been a lot of attention paid to the extent to which politicians are failing at this; saying things sort of specifically provably wrong.&nbsp;</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/fact-checking-politics-there-cannot-be-thing-thats-wrong-fact-102229