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Curious City

City Of Big Ag: The Crops Chicago Was Famous For

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.
August 20, 2017
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WBEZ News

Prosecutors: Slaying By Professor, Oxford Staffer Was Part Of Sexual Fantasy

The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern Universi...
August 20, 2017
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Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

Lewis, whose comedic duo with Dean Martin launched him to the peak of showbiz, starred and directed in dozens of films. He was perhaps ju...
August 20, 2017
Lana Lokteff, pictured, runs an alt-right media company to promote her white nationalist ideologies. But critics say that kind of outspokenness from a growing number of female allies is at odds with how men in the movement view women's roles.

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The Women Behind The 'Alt-Right'

Women in the movement have built Internet presences around boosting white nationalist ideologies. But journalist Seyward Darby says that ...
August 20, 2017
Dick Gregory, known for his sharp commentary on race relations during the 1960s civil rights movement, was considered a pioneer in using satire to address social issues.

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Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

Gregory was known for his sharp satire, political activism and health advocacy. He went on multiple hunger strikes to protest issues like...
August 20, 2017
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Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

No eclipse glasses? No problem. Make your own solar viewer; (almost) no tools required.
August 17, 2017

Editor’s List

Every Other Hour

WBEZ’s project takes on the question: In Chicago, who picks up a gun and why?
May 1, 2017
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On The Media

Gutted

In the 1960s, pollution was a visible, visceral problem, and public pressure led a Republican president to create the Environme...
August 17, 2017
President Trump speaks on the phone in January with Russian President Vladimir Putin, joined by top White House figures Reince Priebus (from left), Vice President Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn. Only Pence remains.

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What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

The president has completed a full purge of top White House aides instrumental to his election. Their ouster could be a big gamble, as Tr...
August 19, 2017
Counterprotesters assemble at the Statehouse before a planned "Free Speech" rally by conservative organizers begins on the adjacent Boston Common, on Saturday.

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Boston Right-Wing 'Free Speech' Rally Dwarfed By Counterprotesters

Thousands of counterprotesters gathered in Boston Commons to meet the rally participants, who claim they have no connection to those who ...
August 19, 2017
Bruce Rauner in the WBEZ studios August 2017

Morning Shift

Rauner Suggests He’d Support Bill That Protects Undocumented Immigrants

The bill would prevent government officials from making arrests in state buildings like schools, healthcare facilities and courtrooms.
August 18, 2017
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Curious City

The Nazis' Neighborhood

For decades, Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood served as the local headquarters for the National Socialist Party of America.
April 23, 2017
Chloe Gremaud interviewed Rosalind Easton at Hollywood House in Chicago.

StoryCorps Chicago

'What Does Family Mean To You?'

A mother describes the joy of helping her kids with their problems.
August 18, 2017
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Curious City

What Happened To Chicago’s Japanese Neighborhood?

Lake View once had a thriving Japanese community, but it fell victim to a push for assimilation.
August 13, 2017

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