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Curious City

To Help Homeless Kids In Chicago, First You Have To Find Them

Population estimates vary drastically. And numbers matter, since they dictate funding for crucial resources like shelter beds, food and social services.
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Morning Shift

The Johnson Publishing Building Is Now Groovy Apartments

The historic building reopened this year as apartments, yet much of the building’s groovy ’70s interior remains.
Carrie Austin fundraiser Sept 2019


Despite Federal Heat, Loyal Supporters, Donors Defend Chicago Ald. Austin

An FBI raid and federal probe didn’t stop Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin from holding her fall fundraiser at a banquet hall Friday night.
Lodz Ghetto


Photo Exhibit Reveals Life In Lodz Ghetto Under Nazi Regime

‘Memory Unearthed’: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross show life under the Nazi regime.
Portraits of young Chicago area people involved in climate activism


What Chicago's Young Climate Activists Want To See From Their Officials

Across the world, young people are urging politicians to take the climate crisis more seriously. Here's what they have to say in Chicago.
President Donald Trump

The Rundown: WBEZ's Daily Newsletter

Newsletter: Did Trump Make A ‘Promise’ To Ukraine?

Details emerge about a whistleblower complaint about President Trump. That story and more are in today's Rundown newsletter.
Art historian tracks Abraham Lincoln's time in Chicago


Pritzker Fires Top Official At Lincoln Museum

Without explanation, the Illinois governor’s office says it terminated the museum’s executive director in a major administrative shake-up.
Census 2020 materials


Some Concerned By Lack Of Census Outreach Grant Applications In Illinois

Most applications came from three Chicago-area regions, but just one or two applications came from each of the state’s other nine regions.
Nerdette Book Club Testaments Part 1


Nerdette Book Club: Let's Talk About The First 133 Pages Of 'The Testaments'

If you want to read Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ with at least three smart ladies, you found the right podcast. Here’s part 1 of 3.
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Chicago Misses 2 Dozen Deadlines In Police Reform Plan

With a court-appointed monitor set to give an update on Saturday, a WBEZ review shows the city is behind on many deadlines.
Chester Wilson property


Cook County Agency Investigates Deal With Top Austin Aide

The deal erased a huge backlog of unpaid property taxes for Chester Wilson Jr.’s building on the far South Side.
Overton Elementary School


Architecture Biennial Reaches Into Closed School, Public Housing

Exhibits that are part of the months-long architecture and design event will remind visitors of shuttered schools and public housing.
Illinois Tollway


Why The Illinois Tollway Is Turning Over Your I-Pass Data To Cops And Lawyers

One veteran divorce lawyer said there’s a “treasure trove” of data available to anyone who can file a lawsuit and write a subpoena.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum


Threatened Sale Of Abraham Lincoln Artifacts Put On Hold

The foundation that owns Lincoln’s blood-soaked gloves, disputed stovepipe hat and other artifacts points to a fundraising uptick.
T.J. Jimenez


Episode 1: A Shooting From A Mercedes

Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.
We Are Witnesses


We Are Witnesses

America has 2.2 million prisoners and millions of relatives, victims and law enforcement. The Marshall Project and WBEZ tell their stories.
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Pot? Weed? Marijuana? What Should We Call It?

From a wild weed in Mexico to Dr. Dre’s iconic 1992 album, we dig into the origins of some of the drug’s nicknames.

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