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Jesse Dukes

Jesse Dukes

Curious City Audio Producer

Jesse Dukes produces the audio stories for WBEZ’s Curious City. He works with contributors as well as reporting stories for the project.

Before coming to WBEZ, Jesse was an independent writer and radio producer based in Virginia.

He worked with the public radio program Backstory and occasionally led student trips to Tanzania for the University of Virginia as well as hiking, kayaking, and canoeing trips in Maine.

Recent Stories

Curious City

Who Came Up With The Iconic White Sox Look?

The brainchild of a 22-year-old executive, the White Sox look hit a home run with fans and, half a century later, rappers.

Morning Shift

The History Of Chicago’s ‘Nazi Neighborhood’

The rally and ensuing violence in Charlottesville last weekend was a reminder that the “alt right” and “white nationalists” are not fringe groups quietly operating on the sidelines. White power groups, or “Neo-Nazis” are part of the fabric of Chicago's complicated history of race. As part of Curious City, Jesse Dukes reports on Chicago's "Nazi Neighborhood" in the 1970s.

Curious City

Carl Sandburg's Chicago

From 1912 to 1930, the famous poet and writer lived and worked in the Chicago area. Step back in time to experience Sandburg's Chicago.

Curious City

Chicago's Best Stargazing Spots

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

Curious City

The Nazis' Neighborhood

For decades, Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood served as the local headquarters for the National Socialist Party of America.

Curious City

The Willis Tower In 150 Years: Adapted, Demolished or Abandoned?

The answer has to do with the fate of Chicago in 2166.

Curious City

The Swinging Times of Chicago's Revolving Doors

Tempted to ignore the revolving door? Here are the revolutions that made the city a magnet for this seemingly simple device.

Curious City

Chicago vs. New York: The Origins of a One-way Rivalry

There was a time Chicago gave New York a run for its money. How did we end up the Second City?

Curious City

The Making Of Polish Chicago

How the Polish became one of Chicago’s most prominent ethnic groups. Plus, does the city really have the most Poles outside of Warsaw?

Curious City

Why The 1992 Loop Flood Is The Most Chicago Story Ever

How clout, corruption, and construction without permits led to half the Loop being evacuated.

Curious City

Hidden in Plain Sight: Inside Downtown Chicago’s Windowless, Doorless Buildings

Here’s a peek at what goes on inside some of these “mystery buildings” and how their architectural disguises have evolved over the decades.

Curious City

Getting to the Bottom of Lake Michigan's Legendary 'Shark Attack'

Rumor has it a young George Lawson was attacked by a shark while swimming at a Chicago beach in 1955. Is it true, or just a bunch of bull shark?

Curious City

Why Don’t New Chicago Buildings Look Like Its Classics?

Architects on why they build the way they do, and to what degree inspiration comes from the past.

Curious City

The Swinging Times of Chicago's Revolving Doors

Tempted to ignore the revolving door? Here are the revolutions that made the city a magnet for this seemingly simple device.

Curious City

'Poland elsewhere': Why So Many Poles Came to Chicago

How generation after generation of Polish families made the city into a 'Poland elsewhere.' 

Curious City

Can Chicago Brag about the Size of its Polish Population?

A Grabowski team of demographers help us test the city’s claim of having the most Poles outside Poland.

Curious City

Chicago's Best Stargazing Spots

Chicago’s notorious light pollution hides the stars, but here’s where you have a fighting chance to peek at the heavens.

Curious City

Uptown's moment as a 'Hillbilly Heaven'

Why tens of thousands of white Southern migrants made the North Side neighborhood home, only to leave a short time later.

Curious City

The Rise of Pulaski Day

How Chicago’s Polish community won a Revolutionary War hero a holiday ... in a state he never stepped in.

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