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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

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.

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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.

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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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