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Episode 516 - Chicago Zoo Stories: Binti Jua Saves A Child

1996 was a crazy year. Hurricanes, plane explosions, Olympic bombings - maybe that's why the story of a gorilla saving a child near Chicago was so popular. Show some love for the podcast for the cost of a cup of coffee and he...

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Aug. 13, 2022

Episode 516 - Chicago Zoo Stories: Binti Jua Saves A Child

1996 was a crazy year. Hurricanes, plane explosions, Olympic bombings - maybe that's why the story of a gorilla saving a child ne…

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Aug. 6, 2022

Episode 515 - Best of Chicago History Podcast Trivia Night

There was a LIVE Chicago History Podcast Trivia Night on August 2, 2022, and I have edited a handful of questions and answers fro…

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July 30, 2022

Episode 514 - Chicago's Secret Mermaid & Urban Beachcombing with Chri…

Today we’re talking about the Secret Mermaid of the Lakeshore, and later we’ll be talking to Christine Solorio, an urban beach co…

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July 23, 2022

Episode 513 - Chicago's Mass Transit Decoy Squad of the 1970s

One man was robbed more than 190 times, knocked unconscious at least four times, and had an eardrum burst aboard Chicago’s L, eac…

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July 16, 2022

Episode 512 - Chicago Hot Dogs

It is one of the most-consumed food items in the Windy City - today we're talking Chicago hot dogs. Jesus Christ Superstar at the…

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July 9, 2022

Episode 511 - Chicago's World's Fair of 1992

After two amazing World's Fairs in the city's history, why not try for a third? This is the story of Chicago's World's Fair of 19…

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Episode 504 - Chicago Baseball: Rube Foster and the Americ…

There are many great books written about the Negro Baseball Leagues and how Chicago was central to their efforts. Here are links to some of the books use…