Mary Dixon is a Chicago native who had to take the long way home. Not long after her birth at Loretto Hospital on the West Side, Mary’s parents packed the family up for their ancestral home of Dixon, Illinois. It was there that she quit a career as a very bad waitress to begin spinning records and reading hog reports for WIXN Radio. [Read Mary’s Full Bio]
Twitter makes even the most miserable sporting event a little bit more fun. During last night’s Bears-Packers game – as it became obvious we needed a distraction – I asked my tweeps to start building a playlist. It made that halftime score a little easier to … Bear.
Early voting begins today in Illinois. It means you can walk into your county clerk’s office (or some other designated balloting center) and flex the muscle of democracy. Early voting centers will be open through [...]
“Sonic Highways” is Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album, with eight tracks recorded in eight U.S. cities. Is it a coincidence that the number 8 is hidden in the cover art? Or that this mythical metropolis [...]
You might want to set your alarm a bit earlier tomorrow morning. The second blood moon of the year will be visible early tomorrow, with a full lunar eclipse. That’s when the earth comes between [...]
The Ebola epidemic in west Africa has killed more than three-thousand people, and now a man who traveled to Texas from Liberia has become the first patient diagnosed in the US. If you’re like some [...]
Sam Charles of the Sun Times and the Tribune’s Peter Nickeas stopped by to discuss why they feel it’s important to tell these stories. July’s Public Affairs show on XRT includes some surprising crime statistics, and insight into why you should never call this town Chiraq.
Friday, June 27, 2014 is National HIV Testing Day. The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13-64 get tested, because an early diagnosis can mean better health while preventing the spread of HIV. If [...]
The largest mental health institution in the US is not a hospital — it’s the Cook County Jail. I spoke with Sheriff Tom Dart for this weekend’s public affairs show on XRT. He says the [...]
Humans of Earth, NASA wants you to take part in its latest effort to map the Big Blue Marble. The space agency is asking us to step outside, snap a selfie and post it on [...]
Is it a challenge to spot the XRT correspondent in this sea of citrus polyester and puffy perms? This is the Dixon High School Jazz-Show Choir at the Oak Lawn Jazz Festival in 1983. With [...]