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New Sports and Gold Medals at Spring Into Sports

Here's a recap of the sports action and medal ceremony at Spring Into Sports in Chicago, including plenty of new experiences for the 1500 youth who participated at four local high schools.

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Chicago opened its streets for cycling, strolling and fitness activities on October 5, 2008. Thousands turned out to enjoy the car-free environment.

Instructor Charlie Barbera uses dance and drums to help ease social tensions as part of "Building Community through the Arts."

Learn about a new approach to helping low-income families reach financial stability in this slideshow, which features participants from CWFs in Baltimore and Chicago.

Vignettes from three communities give a flavor of the work underway as neighborhoods create quality-of-life plans and then implement their strategies.

Multimedia reporters Sarahmaria Gomez and Alex Fledderjohn visit a back-alley workshop where youth from West Town and Humboldt Park learn much more than bike-repair skills.

Listen in on the action as youth from Little Village and North Lawndale get together for Friday night basketball and other activities.

Listen in as community leaders, business owners and residents young and old talk about Auburn Gresham and its future. Read more about the festival.

See more audio slideshows here.


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Curie Youth Radio podcasts

Students at the Curie Metro High School Youth Radio program tell stories about their neighborhoods.

Joining the Marines (Download)

Saying Goodbye on 56th and Fairfield, by Miguel Lopez. (2009)

Family Dollar Burns Down (Download)

Kurt Swan recounts the fire at Family Dollar, 79th and California. (2009))

World's Finest Chocolate Outlet Store (Download)

Come taste the deliciousness at this strip mall on Pulaski, by Steven Gallardo. (2009)

The Cleanest Neighbor in the World (Download)

We spy on Ana Romero's neighbor, who never stops sweeping. (2009)

King Plaza (Download)

Angela Griden provides a tour of Martin Luther King Plaza on the West Side. (2009)

Chicago Comics (Download)

A visit to Belmont, for the Hulk in all of us, by Mariah Steward. (2009)

Quidditch in Marquette Park (Download)

A full game of Harry Potter Quidditch, Chicago style, by Kathryn Kaye. (2009)

Whiz Kids Learning Center (Download)

Lamar Smith wants you to hear the laughter on 67th and California. (2009)

Environmental Justice (Download)

Come inside the Little Village Environmental Justice Center and see youth in action, by Xochitl Sandoval. (2009)

Lawndale dividing line (Download)

A railroad viaduct divides Little Village and North Lawndale and creates a border between African-Americans and Latinos that is not supposed to be crossed. Here is Ashley Woods' recollection of the death of a man who crossed the tracks. (2006)

Planes at Midway (Download)

Carlos Maeda lives right underneath the air traffic of Chicago's Midway Airport, where the shriek of jet engines surrounds everyone for blocks. Though not a traveler himself, he reflects on other people's journeys, every day. (2006)

My plate full, yours empty (Download)

Abdel Mutan brings us to the dinner table during tight times, and recognizes his mother's love for her family. (2008)

Basketball at Ickes Homes (Download)

Keith Shine wants more for his neighborhood than a bad reputation. Look through the eyes of a Chicago teenager as he brings us to his favorite event of the summer: the annual basketball tournament at the Ickes Homes on Chicago's South Side. (2007)

Teens hanging out (Download)

Yvonne Rodriguez listens in as a bunch of guys debate the best way to dress and whether hip hop is better than rock. Their differences aren't so visible to others.


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