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.
Stories by Jesse Dukes
Chicago’s notorious light pollution hides the stars, but here’s where you have a fighting chance to peek at the heavens.
The story of Irish-American draft resisters, African-Americans who defied the odds to fight, and women who found ways to support the war.
How clout, corruption, and construction without permits led to half the Loop being evacuated.
The famous poet and writer spent more than two decades in Chicago. We explore how the people and places helped shape his work.
WBEZ’s Patrick Smith explains how the police accountability process works in Chicago, and how much power the mayor has in that process.
A listener noticed an odd detail on an old map. Curious City investigated whether it was the site of an ancient burial mound.
Folk singer Steve Goodman grew up going to Cubs games, and this diehard fan had a lifelong goal—to write a hit song about baseball.
With less traffic on the roads and some businesses shut, one Curious Citizen wonders if the air we’re breathing is any cleaner.
Are dogs and cats susceptible to the virus? Can they get it from their owner? We answer key questions about pets and COVID-19.