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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]

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Who Said Goodbye to “Stephen Colbert”? [Watch]

The Nation bade farewell to Stephen Colbert’s blowhard character “Stephen Colbert” last night. The Northwestern, Second City and Daily Show alum is taking over David Letterman’s seat on the CBS “Late Show” next year. The […]


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I Read the News Today, Oh Boy [Listen]

While we were sleeping, big news was developing.


Red Cross Volunteer Jackie Speciale & XRT's Mary Dixon
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An Early Thanksgiving: A Day Of Giving For The Red Cross

Let’s take a break from calculating shopping lists and navigating family tensions. Let’s do something nice for people facing real crises by donating to the American Red Cross. Please listen in: I’ll be broadcasting all […]


(Photo By Mary Dixon/On Instagram @linmaryxrt)

Bears Fans Make A Playlist!

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.


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Flex Your Democracy Muscle!

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 […]


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Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Art An American Mashup, Too

“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 […]



The Blood Moon Is Coming!

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 […]


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DON’T PANIC! How To Deal With The Ebola Outbreak

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 […]



Chicago’s Crime Beat Reporters: Telling The Stories Of The City [Listen]

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.



Knowledge Is Power – Nat’l HIV Testing Day

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 […]




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