Mary Dixon

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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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LISTEN: Mary Dixon Reports On The Death Of Allen Toussaint

We learned this morning that the great Allen Toussaint has died. His influence reaches well beyond his hometown of New Orleans.


(photo by WXRT Chicago)

Iran, Climate, Guns – Cong. Mike Quigley Previews Capitol Hill Action/Inaction For XRT

Can Congress bridge the widest partisan divide in memory and work out a new budget? Anything? I spoke with North Side Democrat Mike Quigley for this week’s public affairs show on XRT.


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Mary Dixon’s Essential Guide To Taking The Kids To Lollapalooza

Travel light but smart, and remember your sense of humor. Lolla with the kids can be a rockin’ good time – but it really helps to have a plan. Here are some hard-earned tips for parental units:


(Photo By Mary Dixon)

Dropping F-Bombs (Feminism, Funny) With Caitlin Moran

If Patti Smith and Michael Palin had a baby, she would be Caitlin Moran. Her sisters would be Tina Fey, Amy Schumer and Carrie Brownstein. Her grandma would be Gloria Steinem. And her grandpa? Mike […]


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A Landmark Decision, US Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Can Marry Nationwide

Today’s 5-4 landmark decision cites the fundamental rights of gay couples who want to get married, and their right to equal protection under the law.


(Photo: Marty Rosenbaum/CBS Chicago)

Lord Stanley Takes A Tour Of Chicago

Have you touched the Cup yet?


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No More Playoff Beard?!?!?! Say It Ain’t So [Listen]

The Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The head of NBC Sports thinks the guys need a shave – no more playoff beards!?!
Lin and Mary think you shouldn’t mess with a streak.


(Photo: Marty Rosenbaum/WXRT)

Chuy Garcia Discusses Chicago Mayoral Race (And Bob Marley) With XRT

For the first time in 20 years, Chicago voters will decide a mayoral runoff on April 7th. We wanted XRT listeners to hear from the candidates themselves – what is their vision for our city?



Mary Dixon’s 2015 Chicago Election Wrap

Do you know the last time Chicago had a mayoral runoff election? Never, not since they re-wrote the rules 20 years ago. Mayor Richard M. Daley never went to the next round, and neither did […]


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It’s Election Day In Chicago!

The polls are open around Chicago. Voters are to decide whether Rahm Emanuel will be re-elected as mayor, or if Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia, Alderman Bob Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson, or community activist Dock […]


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