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About the Show

Host Jay Shefsky

Jay Shefsky gets caught up in other people’s enthusiasm. Whether they love ice fishing or are passionate about improving the lives of neighborhood kids, Jay wants to hear – and tell – their stories. More About the Show >


Working With Kids

Premiered Friday, February 08, 2013

Chicago high school students compete at speaking their mind. Visually impaired grade-schoolers learn judo. Kids learn to love science from real life dinosaur hunter Paul Sereno. Copper artisans from Mexico teach Chicago students their craft. And, a school that incorporates yoga into its daily schedule.

Doing it Differently

Premiered Friday, February 01, 2013

A Christian fellowship whose members have shared all of their income and assets for more than 50 years.  A Chicago woman on a mission to make composting as common as recycling.  And the suburban housewives who created La Leche League – and changed the way we feed our babies.

Stuff Guys Like

Premiered Friday, January 25, 2013

Fish Passion: A hall of fame fisherman whose suburban home is filled with his award-winning taxidermy and woodcarvings. Roller Derby: The full contact women's sport – born in Chicago.  The Godfather of Gore: A suburban man who is now a cult figure among horror film fans. And Babe Ruth’s legendary "called shot."

Chicago Food Legends

Premiered Friday, January 18, 2013

A ride on the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. Jay's Potato Chips – the Chicago snack food with the best brand name. And, the Chicago man who made fast food hamburgers fast.

Vivian Maier

Premiered Friday, January 11, 2013

Vivian Maier took over 100,000 photographs in her lifetime, but never showed them to anyone. Now, after her death, some rank her among the best street photographers of the 20th century. This episode tells the story of the Chicago man who stumbled on her negatives at a storage locker sale, and what we are now learning about the life of this remarkable photographer.