Statewide: How Songwriter Steve Goodman Left His Mark On Baseball And Chicago

Sep 10, 2020

On this episode, we recall Chicago's own Steve Goodman, the songwriter who died 36 years ago this month.  He left behind a catalog of work, but is probably best known for the song played after a Chicago Cubs home victory - "Go Cubs Go."  

Also, we find out how misinformation about the coronavirus can spread so rapidly.  And, a southern Illinois couple tells their account of growing up amid segregation.  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

Our lineup:

* Christine Herman of Illinois Newsroom speaks with Laurelyn Cropek, who leads the Community Resource Counseling Center in Paxton, about providing mental health services in rural areas.

* WNIJ's Chase Cavanaugh examines why COVID-19 misinformation can spread so rapidly - even faster that the disease.

* Herb Trix visits with sportswriter Dan Doxsie of the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus to discuss the Quad Cities' tie to the early days of the National Football League.

* Jesse Dukes brings us a Curious City podcast segment from WBEZ, recalling the life and career of songwriter Steve Goodman, the man behind the Chicago Cubs' anthem "Go Cubs Go."

Harold and Lana Bardo
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* WSIU's Steph Whiteside brings us the story of an Black couple, Harold Bardo and his wife, Lana, who talk abouut growing up in southern Illinois during a time of segregation.

* Christine Herman talks with Eleace Sawyers of the Community Health Partnership of Illinois to find out more on coronavirus testing of migrant farm workers in the state.

* Shahla Farzan with St. Louis Public Radio tells us about a group of pigeon racing enthusiasts trying to keep the sport alive. 

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