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Mike Stephen talks with Culture Bore freelance journalist Jason Prechtel about his FOIA lawsuit against the CTA to find out how and why we have the Ventra fare system, checks in with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about early-’80s all-synth techno-pop band Scarlet Architect for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music, and visits IIT College of Architecture student Rocco Buttliere to take a look at his to-scale LEGO model of downtown Chicago. Meanwhile, we have some fun with Chicago Architecture Info’s “A Field Guide To Chicago NIMBYs.” This week’s local music is provided by Local Motive.

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