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

Sep 11, 2020
Originally published on September 10, 2020 1:21 pm

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."

* 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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