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50 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
OTL #780: The Black Fives Era, Illinois Environmental Progress, The Secret History of Rev. Marvin Yancy
Mike Stephen learns about the Black Fives Era of basketball from journalist Ade Adeniji, discusses the passage of new climate legislation in Illinois with Colleen Smith of the Illinois Environmental Council, and discovers the Secret History of gospel musician Rev. Marvin Yancy. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Producer Collin says farewell and turns in his OTL ID before riding off into the sunset.
50 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
OTL #779: Preserving democracy and media, An update on Chicago’s TIF program
Mike Stephen discusses the future of media and democracy with Nikki Usher, associate professor of journalism at the University of Illinois and author of News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism, and talks to civic educator and public defender Tom Tresser about the latest in the Chicago TIF saga. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin give some love to media and democracy. Yay, democracy!
34 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
OTL #778: Quimby’s Bookstore turns 30, Expectations for student success, The Secret History of Johnny Frigo
Mike Stephen celebrates 30 years of the wonderful Quimby’s Bookstore with store manager Liz Mason, learns the Secret History of the late violin-shredder Johnny Frigo, and replays part of a conversation from 2019 about expectations for student success.
37 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
OTL #777: Local restaurant resilience
Mike Stephen learns about Takeout 25’s evolution into a non-profit from founder and board president Ravi Parakkat, gets the lowdown on The Iconic Chicago Restaurants Map from Chicago Reader columnist and Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield, and learns about the wonderful resources of area ethnic grocery stores from Fooditor editor Mike Gebert.
40 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
OTL #776: A state and neighborhood environment update, The Secret History of The Odd
Mike Stephen gets an update on environmental policy in Illinois with Colleen Smith of the Illinois Environmental Council, learns about Edgewater’s local environmental work with Tricia Van Eck of the Edgewater Environmental Coalition, and discovers the Secret History of 1980s new wave rockers The Odd. And in the The OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin remind us that we need to get on board with fighting climate change right now!
36 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
OTL #775: South Side Home Movie Project, Vaccine requirements for live music, Revisiting the Holocaust Studies class
Mike Stephen learns about the South Side Home Movie Project with Assistant Director of Public Programming Sabrina Craig, discusses vaccine requirements to see live music in Chicago with Billy Helmkamp, the owner of Sleeping Village, and checks in with Mike Soffer, teacher and the creator of the Holocaust Studies class at Oak Park & River Forest High School. The OTL Wrap Party segment takes a week off to enjoy a summer BBQ.
43 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
OTL #774: Local industrial real estate boom, Julian Daniell’s new music, The Secret History of The Veil
Mike Stephen discusses how local industrial real estate is booming with AJ LaTrace of RE Journals, talks to local musician Julian Daniell about his new EP and upcoming show, and learns the Secret History of 1980s punk-pop band The Veil. And the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, think about how to repurpose commercial buildings for residential use, and establish that Mike is always ready to play the harmonica.
43 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
OTL #773: The failures behind the fires, Your Passion 1st, Chicago youth neighborhood voices
Mike Stephen discusses a new report about how the city could have prevented residential fires with Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association, learns about a local nonprofit called Your Passion 1st that focuses on mentoring youth, and revisits a 2015 conversation with high school students about their experiences in Chicago neighborhoods. And the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and reflect the importance of government oversight and local area codes.
37 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
OTL #772: Community engagement in North Lawndale, Dina Bach’s new music, The Secret History of Joe Cassidy
Mike Stephen learns how North Lawndale residents are improving their community with Reshorna Fitzpatrick of the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church, talks to local singer-songwriter Dina Bach about her new music, and discovers the Secret History of the late, great Joe Cassidy. And the OTL Wrap Party segment is on vacation this week. Rest up, Wrap Party!
43 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
OTL #771: Chicago Waste Study, Chicago police union analysis, The Museum of Classic Chicago TV
Mike Stephen discusses the new study about Chicago’s garbage with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Brett Chase, explores a critique of CPD union leadership with Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska, and digs into the OTL archives to rediscover the Museum of Classic Chicago Television with founder Rick Klein. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin discuss calling alderpeople and extoll the virtues of pedicabs.
50 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
OTL #770: Remembering the Crosstown Expressway, Housing help, The Secret History of Ari Brown
Mike Stephen remembers the proposed Crosstown Expressway from the 1970s with local writer Mary Wisniewski, learns about housing assistance in the wake of the pandemic with Anthony Simpkins, president & CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of Chicago tenor sax man Ari Brown. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin discuss discuss highway transportation and their favorite El lines.
50 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
OTL #769: The financial future of Cook Co. Forest Preserve, Street vendor update, Exploring Ska with Heavy Manners
Mike Stephen talks to Cook Co. Commissioner Larry Suffredin about the future of the county forest preserve, gets an update on local street vendors, and talks to Hillel Frankel of the trailblazing Chicago Ska band Heavy Manners. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin discuss tax increases and ska music.
40 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
OTL #768: COVID in local prison reentry, Remembering Dianne Durham, The Secret History of Jim Holvay
Mike Stephen learns how COVID-19 is impact local prison reentry facilities with freelance journalist Michael Murney, pays tribute to gymnast Dianne Durham by featuring his interview with her from 2006, and learns the Secret History of Chicago-born musician Jim Holvay. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin get ready for their 4th of July celebrations.
44 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
OTL #767: How to spend federal COVID relief money?, Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Dance History Project
Mike Stephen chats with Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) about COIVD relief money, learns about the inclusive work of the Brave Space Alliance with director of programs Brittney Thomas, and discusses local history though the lens of the dance community in Chicago with Jenai Cutcher, executive & artistic director of the Chicago Dance History Project. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, reflect on Juneteenth, and get ready for Father's Day.
48 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
OTL #766: Juneteenth in Chicago, City Council inaction, The Secret History of Skanking Lizard
Mike Stephen discusses the significance of Juneteenth with Black Remembrance Project co-founder LeCreshia Birts, learns about one City Council committee’s inaction from Tracy Siska of the Chicago Justice Project, and discovers the Secret History of the local Reggae group Skanking Lizard. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, reflect on Juneteenth, and get ready for Father's Day.
42 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
OTL #765: Chicago's surveillance network, IL environment policy, drawing the new ward map
Mike Stephen talks to freelance reporter Michael Murney about his piece that covers the Chicago Police Department's Private Sector Camera Initiative, gets an update on Illinois' environmental policy from Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, and learns about public participation in drawing Chicago ward maps from Adam Alonso, CEO of BUILD. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and remind us to call our legislators about issues we care about.
49 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
OTL #764: Local hospitality’s rebound, Bicycling to the Waffle House, The Secret History of Ron Haydock
Mike Stephen gets an update about the local hospitality industry's rebound with the scribe behind the Chicago Bars Twitter feed, learns the story of biking to a Waffle House in Indiana from Chicago Reader columnist and Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield, and discovers the Secret History of local rocker Ron Haydock. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and discuss how more of us should be sitting at the bar.
45 minutes | May 29, 2021
OTL #763: Diversity in local media, Strengthening civics education in prisons, Tautologic’s new album
Mike Stephen chats about diversity in local journalism with Brandon Pope, the new president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, learns about a new bill that strengthens civics education for incarcerated youth from Ami Gandhi, senior counsel at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and gets the lowdown on Tautologic's new album from singer & keyboardist Ethan Sellers. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and discuss the importance of mentorship and rickshaws.
45 minutes | May 22, 2021
OTL #762: Takeout 25 expands, Shawn Maxwell's new album, The Secret History of Jackie Ross
Mike Stephen learns about the expansion of Takeout 25 Oak Park from its creator and Oak Park trustee Ravi Parakkat, talks to Shawn Maxwell about his new jazz album, and discovers the Secret History of local soul singer Jackie Ross. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and Mike shares his story of taking harmonica lessons from the great Howard Levy.
46 minutes | May 15, 2021
OTL #761: Behind the story of increased carjackings, The pandemic’s impact on working mothers, Keya Trammell’s new music
Mike Stephen gets the story behind the increase of carjackings in Chicago with University of Chicago sociologist Dr. Robert Vargas, discusses the impact of the pandemic on working mothers with Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, and chats with Keya Trammell about her new music. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and offer some takeaways.
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