OTL: Episode #70

(podcasting “from” on the corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue) (broadcasting on the 100-watt local Olympic bid WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann learn about the infamous CTA voice guy, they get the scoop on urban “scenes” around the world, and then they discuss restoring funding for a very important anti-violence organization. Who exactly is the disembodied voice of the CTA? OTL listener Peter lets us know it’s Lee Crooks, and DJ Goldie G and Andy have other ideas for transit voices Dan Silver – doctoral candidate, Cultural Policy Center at The University of Chicago; on what makes a “scene” in an urban area, and how cities are changing David Cassel – executive director, Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO); on restoring at least some of the funding back to CeaseFire Chicago (segue music this week from The Changes)

OTL: Episode #69

(podcasting “from” right next door to the Blue Line Bar, underneath the Blue Line “L”) (broadcasting on the 100-watt alternative mode of transportation WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) It’s a transportation themed program as Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss state’s open road tolling program, they get the scoop on the pedestrian rules of the road, and then they learn about the history of Chicago’s elevated trains. Terry Pastika – director, Citizen Advocacy Center; on I-PASS and Open Road Tolling problems Jacky Grimshaw – vice president, Center for Neighborhood Technology; on the Illinois Pedestrian Rules of the Road (PDF file) Greg Borzo – author, The Chicago “L”; on the history of Chicago’s elevated train system (segue music this week from The Blue Line Riders)

OTL: Episode #68

(podcasting “from” underneath Western Avenue intersected by Belmont) (broadcasting on the 100-watt essential Chicago radio experience WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the CTA’s latest “doomsday” scenario, they talk about Cook County taxes, they learn about students working toward a green future, and then they get the scoop on a little-known presidential campaign. the CTA’s latest “doomsday” scenario; Mike fills us in on the latest ridiculousness Jim Chilsen – spokesperson, Citizens Utility Board; on the potential Cook County phone tax… and beyond Ty Newell – professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, University of Illinois; on the Solar Decathlon, and the U of I’s “elementhouse” Jason Mathews – former field organizer, Chris Dodd presidential campaign; on second- and third-tier candidates in the 2008 presidential race (segue music this week from Scale Model)

OTL: Episode #67

(podcasting “from” outside of the International House on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt New Year’s resolution WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss the OTL staff’s New Year’s celebrations, they learn about the University of Chicago and Hyde Park, they run through some stories of 2007, and then they get the scoop on the Chicago Sketchfest. OTL Staff’s New Year’s Activities; Little Announcer Guy sends in a sub Little Announcer Guy, Lawyer Danny leaves a voicemail on the OTL Hotline Jacob Lesniewski – contributor, Gapers Block; on the University of Chicago and his “Who Owns Hyde Park?” piece Stories and Polls of 2007; following up on a couple stories OTL covered in 2007, and the 2007 hipster polls at EveryoneIsFamous.com Brian Posen – executive producer & Jill Valentine – executive director, Chicago Sketchfest; on the seventh year of the sketch comedy festival in Chicago (segue music this week from Office)