OTL: Episode #75

HAPPY LEAP DAY !! (podcasting “from” on the corner of Madison and Wabash in Jewelers Row) (broadcasting on the 100-watt architecturally sound yet well-krausened radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and a cranky Andy Hermann read through some news updates, they talk about architecture and preservation in Chicago, they get the scoop on the Chiditarod, and then they learn about craft brewing delicious delicious beer. Updates from the OTL Newsroom; Andy is cranky and sick (of Mike), Mayor Daley on the Great Lakes, Illinois smoking ban violations Gregory Dreicer – Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs, Chicago Architecture Foundation; on architecture and preservation in Chicago Jake Reimer – organizer (one of many), Chiditarod; on racing shopping carts for charity Jeff Sparrow – board member, Chicago Beer Society; on craft brewing and Night of the Living Ales IV (segue music this week from Van Ghost)

OTL: Episode #74

(podcasting “from” Fishhook Pier near Montrose Beach) (broadcasting on the 100-watt clear water radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss last week’s Wilco shows at the Riviera and Wincentennial at the Old Town School, they learn about the Great Lakes Compact, and then it’s an OTL first — a segment on the state of shopping in Chicago. OTL’s Week in Music; Andy and every music geek in Chicago saw Wilco this week, Mike celebrated the Wincentennial at the Old Town School of Folk Music Joel Brammeier – Vice President for Policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes; on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Heather Kenny – freelance fashion/shopping writer and stylist; on the state of shopping and independent boutiques in Chicago (segue music this week from Wilco)

OTL: Episode #73

(podcasting “from” Mike’s girlfriend’s bedroom) (broadcasting on the 100-watt museum of radio love WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann present a Valentine’s themed show with a chat on human sexuality (oh my!), with a phone call to sex columnist Dan Savage (a hot man!), and then with a look into Chicago history through postcards (so sexy!). Valentine’s Day housekeeping; Mike publicly “denies” his love for NKOTB, Andy gives Mike a thoughtful holiday gift Searah Deysach – owner, Early to Bed; on human sexuality, and why we could all use some help calling the Savage Love Podcast (again); tracking down Dan Savage for our as-yet-unnamed OTL podcast feature Neil Jan Gale – director, The Chicago Postcard Museum; on tracing our history through postcards and notes (segue music this week from Pegboy)

OTL: Episode #72

(podcasting “from” right outside of Toons Bar & Grill on Southport) (broadcasting on the 100-watt dome-encased radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss new OTL web stuff, they get the scoop on developers and Chicago aldermen, they talk about a plastic shopping bag recycling proposal, and then they learn about building a dome over the city. new OTL web stuff; if this picture of Mike with Tom Jackson isn’t enough for you, then check out the OTL MySpace page for more Mardi Gras photos! Jay Stewart – executive director, Better Government Association; on the Chicago Tribune‘s “Neighborhoods for Sale” investigation Mike Nowak – vice president, Chicago Recycling Coalition; on the plastic shopping bag recycling proposal Andrew Mason – founder, The Point; on his Chicago Winter Dome campaign (segue music this week from Pete Berwick)