OTL: Episode #153- IL Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, NW Side Neighborhoods, the Funding of Local Online Journalism

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “neighborhood friendly” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen plays anchor behind the OTL News Desk, discusses the pros and cons of the new Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, learns about some NW Side neighborhoods, and looks at the funding of local online journalism. The OTL News Desk– From setting the record for most people wearing Groucho glasses in one place to the new local tax on booze, intrepid anchor Mike Stephen has the latest. Tracy Siska – Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project Recently Gov. Quinn signed legislation that established the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission; a response to torture authorized under Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.  What are the pros and cons of this commission?  Tracy joins us to give us his views. Dan Kelly – Local writer and author of Chicago Revenant: Dunning/Schorsch Village Dan writes for this occasional feature on GapersBlock.com.  This is the first in a series of Chicago Revenants and for his maiden voyage Dan went to the Northwest Side of the city to profile some neighborhoods.  He reports back to us what he discovered. Mike Doyle – Scribe of ChicagoCarless.com Mike explains what he sees as the flaws of current funding system used to back various local blogs and profiles the upcoming Community Blogging and Online Media event.  He also wrote about the funding issue here. OTL #153 local music provided by The Artist Formerly Known […]

OTL: Episode #152- Rise of the Chicago Dem Machine, Bar Breakdancing, and What the Heck is Happening in Uptown?

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “viral audio” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the rise of the Chicago Democratic Machine, tells us about his experience with random bar breakdancing, and talks to an Uptown resident about what the hell is happening in that neighborhood. Rich Lindberg – Local writer and author of The Gambler King of Clark Street We’ve all heard of the political Chicago Democratic Machine.  But where exactly did it come from?  Rich shines a new light on this topic. Rando Bar Breakdancing – You never know when you’re going to see it. Recently Mike was hanging out with friends at Mac’s bar on Division.  Before they knew it they had front row seats to an impromptu dance-off!  Mike rolled video on his cell phone camera… James Cappleman – Resident of Uptown and Board President of the Uptown Chicago Commission There has been some craziness in Uptown lately.  From riots in the streets to angry residents chasing the Alderman out of a press conference, some might say, “What’s going on, Uptown?”  We hear from a resident about the mood of the neighborhood and what he thinks needs to be done to unify the area. OTL #152 local music provided by Anni Rossi…

OTL: Episode #151- The Honeymoon Show

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “let’s hear that again” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen has been sunning himself on the beaches of the Riviera Maya in Mexico for the past week so he brings us some fun stories OTL covered in 2009 as well as a BIG OTL programming announcement. BIG OTL ANNOUNCEMENT… Starting on August 27, Outside the Loop Radio moves to its new time slot: every Thursday morning from 10-11!  We’re very excited about this news and hope you’ll catch the show on the air then and continue to download the podcast! Mike Returns From His Honeymoon – Mike was busy this week eating dinners on the beaches of the Riviera Maya with his wife, Jenny, so he airs some fun stories that ran on OTL this year… OTL Rewind – Once again we bring you Mike’s conversation with the owner of the only American made harmonica factory (that happens to be here in Chicago), and his adventures at the Chicago Swordplay Guild. OTL #151 local music provided by Fair Herald…

OTL: Episode #150- Chicago Crime Scenes Project, Recapping the Rockstar Wedding, and Going Beyond the Pedway

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “take my breath away” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the Chicago Crime Scenes Project, recaps his recent wedding after-party with rock stars, and talks to the creator of a website that showcases small Chicago businesses. Todd Kendall – Economist and founder of the Chicago Crime Scenes Project This blog is a great resource for learning about how crime has shaped Chicago over the years.  Todd gives us the lowdown on the blog and why he started it. Jenny Stephen – Mike’s wife Mike and Jenny got married last weekend and they had a crazy after-party.  It was so crazy, in fact, that they partied with this band… Tim Jahn – Creator of Beyond the Pedway There are many creative local businesses doing cool things that people probably don’t know about.  Tim’s site aims to showcase some of the best and most innovative small businesses in Chicago. OTL #150 local music provided by Sara Masterson…