(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “O-gasm” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen introduces the new OTL correspondent, talks about privatization in Chicago and beyond, gets an important Baconfest Chicago update, and learns about the Share Your Soles local charity.

Jessica Herman – “The Get” Writer at Time Out Chicago and new OTL Correspondent

Everyone meet Jessica.  Jessica meet Everyone.  Our new correspondent drops by the OTL Bunker to say hi.  Look for her stories on the show in the coming weeks!

In case you were wondering Jessica isn’t related to Andrew “The Count” Hermann, former OTL Executive ProducerHowever, their glasses might be related.

Mick Dumke – Writer and Editor at the Chicago Reader

Privatization of local public assets is all the rage these days.  Mick joins us to explain why this is.  He also discusses how other cities are looking into privatization and how they’re doing it a bit differently than Chicago.  You can read his blog post on this topic here.

Seth Zurer Co-organizer and co-founder of Baconfest Chicago

There is an important update about the launch of Baconfest.  Seth gives us the fatty details.

Mona Purdy – Founder of Share Your Soles

This locally-based charity provides shoes around the globe for those who don’t have any.  We get the story of the organization from its founder.

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