OTL: Episode #188- EveryBlock.com, Widow’s Peak Music Fest, Stopping Street Sweeping Parking Tix

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “happening on your block” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets the lowdown on the super-local EveryBlock.com, learns about the upcoming Widow’s Peak Music Fest, and finds out how to avoid street cleaning parking tickets. Adrian Holovaty — Co-Founder of EveryBlock.com There’s an answer to the question, “What’s happening in my neighborhood?”  Adrian gives us the details about this super-local website. Michael Teach and David “Chewie” Rothenberg— From Chicago Acoustic Underground and the guys behind the Widow’s Peak Music Fest OTL’s associate producer, Megan Sandilands, files her report on this upcoming music festival in the outskirts of Chicago that features lots of local talent. Molly Curry — Co-Founder of Stop Parking Tickets Do you hate to walk out to your car only to find that it’s been ticketed because it’s street-sweeping day in your neighborhood?  Megan is on a quest to help you avoid those terrible tickets! OTL #188 local music provided by Luke Sayers…

OTL: Episode #187- Privatizing Chicago’s Water, You Me Them Everybody Podcast, Chicago Fun Club for Nudists

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Chicago Fun” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen explores the possibility of privatizing Chicago’s water system, talks to the creator of a local podcast, and gets the skinny on the Chicago Fun Club, a social gathering for nudists. Phineas Baxandall — Senior Analyst of Tax and Budget Policy for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group There’s talk that the city will privatize our water system.  What will that mean for Chicagoans?  We find out this week. Brandon Wetherbee— Host of the You, Me, Them, Everybody Podcast Chicago’s podcast community is growing.  We find out the lowdown on this locally-produced show and the live shows recorded at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village. Steve — Co-Founder of the Chicago Fun Club Are you a nudist?  Then the Chicago Fun Club is for you!  It’s a social club where nudists can go to hang out.  We get the skinny on the club. OTL #187 local music provided by Julie Meckler…

OTL: Episode #186- Local Urban Forestry, Evaluating a New “State” of Chicago, Food Blogging With Chicago Gluttons

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Chicago glutton” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the state of local urban forestry, rehashes the idea of a new state that includes Chicago, and talks food with one of the Chicago Gluttons. Mark Duntemann — Owner of Natural Path Urban Forestry Consultants How is Chicago doing when it comes to the care of trees?  We find out! Andy Hermann— Former Outside the Loop Radio Executive Producer, Current Pottery Consultant It seems that Andy heard the conversation between Mike and Ed Zotti last week regarding the idea of creating a new state from the Chicago metro area.   He has some thoughts of his own on this topic. Former OTL Producer Andy Hermann John Honkala — Co-Founder of Chicago Gluttons Chicago Gluttons is an awesome local food blog that recently won Time Out Chicago’s Eat Out Award for “Best Indie Restaurant Blog.”  We get a profile of the blog and why it’s more than you’re average restaurant review website. The Chicago Gluttons OTL #186 local music provided by Phil Circle…

OTL: Episode #185- IL Better Off Without Chicago?, A Year’s Worth of Local Garbage, Public Art in Chicago

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “better off with Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen explores the relationship between Illinois and Chicago, talks to a local resident who measured his family’s garbage output for 2009, and hits the streets to discuss the Chicago public art culture. Ed Zotti — Confidant, Editor, and Personal Trainer to Cecil Adams, author of The Straight Dope column Cecil and Ed address the question, “Would Illinois be better off without Chicago?” Scott Rappe— Architect, member of the East Village Association Have you ever wondered how much garbage your household produces in a year?  Scott pondered this question and he measured his family’s garbage output for 2009.  He joins us to discuss the results. A Representation of the 2009 Garbage Output for the Rappe Household Jon Pounds — Executive Director of the Chicago Public Art Group Chicago has a history of public art.  Jon discusses this history and how public art in Chicago relates to the community. OTL #185 local music provided by Kid You’ll Move Mountains..