OTL: Episode #257- Parking with SpotHero.com, Logan Square Kitchen vs. City Health Dept., Smart Chicago Collaborative

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “smart Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns an easier way to get a parking spot in Chicago, chats with the owner of Logan Square Kitchen about city inspections, and explores how a new group brings the Internet to low-income citizens.   Mark Lawrence— Co-Founder of SpotHero.com This site allows you to reserve a parking space in Chicago before you even leave your house!  We get the details from Mark this week. Zina Murray– Owner of the Logan Square Kitchen In the last two years the Chicago Health Department has inspected the LSK 19 times.  Zina explains why she feels her shared kitchen has been smothered by city government.   Dan O’Neil— Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative We hear about how this new entity works to bring Internet access to low-income areas of Chicago.   OTL #257 local music provided by Jon Drake and The Shakes…

OTL: Episode #256- Just back from vacation show

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “keepin’ it real on a canoe” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen, having just returned from a canoe trip on the Wisconsin River, plays some great conversations from past shows. Tune in to hear a conversation about rethinking the El, a visit to the first Bloomingdale Trail access park, and Anne Elizabeth Moore talking about her latest art project.       The breakfast of champions while camping on the Wisconsin River. Tune in next week for a brand new edition of the show! OTL #256 local music provided by Architecture…

OTL: Episode #255- TabsonRahm.org, Chicago as a top food city, Pollution in Pilsen

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “keeping tabs on Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the new site tabsonrahm.org, explores Chicago as a top food city, and discusses coal-fired power plant pollution in Pilsen.   Chirag Patel— Co-Founder of TabsonRahm.org This site displays Mayor Emanuel’s campaign promises and allows you to vote on how good of a job you think he’s doing in keeping those promises. Chicago as a Top Food City– Mike explores TheDailyMeal.com‘s list of top American cities when it comes to America’s favorite food. Credit: © Flickr/roboppy Matthew Blake— Contributing Reporter to the Chicago Journal Matthew joins us to discuss an article he wrote that covers the power plant pollution issue in Pilsen and what’s being done about it. Fisk Generating Station, 1111 W. Cermak Rd.   OTL #255 local music provided by Jet W. Lee…

OTL: Episode #254- No-Sleep Cinema for 72 hours, Chicago’s Food Policy, Very Small Beer

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “no-sleep” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits a film fest producer who’s staying up for 72 hours watching movies in a local coffee shop, plays a clip from a previous show where he learns about the Bar Aid Project, and talks to the anonymous founder of VerySmallBeer.com.   Jason Elewski — Producer of the Windie City Shootout The WC Shootout is a contest where participants will write, shoot, and edit a short film in 72 hours.  We talk to Jason as he stays awake for 72 hours watching movies in the front of Avocado Eatery on Milwaukee Ave.  Why?  If the participants of the Windie City Shootout are going to lose sleep, why shouldn’t Jason? Jason tries to stay awake for three days straight. OTL Rewind– We hear a clip from OTL #246 featuring a conversation with Erika Allen, board member of the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, about efforts of this organization to improve access to nutritionally sound and affordable food and discuss Chicago’s food policy. Anonymous— Founder of VerySmallBeer.com This site features beer reviews and beer culture discussion.  We learn why the founder chooses to remain anonymous and what else he’s talking about on his site.   OTL #254 local music provided by The Dogs…