OTL: Episode #262- Mick Dumke on crime and basketball, Do security cameras make Chicago safer?

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 “I’m watching you” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen looks at the link between local crime and neighborhood b-ball hoops with The Reader’s Mick Dumke and then discusses the results of a study that examined if city police cameras reduce crime.   Mick Dumke— Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader Do local basketball courts breed crime?  Mick answers that question and discusses his latest analysis of the Chicago City Council.   OTL Turns 5 This Week!– Happy birthday to us!  Thanks for listening to this show over the years!!     Nancy La Vigne, Ph.D.— Director of the Justice Policy Center at The Urban Institute Nancy and her research team studied the use of public surveillance cameras in Chicago.  She tells us what they discovered.  You can check out the study here.   OTL #262 local music provided by Sunny Shadows…

OTL: Episode #261- Parking Ticket Geek Update, Miss Wicker Park Contest, Inspiration Corporation

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 “inspiration” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets the latest on Chicago parking and driving from the Parking Ticket Geek, talks to the producer of the Miss Wicker Park contest, and learns about Inspiration Corporation’s fight against homelessness.   The Parking Ticket Geek— Blogger at The Expired Meter and OTL’s Parking/Driving Correspondent We go on-location underneath the Blue Line El on Milwaukee Ave. to chat about parking in that area and other local parking issues. Underneath the Blue Line on Milwaukee Ave.   Rich Seng– Producer of The Miss Wicker Park 2011 contest It’s the greatest beauty pageant in all of Chicago (and you don’t have to look like a supermodel to be a part of it)!  Find out what it’s all about this week.     Evan Cauble-Johnson— Development Associate at Inspiration Corporation We learn about this organization that has been fighting homelessness in Chicago for 22 years.   OTL #261 local music provided by Letters From Us…

OTL: Episode #260- Bike Winter, Recap of the Iron Man race, Promoting art on the Internet

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 “you can bike in the winter” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about Chicago’s Bike Winter group, recaps last weekend’s Iron Man race with a local runner, and hears the story of a non-artist who markets art on the Internet.   Julie Hochstadter— Last year’s co-chair of Bike Winter, Director and Owner of The Chainlink Even though our weather is cooling down you don’t have to put away that bicycle of yours!  Julie talks to us about biking in Chicago winters and much more. Erik Nybo– Official OTL Running Correspondent and participant in the last week’s Iron Man in Madison, WI It’s the granddaddy of all races and Erik ran it last weekend.  We find out how he did and get a recap of his experience.   Iron Man Nybo   Whitney Zeldow— Founder of HoneyMoonLetters.com We find out how this Chinatown resident and “non-artist” ended up promoting art online.   OTL #260 local music provided by The Damn Choir…

OTL: Episode #259- Riding the entire El the quickest, A Chicagoan competes in the Iron Man, Revisiting Vegan Stephen

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 “Iron Man” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a Brit who holds the record for riding the entire El system the fastest, checks in with a Chicagoan who’s competing in Madison’s Iron Man, and re-airs the great Vegan Stephen experiment.   Adham Fisher— The Brit who holds the unofficial record for riding the entire El the fastest We learn why Adham came across the pond to Chicago to ride the entire El in 9 hours, 36 minutes, 33 seconds.  He talks to us live from England. Erik Nybo– Official OTL Running Correspondent and participant in the upcoming Iron Man in Madison, WI It’s the granddaddy of all races and Erik will be running it this weekend.  We get a preview of the race and find out what it takes to be an Iron Man.   Iron Man Nybo The Vegan Stephen Experiment— OTL Host Mike Stephen and his wife went vegan for a week Originally aired on OTL #233, we hear the ups and downs of an omnivore who experiments with a vegan diet.   OTL #259 local music provided by Archie Powell and the Exports…