OTL: Episode #279- Representation without taxation, Fr. Pfleger on race, Chicago Honey Co-Op

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 “tax man” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns how some corporations don’t pay much in taxes, plays a 2003 clip of Fr. Michael Pfleger talking about race, and discusses beekeeping with the co-founder of the Chicago Honey Co-Op.   Celeste Meiffren– Filed Director for the IL Public Interest Research Group IL PIRG’s report, Representation Without Taxation, shows how some Fortune 500 companies exploit loopholes and distort the tax code to avoid billions of dollars in taxes.  Celeste discusses the report.   Fr. Michael Pfleger– Pastor, The Faith Community of St. Sabina We hear Fr. Pfleger discuss the topic of race in a 2003 excerpt from the Heartland Chautauqua series at the Heartland Cafe.   Fr. Michael Pfleger   Michael Thompson— Co-founder and Farm Manager of the Chicago Honey Co-Op We learn about the art of local beekeeping and what’s happening at the Co-Op.     OTL #279 local music provided by Cold Blue Kid…

OTL: Episode #278- Bike seats and erectile dysfunction, Manuary in the OTL Bunker, Wing Fling preview

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 “Manuary” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses a local study that looks at the link between bike seats and erectile dysfunction, grows a ‘stache, and previews Toons’ Wing Fling on January 28th.   Dr. Craig Niederberger— Head of the urology department and professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Niderberger’s research team is in the process of determining whether or not a bike seat can lead to erectile dysfunction in men.  He updates us on the data he’s collected.  Also, check out his blog: maledoc.com.  You can read about the study in THIS story from the Chicago Reader.   Manuary– OTL Host Mike Stephen grows out his facial hair Mike grew out his facial hair over the Holidays and decided to see what variations of a mustache would look like.  Kinda scary.   A Manuary Mustache   Danny Beck— Owner of Toons Bar and Grill and Chef The first-ever Wing Fling at Toons takes place on January 28th at 3 p.m. It’s a day of all-you-can eat wings, a hot wing eating contest, and live Blues music from The Joe Moss Band.  We get a preview of the event that will be MC’d by Mike Stephen.   Toons Bar and Grill at 3857 N. Southport OTL House Cleaning— Updates on a couple of past stories We […]

OTL: Episode #277- The statewide lobby loophole, Discovering a local watering hole, The Red Line Project

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 “it’s you, Babe’s” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to Andy Hermann about discovering a local watering hole, learns how many IL lawmakers are also lobbyists, and discusses community journalism with the founder of The Red Line Project.   John Sullivan— Asst. Director of the Medill Watchdog Initiative and faculty member at Northwestern University Illinois lawmakers are allowed to be lobbyists on the side.  Is this a conflict of interest?  We discuss this topic with John and he breaks down his research of statewide lobbying.   Andrew W. C. Hermann IV– Former producer and co-founder of OTL Radio Mike and Andy had a night out in Jefferson Park last week and discovered a great local bar.  We hear an audio recap of their adventure.  (Listen for a Hobo reference from OTL #5)   Babe’s on Milwaukee Ave. in Jefferson Park.   Mike Reilley— Founder of The Red Line Project and Online Journalism Instructor at DePaul’s College of Communication We learn about this site that covers the happenings in the areas near the Red Line El stops.   OTL #277 local music provided by Go Time!…

OTL: Episode #276- ChicagoLobbyists.org, Discussing the local comedy scene, Chicago Pipeline e-newsletter

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 “Chicago pipeline to your heart” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the creators of ChicagoLobbyists.org, learns about a Chicago comedy blog, and chats with the editor of the Chicago Pipeline, an e-newsletter about Wicker Park and Bucktown.   Paul Baker, Derek Eder, and Chad Pry— Part of the creative team behind ChicagoLobbyists.org We learn about this website that’s intended to improve transparency of interactions between the City of Chicago and lobbyists and their clients.   James Kamp– Editor and founder of the Comedy of Chicago blog This blog spotlights different topics within the local comedy scene.  James tells us why he started this blog and why you should check it out.     Alisa Hauser— Editor and publisher of the Chicago Pipeline This weekly e-newsletter covers Wicker Park and Bucktown.  Alisa gives us the lowdown on reporting the happenings in her community.   OTL #276 local music provided by Warm Ones…