OTL: Episode #298-Chicago as a creative hub

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 “bad week for the air conditioning to fail” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Since Mike Stephen had to deal with the breakdown of the OTL Bunker air conditioning unit, we hear a rebroadcast of a roundtable discussion from last April… The topic of this roundtable ishow to make Chicago a creative hub. Mike welcomes: Nik Rokop– Director of the IIT Knapp Entrepreneurship Center Erika Pfleger–  Asst. Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School John Bosher– Producer, Beverly Ridge Pictures L to R: John Bosher, Erika Pfleger, and Nik Rokop The Roundtable is portable!  If you have an idea where we should record the next one or what we should talk about, let the OTL Staff know!      

OTL: Episode #297- Mick Dumke on new pot law, Near North Side, The Second Rate City?

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 “smoke ’em if ya’ got ’em” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks new Chicago pot laws, learns about the Near North Unity Program, and explores whether or not Chicago is in decline.   Mick Dumke— Senior writer at the Chicago Reader Recently, Mayor Emanuel announced his support for a plan that would lessen the consequences of getting caught with small amounts of marijuana.  We get the latest on this from Mick. Photo courtesy of ChicagoReader.com Abu Ansari – Content manager of connectnearnorth.org Randall Blakey- Facilitator of the Near North Unity Program The Near North neighborhood has gone through many changes over the years.  We learn about efforts to bring that community closer together through local social programs and technology.     Aaron Renn– Urban analyst and publisher of The Urbanophile Aaron wrote an article called “The Second Rate City?” where he argues that our city could be in decline.  He discusses his thoughts on this topic this week. OTL #297 local music provided by Soft Jolts…  

OTL: Episode #296- Predator: The Musical, Windy City Cycling Club, Chicago Area Ethnic Resources

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 “get to the chopper!” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen previews Predator: The Musical, learns about the Windy City Cycling Club, and discusses diversity with the president of Chicago Area Ethnic Resources.   Derek Elstro— Director of Predator: The Musical This awesome show that turns the 1987 movie into a musical is at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont) through July 7.  We find out where this idea came from and what’s in store for this production. Jeff Rogers – President of the Windy City Cycling Club We learn about Chicago’s LGBT cycling club that’s now 20 years old.     Jeryl Levin– President of Chicago Area Ethnic Resources We get the lowdown on this organization that provides information on Chicago’s ethnic groups in order to break down barriers. OTL #296 local music provided by Cobalt and the Hired Guns…  

OTL: Episode #295- New TV pilot from Steve Tobiasz, Felony Franks closes, Metropia Experience 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 “radiopia experience” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a local comedian about his new TV pilot, learns why Felony Franks hot dogs closed down, and previews the Metropia Experience festival.   Steve Tobiasz— Local writer and comedian We learn about Steve’s new local TV pilot, The Third Coast. Jim Andrews – Owner of Felony Franks This West Side hot dog joint that employed ex-offenders closed its doors this week.  We get the full story.  You can check out the first OTL interview at Felony Franks on OTL #201.     Omar Barragan– Founder of the Metropia Experience This new Chicago music and arts festival happening tonight and Friday, June 8th. OTL #295 local music provided by Band Called Catch…