OTL: Episode #311- Arts of Life program, Jogging every Chicago block, Sustainable trans update

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 “run for your life!” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the Arts of Life program for developmentally disabled adults, talks to a Chicagoan who plans on jogging every city block, and gets an update on local sustainable transportation issues from GridChicago.com.   Emily Smith – Outreach Coordinator for Arts of Life Developmentally disabled adults have much to offer society.  We learn about this unique program that nurtures their artistic abilities.   Darcy Phillips – Creator of Run Chicago Darcy is attempting to run on every block in Chicago and his progress is documented on his Facebook page.  We find out why he’s setting out on this adventure. Darcy keeps track of blocks he already ran.     Steven Vance- Co-founder of GridChicago.com We get an update on local sustainable transportation issues.  From near side traffic signals to the best local transit apps, Steven has the lowdown.     OTL #311 local music provided by Train Company…  

OTL: Episode #310- IL Campaign for Political Reform, City Life Supplement returns, Dmitry Samarov’s new projects

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 “city life” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the IL Campaign for Political Reform’s great work, previews the 2nd season of The City Life Supplement, and talks to Dmitry Samarov about his new projects.   Whitney Woodward – Policy Associate at the IL Campaign for Political Reform IL has a reputation when it comes to political corruption.  The ICPR is working to increase government transparency in our state.   The City Life Supplement returns – This live show that’s also distributed as a podcast is described as a metropolitan “A Prairie Home Companion” and it’s all about life in Chicago.  You can attend the next performance at Holiday Club on September 29th.     Dmitry Samarov– Former Chicago cabbie, artist, and author of Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab This local cabbie wrote about some of his great experiences while on duty.  He’s ready for a sequel and he tells us all about that, other projects, and why he’s not driving a cab anymore. Dmitry Samarov in his cab.   OTL #310 local music provided by Dirty Pigeons…  

OTL: Episode #309- The Dinner Party, Chicago Justice Project’s fundraiser, Local comedy with Brandon Wetherbee

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 “dinner party” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, mentions an upcoming fundraiser for the Chicago Justice Project, and previews some great local comedy events with Brandon Wetherbee.   Elysabeth Alfano – Host and executive producer of The Dinner Party We learn about this monthly show that brings together Chicago cultural luminaries over food and drink in front of an audience that gets to participate in the conversation.  The next Dinner Party happens September 20th at Expo Chicago.   Chicago Justice Project turns 5– On October 2nd at Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee) you can be a part of the 5 year anniversary of this organization that aims to increase transparency of justice-related issues in Chicago. Brandon Wetherbee– Host of the You, Me, Them, Everybody podcast Brandon tells us about some great local comedy events he’s hosting in the near future.  Be sure to check out his podcast too!   OTL #309 local music provided by Brother George…  

OTL: Episode #308- Chicago’s squirrel population, Chicago Writers Conference preview, Loyola’s sustainability efforts

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 “there’s a squirrel in the attic” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the local squirrel population, previews the Chicago Writers Conference, and learns about the environmental sustainability of Loyola University’s campus.   Steve Sullivan – Principal Investigator for Project Squirrel and curator of urban ecology at the Notebart Nature Museum Steve tells us if the local squirrel population is decreasing and how we can be citizen scientists.   Mare Swallow– Founder of the Chicago Writers Conference This conference is coming up September 14-16 at the Tribune Tower and will bring together local writers for a unique networking and education experience. Gina Lettiere– Sustainability specialist at Loyola University’s Office of Sustainability Loyola has been working to make its campus more environmentally sustainable.  We hear about those efforts and their affect on our environment. Working towards sustainability on Loyola’s campus.   OTL #308 local music provided by Exit Ghost…