OTL: Episode #315- IL Science Council, Pawn shop update, Chicagolobbyists.org

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 “science is cool” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the Illinois Science Council, updates a people v. pawn shop story, and discusses local lobbying with the creators of chicagolobbyists.org.   Monica Metzler– Founder and executive director of the IL Science Council This local non-profit seeks to keep alive our fascination with science.  We get the lowdown on this cool organization.     People v. The Pawn Shop update – We get an update on a story from OTL #313 about pawn shops in Chicago.  You can here that interview HERE. Photo courtesy of Andrea Bauer and the Chicago Reader   Paul Baker, Derek Eder, and Chad Pry– Part of the creative team behindChicagoLobbyists.org We learn about this website that’s intended to improve transparency of interactions between the City of Chicago and lobbyists and their clients.     OTL #315 local music provided by Majors Junction…  

OTL: Episode #314- The Believers documentary, Goodbye Hamilton’s, Andersonville Homebrew Contest

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 “homebrew” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the local co-director of the new movie, “The Believers,” says goodbye to his college bar, and previews the Andersonville Homebrew Contest.   Clayton Brown– Co-director of The Believers This new documentary tells the story of the two scientists in 1989 who announced they discovered cold fusion as an energy source.  Three months later their reputations were ruined.  We find out more from Clayton.   Goodbye Hamilton’s –Mike bids farewell to his college bar Hamilton’s (6341 N. Broadway) has been a meeting place for Loyola University students and Rogers Park locals since 1933.  The bar shuts its doors on October 27th.  Mike says goodbye to this local institution. Hamilton’s on Broadway.  Photo courtesy of chibarproject.com.   Colleen O’Toole– Managing Director of the Andersonville Development Corporation We preview the Andersonville Homebrew Contest coming up on November 15 and discuss the business climate of the neighborhood.     OTL #314 local music provided by Brendan Losch…  

OTL: Episode #313- Pawn shops v. the people, Uber gets sued, Parking Ticket Geek 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 “pawn star” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks about pawn shops in Chicago middle-class neighborhoods with the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke and checks in with the Parking Ticket Geek on local transportation issues.   Mick Dumke– Senior writer at the Chicago Reader Pawn shops are in every Chicago neighborhood.  Mick writes about how some local residents are pushing back against new pawn shops in their community.   Photo courtesy of Andrea Bauer and the Chicago Reader Uber gets sued – Uber is a smartphone app that allows you to order an on-demand private driver that can take you around the city.  Recently this service was sued in a US District Court in Chicago.  Check out the full conversation about Uber on OTL #299.     The Parking Ticket Geek– Official OTL parking correspondent and blogger at TheExpiredMeter.com From an increase in sticker violations to explaining why gas prices are still high, the Geek gives us an update on all things related to Chicago parking.     OTL #313 local music provided by Mazes…  

OTL: Episode #312- The future of the Catholic Church

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 “churched-up” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen hosts a roundtable discussion on the future of the Catholic Church with members of Voice of the Faithful.   Janet Hauter – Immediate past VP of Voice of the Faithful This organization was founded in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the church in 2002 and encourages Catholics to participate in the guidance of the church.  We learn about this group’s efforts.   Dr. Paul Culhane and Dr. Mike Stephen – Members of Chicagoland Voice of the Faithful and the Chicago Archbishop Selection Project We get the lowdown on a way for Catholics to offer their opinions on who they think should be the next Archbishop of Chicago.  Click on the link above to get involved. Mike Stephen Sr. and Paul Culhane       OTL #312 local music provided by The Pear Traps…