OTL: Episode #320- New local speed cameras, Police cameras and their effectiveness, Chicago photogs with Latitude

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 “frequency with latitude” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses new speed cameras in Chicago, explores the effectiveness of police cameras in neighborhoods, and learns about a new arts lab for local photographers called Latitude. The Parking Ticket Geek– Official OTL parking correspondent and blogger at TheExpiredMeter.com From new speed cameras in the city to a car that racked up over $100K in fines, The Geek discusses Chicago parking and transportation.     Photo courtesy of theexpiredmeter.com.   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.     Eileen Mueller– Co-founder of Latitude We learn how this non-profit digital arts lab helps the local photography community.   OTL #320 local music provided by The Drastics…  

OTL: Episode #319- Too many street fests?, Andersonville Recycles, Unwrap Chicago’s holiday shopping program

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 “thankful for late-night tacos” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses if there are too many local street fests, learns about Andersonville’s successful recycling program, and gets the lowdown on the Unwrap Chicago initiative. Happy Thanksgiving! Paul Wilson– Reporter for Center Square Journal Are there too many street fests in Chicago?  Paul examines that question in his article.  We discuss this topic.     Summerfest.  Photo courtesy of centersquarejournal.com.   Brian Bonanno – Sustainability Programs Manager for Andersonville Development Corporation We learn about the successful Andersonville Recycles program that’s in its third year.     Suzanne Keers– Co-founder and Executive Director of Local First Chicago The Unwrap Chicago initiative encourages us to spend a portion of our holiday shopping money on locally-owned stores.     OTL #319 local music provided by Stereospeak…  

OTL: Episode #318- New CTA record, Nate Silver’s Burrito Bracket, President Obama and Chicago sports

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’ll take a burrito, please” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the guys who now hold the record for riding the entire El the fastest, airs a conversation with Nate Silver about his Burrito Bracket from 5 years ago, and discusses President Obama’s relationship to Chicago sports.   Chris Aubin and Garrett Sorrels– CTA record holders These two co-workers rode the entire El in 9 hours, 12 minutes and 39 seconds and set a new record.  We hear about their adventure and you can read about it on Grid Chicago.     Prep work for the El riding adventure.  Photo courtesy of gridchicago.com.   Nate Silver – Blogger at FiveThirtyEight and creator of The Burrito Bracket Before Nate Silver was famous for accurately predicting elections he was busy rating Chicago Mexican restaurants.  We hear a conversation between Mike and Nate from 2007 on OTL #59.   Ben Strauss– Senior Editor at Chicago Side and contributor to the New York Times Ben recently wrote an article called The Audacity of a White Sox Fan: Why Chicago Sports Matter to President Obama. We discuss this topic.     OTL #318 local music provided by Outer Minds…  

OTL: Episode #317- John Airo’s local art, NewCity’s Best of Chicago 2012

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 “best of Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks with local artist John Airo about his recent Chicago Flag series, previews a fundraiser for the owner of Gold Star, and reviews NewCity’s Best of Chicago 2012 list with the magazine’s editor.   John Airo– Chicago artist Mike sits down with John to talk about his new Chicago Flag Series and his feelings about living in the city.     A piece from the Chicago Flag series   A fundraiser for Susan – Gold Star Bar owner Susan Stursberg is battling pancreatic cancer.  There’s a fundraiser for her at the bar (1755 W. Division) on Saturday, December 1.  Click HERE for more details. Susan Stursberg of Gold Star (pictured on the left)   Brian Hieggelke– Editor and publisher of NewCity NewCity is out with its “Best of Chicago 2012” list.  As is tradition on the show, we hear from Brian about this year’s list.     OTL #317 local music provided by My My My…