OTL: Episode #493- The militarization of CPS, Howard Brown comes to Englewood, Chicago food cart update

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace coordinator Arnold Stieber about his organization’s mission to demilitarize the Chicago Public Schools;   Howard Brown Health Center site medical director Maya Green about opening its first LGBTQ clinic on the South Side; and   Illinois Policy Institute managing editor Hilary Gowins about the latest on the business of food carts in Chicago.   Meanwhile, we discuss today’s march against rising rents in Logan Square and the wonders of Brussels sprouts.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Jagged Jaw.   OTL host Mike Stephen III passes his love of vegetables along to his son Mike Stephen IV.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #492- Ending gender bias, Cell phone camera rights, The Secret History of Buster Benton

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Foundation for Women director of programs Alysia Tate about eliminating gender bias via The 100% Project and their Talk It Out program;   academic artist and activist Ricardo Gamboa about Can I Film the Police?, the third episode of the “Rights Lab” web series that’s screening at the Music Box Theatre; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about mysterious disco blues guitarist Buster Benton for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we tie together two previous OTL segments by discussing My Block, My Hood, My City moving into the Wicker Park “Boombox” storefront.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Grood.   The Secret History of Chicago Music mastermind Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) and OTL host Mike Stephen strike the most badass of badass poses on Western Avenue.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #491- Jogging around Lake Michigan’s perimeter, BallotReady.org, Hideout Harmonica Hoedown preview

Mike Stephen talks with:   adventurist/author Steve Cannon about his run around the perimeter of Lake Michigan as detailed in his new book 40 DAYS: Life, Love, Loss and A Historic Run Around One of the World’s Largest Lakes;   BallotReady co-founders Aviva Rosman and Alex Neimczewski about how they’re helping to make voting easier; and   Hideout Harmonica Hoedown curator Bob Kessler and brother-in-harp Graham Nelson about the 5th annual festival at the Hideout Inn.   Meanwhile, we celebrate Mike’s 36th birthday with a special gift and an extra special fan message!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by the aforementioned harmonica virtuoso Bob Kessler.   OTL host Mike Stephen III celebrates his birthday with his son Mike Stephen IV and a very special jar of pickles.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #490- Blackfish: The Musical, The Secret History of Lonnie Brooks, RIDE asks who has the right of way?

Mike Stephen talks with:   Blackfish: The Musical (for real!) director Jonald Reyes and co-writer Thomas Simmons in anticipation of the play’s world premiere opening night at MCL Chicago;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about living legend Lonnie Brooks for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Under the Rug Theatre Company crew members (playwright Neil Connelly, director John Wilson, and cast members Annie Prichard and Todd Wojcik) at The Den Theatre about their new play RIDE inspired by Chicago’s cycling community.   Meanwhile, we discuss Mike’s biggest fan “Jim,” eating spicy hot foods, and a new approach for the next Toons Bar & Grill annual Wing Fling.   This week’s local music is provided by Radio Shaq.   OTL host Mike Stephen takes a ride with Blackfish: The Musical co-writer Thomas Simmons and director Jonald Reyes. Who’s driving??   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.