OTL: Episode #506- City Council oversight from Project Six, Re-imagining city garages, The Secret History of Off Broadway

Mike Stephen talks with:   former Chicago Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan about Project Six, a new independent organization created to provide City Council oversight;   Future Firm architects and partners Ann Lui and Craig Reschke about their “Rebel Garages” plan to remake our city alleys into places of commerce and meeting spaces; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) power poppers Off Broadway for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the new “towing bill of rights” recently passed by the Chicago City Council.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by James Rawson.   OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen re-imagine Mike’s East Village rebel garage for a special show taping in 2014.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #505- Chicago storyteller Jack Zimmerman, Visiting the Bike a Bee apiary

Mike Stephen talks with:   local renaissance man and raconteur Jack Zimmerman about his deep Chicago roots and his latest show FAMILY PHOTOS — six stories of fathers, sons, barkeeps, and philosophers; and   Bike a Bee creator and head beekeeper Jana Kinsman at the apiary at Plant Chicago about starting a business and keeping honeybees in the city.   Meanwhile, we discuss inequities in the dress code at an upscale pizza joint in Chicago.   This week’s local music is provided music by Jackie Islands.   Chicago raconteur Jack Zimmerman shares a story from his show “FAMILY PHOTOS — six stories of fathers, sons, barkeeps, and philosophers” with OTL host Mike Stephen.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   OTL host Mike Stephen visits the Bike a Bee apiary on the roof of Plant Chicago in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

OTL: Episode #504- A journalist’s Chicago taco journey, Anne Elizabeth Moore wins a house in Detroit, The Secret History of John Gilmore

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Tribune writer Nick Kindelsperger at La Lagartija Taqueria about his monthlong taco-eating journey and why and how Chicago is a taco town;   author and cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore about her new book Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking and how she won a house Detroit via the Write A House program; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Sun Ra saxophonist John Gilmore for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we update the House Bill 5902 (aka Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act) story from OTL #499, and we actually side with Mayor Rahm Emanuel… when WTTW’s Paris Schutz broke the “off-the-record” journalism rule!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Early Autumn Station.   Chicago Tribune writer Nick Kindelsperger and OTL host Mike Stephen talk tacos at La Lagartija Taqueria. #mikelovestacos   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #503- Coyotes in Chicago, Wilson Underline project, Visiting the Near North Farmessori

Mike Stephen talks with:   Urban Coyote Research Program principal investigator Stanley Gehrt about wildlife ecology and the upswing of the Chicago coyote population;   Wilson L Public Space Committee co-chair Julianne Scherer about the proposed Wilson Underline plan to beautify CTA space in Uptown; and   The Farmessori urban farm coordinator Joe Phillips about teaching sustainability to students of the Near North Montessori School.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who was looking for her son at the Cubs game!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Gallery-81.   OTL host Mike Stephen III’s son Mike Stephen IV is impressed with the goat roaming The Farmessori grounds of the Near North Montessori School.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.