OTL: Episode #532- Chicago’s new streetlights, Fighting street harassment, The Secret History of Trouble Boys

Mike Stephen talks with:   DNAinfo Chicago reporter/producer Sam Cholke about new and more efficient LED streetlights being tested around the city;   Streetsblog Chicago writer Jean Khut about creating a safe space from street harassment for female bicyclists via the For Women Only, Duh rides; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about obscure, loud, stupid, and fun band the Trouble Boys for this week’s “The Fall Winter of Punk” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we play yet another voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who heard Mike and his son mentioned on the 12/10 edition of The Kathy & Judy Show!   This week’s local music is provided by Bleach Party (featuring drummer Kaylee Preston, who was profiled in OTL #448).   OTL host Mike Stephen III holds his son Mike Stephen IV… who enjoys Santa Claus balloons way more than he does the real Santa Claus.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #531- Women in politics, The new IL energy bill, Reviving soggy fries

Mike Stephen talks with:   Rodham Consulting founder Anne Szkatulski about how her brand new start-up is focusing on getting women to run for public office;   Midwest Energy News staff writer Kari Lydersen about Illinois’ just-passed sweeping energy bill and what it means for energy and the environment; and   The A.V. Club “Food Science” columnist (and University of Chicago physics instructor!) Dave McCowan about how to successfully revive soggy french fries at home.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who continues to look out for her son’s safety in dangerous winter weather.   This week’s local music is provided by Teds Dancin.   OTL host Mike Stephen shows off one of his many radio show work suits before the snowstorm hits.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #530- High School Bound, The Secret History of 6 Feet Under, The Fooditor 99

Mike Stephen talks with:   UChicago Impact co-CEO Elliot Ransom about how students and parents can take a look at every Chicago public high school via their new High School Bound website;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about influential proto-hardcore band 6 Feet Under for this week’s “The Fall of Punk” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Fooditor editor Michael Gebert about a brand new food guide that profiles everyday restaurants — The Fooditor 99: Where To Eat (And What To Eat There) In Chicago.   Meanwhile, we discuss how Chicago food trucks lost a 4-year court battle against the city and the industry’s reaction to the ruling.   This week’s local music is provided by The Way Down Wanderers.   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 #529- The solution to IL’s money problems, The Night Ministry does great work, Cocktails for Ding Dongs

Mike Stephen talks with:   The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois professor David Merriman about the Fiscal Futures Project plan for getting Illinois back on the path to financial stability;   The Night Ministry advocacy and community affairs manager Tedd Peso about working with the local homeless community and the “Covers for Cover 8” concert benefiting the Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program (RAPPP); and   Cocktails for Ding Dongs illustrator Alexandra Ensign about putting together a unique guide to making awesome drinks.   Meanwhile, we reminisce about work holiday parties past as we enter the season of office-related debauchery!   This week’s local music is provided by Donnie Biggins.   Cocktails for Ding Dongs illustrator Alexandra Ensign meets up with OTL host Mike Stephen at Mac’s Wood Fired tavern for a drink.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.