OTL: Episode #545- Mom + Baby, Red light cameras are here to stay, Chicago’s Vernacular Architecture

Mike Stephen talks with:   Mom+Baby founder Alexandra Eidenberg about how her organization advocates for women and children online, in person, and on the Hill;   DNAinfo Chicago City Hall reporter Heather Cherone about Chicago’s new red-light camera rules and where they’re being installed and removed; and   Blaservations architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius about her Curbed Chicago story on understanding Chicago’s vernacular architecture.   Meanwhile, Mike his new baby’s arrival doesn’t interfere with our Saturday broadcast!   This week’s local music is provided by Boss Fight.   OTL host Mike Stephen gives the thumps-up to some Chicago vernacular architecture in Wicker Park. Note the contrast to the new condo building next door.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #544- IL’s crumbling infrastructure, The Secret History of Forest City Joe, We All Live Here

Mike Stephen talks with:   Darren Olson, co-chair of the Infrastructure Report Card Committee for the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), about the state of Illinois’ roads and bridges;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Muddy Waters-endorsed harmonica player Forest City Joe for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Rich Alapack, founder of we all live here, about his social startup that works on community-based art projects with local schools.   Meanwhile, Mike announces that his family is growing!   This week’s local music is provided by Capital Soirée.   OTL host Mike Stephen stands outside of the Pulaski International School of Chicago in Bucktown in front of an inspiring “we all live here” installation.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #543- Women’s equality with 24WORDS, Chicago River Swim, Noah Gabriel plays in studio

Mike Stephen talks with:   24WORDS: the equal rights rock musical producer/writer/lyricist Charles Kouri about exploring the journey for women’s equality;   Chicago River Swim co-creator Doug McConnell about a proposed long-distance swim in the Chicago River; and   local musician Noah Gabriel, who hung out live for the hour! Check out his new record Dead Reckoning.   Meanwhile, we anticipate today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade insanity, and we pre-celebrate Mike’s 37th birthday.   Local musician Noah Gabriel rocked the OTL #543 soundtrack in anticipation of his Dead Reckoning record release!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #542- Affordable housing on the NW Side, Roses4Austin, The Secret History of Big John Wrencher

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Housing Initiative organizer Ben Goldsmith about the controversial push for affordable housing in Jefferson Park;   Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Sydney Jackson and St. Catherine – St. Lucy School principal Sharon Leamy about the Roses4Austin after-school program and the importance of volunteering in the community; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about one-armed harmonica player Big John Wrencher for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss CityHealth’s questionable study that rates Chicago as one of the healthiest cities in America.   This week’s local music is provided by the Boogers.   OTL host Mike Stephen poses with Roses4Austin founder Sydney Jackson in a classroom at St. Catherine – St. Lucy School in Oak Park.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.