OTL: Episode #558- Taxing online video games, Chicago Tree Project, The Secret History of Bonemen of Barumba

Mike Stephen talks with:   Entertainment Software Association senior vice president Rich Taylor about how Chicago taxes our online video gaming experience;   Chicago Sculpture International board president Emily Moorhead about turning dying trees into sculptures via The Chicago Tree Project; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about tribal postpunk oddballs the Bonemen of Barumba for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we tell the tale of Mike raiding Andy’s garage for supplies for his new house!   This week’s local music is provided by The Addisons.   OTL host Mike Stephen raids producer Andy Hermann’s garage for tools for his new house!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #557- Libraries and social justice, Michelin restaurants closing, Mellow Bike Map

Mike Stephen talks with:   American Library Association president Julie Todaro about the continued importance of libraries and the upcoming 2017 ALA Annual Conference here in Chicago;   DNAinfo Chicago reporter Patty Wetli about the surprising (non)success rate of Chicago’s Michelin-rated restaurants; and   The Chainlink president Yasmeen Schuller about her bicycle community website and the Mellow Chicago Bike Map put together by Streetsblog Chicago.   Meanwhile, we spin “Stay In Your Lane” — a cool bike safety song (and video) by Chicago’s very own Rhymefest!   This week’s local music is provided by American Grizzly.   OTL host Mike Stephen practices bicycle safety with his wife Jenny on a bike tour of wine country outside of Santa Ynez, CA. [circa 2014]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #556- The Secret History of Bad Axe, Regional crash report, Boy Meets Robot

Mike Stephen talks with:   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 1970s rockers Bad Axe for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music;   Active Transportation Alliance advocacy director Jim Merrell about a new report that says fatal car/pedestrian crash rates are higher in the suburbs; and   Mike of Boy Meets Robot to the studio to perform live for the hour and to talk about making funny music with a Game Boy and playing FuMPFeST 2017.   Meanwhile, radio nerd Andy tweets out a photo of an Icelandic AM transmitter, and Mike discovers his t-shirt from The Who’s 1997 world tour has yellowed.   Mike and R.O.B. (obscured by his Game Boy) of Boy Meets Robot stopped by OTL #556 to play some funny JAMZ from their new record The Robots Will Kill Us All.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #555- The future of landlines in IL, Chicago is not broke, Politics and science in our state

Mike Stephen talks with:   AARP Illinois associate state director Julie Vahling about the future of landline telephones in Illinois;   civic educator Tom Tresser about our city’s financial future as detailed in Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve; and   Illinois Science Council executive director Monica Metzler about how the current political climate impacts the science community in our state.   Meanwhile, we discuss what Chicagoans are drinking!   This week’s local music is provided by The Hacky Turtles.   OTL host Mike Stephen enjoys making points.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.