Mike Stephen discusses racial equity with members of Speak Up.

Mike Stephen welcomes into the studio Megan Brand and Christina Woods, co-founders of Speak Up, a local organization that aims to disrupt systemic racism.  Joining them is parent participant Mary Bowman Arents.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Radio Shaq.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses new state laws that provide for civics education in prisons.

Mike Stephen learns about new laws that provide civics education for Illinois inmates, discusses preserving Chicago apartments, and previews The Feminist Happy Hour’s 3rd anniversary event.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Tommi Zender. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of eliminating townships in Illinois.

Mike Stephen talks with ProPublica Illinois reporter Mick Dumke about  City Council committee patronage and politics, explores the idea of the state doing away with townships, and discusses the possibility of an increase in taxes on electric vehicles.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Warped Wonder.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen wonders why so few Chicago high rise buildings recycle.

Mike Stephen learns about recent problems with Chicago’s recycling program, discusses the clean energy efforts of Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of Deerfield punkers The Mentally Ill.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Mush. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.