Mike Stephen ponders recycling in Chicago while standing in a blue recycling bin. That's dedication.

Mike Stephen talks to a former local trolley driver who did the job for over 20 years and has a new book about his experiences called Twenty Years Without a Weekend, gets an update on Chicago’s recycling efforts from the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and learns about a new TV show that helps novice female politicians run for office called RUN.  The local music this week is brought to us by Blood Red Boots. 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 boldly goes where OTL has never gone before with: Matt Young, Producer and cast member, Improvised Star Trek Podcast; Alejandro Riera, Media Relations Coordinator for Chicago Latino Film Festival, and; Emily Jane Powers, local musician in studio.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #587- The Outside the Loop 2018 Podcasting Summit

Mike Stephen chats with:   Arnie Neikamp and Matt Young of Hello from the Magic Tavern,   Colleen Pellissier of The Good News Podcast, and   Dometi Pongo of CULture Race and Equity: a seat at the table.   Special thank to Engines for powering this week’s local music. Mike talks with local podcasters (R to L) Arnie Neikamp, Matt Young, Colleen Pellissier, and Dometi Pongo about the audio storytelling scene in Chicago. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.