Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of enacting a moratorium on the expansion of expressways in Chicagoland with Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance, previews a community-building event called the CivicLab Harambee with Tom Tresser, and learns the Secret History of Evanston activist folk singer Kristin Lems.  The local music this week flows from J P J. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the inequities of a Chicago Police bike ticketing policy with Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield, meets 33rd Ward aldermanic candidate Katie Sieracki to learn more about what it really takes to enter the political thicket, and visits the lair of Plastic Crimewave (AKA Steve Krakow) to discover the Secret History of Marvin Smith. Local music this week powered by Stardusk Encounter. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen chews through the CPS funding data with Jessica Kursman of UIC’s Voorhees Center, explores the impact of discipline policies in Illinois public schools with Kalin Belsha of the Chicago Reporter, and tips his hat to the late local music legend Val Camilletti of Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park.  The local music this week is powered by Rum Velvet. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

It’s a historic day for Mike Stephen as he chats with Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago and North Western Historical Society about the ambitions of Chicago’s first mayor, author Daniel Kay Hertz about his book The Battle of Lincoln Park, and pays a visit to Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to learn about the Secret History of prog-rockers Mugicians. Local music this week is powered by Aurora L’Orealis. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.