Mike Stephen chatty chats with: Tracy Siska, Executive Director, Chicago Justice Project; OTL Winter Tavern Tour #6: Tuman’s Tap w/ @ChicagoBars, and; Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues bassist Benny Turner for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music Local music this week is powered by The Curls.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen conversates with:   Tanya Woods, executive director of the Westside Justice Center, and John Preston, member, IL Black Panther Party;   Bill Hagan, volunteer and auxiliary deputy at the Lake County Sheriff Department; and   Mike Gebert, editor and publisher, Fooditor.   Let us know about your favorite cozy winter neighborhood bars/taverns here! This week’s local music is provided pop-punkers Five Three Eyes.  Mike with Tanya Woods, executive director of the Westside Justice Center, and John Preston, member of the IL Black Panther Party.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #573- Fighting to end gun violence, Homewood Hobo Night, Keya Trammell plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, about the recent debate over death and injury as a result of firearms;   Allisa Opyd, Community Events Manager for the Village of Homewood about their upcoming Hobo Night Celebration; and   Keya Trammell, local musician, who performs live!   This week’s local music is provided by Keya Trammell. Mike Stephen with musical guest Keya Trammell and keyboardist Michael Flowers in studio.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #563- A local movement to end ride sharing apps, Mick Dumke on the state of investigative journalism

Mike Stephen talks with:   artist/playwright/actor Mr. Bohemian about his Rethink the Pink campaign against ride-sharing services; and   reporter Mick Dumke about his new gig at ProPublica Illinois, why journalism is now more necessary than ever, and on what stories he’s currently working.   Meanwhile, in reaction to the Trump administration’s latest moves against the LGBT community, we play an excerpt from OTL #548 featuring a member of Oak Park and River Forest High School‘s gay-straight alliance student group.   This week’s local music is provided by Cheer-Accident.   The conversation between OTL host Mike Stephen and Chicago Reader senior writer Mick Dumke continues after the show!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.