Mike Stephen discusses a new life for shuttered schools.

Mike Stephen learns about a project to give new life to shuttered Chicago schools called Creative Grounds, discusses the impact of local community organizing, and gets the Secret History of the late jazz drummer Alvin Fielder.  This week’s local music is brought to you by The Artist Formerly Known as Vince. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the state of unions in Illinois from the WGN Skyline Studio.

Mike Stephen discusses the state of unions in Illinois, explores how low-income students often face low expectations, and learns about the exciting work of ProjectArt Chicago. Plus, we track down Producer Collin at Midway Airport for the OTL Wrap Party!  This week’s local music is brought to us by Good Enough. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen interviews Chicago Mobile Makers founder Maya Bird-Murphy outside of the future Mobile Maker Van.

Mike Stephen drops by an old post office van in Humboldt Park to chat with the founder of Chicago Mobile Makers, learns about an event at The Plant raising awareness about food consumption, and previews the Kite Fest happening at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  And we have a special guest in the OTL Wrap Party: Sister-In-Sound Ashelyanne Krigbaum, producer of Rightnowish, on KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco!  This week’s local music is brought to us by Fuzzy Poser. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the state of college students in 2019 while representing his alma mater Loyola University Chicago.

Mike Stephen learns about new Chicago Tribune coverage of the Black South Side food scene, discusses the state of college students today, and discovers the Secret History of Disco Diva Loleatta Holloway.  This week’s local music is brought to you by They Won’t Win. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.