Mike Stephen talks about the role Chicago Alderman play in affordable housing development with Chicago Area Fair Housing Executive Director Patricia Fron, discusses the sustainable benefit of closed loop economies with Jonathan Pereira of Plant Chicago, and geeks out over tacos and the upcoming Tacos Y Tamales Fest  with the fest co-producer Nick Pobutsky. Local music this week courtesy of local synth-pop GOSH! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL#589- Boystown’s future, Chicago News Landscape, WLLU-LP in Decatur, IL

Mike Stephen talks with:   Zach Stafford, Documentarian and Editor-In-Chief of INTO about the future of Boystown;   Emily Van Duyn, researcher and co-author of Chicago News Landscape, and   Alexander Martin, station president at WLLU-LP in Decatur, IL.   This week’s local music is powered by Devil in a Woodpile. A young Mike Stephen interviews Chicago Pride Parade participants back in 2006. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen chats with:   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about industrial guitarist and long time friend Jason McNinch for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music;    Kate Hill, co-founder of Louder than a Mom; and,   Jay Lyon, founder of Remix Chicago.   Let us know about your favorite cozy winter neighborhood bars/taverns here! This week’s local music is provided by Coyote Ghost.  Mike Stephen learns about the monthly storytelling sensation Louder Than a Mom, where real people tell their entertaining stories of family, relationships, and life. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #575- Chicago Kids Film Fest, Will Guzzardi on rent control, SloMo dance party

Mike Stephen talks with:   Ann Vikstrom, Director of the 34th Chicago Children’s International Film Festival;   Will Guzzardi, IL State Rep (39th), about the growing momentum for rent control in Chicago and the greater state; and   Kristen Kaza, co-founder Slo’Mo, a traveling dance party that celebrates diverse LGBTQ communities and spaces.   This week’s local music is provided by K-Nein. Mike Stephen (right) pictured with future Chicago Children’s International Film Festival featured Director, Mikey Stephen (left). To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.