OTL: Episode #140- Chicago Media Future Preview, Chicago Justice Update, and Local Politics with Mick Dumke

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “I’m very much interested in replacing Obama” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the co-organizer of the upcoming Chicago Media Future Conference, discusses a recent ruling about off-duty Chicago cops, and dives into some hot local political issues with Mick Dumke of the Chicago Reader. Scott Smith – Co-organizer of the Chicago Media Future Conference Scott discusses some of the challenges facing local media and how the upcoming conference will address these challenges. Tracy Siska – Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project Recently CPD officers were found not guilty in the Jefferson Tap brawl case.  Tracy blogged about this verdict and what it means for Chicago. Mick Dumke – Writer and Editor at the Chicago Reader and blogger at Clout City. Mick joins us once again to discuss some of the latest and hottest Chicago political news. OTL #140 local music provided by Powerspace…

OTL: Episode #139- Chicago Swordplay, Project Squirrel, and Cooking Crawfish at Toons

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “cooking crawfish that are speared by a long sword while squirrels look on” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen goes on-location to play with swords, checks out the Chicago wildlife with Project Squirrel, and learns about the art of cooking crawfish here in the city. Greg Mele – Co-founder of the Chicago Swordplay Guild Greg tells us about preserving the art of European swordplay and shows Mike a few moves. Steve Sullivan – Principal Investigator for Project Squirrel. Steve tells us what we can learn from our local squirrel population and how we can be citizen scientists. Danny Beck – Owner of Toons Bar and Grill in Lakeview The 10th Annual Toons Crawfish Boil is happening this weekend.  We get a preview of the Boil and learn about the art of cooking crawfish. OTL #139 local music provided by Charlie Love…

OTL: Episode #136- Daily Daley, Chi-Town Angler, and Baconfest Chicago 2009

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “sizzling in bacon grease” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the editor of the Daily Daley, discovers the possibilities of fishing in Chicago, and chats with the Baconfest Triumvirate about Baconfest Chicago 2009. Anna Tarkov – Editor of the Daily Daley blog @ WindyCitizen.com Anna talks about Mayor Daley and his love of privatization, his relationship with the local press, the 2016 Olympics and much more. Marc Horwitz – a Chi-Town Angler and creator of Chitown-angler.com Marc lets us know how easy it is to fish in Chicago and tells us about the local fishing community. Seth Zurer, Mike Griggs, and Andre Pluess – the Baconfest Triumvirate and CURE-ators behind Baconfest Chicago 2009 Imagine a festival dedicated to bacon.  These guys did and they’re working to get it off the skillet and into reality.  We get the latest from them.  Also, check out the Baconfest Twitter page and Facebook group! OTL #136 local music provided by Joe Pug…

OTL: Episode #135- Chicago Pen Show, OTL News Desk Update, and Environment Illinois

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Hey, can I borrow a pen?”  radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen works around the OTL Bunker renovations, talks to the organizers of the upcoming Chicago Pen Show, hops into the OTL News Desk anchor chair to bring us up to speed on some past OTL stories, and learns about how the President’s proposed budget could impact Illinois’ green econonmy. Dan Zazove and Don Lavin– Co-hosts and organizers of the upcoming Chicago Pen Show. They tell us why they love pens so much and why the Chicago Pen Show is not to be missed. OTL News Desk Update – With your intrepid anchor, Mike Stephen Mike brings us up to date on some stories covered on previous episodes of Outside the Loop Radio plus other bits of local info. Above: The OTL News Desk in the OTL Bunker Max Muller – program director for Environment Illinois. Max discusses a report called Vision 2010: President Obama’s Budget, Clean Energy, & the Environment and how the FY 2010 budget could impact Illinois’ green economy. OTL #135 local music provided by IJ Quinn…