Mike Stephen and a lovely CTA bus.

Mike Stephen discusses the idea of the CTA being free for riders, learns about the empowering work of Girls on the Run Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of local Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Adjacent Cruise. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses new state laws that provide for civics education in prisons.

Mike Stephen learns about new laws that provide civics education for Illinois inmates, discusses preserving Chicago apartments, and previews The Feminist Happy Hour’s 3rd anniversary event.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Tommi Zender. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen explores why diner coffee can be so bad with Chicago Tribune food reporter Nick Kindelsperger, learns how Deborah’s Place assists homeless women in Chicago, and gets the lowdown on how open data can make Chicago a better place with Eric Sherman, creator of the Logan Square Chi Hack Night.  The local music this week brought to you by Swatches. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen kicks off a local music-themed show by giving some love to the new show Instagram page, learns the Secret History of folk-rocker Megon McDonough with the great Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave), discusses the important work of Girls Rock Chicago, and welcomes the local band Photo-Curio into the studio to rock out on the air. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.