Mike Stephen gets warm and cozy with: David Merriman, co-director, Fiscal Futures Project; OTL Winter Tavern Tour Stop #2: The Friendly Tap Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues artist Smilin Bobby for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music This week’s local music is powered by Black Road. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen gets warm and cozy with: OTL listener CJ and Chris the bartender of Guthries Tavern for the first installment of the OTL’s 2018 Winter Tavern Tour; Shamus Toomey, editor-in-chief, Block Club Chicago, and Jill Doub, senior director of public engagement for Peggy Notebart Nature Museum, about the Chicago Volunteer Expo. This week’s local music is powered by Black Road. 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.

OTL: #587- The Outside the Loop 2018 Podcasting Summit

Mike Stephen chats with:   Arnie Neikamp and Matt Young of Hello from the Magic Tavern,   Colleen Pellissier of The Good News Podcast, and   Dometi Pongo of CULture Race and Equity: a seat at the table.   Special thank to Engines for powering this week’s local music. Mike talks with local podcasters (R to L) Arnie Neikamp, Matt Young, Colleen Pellissier, and Dometi Pongo about the audio storytelling scene in Chicago. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.