OTL: Episode #44

(podcasting “from” the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, IL) (broadcasting on the 100-watt literary powerhouse WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discover more about a recent police raid, they discuss the progressive thinking of a nearby suburb, they talk about an interesting sport sweeping the region, and then they learn about the cycling movement. Annie Anderson – OTL nightlife correspondent; shedding some light on the Printers’ Ball police raid last weekend Ray Johnson – Oak Park Trustee; on The Religious Freedom and Civil Unions Act (House Bill 1826) Aaron Del Mar – event director, Windy City Cornhole Classic; on the biggest cornhole event in the nation Howard Kaplan – participant, Chicago Critical Mass; on the cycling movement in Chicago and beyond (segue music this week from The Reptoids)

OTL: Episode #43

(podcasting “from” a houseboat on the Chicago River) (broadcasting on the 100-watt love boat WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen clarifies his bicyclist stance to Andy Hermann, they talk about recent beach closings in the city, they learn about a new area code coming to the region, and then they support local business. Mike and Andy’s transportation report; Mike takes time to love bicycling activists Ann Alexander – senior attorney, National Resources Defense Council; on recent city beach closings, and Chicago’s waterways Beth Bosch – spokesperson, Illinois Commerce Commission; on yet another new area code coming to the Chicago region Lauren Beznos – executive director, Local First Chicago; on the importance of local business in Chicago (segue music this week from Duvall)

OTL: Episode #42

(podcasting “from” the corner of Lake and Ashland, just outside of Union Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt rock show WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann share transportation stories, they discuss public art in Berwyn, they get the scoop on a big Chicago music festival, and then they learn about more potential concerts at Wrigley Field. Mike and Andy’s transportation report; Mike takes some cyclists to task, and Andy enjoys cheesy Michiana radio Cari Brokamp – reporter, Berwyn Life; on public art in Berwyn, and breaking the Spindle story Miles Raymer – music columnist, Chicago Reader; on the Pitchfork Music Festival, and what it means for Chicago David Winner – president, Lake View Citizens Council; on more concerts at Wrigley Field (segue music this week from The Sea and Cake)

OTL: Episode #41

(podcasting “from” the Grosse Point Lighthouse) (broadcasting on the 100-watt ray of light WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Andy Hermann surprises Mike Stephen with a little gift, they discuss low power FM radio, they learn more about Google taking over the world, and then they talk about a hilarious local sports paper. Andy’s gift for Mike; classic cheese rock in print Hannah Sassaman – organizer, Prometheus Radio Project; on the Local Community Radio Act of 2007 Aliza Appelbaum – summer campus editor, The Daily Northwestern; on Google’s quest for world domination Brad Zibung – editor in chief, The Heckler; on sports in Chicago, and not taking them too seriously (segue music this week from Hawk)