Mike Stephen discussing TIF districts in Chicago on this week's show.

Mike Stephen learns the powerful story of living with a personality-changing brain tumor from local author Mary Ellen Aschenbrenner, gets an update on TIFs in Chicago from civic educator Tom Tresser, and discusses the efforts to revitalize the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. Check out the OTL Wrap Party towards the end of the show so you can let us know what you’d do if you were in charge of TIF money in Chicago!  This week’s local music is brought to us by Vo Era. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen decides on a carrot-only diet after returning from an eating-intensive Wisconsin vacation.

Mike Stephen returns from a food-focused vacation, visits a youth development organization called BUILD in the Austin neighborhood, discusses the long road to justice reform in Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of prolific percussionist Kahil El’Zabar.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Fay Ray. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

From the archives: Mike Stephen on-location interviewing participants in the 2006 Chicago Pride Parade.

Mike Stephen learns about an LGBTQ history initiative called The Legacy Project, gets an update on clean energy policy from Rep. Ann Williams, and talks to a local artist helping to unite North Lawndale through mini-golf.  The local music on this week’s show comes from SuperKnova. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen welcomes The Black Oil Brothers into the WGN Radio studio.

Mike Stephen talks to My Block, My Hood, My City founder Jahmal Cole about his continued work to unite Chicago and welcomes The Black Oil Brothers back into the studio for some live jamz and to talk about frontman Timmy Ryan’s almost near-fatal accident.  The boys from the band join Mike and Collin for an extended OTL Wrap Party and discuss the possible impact of the Lincoln Yards development on the local music scene.  The local music on this week’s show comes from The Black Oil Brothers, duh!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.