Mike Stephen learns about the proposal to municipalize Chicago’s electricity infrastructure from the executive director of the Citizens Utility Board, explores the gaming industry’s influence on local politics with Jason Grotto of ProPublica Illinois, and discusses racial equity in the area’s transportation with Oboi Reed, founder of Equiticity.  This week’s local music is brought to us by Rachel A. Schrock. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen welcomes the members of the local band Weird Bananas into the studio.

Mike Stephen discusses the changing city policy of keeping impounded vehicles after motorists declare bankruptcy, learns about a new series of Afrofuturism novellas, and welcomes the Weird Bananas into the studio for a live performance of local music. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses racial equity with members of Speak Up.

Mike Stephen welcomes into the studio Megan Brand and Christina Woods, co-founders of Speak Up, a local organization that aims to disrupt systemic racism.  Joining them is parent participant Mary Bowman Arents.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Radio Shaq.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the state of college students in 2019 while representing his alma mater Loyola University Chicago.

Mike Stephen learns about new Chicago Tribune coverage of the Black South Side food scene, discusses the state of college students today, and discovers the Secret History of Disco Diva Loleatta Holloway.  This week’s local music is brought to you by They Won’t Win. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.