Mike Stephen celebrates the 600th edition of the show by taking the production on the road to The Friendly Tap in Berwyn!  Youth leaders from VOYCE drop by to discuss combatting local educational inequities, Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) gives us the Secret History of Chicago blues rocker Cash McCall, and Chicagoland NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson gets us fired up about all things space-related.  Also Mike’s dad, Mike Stephen, Sr., jumps on the mic to chat about a life of activism.  The live local music for the show is brought to you by The Black Oil Brothers! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen boldly goes where OTL has never gone before with: Matt Young, Producer and cast member, Improvised Star Trek Podcast; Alejandro Riera, Media Relations Coordinator for Chicago Latino Film Festival, and; Emily Jane Powers, local musician in studio.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #579- Teamwork Englewood, The Stamp King of Chicago, Chi Hack Night

This week Mike Stephen chats with:   Perry Gunn, the executive director of Teamwork Englewood;   Chicago’s “Stamp King” Charles Berg about ChicagoPEX 2017 and   Emily Drevets, organizer and Master of Ceremonies for Chi HackNight.   This week’s tasty local music was powered by WC and the Fam! Mike looks into bettering Chicago by using public data at Chi Hack Night. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #447- YMTE Podcast, Chicago Wildlife Watch, Inside the Koval Distillery

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “wildlife watch” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen previews a YMTE podcast recording event, learns about cataloging Chicago’s wild animals, and visits the Koval Distillery in Ravenswood to learn about local craft distilling.   Brandon Wetherbee– Host of the You, Me, Them, Everybody podcast We preview the YMTE podcast recording at Saki in Logan Square coming up on May 21st and learn about the Brightest Young Things Chicago site that’s starting up soon.     Dr. Seth Magle– Urban Wildlife Institute director, Lincoln Park Zoo Dr. Laura Whyte– Citizen Science director, Adler Planetarium The Chicago Wildlife Watch aims to find out what wild animals live in and around Chicago by utilizing a network of cameras.  We get the lowdown and this ambitious and very cool project from two of the scientists involved.       Robert Birnecker and Sonat Birnecker– Founders and owners of Koval Distillery We go inside this organic distillery in Ravenswood to learn about its history and how it revitalized craft distilling in Chicago.    Sonat and Robert inside the Koval Distillery   OTL #447 local music provided by Blind Moon…