OTL: Episode #523- Chicago’s Equality Index score, Local parking and transit roundup, A new fun kids book inspired by the CTA

Mike Stephen talks with:   Human Rights Campaign legislative counsel Xavier Persad about how Chicago ranks in the fifth annual Municipal Equality Index, a nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy;   The Expired Meter blogger The Parking Ticket Geek about Wrigleyville parking restrictions, raising parking meter rates around Wrigley Field, and the closing of all the Chicago vehicle emissions test facilities; and   local author Patrick McBriarty about City Railways Go Above and Below, his latest children’s book about riding public transportation.   Meanwhile, we learn how long you should #FlyTheW flag after a Cubs win!   This week’s local music is provided by riverhorse.   Local author Patrick McBriarty stops by the WGN Radio studios to talk with OTL host Mike Stephen about his new children’s book City Railways Go Above and Below.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #414- Revisiting The Salsa Truck, Chicago School of Data, Reeling 32: Chicago LGBT Film Fest

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “tacos to the masses” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen pays a visit to the owner of The Salsa Truck, learns about the Chicago School of Data, and previews Reeling 32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival.   Dan Salls– Owner of The Salsa Truck We pay a visit to The Salsa Truck HQ (the West Loop restaurant known as The Garage) to hear what Dan has learned during his time as a Chicago food truck owner.       Dan O’Neil– Executive Director of Smart Chicago Collaborative The SCC is working on a new project: the Chicago School of Data.  This effort seeks to use data to help our everyday lives.  We learn about how it all works.     Alexandra Ensign– Programming Director of Reeling 32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival We get a preview of this incredible film festival now in its 32nd year in Chicago.           OTL #414 local music provided by House Sounds…  

OTL: Episode #378- Midwest Sweet Baking History, Winterize your car, Chicago Cabbie (Pin-up) Calendar

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “sweet-baking” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen explores the Chicago history of making sweets, gets a few tips on how to keep our cars running in the winter, and discusses a new pinup calendar called the Chicago Cabbie Calendar.   Jenny Lewis– 5th generation Chicagoan, chef, author of Midwest Sweet Baking History: Delectable Classics around Lake Michigan, and founder of Chicago Candy Tours Chicago has a rich history of sweet-making.  We explore that history and learn about Jenny’s Chicago Candy Tour program.         The Parking Ticket Geek – Blogger at The Expired Meter Chicago winters can be brutal on our cars.  The Geek provides some tips on how to protect your vehicle.         Melissa Callahan– Chicago cabbie and creator of the Chicago Cabbie Calendar This unique calendar that features real Chicago cabbies as pin-up models benefits the Cabbies For Justice legal fund.  We get the lowdown.     OTL #378 local music provided by BIG JOY…  

OTL: Episode #354- Be a water hero from Chicago, LTH Forum’s re-design, The Chicago House

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “water hero” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a local push to bring clean drinking water to Haiti, Chats about the LTH Forum re-design, and discusses the important work of The Chicago House.   Jená Lowe– Marketing Coordinator for Portapure We learn how this local company is working toward bringing clean drinking water to families in Haiti.  You can help by donating to the cause at the campaign’s IndieGoGo site.         Steve Zaransky– Co-Owner of LTHForum.com This great Chicago-based web chat site focuses on local food and dining out.  It recently was redesigned.  We learn about what’s new.     Bonn Wade– Director of the TransLife program at The Chicago House HIV/AIDS can be an extreme hardship for low-income individuals and families.  We learn how The Chicago House helps people live full lives despite this disease.     OTL #354 local music provided by The Welcome…