OTL: Episode #208- Community Organizing in Chicago, Mrs. Stephen Leaves Another Voicemail, Ken Davis of “Chicago Newsroom”

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 “community-organized” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen laments eating your groceries in the store, discusses local community organizing, plays another awesome voicemail from his Mom, and chats with Ken Davis, host of Chicago Newsroom on CAN-TV. Alex Wiesendanger— Lead Organizer for the Civic Action Network Community organizing has a long history in Chicago.  Alex discusses this history and previews an upcoming organizing training seminar. Mike Stephen’s Mom Gives Him Feedback on the Show— She also would like people to know that he’s one charming dude.  We hear the voicemail she left our host on the OTL Hotline. Ken Davis— Host of Chicago Newsroom on CAN-TV The latest week in review roundtable show recently started airing on CAN-TV.  Ken tells us all about the program. OTL #208 local music provided by Hollus…

OTL: Episode #198- Assessor Candidate Forrest Claypool, Cubs Fan Report, Larz of Chicagoland Radio & Media

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 “properly assessed” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen plays another awesome voicemail from his Mom, chats with Independent candidate for Cook County Assessor, Forrest Claypool, learns about the Cubs Fan Report, and talks to the founder of Chicagoland Radio and Media. Forrest Claypool— Independent Candidate for Cook County Assessor Cook County Commissioner Claypool recently joined the race for assessor as an Independent candidate.  He joins us to tell us why he’s running and how he plans to curb corruption in our government. Andrew Hilsberg— Founder of the Cubs Fan Report If you’re looking for the latest buzz on the Cubs that’s consolidated into one daily e-mail, you’ve found the right place.  We find out how the CFR works and how it got started. Larz — Founder of Chicagoland Radio and Media CRM recently celebrated 5 years of providing up-to-the-minute info about the Chicago media scene.  Larz tells us why he started the site, where it’s going, and chats about Chicago media in general. OTL #198 local music provided by the Katie Todd Band…

OTL: Episode #192- Mick Dumke on TIF Money, LOST Fever, The Vegan Way of Life

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “DHARMA Initiative” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses allocation of Chicago’s TIF money, admits that he’s in the DHARMA Initiative, and learns about being vegan at a vegan restaurant in Edgewater. Mick Dumke — Writer and Editor at the Chicago Reader Mick (along with co-author Ben Joravsky) has come out with another must-read article dealing with TIF money in Chicago.  Mick joins us to discuss how the city spends this money. Mike Stephen is a “Lostie”— OTL Host Mike Stephen said that he wouldn’t get sucked into the Lost craze.  Turns out he’s in his own DHARMA Initiative film that he showed at a Lost finale viewing party. Duc Vu and Kiseung Lee — Partners at Loving Hut, an organic vegan restaurant in Edgewater We learn about what being a vegan is all about and how it can benefit our global community. OTL #192 local music provided by The Bears of Blue River…

OTL: Episode #144- Special CAN-TV Programming, New Pride Parade Rules, and Reforming Chicago Public Schools

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “loud and proud” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about tomorrow’s special programming on CAN-TV, gets up to speed on the new rules in place for the Pride Parade this year, and talks to the co-chair of the reform caucus of the Chicago Teacher’s Union about CPS job cuts. Mike’s busy weekend – Is it possible for our intrepid host to hit up the Taste of Chicago, Pride Parade, AND tend to his new Earth Box garden on his deck?  We shall see! Above: Mike’s Amazing Pepper and Basil Garden Omari Nyamweya – Programming Coordinator for CAN-TV Tomorrow, June 27, CAN-TV features a special day of programming produced by residents whose communities have been affected by violence.  We learn more about this programming on the show this week. Michael Lehet – Blogger at What’s a Boy to Do? at ChicagoNow.com Michael fills us in on some new rules for Pride Parade ’09 participants and attendees. Karen Lewis – Co-chair of CORE, a reform caucus of the Chicago Teachers Union Karen tells us of CORE’s mission to reform the Chicago Public Schools. OTL #144 local music provided by The Hoyle Brothers…