OTL: Episode #394- Chicago’s questionable crime stats, Journalism in high schools, CouchSurferz web series

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 “RadioSurferz” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a researcher about Chicago’s crime stats, discusses journalism education in high schools, and chats with the creator of the CouchSurferz comedy web series.   Brian Keegan– Post doctoral student at Northeastern University Recently Brian wrote a blog post called Crime, Time, and Weather in Chicago looking at the current trends of local crime stats.     Jason Block– Teacher at Prospect H.S. and board member of the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association (NISPA) Last week OTL host Mike Stephen spoke at the NISPA Conference.  This week we learn about the great things the organization does to teach journalism in schools.     OTL host Mike Stephen’s talk at the NISPA Conference last week.   Jack Farrell– Writer & Creator of the CouchSurferz web series We get the skinny on this weekly comedy web series that is released every Thursday at Second City’s DeMaat Theater.         OTL #394 local music provided by Sexy Fights…  

OTL #Episode #389- Extreme underground dinners, Chicago Improv Fest preview, Chicago Taco Tour

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 “taco-life” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen investigates “extreme” underground supper clubs, previews the Chicago Improv Fest, and talks tacos with the creator of the Chicago Taco Tour website.   “Brant”– Patron at an “extreme” underground dinner “Tim”– A local sous chef, formally at Trubadeaux What the heck are they serving at pop-up underground dinners these days?  We hear from two guys who were a part of a crazy local dining experience recently. What kind of meat is that?   Kevin Mullaney– Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival The 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes place March 31-April 6.  We get a preview.       Titus Ruscitti– Blogger at Chicago Taco Tour Titus gives us the lowdown on his site that chronicles his local taco-eating experiences.  Check out his other site too: Smokin’, Chokin’, and Chowing with the King.     OTL #389 local music provided by NE-HI…  

OTL: Episode #387- Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam, Mayor Emanuel needs to hear from the kids, Story Club Chicago

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 “Louder Than a Bomb” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits the Louder Than a Bomb 2014 Semi-Finals at The Metro, airs a pointed critique of Mayor Emanuel from high school students, and learns about Story Club Chicago.   Louder Than a Bomb– An amazing teen poetry slam We go inside the LTAB poetry slam semi-finals that took place last weekend and hear the voices of the incredible youth that made it happen.   A message for Mayor Emanuel – From some high school students in Englewood Students from Englewood perform a group poem that talks directly to the mayor about their neighborhood vs. the other Chicago.     Students from Englewood performing at Metro   Dana Norris– Founder of Story Club Story Club is a nonfiction storytelling show that aims to mix the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater.  Also, check out the new Story Club Magazine.     OTL #387 local music provided by Organ Wolf…  

OTL: Episode #374- Competitive reading with “Write Club,” the L-Ert app wakes you up, Visiting The Beer Temple

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 “l-ert” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a competitive reading performance series, chats with the creator of the L-Ert app, and visits The Beer Temple on Elston.   Ian Belknap– Overlord of Write Club We get the lowdown about this fun local competitive reading series at The Hideout and at SPACE in Evanston.           Alex Zielonko – Creator of the L-Ert app If you’ve ever fallen asleep on the El and missed your stop, you should know about this app that wakes you up in the nick of time.         Chris Quinn– Owner, of The Beer Temple We go inside this craft beer boutique in the Avondale neighborhood (3185 N. Elston).  Be sure to check out Chris’ great video podcast too!     OTL #374 local music provided by Ace Reporter…