OTL: Episode #43

(podcasting “from” a houseboat on the Chicago River) (broadcasting on the 100-watt love boat WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen clarifies his bicyclist stance to Andy Hermann, they talk about recent beach closings in the city, they learn about a new area code coming to the region, and then they support local business. Mike and Andy’s transportation report; Mike takes time to love bicycling activists Ann Alexander – senior attorney, National Resources Defense Council; on recent city beach closings, and Chicago’s waterways Beth Bosch – spokesperson, Illinois Commerce Commission; on yet another new area code coming to the Chicago region Lauren Beznos – executive director, Local First Chicago; on the importance of local business in Chicago (segue music this week from Duvall)

OTL: Episode #42

(podcasting “from” the corner of Lake and Ashland, just outside of Union Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt rock show WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann share transportation stories, they discuss public art in Berwyn, they get the scoop on a big Chicago music festival, and then they learn about more potential concerts at Wrigley Field. Mike and Andy’s transportation report; Mike takes some cyclists to task, and Andy enjoys cheesy Michiana radio Cari Brokamp – reporter, Berwyn Life; on public art in Berwyn, and breaking the Spindle story Miles Raymer – music columnist, Chicago Reader; on the Pitchfork Music Festival, and what it means for Chicago David Winner – president, Lake View Citizens Council; on more concerts at Wrigley Field (segue music this week from The Sea and Cake)

OTL: Episode #40

(podcasting “from” the Taste of Chicago) (broadcasting on the 100-watt slab of barbecue ribs WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann address an OTL controversy, they learn about hybrid buses for the CTA, they discuss bad hip-hip in rural Wisconsin, and then they learn about why more girls should rock. Andy’s coup; a special bond made with Chicago Alderman Manny Flores Sanjaka Wirasingha – doctoral research assistant at thee Grainger Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory within the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology; on hybrid electronic conversion kits for the CTA Mike in Wisconsin; our friends up north at Bob’s Riverside love Fergie Emily Easton – co-founder, Girls Rock! Chicago; on why girls rock, and should rock even more (segue music this week from Neko Case)

OTL: Episode #38

(podcasting “from” the Forest Park Blue Line station) (broadcasting on the 100-watt diesel engine WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk transportation and the current state of the CTA, and then they go on location and visit with a coffee champion. driving on Ashland Avenue; the nightmare of a major street in Chicago Kevin O’Neil – founder, CTA Tattler; on happenings at the Chicago Transit Authority Matt Riddle – designer, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea; on roasting and brewing, and the competitive barista circuit (segue music this week from Soft Targets)