OTL: Episode #572- Fighting domestic violence, Beardsgaard Barbers grows, Local urban farming with The Gardeneers

Mike Stephen talks with:   Bethany Gomillion, Marathon Campaign Coordinator of Run Domestic Violence Out of Town and Elizabeth Gray, marathoner and domestic abuse survivor, about combating domestic abuse;   Natalie Anderson, co-owner and barber educator at Beardsgaard Barbers, about the success of this unique Batavia-based shop; and   May Tsupros, Executive Director and Co-founder of The Gardeneers, about educating CPS students on local urban farming and healthy eating   This week’s local music is provided by Fire Garden. Mike Stephen out in the field to explore the Gardeneers’ rail garden in Homan Square.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #547- Once Upon a Castle, Chicago Rot is finished, Westside Bee Boyz

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Children’s Museum president Jennifer Farrington about Once Upon a Castle, the new exhibit that seeks to eliminate gender stereotypes;   Chicago Rot director/co-writer Dorian Weinzimmer about finishing his long-awaited locally-produced independent horror film (as featured on OTL #248 in 2011); and   Westside Bee Boyz founder Thad Smith about finding his purpose, selling honey, and running a successful local urban apiary service.   Meanwhile, Mike discusses his dudes’ trip to Portland, Maine.   This week’s local music is provided by Nest.   OTL host Mike Stephen shows off his Westside Bee Boyz honey… which he tried out in his official radio show tea this morning.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #503- Coyotes in Chicago, Wilson Underline project, Visiting the Near North Farmessori

Mike Stephen talks with:   Urban Coyote Research Program principal investigator Stanley Gehrt about wildlife ecology and the upswing of the Chicago coyote population;   Wilson L Public Space Committee co-chair Julianne Scherer about the proposed Wilson Underline plan to beautify CTA space in Uptown; and   The Farmessori urban farm coordinator Joe Phillips about teaching sustainability to students of the Near North Montessori School.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who was looking for her son at the Cubs game!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Gallery-81.   OTL host Mike Stephen III’s son Mike Stephen IV is impressed with the goat roaming The Farmessori grounds of the Near North Montessori School.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #437- Union influence on IL politics, The attack of the Emerald Ash Borer, Previewing the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “rockin’-the-harp” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen looks at union influence on local politics, discusses the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer on our trees, and gets a preview of the 4th annual Hideout Harmonica Hoedown.   Diana Rickert–  VP of Communications for the Illinois Policy Institute We examine the role of unions in the Illinois political process.  The Institute just released a report entitled The Anatomy of Influence: Government Unions in Illinois.       Mark Cinnamon– State Plant Regulatory Official Have you noticed trees disappearing from Chicago streets?  We examine why the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer is a serious wreaking havoc with our local greenery.     Bob Kessler– Harmonica “colorist” and founder/curator of the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown We get a preview of the 4th annual hoedown, the premiere celebration of the harmonica, taking place Sunday, March 8th at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia).  Bob and Mike share a jam sesh on the 50,000-watt blowtorch too!   Bob Kessler and Mike Stephen have a harp jam in the WGN Radio studios.   OTL #437 local music provided by Bob Kessler…