Mike Stephen ponders recycling in Chicago while standing in a blue recycling bin. That's dedication.

Mike Stephen talks to a former local trolley driver who did the job for over 20 years and has a new book about his experiences called Twenty Years Without a Weekend, gets an update on Chicago’s recycling efforts from the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and learns about a new TV show that helps novice female politicians run for office called RUN.  The local music this week is brought to us by Blood Red Boots. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses gentrification in Logan Square.

Mike Stephen learns about an upcoming book about gentrification in Logan Square with sociologist and photographer David Schalliol, discusses a City Bureau analysis of local government transparency, and plays back the sounds of the Girls on the Run Chicago 5k.  The local music this week is brought to us by Batteries Not Included. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen and a lovely CTA bus.

Mike Stephen discusses the idea of the CTA being free for riders, learns about the empowering work of Girls on the Run Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of local Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Adjacent Cruise. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses new state laws that provide for civics education in prisons.

Mike Stephen learns about new laws that provide civics education for Illinois inmates, discusses preserving Chicago apartments, and previews The Feminist Happy Hour’s 3rd anniversary event.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Tommi Zender. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.