This week Mike Stephen reveals his debut on the local podcast Improvised Star Trek, dives into the contract negotiations between the Non-Tenured-Track (NTT) faculty and Loyola University Chicago, chats with local author Jessica Mlinaric about her new book Secret Chicago, and previews the Chicago Public Library’s ChiTeenLitFest. Local music for #OTL599 is powered by Melody Angel. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen sits down to chat with: Sol Flores, Democratic Candidate for Illinois Congressional 4th District; OTL Winter Tavern Tour #3: Skylark, and Jake Timm of Oshkosh Media and WOCT-LP. This week’s local music is provided by Beach Bunny. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #575- Chicago Kids Film Fest, Will Guzzardi on rent control, SloMo dance party

Mike Stephen talks with:   Ann Vikstrom, Director of the 34th Chicago Children’s International Film Festival;   Will Guzzardi, IL State Rep (39th), about the growing momentum for rent control in Chicago and the greater state; and   Kristen Kaza, co-founder Slo’Mo, a traveling dance party that celebrates diverse LGBTQ communities and spaces.   This week’s local music is provided by K-Nein. Mike Stephen (right) pictured with future Chicago Children’s International Film Festival featured Director, Mikey Stephen (left). To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #571- The future of journalism, Digital maps and local art, Chicago Book Expo preview

Mike Stephen talks with:   OTL’s very first guest Bob McChesney, Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, about the erosion of journalism;   Local artist Carla Fisher-Schwartz, whose installation True North is featured at the SUB-MISSION exhibition space in Chicago through October 21st; and   John Wilson, local author and co-organizer of the 2017 Chicago Book EXPO.   Meanwhile, Mike celebrates 11 years of Outside the Loop!   This week’s local music is provided by Ethereal Groove, Inc.. Mike Stephen receives his 11 year anniversary gift wrapped in diaper coupons. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.