OTL: Episode #50

(podcasting “from” outside Catcher’s Inn in Bridgeport) (broadcasting on the 100-watt neighborhood tavern WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen explains dance club protocol to Andy Hermann, they discuss property tax hikes in Chicago, they learn about passing the jazz torch to the next generation, and then they get the scoop on a neighborhood project. Mike hits the dance clubs; explaining the protocol to Andy Ben Joravsky – staff writer, Chicago Reader; on the impending property tax hike in the city Joel Spencer – jazz drummer; Mike Stephen and Mike Jeffers file a report Kit Hodge – CEO and president of the board, Neighbors Project; on building a social movement in Chicago (segue music this week from The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir)

OTL: Episode #49

(podcasting “from” the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse) (broadcasting on the 100-watt lighthouse WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann follow up on Michigan’s love of Gordon Lightfoot, they talk with an up-and-coming politician, they get the scoop on an amazing trek across Lake Michigan, and then they learn about organ donation in Illinois. Dave “DJ Goldy G” Goldman – OTL Composer; on Michigan’s love of Gordon Lightfoot Daniel Biss – University of Chicago math professor; on his candidacy for State Representative, Illinois 17th District Joe Bidawid – waterman; on crossing Lake Michigan for charity Kim McCollough – manager of public relations and donor family services, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network; on organ donation in Illinois and beyond (segue music this week from Eleven Dollar Life)

OTL: Episode #48

(podcasting “from” directly behind Wrigleyville Dogs) (broadcasting on the 100-watt hot dog with everything WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann look into local tourism and The Slinger, they learn about the homeless in the city, they find something to do tomorrow, and then they discuss Chicago music and local economics. OTL news roundup; Chicago re-does its tourism math, and doesn’t include The Slinger Julie Dworkin – policy director, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless; on some recent controversial press on the homeless in downtown Erik and Ruth – hosts, Think Pink on WLUW; on Queer Fest Midwest Bruce Iglauer – board member, Chicago Music Commission; on music and local economics, and how to make the connection stronger (segue music this week from Stiletto Attack)

OTL: Episode #47

(podcasting “from” outside of Map Room) (broadcasting on the 100-watt GPS locator WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Andy Hermann shows Mike Stephen his new placard, they discuss the Commercial Handbill Distribution Law, they learn about free wi-fi around the city, and then they get the scoop on the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Andy’s placard; taking credit where credit is due Jeanne Felknor – founder, East Village Block and Garden Club; on the Commercial Handbill Distribution Law Erin Brereton – “Cheap Thrills” columnist, CenterstageChicago.com; on free wi-fi internet around the city Brian Wendorf – co-founder, Chicago Undergound Film Festival; on independent and underground film in Chicago (segue music this week from Canasta)