Mike Stephen discusses some of the problems with Chicago’s recycling program with Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association, talks to the new editor-in-chief of the Chicago Reader Anne Elizabeth Moore about what’s in store for the future of the paper, and discovers the Secret History of the local 1970s Bluegrass band Wildwood Pickers with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave).  The local music this week is brought to you by The Bombats. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #550- Capitalism and misogyny, Chicago Pen Show preview, The Secret History of Poor Richard

Mike Stephen talks with:   writer and cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore about the effects of capitalism and misogyny on women as detailed in her latest book Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes;   Chicago Pen Show owner Paul Conterato for a preview of the oldest writing utensil exhibition in the country; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about jingle-writing prog rockers Poor Richard for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss how to support Independent Bookstore Day today and why there aren’t more gender-neutral restrooms in Chicago.   This week’s local music is provided by Minor Moon.   OTL host Mike Stephen holds a copy of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s latest book Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #504- A journalist’s Chicago taco journey, Anne Elizabeth Moore wins a house in Detroit, The Secret History of John Gilmore

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Tribune writer Nick Kindelsperger at La Lagartija Taqueria about his monthlong taco-eating journey and why and how Chicago is a taco town;   author and cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore about her new book Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking and how she won a house Detroit via the Write A House program; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Sun Ra saxophonist John Gilmore for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we update the House Bill 5902 (aka Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act) story from OTL #499, and we actually side with Mayor Rahm Emanuel… when WTTW’s Paris Schutz broke the “off-the-record” journalism rule!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Early Autumn Station.   Chicago Tribune writer Nick Kindelsperger and OTL host Mike Stephen talk tacos at La Lagartija Taqueria. #mikelovestacos   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #474- Building connections in the classroom, The Secret History of McLuhan, A local Sci-Fi novella and cookbook in one

Mike Stephen talks with:   Taft High School history teacher Mayra Almaraz-De Santiago about her Gapers Block op-ed “Give Me a Mirror: Why Students Need to Connect to their Teachers” on building connections in the classroom;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about mysterious jazz-proggers McLuhan for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   author and cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore about her latest project — Afterparty: A Community Guide for the Future, a science fiction novella slash cookbook collaboration with Sonnenzimmer.   Meanwhile, Mike admits to his addiction to LaCroix in wake of learning of Chicagoans being overtaxed on sparkling water!   This week’s local music is provided by Chris Bolint.   OTL host Mike Stephen offers his services as a spokesperson for LaCroix Sparkling Water.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.