OTL: Episode #566- Rust Belt Chicago, The importance of high school libraries, The Secret History of Ritz

Mike Stephen talks with:   Belt Magazine senior editor Martha Bayne about collecting stories for the new book Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology;   Hinsdale South High School librarian Ellen Lawrence about the importance of libraries in high schools; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about arena-ready rockers Ritz for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we present the Outside the Loop Listener Survey. We’d love your feedback!   This week’s local music is provided by Kerosene Stars.   OTL host Mike Stephen reviews the Outside the Loop Listener Survey.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #475- Combating suburban homelessness, Chicago Book Expo preview, Recycling in Chicago the right way

Mike Stephen talks with:   Loaves & Fishes Community Services President & CEO Megan Selck about how her organization is combating suburban homelessness;   Chicago Book Expo co-organizer John Wilson about the literary event of the year that’s happening at Columbia College; and   DNAinfo Chicago reporter/producer Patty Wetli about figuring out the right way to recycle in Chicago.   Meanwhile, Mike reviews Chicago’s rules about how long you have to clear off your sidewalk after a snowfall.   This week’s local music is provided by Common Allies.   OTL host Mike Stephen celebrates the first snow of 2015 before being a good citizen and shoveling the sidewalk.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #404- Chicago Indie Bookstore Day, Searching for Nate Silver, Chicago Publishers Resource Center

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Indie” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen previews Chicago Indie Bookstore Day this weekend, wants to chat about local burritos with pundit Nate Silver, and visits the Chicago Publishers Resource Center.   Kevin Elliot– Manager of Open Books This Saturday is the first Chicago Independent Bookstore Day.  We get the lowdown on the day’s events and how indie bookstores are neighborhood institutions.     Searching for Nate Silver– He’s a pundit who loves Mexican food In 2007 on OTL #59, Mike Stephen interviewed Nate Silver about the now-defunct Chicago Burrito Bracket.  Nate is at it again, but this time he’s going national.  Mike tries to get him to come back on the show.       John Wawrzaszek– Director of the Chicago Publishers Resource Center We go inside this multi-use space at 858 N. Ashland that provides a community for creative work.         OTL #404 local music provided by Smoker…