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.
Mike Stephen talks with: Chicago Fringe Festival executive director Anne Cauley about seeking out the weird and unique in the performing arts; Bars of Chicago creator Katherine Hodges about Instagramming as many taverns as she can in the city and beyond; and Outside the Loop co-founder Andy Hermann about leaving the city he’s called home for almost two decades. Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who wishes Andy the best in New York City. (And don’t forget to take our listener survey!!) This week’s local music is provided by Varsity. OTL host Mike Stephen and producer Andy Hermann say goodbye after a 16-year professional and personal relationship. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
Mike Stephen talks with: Chicago Sun-Times staff reporter Mick Dumke about why the Chicago Police Department has created a secret “Strategic Subject List” of possible violent criminals; art historian Patricia Balton Stratton about her new book The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure; and Urban Nerd Herd founder Amanda McCarthy about hiking for pleasure and mental health. Meanwhile, we discuss how Mike jammed on some indie rock at the Navy Pier McDonald’s! This week’s local music is provided by Post Animal. Chicago Sun-Times staff reporter Mick Dumke and OTL host Mike Stephen rep the city and solve the world’s problems during their post-show breakfast meeting. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
Mike Stephen talks with: Darren Olson, co-chair of the Infrastructure Report Card Committee for the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), about the state of Illinois’ roads and bridges; Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Muddy Waters-endorsed harmonica player Forest City Joe for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and Rich Alapack, founder of we all live here, about his social startup that works on community-based art projects with local schools. Meanwhile, Mike announces that his family is growing! This week’s local music is provided by Capital Soirée. OTL host Mike Stephen stands outside of the Pulaski International School of Chicago in Bucktown in front of an inspiring “we all live here” installation. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.