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 #563- A local movement to end ride sharing apps, Mick Dumke on the state of investigative journalism

Mike Stephen talks with:   artist/playwright/actor Mr. Bohemian about his Rethink the Pink campaign against ride-sharing services; and   reporter Mick Dumke about his new gig at ProPublica Illinois, why journalism is now more necessary than ever, and on what stories he’s currently working.   Meanwhile, in reaction to the Trump administration’s latest moves against the LGBT community, we play an excerpt from OTL #548 featuring a member of Oak Park and River Forest High School‘s gay-straight alliance student group.   This week’s local music is provided by Cheer-Accident.   The conversation between OTL host Mike Stephen and Chicago Reader senior writer Mick Dumke continues after the show!   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 #536- Dodging the minimum wage increase, The Secret History of Johnnie Temple, Rocking Chicken Wings at Wing Fling

Mike Stephen talks with:   reporter Stephanie Grimoldby about how some Cook County suburbs are not complying with the new minimum wage and sick time requirements;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about obscure singer/guitarist Johnnie Temple for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Toons Bar & Grill owner Danny Beck for a preview of the Toons 6th Annual Wing Fling.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the best burritos in Chicago!   This week’s local music is provided by Black Bolts.   OTL host Mike Stephen serves as MC and milk slinger at the 4th Annual Wing Fling at Toons Bar & Grill! [photo circa 2015]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.