OTL: Episode #468- Chicago Police Board Info, Running every block in Chicago, The Secret History of a local 80s jazz trio

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about the new Chicago Police Board Information Center website;   Run Chicago creator Darcy Phillips about running each and every block of the city and his 25-mile bike commute; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about a 1980s far-out jazz trio consisting of Rich Corpolongo, Doug Lofstrom, and Paul Wertico for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we celebrate OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   This week’s local music is provided by Royal Outsiders.   Delicious cupcakes mark OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen celebrate one year of shows at WGN Radio!

OTL: Episode #432- Local teenage rockers, Examining Circuit Court of Cook County data, The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “court is now in session” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen learns about a project that examines Cook County Court data, discusses police staffing in Chicago, gets the lowdown on an old-school local Blues musician: Jazz Gillum, and talks to a high school student who happens to be part of the Chicago music scene.   Tracy Siska – Executive Director, Chicago Justice Project The CJP’s latest project, Convicted in Cook, examines data from the Cook County Circuit Court from 2005-2009 in order to shed light on how the local courts operate.  Tracy also discusses his recent op-ed about police staffing in Chicago.     The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Jazz Gillum in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.     Jacob Gold– Member of the band Purple Door and a high school junior at Jones College Prep We get the perspective of the Chicago music scene from one of its youngest members.     Purple Door rocking hard     OTL #432 local music provided by Purple Door…

OTL: Episode #388- First Tuesday Roundtable, Team Englewood’s poem, The other side of “Chicagoland”

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 “poetry is powerful” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to Mick Dumke about his new show at The Hideout, chats with the poetry coach at Team Englewood about his team’s local popularity recently, and analyzes CNN’s “Chicagoland” with the Chicago Justice Project.   Mick Dumke– Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader We all know Mick is a great reporter, but now he gets his chance to co-host a political roundtable called First Tuesdays at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) every first Tuesday of the month starting April 1st.   Dave Stieber– History teacher and poetry coach at Team Englewood Community Academy Last week we heard students from Englewood perform a group poem that talks directly to the mayor about their neighborhood vs. the other Chicago.  This week we hear from the students’ poetry coach.     Students from Englewood performing at Metro   Tracy Siska– Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project CNN is airing it’s series called Chicagoland.  The CJP has taken issue with some of the information (or lack thereof) has been presented.  We get the details.     OTL #388 local music provided by Cousin Dud…  

OTL: Episode #343- Scrappers documentary, Hank Frisco in cat form, Domestic violence portrayal in local media

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 “scrapper” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the Chicago-based documentary called “Scrappers” and previews a moderated discussion on how violence against women is portrayed in the Chicago media.   Brian Ashby and Ben Kolak– Co-directors and co-producers of the documentary Scrappers We learn about this locally-produced film that follows two Chicago metal scavengers. A scene from Scrappers   Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender and Cat– On OTL #334 we heard from Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender‘s producer and writer Matt Kelley.  We check in with Matt regarding some fans in Philly wanting to name a cat after the lead role in the Chicago sci-fi comedy web series.         Tracy Siska– Executive director of the Chicago Justice Project On May 28th at the Union League Club of Chicago, the CJP will be presenting a public discussion called Documenting Violence Against Women: Justice Begins with Truth.  We preview this event.   OTL #343 local music provided by Go Time…