Mike Stephen welcomes local jazz musician Joe Policastro into the studio while holding the official OTL tumbler.

Mike Stephen learns how we can’t impeach a Chicago mayor, welcomes local jazz musician Joe Policastro to preview his trio’s show, and discovers the Secret History of blues singer Lucille Spann.  Plus: Joe visits the OTL Wrap Party segment to discuss playing music in Chicago and the awesomeness of the late Neil Peart of Rush.  This week we enjoy local music from The Joe Policastro Trio, of course! Also: let us know where we should go for the upcoming OTL Winter Tavern Tour!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen kayaking on the Chicago River in 2008.

Mike Stephen discusses the rise of democratic socialism in the Chicago City Council with author Edward McClelland, learns that it’s safe to fish in the Chicago River (kind of), and discovers the Secret History of radio DJ Jerry-O.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Lester Ray. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of eliminating townships in Illinois.

Mike Stephen talks with ProPublica Illinois reporter Mick Dumke about  City Council committee patronage and politics, explores the idea of the state doing away with townships, and discusses the possibility of an increase in taxes on electric vehicles.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Warped Wonder.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen welcomes local Hip-Hop artist and DJ Epik1 into the studio to perform live, discusses why Illinois has a good track record of electing African-American politicians with Edward McCelland of Chicago Magazine, and gets an update on our efforts to learn more about Mars from Mark Benson, our local solar system ambassador.  AND producer emeritus Andy Hermann makes a surprise visit to the show! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.