OTL: Episode #149- Home Made Poetry, Printers’ Ball, TOC’s The Get, and Literago.org

IT’S THE LOCAL LITERARY-THEMED SHOW… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “literary masterpiece” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets poetic on his wedding weekend, chats with an organizer of a local literary party, checks in with a Time Out Chicago writer to see what she’s writing about these days, and learns about a website that is a local literary hub. The OTL Poetry Corner – Mike gets sentimental on his wedding weekend and reads a poem he wrote when he was 12.  It was published in Creation Spirituality magazine in 1993. Fred Sasaki – Associate editor of POETRY Friday, July 31 the Fifth Annual Printers’ Ball takes place in Chicago and it’s quite the literary throw down!  Fred gives us the details about the party and talks about the local literary scene. Jessica Herman – Writer for Time Out Chicago’s “The Get” We catch up with Jessica to see what she’s writing about these days, including taking a peek into some Chicagoans homes. Gretchen Kalwinski – Co-founder of Literago.org If you want to be in the know when it comes to the literary scene in Chicago you need to check out Literago!  We learn more about the site on this week’s show. OTL #149 local music provided by The Blissters…

OTL: Episode #148- Local Biz Roadblocks, Is It OK to Like DMB Now?, Godless In Chicago

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “it’s OK to like Dave Matthews” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the city’s interference of small business startups and entrepreneurs, chats with a local writer about whether or not it’s ok to enjoy Dave Matthews, and learns what an Illinois atheist activist is blogging about these days. Beth Milnikel – Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School Beth recently wrote an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune arguing that the city stands in the way of small business startups more often than not.  We discuss her views on this issue. Steve Heisler – Assistant City Editor for Decider Chicago and Contributor to The AV Club Recently Steve wrote this blog post that raises the question, “Should we still hate Dave Matthews?” Rob Sherman – Blogger at Godless In Chicago at ChicagoNow.com For an atheist’s POV of local politics and other issues, Rob Sherman’s blog is a popular read.  He chats with us this week about atheism and the local separation of church and state. OTL #148 local music provided by The Smoking Popes…

OTL: Episode #147- OTL News Desk, Trakan, the Author of the “At Your Service” Blog

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “at your service” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen jumps behind the OTL News Desk, chats with local musician, Trakan, reflects on last week’s parking-themed show, and talks to the author of the At Your Service blog. The OTL News Desk – The Sears Tower changed its name yesterday.  Mike shares a spin on the new name. Trakan – Local musician and community activist Trakan is a local rocker who is involved in the community.  In addition to his music you can also check out the cool map making he does for neighborhoods here. OTL Parking Reflections – Mike gives some of his thoughts on the parking-themed edition of the show that aired last week. “Patti Hunter” – Blogger at the At Your Service blog on BeachwoodReporter.com Patti writes about her experiences as a server at a local pizza joint  She shares some of her stories this week. OTL #147 local music provided by Trakan…