Mike Stephen chews through the CPS funding data with Jessica Kursman of UIC’s Voorhees Center, explores the impact of discipline policies in Illinois public schools with Kalin Belsha of the Chicago Reporter, and tips his hat to the late local music legend Val Camilletti of Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park.  The local music this week is powered by Rum Velvet. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen talks with 35th ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa about his opposition to the proposed Police Academy on Chicago’s west side and the blow-back he’s received from the city council, chats with Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights intern Alex Boutros about voting rights restrictions in Illinois, and local musician Dina Bach stops by to play some sweet studio jamz. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #587- The Outside the Loop 2018 Podcasting Summit

Mike Stephen chats with:   Arnie Neikamp and Matt Young of Hello from the Magic Tavern,   Colleen Pellissier of The Good News Podcast, and   Dometi Pongo of CULture Race and Equity: a seat at the table.   Special thank to Engines for powering this week’s local music. Mike talks with local podcasters (R to L) Arnie Neikamp, Matt Young, Colleen Pellissier, and Dometi Pongo about the audio storytelling scene in Chicago. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #586- Windy City Curling, WTND-LP in Macomb, The Secret History of Johnny B. Moore

Mike Stephen talks with:   Tom DePauw and Darryl Roberts, co-station managers at WTND-LP in Macomb, to talk community radio for another installment of Low Power to the People;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues guitarist Johnny B. Moore for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music, and   Jeff Sampson, president of Windy City Curling Club.   This week’s local music is provided by The Bama Lamas.  Mike rides the hog line with Jeff Sampson and Windy City Curling.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.