It’s a historic day for Mike Stephen as he chats with Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago and North Western Historical Society about the ambitions of Chicago’s first mayor, author Daniel Kay Hertz about his book The Battle of Lincoln Park, and pays a visit to Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to learn about the Secret History of prog-rockers Mugicians. Local music this week is powered by Aurora L’Orealis. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen explores the urban art project @EverylotChicago with creator Neil Freeman, talks about lowering the voting age with Vote16 Illinois state board member Pooja Patel, and dives into the topic of Afrofuturism with author Ytasha Womack.  The local music this week is powered by New Drugs. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen questions political authenticity on social media, dives into the history of Chicago’s Westside in the face of the proposed police academy with Tiffany Walden creator and editor/chief of TheTriibe.com, learns about endangered buildings in Illinois with the president of Landmarks Illinois, and chats with local reporter Yana Kunichoff about police training for police officers stationed in schools. The local music this week is powered by Ludlow. 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.