OTL: Episode #255- TabsonRahm.org, Chicago as a top food city, Pollution in Pilsen

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 “keeping tabs on Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the new site tabsonrahm.org, explores Chicago as a top food city, and discusses coal-fired power plant pollution in Pilsen.   Chirag Patel— Co-Founder of TabsonRahm.org This site displays Mayor Emanuel’s campaign promises and allows you to vote on how good of a job you think he’s doing in keeping those promises. Chicago as a Top Food City– Mike explores TheDailyMeal.com‘s list of top American cities when it comes to America’s favorite food. Credit: © Flickr/roboppy Matthew Blake— Contributing Reporter to the Chicago Journal Matthew joins us to discuss an article he wrote that covers the power plant pollution issue in Pilsen and what’s being done about it. Fisk Generating Station, 1111 W. Cermak Rd.   OTL #255 local music provided by Jet W. Lee…

OTL: Episode #254- No-Sleep Cinema for 72 hours, Chicago’s Food Policy, Very Small Beer

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 “no-sleep” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits a film fest producer who’s staying up for 72 hours watching movies in a local coffee shop, plays a clip from a previous show where he learns about the Bar Aid Project, and talks to the anonymous founder of VerySmallBeer.com.   Jason Elewski — Producer of the Windie City Shootout The WC Shootout is a contest where participants will write, shoot, and edit a short film in 72 hours.  We talk to Jason as he stays awake for 72 hours watching movies in the front of Avocado Eatery on Milwaukee Ave.  Why?  If the participants of the Windie City Shootout are going to lose sleep, why shouldn’t Jason? Jason tries to stay awake for three days straight. OTL Rewind– We hear a clip from OTL #246 featuring a conversation with Erika Allen, board member of the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, about efforts of this organization to improve access to nutritionally sound and affordable food and discuss Chicago’s food policy. Anonymous— Founder of VerySmallBeer.com This site features beer reviews and beer culture discussion.  We learn why the founder chooses to remain anonymous and what else he’s talking about on his site.   OTL #254 local music provided by The Dogs…

OTL: Episode #253- Anne Elizabeth Moore Deconstructs Jeans, OhLNo.com, Robert Rodi Jazz Vocal Jam

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 “ohlno” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to artist and author Anne Elizabeth Moore about her new project at the MCA, learns about ohlno.com, and visits a local Jazz vocalist jam session.   Anne Elizabeth Moore— Artist, Critic, and Author Anne joins us live from Georgia in the former USSR to tell us about her work there and her upcoming performance project at the MCA called Garment Work, where she will deconstruct a pair of denim jeans. A pair of deconstructed blue jeans. Bob Vonderau– Founder of OhLNo.com We learn about this site where you can read and post stories about experiences on Chicago’s “L.” Robert Rodi— Chicago author and host of the Robert Rodi and Friends Jam Every 3rd Tuesday of the month you can catch this singer’s jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. Robert Rodi and Friends Jam Session   OTL #253 local music provided by The Lawrence Peters Outfit…

OTL: Episode #252- Sunday Salon Chicago Preview, Andy Hermann’s Pitchfork Review, Future of Midwest High-Speed Rail

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 “salon” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen previews the return of the Sunday Salon Chicago, gets an old friend’s Pitchfork review, and discusses the future of high-speed rail in the Midwest.   Natalia Nebel and Robert Rodi— Co-Director of the Sunday Salon Chicago and a Local Author, respectively We get the latest on the return of the Sunday Salon to Chicago.  It’s a prose reading series taking place at Uncommon Ground (1401 W. Devon) every last Sunday of the month.   Andy Hermann– Former Executive Producer of Outside the Loop Radio Andy attended last week’s Pitchfork music festival in Union Park- his first outdoor music fest in a LONG time.  We get his impressions of the weekend. Andy Hermann wearing a sweet-looking hat. Rick Harnish— Executive Director of the Midwest High-Speed Rail Association What is the future of high-speed rail in the Midwest and why is it important?  We explore these questions and others having to do with high-speed rail.   OTL #252 local music provided by The Pear Traps…