OTL: Episode #240- Upcoming Ward Re-Mapping, Household Garbage Measuring, Handshake Magazine

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 “re-mapped” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the upcoming ward re-mapping, talks to a Chicagoan who measured his family’s yearly garbage output, and learns about a new local literary magazine.   Matthew Blake– Contributing Writer for the Chicago Journal The ward map in Chicago is slated to change this year.  Matthew talks about his article covering the upcoming ward re-map and how that process works in the City Council. OTL Rewind– In honor of the recent Earth Day we hear this interview with Scott Rappe, architect and member of the East Village Association, that originally aired on OTL #185 last year.  Scott measured his family’s garbage output for 2009.  He discusses the results and how easy it is to compost in your urban backyard. Photo by Phil Velasquez Daniel Duffy— Editor and Publisher of The Handshake Magazine There is a new magazine in the Chicago literary scene that focuses on long-form journalism.  We get the scoop about this project that launched from its Kickstarter site. OTL #240 local music provided by Barehand Jugband…

OTL: Episode #239- Inefficient IL Townships, YMTE Mid-Week Review, Wal-Mart’s Proposed Lakeview Store

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 “mid-week review” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the inefficiencies of some IL townships, previews a fun panel he’ll be a part of tonight, and learns about the possibility of Wal-Mart moving into the Lakeview East neighborhood.   Emily Miller– Policy and Government Affairs Coordinator for the Better Government Association The BGA took up the issue of inefficient townships recently as well as attacks on the Freedom of Information Act.  Emily joins us with the latest. Brandon Wetherbee– Host of the You, Me, Them, Everybody Podcast Tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Cole’s Bar (2338 N. Milwaukee) Brandon hosts a special YMTE Mid-Week in Review show.  OTL host Mike Stephen is one of the panelists so come on out for a discussion of local current events that’s way better than the McLaughlin Group! Maureen Martino— Executive Director of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Wal-Mart has proposed moving into the Lakeview East neighborhood (on Broadway and Surf).  Maureen gives us her reaction to this proposal. OTL #239 local music provided by Keith Scott…

OTL: Episode #237- The Roundtable Show: Making Chicago a Creative Hub

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the Creativity and Business class at IIT) (broadcasting on the “roundtable” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen hosts another in a series of occasional discussions, taking place in the community and covering different local topics/themes.  The topic of this roundtable is how to make Chicago a creative hub. Mike welcomes: Nik Rokop— Director of the IIT Knapp Entrepreneurship Center Erika Pfleger—  Asst. Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School John Bosher— Producer, Beverly Ridge Pictures L to R: John Bosher, Erika Pfleger, and Nik Rokop The Roundtable is portable!  If you have an idea where we should record the next one or what we should talk about, let the OTL Staff know! ALSO, e-mail Creativity and Business instructor Tom Tresser what you think Chicago needs to be a creativity hub.  His class will compile the submissions and give them to Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel! OTL #237 local music provided by Jackson Bailey…

OTL: Episode #236- Rethinking the “L”, Goose Island Buyout Details, Chicago Journalism with Geoff Dougherty

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 “keep it local” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the Reader’s Ed Zotti about rethinking the L, gets the details on the Goose Island Beer buyout, and discusses Chicago journalism with journalist Geoff Dougherty. Ed Zotti— Author of “How to Fix the El” in the Chicago Reader The CTA is planning the Red and Purple Line Modernization Project.  Ed thinks that in the wake of this, it’s a good time to rethink how the El runs in Chicago. Photo By Michael Boyd Josh Noel— The Beer Writer for the Chicago Tribune Goose Island Beer Co. has been sold to Anheuser-Busch.  What will this mean for our beloved local brew?  Josh joins us to answer that question and many more.  Check out his Trib article HERE. Geoff Dougherty— Founder of the Chicago Current He’s bounced around different local media outlets over the past 10 years.  Geoff joins us to talk about his latest project and some of his views on Chicago journalism. OTL #236 local music provided by Soft Speaker…