OTL: Episode #230- Local Theater at “Shenanigans,” Chicago Mixtape, Sustainability With Chicago REgen

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 “sustainable” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen goes to the theater to learn about the new local vaudeville variety show Shenanigans, revisits the “dibs” parking issue, and discusses the future of Chicago’s sustainability with the creator of ChicagoREgen.com. Todd Obuchowski and Nick Tristano— Director and Executive Producer, respectively, of Shenanigans We get a look into Chicago’s only “modern madcap variety vaudeville show for the whole family.”  You can catch the show Saturdays at 4 p.m. at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Revisiting “Dibs”— We take one more look at this time-honored Chicago tradition and address a listener’s e-mail about this issue. Chuck Templeton — Founder of Chicago REgen What would it take to make the City of Chicago sustainable by 2025 with a high standard of living?  Chuck and Co. attempt to answer that question through the exchange of ideas on his site.  He gives us the lowdown this week. OTL #230 local music provided by Secret Colours…

OTL: Episode #229- Toxic Tour of NW Indiana, No “Dibs” with Chair-Free Chicago, iBrewmaster App

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 “chair-free” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets a push poll call on the air, discusses pollution in NW Indiana with journalist Kari Lyderson, learns why Chair-Free Chicago is against saving parking spots with furniture, and gets the lowdown on a new iPhone app that will help out local home brewers. Kari Lyderson— Freelance Journalist In last week’s Chicago Reader Kari wrote an article about how industry (and consequently, pollution) is intertwined in northwest Indiana’s economy.  She joins us this week to discuss her piece. Photo By Lloyd DeGrane Kevin Lynch— Founder of Chair-Free Chicago Saving the parking spot you dug out from the snow with a piece of furniture is a time-honored tradition in Chicago.  Not everyone agrees with this “dibs” approach, however.  We get the lowdown on this group. Joe Cannici — Creator of the iBrewmaster iPhone and iPad App Home brewing just got a whole lot easier with the iBrewmaster app.  We hear all about it from the app’s creator this week. OTL #229 local music provided by Radar Eyes…

OTL: Episode #225- Nonprofits Influence on the Mayoral Election, Parking Meter Increase and Biz Impact, A New Journo Initiative

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 “can you believe this whole parking meter deal?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the role of nonprofits in the upcoming local elections, explores the effects of parking meter increase on local biz, and learns about a new push for journos in low-income Chicago. Tom Tresser— Instructor at DePaul University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Former Candidate for Cook Co. Board President Tom raised a question in an article on Beachwood Reporter:  “Will Chicago’s nonprofit community play a role in electing the next mayor?”  He explores his views on this question. Padraic Swanton— Director of Marketing and Communications for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Lincoln Park, like the rest of Chicago, saw area parking meter rates increase.  Padraic explains the concerns of area business owners over the higher meter rates. Thom Clark — President of the Community Media Workshop We learn about a new initiative that encourages journalism on the south and west sides of Chicago. OTL #225 local music provided by Gaberdine…

OTL: Episode #221- OTL is #1!, The “Malling” of Chicago, Inside a Bears Tailgate, NewCity’s Best of Chicago 2010

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 “OTL is #1” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen celebrates the show being selected best podcast in Chicago, discusses the “malling” of the city with Jonathan Fine, plays some audio from a recent Bears tailgate, and reviews NewCity’s Best of Chicago 2010 list with the magazine’s publisher. Outside the Loop and #1 in Chicago!— NewCity selected OTL as the “best local podcast” in Chicago for 2010!  We’re all pretty excited!  Thanks for checking out Chicago’s almost above-ground audio magazine! Jonathan Fine— Executive Director of Preservation Chicago Recently, Jonathan was part of a debate over the “malling” of Chicago.  He explains his view of why bringing large malls into Chicago isn’t a good idea. The Proposed Wrigleyville Development Inside a Bears Tailgate —  Host Mike Stephen was at a Chicago Bears tailgate before the game last week…with an audio recorder.  We get a brief recap from the sounds of Bears fanatics Kevin, Joe, and Matt. A View of Last Week’s Bears Tailgate Brian Hieggelke— Editor and Publisher of NewCity Brian returns to discuss the annual best of Chicago edition of NewCity.  NOTE: Since Brian is an occasional guest on OTL, he recused himself from the “best local podcast” category and gave that assignment to another writer.  We’re legit, baby! OTL #221 local music provided by The Rails…