OTL: Episode #214- Inside the Gaztro Wagon, OTL News Desk Update, Covering Chicago Politics with Early and Often

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 “gaztro” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen pays a visit to the Gaztro-Wagon, jumps behind the OTL News Desk to give us an update on some local stories, and discusses a new website dedicated to in-depth coverage of Chicago politics. Matt Maroni— Chef and Owner of the Gaztro-Wagon We go inside the popular Chicago food truck to find out how it got started, why people dig it, and the future of the local food truck movement. The Gaztro-Wagon Parked at Division and Ashland The OTL News Desk Update—  Mike Stephen dons his anchorman blazer and mustache to bring us updates on some past OTL stories and other local happenings. Mike Fourcher— Business Manager for Early and Often This new site provides in-depth coverage of Chicago politics.  We find out how it came to be and why it’s all the buzz right now. OTL #214 local music provided by Lionlimb..

OTL: Episode #213- Ald. Scott Waguespack on Local Finances & Politics, The Parking Ticket Geek Update

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 “geeked-out” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen sits down with Ald. Scott Waguespack to discuss why he’s not running for mayor, the city’s financial problems, and his views on Chicago politics.  Then the Parking Ticket Geek gives an update on local transportation issues. Scott Waguespack— Alderman of the 32nd Ward Over a cup of coffee Ald. Waguespack discusses why he didn’t run for mayor, the city’s shaky finances, and politics in Chicago. Drop Us a Line!—  You can always comment on every show post, just by clicking on the “Leave a comment” link up above.  Also, you can e-mail Mike at mike@outsidetheloopradio.com, friend the show on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. The Parking Ticket Geek— OTL’s Official Parking Correspondent and Blogger at The Expired Meter The Geek discusses revenue from the red light cameras, the recent theft of parking meter pay boxes, and the possibility of a national cell phone ban while driving. OTL #213 local music provided by The Midnight Shows…

OTL: Episode #212- IL Recall Amendment, A Chicago Marathoner Victory, Inside the Flat Iron Project

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 “flat iron” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns the ins and outs of the proposed IL governor recall amendment, talks to a Chicago Marathoner about his experiences in the race, and goes inside the Flat Iron Project in Wicker Park. Kristina Rasmussen— Executive Vice President of the Illinois Policy Institute In a few weeks we’ll be voting on a proposed recall amendment for the governor of our state.  What are the pros and cons to this amendment?  We find out this week. Erik Nybo— Participant in the 2010 Chicago Marathon Last week we checked in with Erik before the marathon.  This week we find out how he did, get his thoughts on the race, and discover how running can really do a number on your feet.  Click here…but not if you don’t like the sight of a bloody sock! Nybo Celebrates After the Marathon Alex Magana— Webmaster for the Flat Iron Project We go inside the historical Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park to discuss the artist community thriving within its walls. OTL #212 local music provided by King Sparrow…

OTL: Episode #209- The Future of the Polish Triangle, Revisiting the Felony Franks Controversy, U of C’s Chicago Weekly

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 “Chicago weekly” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits the Polish Triangle to discuss its future, hears from Ald. Bob Fioretti on the Felony Franks hot dog issue, and chats with U of C students about their school’s paper, The Chicago Weekly. Eleanor Mayer— Assistant Program Manager for Wicker Park Bucktown We visit the Polish Triangle at the intersection of Division, Ashland, and Milwaukee to discuss this historic area’s future.  You can read a report on the history and future of the Polish Triangle here. The Polish Triangle Revisiting the Felony Franks Controversy— On OTL #201 we went inside Felony Franks, a hot dog stand on Jackson and Western.  This week week we hear a clip from an interview between Mike Stephen and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) where the Alderman says why he’s opposed to the theme of the joint.  The clip comes from an episode of Issue Forum on CAN-TV. Brian Hieggelke— Editor and Publisher of New City Harry Backlund, Clare Fentress, Kelsey Gee– Students at the University of Chicago and part of the Chicago Weekly editorial team We learn about this college newspaper that aims to tell the stories of the South Side community. OTL #209 local music provided by The Maybenauts…