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…

OTL: Episode #202- Jay Stone On Running For Mayor of Chicago, Parking Ticket Geek Update, Low Power FM and Social Justice

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 “mayoral in stature” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen recaps his experience on the YMTE podcast, talks to a Chicago mayoral candidate, checks in with the Parking Ticket Geek, and discusses the relationship between low-power FM radio and social justice. Jay Stone— Candidate for Mayor of Chicago In an exclusive interview Jay tells us why he’s running to be Chicago’s next mayor. The Parking Ticket Geek— Official OTL Parking Correspondent and Blogger at thexpiredmeter.com The Geek returns to the show to discuss the rise of ticketing for drivers using their cell phones in the car. Allan Gomez— Co-Founder of Radios Populares This Chicago-based group uses radio to help communities who are struggling for social justice. OTL #202 local music provided by Lasers and Fast and Shit…

OTL: Episode #197- 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Returns, Forgotten Chicago’s Upcoming Boat Tour, Getting a Liquor License in Chicago

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 “licensed for liquor” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen chats with a candidate for alderman in the 46th Ward, previews some upcoming historical tours from Forgotten Chicago, and learns what it takes to get a liquor license in Chicago. James Cappleman — Candidate for alderman in the 46th Ward In 2007 James Cappleman lost to Helen Schiller in the race for alderman.  He’s back this time around to tell us about the focus of his campaign and why he wants to join the Chicago City Council. Jacob Kaplan— Co-Founder of Forgotten Chicago Forgotten Chicago is a great website if you’re interested in Chicago history and infrastructure.  There are some upcoming tours of the Pilsen/Little Village area and the Calumet River that Jacob previews this week. Lisa Arnett — Nightlife Producer for Metromix and Author of The Bottle Blond Blog What does it take to get a liquor license in Chicago?  Lisa did some investigating and she shares what she found with us. OTL #197 local music provided by Otter Petter…

OTL: Episode #192- Mick Dumke on TIF Money, LOST Fever, The Vegan Way of Life

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “DHARMA Initiative” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses allocation of Chicago’s TIF money, admits that he’s in the DHARMA Initiative, and learns about being vegan at a vegan restaurant in Edgewater. Mick Dumke — Writer and Editor at the Chicago Reader Mick (along with co-author Ben Joravsky) has come out with another must-read article dealing with TIF money in Chicago.  Mick joins us to discuss how the city spends this money. Mike Stephen is a “Lostie”— OTL Host Mike Stephen said that he wouldn’t get sucked into the Lost craze.  Turns out he’s in his own DHARMA Initiative film that he showed at a Lost finale viewing party. Duc Vu and Kiseung Lee — Partners at Loving Hut, an organic vegan restaurant in Edgewater We learn about what being a vegan is all about and how it can benefit our global community. OTL #192 local music provided by The Bears of Blue River…