Mike Stephen discusses community oversight of the police with Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, visits an Irish immigrant who is a great craftsman and musician named Aidan O’Toole, and learns about a new media company called One Illinois and its mission to unite our state.  The local music this week comes from the local Celtic band Anish. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen talks with 35th ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa about his opposition to the proposed Police Academy on Chicago’s west side and the blow-back he’s received from the city council, chats with Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights intern Alex Boutros about voting rights restrictions in Illinois, and local musician Dina Bach stops by to play some sweet studio jamz. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #577- Ride sharing’s impact on local transit, Going behind the scenes of an IL gubernatorial campaign

Mike Stephen talks with with:   Regina Clewlow, Ph. D., research associate, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies; and,   Sam Hobert, former campaign manager for the recent Pawar 2018 gubernatorial campaign in Illinois.    This week’s local music is provided by Blue Dream. Mike and Sam Hobert discuss the life of working in Illinois politics in studio.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.    

OTL: Episode #559- Life After Hate, Inside a street vendor kitchen, Dream Version plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Life After Hate executive director and co-founder Sammy Rangel about his organization and what happens now that the Trump administration eliminated their grant;   Street Vendors Association of Chicago vice president Vicky Lugo about a new North Lawndale-based shared kitchen; and   local band Dream Version to the studio to play live for the hour and to talk about their new record Fight Fair.   Meanwhile, we discuss the new public participation rules for Chicago City Council meetings.   Local band Dream Version rocked the soundtrack for OTL #559! [L-R] Eric Brummitt, Alec Jensen, OTL host Mike Stephen (in the Brat Stop t-shirt!), Michael Kunik   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.