Mike Stephen chews through the CPS funding data with Jessica Kursman of UIC’s Voorhees Center, explores the impact of discipline policies in Illinois public schools with Kalin Belsha of the Chicago Reporter, and tips his hat to the late local music legend Val Camilletti of Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park.  The local music this week is powered by Rum Velvet. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen questions political authenticity on social media, dives into the history of Chicago’s Westside in the face of the proposed police academy with Tiffany Walden creator and editor/chief of TheTriibe.com, learns about endangered buildings in Illinois with the president of Landmarks Illinois, and chats with local reporter Yana Kunichoff about police training for police officers stationed in schools. The local music this week is powered by Ludlow. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #565- Improving public schools, Affordable housing near The 606, Fritz Kaegi runs for Assessor

Mike Stephen talks with:   Generation All associate program officer Misuzu Schexnider about their plan for improving neighborhood high schools and the new Chicago Public Schools app;   Logan Square Neighborhood Association former president Lissette Castañeda about the fight for affordable housing in areas by The 606 park system; and   Cook County Assessor candidate Fritz Kaegi about his vision for transparent and competent assessments for everybody.   Meanwhile, we discuss how the Chicago Triathlon is introducing a one-mile Underwear Run along the lakefront this year!   This week’s local music is provided by Ratboys.   OTL host Mike Stephen III, son Mike Stephen IV, and wife Jenny Stephen I enjoy The 606 park system. [circa summer 2015]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #530- High School Bound, The Secret History of 6 Feet Under, The Fooditor 99

Mike Stephen talks with:   UChicago Impact co-CEO Elliot Ransom about how students and parents can take a look at every Chicago public high school via their new High School Bound website;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about influential proto-hardcore band 6 Feet Under for this week’s “The Fall of Punk” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Fooditor editor Michael Gebert about a brand new food guide that profiles everyday restaurants — The Fooditor 99: Where To Eat (And What To Eat There) In Chicago.   Meanwhile, we discuss how Chicago food trucks lost a 4-year court battle against the city and the industry’s reaction to the ruling.   This week’s local music is provided by The Way Down Wanderers.   The Secret History of Chicago Music mastermind Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) and OTL host Mike Stephen strike the most badass of badass poses on Western Avenue.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.