OTL: Episode #513- Guided Meditation VR, Another way to fund CPS, A local Syrian-American sings his heart out

Mike Stephen talks with:   Cubicle Ninjas CEO Josh Farkas transporting yourself to exotic locations without leaving your home via the brand new Guided Meditation VR app;   Center for Tax and Budget Accountability executive director Ralph Martire about funding Chicago Public Schools via taxes on services; and   local musician Bassel Almadani about his smooth funky tunes and his experiences as a Syrian-American artist.   Meanwhile, we discuss what it’s like running into a genuine “Chi-lebrity.”   This week’s local music is provided by the aforementioned Bassel & The Supernaturals.   OTL host Mike Stephen and Mr. Fix-It host Lou Manfredini, fellow “Chi-lebrities,” pose for the paparazzi at a remote at The Hidden Shamrock in Lincoln Park. [photo circa December 13, 2014]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #485- The future of Chicago Public Schools, Racism in the Chicago Police Department, What’s up with those blank billboards in Logan Square?

Mike Stephen talks with:   retired art teacher, union guy, and blogger Fred Klonsky about Governor Rauner and Mayor Emanuel teaming up to bust the Chicago Teachers Union and more;   journalist Evan F. Moore about his Chicago Reader interview with three African-American cops caught between black and blue; and   Logan Square Preservation president Andrew Schneider about an ongoing fight to remove eyesore billboards from the neighborhood.   Meanwhile, we pay tribute to Dan Turner, a personal friend and social justice activist; and we wish Mike’s mom a happy birthday!   This week’s local music is provided by Jodee Lewis.   OTL host Mike Stephen takes a selfie under a blacked-out billboard in Logan Square.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #449- A conversation with the future of Chicago

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “future of Chicago” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen visits Chicago Vocational Career Academy in South Chicago and talks to three high school students about their views on life in Chicago and the city’s future.   Pierre Walton, Monique Covington, Shakayla Walker– Students at Chicago Vocational Career Academy This week we take the show on the road and visit Dave Stieber’s history classroom so we can talk about the future of Chicago with…the future of Chicago!   (L to R) Dave Stieber, Pierre Walton, Mike Stephen, Shakayla Walker, Monique Covington at the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.     OTL #449 local music provided by Deeper…

OTL: Episode #396- The CPS funding saga, Mac and Cheese Fest, Staying “on-track” in high school

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 “I’m gonna learn ya’ stuff” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses CPS funding, previews the Mac and Cheese Festival, and learns about high school “on-track” research.   Dave Stieber– History teacher at Team Englewood Community Academy Recently Dave wrote an opinion piece on Chicago Public School funding.  He discusses the future of how CPS will stay afloat.     Melinda Joseph– Co-owner of Raymi Productions We get an exclusive preview of this delicious festival happening at the UIC Forum in October.       Thomas Kelley-Kemple– Research Analyst at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research The CCSR released a study that looks at the importance of the “on-track” rate of high school students.  We get the details.         OTL #396 local music provided by Yellow Candy…