OTL: Episode #410- A look at IL unions, Riding the perimeter of Metra, Innovation at Fulton Fest

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 “are you on the clock?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the economic impact of government unions in Illinois, talks to the guy who biked the entire perimeter of the Metra rail lines, and previews Fulton Fest.   Paul Kersey– Director of Labor Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute How much are Illinois government unions costing taxpayers?  We explore the impact of these unions on our state’s economic future.       John Greenfield– Editor of Streetsblog Chicago Recently John biked the entire perimeter of Metra’s rail lines in order to better understand our region.  He also wrote an article about it.  We find out what he learned from his 4-day trek.     John’s bike route around the Metra lines.     Liz Valentine– Co-organizer of Fulton Fest We get a preview of this festival that showcases the Nearwest Side’s innovation.  It takes place Friday, August 22, from 2-7pm on Fulton between Damen and Hoyne.           OTL #410 local music provided by The Lemons…  

OTL: Episode #399- Shedding light on street fests, No more missed packages, An ex-cabbie’s view on ride sharing

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 “have a drink in the street” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the quest of local neighborhood groups to monitor the finances of street fests, gets the lowdown on DropSpot, and talks to an ex-cabbie about his view of ride sharing services in Chicago.   Steve Jensen– President of the Bucktown Community Organization The BCO along with a few other neighborhood groups recently put in a request to see how street fests make their money and where our donations to these festivals go.  He gives us the details.       Andy Meyer, Tyler Veit, and Adam Bryan– Co-creators of DropSpot These Northwestern grad students are solving the problem of what to do with oversized packages getting delivered to our homes.  E-mail them at DropSpotChicago@gmail.com with your suggestions and feedback.     This won’t fit in your mailbox! Dmitry Samarov– Former Chicago cabbie, author, and artist Dmitry weighed in recently on the debate over ride sharing in Chicago.  He shares his thoughts and previews his upcoming book.     Dmitry Samarov in his cab driving days.     OTL #399 local music provided by The Thons…  

OTL: Episode #393- Attack of the Killer Asparagus, Analyzing Transit Future, 826CHI’s sci-fi prom

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 “Radio-9 From Outer Space” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to environmental radio host Mike Nowak, gets an analysis of the Transit Future proposal, and previews the 826CHI sci-fi prom this weekend.   Mike Nowak – Host of The Mike Nowak Show on WCPT-AM (820) and author of the forthcoming book, Attack of the Killer Asparagus and Other Lessons Not Learned in the Garden We talk to Mike about Chicago environmental issues and preview his live broadcast from the Irish American Heritage Center this Sunday morning.     John Greenfield– Editor of Streetsblog Chicago Recently, John analyzed the Transit Future proposal to revamp Chicagoland’s transit system.  We get his opinions on the plan.       Hayley Miller– Events & Outreach Coordinator at 826CHI This local non-profit writing & tutoring center is holding its annual fundraiser this weekend.  We get a preview and learn more about this organization.         OTL #393 local music provided by Secret Science…  

OTL: Episode #391- Transit Future, Chicago Literary Map, Serving pets for dinner: Part 2

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 “future of transit” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a proposed revamped local transit system, chats with the creator of the Chicago Literary Map, and follows up on “extreme” underground dinners with the co-owner of Trubadeaux restaurant.   Jacky Grimshaw– Director of the Transit Future project and Vice President for Policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology We learn about Transit Future’s plan for a revamped Chicagoland transit system. Transit Future’s proposed system layout.   Stephanie Plenner– Creator of the Chicago Literary Map This unique map combines user-submitted writings about different areas of the city.       Lyle Reynolds– Co-Owner and General Manager of Trubadeaux restaurant in Edgewater Following up on a conversation about serving house pets at underground dinners (OTL #389), we hear from one of the proponents of this culinary approach.   Lyle Reynolds of Trubadeaux.   OTL #391 local music provided by Cassettes on Tape…