Mike Stephen learns about the new newsy side gig of WGN Radio’s very own Dometi Pongo, previews a local holiday ugly sweater dance party, and discovers the Secret History of the late Chicago folk artist Dwain Story with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave).  The local music this week is brought to you by Stutter. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen sits down with WGN Radio’s Dometi Pongo to talk about his new podcast on African-Americans and voting called Dear Black Voter, learns about the significance of Banned Books Week from Jamie LaRue of the American Library Association, and discovers the Secret History of 60s rockers The Spoils of War with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave).  The local music this week is brought to you by Daydream Review. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #587- The Outside the Loop 2018 Podcasting Summit

Mike Stephen chats with:   Arnie Neikamp and Matt Young of Hello from the Magic Tavern,   Colleen Pellissier of The Good News Podcast, and   Dometi Pongo of CULture Race and Equity: a seat at the table.   Special thank to Engines for powering this week’s local music. Mike talks with local podcasters (R to L) Arnie Neikamp, Matt Young, Colleen Pellissier, and Dometi Pongo about the audio storytelling scene in Chicago. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #570- Chicagoland Youth Football, The Secret History of Master Plan, Local restaurants closing in 2017

Mike Stephen talks with:   Geoff Meyer, President of The Chicagoland Youth Football League, about the state of youth football in the wake of head injury studies and player safety concerns;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about ’80s house pioneers Master Plan for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Anthony Todd, Food Editor for Chicagoist, about what’s behind the wave of restaurant closures in Chicago.    Don’t forget our Outside the Loop Listener Survey. We really appreciate your time and consideration!   This week’s local music is provided by Fletcher Rockwell. Mike Stephen is serious about eating his tacos at a local taqueria. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.