OTL: Episode #517- Building a better peace, Positive work in local education, Chicago Greeter

Mike Stephen talks with:   The Catholic University of America associate professor Maryann Cusimano Love about her Albertus Magnus Lecture at Dominican University about Building a Better Peace;   Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep math and science teacher Alex Kmicikewycz about receiving a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to Singapore; and   Choose Chicago manager of greeter services Katie Law about the Chicago Greeter program and how she’s celebrating International Greeter Day this year.   Meanwhile, we reveal the hottest new band to play the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival!   This week’s local music is provided by Pearls Mahone.   OTL host Mike Stephen (in the yellow shirt and on the harmonica) and his old band Detagoh were no stranger to the festival circuit. [photo circa 2005 at the St. John Summerfest in Indiana]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #512- Turning the Page Chicago, Saving the monarch butterfly, The Secret History of The Sunshine Sequence

Mike Stephen talks with:   Turning the Page Chicago managing director Kylia Kummer about engaging families with public schools to ensure a high-quality public education;   Keller Science Action Center at the The Field Museum social science coordinator Alexis Winter about “A Monarch’s View of the City” and the conservation efforts to save this important pollinator; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 1960s all-girl garage band The Sunshine Sequence for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss the fact that O’Hare International Airport is really stepping up its food game.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Jaime Rojo.   WGN Radio host John Williams bumps into OTL host Mike Stephen at O’Hare International Airport… but they did not dine at The Publican. [photo circa August 3, 2011]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #488- Express train to O’Hare?, The Secret History of Chicago saxman Eddie Shaw, Preparing students through industrial tech class

Mike Stephen talks with:   Midwest High Speed Rail Association executive director Richard Harnish about a potential express train to O’Hare and beyond;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about The Wolfgang saxophonist Eddie Shaw for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Hampshire High School industrial technology teacher Mike Jakubowski about preparing students for real world.   Meanwhile, we try to figure out if we still have a MySpace page while also discussing Pizza Pizzazz, frozen pizzas, and questionable Rogers Park establishments.   This week’s local music is provided by the Poison Boys.   OTL host Mike Stephen III encourages his son Mike Stephen IV to consider a career in industrial technology with a toy hammer.   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.