Mike Stephen kayaking on the Chicago River in 2008.

Mike Stephen discusses the rise of democratic socialism in the Chicago City Council with author Edward McClelland, learns that it’s safe to fish in the Chicago River (kind of), and discovers the Secret History of radio DJ Jerry-O.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Lester Ray. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen interviews Chicago Mobile Makers founder Maya Bird-Murphy outside of the future Mobile Maker Van.

Mike Stephen drops by an old post office van in Humboldt Park to chat with the founder of Chicago Mobile Makers, learns about an event at The Plant raising awareness about food consumption, and previews the Kite Fest happening at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  And we have a special guest in the OTL Wrap Party: Sister-In-Sound Ashelyanne Krigbaum, producer of Rightnowish, on KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco!  This week’s local music is brought to us by Fuzzy Poser. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the legacy of the 1919 Chicago Race Riots.

Mike Stephen gets the story of the 1919 Chicago Race Riots, learns about Openlands’ strategic plan for conservation, and discusses how WVMO-LP serves the community of Monona, WI.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Purple Mountains.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen wonders why so few Chicago high rise buildings recycle.

Mike Stephen learns about recent problems with Chicago’s recycling program, discusses the clean energy efforts of Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of Deerfield punkers The Mentally Ill.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Mush. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.