Mike Stephen at a New Year's party in 2010 and Mike Stephen on the air at WGN Radio in 2019.

Mike Stephen discusses whether 2019 was a good year for local beer with Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune, learns about the fight against corruption with Susan Garrett of the Center for Illinois Politics, and airs some show clips from the past decade of OTL. The local music this week is brought to us by Ryan Yueill. Happy New Year from your friends at OTL! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen hosts the eerie 666th show of Outside the Loop.

Mike Stephen celebrates the creepy 666th episode by learning about the benefits of eating insects, gets the lowdown on the increase in dark lagers brewed locally, and discovers the Secret History of soul singer Barbara Acklin.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Opacia. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #561- Best beers for the summer, Localpalooza preview, Dina Bach plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel about local beers to take you through the summer, the best macro beers in America, and his upcoming book on Goose Island Brewery selling to Anheuser Busch;   Localpalooza organizer Mike Vogus about a cool music festival benefiting The Patrick Grange Memorial Foundation for ALS research; and   local singer-songwriter Dina Bach back to the studio to play live for the hour and to tell us about her “Weekly Music” project.   Meanwhile, we discuss our optimism about the sale of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader to the Eisendrath Coalition.   OTL host Mike Stephen is very excited to welcome local musician Dina Bach back to the WGN Radio studio to provide the live soundtrack to OTL #561!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #380- Local booze & baseball, Biggest pothole contest, The City Life Supplement returns

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 “knowledge pothole” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks local booze and baseball, learns about the Bridgeport Citizens Group’s pothole contest, and previews The City Life Supplement podcast’s third season.   Josh Noel– Reporter for the Chicago Tribune Recently Josh worked on a project that documents the oral history of Wrigley Field.  We learn about that and hear about Josh’s latest reporting on the state of Malort. Mike Stephen hanging out outside of Wrigley Field before sipping Malort.       Dan Pugh – Director of the Bridgeport Citizens Group This time of year we see some pretty nasty potholes on our streets.  The Bridgeport Citizens Group is holding a contest to see who can find the biggest pothole.  We get the details.         Matt Lyle– Head writer and host of The City Life Supplement podcast This live show that’s also distributed as a podcast is described as a metropolitan “A Prairie Home Companion” and it’s all about life in Chicago.  You can attend the next performance at The Holiday Club on January 25th.     OTL #380 local music provided by Brother George…