Mike Stephen drops by the new Saucy Porka restaurant in Hyde Park (1165 E. 55th St.) and chats with owner and chef Amy Le about what it’s like as a restaurant owner in the city, learns about some tips and tricks to navigating the Chicago Park District’s signup process, and rocks out to live music from Tim Gleason and Kathleen Riordan in the studio.                   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen conversates with: Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues drummer Sam Lay for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; OTL Winter Tavern Tour #4: Grace and Leavitt Tavern, and; Black Oil Brothers into the studio to make some sweet, sweet jamz. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #573- Fighting to end gun violence, Homewood Hobo Night, Keya Trammell plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, about the recent debate over death and injury as a result of firearms;   Allisa Opyd, Community Events Manager for the Village of Homewood about their upcoming Hobo Night Celebration; and   Keya Trammell, local musician, who performs live!   This week’s local music is provided by Keya Trammell. Mike Stephen with musical guest Keya Trammell and keyboardist Michael Flowers in studio.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #559- Life After Hate, Inside a street vendor kitchen, Dream Version plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Life After Hate executive director and co-founder Sammy Rangel about his organization and what happens now that the Trump administration eliminated their grant;   Street Vendors Association of Chicago vice president Vicky Lugo about a new North Lawndale-based shared kitchen; and   local band Dream Version to the studio to play live for the hour and to talk about their new record Fight Fair.   Meanwhile, we discuss the new public participation rules for Chicago City Council meetings.   Local band Dream Version rocked the soundtrack for OTL #559! [L-R] Eric Brummitt, Alec Jensen, OTL host Mike Stephen (in the Brat Stop t-shirt!), Michael Kunik   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.