Mike Stephen talks with Geoff Smith, executive director of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, about the state of rental housing in Cook County, connects with John O’Rourke, station manager at WELT-LP (95.7) in Fort Wayne, to learn about that station’s community programming, and connects with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago organ player Deacon Jones. The local music this week is powered by soul-shakin’ blues powerhouse Curio. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen chews the fat with: John Greenfield, transportation columnist, Streetsblog Chi and Chicago Reader; Leo Babeu and Katya Gordon of KTWH-LP, and; Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues guitarist Joe Carter for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music. Local music this week is powered by Groovy Louie and the Time Capsules. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL#589- Boystown’s future, Chicago News Landscape, WLLU-LP in Decatur, IL

Mike Stephen talks with:   Zach Stafford, Documentarian and Editor-In-Chief of INTO about the future of Boystown;   Emily Van Duyn, researcher and co-author of Chicago News Landscape, and   Alexander Martin, station president at WLLU-LP in Decatur, IL.   This week’s local music is powered by Devil in a Woodpile. A young Mike Stephen interviews Chicago Pride Parade participants back in 2006. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #578- Harvard’s WHIW-LP, The Secret History of Spaceship Love, The experience of driving for Uber

Mike Stephen talks with:   Dave Gardner and Vicki Logan, General Manager and Board Member (respectively) at WHIW-LP in Harvard, to talk community radio for another installment of Low Power to the People;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 80’s cosmic-jazzers Spaceship Love for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Pat White, Author of Buzz Ride: Driven to Disruption.   This week’s local music is provided by The Dress Circle. Mike hooks up with WHIW-LP in Harvard, IL for another installment of Low Power to the People.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.