Mike Stephen explores the urban art project @EverylotChicago with creator Neil Freeman, talks about lowering the voting age with Vote16 Illinois state board member Pooja Patel, and dives into the topic of Afrofuturism with author Ytasha Womack.  The local music this week is powered by New Drugs. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen stops by Schurz High School in Avondale to bring us the experience of the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire with creator Christina Pei, learns about the #FoldedMap Project from its creator and Englewood artist Tonika Johnson, and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) and learn about 60s soul-rockers The Weaker Sex as part of this week’s Secret History of Chicago Music. The local music this week is powered by The Funs. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #469- U of C’s impact on the neighborhood, Chicago International Map Fest preview, An education at Hot Dog University

Mike Stephen talks with:   South Side Weekly contributor/photographer Juliet Eldred about her “Outside That System and Hence Unspeakable” project that looks at the relationship between the University of Chicago and the Hyde Park neighborhood;   Chicago International Map Fair founder Sammy Berk about the upcoming (Oct 23-25) festivities at the Loyola University Museum of Art; and   Hot Dog University PHD (Professor of Hot Dogs!) Mark Reitman about how you can learn to run your own hot dog cart or stand.   Meanwhile, we congratulate the Chicago Transit Authority for winning a national award for its courtesy campaign!   This week’s local music is provided by Cannonball.   OTL host Mike Stephen is excited to bite into his post-show hot dog. This week’s comes from Mickey’s in Oak Park.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #403- Transit efficiency maps, Encyclopizzeria, The Comedy Exposition 2014

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 “encyclopizzeria” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses new local transit efficiency maps, eats pizza with the co-founder of Encyclopizzeria, and previews The Comedy Exposition 2014 Festival.   Sep Kamvar– Professor at the MIT Media Lab The folks at the MIT Media Lab have created some very interesting maps of Chicago transit efficiency.  We get the details.   The recent transit efficiency map of Chicago.   Erin Nederbo– Co-founder of Encyclopizzeria Eating pizza should not be a solitary event!  We get the details on this site that creates a local pizza-crazy community.       Katie McVay– Local stand-up comic and founder of The Comedy Exposition 2014 We get a preview of this independent DIY comedy festival happening in Lakeview, Wicker Park, and Logan Square from July 11-13.         OTL #403 local music provided by Meatwave…