OTL: Episode #161- Ald. Waguespack on Privatization, Local Author Event, Profiling Chef Tramanto

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “top chef” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack about new oversight measures for future lease deals, learns about a local literary event at the Heartland Cafe, and gets the skinny on Chef Rick Tramanto from Time Out Chicago’s food editor David Tamarkin. Scott Waguespack — Alderman of the 32nd Ward Ald Waguespack is the chief sponsor of a new ordinance that would increase the public transparent and government oversight of future local lease deals (such as the parking meter deal that went down earlier in the year).  He talks to us about this ordinance and the dire financial situation of the city. Cristina Henriquez — Local Author Tonight at the Heartland Cafe Cristina and three other authors take part in the An October Sort of City: Chicago Authors Talk Chicago.  She previews the event and discusses Chicago’s influence on her work. David Tamarkin – Food Editor for Time Out Chicago The latest edition of TOC features David’s profile of local chef Rick Tramonto.  David joins us this week to give us some highlights of getting to know the Chef. Chef Rick Tramonto OTL #161 local music provided by Tijuana Hercules…

OTL: Episode #160- Chicago Youth Violence, YarnCon 2009, Science Cafes

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “science cafe” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen announces the OTL Third Anniversary Bash, discusses local youth violence, gets yarny while he learns about YarnCon, and talks to his sis about science cafes. IT’S A PARTY! — OTL Turns 3! We’re headed back to Toons Bar and Grill in Lakeview on Friday, November 20th to record an hour-long edition of the show!  Come on out to be a part of the live audience!  Stay tuned for more updates on the guest lineup and giveaways! Mike and Some OTL Fans at Toons Tracy Siska — Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project Youth violence is a problem in our city.  Tracy joins us to discuss his views on how sometimes the city makes this problem worse. Sara Ware – Co-organizer of YarnCon Coming up this weekend you can get your yarny arts fix at this yarn-centric exhibition at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. Mia Stephen — Second Year Grad Student in Biological Sciences at Notre Dame and Co-organizer of the South Bend, IN Science Cafe Mia, Mike’s sister, knows a thing or two about science.  She’s helped to organize a Science Cafe- an informal get-together that teaches us how science applies to our daily lives.  She gives us the lowdown and where we can go in Chicago for our own Science Cafe. Mikey and Mia a Few Years Back OTL #160 local music provided by Speck Mountain…

OTL: Episode #159- Anne Elizabeth Moore Goes to Cambodia, Mobile Garden on the El, M3 Marathon Mentoring

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “self-published” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to local activist and writer Anne Elizabeth Moore about her efforts to help Cambodian girls self-publish, learns about the Mobile Garden project on the El, and Jessica Herman talks to a Chicagoan involved in mentoring youth to run the Chicago Marathon. Anne Elizabeth Moore – Writer and Activist Anne traveled to Cambodia to help young women in that country create self-published works.  She tells us this amazing story and lets us know if she plans to go back in the future.  Anne blogs about her work in Cambodia at Camb(l)o(g)dia. Joe Baldwin – Local Artist and Creator of the Mobile Garden Would you ever think of seeing a garden on the El?  You might see just that very thing come this April!  Joe gives us the latest in his effort to bring more greenery to our public transporation. Vesna Stelcer — Executive Director of the MGR Foundation OTL Correspondent Jessica Herman talks to Vesna about the M3 program that connects mentors with Chicago area youth in order to help train them for the Chicago Marathon. OTL #159 local music provided by Go Time…

OTL: Episode #158- Local Screenwriter’s Success, OTL News Desk, Local Home Decor

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “home care solution” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a former Chicagoland resident who’s making it as a screenwriter in L.A., reviews various local stories behind the OTL News Desk, and chats about local home decor with Jessica Herman. Kevin Jakubowski – Co-Screenwriter of Assassination of a High School President Kevin and Mike went to high school together.  Now, Kevin (originally from Batavia) lives in L.A. and has helped to pen a new movie starring Bruce Willis and Mischa Barton while Mike huddles for warmth in the OTL Radio Bunker. OTL News Desk — From the crappiest post office in Chicago to proving once again that Thax Douglas (pictured below) is alive and well, intrepid anchor Mike Stephen jumps behind the big desk to bring us the latest. Thax at the Double Door Last Weekend Jessica Herman — “The Get” Writer at Time Out Chicago and OTL Correspondent We take a peek at new trends in local home decor as Mike wonders where exactly the dining room is in a typical Chicago apartment. OTL #158 local music provided by Marbin…