Mike Stephen chats with:   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about industrial guitarist and long time friend Jason McNinch for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music;    Kate Hill, co-founder of Louder than a Mom; and,   Jay Lyon, founder of Remix Chicago.   Let us know about your favorite cozy winter neighborhood bars/taverns here! This week’s local music is provided by Coyote Ghost.  Mike Stephen learns about the monthly storytelling sensation Louder Than a Mom, where real people tell their entertaining stories of family, relationships, and life. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: #580- The Color of Law, The Secret History of Royal Flairs, Inside the OPRF Food Pantry

Mike Stephen talks with:   Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 60’s garage rockers Royal Flairs for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music, and;   Michele Zurakowski, Executive Director of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.   This week’s local music is provided by Montrose Man.  Mike stops by the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry to discuss the power of volunteerism 365 with Michele Zurakowski.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #570- Chicagoland Youth Football, The Secret History of Master Plan, Local restaurants closing in 2017

Mike Stephen talks with:   Geoff Meyer, President of The Chicagoland Youth Football League, about the state of youth football in the wake of head injury studies and player safety concerns;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about ’80s house pioneers Master Plan for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Anthony Todd, Food Editor for Chicagoist, about what’s behind the wave of restaurant closures in Chicago.    Don’t forget our Outside the Loop Listener Survey. We really appreciate your time and consideration!   This week’s local music is provided by Fletcher Rockwell. Mike Stephen is serious about eating his tacos at a local taqueria. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #568- Radio Harbor Country, African Arts Fest, The Secret History of The Front Lines

Mike Stephen talks with:   Dave Reppetto of the low power FM station WRHC in Harbor County Michigan, in our debut of a new segment entitled “Low Power to the People;”   Julian Roberts, a member of the Africa International House Board of Directors, about the 28th annual African Festival of the Arts; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about ’80s pop punk rockers The Front Lines for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Don’t forget our Outside the Loop Listener Survey. We really appreciate your time and consideration!   This week’s local music is provided by Monobody. TASTY!   OTL host Mike Stephen admires Radio Harbor Country in Three Oaks, Michigan in 2013.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.