Mike Stephen ponders recycling in Chicago while standing in a blue recycling bin. That's dedication.

Mike Stephen talks to a former local trolley driver who did the job for over 20 years and has a new book about his experiences called Twenty Years Without a Weekend, gets an update on Chicago’s recycling efforts from the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and learns about a new TV show that helps novice female politicians run for office called RUN.  The local music this week is brought to us by Blood Red Boots. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen and Mick Dumke talk politics in the shadow of The Hideout, the location of the First Tuesdays event.

Mike Stephen learns about a monthly live political talk show at The Hideout called First Tuesdays, discusses the success of LGBTQ legislation in Illinois with the policy director of Equality Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of funky bluesman Zach Prather.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Hold the Universe. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen hanging out with some farm animals.

Mike Stephen learns about the possibility of new regulations on urban farm animals, discusses the controversy around a proposed greenway in Lincoln Park, and discovers the Secret History of weird duo Moc Artsy.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Tenci. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

From the archives: Mike Stephen on-location interviewing participants in the 2006 Chicago Pride Parade.

Mike Stephen learns about an LGBTQ history initiative called The Legacy Project, gets an update on clean energy policy from Rep. Ann Williams, and talks to a local artist helping to unite North Lawndale through mini-golf.  The local music on this week’s show comes from SuperKnova. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.