Mike Stephen hosts a panel discussion about the relevance of religion in 2018.  Joining him in the studio this week are Omer Mozaffar, Muslim Chaplain at Loyola University Chicago, Rev. Bonnie Perry, Rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago, and Fr. James Halstead, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University.  The local music this week comes from Red the Color. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #521- Religion and politics, Ruckus Entrepreneurs, Chicago food truck struggles

Mike Stephen talks with:   U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom chair Fr. Thomas J. Reese, SJ about his upcoming “Religion & Politics 2016” Albertus Magnus Lecture at Dominican University;   Concordia Place teen program manager Gwyndolyn Siebert Moss and teen program instructor Rene Pineda about teaching kids to run a business via the Ruckus Entrepreneurs program; and   Illinois Food Truck Association head Gabe Wiesen about the struggles to run a food truck business (like his very own Beavers Donuts) in the city of Chicago.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the CTA testing non-fabric plastic seats on its buses and trains!   This week’s local music is provided by The Gold Web.   OTL host Mike Stephen III shows his son Mike Stephen IV around Wrigley Field. Go Cubs! [circa summer 2015]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #417- The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, Intersecting religion and science, Future Hits’ music educates Chicago youth

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “do you smell chocolate?” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the creator of the Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, learns about a local group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and talks to the creator of Future Hits– a band that plays educational music for kids.   Ian Petchenik– Creator of The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map Have you ever smelled the scent of chocolate as you walk downtown or on the near north and west sides?  It’s the Blommer Chocolate Factory hard at work!  We learn how you can track that sweet smell on a map. A visual representation of the Blommer Chocolate factory smell.   Dr. Rachel Hart Winter– Director of The St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican University We learn about the Albertus Magnus Society, a group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and get the lowdown on this year’s speaker series: Sin and Pathology: Theology, Pathology, and the Roots of Violence.   Matt Baron and Ben Sutherland– Members of Future Hits This local band performs educational songs for children.  Their 3rd annual Halloween show is happening on Saturday, October 18th at 1pm at Schubas.  We hear the story of the band and some live music in studio! Matt and Ben of Future Hits perform live in the Allstate Showcase Studio.       OTL #417 local music provided by Future Hits…

OTL: Episode #312- The future of the Catholic Church

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 “churched-up” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen hosts a roundtable discussion on the future of the Catholic Church with members of Voice of the Faithful.   Janet Hauter – Immediate past VP of Voice of the Faithful This organization was founded in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the church in 2002 and encourages Catholics to participate in the guidance of the church.  We learn about this group’s efforts.   Dr. Paul Culhane and Dr. Mike Stephen – Members of Chicagoland Voice of the Faithful and the Chicago Archbishop Selection Project We get the lowdown on a way for Catholics to offer their opinions on who they think should be the next Archbishop of Chicago.  Click on the link above to get involved. Mike Stephen Sr. and Paul Culhane       OTL #312 local music provided by The Pear Traps…