OTL: Episode #434- Chicago unions supporting Rahm, Strange CTA Red Line ads, The Secret History of Chicago Music profiles Fenton Robinson

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “squirrel-truth” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen examines the relationship between Mayor Emanuel and Chicago unions, learns about a very different kind of ad on the Red Line, and gets the story of one of the greatest lesser-known Chicago Blues guitarists: Fenton Robinson.   David Moberg– Senior editor at In These Times Rahm Emanuel isn’t known for being pro-union, so why are some Chicago unions backing him for re-election?  David wrote an article recently addressing this question and he joins us to talk about it.     Ben Larrison– Chicago comedian Local comedian Ben Larrison recently bought ad space on the CTA Red Line cars.  These ads are “different.”  We learn why Ben wants our daily commute to be a little more fun.  Ben Larrison underneath the Belmont Red Line stop   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Fenton Robinson in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.   OTL #434 local music provided by Dream Version…

OTL: Episode #432- Local teenage rockers, Examining Circuit Court of Cook County data, The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “court is now in session” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen learns about a project that examines Cook County Court data, discusses police staffing in Chicago, gets the lowdown on an old-school local Blues musician: Jazz Gillum, and talks to a high school student who happens to be part of the Chicago music scene.   Tracy Siska – Executive Director, Chicago Justice Project The CJP’s latest project, Convicted in Cook, examines data from the Cook County Circuit Court from 2005-2009 in order to shed light on how the local courts operate.  Tracy also discusses his recent op-ed about police staffing in Chicago.     The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Jazz Gillum in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.     Jacob Gold– Member of the band Purple Door and a high school junior at Jones College Prep We get the perspective of the Chicago music scene from one of its youngest members.     Purple Door rocking hard     OTL #432 local music provided by Purple Door…

OTL: Episode #430- Inside BreakRoom Brewery, The Secret History of Chicago Music, Live music from Go Time!

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “locally-brewed” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen visits a new brewery on Chicago’s north side, learns about Chicago Blues musician Albert Ammons, and welcomes the local band Go Time! into the studio.   Aaron Heineman, Michael Pallen, and Dean Ordzowialy – Owner, Head Brewer, and General Manager (respectively) of BreakRoom Brewery We go inside Chicago’s newest craft brewery at 2925 W. Montrose Ave.  This place a has a unique story…and is literally attached to a bar-making company!  Dean, Mike, and Aaron at Breakroom Brewery   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Albert Ammons in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.       Go Time!– Live in studio! We get a visit from Go Time!  They play a few songs, talk about their new record, and preview their record-release show at Silvie’s Lounge this Saturday, 1/17.    Mike Stephen joins Scott, Marko, Paul, and Steve of Go Time! in the WGN Radio Green Room   OTL #430 local music provided by Go Time!…

OTL: Episode #428- Neighborhood Crime and Justice Study, Chicago on a “road diet,” The Secret History of Chicago Music

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “on a road diet” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen learns about a new study that examines the public’s perception of the Chicago Police, discusses putting Chicago on a “road diet,” and goes deep in local music history with music historian Steve Krakow to learn about Nimblewill Creek.   Dr. Wesley Skogan– Director of The Neighborhood Crime and Justice Study We learn about this study that examines the public’s perception of the effectiveness of the Chicago Police.   John Greenfield– Editor of Streetsblog Chicago Recently John wrote an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business about putting Chicago on a “road diet.”  We find out what he means this week.      The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles the now-defunct band Nimblewill Creek in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on the band’s musical contribution to Chicago.     OTL #428 local music provided by Royal Son of a Guns…