OTL: Episode #435- Exonerated after 21 years in prison, Busy Beaver Button Museum in Logan Square

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “busy beaver” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen visits the Busy Beaver Button Museum in Logan Square and then talks to Tyrone Hood, someone who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent the last 21 years in prison.   Christen Carter– Owner of the Busy Beaver Button Co. and co-curator of the Busy Beaver Button Museum The world’s only museum dedicated to buttons calls Logan Square its home.  We go inside this small business and button museum that is celebrating its 20th year.  Joel and Christen Carter   Tyrone Hood– Recently released from 21 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit Karl Leonard– Attorney at Winston & Strawn and former student at The Exoneration Project We hear how Tyrone never gave up hope that he would be released from prison and that his name would be cleared.  OTL Host Mike Stephen, Tyrone Hood, and Karl Leonard in the WGN Radio Green Room   OTL Flashback- We hear a special Valentine’s Day clip from OTL #21 where Mike and Andy talk about true love with their better halves.  Mike and Andy in 2006.   OTL #435 local music provided by The Lawrence Peters Outfit…

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 #433- Chic-a-Go-Go’s 1,000th episode, Illinois’ new eavesdropping law, Aldertrack’s latest local election preview

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “Chic-a-go-go” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the host of Chic-a-Go-Go on Chicago’s CAN-TV, discusses the new state eavesdropping law, and gets the latest info on various aldermanic races across the city.   Mia Park – Host, Chic-a-Go-Go on Chicago’s CAN-TV This local public access TV show just taped its 1,000th episode.  We talk to Mia about the success of the show, why it’s gained a following, and how it has become a part of Chicago culture.     Nancy Bechtol– Local filmmaker Nancy’s documentary, Free Speech &the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist,  tells the story of one man’s successful journey to overturn IL’s eavesdropping law.  We learn about this film and discuss the brand new eavesdropping law that just went into effect in our state.     Mike Fourcher– Co-creator of Aldertrack.com All 50 of Chicago’s aldermen are up for re-election on February 24th.  We get an update on how some of these races are shaping up.         OTL #433 local music provided by Minor Characters…

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…