Why should we use public money to build local sports stadiums? (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen discusses the civic issues around local sports teams using public money to build stadiums with civic educator Tom Tresser, chats with Mark Vickery, the frontman of Cosmic Bull, about that project’s new music, and discovers the Secret History of Chicago Blues harmonica player Dusty Brown. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Why does the Chicago City Council weigh in on foreign affairs? (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen discusses the history of the Chicago City Council getting involved in foreign affairs with Chicago Magazine contributing editor Ted McClelland, dives into the list of the most powerful Chicagoans, and learns about the local Flamenco Quartet Project from Wendy Clinard, founder and director of Clinard Dance. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Chicago has a rich sign history. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen discusses the importance of signs in Chicago history with Kelsey McClellan, co-owner of Heart & Bone Signs and co-founder of the Chicago Sign Museum, learns about the Illinois child tax credit proposal from State Senator Mike Simmons (7th), and discovers the Secret History of local country musician Kent Rose. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

We learn about the latest efforts when it comes to studying our water. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen learns about the latest efforts in studying our local water systems from David Lampert, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, discusses a new report about who is working from home these days with the report’s co-author David Merriman, and chats about inclusivity in the media with Second Glance Productions founder Anthony Williams. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.