OTL: Episode #117

(podcasting from the brand new studio in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the 100-watt don’t-expect-your-street-to-get-snow-plowed radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss this week’s snowstorm, they catch up on some Chicago political stories, they send out an APB for holiday music, and then they get an update a past OTL story subject. Chicago’s first big snow of this winter; and Mayor Daley is cutting back on the snow plowing Mick Dumke – writer/editor, Chicago Reader; on non-Blagojevich local news, including… Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan is named Education Secretary under President Obama, the city is buying Michael Reese Hospital to turn into the Olympic Village, and the never-ending Wrigley Field deal OTL Holiday Show next week; SEND US LOCAL HOLIDAY MUSIC, WOULD YA ?! Nell Taylor – co-founder, Chicago Underground Library; a follow-up on a segment from OTL #24, and the library’s new digs (segue music this week from Dave Specter)

OTL: Episode #116

WE’RE PLAYING DJ SOON — SEND US YOUR LOCAL HOLIDAY MUSIC !! (podcasting “from” out in back of the Museum of Science and Industry) (broadcasting on the 100-watt inter-stellar radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann geek out, they learn about a controversial parking meter deal in Chicago, Mike gets back at Andy for making fun of him last week, and then they talk with a local writer about Battlestar Galactica. OTL Geeks Out; Mike loves all-things sci-fi The Parking Ticket Geek – founder, TheExpiredMeter.com; on selling the city’s parking meters, and the latest boot issues Mike Strikes Back; regarding Andy’s sketchy math from OTL #115 Joe Steiff – Associate Chair, Film and Video Department @ Columbia College; co-editor, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up? (segue music this week from Veterans)

OTL: Episode #107

(podcasting “from” out in back of Holy Name Cathedral) (broadcasting on the 100-watt marathon-walking-tour-of-Chicago radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss religion and politics, they chat with someone running the Chicago Marathon this weekend, and then they go out on location for a walking tour of the city. Robert Gillian – executive director, Catholic Conference of Illinois; on religion and politics, and a panel discussion next week at DePaul University (Holy Name Cathedral) Kathleen Weber – Evanston Township High School coach/teacher; on running the Chicago Marathon this weekend (Chicago Marathon 2007) Ryan Ver Berkmoes – author and travel expert; on his book Walking Chicago: 31 Tours of the Windy City’s Classic Bars, Scandalous Sites, Historic Architecture, Dynamic Neighborhoods, and Famous Lakeshore (Walking Chicago by Ryan Ver Berkmoes) (segue music this week from The Lawrence Arms)

OTL: Episode #97

(podcasting “from” in the alley behind Harry Caray’s in Wrigleyville) (broadcasting on the 100-watt friendly confines radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss an old cheesy bar in Wrigleyville, they take a look at sex trafficking in the city, they run through some gay bars around town, and then they talk about a book highlighting Cubs fans. OTL Bar Report (part 1); Mike’s experiences at the now-closed Hi-Tops in Wrigleyville Rachel Durchslag – director, The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE); on sex trafficking in Chicago OTL Bar Report (part 2); Chicago makes Logo’s list of The 50 Best Gay Bars in America? Will Byington – photographer; on his book We Are Cubs Fans (segue music this week from Rock Star Club)