OTL: Episode #190- Ald. Joe Moreno, Chicago Craft Beer Week Preview, Talking Shop With the “Radio Girl” Podcast

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “craft” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen has a discussion with Chicago’s newest alderman, previews Craft Beer Week and talks to the host of the Radio Girl podcast. Joe Moreno — Alderman of Chicago’s First Ward Mike sits down with the newest alderman in Chicago to talk about his priorities, politics, and how he plans to represent his ward. Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) Kevin Blodger— Chairman of Chicago Craft Beer Week Next week Chicagoland celebrates our area’s craft brews.  Kevin gives us the details about next week’s festivities and discusses how Chicago stacks up as a beer town. Margaret Larkin — Host of the Radio Girl podcast We go behind the scenes of this podcast that focuses on local radio. OTL #190 local music provided by The Steak House Mints…

OTL: Episode #187- Privatizing Chicago’s Water, You Me Them Everybody Podcast, Chicago Fun Club for Nudists

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Chicago Fun” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen explores the possibility of privatizing Chicago’s water system, talks to the creator of a local podcast, and gets the skinny on the Chicago Fun Club, a social gathering for nudists. Phineas Baxandall — Senior Analyst of Tax and Budget Policy for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group There’s talk that the city will privatize our water system.  What will that mean for Chicagoans?  We find out this week. Brandon Wetherbee— Host of the You, Me, Them, Everybody Podcast Chicago’s podcast community is growing.  We find out the lowdown on this locally-produced show and the live shows recorded at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village. Steve — Co-Founder of the Chicago Fun Club Are you a nudist?  Then the Chicago Fun Club is for you!  It’s a social club where nudists can go to hang out.  We get the skinny on the club. OTL #187 local music provided by Julie Meckler…

OTL: Episode #185- IL Better Off Without Chicago?, A Year’s Worth of Local Garbage, Public Art in Chicago

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “better off with Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen explores the relationship between Illinois and Chicago, talks to a local resident who measured his family’s garbage output for 2009, and hits the streets to discuss the Chicago public art culture. Ed Zotti — Confidant, Editor, and Personal Trainer to Cecil Adams, author of The Straight Dope column Cecil and Ed address the question, “Would Illinois be better off without Chicago?” Scott Rappe— Architect, member of the East Village Association Have you ever wondered how much garbage your household produces in a year?  Scott pondered this question and he measured his family’s garbage output for 2009.  He joins us to discuss the results. A Representation of the 2009 Garbage Output for the Rappe Household Jon Pounds — Executive Director of the Chicago Public Art Group Chicago has a history of public art.  Jon discusses this history and how public art in Chicago relates to the community. OTL #185 local music provided by Kid You’ll Move Mountains..

OTL: Episode #181- Music Thanatology, Two Unique Chicago Artists

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “music is good for the soul” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen plugs the new OTL Facebook Fan Page, learns about music thanatology, and profiles two Chicago artists doing some great work with local youth. Margaret Pasquesi and Tony Pederson — Certified Music Thanatologists Recently I traveled to Skokie to chat with Margaret and Tony about music thanatology.  We discuss this approach to end-of-life care and hear what a thanatologic music vigil sounds like. A Harp Used in a Music Vigil Mike Bancroft and Evan Plummer— Local Artists and the Guys behind Co-Op Image and Garage Spaces Earlier this week I recorded an interview with these guys in Mike’s garage, which is actually a gallery space.  They discuss their efforts to bring art to local area youth and their Garage Spaces project. A Billboard on Division St. Plugging Mike and Evan’s Work Check out the New OTL Facebook Fan Page! — We’re so 21st Century Yup, we’re staying on top of the technology wave and the OTL Facebook page is up and running.  Become an official “fan” of the show and stay in touch with the OTL community! Click Above to Head On Over to the OTL Facebook Fan Page! OTL #181 local music provided by Mike Golden and Friends…