OTL: Episode #416- South Side teaching reflections, Local politics with Mick Dumke, Beardsgaard Barbers, Chicago Kickboxing Club

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “never-late-to-the-news” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to a South Side teacher about why he does what he does, chats local politics with reporter Mick Dumke, drops by Beardsgaard Barbers in Batavia, and visits the Chicago Kickboxing Club in Lincoln Park.   Dave Stieber– History teacher at Chicago Vocational Career Academy Dave reflects on his years of teaching on the South Side of Chicago.  You can also read his recent post on this topic here. Dave Stieber and his son.   Mick Dumke– Senior writer at the Chicago Reader Mick discusses how the Mayor’s low poll numbers might affect the aldermanic races and the lack of enthusiasm for the IL gubernatorial candidates. Mick Dumke and Mike Stephen talk Chicago politics.   Tyler and Natalie Anderson– Co-owners of Beardsgaard Barbers We drop by this new barber shop at 117 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia, IL to learn about this young couple’s dream shop come true. Natalie Anderson gets ready to cut some hair at Beardsgaard.   Jim Glasgow– Owner of the Chicago Kickboxing Club This Lincoln Park gym specializes in Muay Thai Kickboxing.  We find out what that is and get the story behind this increasingly-popular workout spot. Jim Glasgow trains students at the Chicago Kickboxing Club   OTL #416 local music provided by Mooner…

OTL: Episode #396- The CPS funding saga, Mac and Cheese Fest, Staying “on-track” in high school

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “I’m gonna learn ya’ stuff” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses CPS funding, previews the Mac and Cheese Festival, and learns about high school “on-track” research.   Dave Stieber– History teacher at Team Englewood Community Academy Recently Dave wrote an opinion piece on Chicago Public School funding.  He discusses the future of how CPS will stay afloat.     Melinda Joseph– Co-owner of Raymi Productions We get an exclusive preview of this delicious festival happening at the UIC Forum in October.       Thomas Kelley-Kemple– Research Analyst at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research The CCSR released a study that looks at the importance of the “on-track” rate of high school students.  We get the details.         OTL #396 local music provided by Yellow Candy…