Mike Stephen and the pamphlet that explains the proposed progressive income tax.

Mike Stephen talks to Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, about winning a humanitarian award and human connection during the pandemic, discusses Lake Michigan environmental concerns with Scott Blankman of Clean Wisconsin, and learns the pros and cons of the proposed state progressive income tax with David Merriman of the Fiscal Futures Project. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Producer Collin reflect on this week’s show theme of human connection. The local pandemic tunez come from Star Creature. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page or RSS feed.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act would position Illinois as an environmental leader.

Mike Stephen gets an update on the Clean Energy Jobs Act from State Rep. Ann Williams, discusses the plight of renters during the pandemic with Philip DeVon of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, and explores the Secret History of 70s rockers The Kind. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin remind everyone to fill out their census forms and remind everyone of the greatness of The Tamale Guy. The local pandemic jamz this week come from Andrew Bird. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen shows off his children's car seats.

Mike Stephen discusses the history of federal agents coming into Chicago with ProPublica Illinois’ Mick Dumke, talks to Ebonée Green of the Obama CBA about organizing to prevent housing displacement, and explores the difficulties of recycling children’s items with Kelli Smith of the Chicago Tribune.  And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin offer some takeaways from the big show. The pandemic jamz this week come from Boogie Board. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page or RSS feed.

A look at the inside of the new Chicago Mobile Maker Space. Photo by Tom Harris.

Mike Stephen gets an update on the Chicago Mobile Makers with founder Maya Bird-Murphy, talks to Dr. Donald Wuebbles of the University of Illinois about the effects of local air pollution during a pandemic, and discovers the Secret History of 1960s garage-rockers Byzantine Empire.  And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin give their takeaways from the show. The local phase four music comes from OTL contributor Steve Krakow’s band, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.