OTL: Episode #536- Dodging the minimum wage increase, The Secret History of Johnnie Temple, Rocking Chicken Wings at Wing Fling

Mike Stephen talks with:   reporter Stephanie Grimoldby about how some Cook County suburbs are not complying with the new minimum wage and sick time requirements;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about obscure singer/guitarist Johnnie Temple for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Toons Bar & Grill owner Danny Beck for a preview of the Toons 6th Annual Wing Fling.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the best burritos in Chicago!   This week’s local music is provided by Black Bolts.   OTL host Mike Stephen serves as MC and milk slinger at the 4th Annual Wing Fling at Toons Bar & Grill! [photo circa 2015]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #516- Is Riot Fest a good thing?, More government transparency hurdles, The Secret History of Hamid Drake

Mike Stephen talks with:   Concerned Citizens of Riot Fest in Douglas Park co-founder Sharaya Tindal about her organization’s concerns about the annual music festival in their neighborhood;   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about filing suit against the Chicago Emergency Management and Communications office for more government transparency; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about world-renowned drummer Hamid Drake for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss real estate prices around CTA stops.   This week’s local music is provided by Law of Keanu.   OTL host Mike Stephen wraps up his pre-show vocal exercises in a seventh floor radio studio in the Tribune Tower.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #506- City Council oversight from Project Six, Re-imagining city garages, The Secret History of Off Broadway

Mike Stephen talks with:   former Chicago Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan about Project Six, a new independent organization created to provide City Council oversight;   Future Firm architects and partners Ann Lui and Craig Reschke about their “Rebel Garages” plan to remake our city alleys into places of commerce and meeting spaces; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) power poppers Off Broadway for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the new “towing bill of rights” recently passed by the Chicago City Council.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by James Rawson.   OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen re-imagine Mike’s East Village rebel garage for a special show taping in 2014.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.