So much Illinois love!

Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of downstate Illinois seceding from Chicago with Ted McClelland of Chicago Magazine, learns about a new book called Bullets for Dead Hoods that gives us a look into local mobsters of the 1930s from curator John Corbett, and reviews an analysis of how the state has spent COVID-19 funds with ProPublica Illinois‘ Ash Ngu.  And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the show and discuss the need to be better about bridging the divide between northern and southern Illinois. The local pandemic tunez come from Away Team Forever. 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.

Mike Stephen closes out the Winter Tavern Tour with a stop at The Lantern Haus in Forest Park.

Mike Stephen closes out the Winter Tavern Tour at The Lantern Haus in Forest Park, learns about an online throwback to Chicago of yesteryear called Vanished Chicagoland, and discovers the Secret History of blues pianist Big Maceo Merriweather. This week the local music comes from The Babin Brothers. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the significance of the 50th anniversary of the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.

Mike Stephen discusses the significance of the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark with Chicago Tribune reporter William Lee, learns about recommendations for providing better transportation access for the disabled, and discovers the Secret History of 80s prog-rockers Eardance.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Violet Mice. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.