OTL: Episode #562- Analyzing CPD data, International Sketchers Symposium, The Secret History of Philip Cohran

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about his recent Freedom of Information Act filings with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Chicago Police Department, and Mayor Emanuel’s office;   Urban Sketchers Chicago co-administrator Wes Douglas to get a preview of the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium being held here in town; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about visionary musician, inventor, composer, and educator Phil Cohran for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who’s concerned about the news that producer Andy Hermann is moving.   This week’s local music is provided by The Rubs.   OTL host Mike Stephen and producer Andy Hermann celebrate five years of friendship in 2006.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #519 (10th Anniversary Edition)- Inner-City Education, Preventing violence with ALSO, Potts and Pans Steelband

It’s the Outside the Loop 10th Anniversary Show… live from the United Center in Chicago! [photos] In this very special episode, Mike Stephen talks with:   Inner-City Education (ICE) Program founder and executive director Brad Erickson about about providing educational and hockey opportunities for low-income kids in Chicago;   ALSO (Alliance of Local Service Organizations) executive director Lori Crowder about working to end violence in the city and beyond; and   Potts & Pans Steelband members and executives Matt Potts and Anthony Jay Houston about the magic of the steel drums and vibraphone.   Meanwhile, we reflect on Outside the Loop RADIO‘s 10th year of pod/broadcasting and how we got to where we are today!   This week’s local music is provided by the aforementioned Potts & Pans Steelband.   Outside the Loop host Mike Stephen can’t wait to dig into his OTL-themed 10th anniversary cake provided by Mr. Fix-It producer Lindsey Smithwick and host Lou Manfredini.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #518- Suburban Unity Alliance, DIY Musician Conference, The Secret History of George and Gerry Armstrong

Mike Stephen talks with:   Oak Park and River Forest High School special education teacher Anthony Clark about bringing people together around racial equity via the Suburban Unity Alliance;   CD Baby vice president of marketing Kevin Breuner about the DIY Musician Conference coming to Chicago the weekend of September 30; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago’s first family of folk George & Gerry Armstrong for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we reset Outside the Loop RADIO‘s mission of being “Chicago’s Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine” and announce our 10th anniversary remote next week at the United Center!   This week’s local music is provided by 13-Monsters.   Suburban Unity Alliance founder and director Anthony Clark gives the thumbs up to OTL host Mike Stephen.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #468- Chicago Police Board Info, Running every block in Chicago, The Secret History of a local 80s jazz trio

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about the new Chicago Police Board Information Center website;   Run Chicago creator Darcy Phillips about running each and every block of the city and his 25-mile bike commute; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about a 1980s far-out jazz trio consisting of Rich Corpolongo, Doug Lofstrom, and Paul Wertico for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we celebrate OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   This week’s local music is provided by Royal Outsiders.   Delicious cupcakes mark OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen celebrate one year of shows at WGN Radio!