A view of Kaskaskia, IL. (Photo credit: Illinois Humanities. Used with permission.)

Mike Stephen learns about the fascinating history of Kaskaskia, IL, from Illinois Humanities’ Matt Meacham and then dives into the story of the 1980s-era metal band Witchslayer. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Will the City Council fight homelessness? (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen gives an update on the Chicago City Council’s inaction when it comes to fighting homelessness, gets the lowdown on new music from Chicago’s Curious Grace & Black Rabbit with vocalist Mary Erangey, and discovers the amazing Secret History of local polka legend Walter “Li’l Wally” Jagiello. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

The Illinois Tutoring Initiative helps students impacted by the pandemic. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen talks to Chalkbeat Chicago reporter Samantha Smylie and learns how Illinois is turning to tutors to help students, chats with legendary Chicagoan Pemon Rami about creativity and activism, and discovers the Secret History of saxman Clifford Jordan. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.