Mike Stephen at a New Year's party in 2010 and Mike Stephen on the air at WGN Radio in 2019.

Mike Stephen discusses whether 2019 was a good year for local beer with Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune, learns about the fight against corruption with Susan Garrett of the Center for Illinois Politics, and airs some show clips from the past decade of OTL. The local music this week is brought to us by Ryan Yueill. Happy New Year from your friends at OTL! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen and Mick Dumke talk politics in the shadow of The Hideout, the location of the First Tuesdays event.

Mike Stephen learns about a monthly live political talk show at The Hideout called First Tuesdays, discusses the success of LGBTQ legislation in Illinois with the policy director of Equality Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of funky bluesman Zach Prather.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Hold the Universe. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen kayaking on the Chicago River in 2008.

Mike Stephen discusses the rise of democratic socialism in the Chicago City Council with author Edward McClelland, learns that it’s safe to fish in the Chicago River (kind of), and discovers the Secret History of radio DJ Jerry-O.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Lester Ray. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

From the archives: Mike Stephen on-location interviewing participants in the 2006 Chicago Pride Parade.

Mike Stephen learns about an LGBTQ history initiative called The Legacy Project, gets an update on clean energy policy from Rep. Ann Williams, and talks to a local artist helping to unite North Lawndale through mini-golf.  The local music on this week’s show comes from SuperKnova. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.