Mike Stephen’s son, Joey, is fascinated with the CTA’s “Ride the Rails” videos.

Mike Stephen discusses the racial disparity of COVID-19 with Duaa Eldeib of ProPublica Illinois, learns about the impact of the pandemic on the state’s environmental policy with Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, and chats about the pandemic’s effects on small business and self-employed workers with Dan Cooper of the Metropolitan Planning Council. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Producer Collin gives us his review of Alinea’s take out experience. The local quarantine music this week comes from Sugar Still. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the possible impact of Mayor Lightfoot on Chicago.

Mike Stephen discusses the Black Chicago perspective of Mayor Lightfoot with Tiffany Walden of The Triibe, listens to a journalist’s experience visiting a dispensary, and learns the Secret History of Chicago Blues harpist George “Wild Child” Butler.  This week the local music comes from Lou Schmidt. Also: let us know where we should go for the upcoming OTL Winter Tavern Tour! 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.

Mike Stephen enjoys a copy of the 2019 edition of the Fooditor 99 guide.

Mike Stephen previews the new edition of local food guide Fooditor 99, learns about the history of Sundown Towns with ProPublica Illinois’ Logan Jaffe, and discusses a new tool that maps media coverage of local development.  The local music this week is brought to us by Hood Smoke. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.