Extreme times call for extreme closeups. Mike Stephen broadcasting from his home studio.

Mike Stephen discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local bars and taverns, chats with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization about the recent halting of evictions in Cook County in the wake of the pandemic, and learns how community radio helps towns during times of uncertainty with WHIW-LP in Harvard, IL.  The local music this week comes from Matt Piet. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Mike Stephen gets an update on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, checks in with a garage-based community radio station, WIDE-LP, in Madison, WI, and learns the Secret History of 70s local country-rockers The Moondogs.  This week’s local Holiday music is brought to you by El Gato Roboto. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the legacy of the 1919 Chicago Race Riots.

Mike Stephen gets the story of the 1919 Chicago Race Riots, learns about Openlands’ strategic plan for conservation, and discusses how WVMO-LP serves the community of Monona, WI.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Purple Mountains.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen walks part of Chicago’s 33rd Ward with first time aldermanic candidate Katie Sieracki to get a behind-the-scenes view of running for office, connects with WFOV-LP in Flint, MI, to chat about the important work that radio station does for the community, and learns the Secret History of Chicagoland musician and producer Larry Sturm.  The local music on this week’s show is brought to you by Dance Bullies. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.