OTL: Episode #521- Religion and politics, Ruckus Entrepreneurs, Chicago food truck struggles

Mike Stephen talks with:   U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom chair Fr. Thomas J. Reese, SJ about his upcoming “Religion & Politics 2016” Albertus Magnus Lecture at Dominican University;   Concordia Place teen program manager Gwyndolyn Siebert Moss and teen program instructor Rene Pineda about teaching kids to run a business via the Ruckus Entrepreneurs program; and   Illinois Food Truck Association head Gabe Wiesen about the struggles to run a food truck business (like his very own Beavers Donuts) in the city of Chicago.   Meanwhile, we celebrate the CTA testing non-fabric plastic seats on its buses and trains!   This week’s local music is provided by The Gold Web.   OTL host Mike Stephen III shows his son Mike Stephen IV around Wrigley Field. Go Cubs! [circa summer 2015]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #501- Sister Donna Quinn on her life of activism, Run Domestic Violence Out of Town, Dina Bach performs live

Mike Stephen talks with:   activist nun Donna Quinn about fighting for gender equality as detailed in her new book Chicago Catholic Women: Its Role in Founding the Catholic Women’s Movement;   Run Domestic Violence Out of Town marathon campaign coordinator Bethany Gomillion Thompson about how running the Chicago Marathon can benefit the fight against domestic violence; and   local singer-songwriter Dina Bach, who provided the soundtrack for the show! Check out her new EP Kiss Me Like That.   Meanwhile, we discuss Melissa’s Pal Crépes… the city’s first officially licensed food cart!   Local musician Dina Bach previewed her new EP Kiss Me Like That all throughout OTL #501. Fortunately, OTL host Mike Stephen is only posing here.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #417- The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, Intersecting religion and science, Future Hits’ music educates Chicago youth

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “do you smell chocolate?” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the creator of the Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, learns about a local group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and talks to the creator of Future Hits– a band that plays educational music for kids.   Ian Petchenik– Creator of The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map Have you ever smelled the scent of chocolate as you walk downtown or on the near north and west sides?  It’s the Blommer Chocolate Factory hard at work!  We learn how you can track that sweet smell on a map. A visual representation of the Blommer Chocolate factory smell.   Dr. Rachel Hart Winter– Director of The St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican University We learn about the Albertus Magnus Society, a group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and get the lowdown on this year’s speaker series: Sin and Pathology: Theology, Pathology, and the Roots of Violence.   Matt Baron and Ben Sutherland– Members of Future Hits This local band performs educational songs for children.  Their 3rd annual Halloween show is happening on Saturday, October 18th at 1pm at Schubas.  We hear the story of the band and some live music in studio! Matt and Ben of Future Hits perform live in the Allstate Showcase Studio.       OTL #417 local music provided by Future Hits…

OTL: Episode #345- Food Genius, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, The Awkward Phase website

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “awkward phase” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a local business that tracks ingredients on restaurant menus, airs a clip from his 2002 chat with The Doors’ Ray Manzarek, and talks to the founders of a website that celebrates the awkward phase in our lives.   Justin Massa – Founder and CEO of Food Genius This local business tracks food data from restaurant menus across the country.  We go inside their River North HQ to find out more.     Ray Manzarek– The late keyboardist for The Doors Sadly, Ray passed away earlier this week.  Mike got a chance to sit down with him in 2002.  We hear part of this conversation that covers Ray’s thoughts on the common misconceptions of Jim Morrison, drug use, spirituality, and modern music. Mike and Ray Manzarek in 2002   Claire Meyer and Tyler Gillespe– Co-founders of The Awkward Phase website This local site celebrates the awkward phase in our lives.  We get the lowdown from Claire and Tyler.   OTL #345 local music provided by Gabe Caruso…