Former WGN Radio news anchor Dometi Pongo and OTL host Mike Stephen.

Mike Stephen catches up with former WGN news anchor and MTV host Dometi Pongo, discusses civic engagement in Chicago immigrant communities with Alexandra Arriaga of City Bureau, and learns the Secret History of 70s rockers Trilogy. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the importance of civic engagement and sing the praises of the aforementioned Mr. Pongo. The local pandemic jamz come from Ocean Cult. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen and his son Joey celebrate the 4th of July early on Saturday morning.

Mike Stephen learns about the effort to protect voting rights in IL with Ami Gandhi of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, discusses the increase in fireworks in Chicagoland with Bob Chiarito of Block Club Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of blues diva Holle Thee Maxwell.   And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin talk about the importance of getting away from it all during this summer. The local phase four music this week comes from Jen Lem. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen slides by The Corner Bar in Bucktown as part of the OTL Winter Tavern Tour and then welcomes Pro Publica Illinois’ Mick Dumke and IL Election Data’s Scott Kennedy to the bar to give their analysis of local politics after the municipal election.  All this in a bar.  Because, why not?  The local music this week is powered by Decoy Prayer Meeting. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses some of the issues with the implementation of the state’s automatic voter registration law, learns the Secret History of local Blues lap steel guitar player Freddie Roulette, and drops by The Lantern in Lake Forest for another stop on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Boyo Talk. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.