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 closes out the Winter Tavern Tour with a stop at The Lantern Haus in Forest Park.

Mike Stephen closes out the Winter Tavern Tour at The Lantern Haus in Forest Park, learns about an online throwback to Chicago of yesteryear called Vanished Chicagoland, and discovers the Secret History of blues pianist Big Maceo Merriweather. This week the local music comes from The Babin Brothers. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen stops by Rose's on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour.

Mike Stephen stops by Rose’s bar in Lincoln Park while on the Winter Tavern Tour, discusses the importance of the Equitable Restrooms Act, and learns the Secret History of Frank “Little Sonny” Scott Jr.  This week the local music comes from Bloom. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen takes us inside Wrigleyville's Nisei Lounge as part of the OTL Winter Tavern Tour.

Mike Stephen keeps the Winter Tavern Tour going and visits the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville, learns about Illinois’ pathway to renewable energy, and discusses the state’s finances in the wake of the state budget address this week.  The Golden Horse Ranch Band brings us the local tunes! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.