We get a more complete story of carjackings in Chicago. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen gets the story behind the increase of carjackings in Chicago with University of Chicago sociologist Dr. Robert Vargas, discusses the impact of the pandemic on working mothers with Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, and chats with Keya Trammell about her new music. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and offer some takeaways. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Mike Stephen takes us into The Green Lady bar in Chicago.

Mike Stephen chugs along on the Winter Tavern Tour and drops by The Green Lady in West Lakeview to learn its history, discusses the possibility of Illinois loosening restrictions on wine sales, and explores efforts for more transparency when it comes to police accountability.  All this plus Attic Salt brings us the local tunes! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen ponders recycling in Chicago while standing in a blue recycling bin. That's dedication.

Mike Stephen talks to a former local trolley driver who did the job for over 20 years and has a new book about his experiences called Twenty Years Without a Weekend, gets an update on Chicago’s recycling efforts from the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and learns about a new TV show that helps novice female politicians run for office called RUN.  The local music this week is brought to us by Blood Red Boots. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses gentrification in Logan Square.

Mike Stephen learns about an upcoming book about gentrification in Logan Square with sociologist and photographer David Schalliol, discusses a City Bureau analysis of local government transparency, and plays back the sounds of the Girls on the Run Chicago 5k.  The local music this week is brought to us by Batteries Not Included. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.