OTL: Episode #545- Mom + Baby, Red light cameras are here to stay, Chicago’s Vernacular Architecture

Mike Stephen talks with:   Mom+Baby founder Alexandra Eidenberg about how her organization advocates for women and children online, in person, and on the Hill;   DNAinfo Chicago City Hall reporter Heather Cherone about Chicago’s new red-light camera rules and where they’re being installed and removed; and   Blaservations architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius about her Curbed Chicago story on understanding Chicago’s vernacular architecture.   Meanwhile, Mike his new baby’s arrival doesn’t interfere with our Saturday broadcast!   This week’s local music is provided by Boss Fight.   OTL host Mike Stephen gives the thumps-up to some Chicago vernacular architecture in Wicker Park. Note the contrast to the new condo building next door.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #543- Women’s equality with 24WORDS, Chicago River Swim, Noah Gabriel plays in studio

Mike Stephen talks with:   24WORDS: the equal rights rock musical producer/writer/lyricist Charles Kouri about exploring the journey for women’s equality;   Chicago River Swim co-creator Doug McConnell about a proposed long-distance swim in the Chicago River; and   local musician Noah Gabriel, who hung out live for the hour! Check out his new record Dead Reckoning.   Meanwhile, we anticipate today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade insanity, and we pre-celebrate Mike’s 37th birthday.   Local musician Noah Gabriel rocked the OTL #543 soundtrack in anticipation of his Dead Reckoning record release!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #533- A look back on 2016 Chicago entertainment, food, and politics

Mike Stephen takes a look back at 2016 and peeks into 2017 with:   Chicago Reader associate editor Brianna Wellen about women in the local comedy scene;   Chicagoist food editor Anthony Todd about some recent restaurant openings and closings; and   Chicago Sun-Times staff reporter Mick Dumke about the local political landscape.   Meanwhile, the OTL crew wishes you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!   This week’s local music is provided by The Flat Five.   OTL host Mike Stephen and his better half Jenny are ready to hit the town on New Year’s Eve 2012! 2016’s festivities include sweatpants, wine, and television.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #531- Women in politics, The new IL energy bill, Reviving soggy fries

Mike Stephen talks with:   Rodham Consulting founder Anne Szkatulski about how her brand new start-up is focusing on getting women to run for public office;   Midwest Energy News staff writer Kari Lydersen about Illinois’ just-passed sweeping energy bill and what it means for energy and the environment; and   The A.V. Club “Food Science” columnist (and University of Chicago physics instructor!) Dave McCowan about how to successfully revive soggy french fries at home.   Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen… who continues to look out for her son’s safety in dangerous winter weather.   This week’s local music is provided by Teds Dancin.   OTL host Mike Stephen shows off one of his many radio show work suits before the snowstorm hits.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.