Mike Stephen returns from a food-focused vacation, visits a youth development organization called BUILD in the Austin neighborhood, discusses the long road to justice reform in Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of prolific percussionist Kahil El’Zabar. This week’s local music is brought to you by Fay Ray. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
Mike Stephen talks to My Block, My Hood, My City founder Jahmal Cole about his continued work to unite Chicago and welcomes The Black Oil Brothers back into the studio for some live jamz and to talk about frontman Timmy Ryan’s almost near-fatal accident. The boys from the band join Mike and Collin for an extended OTL Wrap Party and discuss the possible impact of the Lincoln Yards development on the local music scene. The local music on this week’s show comes from The Black Oil Brothers, duh! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
Mike Stephen declares his love of Wisconsin and supper clubs, learns about having at-risk youth experience the outdoors through the Chicago Voyagers program, checks in with Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to discover the Secret History of Matt “Guitar” Murphy, and connects to the studios of WRWO-LP in Ottawa, IL to find out how that station serves the community. Local music this week courtesy of All the Wine. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.
Mike Stephen celebrates the 600th edition of the show by taking the production on the road to The Friendly Tap in Berwyn! Youth leaders from VOYCE drop by to discuss combatting local educational inequities, Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) gives us the Secret History of Chicago blues rocker Cash McCall, and Chicagoland NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson gets us fired up about all things space-related. Also Mike’s dad, Mike Stephen, Sr., jumps on the mic to chat about a life of activism. The live local music for the show is brought to you by The Black Oil Brothers! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.