OTL: Episode #90

(podcasting “from” right out in front of Rock Bottom Brewery, in the construction site, with our hardhats on) (broadcasting on the 100-watt full-of-clout radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk about the Olympics and Block 37 in Chicago, they learn about the connection between drinking and writing, and then they discuss the political fallout after the Tony Rezko verdict. Ben Joravsky – staff writer, Chicago Reader; on his Clout City blog entries on Block 37 and the 2016 Olympics Steve Mosqueda – co-host, Drinking & Writing Brewery; on the 4th Annual Drinking and Writing Festival: Write Until You Puke Jay Stewart – executive director, Better Government Association; on Governor Rod Blagojevich in the wake of the Tony Rezko verdict (segue music this week from The Steepwater Band)

OTL: Episode #89

(podcasting “from” right out in front of Yellow Taxi Co on Elston and Augusta) (broadcasting on the 100-watt back-of-the-taxicab radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann receive feedback and read personal ads, they discuss the murder rate in Chicago, they hear about an online stolen bike registry, and then they learn about taxicab culture. OTL reads feedback and missed connections; Pat is upset about the Theresa Amato interview in OTL #88, checking in on Subway Crush – Chicago Erin Halasz – reporter, Medill News Service; on the murder rate in and around Chicago Howard Kaplan – creator, Chicago Stolen Bike Registry; on protecting bikes from thieves, and reporting stolen bikes Natasha Julius – weekend desk editor, Beachwood Reporter; on cabbie culture as documented in the Taxicab Journals (segue music this week from the Joanna Connor Band)

OTL: Episode #88

(podcasting “from” in the alley behind the beergarden of Moody’s Pub) (broadcasting on the 100-watt voting-is-cool radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen tells Andy Hermann about eating crawfish, they discuss voting in the US, they do their own version of Animal Stories, and then they learn about the status of Chicago’s proposed promoters ordinance. Mike enjoys crawfish… and beer; tales of chowing down on those cute little critters Theresa Amato – founder, Citizen Advocacy Center; on the “One Person, One Vote? Reinventing Democracy” event this Monday Animal Stories; our own take on the legendary radio segment Paul Natkin – board member, Chicago Music Commission; on the status of the proposed promoters ordinance (segue music this week from Bossa Saravah)

OTL: Episode #87

(podcasting “from” inside of host Mike Stephen’s apartment) (broadcasting on the 100-watt special underground wonder bar radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen updates Andy Hermann about his parking woes, they discuss modern-day feminism, and then they learn about a valuable club in the Chicago music scene. OTL News Updates; Andy is mesmerized by the rat behind Mike’s apartment Mike is still seeking for justice for his towed car and $160 fine Kristin Maun – blog editor, Windy Citizen; on the women behind Chicago feminism and her blog “The Skirt“ Lonie Walker – owner, Underground Wonder Bar; on the legacy and the future of her venerable music club [see the video version at ChicagoJazz.com] (segue music this week from Farewell Captain)