OTL: Episode #73

(podcasting “from” Mike’s girlfriend’s bedroom) (broadcasting on the 100-watt museum of radio love WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann present a Valentine’s themed show with a chat on human sexuality (oh my!), with a phone call to sex columnist Dan Savage (a hot man!), and then with a look into Chicago history through postcards (so sexy!). Valentine’s Day housekeeping; Mike publicly “denies” his love for NKOTB, Andy gives Mike a thoughtful holiday gift Searah Deysach – owner, Early to Bed; on human sexuality, and why we could all use some help calling the Savage Love Podcast (again); tracking down Dan Savage for our as-yet-unnamed OTL podcast feature Neil Jan Gale – director, The Chicago Postcard Museum; on tracing our history through postcards and notes (segue music this week from Pegboy)

OTL: Episode #72

(podcasting “from” right outside of Toons Bar & Grill on Southport) (broadcasting on the 100-watt dome-encased radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann discuss new OTL web stuff, they get the scoop on developers and Chicago aldermen, they talk about a plastic shopping bag recycling proposal, and then they learn about building a dome over the city. new OTL web stuff; if this picture of Mike with Tom Jackson isn’t enough for you, then check out the OTL MySpace page for more Mardi Gras photos! Jay Stewart – executive director, Better Government Association; on the Chicago Tribune‘s “Neighborhoods for Sale” investigation Mike Nowak – vice president, Chicago Recycling Coalition; on the plastic shopping bag recycling proposal Andrew Mason – founder, The Point; on his Chicago Winter Dome campaign (segue music this week from Pete Berwick)

OTL: Episode #71

(podcasting “from” right out in front of Tom Jackson’s house) (broadcasting on the 100-watt Chicago Bourbon Street WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann talk about the latest OTL fans and American Gladiator tryouts, they discuss the state of journalism in Chicago, and then they get the scoop on the origins of Mardi Gras. OTL Housekeeping; Sybaris fans flocking to Outside the Loop RADIO, trying out for season 2 of American Gladiators Thom Clarke – president & co-founder, Community Media Workshop; on the state of journalism in Chicago Tom Jackson – “New Orleans Music Hour” host, WLUW; on The Mystick Krewe of Laff and the origins and traditions of Mardi Gras (segue music this week from the BS Brass Band)

OTL: Episode #70

(podcasting “from” on the corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue) (broadcasting on the 100-watt local Olympic bid WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann learn about the infamous CTA voice guy, they get the scoop on urban “scenes” around the world, and then they discuss restoring funding for a very important anti-violence organization. Who exactly is the disembodied voice of the CTA? OTL listener Peter lets us know it’s Lee Crooks, and DJ Goldie G and Andy have other ideas for transit voices Dan Silver – doctoral candidate, Cultural Policy Center at The University of Chicago; on what makes a “scene” in an urban area, and how cities are changing David Cassel – executive director, Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO); on restoring at least some of the funding back to CeaseFire Chicago (segue music this week from The Changes)