Rich Robbins shows Mike Stephen his picture on the Oak Park & River Forest High School Spoken Word Wall of Fame. (Photo Credit Peter Kahn & Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen sits down with local musician Rich Robbins to learn about his new album and inspiration, discusses the importance of labor history with Larry Spivack of the Illinois Labor History Society, and gets the lowdown on the health of local commercial real estate during the pandemic with AJ LaTrace, editor of RE Journals. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and wonder if the possible renaming of Lake Shore Drive will impact classic rock jamz. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit ourĀ Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or ourĀ RSS feed.

Mike Stephen enjoys a Zoom call with improv performer Jay Sukow.

Mike Stephen learns how improviser Jay Sukow is helping us to laugh through online improv, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the local homeless population, and gets insight into how real estate is handling the pandemic with writer AJ LaTrace. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin discuss “Zoom Fatigue.”   The local quarantine music this week comes from The Waco Brothers. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen welcomes Elizabeth Blasius and AJ LaTrace to a neighborhood architecture discussion at The Levee bar in the Hermosa neighborhood.

Mike Stephen hosts a roundtable discussion at The Levee bar about the significance and future of Chicago neighborhood architecture.  Joining Mike at the bar is architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius and real estate writer AJ LaTrace.  This week’s local music is brought to us by CWIOK. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses Chicago's obsession with mega-developments.

Mike Stephen discusses the trend of planning mega-developments in Chicago, gets an analysis of the new state budget, and learns the Secret History of 80s rockers Dead Freddie.  This week’s local music is brought to you by  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.