The Three Patriots Statue. (Photo public domain)

Mike Stephen learns the historical significance of the Three Patriots statue with Chicago Jewish Historical Society co-president Dr. Rachelle Gold, discusses vaccine equity in Chicago with The Triibe’s Matt Harvey, and chats about a new recycling contract for the city with Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, discuss local recycling, and seek a special connection with Aldi. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Mike Stephen wonders why so few Chicago high rise buildings recycle.

Mike Stephen learns about recent problems with Chicago’s recycling program, discusses the clean energy efforts of Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of Deerfield punkers The Mentally Ill.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Mush. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #459- Chicago Police shootings, Divvy’s fare increase, The real Six Corners gets some love

Mike Stephen talks with:   Better Government Association senior investigator Andrew Schroedter about his recent “Fatal Shootings By Chicago Police: Tops Among Biggest U.S. Cities” report;   Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield to get “More Deets on the Divvy Funding Situation;” and   Six Corners Association interim executive director Kelli Wefenstette about what her organization is doing to revitalize the historic Milwaukee/Irving/Cicero shopping district.   This week’s local music is provided by Andrew Wallace Lothian — support his Debut Full-Length Album Indiegogo campaign!   OTL host Mike Stephen is noticeably less excited after Divvy announced a rate increase for their bike sharing system.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #339- A year without buying anything update, Connecting the Near North Side, Uncontested elections in 2013

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “connecting Chicago” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen checks in with a Chicagoan who isn’t purchasing anything for a year, discusses bringing together the Near North Side, and analyzes the number of uncontested elections in Cook Co.   Joe Basilone– Co-owner of Thrift & Thrive resale shop Could you go a whole year without buying anything?  That’s what Joe and his family are attempting in 2013.  We check in with him to see how it’s going so far.   Abu Ansari – Content manager of connectnearnorth.org Randall Blakey- Facilitator of the Near North Unity Program The Near North neighborhood has gone through many changes over the years.  We learn about efforts to bring that community closer together through local social programs and technology.           Patrick McCraney– Investigator at the Better Government Association Recently Patrick wrote this article talking about how Cook County voters aren’t facing many candidate choices in elections.  He joins us to explain his analysis.       OTL #339 local music provided by The Chandeliers…