Mike Stephen and his son Joey celebrate the 4th of July early on Saturday morning.

Mike Stephen learns about the effort to protect voting rights in IL with Ami Gandhi of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, discusses the increase in fireworks in Chicagoland with Bob Chiarito of Block Club Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of blues diva Holle Thee Maxwell.   And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin talk about the importance of getting away from it all during this summer. The local phase four music this week comes from Jen Lem. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen hanging out with some farm animals.

Mike Stephen learns about the possibility of new regulations on urban farm animals, discusses the controversy around a proposed greenway in Lincoln Park, and discovers the Secret History of weird duo Moc Artsy.  This week’s local music is brought to you by Tenci. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen engages in conversation from the Allstate Skyline Studio at WGN Radio.

Mike Stephen discusses why some black millennials are staying in the city, gets an update about the impact of TIF districts on neighborhoods, and learns about the issues surrounding the proposed landmark district in Pilsen.  Mike and Producer Collin talk about dive bars and landmarks as part of the OTL Wrap Party.  The local music on this week’s show comes from Caroline Campbell.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen gets warm and cozy with: OTL listener CJ and Chris the bartender of Guthries Tavern for the first installment of the OTL’s 2018 Winter Tavern Tour; Shamus Toomey, editor-in-chief, Block Club Chicago, and Jill Doub, senior director of public engagement for Peggy Notebart Nature Museum, about the Chicago Volunteer Expo. This week’s local music is powered by Black Road. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.