OTL: Episode #576- Inside Space Oddities, The Secret History of Aliotta, Haynes, Jeremiah, Underneath Read-Dunning Park

Mike Stephen exchanges tasty words with with:   Sarah Luczko, owner of Chicago Space Oddities;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 70’s rockers Aliotta, Haynes, Jeremiah for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and,   Craig Pfannkuche, former president of the Chicago Genealogical Society about the mass grave in Dunning.    This week’s local music is provided by 13 Angels. Mike Stephen and Craig Pfannkuche discuss the mass grave at Read Dunning Memorial Park. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.  

OTL: Episode #493- The militarization of CPS, Howard Brown comes to Englewood, Chicago food cart update

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace coordinator Arnold Stieber about his organization’s mission to demilitarize the Chicago Public Schools;   Howard Brown Health Center site medical director Maya Green about opening its first LGBTQ clinic on the South Side; and   Illinois Policy Institute managing editor Hilary Gowins about the latest on the business of food carts in Chicago.   Meanwhile, we discuss today’s march against rising rents in Logan Square and the wonders of Brussels sprouts.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Jagged Jaw.   OTL host Mike Stephen III passes his love of vegetables along to his son Mike Stephen IV.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #463- How The 606 affects affordable housing, Chicago Baseball fights for its rights outside of Wrigley, 16-year-old Reade Wildman jams in studio

Mike Stephen talks with:   Voorhees Center economic development planner Lauren Nolan about affordable housing issues along The 606 elevated park;   Chicago Baseball editor/publisher Matt Smerge about his magazine’s fight against the city to stay alive; and   Reade Wildman, a 16-year-old guitarist and Chicago Academy for the Arts student, who hung out to play live for the hour! Check out his new record Syzygy.   Reade Widman poses with Mike Stephen at the halfway point of rocking the soundtrack for OTL #463.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   Reade Widman jams a tune from his new Syzygy record on a rainy Chicago Saturday morning.

OTL: Episode #414- Revisiting The Salsa Truck, Chicago School of Data, Reeling 32: Chicago LGBT Film Fest

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 “tacos to the masses” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen pays a visit to the owner of The Salsa Truck, learns about the Chicago School of Data, and previews Reeling 32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival.   Dan Salls– Owner of The Salsa Truck We pay a visit to The Salsa Truck HQ (the West Loop restaurant known as The Garage) to hear what Dan has learned during his time as a Chicago food truck owner.       Dan O’Neil– Executive Director of Smart Chicago Collaborative The SCC is working on a new project: the Chicago School of Data.  This effort seeks to use data to help our everyday lives.  We learn about how it all works.     Alexandra Ensign– Programming Director of Reeling 32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival We get a preview of this incredible film festival now in its 32nd year in Chicago.           OTL #414 local music provided by House Sounds…