OTL: Episode #534- Will tougher sentencing reduce violence?, Writers Resist preview, The Secret History of Barrelhouse Chuck

Mike Stephen talks with:   UIC Criminology, Law and Justice professor John Hagedorn about whether or not tougher sentencing can stop Chicago’s violent crime epidemic;   Chicago#WritersResist co-event manager Brian Kornell  resisting intolerance within the local literary community; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about recently deceased pianist Barrelhouse Chuck for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we the “camera violation review notice” Mike received in the mail this week. Apparently it’s part of the city’s last-ditch effort to wriggle free of refunding improperly-issued red light camera violations.   This week’s local music is provided by Steve Dawson.   OTL host Mike Stephen gets dinged for quite obviously running a red light camera in 2010. The City of Chicago reminded him of his infraction again in 2017.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #514- The Secret History of Charley Organaire, Mick Dumke on the Chicago violence epidemic

Mike Stephen talks with:   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about reggae and ska harmonica innovator Charley Organaire for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Chicago Sun-Times staff reporter Mick Dumke about his special report on Chicago’s murder victims in first half of 2016 and addressing the crime problem at a community level.   Meanwhile, we discuss how Cook County is going after small venues for back amusement taxes.   This week’s local music is provided by Yell?jaket.   Chicago Sun-Times staff reporter Mick Dumke and OTL host Mike Stephen rep the city and solve the world’s problems during their post-show breakfast meeting.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #402- Homicide in Rogers Park, Chicago’s light pollution, Art Meets Science at the Theater

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 “art meets science” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the rising homicide rate in Rogers Park, discusses a plan to light up Chicago at night, and previews the upcoming Art Meets Science at the Theater Festival at the Chicago Dramatists.   Tracy Swartz– Reporter for RedEye Tracy gives us the lowdown on her story on the rise in the number of homicides in Rogers Park.     Audrey Fischer– President of the Chicago Astronomical Society Recently Mayor Emanuel put out a request for proposals to turn Chicago into a “city of lights” in the evening.  Not everyone is happy about this.  We get the details.     A rendering of what Chicago could look like at night. Barbara Wells– Local playwright and founder of The Art Meets Science at the Theater Festival Sci-Fi, horror, and fantasy are all genres that you’d probably expect to read in a book or see in a movie.  Over the years these types of work have been largely absent from theater…until now.  We learn about the festival that brings the genres together on July 11-13 at the Chicago Dramatists.         OTL #402 local music provided by I Love You…