OTL: Episode #474- Building connections in the classroom, The Secret History of McLuhan, A local Sci-Fi novella and cookbook in one

Mike Stephen talks with:   Taft High School history teacher Mayra Almaraz-De Santiago about her Gapers Block op-ed “Give Me a Mirror: Why Students Need to Connect to their Teachers” on building connections in the classroom;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about mysterious jazz-proggers McLuhan for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   author and cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore about her latest project — Afterparty: A Community Guide for the Future, a science fiction novella slash cookbook collaboration with Sonnenzimmer.   Meanwhile, Mike admits to his addiction to LaCroix in wake of learning of Chicagoans being overtaxed on sparkling water!   This week’s local music is provided by Chris Bolint.   OTL host Mike Stephen offers his services as a spokesperson for LaCroix Sparkling Water.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #396- The CPS funding saga, Mac and Cheese Fest, Staying “on-track” in high school

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 “I’m gonna learn ya’ stuff” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses CPS funding, previews the Mac and Cheese Festival, and learns about high school “on-track” research.   Dave Stieber– History teacher at Team Englewood Community Academy Recently Dave wrote an opinion piece on Chicago Public School funding.  He discusses the future of how CPS will stay afloat.     Melinda Joseph– Co-owner of Raymi Productions We get an exclusive preview of this delicious festival happening at the UIC Forum in October.       Thomas Kelley-Kemple– Research Analyst at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research The CCSR released a study that looks at the importance of the “on-track” rate of high school students.  We get the details.         OTL #396 local music provided by Yellow Candy…