OTL: Episode #520- Hunting bobcats in IL, The Secret History of The Crucified, Getting personal with Therapy Sessions

Mike Stephen talks with:   Marc Ayers, Illinois State Director of The Humane Society of the United States about why Illinois’ first bobcat hunting season in decades is a bad idea;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) Chicago’s very own ’70s protopunk band The Crucified for this week’s “The Fall of Punk” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   former Homeroom program director Seth Vanek about his new venture hosting “Therapy Sessions” at the Hungry Brain.   Meanwhile, we tell the tale of eating, drinking, and being merry with our friend Lou Manfredini last night at the Hofbräuhaus Chicago; and Mike recaps breakfast with his parents after OTL’s 10th anniversary show!   This week’s local music is provided by Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquestra.   OTL meets Mr. Fix-It at the Hofbräuhaus Chicago! [OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen; Mr. Fix-It host Lou Manfredini and producer Lindsey Smithwick]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #512- Turning the Page Chicago, Saving the monarch butterfly, The Secret History of The Sunshine Sequence

Mike Stephen talks with:   Turning the Page Chicago managing director Kylia Kummer about engaging families with public schools to ensure a high-quality public education;   Keller Science Action Center at the The Field Museum social science coordinator Alexis Winter about “A Monarch’s View of the City” and the conservation efforts to save this important pollinator; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 1960s all-girl garage band The Sunshine Sequence for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss the fact that O’Hare International Airport is really stepping up its food game.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Jaime Rojo.   WGN Radio host John Williams bumps into OTL host Mike Stephen at O’Hare International Airport… but they did not dine at The Publican. [photo circa August 3, 2011]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #308- Chicago’s squirrel population, Chicago Writers Conference preview, Loyola’s sustainability efforts

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 “there’s a squirrel in the attic” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the local squirrel population, previews the Chicago Writers Conference, and learns about the environmental sustainability of Loyola University’s campus.   Steve Sullivan – Principal Investigator for Project Squirrel and curator of urban ecology at the Notebart Nature Museum Steve tells us if the local squirrel population is decreasing and how we can be citizen scientists.   Mare Swallow– Founder of the Chicago Writers Conference This conference is coming up September 14-16 at the Tribune Tower and will bring together local writers for a unique networking and education experience. Gina Lettiere– Sustainability specialist at Loyola University’s Office of Sustainability Loyola has been working to make its campus more environmentally sustainable.  We hear about those efforts and their affect on our environment. Working towards sustainability on Loyola’s campus.   OTL #308 local music provided by Exit Ghost…