Mike Stephen at the Austin Blue Line stop.

Mike Stephen learns about the CTA Fails multimedia empire, discusses the pandemic’s impact on the local food scene with Mike Gebert, editor of Fooditor, and explores the Secret History of local 60s garage-rockers The Jokers. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin discuss   The local quarantine music this week comes from the Chicago Underground Quartet. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #353- Can cell phones impact a man’s reproductive health?, CTA Riders opposed to bus rapid transit

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 “watch where you put that phone” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses if cell phones negatively impact a man’s reproductive health and explores what some feel are the downsides to bus rapid transit in Chicago.   Dr. Craig Niederberger– Head of the urology department and professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Niderberger runs a great blog called maledoc.com.  He discusses whether or not cell phones can lead to problems with male reproductive health.         Kevin Peterson– Member, Citizens Taking Action Citizens Taking Action, a transit advocacy group, has come out in opposition to plans to install bus rapid transit (BRT) on streets such as Ashland and Western Avenues.  We get the latest. Photo courtesy of www.brtchicago.com     OTL #353 local music provided by Netherfriends…  

OTL: Episode #318- New CTA record, Nate Silver’s Burrito Bracket, President Obama and Chicago sports

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’ll take a burrito, please” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the guys who now hold the record for riding the entire El the fastest, airs a conversation with Nate Silver about his Burrito Bracket from 5 years ago, and discusses President Obama’s relationship to Chicago sports.   Chris Aubin and Garrett Sorrels– CTA record holders These two co-workers rode the entire El in 9 hours, 12 minutes and 39 seconds and set a new record.  We hear about their adventure and you can read about it on Grid Chicago.     Prep work for the El riding adventure.  Photo courtesy of gridchicago.com.   Nate Silver – Blogger at FiveThirtyEight and creator of The Burrito Bracket Before Nate Silver was famous for accurately predicting elections he was busy rating Chicago Mexican restaurants.  We hear a conversation between Mike and Nate from 2007 on OTL #59.   Ben Strauss– Senior Editor at Chicago Side and contributor to the New York Times Ben recently wrote an article called The Audacity of a White Sox Fan: Why Chicago Sports Matter to President Obama. We discuss this topic.     OTL #318 local music provided by Outer Minds…  

OTL: Episode #291- Record-setting L riding, Chicago Jedi, Examining the infrastructure trust

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 “may the Force be with you” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a Brit who set out to reclaim the fastest L-riding record, learns about the Chicago Jedi, and discusses Mayor Emanuel’s infrastructure trust.   Adham Fisher– Transportation enthusiast Last week Adham set out to reclaim the record for riding the entire L system the fastest.  We hear from him about his quest and find out if he achieved his goal.  Check out his Twitter page. Mike and Adham Fisher in Logan Square   Gabe Calderon and Ross Greenberg – The founder and #2 guy, respectively, at the Chicago Jedi You can become a Jedi Knight!  We learn about this non-profit group’s devotion to Jedi realism as a way of life.   Members of the Chicago Jedi   Emily Miller– Policy and government affairs coordinator for the Better Government Association Last week the Chicago City Council passed the infrastructure trust championed by Mayor Emanuel.  Emily gives us an analysis of this new funding approach.   OTL #291 local music provided by Ornery Little Darlings…