OTL: Episode #391- Transit Future, Chicago Literary Map, Serving pets for dinner: Part 2

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 “future of transit” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a proposed revamped local transit system, chats with the creator of the Chicago Literary Map, and follows up on “extreme” underground dinners with the co-owner of Trubadeaux restaurant.   Jacky Grimshaw– Director of the Transit Future project and Vice President for Policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology We learn about Transit Future’s plan for a revamped Chicagoland transit system. Transit Future’s proposed system layout.   Stephanie Plenner– Creator of the Chicago Literary Map This unique map combines user-submitted writings about different areas of the city.       Lyle Reynolds– Co-Owner and General Manager of Trubadeaux restaurant in Edgewater Following up on a conversation about serving house pets at underground dinners (OTL #389), we hear from one of the proponents of this culinary approach.   Lyle Reynolds of Trubadeaux.   OTL #391 local music provided by Cassettes on Tape…  

OTL: Episode #384- Proposed ride-sharing ordinance, The weather’s parking impact, Homemade Stories podcast

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 “homemade” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the proposed ride-sharing ordinance, examines how the recent weather can get you a parking ticket, and talks to the host of the Homemade Stories podcast.   Jacob Huebert– Senior attorney at The Liberty Justice Center Do you use ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft?  Jacob authored a recent blog post about the 7 worst things in Chicago’s proposed ride-sharing ordinance.  He joins us to discuss what he wrote.   The Parking Ticket Geek – Blogger at The Expired Meter The crazy amount of snow we’ve been getting recently can lead to surprise parking tickets.  The Geek joins us to explain.     Photo courtesy of The Expired Meter   Shannon Cason– Local writer, storyteller, and host of the Homemade Stories podcast We learn what makes a storyteller tick and find out about the Kickstarter page for Shannon’s locally-produced podcast. Shannon Cason   OTL #384 local music provided by  The Viaducts…  

OTL: Episode #358- Inside Joe’s Barbershop, Streetsblog Chicago, Chicago Writers Conference Preview

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 “straight razor shave” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen vists Joe’s Barbershop in Logan Square, learns about Streetsblog Chicago, and previews the Chicago Writers Conference.   Joe Caccavella Jr.– Barber at Joe’s Barbershop Located at 2641 W. Fullerton, this historic barbershop has been serving the community since 1968.  We go inside this Chicago gem.         John Greenfield– Editor of Streetsblog Chicago This new blog focuses on local sustainable transportation issues.  We learn about this site and discuss the proposed Chicago bus rapid transit system.     Mare Swallow– Founder of the Chicago Writers Conference This upcoming conference is a great resource for local writers or anyone who aspires to be an author.  We chat about what’s new at this year’s conference.       OTL #358 local music provided by Rabble Rabble…  

OTL: Episode #355- Bus “bunching,” A Chicagoan’s experience on and off stage with Phish

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 with the band” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the annoying bus-bunching issue and talks to the Chicagoan who recently ended up on stage with Phish while the band was in town.   Shaun Jacobsen– Blogger at Transitized You’re waiting for a CTA bus and finally one pulls up- with two others behind it.  These buses are “bunched.”  We learn about why this happens.  Check out Shaun’s post on this topic HERE.         Julie Nichols– Musical director at the Main Stage at The Second City Julie tells her incredible story of meeting members of the band Phish at a Second City show on a Thursday night.  By Sunday evening she, along with other SC members, were on stage with the band at the First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.  We hear about this amazing 72 hours. Trey Anastasio of Phish and Julie Nichols on stage before a show at The First Merit Bank Pavilion     OTL #355 local music provided by When Clouds Attack…