OTL: Episode #554- The psychology of Chicago violence, The Secret History of Paris Smith, IL Fair Economy

Mike Stephen talks with:   Loyola University professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology Arthur Lurigio about the psychology of violence in Chicago;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about unheralded vibe man Paris Smith for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Fair Economy Illinois leader Erica Nanton about the March to Springfield movement for a state budget.   Meanwhile, we discuss how Mayor Emanuel is excited that Chicago is a U-Haul destination city!   This week’s local music is provided by Iverson 2.0.   OTL host Mike Stephen wraps up his pre-show vocal exercises in a seventh floor radio studio in the Tribune Tower.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #519 (10th Anniversary Edition)- Inner-City Education, Preventing violence with ALSO, Potts and Pans Steelband

It’s the Outside the Loop 10th Anniversary Show… live from the United Center in Chicago! [photos] In this very special episode, Mike Stephen talks with:   Inner-City Education (ICE) Program founder and executive director Brad Erickson about about providing educational and hockey opportunities for low-income kids in Chicago;   ALSO (Alliance of Local Service Organizations) executive director Lori Crowder about working to end violence in the city and beyond; and   Potts & Pans Steelband members and executives Matt Potts and Anthony Jay Houston about the magic of the steel drums and vibraphone.   Meanwhile, we reflect on Outside the Loop RADIO‘s 10th year of pod/broadcasting and how we got to where we are today!   This week’s local music is provided by the aforementioned Potts & Pans Steelband.   Outside the Loop host Mike Stephen can’t wait to dig into his OTL-themed 10th anniversary cake provided by Mr. Fix-It producer Lindsey Smithwick and host Lou Manfredini.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #372- Kari Lydersen on Mayor 1%, Send in your Christmas music, Youth violence in Chicago

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 “99%” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to local journalist Kari Lydersen about her new book on Mayor Emanuel, solicits Chicago Christmas music, and chats with the editor of a book that tells the stories of youth violence in the city.   Kari Lydersen– Chicago-based journalist and author of Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99% Kari discusses her new book that analyzes the governing style of Mayor Emanuel and profiles those citizens who oppose him.         Submit Your Local Holiday Music – We’re looking for Chicago musicians to submit versions of classic Christmas songs or original Holiday tunes.  Those songs will be featured on the Christmas show on December 26th!         Miles Harvey– Assistant professor of English at DePaul University and editor of How Long Will I Cry?  Voices of Youth Violence This powerful book provides firsthand accounts of what it’s like growing up in a culture of youth violence in Chicago.       OTL #372 local music provided by The Wild Finish…