Mike Stephen and the pamphlet that explains the proposed progressive income tax.

Mike Stephen talks to Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, about winning a humanitarian award and human connection during the pandemic, discusses Lake Michigan environmental concerns with Scott Blankman of Clean Wisconsin, and learns the pros and cons of the proposed state progressive income tax with David Merriman of the Fiscal Futures Project. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Producer Collin reflect on this week’s show theme of human connection. The local pandemic tunez come from Star Creature. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page or RSS feed.

Mail in your ballots!

Mike Stephen helps dispel myths of voting by mail with Katrina Phidd of Chicago Votes, chats with the Design Museum of Chicago’s Tanner Woodford about the pandemic’s impact on local art, and learns the Secret History of funky and folky Peter Berkow. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Producer Collin professes his love of Korean Pop music and creates a plan for a new local business. The local pandemic tunez come from Zapruder Point. ubscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen talks to Lane Tech High School senior and member of the Mikva Challenge Youth Safety Advisory Council Hannah Lawrence about her efforts for police reform, learns about The Institute for Positive Living’s efforts for a more accurate census from CEO & founder Rev. Marrice Coverson, and discovers the Secret History of late soul singer Bill Coday. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the show and discuss diplomatic relations with other states. The local pandemic tunez come from Slightly Faded. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen broadcasts from WLUW-FM, a community radio station at the time, circa 1999.

Mike Stephen learns about the great work of Friedman Place with executive director Alexander Brown, talks to Billy Dave Sherman of the local band The Steak House Mints about the impact of the pandemic on music, and gets the story of WLCB-FM serving northern IL and southern WI with general manager Sean Hauser.  And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the range of emotions going on during this show and plan a steakhouse visit. The local pandemic tunez come from The Steak House Mints, of course! The above picture features Mike Stephen broadcasting from WLUW-FM, a local community station at the time, circa 1999. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page or RSS feed.