This week we discuss the future of the North Lawndale neighborhood. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen learns how North Lawndale residents are improving their community with Reshorna Fitzpatrick of the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church, talks to local singer-songwriter Dina Bach about her new music, and discovers the Secret History of the late, great Joe Cassidy. And the OTL Wrap Party segment is on vacation this week. Rest up, Wrap Party! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Mike Stephen talks with 35th ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa about his opposition to the proposed Police Academy on Chicago’s west side and the blow-back he’s received from the city council, chats with Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights intern Alex Boutros about voting rights restrictions in Illinois, and local musician Dina Bach stops by to play some sweet studio jamz. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #561- Best beers for the summer, Localpalooza preview, Dina Bach plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel about local beers to take you through the summer, the best macro beers in America, and his upcoming book on Goose Island Brewery selling to Anheuser Busch;   Localpalooza organizer Mike Vogus about a cool music festival benefiting The Patrick Grange Memorial Foundation for ALS research; and   local singer-songwriter Dina Bach back to the studio to play live for the hour and to tell us about her “Weekly Music” project.   Meanwhile, we discuss our optimism about the sale of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader to the Eisendrath Coalition.   OTL host Mike Stephen is very excited to welcome local musician Dina Bach back to the WGN Radio studio to provide the live soundtrack to OTL #561!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #501- Sister Donna Quinn on her life of activism, Run Domestic Violence Out of Town, Dina Bach performs live

Mike Stephen talks with:   activist nun Donna Quinn about fighting for gender equality as detailed in her new book Chicago Catholic Women: Its Role in Founding the Catholic Women’s Movement;   Run Domestic Violence Out of Town marathon campaign coordinator Bethany Gomillion Thompson about how running the Chicago Marathon can benefit the fight against domestic violence; and   local singer-songwriter Dina Bach, who provided the soundtrack for the show! Check out her new EP Kiss Me Like That.   Meanwhile, we discuss Melissa’s Pal Crépes… the city’s first officially licensed food cart!   Local musician Dina Bach previewed her new EP Kiss Me Like That all throughout OTL #501. Fortunately, OTL host Mike Stephen is only posing here.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.