OTL#588- m1 Interactive’s digital playground, The Secret History of Daddy Stovepipe, Resurrection Project’s DACA work

Mike Stephen talks with:   Brian Dressel, President and owner of M1 Interactive;   Ere Rendon, Vice President of Immigration Advocacy for the Resurrection Project, about the recent news concerning the changes to US immigration policy and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals);   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about Chicago blues guitarist Daddy Stovepipe for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music, and   This week’s local music is provided by Little Church.   Mike designs his own custom Batmobile at m1 Interactive.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #491- Jogging around Lake Michigan’s perimeter, BallotReady.org, Hideout Harmonica Hoedown preview

Mike Stephen talks with:   adventurist/author Steve Cannon about his run around the perimeter of Lake Michigan as detailed in his new book 40 DAYS: Life, Love, Loss and A Historic Run Around One of the World’s Largest Lakes;   BallotReady co-founders Aviva Rosman and Alex Neimczewski about how they’re helping to make voting easier; and   Hideout Harmonica Hoedown curator Bob Kessler and brother-in-harp Graham Nelson about the 5th annual festival at the Hideout Inn.   Meanwhile, we celebrate Mike’s 36th birthday with a special gift and an extra special fan message!   This week’s local music is provided music provided by the aforementioned harmonica virtuoso Bob Kessler.   OTL host Mike Stephen III celebrates his birthday with his son Mike Stephen IV and a very special jar of pickles.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #437- Union influence on IL politics, The attack of the Emerald Ash Borer, Previewing the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “rockin’-the-harp” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen looks at union influence on local politics, discusses the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer on our trees, and gets a preview of the 4th annual Hideout Harmonica Hoedown.   Diana Rickert–  VP of Communications for the Illinois Policy Institute We examine the role of unions in the Illinois political process.  The Institute just released a report entitled The Anatomy of Influence: Government Unions in Illinois.       Mark Cinnamon– State Plant Regulatory Official Have you noticed trees disappearing from Chicago streets?  We examine why the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer is a serious wreaking havoc with our local greenery.     Bob Kessler– Harmonica “colorist” and founder/curator of the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown We get a preview of the 4th annual hoedown, the premiere celebration of the harmonica, taking place Sunday, March 8th at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia).  Bob and Mike share a jam sesh on the 50,000-watt blowtorch too!   Bob Kessler and Mike Stephen have a harp jam in the WGN Radio studios.   OTL #437 local music provided by Bob Kessler…

OTL: Episode #383- The future of Indie Media, Open City Apps, The Hideout Harmonica Hoedown 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 “hoedown” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks indie media with Making Contact’s Lisa Rudman, looks at Open City Apps’ great work, and previews the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown this Sunday.   Lisa Rudman– Executive Director of Making Contact Coming up February 27-March 2 The Media Consortium will have their annual meeting in Chicago.  Lisa previews this event that’s open to the public and discusses the future of independent journalism.   Juan-Pablo Velez– Collaborator at Open City Apps We learn about this group that creates apps with open data to improve transparency and understanding of our government.         Bob Kessler– Harmonica stud and MC and Curator of the Hideout Harmonica Hoedown This awesome event takes place this Sunday at 7pm at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia).  We get a preview of this great night of music.     OTL #383 local music provided by The Black Willoughbys…