OTL: Episode #409- Chicago’s food journalism, A local YouTube star, We’ll Sing a Song with Ella Jenkins

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 “you sing a song, I sing a song” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the state of Chicago’s food journalism, talks to a local YouTube star, and learns about a documentary about Ella Jenkins that is in pre-production.   Mike Gebert– Local food writer and creator of “Sky Full of Bacon“ Chicago has a wonderful food scene, but how do we fair when it comes to food journalism?  We hear Mike’s opinion.       Blake Grigsby– DePaul University junior, local actor, comedian, and YouTube star We hear how this college student has gained millions viewers through his work on YouTube.     Blake in his Kiss Me, I’m Desperate video.     Tim Ferrin– Director & Producer of Ella Jenkins: We’ll Sing a Song Together Ella Jenkins is the first lady of children’s music and she turned 90 last week.  This week we learn about efforts underway to make a documentary about her incredible life.           OTL #409 local music provided by Tea Tsunami…  

OTL: Episode #397- IL’s marijuana policy, Reboot Illinois, Good in Englewood

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 “radio reboot” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to the lead author of a recent study on Illinois’ marijuana policy, discusses state government with the executive editor of Reboot Illinois, and takes a closer look what’s good in Englewood.   Kathie Kane-Willis– Director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University This week a new study was released that analyzes our state’s policy on marijuana misdemeanor enforcement.  Kathie is the lead author of this report and discusses what she and her team found.     Matt Dietrich– Executive Editor at Reboot Illinois This organization aims to encourage us to retake ownership of our local government by providing us with the information we need to take action.  We get the details.       Rashanah Baldwin– Journalist and resident of Englewood She’s sick and tired of the negative press Englewood receives, so Rashanah is on a mission to let us know what’s good in Englewood.         OTL #397 local music provided by Yellow Jacket…  

OTL: Episode #394- Chicago’s questionable crime stats, Journalism in high schools, CouchSurferz web series

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 “RadioSurferz” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a researcher about Chicago’s crime stats, discusses journalism education in high schools, and chats with the creator of the CouchSurferz comedy web series.   Brian Keegan– Post doctoral student at Northeastern University Recently Brian wrote a blog post called Crime, Time, and Weather in Chicago looking at the current trends of local crime stats.     Jason Block– Teacher at Prospect H.S. and board member of the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association (NISPA) Last week OTL host Mike Stephen spoke at the NISPA Conference.  This week we learn about the great things the organization does to teach journalism in schools.     OTL host Mike Stephen’s talk at the NISPA Conference last week.   Jack Farrell– Writer & Creator of the CouchSurferz web series We get the skinny on this weekly comedy web series that is released every Thursday at Second City’s DeMaat Theater.         OTL #394 local music provided by Sexy Fights…  

OTL: Episode #321- A new space for local entrepreneurs, A theater update, 60625news.com

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 “incubator space” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about Cibola- a new incubator space for local entrepreneurs, gives an update on a previous theater story, and discusses 60625news.com- a new local alternative news website. Mahrinah von Schlegel– Co-founder of Cibola We learn about this new incubator space aimed at local entrepreneurs.       The Steadfast update– We get an update on a story from OTL #251 about the play The Steadfast.         Meryl Williams– Founder and editor of 60625 This new alternative website covers the happenings of Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, and Albany Park.   OTL #321 local music provided by Bailiff…