Mike Stephen’s original Nintendo Entertainment System. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen chats with Batavia native Kevin Jakubowski, the screenwriter of the upcoming film 8-Bit Christmas, talks to Oak Park & River Forest High School senior Jelena Collins about her experience at the UN Climate Change Conference, and learns about local musician Guy King’s new music. And Mike remembers the joys of old-school Nintendo from the 1980s. (Pictured above: Mike Stephen’s original Nintendo Entertainment System) To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #560- Bag tax update, Play By Play on go90, The Secret History of Morris Jennings

Mike Stephen talks with:   DNAinfo Chicago City Hall reporter Heather Cherone about the Chicago bag tax and how it could cost the city millions;   Batavia native Kevin Jakubowski about his new coming-of-age show Play by Play on the go90 platform; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about prolific session drummer Morris Jennings for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we discuss the fate of landline telephones in Illinois (as covered in OTL #555), tell the tale of Mike visiting his local park district pool, and peruse a WGN Radio producers’ manual circa 2001.   This week’s local music is provided by Panda Riot.   OTL host Mike Stephen studies up on his WGN Radio producers manual from 2001.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #158- Local Screenwriter’s Success, OTL News Desk, Local Home Decor

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “home care solution” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen talks to a former Chicagoland resident who’s making it as a screenwriter in L.A., reviews various local stories behind the OTL News Desk, and chats about local home decor with Jessica Herman. Kevin Jakubowski – Co-Screenwriter of Assassination of a High School President Kevin and Mike went to high school together.  Now, Kevin (originally from Batavia) lives in L.A. and has helped to pen a new movie starring Bruce Willis and Mischa Barton while Mike huddles for warmth in the OTL Radio Bunker. OTL News Desk — From the crappiest post office in Chicago to proving once again that Thax Douglas (pictured below) is alive and well, intrepid anchor Mike Stephen jumps behind the big desk to bring us the latest. Thax at the Double Door Last Weekend Jessica Herman — “The Get” Writer at Time Out Chicago and OTL Correspondent We take a peek at new trends in local home decor as Mike wonders where exactly the dining room is in a typical Chicago apartment. OTL #158 local music provided by Marbin…