OTL: Episode #573- Fighting to end gun violence, Homewood Hobo Night, Keya Trammell plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, about the recent debate over death and injury as a result of firearms;   Allisa Opyd, Community Events Manager for the Village of Homewood about their upcoming Hobo Night Celebration; and   Keya Trammell, local musician, who performs live!   This week’s local music is provided by Keya Trammell. Mike Stephen with musical guest Keya Trammell and keyboardist Michael Flowers in studio.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #559- Life After Hate, Inside a street vendor kitchen, Dream Version plays live

Mike Stephen talks with:   Life After Hate executive director and co-founder Sammy Rangel about his organization and what happens now that the Trump administration eliminated their grant;   Street Vendors Association of Chicago vice president Vicky Lugo about a new North Lawndale-based shared kitchen; and   local band Dream Version to the studio to play live for the hour and to talk about their new record Fight Fair.   Meanwhile, we discuss the new public participation rules for Chicago City Council meetings.   Local band Dream Version rocked the soundtrack for OTL #559! [L-R] Eric Brummitt, Alec Jensen, OTL host Mike Stephen (in the Brat Stop t-shirt!), Michael Kunik   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #552- The Secret History of Boyce Brown, Migratory birds in Chicago, Local saxophonist Chris Greene

Mike Stephen talks with:   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about hot jazz saxophonist Boyce Brown for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music;   U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Chicago field supervisor Louise Clemency about celebrating International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at LaBagh Woods next Saturday; and   local musician Chris Greene to the studio to play a selection from the Chris Greene Quartet‘s new album Boundary Issues.   Meanwhile, we wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day by playing a classic voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen!   Local musician Chris Greene stopped by OTL #552 to play a live a capella saxophone selection from the Chris Greene Quartet‘s new record Boundary Issues.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #543- Women’s equality with 24WORDS, Chicago River Swim, Noah Gabriel plays in studio

Mike Stephen talks with:   24WORDS: the equal rights rock musical producer/writer/lyricist Charles Kouri about exploring the journey for women’s equality;   Chicago River Swim co-creator Doug McConnell about a proposed long-distance swim in the Chicago River; and   local musician Noah Gabriel, who hung out live for the hour! Check out his new record Dead Reckoning.   Meanwhile, we anticipate today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade insanity, and we pre-celebrate Mike’s 37th birthday.   Local musician Noah Gabriel rocked the OTL #543 soundtrack in anticipation of his Dead Reckoning record release!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.