This week we discuss efforts to bridge the political divide. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen learns about the Crossroads America project from college students Lucas Kult-Banout and Ezekiel Wells, explores the state of climate media with Mike Fourcher, and chats about local food trends in 2023 and into 2024 with Mike Gebert, the editor of Fooditor. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #234- IL Beer Distribution, Green Chicago River, Center Square Journal Turns 1

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! 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 “beer-distributed” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about the movement to change the IL beer distribution laws, plays a clip from his chat with the crew leader of Green Chicago River, and gets an update from the year-old Ryan Hermes— Co-Founder of We explore how beer distribution in IL works and why some craft brewers are advocating for a change. OTL Rewind— Mike Butler, Head of the Green Chicago River Crew With this being St. Patrick’s Day we thought it’d be cool to dig into the OTL audio archives to hear a clip from OTL #25 that includes learning about the history of turning the Chicago River green. Mike Fourcher— Founder/Publisher of This great local news site that serves the neighborhoods of Northcenter, Lincoln Square, and Ravenswood Manor turns 1 this week.  We hear what Mike has learned over the past year and where the site is headed in the future. OTL #234 local music provided by The Shams…