Is “We Will Chicago” the people’s plan? (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen discusses the “We Will Chicago” plan and its criticisms with City Bureau reporters Jerrel Floyd and India Daniels, talks to local photographer Marty Perez about his 40 years of music photography and his new book called Kill a Punk For Rock & Roll: 1976-2019 Photographs, and chats with Peter Moore, artistic director at Steep Theatre, about that theater company’s new grant from the City of Chicago. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses gentrification in Logan Square.

Mike Stephen learns about an upcoming book about gentrification in Logan Square with sociologist and photographer David Schalliol, discusses a City Bureau analysis of local government transparency, and plays back the sounds of the Girls on the Run Chicago 5k.  The local music this week is brought to us by Batteries Not Included. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #451- Exploring analog photography in Wicker Park, Fighting airport noise pollution, A pet pig lives in Portage Park

Mike Stephen talks with:   Lomography Embassy Store & Emulsion Gallery Chicago owner Piper Robbins;   Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition co-founder Jac Charlier about the ongoing fight against O’Hare noise pollution; and   Linus… the pet pig of Jennifer & Matt Folino in Portage Park!   This week’s local music is provided by Low Spark.   Linus the Pig and OTL host Mike Stephen get real.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.  

OTL: Episode #401- Parking Ticket Geek Update, Waiting all night for Star Wars, Local photography with Out of Chicago

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 “take my picture” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen gets an update on potholes and red light cameras from The Parking Ticket Geek, plays audio from waiting in line overnight to see Star Wars Episode II in 2002, and learns about an upcoming local photography convention.   The Parking Ticket Geek– Blogger at The Expired Meter The Geek gives us an update on Chicago pothole repair, the new Park Chicago app, and red light cameras.     Waiting for Star Wars– Dipping into the Mike Stephen audio vault On May 16, 2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was released.  OTL host Mike Stephen and two friends waited outside the McClurg Court Theater downtown all night to be first in line for the 8:30am showing.  Mike brought a microphone with him.  We hear the highlights.     Mike waited 8 hours outside the theater to see this movie. Chris Smith– Local photographer and creator of Out of Chicago Photography is lots of fun.  If you’re into local photography, check out the Out of Chicago site and attend the local photography conference at the end of June!         OTL #401 local music provided by Ryan Joseph Anderson…