This week we take a look at housing instability in the wake of the pandemic. (Photo Credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen discusses the pandemic’s affect on housing instability with Michelle Layser of the University of Illinois, talks to the John Howard Association of Illinois‘ Jennifer Vollen-Katz about how prisons are beginning to open up to more oversight, and finds out how Burning Bush Brewery has survived the pandemic so far from owner Brent Raska. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, offer some takeaways, and offer words of encouragement for one another’s March Madness brackets. The local music this week comes from Cranes & Mirrors. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Mike Stephen views the beautiful Son of Juice hazy IPA from Maplewood Brewing in Chicago.

Mike Stephen discusses how COVID-19 impacts prisons with the executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, learns how local breweries are navigating the pandemic with Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune, and chats about the impact of a pandemic on our local transportation with John Greenfield, editor of Streetsblog Chicago. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin discuss the choice of whether or not to use grocery delivery services during this time.  The local quarantine music this week comes from Red Cent. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #574- WRFU serves Urbana, Chicago Books to Women in Prison, The Secret History of Stumpwater

Mike Stephen talks with:   BJ Clark, Station Manager at WRFU-LP in Urbana-Champaign, to talk community radio for another installment of Low Power to the People;   Vicki White, President of Chicago Books to Women in Prison, about their mission to increase opportunities for literacy for Women in prison; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 70’s folk rockers Stumpwater for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   This week’s local music is provided by Pool Holograph. Mike Stephen connects with WRFU-LP in Urbana, IL for another installment of Low Power to the People.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #435- Exonerated after 21 years in prison, Busy Beaver Button Museum in Logan Square

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “busy beaver” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen visits the Busy Beaver Button Museum in Logan Square and then talks to Tyrone Hood, someone who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent the last 21 years in prison.   Christen Carter– Owner of the Busy Beaver Button Co. and co-curator of the Busy Beaver Button Museum The world’s only museum dedicated to buttons calls Logan Square its home.  We go inside this small business and button museum that is celebrating its 20th year.  Joel and Christen Carter   Tyrone Hood– Recently released from 21 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit Karl Leonard– Attorney at Winston & Strawn and former student at The Exoneration Project We hear how Tyrone never gave up hope that he would be released from prison and that his name would be cleared.  OTL Host Mike Stephen, Tyrone Hood, and Karl Leonard in the WGN Radio Green Room   OTL Flashback- We hear a special Valentine’s Day clip from OTL #21 where Mike and Andy talk about true love with their better halves.  Mike and Andy in 2006.   OTL #435 local music provided by The Lawrence Peters Outfit…