Mike Stephen talks with: UIC Criminology, Law and Justice professor John Hagedorn about whether or not tougher sentencing can stop Chicago’s violent crime epidemic; Chicago#WritersResist co-event manager Brian Kornell resisting intolerance within the local literary community; and Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about recently deceased pianist Barrelhouse Chuck for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music. Meanwhile, we the “camera violation review notice” Mike received in the mail this week. Apparently it’s part of the city’s last-ditch effort to wriggle free of refunding improperly-issued red light camera violations. This week’s local music is provided by Steve Dawson. OTL host Mike Stephen gets dinged for quite obviously running a red light camera in 2010. The City of Chicago reminded him of his infraction again in 2017. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.