OTL: Episode #492- Ending gender bias, Cell phone camera rights, The Secret History of Buster Benton

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Foundation for Women director of programs Alysia Tate about eliminating gender bias via The 100% Project and their Talk It Out program;   academic artist and activist Ricardo Gamboa about Can I Film the Police?, the third episode of the “Rights Lab” web series that’s screening at the Music Box Theatre; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about mysterious disco blues guitarist Buster Benton for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we tie together two previous OTL segments by discussing My Block, My Hood, My City moving into the Wicker Park “Boombox” storefront.   This week’s local music is provided music provided by Grood.   The Secret History of Chicago Music mastermind Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) and OTL host Mike Stephen strike the most badass of badass poses on Western Avenue.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #490- Blackfish: The Musical, The Secret History of Lonnie Brooks, RIDE asks who has the right of way?

Mike Stephen talks with:   Blackfish: The Musical (for real!) director Jonald Reyes and co-writer Thomas Simmons in anticipation of the play’s world premiere opening night at MCL Chicago;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about living legend Lonnie Brooks for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Under the Rug Theatre Company crew members (playwright Neil Connelly, director John Wilson, and cast members Annie Prichard and Todd Wojcik) at The Den Theatre about their new play RIDE inspired by Chicago’s cycling community.   Meanwhile, we discuss Mike’s biggest fan “Jim,” eating spicy hot foods, and a new approach for the next Toons Bar & Grill annual Wing Fling.   This week’s local music is provided by Radio Shaq.   OTL host Mike Stephen takes a ride with Blackfish: The Musical co-writer Thomas Simmons and director Jonald Reyes. Who’s driving??   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #488- Express train to O’Hare?, The Secret History of Chicago saxman Eddie Shaw, Preparing students through industrial tech class

Mike Stephen talks with:   Midwest High Speed Rail Association executive director Richard Harnish about a potential express train to O’Hare and beyond;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about The Wolfgang saxophonist Eddie Shaw for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Hampshire High School industrial technology teacher Mike Jakubowski about preparing students for real world.   Meanwhile, we try to figure out if we still have a MySpace page while also discussing Pizza Pizzazz, frozen pizzas, and questionable Rogers Park establishments.   This week’s local music is provided by the Poison Boys.   OTL host Mike Stephen III encourages his son Mike Stephen IV to consider a career in industrial technology with a toy hammer.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #486- Chicago Gay Hockey, Coding While Black, The Secret History of local Bluesman Luther Allison

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Gay Hockey Association board members Andrew Sobotka and Brian Hull before a game at Johnny’s IceHouse West;   Coding While Black founder and president Dominic M. Liddell about the need for diversity in the tech community; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about unclassifiable guitar hero Luther Allison for this week’s “Winter Blues” edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we wonder if Chicago’s plastic bag ban is working.   This week’s local music is provided by Glamour Hotline.   OTL host Mike Stephen checks out the scene before strapping on his skates with the Chicago Gay Hockey Association.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.