Local rail projects have some residents complaining. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen learns about local neighborhood rail issues from Streetsblog Chicago reporter Igor Studenkov, discusses empowering young girls with Girls on the Run executive director Jill Eid, and discovers the Secret History of the local tavern jazz group the Three Souls. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

Crime is on the rise on the CTA. (Photo Credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen discusses increase in crime on the CTA with Chicago Reader columnist and Streetsblog Chicago co-editor John Greenfield, learns about the Anixter Center’s After 22 program that helps youth with developmental disabilities from vice president of growth and organization, Dina Donahue-Chase, and has a conversation about the connection between the war in Ukraine and preserving democracy at home with Benedictine University political science professor Dr. Joel Ostrow. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

What is the future of tiki bars in Chicagoland? (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen discusses the future of the tiki bar with Streetsblog Chicago editor & Chicago Reader columnist John Greenfield and local playwright & script writer Hannah Ii-Epstein. Then we learn the Secret History of 1960s Evanston garage-rockers The Peep Show. And Mike announces a programming note and gives an update on the issue of the lack of public bathrooms in Chicago. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

2020’s line of Bourbon County beers. (Photo credit: Mike Stephen/WGN Radio)

Mike Stephen talks to Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune about some access issues with Bourbon County beers this year, discusses the need for more public restrooms in Chicago with Courtney Cobbs of Streetsblog Chicago, and learns about the great work of West Town Feeds from board member Lauren Young. And Mike reminds us that if we really want this year’s lineup of Bourbon County beers, it’s ok to wait a little bit. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.