Mike Stephen takes us inside Wrigleyville's Nisei Lounge as part of the OTL Winter Tavern Tour.

Mike Stephen keeps the Winter Tavern Tour going and visits the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville, learns about Illinois’ pathway to renewable energy, and discusses the state’s finances in the wake of the state budget address this week.  The Golden Horse Ranch Band brings us the local tunes! To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen discusses the state of college students in 2019 while representing his alma mater Loyola University Chicago.

Mike Stephen learns about new Chicago Tribune coverage of the Black South Side food scene, discusses the state of college students today, and discovers the Secret History of Disco Diva Loleatta Holloway.  This week’s local music is brought to you by They Won’t Win. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

Mike Stephen talks to outgoing Ald. John Arena (45th) about local political issues, discusses the proposed state progressive income tax and budget with David Merriman of the Fiscal Futures Project, and learns about the work of Sunrise Movement Chicago.  The local music this week is powered by The Tentatives. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #195- Federal Nuclear Funding, UIC’s Neighborhoods Initiative, NewCity’s “Lit 50”

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 “wind-powered” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen learns about a new report detailing the negative impacts of federal funds diverted to build new nuclear reactors, finds out about UIC’s Neighborhood Initiative, and discusses NewCity’s Lit 50 list. Max Muller — Program Director, Environment Illinois This organization recently released a report called The Nuclear Bailout: President Obama’s High Risk Gamble on Nuclear Reactors Undermines the Fight Against Global Warming. Max discusses the report on this week’s show. Thea Crum— Program Coordinator, UIC’s Neighborhoods Initiative We learn about how UIC is working with its neighboring communities to strengthen Chicago. Brian Heiggelke — Editor and Publisher of NewCity NewCity is out with its list of the top 50 movers and shakers in the Chi-literary scene.  Brian discusses this list on the Big Show this week. OTL #195 local music provided by ChiTownKids…