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Mike Stephen learns about a people’s history of Uptown through the Dis/Placements project from its co-founders Gayatri Reddy & Anna Guevarra and discovers the Secret History of 1980s alt-rockers Stark. And Mike thinks we should open up the fast food drive-thru lanes to bicycles. What could go wrong? To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our Apple Podcasts Page, Spotify, or our RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #152- Rise of the Chicago Dem Machine, Bar Breakdancing, and What the Heck is Happening in Uptown?

(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “viral audio” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses the rise of the Chicago Democratic Machine, tells us about his experience with random bar breakdancing, and talks to an Uptown resident about what the hell is happening in that neighborhood. Rich Lindberg – Local writer and author of The Gambler King of Clark Street We’ve all heard of the political Chicago Democratic Machine.  But where exactly did it come from?  Rich shines a new light on this topic. Rando Bar Breakdancing – You never know when you’re going to see it. Recently Mike was hanging out with friends at Mac’s bar on Division.  Before they knew it they had front row seats to an impromptu dance-off!  Mike rolled video on his cell phone camera… James Cappleman – Resident of Uptown and Board President of the Uptown Chicago Commission There has been some craziness in Uptown lately.  From riots in the streets to angry residents chasing the Alderman out of a press conference, some might say, “What’s going on, Uptown?”  We hear from a resident about the mood of the neighborhood and what he thinks needs to be done to unify the area. OTL #152 local music provided by Anni Rossi…