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OTL: Episode #411- OTL is moving to WGN, Reclaiming local old wood, Chicago Rarities Orchard Project

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “Chicago rarity” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen announces the show’s move to WGN Radio, visits a local carpenter who reclaims old wood, and learns about the plan to create unique fruit orchards in Chicago.

 

Andy Hermann– The new producer of OTL…again

BIG NEWS: This show is moving to the airwaves of WGN-AM (720) starting October 4th!! We get the details on what to expect.

 

 

 

Rob Christopher– Founder & Owner of Emotive Reclaim

We visit Rob’s Humboldt Park workshop where he turns found materials around town into beautiful furniture.

Rob Christopher at work in the Emotive Reclaim shop.

 

 

Dave Synder Founder and Board Member, Chicago Rarities Orchard Project

It’s the goal of this organization to build neighborhood orchards around the city.  We learn how this project could bring the community together.

The plan for the first orchard.

 

 

OTL #411 local music provided by Maks the Fox

 

OTL: Episode #410- A look at IL unions, Riding the perimeter of Metra, Innovation at Fulton Fest

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “are you on the clock?” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen discusses the economic impact of government unions in Illinois, talks to the guy who biked the entire perimeter of the Metra rail lines, and previews Fulton Fest.

 

Paul Kersey– Director of Labor Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute

How much are Illinois government unions costing taxpayers?  We explore the impact of these unions on our state’s economic future.

 

 

 

John Greenfield– Editor of Streetsblog Chicago

Recently John biked the entire perimeter of Metra’s rail lines in order to better understand our region.  He also wrote an article about it.  We find out what he learned from his 4-day trek.

John’s bike route around the Metra lines.

 

 

Liz Valentine Co-organizer of Fulton Fest

We get a preview of this festival that showcases the Nearwest Side’s innovation.  It takes place Friday, August 22, from 2-7pm on Fulton between Damen and Hoyne.

 

 

 

OTL #410 local music provided by The Lemons

 

OTL: Episode #409- Chicago’s food journalism, A local YouTube star, We’ll Sing a Song with Ella Jenkins

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “you sing a song, I sing a song” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen discusses the state of Chicago’s food journalism, talks to a local YouTube star, and learns about a documentary about Ella Jenkins that is in pre-production.

 

Mike Gebert– Local food writer and creator ofSky Full of Bacon

Chicago has a wonderful food scene, but how do we fair when it comes to food journalism?  We hear Mike’s opinion.

 

 

 

Blake GrigsbyDePaul University junior, local actor, comedian, and YouTube star

We hear how this college student has gained millions viewers through his work on YouTube.

Blake in his Kiss Me, I’m Desperate video.

 

 

Tim Ferrin Director & Producer of Ella Jenkins: We’ll Sing a Song Together

Ella Jenkins is the first lady of children’s music and she turned 90 last week.  This week we learn about efforts underway to make a documentary about her incredible life.

 

 

 

OTL #409 local music provided by Tea Tsunami

 

OTL: Episode #408- Are Chicago beaches clean?, STORY comes to Chicago, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “smile, you’re on the red light camera” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen discusses the pollution level of Chicago beaches, previews the STORY festival, and talks to a rep from Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras about that group’s work.

 

Josh Mogerman– Deputy Director of National Media for the Natural Resources Defense Council

The NRDC makes it easy for us to see the pollution level of Chicago beaches through their website.  We find out how it works.

 

 

 

Katie Strandlund– Director of Operations for STORY

On October 2-3, the STORY conference takes place in Chicago.  It’s an event where all creative types get together to network and learn from one another.  We get a preview.

 

 

Don Bransford Committee member of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras

Are the red light cameras making us safer?  Not everyone thinks so.  We learn about the actions this organization is taking to get the cameras taken down.

A recent red light camera protest.

 

OTL #408 local music provided by Noah Harris

 

OTL: Episode #407- Romancing The Slinger, Crowdsourcing every meal in August, Chicago Ave. Moon app

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “feed me” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen has an in-depth discussion about the Diner Grill’s Slinger, talks to someone who is crowdsourcing every one of his meals for a month, and learns about the Chicago Ave. Moon app.

 

John PaciniFormer Chicagoan and someone who conquered The Diner Grill’s “Slinger”

You haven’t lived until you’ve attempted The Slinger at The Diner Grill (1635 W. Irving Park Rd).  We discuss this intense food challenge and why it’s so delicious.

 

The Slinger at The Diner Grill.  Photo courtesy of electricalaudio.com.

 

 

Kurt VanderahResident of NW Indiana who is crowdsourcing his meals for August

Kurt hasn’t been eating well for a few decades.  He decided enough is enough and he’s turning to us to help him eat healthier in August.

 

 

Joshua Dumas Composer and creator of the Chicago Avenue Moon app

We learn about this new app that responds to your speed, location, and the phase of the moon in order to produce a constantly changing and unique music composition.

 

 

OTL #407 local music provided by Tangleweed

 

OTL: Episode #406- Red light camera madness, Chicago Singles Club, 46th ward aldermanic candidate Denice Davis

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “singles club” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen discusses the inconsistencies of the red light cameras, learns about Chicago Singles Club’s musical quest, and talks issues with aldermanic candidate Denice Davis.

 

The Parking Ticket GeekBlogger at The Expired Meter

The Geek talks to us about the erratic local red light camera behavior that was recently exposed by the Chicago Tribune.

 


 

Kevin Claxton– Managing Director of the Chicago Singles Club

We learn about this local record label that produces a video, new song and a photo shoot for local musicians every month.

 

 

Denice Davis Candidate for alderman in the 46th Ward

From affordable housing to crime in the ward, we hear Denice Davis’ vision of Uptown.

 

 

OTL #406 local music provided by Any Kind

 

OTL: Episode #405- The OTL House Party Tour- Ald. Joe Moreno, Heather Cherone of DNA Info Chicago, Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia, 120 Sports Host Dylan McGorty

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(podcasting from Mike Stephen’s garage in Chicago’s East Village Neighborhood)

(broadcasting on the “House Party” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen takes the show on the road…to his garage.  It’s the first stop on the OTL House Party Tour where we broadcast from homes across Chicago!

 

Proco “Joe” MorenoAlderman, 1st Ward of the City of Chicago

We hear from the Ald. Moreno on his views on Chicago crime, working with the Mayor, and being accessible to constituents.

 


 

Heather Cherone– Reporter & Producer for DNA Info Chicago

DNA Info Chicago is bringing back beat reporting.  We get the scoop on what it means to be a good beat reporter in Chicago and how DNA Info is working to bring back quality neighborhood reporting.


 

Dr. Amara Enyia Candidate for Mayor of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel has oat least one challenger in the February elections.  We meet her and find out why she’s running.

 

Dylan McGorty Host at 120 Sports

This new “Netflix-stlye” sports site gives you up-to-the-minute sports information about your favorite teams and it’s headquartered right here in Chicago.

 

 

 

OTL #405 local music provided by Bob Kessler

 

OTL: Episode #404- Chicago Indie Bookstore Day, Searching for Nate Silver, Chicago Publishers Resource Center

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “Indie” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen previews Chicago Indie Bookstore Day this weekend, wants to chat about local burritos with pundit Nate Silver, and visits the Chicago Publishers Resource Center.

 

Kevin ElliotManager of Open Books

This Saturday is the first Chicago Independent Bookstore Day.  We get the lowdown on the day’s events and how indie bookstores are neighborhood institutions.

 


 

Searching for Nate Silver– He’s a pundit who loves Mexican food

In 2007 on OTL #59, Mike Stephen interviewed Nate Silver about the now-defunct Chicago Burrito Bracket.  Nate is at it again, but this time he’s going national.  Mike tries to get him to come back on the show.


 

John Wawrzaszek– Director of the Chicago Publishers Resource Center

We go inside this multi-use space at 858 N. Ashland that provides a community for creative work.

 

 

OTL #404 local music provided by Smoker

 

OTL: Episode #403- Transit efficiency maps, Encyclopizzeria, The Comedy Exposition 2014

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(podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago)

(broadcasting on the “encyclopizzeria” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen discusses new local transit efficiency maps, eats pizza with the co-founder of Encyclopizzeria, and previews The Comedy Exposition 2014 Festival.

 

Sep KamvarProfessor at the MIT Media Lab

The folks at the MIT Media Lab have created some very interesting maps of Chicago transit efficiency.  We get the details.

 

The recent transit efficiency map of Chicago.


 

Erin Nederbo– Co-founder of Encyclopizzeria

Eating pizza should not be a solitary event!  We get the details on this site that creates a local pizza-crazy community.


 

Katie McVay– Local stand-up comic and founder of The Comedy Exposition 2014

We get a preview of this independent DIY comedy festival happening in Lakeview, Wicker Park, and Logan Square from July 11-13.

 

 

OTL #403 local music provided by Meatwave

 

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