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OTL #436: Little-discussed issues in the mayor’s race, Chicago Noise Complaint app, The Secret History of Chicago Music: Washboard Sam

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(broadcasting on the “washboard abs” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen discusses little-discussed issues in this year’s mayoral race, learns about the Chicago Noise Complaint app, and gets the story of Chicago Bluesman Washboard Sam.

 

Mick Dumke–  Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader

Mick discusses what the candidates for mayor aren’t talking about this election year.

 

 Mick Dumke and Mike Stephen talk Chicago politics

 

 

Darrin Thomas– Creator of the Chicago Noise Complaint website

After getting fed up with the noise pollution from O’Hare Airport, Darrin created this app to create a log of noise complaints that will be given to the city.

 

 

The Secret History of Chicago Music–

Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Washboard Sam in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.

 

 

OTL #436 local music provided by Love In the Dark

OTL: Episode #435- Exonerated after 21 years in prison, Busy Beaver Button Museum in Logan Square

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(broadcasting on the “busy beaver” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen visits the Busy Beaver Button Museum in Logan Square and then talks to Tyrone Hood, someone who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent the last 21 years in prison.

 

Christen Carter– Owner of the Busy Beaver Button Co. and co-curator of the Busy Beaver Button Museum

The world’s only museum dedicated to buttons calls Logan Square its home.  We go inside this small business and button museum that is celebrating its 20th year.

 Joel and Christen Carter

 

Tyrone Hood– Recently released from 21 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit

Karl Leonard– Attorney at Winston & Strawn and former student at The Exoneration Project

We hear how Tyrone never gave up hope that he would be released from prison and that his name would be cleared.

 OTL Host Mike Stephen, Tyrone Hood, and Karl Leonard in the WGN Radio Green Room

 

OTL Flashback-

We hear a special Valentine’s Day clip from OTL #21 where Mike and Andy talk about true love with their better halves.

 Mike and Andy in 2006.

 

OTL #435 local music provided by The Lawrence Peters Outfit

OTL: Episode #434- Chicago unions supporting Rahm, Strange CTA Red Line ads, The Secret History of Chicago Music profiles Fenton Robinson

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(broadcasting on the “squirrel-truth” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen examines the relationship between Mayor Emanuel and Chicago unions, learns about a very different kind of ad on the Red Line, and gets the story of one of the greatest lesser-known Chicago Blues guitarists: Fenton Robinson.

 

David Moberg– Senior editor at In These Times

Rahm Emanuel isn’t known for being pro-union, so why are some Chicago unions backing him for re-election?  David wrote an article recently addressing this question and he joins us to talk about it.

 

 

Ben Larrison Chicago comedian

Local comedian Ben Larrison recently bought ad space on the CTA Red Line cars.  These ads are “different.”  We learn why Ben wants our daily commute to be a little more fun.

 Ben Larrison underneath the Belmont Red Line stop

 

The Secret History of Chicago Music–

Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Fenton Robinson in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.

 

OTL #434 local music provided by Dream Version

OTL: Episode #433- Chic-a-Go-Go’s 1,000th episode, Illinois’ new eavesdropping law, Aldertrack’s latest local election preview

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(broadcasting on the “Chic-a-go-go” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen talks to the host of Chic-a-Go-Go on Chicago’s CAN-TV, discusses the new state eavesdropping law, and gets the latest info on various aldermanic races across the city.

 

Mia Park – Host, Chic-a-Go-Go on Chicago’s CAN-TV

This local public access TV show just taped its 1,000th episode.  We talk to Mia about the success of the show, why it’s gained a following, and how it has become a part of Chicago culture.

 

 

Nancy Bechtol Local filmmaker

Nancy’s documentary, Free Speech &the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist,  tells the story of one man’s successful journey to overturn IL’s eavesdropping law.  We learn about this film and discuss the brand new eavesdropping law that just went into effect in our state.

 

 

Mike Fourcher– Co-creator of Aldertrack.com

All 50 of Chicago’s aldermen are up for re-election on February 24th.  We get an update on how some of these races are shaping up.

 

 

 

 

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