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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

 

OTL: Episode #402- Homicide in Rogers Park, Chicago’s light pollution, Art Meets Science at the Theater

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

(broadcasting on the “art meets science” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen learns about the rising homicide rate in Rogers Park, discusses a plan to light up Chicago at night, and previews the upcoming Art Meets Science at the Theater Festival at the Chicago Dramatists.

 

Tracy SwartzReporter for RedEye

Tracy gives us the lowdown on her story on the rise in the number of homicides in Rogers Park.

 

 

Audrey Fischer– President of the Chicago Astronomical Society

Recently Mayor Emanuel put out a request for proposals to turn Chicago into a “city of lights” in the evening.  Not everyone is happy about this.  We get the details.

A rendering of what Chicago could look like at night.


Barbara Wells– Local playwright and founder of The Art Meets Science at the Theater Festival

Sci-Fi, horror, and fantasy are all genres that you’d probably expect to read in a book or see in a movie.  Over the years these types of work have been largely absent from theater…until now.  We learn about the festival that brings the genres together on July 11-13 at the Chicago Dramatists.

 

 

OTL #402 local music provided by I Love You

 

OTL: Episode #401- Parking Ticket Geek Update, Waiting all night for Star Wars, Local photography with Out of Chicago

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

(broadcasting on the “take my picture” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen gets an update on potholes and red light cameras from The Parking Ticket Geek, plays audio from waiting in line overnight to see Star Wars Episode II in 2002, and learns about an upcoming local photography convention.

 

The Parking Ticket GeekBlogger at The Expired Meter

The Geek gives us an update on Chicago pothole repair, the new Park Chicago app, and red light cameras.

 

 

Waiting for Star Wars– Dipping into the Mike Stephen audio vault

On May 16, 2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was released.  OTL host Mike Stephen and two friends waited outside the McClurg Court Theater downtown all night to be first in line for the 8:30am showing.  Mike brought a microphone with him.  We hear the highlights.

Mike waited 8 hours outside the theater to see this movie.


Chris Smith– Local photographer and creator of Out of Chicago

Photography is lots of fun.  If you’re into local photography, check out the Out of Chicago site and attend the local photography conference at the end of June!

 

 

OTL #401 local music provided by Ryan Joseph Anderson

 

OTL: Episode #400- Mick Dumke on Chicago crime, Mike Loves Tacos series, Lake Claremont Press celebrates 20 years

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

(broadcasting on the “when 400 shows you reach, look as good you will not!” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen talks about Chicago’s crime rate with The Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke, gives us the deets on his new video project: Mike Loves Tacos, and talks to the publisher of Lake Claremont Press about local lit.

 

Mick Dumke– Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader

Mick discusses his latest columns dealing with the high crime numbers in Chicago.  He also shares his love of OTL with us over a beer.

 

Friend of OTL and journalist Mick Dumke

 

Mike Loves Tacos– A video journey to Chicago’s taquerias

It’s no secret that OTL host Mike Stephen loves tacos.  In fact he loves tacos so much, he’s taking us on a taco-eating experience across Chicago in a new video series called Mike Loves Tacos.  Former OTL producer Andy Hermann interviews Mike about this delicious project.

Mike Loves Tacos


Sharon Woodhouse– Publisher of Lake Claremont Press

Celebrating 20 years telling wonderful Chicago stories, Lake Claremont Press marches on.  We catch up with Sharon at this year’s Printer’s Row Lit Fest.

The Lake Claremont Press tent at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest

 

 

OTL #400 local music provided by Jolly Korea

 

OTL: Episode #399- Shedding light on street fests, No more missed packages, An ex-cabbie’s view on ride sharing

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

(broadcasting on the “have a drink in the street” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen learns about the quest of local neighborhood groups to monitor the finances of street fests, gets the lowdown on DropSpot, and talks to an ex-cabbie about his view of ride sharing services in Chicago.

 

Steve Jensen– President of the Bucktown Community Organization

The BCO along with a few other neighborhood groups recently put in a request to see how street fests make their money and where our donations to these festivals go.  He gives us the details.

 

 

 

Andy Meyer, Tyler Veit, and Adam Bryan– Co-creators of DropSpot

These Northwestern grad students are solving the problem of what to do with oversized packages getting delivered to our homes.  E-mail them at DropSpotChicago@gmail.com with your suggestions and feedback.

This won’t fit in your mailbox!


Dmitry SamarovFormer Chicago cabbie, author, and artist

Dmitry weighed in recently on the debate over ride sharing in Chicago.  He shares his thoughts and previews his upcoming book.

Dmitry Samarov in his cab driving days.

 

 

OTL #399 local music provided by The Thons

 

OTL: Episode #398- Is there sewage in the Chicago River?, Rehab aid intended for blighted areas languishes

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

(broadcasting on the “what’s floating in the water” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen talks to one of the creators of a website that tells us if there is raw sewage in the Chicago River, and discusses federal rehab aid not going going to intended areas in the city.

 

Scott Beslow– Co-creator of Is There Sewage in the Chicago River?

If you ever wanted to know the answer to the above question, check out the site!  We hear why it was created and how Chicago deals with excess rainwater.

 

Mike Stephen ignoring the sewage in the Chicago River.

 

 

Angela Caputo– Staff Reporter at The Chicago Reporter

Recently, Angela wrote a story about how federal money intended to rehab vacant buildings in blighted areas of Chicago never made it to those areas.  She gives us the details.

 

 

 

OTL #398 local music provided by Winkler Mill

 

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