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OTL: Episode #392- A new way to pay your parking meter, The chef behind local pet-eating supper clubs

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

(broadcasting on the “don’t eat your pet” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen talks to the Parking Ticket Geek about a new way to pay your parking meter and finally gets to the heart of the controversial issue of serving house pets at local underground supper clubs.

 

The Parking Ticket Geek Blogger at The Expired Meter

There’s a new way to pay your parking meters in Chicago using your phone.  The Geek gives us the info.

 

A new way to pay your meter.

 

Chef Antonio ReynoldsExecutive chef at Trubadeaux restaurant in Edgewater

In this exclusive interview we hear from the local chef behind the movement of serving pets at underground supper clubs.

Chef Reynolds and his brother Lyle.

 

 

OTL #392 local music provided by City Street Jams

 

OTL: Episode #391- Transit Future, Chicago Literary Map, Serving pets for dinner: Part 2

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

(broadcasting on the “future of transit” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen learns about a proposed revamped local transit system, chats with the creator of the Chicago Literary Map, and follows up on “extreme” underground dinners with the co-owner of Trubadeaux restaurant.

 

Jacky Grimshaw– Director of the Transit Future project and Vice President for Policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology

We learn about Transit Future’s plan for a revamped Chicagoland transit system.

 

Transit Future’s proposed system layout.

 

Stephanie PlennerCreator of the Chicago Literary Map

This unique map combines user-submitted writings about different areas of the city.

 

Lyle Reynolds– Co-Owner and General Manager of Trubadeaux restaurant in Edgewater

Following up on a conversation about serving house pets at underground dinners (OTL #389), we hear from one of the proponents of this culinary approach.

Lyle Reynolds of Trubadeaux.

 

OTL #391 local music provided by Cassettes on Tape

 

OTL: Episode #390- Car Pal app, Chicago Design Museum, Random Acts of Radio

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

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

Mike Stephen learns about the new Car Pal app, chats with the co-founder of the Chicago Design Museum, and celebrates another long-running radio show on WLUW.

 

Varun Goel– Co-creator of the Car Pal app

We’re back in street-sweeping season in Chicago.  This handy app lets you know if you’re parking in a restricted area and much more.  We get the lowdown.

 

Tanner WoodfordCo-founder and Chairman of the Chicago Design Museum

This unique museum seeks to unite, inform, and inspire.  Check out their Kickstarter page as they raise funds for a permanent home in the city.

 

Cooper St. James– Host of Random Acts of Radio every 1st Sunday of the month on WLUW

We learn about this audio documentary show that celebrates seven years on the radio this week.

 

OTL #390 local music provided by The Orwells

 

OTL #Episode #389- Extreme underground dinners, Chicago Improv Fest preview, Chicago Taco Tour

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

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

Mike Stephen investigates “extreme” underground supper clubs, previews the Chicago Improv Fest, and talks tacos with the creator of the Chicago Taco Tour website.

 

“Brant”– Patron at an “extreme” underground dinner

“Tim”– A local sous chef, formally at Trubadeaux

What the heck are they serving at pop-up underground dinners these days?  We hear from two guys who were a part of a crazy local dining experience recently.

What kind of meat is that?

 

Kevin MullaneyArtistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival

The 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes place March 31-April 6.  We get a preview.

 

Titus Ruscitti– Blogger at Chicago Taco Tour

Titus gives us the lowdown on his site that chronicles his local taco-eating experiences.  Check out his other site too: Smokin’, Chokin’, and Chowing with the King.

 

OTL #389 local music provided by NE-HI

 

OTL: Episode #388- First Tuesday Roundtable, Team Englewood’s poem, The other side of “Chicagoland”

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

(broadcasting on the “poetry is powerful” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen talks to Mick Dumke about his new show at The Hideout, chats with the poetry coach at Team Englewood about his team’s local popularity recently, and analyzes CNN’s “Chicagoland” with the Chicago Justice Project.

 

Mick Dumke– Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader

We all know Mick is a great reporter, but now he gets his chance to co-host a political roundtable called First Tuesdays at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) every first Tuesday of the month starting April 1st.


 

Dave StieberHistory teacher and poetry coach at Team Englewood Community Academy

Last week we heard students from Englewood perform a group poem that talks directly to the mayor about their neighborhood vs. the other Chicago.  This week we hear from the students’ poetry coach.

Students from Englewood performing at Metro

 

Tracy Siska– Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project

CNN is airing it’s series called Chicagoland.  The CJP has taken issue with some of the information (or lack thereof) has been presented.  We get the details.

 

OTL #388 local music provided by Cousin Dud

 

OTL: Episode #387- Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam, Mayor Emanuel needs to hear from the kids, Story Club Chicago

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

(broadcasting on the “Louder Than a Bomb” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago)

Mike Stephen visits the Louder Than a Bomb 2014 Semi-Finals at The Metro, airs a pointed critique of Mayor Emanuel from high school students, and learns about Story Club Chicago.

 

Louder Than a Bomb– An amazing teen poetry slam

We go inside the LTAB poetry slam semi-finals that took place last weekend and hear the voices of the incredible youth that made it happen.


 

A message for Mayor Emanuel From some high school students in Englewood

Students from Englewood perform a group poem that talks directly to the mayor about their neighborhood vs. the other Chicago.

Students from Englewood performing at Metro

 

Dana Norris– Founder of Story Club

Story Club is a nonfiction storytelling show that aims to mix the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater.  Also, check out the new Story Club Magazine.

 

OTL #387 local music provided by Organ Wolf

 

OTL: Episode #386- Backbones’ great work, Double Feature returns, LoganSquarist socializes the neighborhood

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

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

Mike Stephen talks to the co-founder of a local organization that helps spinal cord injury victims, previews the return of Double Feature, and talks Logan Square with the founder of LoganSquarist.com.

 

Reveca Torres– Co-founder of Backbones

Backbones is an organization based in Chicagoland that provides support for people with spinal cord injury and their families.  We get the details.


 

Melody Kamali Co-founder of Double Feature

This monthly show combines stand-up comedy and a short film fest.  After a three-month hiatus, Double Feature is back at Subterranean (2011 W. North Ave.) on March 26th.

 

 

Kate Hamilton– Founder and Publisher of LoganSquarist

This hyper-local website that covers Logan Square just celebrated its three year anniversary.  We find out how this site works to “socialize the neighborhood.”

 

OTL #386 local music provided by Absolutely Not

 

OTL Radio #385- Community Glue Workshop, Read/Write Library’s quest for a new BiblioTreka, Makers Day in Edgewater

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

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

Mike Stephen visits the future home of the Community Glue Workshop in Edgewater, learns about Read/Write Library’s quest for a new BiblioTreka, and previews the Makers Day event at the Blue Buddha Boutique.

 

Ally Brisbin and Carla Bruni– Co-founders of the Community Glue Workshop

Inspired by the “repair cafe” movement in Amsterdam, the Community Glue Workshop offers opportunities for you to have your weathered or broken belongings rehabilitated by their neighbors at no cost.  We pay them a visit.


 

Nell Taylor Executive Director of the Read/Write Library

The Read/Write Library is a new model for open, location-specific archiving of independent and small press media.  They are raising money for a new BiblioTreka popup library bicycle.  You can donate to their quest here.

The old BiblioTreka.

 

Rebeca Mojica– Owner of the Blue Buddha Boutique at 1127 W. Granville in Edgewater

We learn about an event coming up on March 8th called Makers Day: Watch. Make. Take! There will also be the opportunity to attend craft sessions and bring along a project to work on with a community of makers.

 

OTL #385 local music provided by The Sweeps

 

OTL: Episode #384- Proposed ride-sharing ordinance, The weather’s parking impact, Homemade Stories podcast

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

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

Mike Stephen learns about the proposed ride-sharing ordinance, examines how the recent weather can get you a parking ticket, and talks to the host of the Homemade Stories podcast.

 

Jacob Huebert– Senior attorney at The Liberty Justice Center

Do you use ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft?  Jacob authored a recent blog post about the 7 worst things in Chicago’s proposed ride-sharing ordinance.  He joins us to discuss what he wrote.


 

The Parking Ticket Geek Blogger at The Expired Meter

The crazy amount of snow we’ve been getting recently can lead to surprise parking tickets.  The Geek joins us to explain.

Photo courtesy of The Expired Meter

 

Shannon Cason– Local writer, storyteller, and host of the Homemade Stories podcast

We learn what makes a storyteller tick and find out about the Kickstarter page for Shannon’s locally-produced podcast.

Shannon Cason

 

OTL #384 local music provided by  The Viaducts

 

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