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OTL: Episode 426- Reuse everything at The WasteShed, Tripnary travel app, The best Chicago coffee map

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(broadcasting on the “coffee is for closers” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen visits The WasteShed in Humboldt Park and learns about reusing every day items, gets the lowdown on a new personalized travel app designed in Chicago, and discusses the most comprehensive Chicago coffee map.

 

Eleanor Ray– Director of The WasteShed

Tucked away in Humboldt Park, The WasteShed is a place where you can find every day items for reuse.  We go inside this unique shop.

The WasteShed at 914 N. California in Chicago

 

Varun Goel and Abhishek Ghuwalewala– Creators of the Tripnary app

This iPhone app, developed in Chicago, creates a personalized world-wide travel bucket list for you.  We get the lowdown. 

 The Tripnary app

 

Tanveer Ali–  Data reporter for DNA Info Chicago

We learn about the most comprehensive online Chicago coffee map and why it was created.  This map is a useful resource for all Chicagoans…as is the most comprehensive Chicago late-night bar map!

 The most comprehensive online Chicago coffee map

 

OTL #426 local music provided by Exit Ghost

OTL: Episode #425- Inside the Christkindlmarket, Old-school tunes with Schola Antiqua, Mick Dumke on Chicago politics

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(broadcasting on the “old-skool” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen gets the lowdown about Chicago’s Christkindlmarket, talks to the artistic director of a local ensemble specializing in pre-1600 music, and discusses local politics with the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke.

 

Inside Chicago’s Christkindlmarket

WGN Radio’s Dave Schwan takes us inside this Chicago Holiday tradition.

Chicago’s Christkindlmarket

 

Michael Alan Anderson– Artistic Director of Schola Antiqua of Chicago

This Chicago-based ensemble is dedicated to singing all the hits before the year 1600.  We learn about the origins of this unique group, listen to some of their work, and preview their upcoming concerts. 

 Schola Antiqua

 

Mick Dumke–  Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader

We learn about the “First Tuesdays” event, hosted by Mick and his colleague Ben Joravsky, and talk about the latest Chicago political stories Mick is covering.

 Mick Dumke (L) begins the Airing of Grievances before his annual Festivus breakfast with Mike Stephen (R) and producer Andy Hermann (not pictured).

 

OTL #425 local music provided by The Kickback

OTL: Episode #424- Growing up in Englewood, Airport noise pollution, The Secret History of Chicago Music profiles MGW

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(broadcasting on the “I can’t hear you because of the low-flying airplanes” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen discusses growing up in Englewood with Elaine Hegwood Bowen, learns about the FAiR Coalition’s fight to reduce airport noise pollution, and gets the skinny on 70s South Side rockers MGW.

 

Elaine Hegwood Bowen– Local journalist and author of Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

These days when we hear about the Englewood, it’s usually negative press.  Elaine recounts her time growing up in there and describes the working class neighborhood it used to be.

Elaine’s latest book.

 

Jac Charlier– Co-founder of FAiR

Are you bothered by the noise pollution from O’Hare and Midway airports?  This coalition is working for an equitable distribution of airplane traffic in our area.  

 

The Secret History of Chicago Music

Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles the now-defunct band MGW in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on the band’s musical contribution to Chicago.

 

 

OTL #424 local music provided by Daniel Wade

OTL: Episode #423- Chicago Jazz Magazine, Aldertrack, Allegory Handcrafted Goods

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(broadcasting on the “Jazz hands” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen talks to the founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine, learns about a way to track the upcoming municipal election, and gets the lowdown on a locally-based company doing some incredible handcrafted artistry for our everyday lives.

 

Mike Jeffers– Founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine and ChicagoJazz.com

We discuss the future of Jazz in Chicago and hear the story of how Mike became one of the most important figures in the local Jazz scene.

 Mike Stephen and Mike Jeffers with a copy of Chicago Jazz Magazine.

 

Mike Fourcher and Jimm Dispensa– Creators of Aldertrack.com

All 50 Chicago alderman and the mayor are up for election in February.  We find out about a great one-stop-shop for all Chicago political information during this election season.

 

Chad SchumacherFounder of Allegory Handcrafted Goods

After Chad and his wife lost their day jobs during the recession, they began to produce quality handcrafted goods for use in our everyday lives.  We learn about the company and their new Kickstarter campaign underway now.

 Mike Stephen holds the Macana bag while talking to Chad Schumacher in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.

 

OTL #423 local music provided by The Safes

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