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OTL: Episode #419- Chicago storyteller Jack Zimmerman, Local Star Trek hardcore music, Mike Loves Tacos

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(broadcasting on the “Chicago stories” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen talks tacos, visits with acclaimed local storyteller and author Jack Zimmerman, and debuts a new hardcore metal song about Star Trek: The Next Generation.

 

Jack Zimmerman Chicago author and storyteller

One of the most unique storytellers in Chicago drops by the studio to chat about his life, his work, and his new book: Cooked.

Jack Zimmerman and Mike Stephen in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio 

 

Collin Seaman & T.J. Martin– Band members of TNG

Take Star Trek: The Next Generation and add hardcore metal.  The result is TNG.  We go on-location to Backhouse Productions in Glendale Heights, IL and get a behind the scenes look at the latest song: “Up the Long Ladder.”  Check out the behind-the-scenes making of the song HERE.

 TJ Martin, Mike Stephen, and Collin Seaman lay down sweet vocals on TNG’s “Up the Long Ladder.”

 

Mike Loves Tacos– He really does.

The latest edition of this Chicago-centric taco series is online HERE.  Mike wakes up his guest John Berka to reflect on his time eating tacos on camera at El Asadero in Lincoln Square (2213 W. Montrose).


John Berka and Mike Stephen eat tacos at El Asadero in Lincoln Square.

 

 

OTL #419 local music provided by The Artist Formerly Known As Vince

OTL: Episode #418- Chicago Loot Drop charity, Chicago Writers Conference preview, The Secret History of Chicago Music

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(broadcasting on the “write this down” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen learns about a local charity event that benefits kids at Comer Children’s Hospital, gets a preview of this year’s Chicago Writers Conference, and learns about an under-the-radar contributor to the Chicago Music Scene.

 

Mike Chuck– Chairman of The Chicago Loot Drop

This local charity brings together “gamers and nerds” to help the children at University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital.  We learn about the Shamblers’ Ball taking place on October 27th.



 

Mare Swallow– Founder of The Chicago Writers Conference

Patricia Ann McNairAuthor and Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing of Columbia College Chicago

We get a preview of the upcoming conference and discuss Chicagoland’s literary community.

 Mare Swallow and Patricia Ann McNair talking to Mike Stephen in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.

 

The Secret History of Chicago Music–

Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles Steve Eddington in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on Steve’s life, times, and musical contribution to Chicago.


The Secret History’s feature on Steve Eddington.

 

OTL #418 local music provided by Old Grand Dad

OTL: Episode #417- The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, Intersecting religion and science, Future Hits’ music educates Chicago youth

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(broadcasting on the “do you smell chocolate?” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen talks to the creator of the Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map, learns about a local group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and talks to the creator of Future Hits– a band that plays educational music for kids.

 

Ian Petchenik– Creator of The Daily Chicago Chocolate Smell Map

Have you ever smelled the scent of chocolate as you walk downtown or on the near north and west sides?  It’s the Blommer Chocolate Factory hard at work!  We learn how you can track that sweet smell on a map.


A visual representation of the Blommer Chocolate factory smell.

 

Dr. Rachel Hart Winter– Director of The St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican University

We learn about the Albertus Magnus Society, a group that explores the intersection of religion and science, and get the lowdown on this year’s speaker series: Sin and Pathology: Theology, Pathology, and the Roots of Violence.

 

Matt Baron and Ben Sutherland– Members of Future Hits

This local band performs educational songs for children.  Their 3rd annual Halloween show is happening on Saturday, October 18th at 1pm at Schubas.  We hear the story of the band and some live music in studio!


Matt and Ben of Future Hits perform live in the Allstate Showcase Studio.

 

 

 

OTL #417 local music provided by Future Hits

OTL: Episode #416- South Side teaching reflections, Local politics with Mick Dumke, Beardsgaard Barbers, Chicago Kickboxing Club

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(broadcasting on the “never-late-to-the-news” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen talks to a South Side teacher about why he does what he does, chats local politics with reporter Mick Dumke, drops by Beardsgaard Barbers in Batavia, and visits the Chicago Kickboxing Club in Lincoln Park.

 

Dave Stieber– History teacher at Chicago Vocational Career Academy

Dave reflects on his years of teaching on the South Side of Chicago.  You can also read his recent post on this topic here.


Dave Stieber and his son.

 

Mick Dumke– Senior writer at the Chicago Reader

Mick discusses how the Mayor’s low poll numbers might affect the aldermanic races and the lack of enthusiasm for the IL gubernatorial candidates.


Mick Dumke and Mike Stephen talk Chicago politics.

 

Tyler and Natalie Anderson– Co-owners of Beardsgaard Barbers

We drop by this new barber shop at 117 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia, IL to learn about this young couple’s dream shop come true.


Natalie Anderson gets ready to cut some hair at Beardsgaard.

 

Jim Glasgow– Owner of the Chicago Kickboxing Club

This Lincoln Park gym specializes in Muay Thai Kickboxing.  We find out what that is and get the story behind this increasingly-popular workout spot.


Jim Glasgow trains students at the Chicago Kickboxing Club

 

OTL #416 local music provided by Mooner

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