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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, "OTL" now airs on Chicago's Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area. The show covers topics stories that don't always get mainstream media attention... and it's all presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant. Show co-founder Andy Hermann has returned to produce Phase III of OTL Radio. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, "OTL" now airs on Chicago's Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area. The show covers topics stories that don't always get mainstream media attention... and it's all presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant. Show co-founder Andy Hermann has returned to produce Phase III of OTL Radio. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, "OTL" now airs on Chicago's Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area. The show covers topics stories that don't always get mainstream media attention... and it's all presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant. Show co-founder Andy Hermann has returned to produce Phase III of OTL Radio. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

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English

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Outside the Loop WGN Radio 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611


Episodes

OTL #716: Protecting voting rights, Fireworks on the rise, The Secret History of Holle Thee Maxwell

7/4/2020
Mike Stephen learns about the effort to protect voting rights in IL with Ami Gandhi of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, discusses the increase in fireworks in Chicagoland with Bob Chiarito of Block Club Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of blues diva Holle Thee Maxwell. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin talk about the importance of getting away from it all during this summer. The local phase four music this week comes from Jen Lem.

Duration:00:48:54

OTL #715: The return of the 157 Ogden bus, Black businesses owners turn to the community for support, The outlook on local police reform

6/27/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of the return of the 157 bus to the North Lawndale Community with Rochelle Jackson of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, learns how Black business owners on the West Side are looking to the community for support instead of elected leaders with Vee Harrison of The Triibe, and explores the possibility of meaningful police reform in Chicago with Tracy Siska of the Chicago Justice Project. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer...

Duration:00:48:07

OTL #714: Celebrating Pride in 2020, Chicago breweries are back, The Secret History of Chase

6/20/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the Pride Month celebrations this year and the significance of the recent LGBTQ civil rights Supreme Court decision with Tracy Baim, learns about the comeback of Chicago breweries and bars with Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel, and discovers the Secret History of 70s horn-rockers Chase. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin remind all of us to keep wearing masks during the pandemic and reflect on the recent street closure initiative in Chicago....

Duration:00:51:54

OTL #713: Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks, Recycling during a pandemic, Are TIF’s robbing minority communities?

6/13/2020
Mike Stephen learns about the money spent to incarcerate residents in certain neighborhoods with Dan Cooper, co-author of the book The War on Neighborhoods: Policing, Prison, and Punishment in a Divided City, discusses how the pandemic impacts recycling with Michelle Thoma, president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and examines the impact of TIF districts on minority communities in Chicago with Tom Tresser, co-founder of CivicLab. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer...

Duration:00:51:51

OTL #712: Addressing systemic racism, The Secret History of Michael Salvatori

6/6/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the need to address systemic racism in our society with Sharlyn Grace, executive director of the Chicago Community Bond Fund, and Aislinn Pulley, co-executive director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center and founder of the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter. After that we learn the Secret History of successful video game composer Michael Salvatori. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin explore ways to work towards racial equity in our...

Duration:00:46:10

OTL #711: Culinary Historians of Chicago, The Lantern Haus balloons up, Sustainability during a pandemic

5/30/2020
Mike Stephen learns about the Culinary Historians of Chicago, gets an update on how The Lantern Haus in Forest Park is surviving the pandemic, and discusses sustainable living during this unique time in our history with the executive director of Plant Chicago. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin decide that local political candidates can't put ketchup on their hot dogs. The local quarantine music this week comes from Jonas Weir.

Duration:00:51:49

OTL #710: The Tamale Guy in jeopardy, Chicago Drawbridges, The Secret History of Thom Bishop

5/23/2020
Mike Stephen learns how Chicago’s beloved Tamale Guy is in jeopardy with Ashok Selvam of Eater Chicago, chats about a documentary that showcases Chicago’s drawbridges with local author Patrick McBriarty, and discovers the Secret History of local singer-songwriter Thom Bishop. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin emphasize the need for salsa verde with tamales. The local quarantine music this week comes from Ocas.

Duration:00:47:17

OTL #709: Who is left behind during the pandemic?, COVID-19’s impact on IL environmental policy

5/16/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the racial disparity of COVID-19 with Duaa Eldeib of ProPublica Illinois, learns about the impact of the pandemic on the state’s environmental policy with Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, and chats about the pandemic’s effects on small business and self-employed workers with Dan Cooper of the Metropolitan Planning Council. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Producer Collin gives us his review of Alinea's take out experience. The local quarantine music...

Duration:00:51:00

OTL #708: CTA Fails, COVID-19’s local food scene impact, The Secret History of The Jokers

5/9/2020
Mike Stephen learns about the CTA Fails multimedia empire, discusses the pandemic’s impact on the local food scene with Mike Gebert, editor of Fooditor, and explores the Secret History of local 60s garage-rockers The Jokers. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and wonder what the local restaurant scene will look like in the future. The local quarantine music this week comes from the Chicago Underground Quartet.

Duration:00:48:30

OTL #707: Virtual improv, COVID-19’s impact on the homeless, The local real estate outlook during a pandemic

5/2/2020
Mike Stephen learns how improviser Jay Sukow is helping us to laugh through online improv, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the local homeless population, and gets insight into how real estate is handling the pandemic with writer AJ LaTrace. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin discuss "Zoom Fatigue." The local quarantine music this week comes from The Waco Brothers.

Duration:00:55:32

OTL #706: COVID-19’s state economic impact, Hunger during a pandemic, The Secret History of the Ashby Ostermann Alliance

4/25/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Illinois’ finances, learns about the work of Beyond Hunger during the pandemic, and discovers the Secret History of the jazz fusion group The Ashby Ostermann Alliance. In the OTL Wrap Party segment Mike and Producer Collin try to remain positive during the pandemic and, in an OTL first, make a Demolition Man reference. The local quarantine music this week comes from The DeFunked.

Duration:00:49:18

OTL #705: Polluting Little Village during a pandemic, Reggie’s struggles to make it, Burning Bush Brewery now open

4/18/2020
Mike Stephen chats about the resulting pollution from the demolition of a smokestack in Little Village with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, discusses the struggles of Reggie's, a venerable music venue in the South Loop during this time, and learns about what it's like opening a brewery during a pandemic. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike welcomes an old friend back to the show: Producer Emeritus Andy "The Count" Hermann! The local quarantine music this week comes...

Duration:00:49:57

OTL #704: Musicians coping with shelter in place, Tone Deaf Records Delivers, The Secret History of The Apocryphals

4/11/2020
Mike Stephen discusses how local musicians are coping without the ability to play gigs with Mike Jeffers, host of Chicago Music Revealed, learns about Tone Deaf Records, a Portage Park record store that now delivers albums, and discovers the Secret History of 60s pop-rockers The Apocryphals. Plus, we debut a new song about COVID-19 from The Black Oil Brothers and in the OTL Wrap Party segment Mike and Producer Collin express hope that local venues will rise again. The local quarantine music...

Duration:00:47:43

OTL #703: The impact of COVID-19 in prisons, Local breweries surviving the pandemic, Effects of a pandemic on transportation

4/4/2020
Mike Stephen discusses how COVID-19 impacts prisons with the executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, learns how local breweries are navigating the pandemic with Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune, and chats about the impact of a pandemic on our local transportation with John Greenfield, editor of Streetsblog Chicago. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin discuss the choice of whether or not to use grocery delivery services during this time. The...

Duration:00:48:33

OTL #702: COVID-19’s educational impact, Is tech up to working from home?, The Secret History of Lurrie Bell

3/28/2020
Mike Stephen talks about the impact of the recent pandemic on educational practices with the hosts of the Teachwell Teachers podcast, discusses whether our tech infrastructure is ready for our work from home scenarios with the co-owner of TMC Squared, and learns the Secret History of local blues guitarist Lurrie Bell. The local music this week comes from The Kynd.

Duration:00:49:03

OTL #701: Impact of pandemic on taverns, Halting evictions, WHIW-LP helps Harvard

3/21/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local bars and taverns, chats with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization about the recent halting of evictions in Cook County in the wake of the pandemic, and learns how community radio helps towns during times of uncertainty with WHIW-LP in Harvard, IL. The local music this week comes from Matt Piet.

Duration:00:37:03

OTL #700: The Lantern Haus, Vanished Chicagoland, The Secret History of Big Maceo Merriweather

3/14/2020
Mike Stephen closes out the Winter Tavern Tour at The Lantern Haus in Forest Park, learns about an online throwback to Chicago of yesteryear called Vanished Chicagoland, and discovers the Secret History of blues pianist Big Maceo Merriweather. This week the local music comes from The Babin Brothers.

Duration:00:48:28

OTL #699: The Green Lady, Loosening wine restrictions, Justice accountability

3/7/2020
Mike Stephen chugs along on the Winter Tavern Tour and drops by The Green Lady in West Lakeview to learn its history, discusses the possibility of Illinois loosening restrictions on wine sales, and explores efforts for more transparency when it comes to police accountability. All this plus Attic Salt brings us the local tunes!

Duration:00:43:26

OTL #698: Talking tavern culture at Rose’s, IL Equitable Restrooms Act, The Secret History of Frank “Little Sonny” Scott Jr.

2/29/2020
Mike Stephen stops by Rose’s bar in Lincoln Park while on the Winter Tavern Tour, discusses the importance of the Equitable Restrooms Act, and learns the Secret History of Frank “Little Sonny” Scott Jr. This week the local music comes from Bloom.

Duration:00:45:34

OTL #697: Inside the Nisei Lounge, IL’s pathway to clean energy, The fiscal future of the state

2/22/2020
Mike Stephen keeps the Winter Tavern Tour going and visits the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville, learns about Illinois’ pathway to renewable energy, and discusses the state’s finances in the wake of the state budget address this week. The Golden Horse Ranch Band brings us the local tunes!

Duration:00:36:34