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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost-Above Ground Audio Magazine — a weekly radio program and podcast featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others who are doing some cool stuff around the Chicago area. The show covers topics that don't always get the proper attention in the mainstream media, and it's presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant.

Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost-Above Ground Audio Magazine — a weekly radio program and podcast featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others who are doing some cool stuff around the Chicago area. The show covers topics that don't always get the proper attention in the mainstream media, and it's presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant.
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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost-Above Ground Audio Magazine — a weekly radio program and podcast featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others who are doing some cool stuff around the Chicago area. The show covers topics that don't always get the proper attention in the mainstream media, and it's presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant.

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


Episodes

OTL #618: Expressway moratorium, Civic engagement with your neighbors, The Secret History of Kristin Lems

8/18/2018
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Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of enacting a moratorium on the expansion of expressways in Chicagoland with Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance, previews a community-building event called the CivicLab Harambee with Tom Tresser, and learns the Secret History of Evanston activist folk singer Kristin Lems.

Duration:00:42:42

OTL #617: Saucy Porka expands, Park District life hacks, The Tim Gleason Band plays live

8/11/2018
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Mike Stephen drops by the new Saucy Porka restaurant in Hyde Park and chats with owner and chef Amy Le about what it's like as a restaurant owner in the city, learns about some tips and tricks to navigating the Chicago Park District's signup process, and rocks out to live music from Tim Gleason and Kathleen Riordan in the studio.

Duration:00:38:08

OTL #616: Cycle of Injustice, First time run for alderman, The Secret History of Marvin Smith

8/4/2018
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Mike Stephen discusses the inequities of a Chicago Police bike ticketing policy with Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield, meets 33rd ward aldermanic candidate Katie Sieracki to learn more about what it really takes to enter the political thicket, and visits the lair of Plastic Crimewave (AKA Steve Krakow) to discover the Secret History of Marvin Smith. Local music this week powered by Stardusk Encounter.

Duration:00:40:19

OTL #615: Disparities in school funding and school discipline, A tribute to Val of Val’s Halla Records

7/28/2018
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Mike Stephen chews through the CPS funding data with Jessica Kursman of UIC's Voorhees Center, explores the impact of discipline policies in Illinois public schools with Kalin Belsha of the Chicago Reporter, and tips his hat to the late local music legend Val Camilletti of Val's Halla Records in Oak Park. The local music this week is powered by Rum Velvet.

Duration:00:39:29

OTL #614: Ald. Waguespack on Chicago leadership, IL Railway Museum, The Secret History of The Riptides

7/21/2018
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Mike Stephen talks with Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack about his views on the city's leadership, learns about the Illinois Railway Museum, and visits the lair of Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to discover the Secret History of 60s garage-rockers The Riptides. Local music this week courtesy of Sun Cop.

Duration:00:35:40

OTL #613: Aldermanic impact on affordable housing, Closed Loop Forum, Tacos y Tamales Fest

7/14/2018
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Mike Stephen talks about the role Chicago Alderman play in affordable housing development with Chicago Area Fair Housing Executive Director Patricia Fron, discusses the sustainable benefit of closed loop economies with Jonathan Pereira of Plant Chicago, and geeks out over tacos and the upcoming Tacos Y Tamales Fest with the fest co-producer Nick Pobutsky. Local music this week courtesy of local synth-pop GOSH!

Duration:00:39:42

OTL #612: Chicago Voyagers, The Secret History of Matt “Guitar” Murphy, WRWO-FM serves Ottawa, IL

7/7/2018
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Mike Stephen declares his love of Wisconsin and supper clubs, learns about having at-risk youth experience the outdoors through the Chicago Voyagers program, checks in with Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to discover the Secret History of Matt "Guitar" Murphy, and connects to the studios of WRWO-LP in Ottawa, IL to find out how that station serves the community. Local music this week courtesy of All the Wine.

Duration:00:37:22

OTL #611: Connecting Chicago communities, The Mattachine Podcast, Getting excited about local science

6/30/2018
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Mike Stephen chats with Jahmal Cole of My Block, My Hood, My City and Delores Lucas of We Keep You Rollin' about uniting Chicago communities, talks to Devlyn Camp, the creator and host of the Mattachine Podcast, about the history of gay culture, and discusses the relevance of science in today's political climate with the founder and executive director of the Illinois Science Council, Monica Metzler. Local music this week courtesy of Nora Jean Wallace.

Duration:00:38:36

OTL #610: Ogden’s vision for Chicago, The Battle of Lincoln Park, The Secret History of Mugicians

6/23/2018
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It's a historic day for Mike Stephen as he chats with Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago and North Western Historical Society about the ambitions of Chicago's first mayor, author Daniel Kay Hertz about his book The Battle of Lincoln Park, and pays a visit to Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to learn about the Secret History of prog-rockers Mugicians. Local music this week is powered by Aurora L'Orealis.

Duration:00:38:27

OTL #609: Police oversight reform, Woodworking in Portage Park, One Illinois aims to unite our stat

6/16/2018
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Mike Stephen discusses community oversight of the police with Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, visits an Irish immigrant who is a great craftsman and musician named Aidan O'Toole, and learns about a new media company called One Illinois and its mission to unite our state. The local music this week comes from the local Celtic band Anish.

Duration:00:40:53

OTL #608: The Parking Ticket Geek returns, 26th St. is a food destination, The Secret History of Iron Lung

6/9/2018
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Mike Stephen talks with transportation enthusiast The Parking Ticket Geek about the latest local parking and transportation stories, gets the delicious details of all the great food along 26th Street with Mike Gebert, editor of Fooditor.com, and hangs with Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to learn about the Secret History of Elgin's 70s Blues-rockers Iron Lung. The local music this week comes from V.V. Lightbody.

Duration:00:35:39

OTL #607: Ald. Ramirez-Rosa on proposed cop and fire academy, Voting rights in IL, Dina Bach performs live

6/2/2018
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Mike Stephen talks with 35th ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa about his opposition to the proposed Police Academy on Chicago's west side and the blow-back he's received from the city council, chats with Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights intern Alex Boutros about voting rights restrictions in Illinois, and local musician Dina Bach stops by to play some sweet studio jamz.

Duration:00:39:59

OTL #606: Following money in IL politics, WPNV-LP serves Peoria, The Secret History of Master Plan Inc.

5/26/2018
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Mike Stephen follows the GOP's money on Chicago's northwest side with friend of the show and trusted political sleuth, Mick Dumke, connects with WPNV-LP station manager Garry Moore of Peoria for another Low Power to the People segment, and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) and learn about funky soul super group Master Plan, Inc. as part of this week's Secret History of Chicago Music. The local music this week is powered by Sùbele.

Duration:00:40:17

OTL #605: Every Lot Chicago, Lowering the voting age to 16 in IL, Afrofuturism

5/19/2018
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Mike Stephen explores the urban art project @EverylotChicago with creator Neil Freeman, talks about lowering the voting age with Vote16 Illinois state board member Pooja Patel, and dives into the topic of Afrofuturism with author Ytasha Womack. The local music this week is powered by New Drugs.

Duration:00:38:00

OTL #604: Chicago Mini Maker Faire, The Folded Map Project, The Secret History of The Weaker Sex

5/12/2018
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Mike Stephen stops by Schurz High School in Avondale to bring us the experience of the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire with creator Christina Pei, learns about the #FoldedMap Project from its creator and Englewood artist Tonika Johnson, and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) and learn about 60s soul-rockers The Weaker Sex as part of this week's Secret History of Chicago Music. The local music this week is powered by The Funs.

Duration:00:38:17

OTL #603: Past and current West Side issues, Landmarks IL works to save buildings, Cops in local public schools

5/5/2018
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Mike Stephen questions political authenticity on social media, dives into the history of Chicago's Westside in the face of the proposed police academy with Tiffany Walden creator and editor/chief of TheTriibe.com, learns about endangered buildings in Illinois with the president of Landmarks Illinois, and chats with local reporter Yana Kunichoff about police training for police officers stationed in schools. The local music this week is powered by Ludlow.

Duration:00:38:47

OTL #602: Cook Co.’s rental market, WELT-LP serves Fort Wayne, The Secret History of Deacon Jones

4/28/2018
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Mike Stephen talks with Geoff Smith, executive director of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, about the state of rental housing in Cook County, connects with John O’Rourke, station manager at WELT-LP (95.7) in Fort Wayne, to learn about that station's community programming, and connects with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago organ player Deacon Jones. The local music this week is powered by soul-shakin' blues powerhouse...

Duration:00:39:06

OTL #601: Fritz Kaegi’s plans, Racial equity and local transportation, Pope Francis as a merciful leader

4/21/2018
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Mike Stephen wonders about video games these days and then chats with Democratic nominee for Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi on how he plans to remove politics from influencing the Assessor's Office, talks to Olatunji Oboi Reed, founder of Equiticity, about Car2Go's car sharing pilot that excludes of the south and west sides of Chicago, and calls over to Rome to check in with the editor of Crux, John Allen Jr, about the mercy of Pope Francis. The local music this week is powered by The...

Duration:00:35:59

OTL #600: The OTL 600 Spectacular

4/14/2018
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Mike Stephen celebrates the 600th edition of the show by taking the production on the road to The Friendly Tap in Berwyn! Youth leaders from VOYCE drop by to discuss combatting local educational inequities, Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) gives us the Secret History of Chicago blues rocker Cash McCall, and Chicagoland NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson gets us fired up about all things space-related. Also Mike's dad, Mike Stephen, Sr., jumps on the mic to chat about a life of...

Duration:01:12:58

OTL #599: Loyola University strike, Secret Chicago, Chi Teen Lit Fest preview

4/8/2018
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This week Mike Stephen reveals his debut on the local podcast Improvised Star Trek, dives into the contract negotiations between the Non-Tenured-Track (NTT) faculty and Loyola University Chicago, chats with local author Jessica Mlinaric about her new book Secret Chicago, and previews the Chicago Public Library's ChiTeenLitFest. Local music for #OTL599 is powered by Melody Angel.

Duration:00:42:50