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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 #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

OTL #598: Local transportation update, KTWH-FM anchors Two Harbors, MN, The Secret History of Joe Carter

4/1/2018
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Ramble on! Mike Stephen chats with Chicago Reader transportation columnist John Greenfield about the latest local transportation issues, connects with volunteers from KTWH-FM (99.5) in Two Harbors, MN, to learn about that community radio station, and enters the lair of Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago blues guitarist Joe Carter. The local music this week is powered by Groovy Louie and the Time Capsules.

Duration:00:42:26

OTL #597: Improvised Star Trek, Chicago Latino Film Fest, Emily Jane Powers plays live

3/25/2018
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Mike Stephen promotes the upcoming OTL 600th episode live event at The Friendly Tap, talks with a representative from the Chicago Latino Film Festival, drops by the Cards Against Humanity studios to learn about the local sci-fi podcast Improvised Star Trek, and welcomes local indie pop artist Emily Jane Powers into the studio to play some sweet jamz.

Duration:00:38:43

OTL #596: Examining the Cook Co. Sheriff’s office, The state of the local hospitality community, The Secret History of Benny Turner

3/18/2018
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Mike Stephen chats with Tracy Siska of the Chicago Justice Project about the FOIA requests for the Cook County Sheriff's office, visits Tuman's Tap & Grill for a conversation with "CB" of @ChicagoBars for the final stop on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour, and enters the lair of Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago Blues bassist Benny Turner. The local music this week is powered by The Curls.

Duration:00:41:51

OTL #595: Jacqueline’s cozy corner bar, Dissecting the IL political landscape (Bonus content too!)

3/11/2018
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Mike Stephen drops into East Lakeview's Jacqueline's for the penultimate stop on our #WinterTavernTour, and then he discusses all things Primary Election in studio with Scott Kennedy of Illinois Election Data and Mick Dumke of ProPublica Illinois as part of OTL's Primary Prep Spectacular (featuring a special podcast-only extended conversation!). This week's local music is powered by Pixel Grip.

Duration:00:59:26

OTL #594: The Secret History of Sam Lay, Keeping cozy at the G and L Tavern, The Black Oil Brothers perform live

3/4/2018
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Mike Stephen drops in on Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago blues drummer Sam Lay, visits the Grace & Leavitt Tavern for the fourth stop on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour, and welcomes the Black Oil Brothers into the studio to make some sweet, sweet jamz.

Duration:00:40:52

OTL #593: Sol Flores runs for Congress, Warming up at the Skylark, WOCT-LP serves Oshkosh

2/25/2018
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Mike Stephen grabs a coffee in Little Village with Democratic congressional candidate (IL-4) Sol Flores, drops into the Skylark bar in Bridgeport for this week's stop on the #WinterTavernTour, and connects with operations coordinator for Oshkosh Media and WOCT-LP Jake Timm in Oshkosh, WI, for another installment of Low Power to the People. This week's local music is powered by Beach Bunny.

Duration:00:37:40

OTL #592: The future of IL’s finances, Music, coffee, and community at Friendly Tap, The Secret History of Smilin’ Bobby

2/18/2018
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Mike Stephen sifts through the economic realities and possible long road to Illinois' fiscal solvency with co-director of the Fiscal Futures project David Merriman, visits the Friendly Tap for the second stop on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour, and drops in on Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago Blues musician Smilin' Bobby. This week's local music comes from The Chase Aways.

Duration:00:38:47

OTL #591: Warming up at Guthrie’s, Block Club Chicago, Chicago Volunteer Expo

2/11/2018
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Mike Stephen embarks on the first stop of our 2018 Winter Tavern Tour to Guthries Tavern in Wrigleyville, chats with former DNA Info Chicago editor Shamus Toomey about the new hyper-local reporting venture Block Club Chicago, and discusses the upcoming Chicago Volunteer Expo. This week's local music is powered by Black Road.

Duration:00:36:06

OTL #590: Rent control in Chicagoland, The Secret History of Mary Lane, Tech in classrooms

2/4/2018
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Mike Stephen discusses rent control and affordable housing in Illinois with Miguel Jimenez of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago Blues musician Mary Lane, and discusses the applications of new technology in the classroom with Meg Ormiston, author of the book NOW Classrooms. This week's local music comes from The Ions.

Duration:00:39:55

OTL #589: Boystown’s future, Chicago News Landscape, WLLU-LP in Decatur, IL

1/28/2018
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Mike Stephen discusses the future of Boystown with documentary filmmaker and INTO Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford, hears from Media Engagement Center researcher Emily Van Duyn about how media portrayal of certain regions of Chicago makes a difference on how we perceive our own neighborhoods, and connects with Alexander Martin, president of WLLU-LP in Decatur, IL, for another installment of Low Power to the People. This week's local music comes from Devil in a Woodpile.

Duration:00:40:01

OTL #588: m1 Interactive’s digital playground, The Secret History of Daddy Stovepipe, Resurrection Project’s DACA work

1/21/2018
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Mike Stephen get his mind digitally blown with Brian Dressel at m1 Interactive, checks in with Ere Rendon of the Resurrection Project concerning the recent government shutdown over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) debate, and visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago Blues musician, and alleged first musician to record a harp on a record, Daddy Stovepipe. This week's local music

Duration:00:39:06

OTL #587: The Outside the Loop 2018 Podcasting Summit

1/14/2018
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Mike Stephen hosts the annual Outside the Loop Chicago Podcasting summit to talk about all things new and exciting in the world of local audio storytelling. Joining him in studio for this summit is Arnie Neikamp and Matt Young of Hello from the Magic Tavern, Colleen Pellissier of The Good News Podcast, and Dometi Pongo of CULture Race and Equity: a seat at the table. Special thank to Engines for powering this week's local music.

Duration:00:40:24

OTL #586: Windy City Curling, WTND-LP in Macomb, The Secret History of Johnny B. Moore

1/7/2018
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Mike Stephen rides the hog line with Jeff Sampson, president of Windy City Curling Club, connects with Tom Depauw and Darryl Roberts, co-founders of WTND-LP in Macomb, IL for another installment of Low Power to the People, and visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of Chicago Blues musician Johnny B. Moore. This week's local music comes from The Bama Lamas.

Duration:00:41:53

OTL #585: Rock climbing at First Ascent Chicago, Truman’s Ridge plays live Bluegrass

12/31/2017
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Mike Stephen takes on "the wall" at First Ascent Avondale and is suddenly forced to come to grips with his personal issues of lower body-strength, heights, and trusting others as he clings to 40-ft wall. Thankfully, he has local climbing extraordinaire and community outreach advisor Justin Forrest Parks to guide him through his ascent! And to cap off the last OTL of 2017, we've got local Bluegrass band Truman's Ridge in studio to perform and talk about the bluegrass scene in...

Duration:00:41:54

OTL #584: Inside Make! Chicago, The Parking Ticket Geek Returns, The Secret History of Jimmy Davis

12/24/2017
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Mike Stephen attempts to fly the starship "OTL" solo this week because Collin decided to have another kid. His hyper-local galactic adventures this week include chatting with MAKE! Chicago founder Joseph Budka about the power of the everyday craftsperson, renewing subspace communication with the Parking Ticket Geek to discuss local transportation issues, and visiting Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of local Bluesman Jimmy Davis, . This week's tasty...

Duration:00:39:31

OTL #583: The IL Black Panthers at 50, Volunteering in Lake County, Fooditor 99 for 2018

12/17/2017
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Mike Stephen puts out another call for cozy neighborhood bars to feature this winter as a semi truck rolls up to the studio, talks with Lake County volunteer Bill Hagan about finding one's passion after 50, chats with Mike Gebert, editor and publisher of Fooditor, about the current state of the Chicago food scene, and visits Tanya Woods and John Preston at the Westside Justice Center about the current exhibit looking at 50 years of the Black Panther Party in IL. This week's local music...

Duration:00:39:54

OTL #582: The Secret History of Jason McNinch, Louder Than a Mom, Holiday Remix

12/10/2017
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Mike Stephen puts out the call for cozy neighborhood bars to feature this winter, visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of the late industrial guitarist Jason McNinch, chats with Louder Than a Mom co-founder Kate Hill about the power of family storytelling, and discovers an environmentally friendly way to Christmas shop from Jay Lyon, founder of Remix Chicago, a non-profit dedicated to making art from recycled materials. This week’s local music is...

Duration:00:42:35

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