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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 #631: The Hip-Hop hustle with Epik1, IL is the Mecca of black politics, Local solar system ambassador on Mars updates

11/17/2018
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Mike Stephen welcomes local Hip-Hop artist and DJ Epik1 into the studio to perform live, discusses why Illinois has a good track record of electing African-American politicians with Edward McClelland of Chicago Magazine, and gets an update on our efforts to learn more about Mars from Mark Benson, our local solar system ambassador.

Duration:00:40:46

OTL #630: Jack Zimmerman’s storytelling, First run for political office, The Secret History of The Service

11/10/2018
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Mike Stephen welcomes local raconteur Jack Zimmerman into the studio to preview a great local storytelling event, checks in with 33rd Ward aldermanic candidate Katie Sieracki on how her campaign is shaping up, and discovers the Secret History of Chicago 80s pop-rockers The Service with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave). The local music this week is brought to you by Dramaglider.

Duration:00:36:16

OTL #629: The Relevance of Religion in 2018

11/3/2018
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Mike Stephen hosts a panel discussion about the relevance of religion in 2018. Joining him in the studio this week are Omer Mozaffar, Muslim Chaplain at Loyola University Chicago, Rev. Bonnie Perry, Rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago, and Fr. James Halstead, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University. The local music this week comes from Red the Color.

Duration:00:31:59

OTL #628: Chicago is the worst at recycling,The Reader gets a new editor, The Secret History of the Wildwood Pickers

10/27/2018
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Mike Stephen discusses some of the problems with Chicago's recycling program with Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association, talks to the new editor in chief of the Chicago Reader Anne Elizabeth Moore about what's in store for the future of the paper, and discovers the Secret History of the local 1970s Bluegrass band Wildwood Pickers with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave). The local music this week is brought to you by The Bombats.

Duration:00:35:24

OTL #627: The legacy of fair housing, Shifting household wealth in Chicago, The Walls of Harrow House

10/20/2018
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Mike Stephen visits the Oak Park River Forest Museum to learn about the legacy of the Fair Housing Ordinance in Oak Park, discusses the impact of shifting wealth in Chicago households with Geoff Smith of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, and gets a peek into the Halloween-themed theater show called The Walls of Harrow House. The local music this week comes from the Alpine Subs.

Duration:00:35:52

OTL #626: Combatting climate change in IL, The City podcast, The Secret History of Otis Rush

10/13/2018
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Mike Stephen learns about Illinois' efforts to combat climate change with the executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, gets the lowdown on a story about Chicago with the creator of a new podcast called The City, and discovers the Secret History of legendary Chicago Bluesman Otis Rush with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave). The local music this week is brought to you by Scamlines.

Duration:00:36:35

OTL #625: Violence Interruption, Chicago Home Movie Day, Mayoral transportation platform

10/6/2018
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Mike Stephen learns about the incredible story of violence interrupter Angalia Bianca and her new book called In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin, and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter, previews the upcoming Chicago Home Movie Day 2018, and discusses a 2019 mayoral transportation platform with local transportation guru Steven Vance.

Duration:00:34:57

OTL #624: Dear Black Voter, Banned Books Week, The Secret History of The Spoils of War

9/29/2018
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Mike Stephen sits down with WGN Radio's Dometi Pongo to talk about his new podcast on African-Americans and voting called Dear Black Voter, learns about the significance of Banned Books Week from Jamie LaRue of the American Library Association, and discovers the Secret History of 60s rockers The Spoils of War with local music historian Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave). The local music this week is brought to you by Daydream Review.

Duration:00:35:36

OTL #623: Why is diner coffee so bad?, Helping homeless women, Logan Square Chi Hack Night

9/22/2018
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Mike Stephen explores why diner coffee can be so bad with Chicago Tribune food reporter Nick Kindelsperger, learns how Deborah's Place assists homeless women in Chicago, and gets the lowdown on how open data can make Chicago a better place with Eric Sherman, creator of the Logan Square Chi Hack Night. The local music this week brought to you by Swatches.

Duration:00:38:06

OTL #622: The Secret History of Megon McDonough, Girls Rock Chicago, Photo-Curio performs live

9/16/2018
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Mike Stephen kicks off a local music-themed show by giving some love to the new show Instagram page, learns the Secret History of folk-rocker Megon McDonough with the great Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave), discusses the important work of Girls Rock Chicago, and welcomes the local band Photo-Curio into the studio to rock out on the air.

Duration:00:43:36

OTL #621: The parallels between 1968 and 2018, Finding your roots, The return of Derek Erdman

9/8/2018
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Mike Stephen discusses the parallels between the sociopolitical climate of 1968 and 2018 with journalist Mick Dumke, learns about finding the roots of the Black Chicago experience with The Triibe's editor in chief Tiffany Walden, and welcomes artist Derek Erdman back to Chicago to get the skinny on his new show. The local music this week brought to us by Brian Sangmeister.

Duration:00:36:08

OTL #620: Knocking on doors for votes, WFOV-LP serves Flint, The Secret History of Larry Sturm

9/1/2018
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Mike Stephen walks part of Chicago's 33rd Ward with first time aldermanic candidate Katie Sieracki to get a behind-the-scenes view of running for office, connects with WFOV-LP in Flint, MI, to chat about the important work that radio station does for the community, and learns the Secret History of Chicagoland musician and producer Larry Sturm. The local music on this week's show is brought to you by Dance Bullies.

Duration:00:36:07

OTL #619: The story of tied houses in Chicago

8/25/2018
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On a special edition of the program, Mike Stephen explores the history of tied houses/bars in Chicago. Joining him at Toons Bar and Grill and at the Happy Village bar is local historian Liz Garibay. The two chat about the history of tied houses over a pint. Then Mike heads to Lakeview to talk to Mike Schuba, operator of Schuba's Tavern, about the special history of that building. And to round out the show, Mike and Producer Collin try to figure out how to tie OTL to a Chicago bar with some...

Duration:00:40:56

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. The local music this week flows from J P J.

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