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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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United States

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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

Contact:

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


Episodes

OTL #757: Little-known Chicago history, Vaccine equity, A new recycling contract for the city

4/17/2021
Mike Stephen learns the historical significance of the Three Patriots statue with Chicago Jewish Historical Society co-president Rachelle Gold, discusses vaccine equity in Chicago with The Triibe's Matt Harvey, and chats about a new recycling contract for the city with Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, discuss local recycling, and seek a special connection with Aldi.

Duration:00:44:49

OTL #756: Media Burn archives history, Best new local tacos, The Secret History of Michael DeLisle

4/10/2021
Mike Stephen talks to Sara Chapman and learns about Media Burn’s work to archive cultural history, discusses the best new local tacos with Chicago Tribune food & dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger, and discovers the Secret History of folk and rock musician Michael DeLisle. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, offer some takeaways, and praise the cultural force that is the local taco.

Duration:00:43:47

OTL #755: Housing instability, COVID-19’s impact on prisons, Burning Bush Brewery celebrates its first year

4/3/2021
Mike Stephen discusses the pandemic’s affect on housing instability with Michelle Layser of the University of Illinois, talks to the John Howard Association of Illinois' Jennifer Vollen-Katz about how prisons are beginning to open up to more oversight, and finds out how Burning Bush Brewery has survived the pandemic so far from owner Brent Raska. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, offer some takeaways, and offer words of encouragement for one another's March...

Duration:00:41:22

OTL #754: Skyrocketing property taxes, North Lawndale improves quality of life, The Secret History of Big Voice Odom

3/27/2021
Mike Stephen discusses the issue of increasing property taxes in Wicker Park with Hannah Alani of Block Club Chicago, talks to Executive Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick of Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church about how residents of North Lawndale are improving life in that community, and discovers the Secret History of Andrew “Big Voice” Odom. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the good work of the North Lawndale community and wonder how their NCAA brackets will...

Duration:00:41:20

OTL #753: IL’s electric transportation grade, Architectural journalism, Curbing air pollution in Chicago

3/20/2021
Mike Stephen discusses Illinois’ grade for electric transportation with Bryan Howard of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, learns about the importance of local architectural journalism with architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius, and talks to Colleen Smith, deputy director of the Illinois Environmental Council, about a proposed ordinance aimed at curbing air pollution in Chicago. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin stress the need for immediate...

Duration:00:49:24

OTL #752: Chicago Protests, The Nisei Lounge anchors Wrigleyville, The Secret History of Willie Mabon

3/13/2021
Mike Stephen talks to Vashon Jordan Jr., the photographer behind the book Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution, checks in with Craig Morrall of the Nisei Lounge to see how that bar has survived the pandemic, and learns the Secret History of blues pianist Willie Mabon. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin emphasize the importance of Vashon's work, spicy hot wings, and exploring your community.

Duration:00:47:38

OTL #751: Cultivating a tavern community, The murder of Ald. Ben Lewis, Local art supports local business

3/6/2021
Mike Stephen learns about the mystery of the 1963 murder of Ald. Ben Lewis with Mick Dumke of ProPublica Illinois, discusses how The Green Lady bar continues to build community with bar owner Melani Hoffman, and talks to artist Josh Moulton about how local art is supporting struggling business in Chicago. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the importance of journalism and taverns.

Duration:00:47:46

OTL #750: The future of local media?, Haymarket Pub works though a pandemic, The Secret History of Big Daddy Kinsey

2/26/2021
Mike Stephen discusses the future of local media with Brian Hieggelke, editor & publisher of Newcity, checks in with Pete Crowley, co-owner & co-founder of the Haymarket Pub, and learns the Secret History of local bluesman “Big Daddy” Kinsey. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin revisit the discussion of the importance of local media. The local pandemic tunez come from Go Time.

Duration:00:59:10

OTL #749: The OTL Podcasting Summit 2021

2/20/2021
Mike Stephen welcomes three local podcasters to the show to discuss their shows, the state of local storytelling, and the future of the podcast medium. Corey Leber, co-executive producer of Chicago's Bravest Stories, Jacoby Cochran, host of City Cast, and Colleen Pellissier, host and creator of Psychonaut, share their thoughts. The local pandemic tunez come from Saint Lou.

Duration:01:00:28

OTL #748: The future of Chicago bars?, Chicago Police Torture Archive, The Secret History of Johnny Shines

2/13/2021
Mike Stephen discusses the future of bars and taverns in Chicago with @ChicagoBars, talks to local journalist Alison Flowers about the new Chicago Police Torture Archive, and discovers the Secret History of 20th century bluesman Johnny Shines. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and remember that Valentine's Day is this weekend. The local pandemic tunez come from Beach Bunny.

Duration:00:49:29

OTL #747: Why is there a digital divide in Chicago?, One Illinois ceases publication, IL’s population loss

2/6/2021
Mike Stephen discusses a new study examining the digital divide in Chicago with University of Chicago professors Drs. Nick Feamster and Nicole Marwell, learns why the online news site One Illinois is shutting down from editor and local journalist Ted Cox, and explores another year of population loss in Illinois with Erin Aleman, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the state of the business of...

Duration:00:42:41

OTL #746: Delivery apps ruining restaurants?, Importance of the Freedom of Information Act, The Secret History of The Aces

1/30/2021
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of food delivery apps on local restaurants with Phillip Foss, co-owner of EL Ideas and Boxcar Barbecue, previews the FOIAFest with Chicago Headline Club president Madhu Krishnamurthy, and learns the Secret History of local blues shufflers The Aces. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the impact of food delivery apps. The local pandemic tunez come from Harry James Brenner.

Duration:00:41:48

OTL #745: Suspending the Beachwood Reporter, Ending money bail in IL, An all-privatized recycling system?

1/23/2021
Mike Stephen gets the story on the Beachwood Reporter hiatus from editor & publisher Steve Rhodes, discusses the push to end money bail in Illinois with Sharone Mitchell, the director of the Illinois Justice Project, and learns about the possibility of Chicago privatizing its recycling collection with Cole Rosengren of Waste Dive. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin tip their hats to the aforementioned Mr. Rhodes and decide which NFL franchise they'd like to own (besides the...

Duration:00:52:04

OTL #744: Is our democracy healthy?, The Secret History of Alejandro Morales

1/16/2021
Mike Stephen discusses the health of our democracy in the wake of recent events with Dr. Joel Ostrow, professor of political science and an expert in the rise and fall of democracies. Then we learn about the life of the late Alejandro Morales, a beloved local musician who recently passed away, from OTL contributor Steve Krakow (aka: Plastic Crimewave). And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin encourage us, the people, to get our act together when it comes to supporting our...

Duration:00:45:27

OTL #743: Life as an undocumented immigrant, WXMR-FM serves Marengo, IL

1/9/2021
Mike Stephen talks to Giselle Rodriguez, the co-founder of the Center for Immigrant Progress, about advocating for immigration reform locally and what life is like as an undocumented immigrant. Then we learn how community radio station WXMR-FM (94.3) serves Marengo, IL, from station president Tim Sebastian. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin offer some takeaways from the show. The local pandemic tunez come from Possum Lungs.

Duration:00:43:17

OTL #742: Why did Chicago stop growing?, Saving our local venues, The Secret History of Kokomo Arnold

1/2/2021
Mike Stephen discusses why the geography of Chicago stopped growing with Chicago Magazine contributor Ted McClelland, learns about efforts to save local performance venues with CIVL board member and venue owner Billy Helmkamp, and uncovers the history of 1930s bluesman Kokomo Arnold. The local pandemic tunez come from Alpha Colors.

Duration:00:38:38

OTL #741: Legal coach houses in Chicago, COVID-19 in IL prisons, The pandemic’s impact on housing

12/26/2020
Mike Stephen learns about a new city ordinance legalizing coach houses with Chicago Cityscape founder & CEO Steven Vance, discusses the impact of COVID-19 in state prisons with Illinois Prison Project executive director Jennifer Soble, and explores the pandemic’s impact on housing with Geoff Smith of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the show and offer some takeaways. The local pandemic tunez come...

Duration:00:42:29

OTL #740: Fighting pollution on the southeast side, The Fooditor 33, The Secret History of Frank Garvey

12/19/2020
Mike Stephen learns about the fight against pollution on the southeast side of Chicago with Peggy Salazar of the Southeast Environmental Task Force, gets the skinny on The Fooditor 33, a new local food guidebook that’s adapted for the pandemic, with author Mike Gebert, and discovers the Secret History of avant-garde musician Frank Garvey. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the show and give each other Christmas gifts. The local pandemic tunez come from...

Duration:00:43:13

OTL #739: Chicago’s Chief Equity Officer, Anxiety in Youth, Teamwork Englewood

12/12/2020
Mike Stephen talks to Chicago’s Chief Equity Officer, Candace Moore, about a new citywide initiative to help racial dialogue called Together We Heal, learns about the uptick in anxiety in youth with Dr. Orson Morrison of DePaul Family and Community Services, and gets the lowdown on the great work of Teamwork Englewood with program associate Lashawn Evans. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the show and plan to drink Malort hot toddies together. The local...

Duration:00:45:10

OTL #738: Takeout 25 Oak Park, State Rep.-Elect Margaret Croke, Responding to mental health emergencies

12/5/2020
Mike Stephen learns about Takeout 25 Oak Park, an initiative to keep Oak Park area restaurants in business, from creator Ravi Parakkat, learns why State Rep-Elect Margaret Croke got into politics, and discusses the city’s plans for responding to mental health emergencies with Arturo Carillo of the Collaborative for Community Wellness and the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the show and endorse getting local takeout,...

Duration:00:43:21