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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 #820: Diversity in Chicago theater, The Secret History of Stations

7/2/2022
Mike Stephen learns about Perception Theatre’s work to include more diverse voices in the local theater community from founder and artistic director Myesha Tiara and then discovers the Secret History of 1970s & 80s postpunk rockers Stations.

Duration:00:38:03

OTL #819: Are Chicago students struggling?, The Chicago Tool Library expands, “Tagged”

6/25/2022
Mike Stephen discusses the preliminary results of Chicago student test data with Mila Koumpilova of Chalkbeat Chicago, gets the lowdown on the expansion of the Chicago Tool Library from co-founder Tessa Vierk, and learns about a new locally-produced film featuring Chicago street artists called Tagged from writer and executive producer Grant Troyer.

Duration:00:37:35

OTL #818: Chicago’s broken housing promises, Al Rose’s new music, The Secret History of Barbara Livsey

6/18/2022
Mike Stephen discusses Chicago’s affordable housing issues with ProPublica reporter Mick Dumke, talks to local musician Al Rose about his new album, and discovers the mysterious Secret History of R&B singer Barbara Livsey.

Duration:00:39:46

OTL #817: Organizing for economic and social justice, The Legacy Project educates about LGBTQ history

6/11/2022
Mike Stephen gets an update on organizing for a more fair Chicago, especially with regard to TIF districts, with civic educator and co-founder of The CivicLab Tom Tresser and discusses the important educational work of The Legacy Project with its founder and executive director Victor Salvo.

Duration:00:37:33

OTL #816: The Old Town School of Folk Music teachers organize, The Secret History of Denny Zeitlin

6/4/2022
Mike Stephen talks to local musician and music teacher Bill Brickey about why the Old Town School of Folk Music teachers have unionized and discovers the Secret History of cosmic jazz prodigy Denny Zeitlin.

Duration:00:35:32

OTL #815: Art rejuvenates neighborhoods, Police reform recommendations, Mark Lofgren’s new music

5/28/2022
Rejuvenation Project, discusses recommendations for local police reform with Tracy Siska of the Chicago Justice Project, and talks with local musician Mark Lofgren about his new music.

Duration:00:39:58

OTL #814: Living conditions in Illinois prisons, The Secret History of The Devil Bell Hippies

5/21/2022
Mike Stephen discusses a plan to address inhumane living conditions in Illinois correctional facilities with Jennifer Vollen-Katz, the executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, and learns the story of the Chicago avant-garde band The Devil Bell Hippies.

Duration:00:34:21

OTL #813: The original Chicago canned water, Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

5/14/2022
Mike Stephen learns about the first company to produce canned water in Chicago called Open Water from CEO and co-founder Nicole Doucet and then discusses the rise in local bird migration this week and the dangers for those birds with Annette Prince, the director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. Also, check out Mike on the latest edition of the Album Rebrews podcast!

Duration:00:35:53

OTL #812: Neighborhood rail issues, Girls on the Run empowers, The Secret History of The Three Souls

5/7/2022
Mike Stephen learns about local neighborhood rail issues from Streetsblog Chicago reporter Igor Studenkov, discusses empowering young girls with Girls on the Run executive director Jill Eid, and discovers the Secret History of the local tavern jazz group the Three Souls.

Duration:00:37:44

OTL #811: Education legislation update, Black history in the North Shore community

4/30/2022
Mike Stephen gets an update on education legislation in Springfield from Chalkbeat Chicago state education reporter Samantha Smylie and learns about Shorefront, an organization working to tell the story of Black history in the North Shore community, from its founder and executive director Dino Robinson. Also, it's pothole season in Chicago!

Duration:00:35:23

OTL #810: Chicago Covenants Project, Local power pop jams, The Secret History of Apocalypse

4/23/2022
Mike Stephen learns about the history of racial covenants in Chicago from Virginia Tech history professor LaDale Winling, talks power pop with William Giricz, the vocalist of the Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club, and discovers the Secret History of local prog-rockers Apocalypse.

Duration:00:42:42

OTL #809: Chicago In Maps, The El Milagro workers organize

4/16/2022
Mike Stephen learns about the importance of current, historical, and thematic maps of Chicago from local historian and geographer Dennis McClendon and then discusses the effects of the El Milagro Tortilla factory workers' organizing efforts with Jose Uribe, the Workplace Justice Campaigns Organizer for Arise Chicago.

Duration:00:36:02

OTL #808: International Pop Overthrow Fest, The Secret History of Byther Smith

4/9/2022
Mike Stephen previews the upcoming International Pop Overthrow Festival in Chicago with founder and CEO David Bash and discovers the Secret History of blues guitarist Byther Smith.

Duration:00:36:29

OTL #807: The Podcasting Summit 2022

4/2/2022
Mike Stephen welcomes some local podcasters to talk about their innovative shows! We hear from: Jacoby Cochran, host of CityCast Chicago Sarah Beidatsch and Zac Emery, co-hosts of Album Rebrews Pete Kastanes, host of Vanished Chicagoland

Duration:00:51:12

OTL #806: Oral history in suburban Chicago, The Secret History of Lil Green

3/26/2022
Mike Stephen learns about preserving Latino history through the Chicagolandia Oral History Project with Elgin Community College professor Antonio Ramirez and then discovers the Secret History of Chicago blues singer Lil Green.

Duration:00:39:06

OTL #805: Rising crime on the CTA, After 22, Preserving democracy in Ukraine and the United States

3/19/2022
Mike Stephen discusses increase in crime on the CTA with Chicago Reader columnist and Streetsblog Chicago co-editor John Greenfield, learns about the Anixter Center’s After 22 program that helps youth with developmental disabilities from that group's vice president of growth and organization, Dina Donahue-Chase, and has a conversation about the connection between the war in Ukraine and preserving democracy at home with Benedictine University political science professor Dr. Joel Ostrow.

Duration:00:48:20

OTL #804: Mobile mental health, Revisiting the Acorn Theater, The Secret History of Little Al Thomas

3/12/2022
Mike Stephen learns about BUILD Chicago's new Mobile Mental Health Bus with therapist David Rodriguez, discusses changes at the Acorn Theater and airs an interview he did there in 2013, and discovers the Secret History of blues singer Little Al Thomas.

Duration:00:41:37

OTL #803: Black organizing in pre-Civil War Illinois, Arlene Faulk’s story of resilience in the face of MS

3/5/2022
Mike Stephen discusses a new online exhibit that examines the role of the Black community in pre-Civil War Illinois with Northwestern University history professor and project director Kate Masur. Check out her book called Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction. Then, we hear from local tai chi teacher Arlene Faulk to learn her remarkable story of how she fought back against multiple sclerosis. She recounts her journey in the book...

Duration:00:41:22

OTL #802: Chicago Tavern Week, Demoralized Teachers, The Secret History of Bob Stroger

2/26/2022
Mike Stephen gets an update on how the hospitality industry is doing during this stage of the pandemic and discusses Chicago Tavern Week with Mr. Chicago Bars, discusses teacher demoralization with Kenwood Academy teacher Dave Stieber, and learns the Secret History of nonagenarian blues bassist Bob Stroger.

Duration:00:44:57

OTL #801: Who speaks for a community?, Windy City Curling, IL Freedom Project

2/19/2022
Mike Stephen learns about a guide to more public involvement in community benefits agreements with City Bureau senior reporter and special projects manager Sarah Conway, goes curling with the Windy City Curling Club, and discusses the significance of the Illinois Freedom Project with Milton McDaniel, co-founder of the African-American Museum of Southern Illinois, and Matt Meacham of Illinois Humanities.

Duration:00:37:31