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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 #683: New edition of Fooditor 99, Life in a Sundown Town, Mapping media and development

11/16/2019
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Mike Stephen previews the new edition of local food guide Fooditor 99, learns about the history of Sundown Towns with ProPublica Illinois' Logan Jaffe, and discusses a new tool that maps media coverage of local development. The local music this week is brought to us by Hood Smoke.

Duration:00:43:51

OTL #682: Young Feminist Conference, Connecting journalists and their communities, The Secret History of 4 Taus

11/9/2019
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Mike Stephen previews the Young Feminist Conference with Cause the Effect Chicago's founder Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, learns about another conference aimed at connecting journalists and their communities called the People-Powered Publishing Conference, and discovers the Secret History of 60s frat-rockers 4 Taus. This week's local music is brought to you by Jason Valley.

Duration:00:41:53

OTL #681: Sr. Helen Prejean on a life of activism, Live Bluegrass performance from Cox’s Army

11/2/2019
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Mike Stephen talks to longtime activist Sister Helen Prejean about her life of activism, new book, and her upcoming talk at Dominican University. Cox’s Army, a tremendous local Bluegrass Band, stops by the studio to perform live and preview their upcoming record release show at The Hideout!

Duration:00:33:46

OTL #680: New life for closed schools, Community organizing in Chicago, The Secret History of Alvin Fielder

10/26/2019
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Mike Stephen learns about a project to give new life to shuttered Chicago schools called Creative Grounds, discusses the impact of local community organizing, and gets the Secret History of the late jazz drummer Alvin Fielder. This week's local music is brought to you by The Artist Formerly Known as Vince.

Duration:00:32:49

OTL #679: Real-life stories of disability, Letter to the Mayor about mobility justice in Chicago

10/19/2019
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Mike Stephen talks to Pia Justesen, author of a new book called From the Periphery: Real-Life Stories of Disability that is an oral history of those living with disabilities and then discusses mobility justice with Anton Seals, the lead steward of Grow Greater Englewood. This week's local music is brought to us by LagPass.

Duration:00:38:31

OTL #678: Rev. Bonnie Perry on a life of community building, The Secret History of Possum River

10/12/2019
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Mike Stephen chats the outgoing rector of Ravenswood’s All Saints Episcopal Church and bishop-elect of The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, Rev. Bonnie Perry, about community-building and a life of service and then discovers the Secret History of 70s local country-rockers Possum River. This week's local music is brought to you by Alex Ellsworth.

Duration:00:44:11

OTL #677: The Neighborhood Architecture Show

10/5/2019
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Mike Stephen hosts a roundtable discussion at The Levee bar about the significance and future of Chicago neighborhood architecture. Joining Mike at the bar is architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius and real estate writer AJ LaTrace. This week's local music is brought to us by CWIOK.

Duration:00:43:57

OTL #676: First Tuesdays, LGBTQ legislative success, The Secret History of Zach Prather

9/28/2019
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Mike Stephen learns about a monthly live political talk show at The Hideout called First Tuesdays, discusses the success of LGBTQ legislation in Illinois with the policy director of Equality Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of funky bluesman Zach Prather. This week's local music is brought to you by Hold the Universe.

Duration:00:46:00

OTL #675: The state of IL unions, Expectations for student success, ProjectArt Chicago

9/21/2019
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Mike Stephen discusses the state of unions in Illinois, explores how low-income students often face low expectations, and learns about the exciting work of ProjectArt Chicago. Plus, we track down Producer Collin at Midway Airport for the OTL Wrap Party! This week's local music is brought to us by Good Enough.

Duration:00:41:01

OTL #674: Should the CTA be free?, Girls on the Run Chicago, The Secret History of Pedro Bell

9/14/2019
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Mike Stephen discusses the idea of the CTA being free for riders, learns about the empowering work of Girls on the Run Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of local Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell. This week's local music is brought to you by Adjacent Cruise.

Duration:00:45:31

OTL #673: The Monster Within, TIF analysis update, Revitalizing Auburn-Gresham

9/7/2019
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Mike Stephen learns the powerful story of living with a personality-changing brain tumor from local author Mary Ellen Aschenbrenner, gets an update on TIFs in Chicago from civic educator Tom Tresser, and discusses the efforts to revitalize the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. Check out the OTL Wrap Party towards the end of the show so you can let us know what you'd do if you were in charge of Chicago! This week's local music is brought to us by Vo Era.

Duration:00:45:55

OTL #672: Possible new laws on farm animals, Greenway controversy, The Secret History of Moc Artsy

8/31/2019
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Mike Stephen learns about the possibility of new regulations on urban farm animals, discusses the controversy around a proposed greenway in Lincoln Park, and discovers the Secret History of weird duo Moc Artsy. This week's local music is brought to you by Tenci.

Duration:00:39:40

OTL #671: City owned electricity, Gaming’s influence on local politics, Racial equity in transportation

8/24/2019
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Mike Stephen learns about the proposal to municipalize Chicago’s electricity infrastructure from the executive director of the Citizens Utility Board, explores the gaming industry’s influence on local politics with Jason Grotto of ProPublica Illinois, and discusses racial equity in the area’s transportation with Oboi Reed, founder of Equiticity. This week's local music is brought to us by Rachel A. Schrock.

Duration:00:44:43

OTL #670: Democratic Socialism in the City Council, Fishing in the Chicago River, The Secret History of Jerry-O

8/17/2019
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Mike Stephen discusses the rise of democratic socialism in the Chicago City Council with author Edward McClelland, learns that it’s safe to fish in the Chicago River (kind of), and discovers the Secret History of radio DJ Jerry-O. This week's local music is brought to you by Lester Ray.

Duration:00:46:23

OTL #669: Chicago Mobile Makers, Eating for 8 Billion, Go fly a kite at Kite Fest

8/10/2019
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Mike Stephen drops by an old post office van in Humboldt Park to chat with the founder of Chicago Mobile Makers, learns about an event at The Plant raising awareness about food consumption, and previews the Kite Fest happening at the Chicago Botanic Garden. And we have a special guest in the OTL Wrap Party: Sister-In-Sound Ashelyanne Krigbaum, producer of Rightnowish, on KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco! This week's local music is brought to us by Fuzzy Poser.

Duration:00:49:05

OTL #668: Radio Free Honduras performs live, The Secret History of Johnny Pate

8/3/2019
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Mike Stephen welcomes members of the local band Radio Free Honduras into the studio to perform live and then explores the Secret History of legendary local arranger and musician Johnny Pate.

Duration:00:45:06

OTL #667: 1919 Chicago Race Riots, Strategic conservation, WVMO-LP serves Monona, WI

7/27/2019
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Mike Stephen gets the story of the 1919 Chicago Race Riots, learns about Openlands’ strategic plan for conservation, and discusses how WVMO-LP serves the community of Monona, WI. The local music on this week's show comes from Purple Mountains.

Duration:00:36:48

OTL #666: Eat more insects, The dark lager uptick in Chicago, The Secret History of Barbara Acklin

7/20/2019
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Mike Stephen celebrates the creepy 666th episode by learning about the benefits of eating insects, gets the lowdown on the increase in dark lagers brewed locally, and discovers the Secret History of soul singer Barbara Acklin. This week's local music is brought to you by Opacia.

Duration:00:42:51

OTL #665: Bankruptcy and impounded vehicles, A Spaceship in Bronzeville, The Weird Bananas play live

7/13/2019
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Mike Stephen discusses the changing city policy of keeping impounded vehicles after motorists declare bankruptcy, learns about a new series of Afrofuturism novellas, and welcomes the Weird Bananas into the studio for a live performance of local music.

Duration:00:43:20

OTL #664: BUILD provides hope, A roadblock to justice reform, The Secret History of Kahil El’Zabar

7/6/2019
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Mike Stephen visits a youth development organization called BUILD in the Austin neighborhood, discusses the long road to justice reform in Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of prolific percussionist Kahil El’Zabar. This week's local music is brought to you by Fay Ray.

Duration:00:40:15