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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 #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


OTL #581: Decatur, IN’s WDBF-LP, Dorothy Day’s personal story, Illinois Election Data

12/3/2017
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Mike Stephen syncs up with Jovan Mrvos, Zach Martin, and Quinton Swenski, (teacher and student managers, respectively) of WDBF-LP in Decatur, IN, to talk community radio from the high school prospective in another installment of Low Power to the People, chats with author Kate Hennessy about her book on her grandmother Dorothy Day called Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty, and explores the website Illinois Election Data with creator Scott Kennedy. This week's local music is...

Duration: 00:38:21


OTL #580: The Color of Law, The Secret History of Royal Flairs, Inside the OPRF Food Pantry

11/26/2017
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This week, while processing high level of tryptophan in his system, Mike Stephen talks with author Richard Rothstein about his new book discussing the forgotten history of government-designed racial segregation, visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of 60's garage-rockers The Royal Flairs, and pays a visit to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry to talk with Executive Director Michele Zurakowski about volunteer work and the Thanksgiving holiday....

Duration: 00:34:23


OTL #579: Teamwork Englewood, The Stamp King of Chicago, Chi Hack Night

11/19/2017
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Mike Stephen chats with Teamwork Englewood's Executive Director Perry Gunn about community stakeholders working to better that neighborhood, talks with Chicago's "Stamp King" Charles Berg about the power of stamps and ChicagoPEX 2017, and finally checks in with Emily Drevets, organizer and master of ceremonies for Chi Hacknight, about citizens coming together and using public data to solve some of the city's problems. This week's local music is powered by WC and the Fam.

Duration: 00:36:16


OTL #578: Harvard’s WHIW-LP, The Secret History of Spaceship Love, The experience of driving for Uber

11/12/2017
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Mike Stephen connects with Dave Gardner and Vicki Logan, general manager and board member respectively, of WHIW-LP in Harvard, IL for another installment of Low Power to the People, visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of 1980s cosmic-jazzers Spaceship Love, and chats with author Pat White to discuss his book on driving Uber for 90 days, Buzz Ride: Driven to Disruption.

Duration: 00:39:17


OTL #577: Ride sharing’s impact on local transit, Going behind the scenes of an IL gubernatorial campaign

11/5/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Dr. Regina Clewlow, research associate at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, about the impact ride sharing apps are having on public transit in Chicago and then sits down with former Pawar 2018 gubernatorial campaign manager Sam Hobert to get a better understanding of what running a modern political campaign looks like. Local jamz this week provided by space-funkers Blue Dream.

Duration: 00:38:11


OTL #576: Inside Space Oddities, The Secret History of Aliotta, Haynes, Jeremiah, Underneath Read-Dunning Park

10/29/2017
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Mike Stephen takes the OTL roving microphone to Humboldt Park and talks with Sarah Luczko, owner of the unique book and "everything-store" Chicago Space Oddities, visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History of 70s rock band Alliotta, Haynes, Jeremiah, and finally heads to Read-Dunning Memorial Park with former President of the Chicago Genealogical Society, Craig Pfannkuche, to talk about the mass grave there. Local Halloween-themed jamz this week provided...

Duration: 00:41:02


OTL #575: Chicago Kids Film Fest, Will Guzzardi on rent control, SloMo dance party

10/22/2017
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Mike Stephen learns about the rich history of children's cinema in Chicago with Ann Vikstrom, Director of the 34th annual Chicago Children's Intentional Film Festival, chats about the growing momentum for rent control in Illinois with State Representative Will Guzzardi, and slows things down with Kristen Kaza, co-founder of Slo'Mo, a slow jam movement to celebrate LGBTQ communities in Chicago. The local jamz this week are provided to us by K-Nein.

Duration: 00:38:56


OTL #574: WRFU serves Urbana, Chicago Books to Women in Prison, The Secret History of Stumpwater

10/15/2017
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Mike Stephen crosses radio waves with WRFU-LP station manager DJ BJ Clark in Urbana, IL for another installment of Low Power to the People, chats with Vicki White, President of Chicago Books to Women in Prison, about the organization's efforts to bring a little humanity to inmates all over the US, and visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the Secret History 1970s folk-pop band Stumpwater.

Duration: 00:38:11


OTL #573: Fighting to end gun violence, Homewood Hobo Night, Keya Trammell plays live

10/8/2017
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Mike Stephen brings the national gun headlines closer to home and chats with Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, turns south to learn about the unique history of railways with Allisa Opyd, Community Events Manager for the Village of Homewood, IL, and welcomes Keya Trammell into the studio to perform as our live musical guest and talk about her journey as a Chicago artist.

Duration: 00:37:47


OTL #572: Fighting domestic violence, Beardsgaard Barbers grows, Local urban farming with The Gardeneers

10/1/2017
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Mike Stephen chats with both Bethany Gomillion, Marathon Campaign Coordinator at Run Domestic Violence Out of Town, and Elizabeth Gray, marathoner and domestic abuse survivor, about fighting domestic violence; checks in with Natalie Anderson, co-owner of Batavia's Beardsgaard Barbers, about that booming small business; and discusses educating CPS students about healthy eating with May Tsupros, Executive Director and Co-founder of The Gardeneers. This week's local music provided by Fire...

Duration: 00:39:49


OTL #571: The future of journalism, Digital maps and local art, Chicago Book Expo preview

9/24/2017
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11 years of Outside the Loop Radio have brought Mike Stephen a myriad of laughs, debates, tacos, and gray hairs to his head. To celebrate OTL's 11th birthday, Mike features three stories connected to a topic near and dear to his heart, DIY media.His anniversary guests include Bob McChesney, Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and Outside the Loop's inaugural guest back in 2006, local artist Carla Fisher-Schwartz, who's installation "True North" is...

Duration: 00:39:50


OTL #570: Chicagoland Youth Football, The Secret History of Master Plan, Local restaurants closing in 2017

9/17/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Geoff Meyer, President of The Chicagoland Youth Football League, about where youth football stands in a CTE-aware world, visits Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) to learn about the influential 80's House musicians Master Plan in another installment of the Secret History of Chicago Music, and chats with Chicagoist Food Editor, Anthony Todd, about the wave of restaurant closings this year in Chicago. The crew also waxes poetic about free chips and salsa in local...

Duration: 00:40:03


OTL #569: DACA’s impact in Chicago, Chicago State University’s revamp, Inside Compound Yellow arts space

9/10/2017
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This week Mike Stephen, with the help of his wife Jenny, drops a baby delivery bomb on the show welcoming Joey Stephen to the world, checks in with Ere Rendon of the Resurrection Project concerning the recent news on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, discusses the state of Chicago State University with interim president Dr. Rachel Lindsey, and explores a unique backyard community art space in Oak Park called Compound Yellow. This week's local music is provided by...

Duration: 00:40:18


OTL #568: Radio Harbor Country, African Arts Fest, The Secret History of The Front Lines

9/3/2017
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It's a new day on OTL as Mike Stephen welcomes his new producer Collin Seaman, debuts a new segment entitled "Low Power to People," featuring WRHC in Harbor Country, MI, chats with Julian Roberts about the 28th annual African Festival of the Arts in Washington Park, and learns about 1980s pop punk punkers The Front Lines with Plastic Crimewave for another installment of The Secret History of Chicago Music. This week's local music is provided by Monobody. (And don't forget to take our...

Duration: 00:36:26

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