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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 #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


OTL #567: Chicago Fringe Fest, Bars of Chicago, Goodbye to Andy Hermann

8/27/2017
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Mike Stephen checks in with Chicago Fringe Festival executive director Anne Cauley about seeking out the weird and unique in the performing arts, visits with Bars of Chicago creator Katherine Hodges about Instagramming as many taverns as she can in the city and beyond, and bids farewell to Outside the Loop co-founder Andy Hermann as he leaves the city he's called home for almost two decades. Meanwhile, we play a voicemail from #1 OTL fan Mrs. Stephen... who wishes Andy the best in New York...

Duration: 00:39:12


OTL #566: Rust Belt Chicago, The importance of high school libraries, The Secret History of Ritz

8/20/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Belt Magazine senior editor Martha Bayne about collecting stories for the new book Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, checks in with Hinsdale South High School librarian Ellen Lawrence about the importance of libraries in high schools, and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about arena-ready rockers Ritz for this week's edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music. Meanwhile, we present the Outside the Loop Listener Survey. We'd love your feedback! This...

Duration: 00:40:39


OTL #565: Improving public schools, Affordable housing near The 606, Fritz Kaegi runs for Assessor

8/13/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Generation All associate program officer Misuzu Schexnider about improving neighborhood high schools and the Chicago Public Schools' new app, checks in with Logan Square Neighborhood Association former president Lissette Castañeda about the fight for affordable housing in areas by The 606 park system, and chats with Cook County Assessor candidate Fritz Kaegi about his vision for transparent and competent assessments for everybody. Meanwhile, we discuss how the...

Duration: 00:39:54


OTL #564: Frank Lloyd Wright at 150, Slow Roll Chicago, The Secret History of Julian Leal

8/6/2017
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Mike Stephen visits with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust curator David Bagnall about FLW's architectural legacy in the 150th anniversary year of his birth, checks in with Slow Roll Chicago co-founder/vice president Jamal Julien about promoting social justice in Chicago via riding bicycles, and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 1980s power-pop wizard Julian Leal for this week's edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music. Meanwhile, we read Mike's t-shirt, discuss how...

Duration: 00:43:43


OTL #563: A local movement to end ride sharing apps, Mick Dumke on the state of investigative journalism

7/30/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with artist/playwright/actor Mr. Bohemian about his Rethink the Pink campaign against ride-sharing services; and catches up with reporter Mick Dumke about his new gig at ProPublica Illinois, why journalism is now more necessary than ever, and on what stories he's currently working. Meanwhile, in reaction to the Trump administration's latest moves against the LGBT community, we play an excerpt from OTL #548 featuring a member of Oak Park and River Forest High School's...

Duration: 00:42:34


OTL #562: Analyzing CPD data, International Sketchers Symposium, The Secret History of Philip Cohran

7/23/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about his recent Freedom of Information Act filings with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Chicago Police Department, and Mayor Emanuel's office; checks in with Urban Sketchers Chicago co-administrator Wes Douglas to get a preview of the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium being held here in town; and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about visionary musician,...

Duration: 00:38:32


OTL #561: Best beers for the summer, Localpalooza preview, Dina Bach plays live

7/16/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel about 10 local beers to take you through the summer, the best macro beers in America, and his upcoming book about on Goose Island Brewery selling to Anheuser Busch; checks in with Localpalooza organizer Mike Vogus about a cool music festival benefiting The Patrick Grange Memorial Foundation for ALS research; and welcomes local singer-songwriter Dina Bach back to the studio to play live for the hour and to tell us about her "Weekly...

Duration: 00:42:48


OTL #560: Bag tax update, Play By Play on go90, The Secret History of Morris Jennings

7/9/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with DNAinfo Chicago City Hall reporter Heather Cherone about the Chicago bag tax and how it could cost the city millions, catches up with Batavia native Kevin Jakubowski about his new coming-of-age show Play by Play on the go90 platform, and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about prolific session drummer Morris Jennings for this week's edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music. Meanwhile, we discuss the fate of landline telephones in Illinois (as...

Duration: 00:45:39


OTL #559: Life After Hate, Inside a street vendor kitchen, Dream Version plays live

7/2/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Life After Hate executive director and co-founder Sammy Rangel about his organization and what happens now that the Trump administration eliminated their grant, visits with Street Vendors Association of Chicago vice president Vicky Lugo about a new North Lawndale-based shared kitchen, and welcomes local band Dream Version to the studio to play live for the hour and to talk about their new record Fight Fair. Meanwhile, we discuss the new public participation rules...

Duration: 00:40:08


OTL #558: Taxing online video games, Chicago Tree Project, The Secret History of Bonemen of Barumba

6/25/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with Entertainment Software Association senior vice president Rich Taylor about how Chicago taxes our online video gaming experience, checks in with Chicago Sculpture International board president Emily Moorhead about turning dying trees into sculptures via The Chicago Tree Project, and chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about tribal postpunk oddballs the Bonemen of Barumba for this week's edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music. Meanwhile, we tell...

Duration: 00:41:21


OTL #557: Libraries and social justice, Michelin restaurants closing, Mellow Bike Map

6/18/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with American Library Association president Julie Todaro about the continued importance of libraries and the upcoming 2017 ALA Annual Conference here in Chicago; checks in with DNAinfo Chicago reporter Patty Wetli about the surprising (non)success rate of Chicago's Michelin-rated restaurants, and chats with The Chainlink president Yasmeen Schuller about her bicycle community website and the Mellow Chicago Bike Map put together by Streetsblog Chicago. Meanwhile, we spin...

Duration: 00:39:53


OTL #556: The Secret History of Bad Axe, Regional crash report, Boy Meets Robot

6/11/2017
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Mike Stephen chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 1970s rockers Bad Axe for this week's edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music, talks with Active Transportation Alliance advocacy director Jim Merrell about a new report that says fatal car/pedestrian crash rates are higher in the suburbs, and welcomes Mike of Boy Meets Robot to the studio to play live for the hour and to talk about making funny music with a Game Boy and playing FuMPFeST 2017. Meanwhile, radio nerd...

Duration: 00:43:21


OTL #555: The future of landlines in IL, Chicago is not broke, Politics and science in our state

6/4/2017
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Mike Stephen talks with AARP Illinois associate state director Julie Vahling about the future of landline telephones in Illinois, chats with civic educator Tom Tresser about our city's financial future as detailed in Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve, and checks in with Illinois Science Council executive director Monica Metzler about how the current political climate impacts the science community in our state. Meanwhile, we discuss what Chicagoans are drinking! This week's...

Duration: 00:35:24

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