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Podcast title Outside the Loop RADIO
Website URL http://outsidetheloopradio.com...
Description Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine
Updated Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:29:01 +0000
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1. OTL #661: Conversations about race with Speak Up
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Mike Stephen welcomes into the studio Megan Brand and Christina Woods, co-founders of Speak Up, a local organization that aims to disrupt systemic racism.  Joining them is parent participant Mary Bowman Arents.  The local music on this week's show comes from Radio Shaq.



2. OTL #660: Black South Side food scene, Today’s college student, The Secret History of Loleatta Holloway
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Mike Stephen learns about new Chicago Tribune coverage of the Black South Side food scene, discusses the state of college students today, and discovers the Secret History of Disco Diva Loleatta Holloway.  This week's local music is brought to you by They Won't Win.



3. OTL #659: Civics education for felons, Preserving Chicago apartments, The Feminist Happy Hour turns 3
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Mike Stephen learns about new laws that provide civics education for Illinois inmates, discusses preserving Chicago apartments, and previews The Feminist Happy Hour’s 3rd anniversary event.  The local music on this week's show comes from Tommi Zender.



4. OTL #658: Ald. La Spata arrives, Illinois’ bad bed on gambling, The Secret History of the Universal Togetherness Band
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Mike Stephen talks to new 1st Ward Ald. Daniel La Spata about the issues, learns how Illinois video gambling is a bad bet, and discovers the Secret History of local 70s funkers The Universal Togetherness Band.  This week's local music is brought to you by The Dead Licks.



5. OTL #657: City Council committee madness, Let’s get rid of townships, Electric vehicles in Illinois could get more expensive
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Mike Stephen talks with ProPublica Illinois reporter Mick Dumke about  City Council committee patronage and politics, explores the idea of the state doing away with townships, and discusses the possibility of an increase in taxes on electric vehicles.  The local music on this week's show comes from Warped Wonder.



6. OTL #656: Chicago’s lax recycling, Green Energy for IL, The Secret History of The Mentally Ill
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Mike Stephen learns about recent problems with Chicago’s recycling program, discusses the clean energy efforts of Illinois, and discovers the Secret History of Deerfield punkers The Mentally Ill.  This week's local music is brought to you by Mush.



7. OTL #655: The Black Oil Brothers’ triumphant return, Jahmal Cole wants a united Chicago
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Mike Stephen talks to My Block, My Hood, My City founder Jahmal Cole about his continued work to unite Chicago and welcomes The Black Oil Brothers back into the studio for some live jamz and to talk about frontman Timmy Ryan's almost near-fatal accident.  The boys from the band join Mike and Collin for an extended OTL Wrap Party and discuss the possible impact of the Lincoln Yards development on the local music scene.  The local music on this week's show comes from The Black Oil Brothers, duh!



8. OTL #654: Chicago Tool Library, Chicago International Pen Show, The Secret History of The Infinitives
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Mike Stephen learns about the new Chicago Tool Library, previews the upcoming Chicago International Pen Show, and dives into the Secret History of Des Plaines garage-rockers The Infinitives.  This week's local music is brought to you by The Unswept.



9. OTL #653: Black millennials staying in Chicago, TIF impact on the city, Pilsen’s proposed landmark district
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Mike Stephen discusses why some black millennials are staying in the city, gets an update about the impact of TIF districts on neighborhoods, and learns about the issues surrounding the proposed landmark district in Pilsen.  Mike and Producer Collin talk about dive bars and landmarks as part of the OTL Wrap Party.  The local music on this week's show comes from Caroline Campbell.  



10. OTL #652: Windy City Historians, Lessons from an aldermanic campaign, The Secret History of Louis Myers
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Mike Stephen learns about a new Chicago history podcast called Windy City Historians, recaps what Katie Sieracki learned after her aldermanic campaign in the 33rd Ward, and discovers the Secret History of late local blues talent Louis Myers. This week's local music is brought to you by OIO.



11. OTL #651: Compassion for ex-gang members, IL environmental progress, The new mayor’s transportation platform
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Mike Stephen discusses rehabilitating ex-gang members with Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, learns about the progress of the state’s environmental protection policies with the executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, and explores the transportation platform of the new mayor-elect of Chicago with John Greenfield of Streetsblog Chicago.  The local music on this week's show comes from Pyramid Scheme.



12. OTL #650: Chicago’s New Boss, New Koreatown, The Secret History of Calvin Fuzz Jones
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Mike Stephen learns about a new independently-produced web series covering local politics called Chicago's New Boss, gets the lowdown on variety of local Korean food options with Nick Kindelsperger of the Chicago Tribune, and discovers the Secret History of bassist Calvin “Fuzz” Jones.  This week's local music is brought to you by Mindswimmer.



13. OTL #649: Ald. John Arena talks politics, IL budget and taxes, Sunrise Movement Chicago
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Mike Stephen talks to outgoing Ald. John Arena (45th) about local political issues, discusses the proposed state progressive income tax and budget with David Merriman of the Fiscal Futures Project, and learns about the work of Sunrise Movement Chicago.  The local music this week is powered by The Tentatives.



14. OTL #648: Honkers Ale gets demoted, Winter Tavern Tour visits J&M Tap, The Secret History of Georgia White
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Mike Stephen discusses Goose Island's decision to stop distributing Honkers Ale with Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel, drops by the J&M Tap in the Ukrainian Village for the final stop on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour, and learns the Secret History of prewar Blues pianist and vocalist Georgia White.  This week's local music is brought to you by Flatfoot 56.



15. OTL #647: Winter Tavern Tour visits The Corner Bar, Local political roundup
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Mike Stephen slides by The Corner Bar in Bucktown as part of the OTL Winter Tavern Tour and then welcomes Pro Publica Illinois' Mick Dumke and IL Election Data's Scott Kennedy to the bar to give their analysis of local politics after the municipal election.  All this in a bar.  Because, why not?  The local music this week is powered by Decoy Prayer Meeting.



16. OTL #646: Automatic voter registration problems, The Secret History of Freddie Roulette, Winter Tavern Tour visits The Lantern
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Mike Stephen discusses some of the issues with the implementation of the state's automatic voter registration law, learns the Secret History of local Blues lap steel guitar player Freddie Roulette, and drops by The Lantern in Lake Forest for another stop on the OTL Winter Tavern Tour.  This week's local music is brought to you by Boyo Talk.



17. OTL #645: Winter Tavern Tour visits The Levee, The future of the Old Town School, Life outside Cook County Jail
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Mike Stephen drops by The Levee in Hermosa as part of the OTL Winter Tavern Tour, discusses the future of The Old Town School of Folk Music with CEO Jim Newcomb, and learns about the struggle of life outside the Cook County Jail with author and sociologist Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve.  The local music this week is powered by Jan James.



18. OTL #644: Winter Tavern Tour visits Richmond’s, Finishing a campaign for alderman, The Secret History of Willie Big Eyes Smith
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Mike Stephen stops by Richmond’s Sports Bar in Humboldt Park to learn about that establishment’s history, checks in with 33rd ward aldermanic candidate Katie Sieracki, and learns the Secret History of local Bluesman Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.  This week's local music is brought to you by Obeko.



19. OTL #643: Winter Tavern Tour visits Cody’s, Little Village’s environmental justice, Chicago’s population decline
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Mike Stephen stops by Cody's bar in Lakeview to kick off the Winter Tavern Tour with @ChicagoBars, learns about Little Village's fight for environmental justice, and discusses the statistics that show Chicago's declining population with local demographer Rob Paral.  The local music this week is powered by Minor Moon.



20. OTL #642: Lincoln Yards’ impact on local music, Justice 13 mayoral survey, The Secret History of Lefty Dizz
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Mike Stephen discusses the potential impact of Lincoln Yards on the local music scene with journalist Mark Guarino, learns the results of the Chicago Justice Project's Justice 13 mayoral survey, and discovers the Secret History of the late local Blues guitar rocker Lefty Dizz.  This week's local music is brought to you by Derek Clegg.



21. OTL #641: Chicago United for Equity, Cityscape Chicago
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Mike Stephen discusses the importance of racial equity work in Chicago with Niketa Brar of Chicago United for Equity and then learns how we can use open data to discover more information about local development projects through Cityscape Chicago. ALSO: Let us know about your favorite cozy winter neighborhood bars/taverns here!  The local music this week is powered by Plastic Crimewave Syndicate.



22. OTL #640: Trek Talk in Logan Square, Organizing Black Chicago, The Secret History of Lil’ Ed Williams
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Mike Stephen beams over to Logan Square to geek out about Trek Talk, discusses the readiness of Black Chicago to organize for the upcoming mayoral election with Tiffany Walden of The Triibe, and learns the Secret History of Chicago Bluesman Lil' Ed Williams.  This week's local music is brought to you by Twin Talk.



23. OTL #639: The Outside the Loop 2019 Podcasting Summit
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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 for this summit are podcasters Robin Amer of The City, Laura Austin of Always Andersonville, and Shannon Cason of Homemade Stories and The Trouble. Special thanks to Flora for powering this week's local music.



24. OTL #638: Pollution in NW Indiana, Chicago Puppet Theater Fest, Neighborhood affordability study
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Mike Stephen learns how the government shutdown canceled an EPA pollution hearing in East Chicago, previews the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival with artistic director Blair Thomas, and discusses a study analyzing increasing housing prices in Chicago neighborhoods and the impact of those price increases.  The local music this week is brought to you by Noiseferatu.  ALSO: Let us know about your favorite cozy winter neighborhood bars/taverns here!



25. OTL #637: Austin coming together, Flaws of the FOIA, How the line helps define Chicago
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Mike Stephen chats with Austin Coming Together's Darnell Shields about a new plan to improve the Austin community, learns about the flaws in the state's Freedom of Information Act with ProPublica Illinois' Mick Dumke, and explores how lines help define and impact Chicago with the co-president of the Chicago Architectural Club Carlo Parente.  The local music this week is brought to you by Hearts and Minds.