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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, 17 Aug 2019 19:30:37 +0000
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1. OTL #670: Democratic Socialism in the City Council, Fishing in the Chicago River, The Secret History of Jerry-O
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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.



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



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



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



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



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



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



8. OTL #663: The Legacy Project, Clean Energy Jobs Act isn’t dead, Mini-golf uniting North Lawndale
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Mike Stephen learns about an LGBTQ history initiative called The Legacy Project, gets an update on clean energy policy from Rep. Ann Williams, and talks to a local artist helping to unite North Lawndale through mini-golf.  The local music on this week's show comes from SuperKnova.



9. OTL #662: The local mega-development trend, Does the IL budget solve our money woes?, The Secret History of Dead Freddie
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Mike Stephen discusses the trend of planning mega-developments in Chicago, gets an analysis of the new state budget, and learns the Secret History of 80s rockers Dead Freddie.  This week's local music is brought to you by KAINA.



10. 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.



11. 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.



12. 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.



13. OTL #658: Ald. La Spata arrives, Illinois’ bad bet 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.



14. 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.



15. 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.



16. 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!



17. 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.



18. 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.  



19. 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.



20. 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.



21. 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.



22. 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.



23. 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.



24. 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.



25. 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.