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Outside the Loop Radio is a weekly audio magazine 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 media, all with a strong and independent Chicago slant. OTL provides for discussion that goes beyond just the headlines in our local papers.


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

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

  • OTL #677: The Neighborhood Architecture Show

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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

    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 TIF money in Chicago!  This week’s local music is brought to us by […]

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

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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

    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. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

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

    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. To […]

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