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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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United States

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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

Outside the Loop WGN Radio 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611


Episodes

OTL #697: Inside the Nisei Lounge, IL’s pathway to clean energy, The fiscal future of the state

2/22/2020
Mike Stephen keeps the Winter Tavern Tour going and visits the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville, learns about Illinois’ pathway to renewable energy, and discusses the state’s finances in the wake of the state budget address this week. The Golden Horse Ranch Band brings us the local tunes!

Duration:00:36:34

OTL #696: A Chicago secret on Western Ave., Will Amazon impact Pullman?, The Secret History of Jimmy Johnson

2/15/2020
Mike Stephen continues the Winter Tavern Tour and stops by The Water Hole on Western Ave., discusses the possible impact of Amazon coming to the Pullman neighborhood, and learns the Secret History of blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson. This week the local music comes from Motel Breakfast.

Duration:00:33:51

OTL #695: Is The Matchbox the smallest Chicago bar?, Open Books Publishing Academy, The need for bilingual teachers in IL

2/8/2020
Mike Stephen kicks off the Winter Tavern Tour at The Matchbox in West Town, learns about a program that turns young writers into published novelists called Open Books Publishing Academy, and discusses the efforts to recruit more bilingual teachers in the state. And this week we enjoy local music from Way to Go Radio.

Duration:00:34:32

OTL #694: Building an adventure at FORTS!, Inside Interstellar Space Records, The Secret History of John Littlejohn

2/1/2020
Mike Stephen visits the show FORTS! at the Filament Theatre in Portage Park, drops by a new vinyl record store in Ravenswood, and learns the Secret History of slide guitarist John Littlejohn. This week the local music comes from The Weekend Run Club.

Duration:00:46:51

OTL #693: The OTL 2020 Podcasting Summit

1/25/2020
Mike Stephen chats about all things related to podcasting! Matt Young of Hello From the Magic Tavern, Ryan Ingwersen of ABV Chicago, and Kelly Opalko from the Chicago Podcast Festival stop by the studio to discuss podcasting in Chicago and beyond. This week's local tunes provided by Sports Boyfriend.

Duration:00:53:14

OTL #692: Can Lori Lightfoot transform Chicago?, High hopes for dispensaries, The Secret History of George “Wild Child” Butler

1/18/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the Black Chicago perspective of Mayor Lightfoot with Tiffany Walden of The Triibe, listens to a journalist’s experience visiting a dispensary, and learns the Secret History of Chicago Blues harpist George “Wild Child” Butler. This week the local music comes from Lou Schmidt. Also: let us know where we should go for the upcoming OTL Winter Tavern Tour!

Duration:00:44:09

We can’t impeach a Chicago mayor, Joe Policastro talks jazz in Chicago, The Secret History of Lucille Spann

1/11/2020
Mike Stephen learns how we can’t impeach a Chicago mayor, welcomes local jazz musician Joe Policastro to preview his trio’s show, and discovers the Secret History of blues singer Lucille Spann. Plus: Joe visits the OTL Wrap Party segment to discuss playing music in Chicago and the awesomeness of the late Neil Peart of Rush. This week we enjoy local music from The Joe Policastro Trio, of course!

Duration:00:50:17

OTL #690: Stories from a trolley driver, Is Chicago failing at recycling?, Empowering female politicians

1/4/2020
Mike Stephen talks to a former local trolley driver who did the job for over 20 years and has a new book about his experiences called Twenty Years Without a Weekend, gets an update on Chicago’s recycling efforts from the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and learns about a new TV show that helps novice female politicians run for office called RUN. The local music this week is brought to us by Blood Red Boots.

Duration:00:40:16

OTL #689: Was 2019 a good local beer year?, Center for IL Politics, Looking back on OTL in the 2010s

12/28/2019
Mike Stephen discusses whether 2019 was a good year for local beer with Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune, learns about the fight against corruption with Susan Garrett of the Center for Illinois Politics, and airs some show clips from the past decade of OTL. The local music this week is brought to us by Ryan Yueill. Happy New Year from your friends at OTL!

Duration:00:44:48

OTL #688: Clean Energy Jobs Act update, WIDE-LP’s progressive voice in Madison, The Secret History of The Moondogs

12/21/2019
Mike Stephen gets an update on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, checks in with a garage-based community radio station, WIDE-LP, in Madison, WI, and learns the Secret History of 70s local country-rockers The Moondogs. This week's local Holiday music is brought to you by El Gato Roboto.

Duration:00:39:51

OTL #687: All About Andersonville

12/14/2019
Mike Stephen heads up to the Andersonville neighborhood and takes the show to Simon’s Tavern on Clark Street. We hear conversations from members of the community about what makes the neighborhood tick. Mike and OTL producer Collin Seaman welcome Laura Austin of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce to talk about the strength of the community. Simon's Tavern owner Scott Martin sits down to discuss the importance of that bar in the neighborhood. Next, we enjoy an architecture conversation...

Duration:00:44:12

OTL #686: The 50th Anniversary of Fred Hampton’s murder, Transportation equity for the disabled, The Secret History of Eardance

12/7/2019
Mike Stephen discusses the significance of the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark with Chicago Tribune reporter William Lee, learns about recommendations for providing better transportation access for the disabled, and discovers the Secret History of 80s prog-rockers Eardance. This week's local music is brought to you by Violet Mice.

Duration:00:41:43

OTL #685: The photos of gentrification, Local government transparency, Girls on the Run Chicago

11/30/2019
Mike Stephen learns about an upcoming book about gentrification in Logan Square with sociologist and photographer David Schalliol, discusses a City Bureau analysis of local government transparency, and plays back the sounds of the Girls on the Run Chicago 5k. The local music this week is brought to us by Batteries Not Included.

Duration:00:33:54

OTL #684: Teaching for change, An Ode to the Green Line, The Secret History of Pieces of Peaces

11/23/2019
Mike Stephen learns about a new high school class on the Holocaust and genocide at Oak Park & River Forest High School, discusses the community importance of the Green Line, and discovers the Secret History of local funk band Pieces of Peace. This week's local music is brought to you by Catho.

Duration:00:35:35

OTL #683: New edition of Fooditor 99, Life in a Sundown Town, Mapping media and development

11/16/2019
Mike Stephen previews the new edition of local food guide Fooditor 99, learns about the history of Sundown Towns with ProPublica Illinois' Logan Jaffe, and discusses a new tool that maps media coverage of local development. The local music this week is brought to us by Hood Smoke.

Duration:00:43:51

OTL #682: Young Feminist Conference, Connecting journalists and their communities, The Secret History of 4 Taus

11/9/2019
Mike Stephen previews the Young Feminist Conference with Cause the Effect Chicago's founder Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, learns about another conference aimed at connecting journalists and their communities called the People-Powered Publishing Conference, and discovers the Secret History of 60s frat-rockers 4 Taus. This week's local music is brought to you by Jason Valley.

Duration:00:41:53

OTL #681: Sr. Helen Prejean on a life of activism, Live Bluegrass performance from Cox’s Army

11/2/2019
Mike Stephen talks to longtime activist Sister Helen Prejean about her life of activism, new book, and her upcoming talk at Dominican University. Cox’s Army, a tremendous local Bluegrass Band, stops by the studio to perform live and preview their upcoming record release show at The Hideout!

Duration:00:33:46

OTL #680: New life for closed schools, Community organizing in Chicago, The Secret History of Alvin Fielder

10/26/2019
Mike Stephen learns about a project to give new life to shuttered Chicago schools called Creative Grounds, discusses the impact of local community organizing, and gets the Secret History of the late jazz drummer Alvin Fielder. This week's local music is brought to you by The Artist Formerly Known as Vince.

Duration:00:32:49

OTL #679: Real-life stories of disability, Letter to the Mayor about mobility justice in Chicago

10/19/2019
Mike Stephen talks to Pia Justesen, author of a new book called From the Periphery: Real-Life Stories of Disability that is an oral history of those living with disabilities and then discusses mobility justice with Anton Seals, the lead steward of Grow Greater Englewood. This week's local music is brought to us by LagPass.

Duration:00:38:31

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

10/12/2019
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.

Duration:00:44:11