Outside the Loop RADIO

Outside the Loop RADIO

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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago’s Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, “OTL” now airs on Chicago’s Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area. The show covers topics stories that don’t always get mainstream media attention… and it’s all presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant. Show co-founder Andy Hermann has returned to produce Phase III of OTL Radio. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

Mike Stephen learns about the ongoing story of a proposed memorial to victims of police torture with Logan Jaffe of ProPublica Illinois, discusses how sustainable buildings are impacted by the pandemic with Connor Jansen of the Illinois Green Alliance, and explores how COVID-19 is affecting prisons with Jennifer Vollen-Katz of the John Howard Association of Illinois. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin continue the discussion about buildings and the pandemic. Also, Collin reports that there is decent mask-wearing happening in northern Michigan. The local phase four music comes from the new Bloodshot Records compilation Pandemophenia.

Recent Episodes

  • OTL #717: Green buildings in the time of a pandemic, Police torture memorial, How COVID-19 impacts prisons

    1 week ago
  • OTL #716: Protecting voting rights, Fireworks on the rise, The Secret History of Holle Thee Maxwell

    2 weeks ago
  • OTL #715: The return of the 157 Ogden bus, Black businesses owners turn to the community for support, The outlook on local police reform

    3 weeks ago
  • OTL #714: Celebrating Pride in 2020, Chicago breweries are back, The Secret History of Chase

    1 month ago
  • OTL #713: Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks, Recycling during a pandemic, Are TIF’s robbing minority communities?

    1 month ago
  • OTL #712: Addressing systemic racism, The Secret History of Michael Salvatori

    1 month ago
  • OTL #711: Culinary Historians of Chicago, The Lantern Haus balloons up, Sustainability during a pandemic

    2 months ago
  • OTL #710: The Tamale Guy in jeopardy, Chicago Drawbridges, The Secret History of Thom Bishop

    2 months ago
  • OTL #709: Who is left behind during the pandemic?, COVID-19’s impact on IL environmental policy

    2 months ago
  • OTL #708: CTA Fails, COVID-19’s local food scene impact, The Secret History of The Jokers

    2 months ago