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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 ...
 
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At the Square is American Public Square at Jewell's (APS) podcast channel. You'll find our series 'Both Sides', Student podcast episodes, and live event recordings. At the Square podcasts cover topics that correspond to APS programs and events while providing context and additional information on the issues. Episodes feature fact-based, civil conversations between experts and APS staff members.
 
The Creative Composite is an innovative Digital Dental Marketing agency based in Manchester, UK, ran by experienced dental professionals. We believe that all dental professionals should have a sound understanding of business and marketing to help them excel in their careers, business life and personal life so we are on a mission to educate, inspire and motivate.
 
Vanessa Fewings is the host of THE ROMANCE SHOW Podcast, part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Vanessa is a USA TODAY bestselling author. Her latest series is The Icon Trilogy, a romantic suspense about Zara Leighton, London’s most brilliant art investigator on the hunt for the notorious thief known as Icon. PERFUME GIRL (stand-alone) is scheduled for a fall release. Vanessa’s previous novels include the bestselling Enthrall Sessions, a romance series spanning eight books abou ...
 
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On this episode of Both Sides, Allan and Mike talk our capacity to govern ourselves through the lens of debt limits, reconciliation packages and Infrastructure bills! Who’s winning and who’s losing and what does this mean as we head into 2022! Also, whats up with the Kansas City Police Budget and where EXACTLY are the funds being used?…
 
In this episode, Tif answers another listener’s question about protecting your designs online. Listen to Tif provide three essential tips on protecting your designs and products online utilizing copyrighting, lawyers, and watermarking. Lastly, take a trip with Tif down memory lane to the beginning of the Internet.…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the future of media and democracy with Nikki Usher, associate professor of journalism at the University of Illinois and author of News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism, and talks to civic educator and public defender Tom Tresser about the latest in the Chicago TIF saga. And in the…
 
Mike Stephen talks to Tracy Baim, the co-publisher of the Chicago Reader, about that publication’s 50th anniversary and what it means to the city. Then, we learn about a proposal to fight homelessness in Chicago from Edrika Fulford, a member of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless' Grassroots Leadership Team. And Mike tells the story of a high sc…
 
Mike Stephen learns about a new local Black-owned brewery called Funkytown from co-owners Richard Bloomfield, Zachary Day, and Gregory Williams, discusses the loss of affordable housing in Chicago with executive director of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University Geoff Smith, and discovers the Secret History of the local country rock…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of mass incarceration in Illinois with Meredith Nnoka of IL Humanities, learns about community participation in redrawing ward maps from Chaundra Van Dyk of CHANGE Illinois, and gets the lowdown on some new rock and roll from the local band The Footlight District with vocalist and songwriter Sarah Scarbrough. And M…
 
On this special episode of Both Sides, we welcome award winning authors Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett! In their new book The Upswing, the authors state that history holds the answers to how we move out of these tumultuous times. They argue that America's Gilded Age shows remarkable similarity to our own, including a gap between rich and …
 
Mike Stephen learns about the Black Fives Era of basketball from journalist Ade Adeniji, discusses the passage of new climate legislation in Illinois with Colleen Smith of the Illinois Environmental Council, and discovers the Secret History of gospel musician Rev. Marvin Yancy. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Producer Collin says farewell and turns in h…
 
In this episode, Tif interviews Kylie, the shop owner of Silver Tuna Shop. A handmade clay jewelry shop on Etsy focused on selling earrings. Check out this interview to hear how Kylie started her Etsy shop, drives traffic to her Etsy shop using Instagram, and what motivates her to keep going on Etsy.…
 
Mike Stephen learns about Takeout 25’s evolution into a non-profit from founder and board president Ravi Parakkat, gets the lowdown on The Iconic Chicago Restaurants Map from Chicago Reader columnist and Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield, and learns about the wonderful resources of area ethnic grocery stores from Fooditor editor Mike Geber…
 
In this episode of Both Sides, Allan and Mike are joined by Andrew Gillum. A lifelong public servant, Andrew Gillum is recognized across Florida and the nation as a bold and inspirational leader. The former Mayor of Tallahassee and 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Mayor Gillum possesses the unique ability to bring people together for …
 
Mike Stephen gets an update on environmental policy in Illinois with Colleen Smith of the Illinois Environmental Council, learns about Edgewater’s local environmental work with Tricia Van Eck of the Edgewater Environmental Coalition, and discovers the Secret History of 1980s new wave rockers The Odd. And in the The OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the South Side Home Movie Project with Assistant Director of Public Programming Sabrina Craig, discusses vaccine requirements to see live music in Chicago with Billy Helmkamp, the owner of Sleeping Village, and checks in with Mike Soffer, teacher and the creator of the Holocaust Studies class at Oak Park & River Forest Hig…
 
In Episode 54 of Both Sides, Allan and Mike are joined by Brad Austin, director of "All These Delicate Sorrows". All These Delicate Sorrows is a Kansas City PBS documentary that follows the journey of Holocaust survivors from liberation in 1945 to the Midwest. We hear about Brad's creative process and the lessons we can learn from shared personal s…
 
Mike Stephen discusses how local industrial real estate is booming with AJ LaTrace of RE Journals, talks to local musician Julian Daniell about his new EP and upcoming show, and learns the Secret History of 1980s punk-pop band The Veil. And the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, think about how to repurpose commercial …
 
Mike Stephen discusses a new report about how the city could have prevented residential fires with Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association, learns about a local nonprofit called Your Passion 1st that focuses on mentoring youth, and revisits a 2015 conversation with high school students about their experiences in Chicago neighborhoods. …
 
This special episode of At the Square features American Public Square at Jewell's (APS) Spring 2021 Intern Team comprised of Hugo Juarez Avalos, Hannah Cole, and Luke Dema joined by guests Leslie Ponce-Diaz, Rubi Perez Vazquez, and Valeria Martinez speaking about Online Activism. Find out more at https://americanpublicsquare.org/…
 
Mike Stephen learns how North Lawndale residents are improving their community with Reshorna Fitzpatrick of the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church, talks to local singer-songwriter Dina Bach about her new music, and discovers the Secret History of the late, great Joe Cassidy. And the OTL Wrap Party segment is on vacation this week. Rest up, Wra…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the new study about Chicago’s garbage with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Brett Chase, explores a critique of CPD union leadership with Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska, and digs into the OTL archives to rediscover the Museum of Classic Chicago Television with founder Rick Klein. And in the OTL Wrap Party, M…
 
Mike Stephen remembers the proposed Crosstown Expressway from the 1970s with local writer Mary Wisniewski, learns about housing assistance in the wake of the pandemic with Anthony Simpkins, president & CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, and discovers the Secret History of Chicago tenor sax man Ari Brown. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mik…
 
Mike Stephen talks to Cook Co. Commissioner Larry Suffredin about the future of the county forest preserve, gets an update on local street vendors, and talks to Hillel Frankel of the trailblazing Chicago Ska band Heavy Manners. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin discuss tax increases and ska music.…
 
Mike Stephen learns how COVID-19 is impact local prison reentry facilities with freelance journalist Michael Murney, pays tribute to gymnast Dianne Durham by featuring his interview with her from 2006, and learns the Secret History of Chicago-born musician Jim Holvay. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin get ready for their 4th of Ju…
 
Mike Stephen chats with Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) about COIVD relief money, learns about the inclusive work of the Brave Space Alliance with director of programs Brittney Thomas, and discusses local history though the lens of the dance community in Chicago with Jenai Cutcher, executive & artistic director of the Chicago Dance History Project. And …
 
In Episode #52 of Both Sides, Allan and Mike begin by discussing the new Missouri gun laws and how they relate to the nullification doctrine of 1832. They also discuss the G7 summit, American foreign policy and influence, the Missouri senate race, and more. For recent episodes and more information go to: https://americanpublicsquare.org/…
 
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