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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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The Late Winter Series 2021 of the Edict kicks off with self-described "investigative humorist" Dan Ilic, producer of the award-winning podcast "A Rational Fear", and a man known for shows ranging from "Hungry Beast" to "At Home Alone Together" and much more. We talk about many things and indeed many people, including Ray Martin, Scott Morrison, Ro…
 
Star of the League, shoplifter, and standup comedian Steve Rannazzisi talks to tagged stealer of Netflix passwords, and standup comedian Ari Shaffir about breaking the law. These two friends of 20 years riff on Patreon submitted stories of run-ins with the police. There’s a great story about eluding military police. It’s part of a series called “Ar…
 
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…
 
Former fatty and current standup comedian Ari Shaffir talks to world-renowned weight fluctuator and comedian Maddy Smith about her massive weight gains and losses and then gains again and then losses and then pass outs and then weight gains and then anorexia and then back to normal. Nobody gives better weight loss tips than anorexics and Maddy has …
 
This is my fourth outing as guest co-host of Well May We Say, the Australian progressive politics podcast from Jeremy Sear-Pirko in Melbourne. This episode is titled "Anti-Vicsers" because... well I assume you've been following the COVID-19 news. We also solve Australia's housing affordability crisis with some of Jeremy's modest proposals, and wond…
 
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…
 
We wrap up the Spring Series 2021 — finally — by solving most of the world's mysteries with journalist and all-round raconteur Andrew P Street. We talk about many things including UFOs, a poo-eating dog, public health education in the times of both COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS, the magic of Gummi Worm Day, bad housekeeping, and the physical impossibility …
 
Comedian and homosexual child predator Luis Gomez talks to pot-stirrer and comedian Ari Shaffir about his old days selling comedy tickets to classless tourists in Times Square. The stories were WILD. Stories of sex and violence and an early Kurt Metzger. The podcast starts inside and then moves outdoors to Times Square to try and find some of these…
 
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.…
 
Did you know that you can now buy gendered "wine cocktails"? Such fragile masculinity! Anyway, you need to know about my new crowdfunding campaign, and the bonus episode of The 8pm Quiz tomorrow night. Press play to hear about the "wine cocktail". Meanwhile, there's two things you have to do right now: 1. Click through to The 9pm Late Winter Series…
 
Space Cakes, Gummies, Brownies, chocolates, and the legendarily deadly Banana Bread. Comedian Brendan’s Sagalow and standup comedian Mile Cannon talk to standup comedian and creator of This is Not Happening Ari Shaffir about the dark arts of the baking world. It was a fun podcast about edible marijuana. You’ll be laughing the whole time. Ari has be…
 
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…
 
More than a year into Australia's COVID-19 pandemic response, Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally produces a plan that includes vaccinating people — with no targets and no deadlines. In this episode also hear about Labor’s bold and exciting plan, we hear some great advice from the NSW health minister, and we hear a few thoughts about critical rac…
 
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 …
 
Host of the Cumtown podcast Stavros Halkias joins standup comedian Ari Shaffir for a relationship and sex advice episode of Skeptic Tank. This is a “Dear Ari” relationship advice episode that’s usually available on Patreon only but in honor of Juneteenth, we’re making this one available to the public. Standup comedian Stavros Halkias and former fri…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the significance of Juneteenth with Black Remembrance Project co-founder LeCreshia Birts, learns about one City Council committee’s inaction from Tracy Siska of the Chicago Justice Project, and discovers the Secret History of the local Reggae group Skanking Lizard. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the…
 
Standup comedian and host of The Bonfire and Legion of Skanks (in that order) Big Jay Oakerson talks about his struggle with anxiety disorder with comedian and host of nothing Ari Shaffir. Jay really went through it, man. He was fine and then one afternoon, he wasn’t. He couldn’t breathe, he couldn’t think straight, and the walls started crashing i…
 
Mike Stephen talks to freelance reporter Michael Murney about his piece that covers the Chicago Police Department's Private Sector Camera Initiative, gets an update on Illinois' environmental policy from Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, and learns about public participation in drawing Chicago ward maps from Adam Alonso, CEO of BUI…
 
You know him from ABC TV's 7.30. You know him from The Feed and The Roast and Pointless Australia and more. Yes, the autumn series continues with satirist Mark Humphries. On Friday morning we talked about Australia's coming decade of Scott Morrison as prime minister, magnets, Milo Yiannopoulos, Hyacinth Bucket, our wealth of political cartoonists, …
 
Comedian Kim Congdon is fucking nuts. Standup comedian and your host Ari Shaffir sits down with this crazy Chonga to discuss the origins of the stereotype of the fiery Latin woman and how wild and fun it can be to observe her in action. She has always frightened me with her crazy Puerto Rican-style rage. The intro is live from the Mexico City Centr…
 
Mike Stephen gets an update about the local hospitality industry's rebound with the scribe behind the Chicago Bars Twitter feed, learns the story of biking to a Waffle House in Indiana from Chicago Reader columnist and Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield, and discovers the Secret History of local rocker Ron Haydock. And in the OTL Wrap Party…
 
Comedian Graham Kay has been fired more than anyone on Earth. Stand-up comedian Ari Shaffir, fresh off not appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast for two years and before that losing his own show 'This Is Not Happening,' now sits down with Graham to discuss the many times he’s been fired. The intro covers some of Ari’s own firings even thoug…
 
Mike Stephen chats about diversity in local journalism with Brandon Pope, the new president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, learns about a new bill that strengthens civics education for incarcerated youth from Ami Gandhi, senior counsel at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and gets the lowdown…
 
If you chat with a cartoonist when they're not on deadline, tangential conversations are inevitable. Welcome to this episode of the Edict with editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Cathy Wilcox. On Friday afternoon we talked about luck, fairness, autumn, corduroy, how to annoy ants, swearing in French, allergies, being tri…
 
Standup comedian Robert Kelly and standup comedian Ari Shaffir share their plan for world domination in a public Patreon episode. This is the kind of thing I do all the time on Patreon behind the paywall but I didn’t have a podcast for this week. So my lack of responsibility is your win! Congrats for following a degenerate. Join the Patreon for mor…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the expansion of Takeout 25 Oak Park from its creator and Oak Park trustee Ravi Parakkat, talks to Shawn Maxwell about his new jazz album, and discovers the Secret History of local soul singer Jackie Ross. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and Mike shares his story of taking harmonica lesso…
 
Australian author and reprobate John Birmingham joins me yet again for another conversation about everything from China to gonzo journalism, from Australia's federal budget to Irish scammers. We talk about JB's books and the end of the world, Israel, Palestine, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, gonzo journalism, endometriosis, fans, and Brisbane's Cafe…
 
Mike Stephen gets the story behind the increase of carjackings in Chicago with University of Chicago sociologist Dr. Robert Vargas, discusses the impact of the pandemic on working mothers with Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, and chats with Keya Trammell about her new music. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin …
 
Comedians Kevin Ryan and H. Foley from the @AreYouGarbage? Comedy Podcast joins standup comedian and your host Ari Shaffir in Kevin’s mom’s basement to talk about what makes someone human trash. The intro was recorded in front of a White Castle because obviously. No podcast has better locations than Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank. Kippy and Herbert are…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the future of the Thompson Center with New City writer Philip Barash, talks to local musician Jared Rabin about his new album, and learns the Secret History of The Fabulous Turks. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, discuss the role of local government in administering the Thompson Center, and …
 
The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 continues with this delightfully chaotic conversation with cartoonist and artist — yes it’s Tasmania's own Jon Kudelka. We talk about snakes and steaks, Peter Dutton's head, pokies and Percy the Currawong, Scott Morrison's handling of the COVD-19 border controls, Tasmania's state election, and many important personal life…
 
Mark Normand and I take a drivecast down to Pennsylvania for a show at SoulJoel’s Comedy Amphitheater. And we shot the shit the whole drive. I’ve always heard podcasts described as two friends talking in the front seat while you’re listening from the backseat. Well, here we are. An actual conversation from two of your best comedy buddies from the f…
 
The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 continues with journalist Cameron Wilson, now an associate editor at Crikey investigating "the stories of the Australian internet: politics, culture, conspiracy and extremism, all that good stuff". We talk about one of our favourite politicians Craig Kelly, violent extremism, the darkweb, and even something remarkable abo…
 
Mike Stephen sits down with local musician Rich Robbins to learn about his new album and inspiration, discusses the importance of labor history with Larry Spivack of the Illinois Labor History Society, and gets the lowdown on the health of local commercial real estate during the pandemic with AJ LaTrace, editor of RE Journals. And in the OTL Wrap P…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of Goose Island Brewery’s sale 10 years ago with Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel, learns the Secret History of saxman Gene Barge, and plays a clip from 2013 that features one lucky “phan’s” experience on stage with Phish. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and share their thoughts…
 
Lead singer of Pinc Louds, Claudi, sat down with standup comedian @Ari Shaffir in Tompkins Square Park NYC to talk about busking and street performing in general. The summer could have gone in two directions. We could have shut ourselves in, and given into the gloom and doom of the news, or we could've gotten out there and taken back our city. And …
 
Mike Stephen learns the historical significance of the Three Patriots statue with Chicago Jewish Historical Society co-president Rachelle Gold, discusses vaccine equity in Chicago with The Triibe's Matt Harvey, and chats about a new recycling contract for the city with Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association. And in the OTL Wrap Party,…
 
The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 continues with blockchain and cryptocurrency realist David Gerard, author of "Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain" and "Libra Shrugged: How Facebook Tried to Take Over the Money". We talk about Bitcoin, of course, as well as cryptocurrency and blockchain technology more generally, Facebook's plan to reinvent money, anarcho-c…
 
If you've been enjoying the Autumn Series of The 9pm Edict podcast, then why not support a few more episodes? Perhaps even a Public House Forum? Remember them? https://the9pmedict.com/moreautumn2021 Full podcast details and credits at: https://the9pmedict.com/edict/00130a/ Support this podcast at: https://the9pmedict.com/tip/ https://skank.com.au/s…
 
Comedian and Political Scientist Andrea Jones-Rooy came over to talk to standup comedian @Ari Shaffir about her time being a circus performer in Shanghai, China. That is correct. It’s one of the more interesting episodes of Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank you’re ever going to hear. Andrea made me miss Shanghai. Even though I’m traveling right now, this …
 
Mike Stephen talks to Sara Chapman and learns about Media Burn’s work to archive cultural history, discusses the best new local tacos with Chicago Tribune food & dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger, and discovers the Secret History of folk and rock musician Michael DeLisle. And in the OTL Wrap Party, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show, offer so…
 
Ian Fidance and I took a drive down to New Jersey and talked and laughed about his weird level of sexuality. He’s got some unique views on sex and love and whether or not he’s gay. I assumed he was at least bi but he doesn’t agree. It’s a fun driving episode that I’m gonna do more of. I think the last one I did like this was with Duncan Trussell ta…
 
In a week when many of Australia's political journalists and commentators have once again proven themselves inadequate for the job, I revisit a proposal first made in February 2012. All the details are at: https://stilgherrian.com/edict/r00002/ Support this podcast at: https://the9pmedict.com/tip/ https://skank.com.au/subscribe/…
 
It's hard to believe that this podcast began in 2010. Welcome to a remix of the first recycled Edict -- a compilation of least-worst bits from the early episodes of The 9pm Edict first posted in March 2019. In this episode, there's some nostalgia about Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, the digital economy, Peter Garrett, Sydney's Vivid Festival, NIMBY…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the pandemic’s affect on housing instability with Michelle Layser of the University of Illinois, talks to the John Howard Association of Illinois' Jennifer Vollen-Katz about how prisons are beginning to open up to more oversight, and finds out how Burning Bush Brewery has survived the pandemic so far from owner Brent Raska. A…
 
The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 continues with another plunge down the wombat warren of internet disinformation, this time with Elise Thomas from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. We talk about disinformation campaigns including Russia's interference in the 2016 US elections, sure, but also campaigns by Turkey, Pakistan, between Armenia and Azerbaij…
 
A celebration of marijuana in honor of the 420th episode of Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank Podcast. I got my friends and comedians Duncan Trussell, Dan Soder, Tony Hinchcliffe, Steve Rannazzisi, Sal Vulcano, Adrienne Iapalucci, and Mark Normand to all tell me their favorite weed stories. We got into how we started smoking, the munchies, gettting TOO hi…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the issue of increasing property taxes in Wicker Park with Hannah Alani of Block Club Chicago, talks to Executive Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick of Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church about how residents of North Lawndale are improving life in that community, and discovers the Secret History of Andrew “Big Voice” Odom. And in…
 
The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 continues with philosopher, reprobate, and all-round cleverthinker Patrick Stokes. He's also half of The Fake McCoys. We talk about many things, including the joys of Denmark, Scott Morrison's week of disrespecting women, the colour of fleas, the Australian way of fear, Sydney-Melbourne rivalry during the Quarantimes, Cli…
 
Mike Stephen discusses Illinois’ grade for electric transportation with Bryan Howard of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, learns about the importance of local architectural journalism with architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius, and talks to Colleen Smith, deputy director of the Illinois Environmental Council, about a propose…
 
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