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The Chicago Cultural Alliance presents Cultural Connections! A conversation designed to curate meaningful connections and to highlight the stories of Chicago's cultural organizations and supporters. With Covid-19 re-engineering our world, the Alliance recognizes the importance of sticking to our roots, with our number one focus being to uphold our mission: To connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago. To do that, we've brought back our original n ...
 
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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Just Cannabis drama, space weed and blazing a Malawi CobThis week we get the latest gossip about Just Cannabis grow mix, discuss the potential for growing weed in space and review the legendary Malawi Cob. Get lit and tune out with us.#ZollPoll - Do you make your own grow mix? - Fo sho - Hell no - So so#LankDank - Swag and shwag Taking a look at wh…
 
Janet Carl Smith is an ardent supporter of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, recipient of the Alliance’s Cultural Champion Award in 2014, and has been an ally for the arts and culture community in Chicago for many years. You can learn about how she used her positions over the years to advocate for the arts in the spaces that not everyone can access an…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the legacy of local disinvestment in East Garfield Park with Mick Dumke of ProPublica Illinois, talks with Ai-jen Poo, co-founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, about domestic workers rights, and learns the Secret History of local drummer Dave Tough. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin refl…
 
Couriering weed, flushing plants & the SA green rushThis episode we discuss the merits of flushing your plants, get the scoop on the SA green rush and put weed couriers in the spotlight. Roll up and get lit with us live every Thursday evening.#ZollPoll - Are couriers obligated to ship your weed? - Hell no - Fo sho - It's complicated#LankDank - Swag…
 
Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance's Executive Director Peter Vega as he presents the first of two 2020 Outstanding Community Leader Awards to the Chinese American Museum's Soo Lon Moy and listen as they discuss the history of community within Chicago's Chinese community and the issues of racism in Chinatown, especially during this Covid-19 pandemi…
 
Mike Stephen learns about what it’s like to get out the vote with Janelle Rau-Clauson, chats about NewCity’s special “Best of Chicago” issue with guest co-editor Scoop Jackson, and gets some tips on enjoying winter during a pandemic from the Chicago Reader's John Greenfield. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the…
 
Volcano - The #Hotboxshow Episode 158We review a Volcano Vaporiser, discuss the merits of old weed and get an update on budzilla. Toke a fat one and get lit with us as we tune out together. Live every Thursday evening.#ZolPoll - Will really old weed get you grilled? - Fo sho - Hell no - So so#LankDank - Swag and Shwag#CBDNN - What is weed's shelf l…
 
Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance's Executive Director Peter Vega as he presents the 2020 Cultural Champion Award to the Court Theater's Angel Ysaguirre and listen as discuss theater in the age of Covid-19, the importance of the arts and dive into topics surrounding Chicago's art sector. If you'd like to support the Alliance and it's programs, ple…
 
Mike Stephen explores how restaurants are turning to sandwiches to survive with Nick Kindelsperger of the Chicago Tribune, learns about the City of Chicago budget process with City Bureau reporting residents Kelly Garcia and Corli Jay, and discovers the Secret History of local R&B band The Lovelites. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Prod…
 
The #Hotboxshow Episode 157 ft. Dr Lennox Mtshagi from BFASAWorking while high, BFASA vs SAHPRA and GemmaCert - HB157This week we discuss using weed before work, find out why SAHPRA is under fire from BFASA and test our bud potency on a kiff ganja gadget. Get lit and tune out with us live every Thursday evening.#ZollPoll - Do you toke before work? …
 
Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance's Executive Director Peter Vega as he presents the 2020 Cultural Champion Award to the Court Theater's Angel Ysaguirre and listen as discuss theater in the age of Covid-19, the importance of the arts and dive into topics surrounding Chicago's art sector. Episode 1 Premieres on November 10th! Stay Tuned! If you'd l…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the possibility of downstate Illinois seceding from Chicago with Ted McClelland of Chicago Magazine, learns about a new book called Bullets for Dead Hoods that gives us a look into local mobsters of the 1930s from curator John Corbett, and reviews an analysis of how the state has spent COVID-19 funds with ProPublica Illinois'…
 
Vertical Gardening, 70's Weed Sucks, SAHPRA Must Fall - HB156Why 70's weed sucked, vertical gardening for your ganja and what to do when your neigbours complain about your dank. Roll a fat one and get lit with us live every Thursday evening.#ZolPoll - Is pothead offensive? - Definitely - Kinda - Nope#LankDank - Swag & Shwag#CBDNN - When neighbours …
 
Mike Stephen learns how The Love Fridge works to combat hunger during a pandemic with co-lead organizer Lisa Armstrong, discusses Ballot Z’s mission of getting young people involved civically with founder Gretchen Coleman, and learns the Secret History of local 1960s funk and soul band The Artistics. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Prod…
 
SA Weed Boom, Glass Joins & Pots For PotThe #Hotboxshow Episode 155#CBDN - SA Weed Boom - https://businesstech.co.za/news/business-opinion/439689/nuclear-plants-cannabis-can-boost-south-african-revival/amp/#ZolPoll Ever broken the law? - Fo sho - Hell No - Bent it!#GrowingWithMyBuds - Pots For Pot - https://www.gthydro.co.za#WeedlyCalendar - GreenT…
 
Mike Stephen learns about Injustice Watch's judicial election guide with Emily Hoerner, discusses the push to create fair ward boundaries in Chicago with CHANGE Illinois' Madeleine Doubek, and talks about being a musician during the pandemic with Audrey Foxx. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on the show and Collin…
 
This week we try to erase our anxiety with CBD herb, blaze some new local'ish hemp cones and discuss the intricacies of wavelengths for your weed. Roll a fat one and come tune out with us live every quarter to Friday.#ZollPoll - Would you toke CBD buds? - Fo sho - Hell no - Maybe#LankDank - Swag and Shwag#CBDNN - SA's first legal bud and New Zealan…
 
Mike Stephen learns about efforts to bring back live music in Chicago with Mike Jeffers of the Epiphany Center for the Arts, learns about a new book on LGBTQ history called Our Gay History in Fifty States from author Zaylore Stout, and discovers the Secret History of the band The Chicago Loop. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Co…
 
This week we discuss the latest high court victory for Mary Jane, puff on the G-Pen Nova and ask ourselves if it's okay to wash your weed. Roll a fat one and come tune out live with us every Thursday evening.#ZollPoll - Ever washed your herb? - Yes - No - Sies man#LankDank - Swag and shwag#CBDNN - Complementary medicine victory in high court https:…
 
Mike Stephen talks to a variety of local business owners about how they are surviving the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear from Joe Basilone, co-owner of Perkolator in Portage Park, Tyler & Natalie Anderson, co-owners of Beardsgaard Barbers in Batavia, and Jim & Kisha Williams, co-owners of Power Fitness Chicago in Roseland. And in…
 
We get elevated with Cheeba Africa, take a look at what SA is getting high on and wonder if bong water is dope or disgusting. Roll a fat one and come tune out with us. Live and unpredictable very Thursday evening.#ZollPoll - Will bong water get you high? - 420% - No way - To gross to tryhttps://wayofleaf.com/accessories/bongs/can-you-drink-bong-wat…
 
Mike Stephen talks to Lucien Liz-Lapiorz of the Chicago DSA about a new interactive map that shows which landlords own what properties in Chicago, discusses lessons learned from the March primaries with City Bureau reporter Alex Arriaga, and discovers the Secret History of The Resurrection Band. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer …
 
This week we go deep on the cult fighting against legalization, talk strain names and get grilled with some homies. Roll a fat one and come tune out with us live every Thursday.#ZollPoll - Are you boycotting aQuelle? - Fo sho - Hell no - Never supported them anyway#LankDank - Swag and Shwag#CBDNN - The Cult Fighting Cannabishttps://thehighco.co.za/…
 
Mike Stephen talks to Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, about winning a humanitarian award and human connection during the pandemic, discusses Lake Michigan environmental concerns with Scott Blankman of Clean Wisconsin, and learns the pros and cons of the proposed state progressive income tax with David Merriman of the Fiscal Futures P…
 
The #Hotboxshow Episode 150 ft. Hoko Active WearThis week it's raining weed as we take a look at testing your ganja and getting active with Mary Jane. We'll bring the lank dank while you roll a fat one and tune out with us live every Thursday evening.#ZollPoll - Flowers vs Dabs? - Flowers - Dabs - Too tough to choose#LankDank - Hoko Active Wear - h…
 
Mike Stephen helps dispel myths of voting by mail with Katrina Phidd of Chicago Votes, chats with the Design Museum of Chicago's Tanner Woodford about the pandemic’s impact on local art, and learns the Secret History of funky and folky Peter Berkow. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Producer Collin professes his love of Korean Pop music and create…
 
The #Hotboxshow Episode 147 ft. Louise Maxwell and the Women of WeedIn this episode we fire up some serious gas, name the monster plant and celebrate more women of weed. Live and unpredictable every quarter to Friday. Roll a fat one and come get lit!#ZollPoll: Is ganja being colonized?- Sad but true- They can't take our fweedom- Ganja colonized us#…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the state of to-go pizza slices in Chicago with Chicago Tribune food & dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger, learns about a great literacy & art organization called Brown Books and Paint Brushes with CEO Candice Washington, and gets an update on empowering youth in Austin with Adam Alonso of BUILD. And in the OTL Wrap Party seg…
 
This week we are surprised that cops give some ganja back, get the low down from Judah Square in Knysna and wonder if weed is safe for work. Roll a fat one and get lit with us. Live and unpredictable every quarter to Friday.#ZollPoll - Should weed be allowed at work? - Hell yeah - No way - Depends on the job#LankDank - Guest, shwag and swag - https…
 
Mike Stephen talks to Lane Tech High School senior and member of the Mikva Challenge Youth Safety Advisory Council Hannah Lawrence about her efforts for police reform, learns about The Institute for Positive Living's efforts for a more accurate census from CEO & founder Rev. Marrice Coverson, and discovers the Secret History of late soul singer Bil…
 
The #Hotboxshow Episode 147 ft. Louise Maxwell and the Women of WeedIn this episode we fire up some serious gas, name the monster plant and celebrate more women of weed. Live and unpredictable every quarter to Friday. Roll a fat one and come get lit!#ZollPoll: Is ganja being colonized?- Sad but true- They can't take our fweedom- Ganja colonized us#…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the great work of Friedman Place with executive director Alexander Brown, talks to Billy Dave Sherman of the local band The Steak House Mints about the impact of the pandemic on music, and gets the story of WLCB-FM serving northern IL and southern WI with general manager Sean Hauser. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike…
 
The #Hotboxshow Episode 146 ft. Angela Prusa from NamibiaThis week we get the low down on Namibia, contemplate the CDCSA and show off some kiff swag. Roll a fat one and come tune out with us.Poll: Ever been grilled to the max? - Errrr day - Sometimes - Not yet#LankDank - What we're toking and wearing.#CBDNN - Cannabis Development Council of SA upda…
 
Mike Stephen gets an update on the Clean Energy Jobs Act from State Rep. Ann Williams, discusses the plight of renters during the pandemic with Philip DeVon of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, and explores the Secret History of 70s rockers The Kind. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin remind everyone to fill out their …
 
Poll: Do you love male plants?- Hate them- Love them- Not fussed#LankDank - Guests and Ganja#CBDNN - Fields of Green for All fundraiser and Cabinet approves cannabis bill - http://gf.me/u/yivhct - https://businesstech.co.za/news/lifestyle/423624/cabinet-approves-bill-to-regulate-private-use-of-cannabis-in-south-africa/At Home With Cannabis book rev…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the history of federal agents coming into Chicago with ProPublica Illinois' Mick Dumke, talks to Ebonée Green of the Obama CBA about organizing to prevent housing displacement, and explores the difficulties of recycling children’s items with Kelli Smith of the Chicago Tribune. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Produ…
 
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