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Overnight radio, how I remember thee

Filling in last night on WGN Radio for Patti Vasquez, I jumped back into my old routine of hosting overnight radio on the 11pm to 2am shift. I did that shift just fine for a couple of years before moving to the Saturday 7-9pm weekly time slot I have now, and returning to it was […]

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Thank you to students and a very awesome professor at Harold Washington College for a very thoughtful discussion today about media literacy, popular narratives, and credible sources. (Made sure to seek out the student-run paper, because journalism, and when I found it, “Chicago wears condoms” condoms were sitting atop.) 👍
Thank you to students and a very awesome professor at Harold Washington College for a very thoughtful discussion today about media literacy, popular narratives, and credible sources. (Made sure to seek out the student-run paper, because journalism, and when I found it, “Chicago wears condoms” condoms were sitting atop.) 👍
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Opening Monologue: Organizations for Children

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I discussed organizations that serve children.

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#digdeepyogis day 27: today’s prompt: share poetry —> ohhh I love poetry; this is difficult to narrow, but here are three lines that struck when I first read them —> Celia Dropkin: “my hands, two little bits of my body I’m never ashamed to show” (oof) —> Adrienne Rich: “I am an instrument in the shape of a woman, trying to translate pulsations into images for the relief of my body and the reconstruction of my mind.” —> finally, the final line from Farough Farrokhzad’s “Call to Arms”: “...her words are the truth, in which cause she will never shed tears out of weakness.” —> here: Utkata Konasana (goddess pose or fiery angles pose) with forward fold variation, a long-held pose that’s good for balance, to strengthen feet, ankles, legs, and booty, help sciatica, and is said to encourage radical honesty and nonconformity. #365feministselfie #yogaeverydamnday
#digdeepyogis day 27: today’s prompt: share poetry —> ohhh I love poetry; this is difficult to narrow, but here are three lines that struck when I first read them —> Celia Dropkin: “my hands, two little bits of my body I’m never ashamed to show” (oof) —> Adrienne Rich: “I am an instrument in the shape of a woman, trying to translate pulsations into images for the relief of my body and the reconstruction of my mind.” —> finally, the final line from Farough Farrokhzad’s “Call to Arms”: “...her words are the truth, in which cause she will never shed tears out of weakness.” —> here: Utkata Konasana (goddess pose or fiery angles pose) with forward fold variation, a long-held pose that’s good for balance, to strengthen feet, ankles, legs, and booty, help sciatica, and is said to encourage radical honesty and nonconformity. #365feministselfie #yogaeverydamnday
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Opening Monologue: The Rejection Show

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I discussed rejection.

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Beginning of a watercolor commission I’m doing and about which I said at least 50 times I can’t be responsible if it turns out to mean something nonsensical like “strawberry foot mouth!” or whatevs bc I don’t know beyond the paper handed to me but it is alleged to be a true love-fetching charm character so may it fetch true love or true strawberry foot mouth for everyone like whoa
Beginning of a watercolor commission I’m doing and about which I said at least 50 times I can’t be responsible if it turns out to mean something nonsensical like “strawberry foot mouth!” or whatevs bc I don’t know beyond the paper handed to me but it is alleged to be a true love-fetching charm character so may it fetch true love or true strawberry foot mouth for everyone like whoa
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Opening Monologue: Big Goals and “Bucket” Lists

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I discussed big life goals and why we might want to stop calling it a […]

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I’m not saying this algae and clay thing is not “nourishing and purifying” my skin, nor am I saying that aqua isn’t my color, but the fact remains that it is also squishing my mouth shut as it dries so I’m on the fence about this qualifying as self-care  #365feministselfie
I’m not saying this algae and clay thing is not “nourishing and purifying” my skin, nor am I saying that aqua isn’t my color, but the fact remains that it is also squishing my mouth shut as it dries so I’m on the fence about this qualifying as self-care #365feministselfie
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Opening Monologue: Chicago Lit

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I discussed the literary scene in Chicago.

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#digdeepyogis day 26: my dudes, the directions for today are “post a photo and write about it” so —> this is baby grasshopper pose, a new variation of the full grasshopper or dragonfly pose, but since it’s a contemporary pose, it doesn’t have a Sanskrit name because Sanskrit. It feels like an amazingly good stretch through the hips and lower back and back of legs, and it’s also another in a series of my foot being cut out of frame; I do what I can w my 10-sec photo timer. In any case, the modern poses feel rebellious, and this one strengthens hips and core and is said to be a posture of fortifying self-esteem and confidence so in the words of the great Troy McClure: “get confident, stupid!” #yogaeverydamnday #365feministselfie
#digdeepyogis day 26: my dudes, the directions for today are “post a photo and write about it” so —> this is baby grasshopper pose, a new variation of the full grasshopper or dragonfly pose, but since it’s a contemporary pose, it doesn’t have a Sanskrit name because Sanskrit. It feels like an amazingly good stretch through the hips and lower back and back of legs, and it’s also another in a series of my foot being cut out of frame; I do what I can w my 10-sec photo timer. In any case, the modern poses feel rebellious, and this one strengthens hips and core and is said to be a posture of fortifying self-esteem and confidence so in the words of the great Troy McClure: “get confident, stupid!” #yogaeverydamnday #365feministselfie
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Opening Monologues: The Comics and Superheroes Show

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, on the heels of the release of the “Wonder Woman” movie, I discussed comic books […]

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Opening Monologues: The Mental Health Show

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I discussed mental health.

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Scenes from a gathering of printmakers in a rad Pilsen gallery that used to be a funeral home
Scenes from a gathering of printmakers in a rad Pilsen gallery that used to be a funeral home
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Opening Monologue: Chronic Busyness Show

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I discussed chronic busyness. (Listen) (Start) The simple “hello, how are you?” it’s innocent enough, […]

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#digdeepyogis Day 25: what’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done? —> Besides, say, doing yoga before a mural the other night in cocktail attire (high on nothing but life, mind you)? Perhaps jumping out of a plane from nearly 3 miles above? Or, into a frozen lake for a good cause? Doing a marathon? Quitting a big job to strike out on my own? Rushing the stage in the riot grrrl era? Punching *tha hell* out of a would-be purse-snatcher? Throwing a birthday party *in my thirties* that ppl still talk about? Dyeing my hair magenta? Getting a bunch of tattoos? Dealer’s choice, kittens. I’m no passive participant, here. —> Salabhasana, or locust/grasshopper pose, is a long-held backbend centered on the belly and pelvis with feet and arms lifted up off the ground; it strengthens the back of the torso, the spine, and is said to improve endurance and stamina. Which I’ll need, as I plan to keep adding to this list for a long time. #yogaanywhere #yogaeverydamnday (Photos: @jessicareiphoto)
#digdeepyogis Day 25: what’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done? —> Besides, say, doing yoga before a mural the other night in cocktail attire (high on nothing but life, mind you)? Perhaps jumping out of a plane from nearly 3 miles above? Or, into a frozen lake for a good cause? Doing a marathon? Quitting a big job to strike out on my own? Rushing the stage in the riot grrrl era? Punching *tha hell* out of a would-be purse-snatcher? Throwing a birthday party *in my thirties* that ppl still talk about? Dyeing my hair magenta? Getting a bunch of tattoos? Dealer’s choice, kittens. I’m no passive participant, here. —> Salabhasana, or locust/grasshopper pose, is a long-held backbend centered on the belly and pelvis with feet and arms lifted up off the ground; it strengthens the back of the torso, the spine, and is said to improve endurance and stamina. Which I’ll need, as I plan to keep adding to this list for a long time. #yogaanywhere #yogaeverydamnday (Photos: @jessicareiphoto)