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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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Wistful look = dreaming about making soup. Me and my dumb soup. Always with the soup. #365feministselfie
Wistful look = dreaming about making soup. Me and my dumb soup. Always with the soup. #365feministselfie
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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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#TheHellYesJar in all its glory this morning. Some days I easily toss in slips of paper of things that delighted me, that I accomplished, or that surprised me, many days the hell yes is small and simple, and some days it’s hard to find or name a hell yes, but there’s at least one for every day of the year so far. Unbearably hokey, but I feel like it gives the slightest edge over fret or overwhelm some days so I’ll take it. (If you’ve done me a solid, cracked me up, talked me off a ledge, shared an adventure with me, helped me, or been particularly kind to me, you’re in there on a little piece of paper, and on NYE, I dump the papers all across my kitchen table and remember each person and each thing.)
#TheHellYesJar in all its glory this morning. Some days I easily toss in slips of paper of things that delighted me, that I accomplished, or that surprised me, many days the hell yes is small and simple, and some days it’s hard to find or name a hell yes, but there’s at least one for every day of the year so far. Unbearably hokey, but I feel like it gives the slightest edge over fret or overwhelm some days so I’ll take it. (If you’ve done me a solid, cracked me up, talked me off a ledge, shared an adventure with me, helped me, or been particularly kind to me, you’re in there on a little piece of paper, and on NYE, I dump the papers all across my kitchen table and remember each person and each thing.)
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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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That last little hit of summer wigged out my succulents and made them all like oh sweet summer's kinda gonna keep going so I'll just bloom cool oh wait it's fall what should I do (this one is graptoveria with red bells) #nerdforplants #meetmyplants
That last little hit of summer wigged out my succulents and made them all like oh sweet summer's kinda gonna keep going so I'll just bloom cool oh wait it's fall what should I do (this one is graptoveria with red bells) #nerdforplants #meetmyplants
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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 moved here in 2001 and yet officially ate my first Chicago hotdog today. I told the man behind the counter this and he looked at me with great pity, like I told him I had just a day left to live.
I moved here in 2001 and yet officially ate my first Chicago hotdog today. I told the man behind the counter this and he looked at me with great pity, like I told him I had just a day left to live.
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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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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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A lovely surprise at work today 😊💐
A lovely surprise at work today 😊💐
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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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Taken pre-show, before a performance of
Taken pre-show, before a performance of "Speed of Light" by Chicago's sci-fi @otherworldtheatre, before entering a story in which this set becomes a factory, with badass female characters, science, and futuristic themes of class, race, gender, oppression, and intellectual potential, and with racial diversity in casting and written by a female playwright. 😍