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Opening monologue: museums? now?

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 museums. Yes, museums.

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Chicago Story Collection Day w VideoOut

Chicago Story Collection Day is on and I’m thrilled to announce that my film production company, Strangewaze is the city host for NYC-based startup, VideoOut, to bring the event to Chicago, on January 15, 2017 at The Center on Halsted from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Chicago Story Collection Day will consist of a day-long effort to […]

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Ideas for Political Engagement

With less than 40 days to go before the 2016 presidential election, political engagement largely reduced to fighting with relatives on Facebook, and in honor of the new show I’ve just launched with Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke, “Guth and Huppke on Politics,” here are 71 ideas for things you can do to make a difference, move […]

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WGN Radio summer reading list

For the summer edition of my WGN Radio bookclub show, I gathered Jacob Knabb and Lindsay Muscato to talk about books, publishing and live lit in Chicago– because all of those things are blissfully plentiful in Chicago, despite what the coasts might have us believe about second city-hood. In any case, as I promised on […]

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The South African adventure: Jozi to Cape Town

I’m so in love and awe with the group convened in Johannesburg, and say that without exaggeration. The group (the reason I was beckoned here in the first place) was made up of brilliant minds from around Africa, South Asia, primarily, and each does such important work to address such large issues in the world, puts so […]

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The South African adventure: Dakar to Johannesburg

DAKAR, SENEGAL– Most of the passengers on the flight from DC to Dakar left the plane, leaving only a handful of us who were continuing on to Johannesburg. I was feeling fucked up by time zones by that point, but was determined to power through. I made myself stop doing the math to consider what […]

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The South African adventure: Chicago to Dakar

CHICAGO– I’ve been working on my air travel anxiety. I can’t stand being enslaved to fears or phobias, and while I haven’t let said air travel anxiety stop me from doing anything, per se, I also really wanted to bust through that and open it all up to perhaps even unseen possibilities. There were milestones in […]

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David Bowie tribute and a word about who is allowed to grieve for dead rock stars

“Ashes to Ashes” was the first song I thought to post as a David Bowie tribute this morning,

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