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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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Last night was a most excellent evening. Thank you to @univision/@unichicago, Women's Leadership Council, Sister Cities Int'l Chicago for bringing us all together to talk with young women from around the world for #GlobalYouth Summit. Shoutout to the young woman w the older sister hockey reporter from Sweden, the young woman curious how to get on political corruption/investigative stories when the boss wants you on the fashion beat, to the young woman from the UK who taught me useful phrases to use in Nigeria, to the young woman from Mexico w great questions about journalists and safety, the young Chicago women representing and city-hosting, the young woman from Singapore and her smart question about race and reporting... How lovely and powerful to gather a large group of young women from around the globe to put their minds together, and how lucky for us we got to meet them, and each other. Not technically a #365feministselfie but....
Last night was a most excellent evening. Thank you to @univision/@unichicago, Women's Leadership Council, Sister Cities Int'l Chicago for bringing us all together to talk with young women from around the world for #GlobalYouth Summit. Shoutout to the young woman w the older sister hockey reporter from Sweden, the young woman curious how to get on political corruption/investigative stories when the boss wants you on the fashion beat, to the young woman from the UK who taught me useful phrases to use in Nigeria, to the young woman from Mexico w great questions about journalists and safety, the young Chicago women representing and city-hosting, the young woman from Singapore and her smart question about race and reporting... How lovely and powerful to gather a large group of young women from around the globe to put their minds together, and how lucky for us we got to meet them, and each other. Not technically a #365feministselfie but....
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Opening Monologue: The New Year 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 said goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

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This weird little late bloomer of a cactus confused the shit out of me for two years. I knew it was in the Euphorbia genus, but it looked like a Saudi Arabian E. ammak for a year, and I waited for its ass to flower, then it suddenly morphed and got giant and revealed itself to obvs be a Central African E. trigona, known as the African milk tree or cathedral cactus. Its thorns pair evenly and produce a single new leaf from the middle of their union (as with any cactus thorns, you can allegedly suture with them in a pinch if you run them through a little fire first, though, these would be more like staples) and the E. trigona sometimes gets giant then falls over due to its shallow root base and no anchoring taproot, in a feat of terrible, nihilist engineering. But it's been interesting to watch its distinct rest and productivity periods that seem to change but always mirror each other; not connected to season or temp but each balancing the other in intensity, length and duration. So even though it's engineered to uproot and kill itself eventually, this cactus gets self-care and work-life balance right while it's around. (Sidebar: the sap is reportedly an additive to
This weird little late bloomer of a cactus confused the shit out of me for two years. I knew it was in the Euphorbia genus, but it looked like a Saudi Arabian E. ammak for a year, and I waited for its ass to flower, then it suddenly morphed and got giant and revealed itself to obvs be a Central African E. trigona, known as the African milk tree or cathedral cactus. Its thorns pair evenly and produce a single new leaf from the middle of their union (as with any cactus thorns, you can allegedly suture with them in a pinch if you run them through a little fire first, though, these would be more like staples) and the E. trigona sometimes gets giant then falls over due to its shallow root base and no anchoring taproot, in a feat of terrible, nihilist engineering. But it's been interesting to watch its distinct rest and productivity periods that seem to change but always mirror each other; not connected to season or temp but each balancing the other in intensity, length and duration. So even though it's engineered to uproot and kill itself eventually, this cactus gets self-care and work-life balance right while it's around. (Sidebar: the sap is reportedly an additive to "arrow poison, fish poison" or used as "a criminal poison" in parts of Angola, Gabon and Malawi and is also used during "trials by ordeal." In parts of Congo, a few drops are added to palm wine to treat "severe constipation or in case of an epileptic attack." There you have it. One cactus, many uses.) #nerdforplants
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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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More joy from @tefox
More joy from @tefox
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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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I was feeling my outfit today. Also shoutout to the dainty magenta t-strap shoes with gold spikes on the toes that can cut you, if needed. #365feministselfie #365feministresist
I was feeling my outfit today. Also shoutout to the dainty magenta t-strap shoes with gold spikes on the toes that can cut you, if needed. #365feministselfie #365feministresist
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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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Wu-Tang and yoga #365feministselfie
Wu-Tang and yoga #365feministselfie
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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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Weirdly mesmerizing bounceyvines
Weirdly mesmerizing bounceyvines
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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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Nooooo sad alley scene
Nooooo sad alley scene
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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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Thank you, @mariepfoto and @marygonelucky ❤️
Thank you, @mariepfoto and @marygonelucky ❤️