Minnesota budget surplus essay for NPR: How to spend it?
Paper Machete essay: What's it like being a liberal Catholic in 2012? Audio/answer here.
And lastly, a homemade audio bit on the G8 and NATO summits coming to Chicago. It has to do with some rather... is "autocratic" the word?... severe new right-to-assembly regulations Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wanted to pass. Our august City Council, thankfully, gave him hell and he largely backed down. Don't worry. Satirists like me will keep an eye on this story.
I posted this last one on this blog last month, but later removed it because I was on the make. My plan was to get some high roller types with excess CA$H to pay me to record it in a professional studio. I figured if they knew I'd give the product away for free that would be less likely.
My latest All Things Considered piece: Winning Fantasy Picks & Some Nobel Predictions.
Here is a sample of some of my work that either was broadcast or published.
Stuff you can read:
TO: All Employees
FROM: NPR External Relations Department
SUBJECT: How to Speak to the Public
DATE: March 9, 2011
In the current political climate, NPR employees must assume that every stranger we meet is secretly recording our conversations with the intent of discrediting NPR. (Please see yesterday’s memo, “STRANGER DANGER.”)
We have gotten feedback from many of you that feigning temporary deafness is not always practical. Therefore, we have compiled this sample quiz for those times when replying to people is simply unavoidable. Please study this closely, and respond to the public in kind!
1. What do you think of the Tea Party?
READ: Here's my piece on the Rahm Emanuel residency circus.
LISTEN: Here is me reading an essay about Pope John Paul II to people drinking in a bar
WATCH: Here is a dog that is a god among men.
Dennis O'Toole is an all-set cobra jet creepin' through the nighttime. He lives in Chicago.
If you need to reach me, dial:
denotoole AT SYMBOL gmail DOT co LETTER M.