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The Optimist

Series produced by Tom Pappalardo

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Tom Pappalardo talks about stuff.

Writer and cartoonist Tom Pappalardo records stuff about random topics that would take up too much space if it was a cartoon, therefore it becomes a radio thing. Get it? A mixture of fiction, opinion, and things that border on being skit-ish. http://www.the-opt.com


14 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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The nebulously-named Hipster is defined and ridiculed.

Bought by KBRP Community Radio and KUT


  • Added: Nov 29, 2011
  • Length: 01:50
  • Purchases: 2
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The author considers a childhood toy.

Bought by KMXT and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:14
  • Purchases: 2
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Unreasonable demands from BEYOND THE GRAVE!

Bought by WCBE and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 02, 2010
  • Length: 03:19
  • Purchases: 2
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An angry man expresses his feelings concerning unwanted ad circulars left in his driveway.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 02, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The tale of a Dunkin Donuts, an armed robbery, and a high school girl I wanted to throw sugar packets at. The author almost loses his jelly.

Bought by KBRP Community Radio, KUT, PRX Remix, and Remix Radio


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 04:11
  • Purchases: 4
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A grumpy & annoyed person person speaks into a microphone for one minute and fifty seconds.

Bought by PRX Remix and Remix Radio


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 01:49
  • Purchases: 2
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I am offended by the foul odor which emanates from this stinking sweat-factory!

Bought by PRX Remix and Remix Radio


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 2
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A fiction piece about being stuck in traffic in Boston, recorded in a read-along record style for no apparent reason.

Bought by PRX Remix and Remix Radio


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 2
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A recollection of a temp job at a nuclear submarine base, in which the author stacks boxes, doesn’t go anywhere near a submarine, and mispronounces...

Bought by PRX Remix and Remix Radio


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 2
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I speak out against partisan arguments and call for a re-dedication to open-mindedness - with a wacky twist-ending!

Bought by PRX Remix and Remix Radio


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A piece about my house and my stuff. I think the title pretty much describes it. I peer suspiciously through the curtains and auto-dial the police.

Bought by KSFR, PRX Remix, and Remix Radio


  • Added: Dec 02, 2009
  • Length: 02:33
  • Purchases: 3
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In which your host takes you on a magical journey of lame graphic designer jokes.

Bought by PRX Remix and Remix Radio


  • Added: Dec 02, 2009
  • Length: 03:55
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Forgetting, Credit: Tom Pappalardo
In which the author Googles “Dysnomia,” and then, later, Googles “Dysnomia.”

Bought by PRX Remix and Remix Radio


  • Added: Dec 02, 2009
  • Length: 04:45
  • Purchases: 2
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The author discusses his old home computer and general dorkitude.

Bought by KFAI, PRX Remix, WILL, and Remix Radio


  • Added: Sep 20, 2009
  • Length: 04:06
  • Purchases: 4