Hi! I'm Duane. I'm a writer & photographer living in New York City. Here are samplings of random thoughts & experiences, & things that inspire me. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or at my Website

Written and Produced for CBS Radio News:

A controversial NYPD unit, which spied on Muslims at work, in school, and in mosques, is disbanded. CBS News Writer Duane Tollison talks to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), about the program and what’s next:


— R.I.P.: Dick Clark died yesterday of a massive heart attack. (The Atlantic Wire)

— AFTERMATH: There are reports of eyeless shrimp and humans soaking up toxins in the wake of the BP oil spill and cleanup. (Al Jazeera via ANE.NEWS.DAILY, Mother Jones)

— NUMBSKULL: A little numbness may be only lasting effect for NYPD officer stabbed in the head. (The New York Times)

— FRONT LINE: The US is hiring hundreds of mental health professionals to meet the needs of veterans. (The New York Times)

— OKLAHOMA CITY: It’s the 17th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building. (The Oklahoman, The Daily Beast, Oklahoma City National Memorial)

— TIME 100: Time Magazine lists its 100 most influential people. (Time Magazine, FlavorWire, The Atlantic Wire)

: Another obit written about the resume. (Tech Crunch)

— WHERE’S THE BEEF: More than pink slime is raising a red flag: (ProPublica)

— PROFOUND: Instruments of the Holocaust on display. (NPR)

: Children in Yemen suffer the brunt of political and economic unrest. (Al Jazeera)

— COUNTDOWN: Commercial space launch to the ISS set for April 30th. (Big Think, Wired)

— WHAT’S COMING: Paging Dick Tracy. (Uncrate)

I love New York Magazine, especially for vignettes like this. Brilliant insights into these lives. 


Insightful little confessions from New Yorkers with very different professions. Quite moving and very entertaining, these vignettes are definitely worth your time, especially if you live or have lived in New York. Click the picture to read some evocative stories.

“ There’s NYPD brass with guns on buses saying ‘Move the bus, this bus is now under the control of the NYPD. What room to protest is there? It’s not a transit supervisor you’re dealing with. ”

—    New York Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen • Discussing the way that the Brooklyn Bridge Occupy Wall Street arrests went down, particularly how the NYPD commandeered buses to arrest protesters en masse. The union is seeking injunctions (preliminary and permanent) against the NYPD to prevent them from doing this again. “The actions of the NYPD on Oct. 1, 2011, amounted to a seizure of the bus drivers,” the union’s lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, claimed in court. Will be curious to see how this goes. source (viafollow)

(via newsweek)