63 episodes

The BPL Podcast features concise, informative discussions with select guests from our top-notch programming lineup. Tackling a range of topics from horror films to Ohio's opioid epidemic, we capture conversations that are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always human.

BPL Podcast Bexley Public Library

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The BPL Podcast features concise, informative discussions with select guests from our top-notch programming lineup. Tackling a range of topics from horror films to Ohio's opioid epidemic, we capture conversations that are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always human.

    Hanif Abdurraqib on Basketball and Ascension

    Hanif Abdurraqib on Basketball and Ascension

    We are excited to invite Hanif Abdurraqib back to the podcast to discuss writing, building community around art, and basketball! Hanif is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio whose new book "There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension" is both an Indie and New York Times bestseller. 
    Hanif will return to the library on June 6th, in conversation with poet and essayist Franny Choi, as a part of Bexley Centennial Author Series. We hope to see you there!
    Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!
    Find out about upcoming Bexley Public Library events at https://www.bexleylibrary.org
    Follow Bexley Public Library across platforms @bexleylibrary

    • 39 min
    The Space Episode!

    The Space Episode!

    The first part of this episode is an interview with Dr. Wayne Schlingman and Dr. Stephan Frank from the OSU Astronomy Department to talk about the eclipse: the science, the history, and general coolness of having a eclipse past through our backyard! 
    The second part is a discussion between BPL Director Ben Heckman and the first American woman to conduct a spacewalk, Astronaut Kathy Sullivan. She discusses her new children's book, How to Spacewalk: Step-by-Step with Shuttle Astronauts and being the "the world's most vertical woman!"
    Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!
    Find out about upcoming Bexley Public Library events at https://www.bexleylibrary.org
    Follow Bexley Public Library across platforms @bexleylibrary

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Best of 2023!

    Best of 2023!

    The best of 2023! 
    Timestamps
    Adult Fiction (:24)
    The Hexologists by Josiah Bancroft
    Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldtree
    System Collapse by Martha Wells
    Even though I knew the End by C. L. Polk
    Adult Non-Fiction (7:38)
    Birth: Three Mothers, Nine Months and Pregnancy in America by Rebecca Grant 
    Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Siddharth Kara
    Youth (14:11)
    Just Because by Matthew McConaughey and Renée Kurilla 
    The Moonwind Mysteries series by Johan Rundberg
    Four Eyes: A Graphic Novel by Rex Ogle and Dave Valeza
    Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
    Movies (19:44)
    Past Lives
    A Thousand and One
    Shortcomings
    You Hurt My Feelings
    Persian Version
    Joy Ride
    Video Games (25:31)
    Honorable Mentions:
    Dead Space
    Resident Evil 4 Remake
    Star Wars: Jedi Survivor
    Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

    Titles discussed:
    Baldur's Gate III
    Alan Wake II
    Dredge
    The Last Clockwinder

    Music (33:42)
    Nickel Creek - Celebrants
    Noname - Sundial
    Mitski - The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We
    Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!
    Find out about upcoming Bexley Public Library events at https://www.bexleylibrary.org
    Follow Bexley Public Library across platforms @bexleylibrary

    • 39 min
    Book Banning and Censorship in America with Grace Ellis and Sabrina Baêta

    Book Banning and Censorship in America with Grace Ellis and Sabrina Baêta

    Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. The theme for Banned Books Week 2023 is “Let Freedom Read” and it’s being celebrated from October 1-7. A PEN America report for the first half of the 2022-2023 school year tracked 1,477 instances of individual book bans that have affected 874 unique titles. Book bans disproportionately target authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors, and other marginalized groups. Books about racism, sexuality, gender, and history have been removed from library shelves across America. In today’s episode, we talk to Sabrina Baêta from PEN America and author Grace Ellis about the current state of book banning in America, the impact that book bans have on creators, libraries, and young readers, and what we can do to stand up against book bans and protect the freedom to write, read, and access information. Grace Ellis will be at the Bexley Public Library on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 PM for a Conversation on Censorship to celebrate Banned Books Week.
    Grace Ellis is a New York Times-bestselling, GLAAD Media Award–winning author and script writer. Born and raised in Ohio, she studied theater and journalism at The Ohio State University. Her graphic novels include the much-lauded "Lumberjanes," the long-running "Moonstruck," and several pieces for DC Comics. Her latest book, "Flung Out of Space: Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith," was a New York Times Notable Book of 2022 and won the 2023 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work. In 2022, Grace was given an Ohio Individual Excellence Award in playwriting for "Holding It Together," a site-specific play for high schools. Her next DC book, DIANA AND THE HERO’S JOURNEY, is out this fall. In 2023, she wrote the play “EXPLICIT CONTENT FOR TEENS,” about the fall out of a play’s censorship in a public highschool. Grace lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she can often be found eating ice cream or petting a cat.
    Sabrina Baêta is a Program Consultant with Freedom to Read at PEN America. She engages in research and awareness-building around censorship attacks on public K-12 education, especially as it relates to literature accessibility in libraries and classrooms. Sabrina graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Music in Voice. She earned her Masters from the University of Central Florida in Nonprofit Management. She is a poet, essayist, and writer and prior to PEN America, worked in educational publishing and in a variety of performing arts and education nonprofits.
    Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!
    Find out about upcoming Bexley Public Library events at BexleyLibrary.org
    Follow Bexley Public Library across social media platforms @bexleylibrary
     

    • 40 min
    Understanding Artificial Intelligence - a conversation with Dr. Ness B. Shroff

    Understanding Artificial Intelligence - a conversation with Dr. Ness B. Shroff

    Ohio State Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, Ness B. Shroff, and BPL Technology Librarian, Josh Bryant, discuss the fascinating world of artificial intelligence (AI), including its history, applications, ethics, and future implications. Whether you are a complete newcomer to the world of AI or a seasoned expert, there will be something for everyone in this enlightening and informative discussion.
    Watch Dr. Shroff take the AI quiz here!
    Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!
    Find out about upcoming Bexley Public Library events at BexleyLibrary.org
    Follow Bexley Public Library across social media platforms @bexleylibrary

    • 55 min
    Elizabeth Petuchowski - Where From and Where To

    Elizabeth Petuchowski - Where From and Where To

    For Holocaust Remembrance Day we pulled an episode from one of our most recent author events with Elizabeth Petuchowski.
    Elizabeth Petuchowski shares her life story growing up as a young Jewish girl in Germany amidst the rise of Nazism and mandatory antisemitism. She reflects on the effects these universally known events had on her life and read from her memoir, Where From and Where To: One of the Last Self-Told German Jewish Life Stories. 
     
    She is joined by Robin Judd, Associate Professor in The OSU Department of History with expertise in Jewish History and Immigration History, who facilitated the conversation.
     

    Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!
    Find out about upcoming Bexley Public Library events at BexleyLibrary.org
    Follow Bexley Public Library across social media platforms @bexleylibrary

    • 58 min

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