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The Skillset Podcast %231: Rethinking Community Engagement%2C with Tamara King
Hosts Nicole Cooke & David Lankes talk with Tamara King, director of community relations at the Richland (SC) Public Library about the changing nature of community engagement in a time of pandemic, Black Lives Matter, & economic recession. Learn how the Richland Public Library’s “Let’s Talk” program has brought county residents together to have hard, serious conversations about race. And why it's important for libraries to support community efforts that are based in library values.
The Skillset Podcast with R. David Lankes and Nicole A. Cooke: An Introduction
In this short explainer, co-host R. David Lankes talks about the genesis of The Skillset Podcast, what the podcast seeks to add to the conversation around the future of libraries, and why the current crises transforming libraries is also an opportunity.
PW Insider 28: When Verse Goes Viral
PW’s new poetry editor Maya Popa recently spoke with several poets about the impact of social media on their work, audience, and sense of community. Here, she shares insights from Eduardo C. Corral, Rupi Kaur, Rachel McKibbens, Paisley Rekdal, and Danez Smith about the opportunities and challenges that poets face online.
PW Insider 27: The Past and Future of Space Travel
James Donovan, author of 'Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11,' describes the dramatic experience of the first moon landing and discusses the rising interest in space travel.
PW Insider 26: Traditional Mysteries%2C True Crime%2C and Genre Bending
As we prepare to close our 'Norse Code' feature on Scandinavian mysteries, PW’s senior editor and resident mystery expert Peter Cannon talks about the upcoming books he’s been reading, including a metafictional mystery by English novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.
PW Insider 25: Kate Tuttle on the NBCC Awards
The outgoing president of the National Book Critics Circle gives a recap of this year's awards ceremony, which celebrated writers, readers, and critics with an emphasis this year on community. Bonus track: An excerpt of Zadie Smith's acceptance speech for her book 'Feel Free,' which won the prize for Criticisim.
Fix your formatting problems
I would love to give this podcast 5 stars, but I can’t listen to an episode all the way through because of formatting problems they have. The podcast randomly restarts and won’t let me skip ahead or behind at all. They really need to fix it. (Not being able to skip back is especially frustrating if you missed a title or author name and want to go back to hear it.)
PW is a large established magazine, but they can’t seem to format a podcast correctly. Someone will be talking and the bumper will be dropped in randomly then the same segment starts over again.
I gave up on this episode after hearing the intro discussion for Fire and Fury three times. There’s probably some informative content here, but someone needs to do some podcast editing. I’ve noticed this issue on the 2 or 3 episodes I’ve tried to listen to.