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October 2014
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Tachalla and Anne are mixing it up: They're sharing two books they like: A childhood book and an equivalent adult(ish) favorite.

Books discussed in this podcast:

Direct download: annereadthisnothat4.mp3
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For decades, the LGBTQ community has been a vibrant and prominent part of life in the District. From Frank Kameny's fight against the lavender scare of the 1950s to marriage equality and the #TransRespect campaign in the new millennium, LGBTQ life in D.C. has changed dramatically.

Just how different is LGBTQ D.C. from its historic roots? And where is today's LGBTQ community going? Join us for a discussion on the past, present, and future of LGBTQ life in the District with moderator Mark Joseph Stern, writer on LGBTQ issues for Slate, in discussion with panelists:

  • Andrew Sullivan, founder and editor of The Daily Dish.
  • Philip Pannell, spokesperson and community activist for the gay community, citizens of Ward 8, and civil libertarians across the District.
  • Loraine Hutchins, bisexual and feminist author, activist, and sex educator.
Direct download: District_of_Change_3.mp3
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On the opening night of DC Reads, Dinaw Mengestu stopped by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for an opening night celebration. The author read from his book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears and answered questions from the audience. 

Direct download: Dinaw_Talk.mp3
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The Vocal Mixing Workshop at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library gives teens ages 13-19 who are upcoming producers and recording artists an opportunity to enhance their audio production skills.

In this podcast, Vocal Mixing Instructor Manuel Mendez and workshop student David Valencia discuss the benefits of this unique class.

Direct download: MLKMixingVocal.mp3
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Each year, the DC Public Library celebrates reading for pleasure with DC Reads. This citywide literacy program works like a giant book club, encouraging everyone in the District to read the same book together. The book is selected by a public voting process, with thousands of votes cast at libraries and bookstores around the city. Find more information about the program here:

This year's DC Reads selection is "The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears" by Dinaw Mengestu. Mr. Mengestu stopped by the MLK library to kick off the celebration and talk a little about his work. In this interview he discusses what it's like to write a book set in DC and the importance of communities sharing literature.

Intro/Outro music: Dustin Wong - "Matthew and Kenneth"

Direct download: Dinaw_Interview_Full.mp3
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In this episode of Check It or Leave It, Peter and TaChalla discuss Paul Is Undead by Alan Goldsher, a zombie-infused historical-fiction novel about the history of The Beatles.

They are joined by Professor Undead, a Ph.D. of Zombie Studies at Miskatonic University, who is currently completing a residency at MLK.

Direct download: Check_It_or_Leave_It_Episode_10_-_Paul_Is_Undead.mp3
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In this piece, Lois gives a brief introduction to her neighborhood, Petworth. This is just the first part of a longer audio documentary she plans to make about the northwest D.C. neighborhood.

This piece was made as part of the Digital Audio Storytelling Workshop held in the Digital Commons.

Direct download: Welcome_to_Petworth.mp3
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In this short piece, Deirdre muses on the nature of jazz and improvisation in her poem "Choas." This poem is set to "Pharoah's Tune (The Journey)," a free jazz composition by Leon Thomas.

This piece was made as part of the Digital Audio Storytelling Workshop.

Direct download: Chaos_-_Deirdre.mp3
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TaChalla, Anne and Ashton give a soundtrack to Koushun Takami's Battle Royale.

Direct download: BattleRoyaleBM_mp3.mp3
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Barrett Jones is the founder of Beat Club, a digital music jam for held in libraries, schools, museums, and homes across the district.

The club gives kids and teens a chance to learn about digital music by providing a wide range of electronic instruments to play with during fun, free-form sessions. The emphasis is on experimenting and trying things out: the typical steps one takes when learning how to use a new gadget.

This summer Beat Club held numerous jam sessions in libraries throughout the DC Public Library system. In this podcast, Barrett talks about why he started Beat Club, why kids love it, and why libraries make such a great venue for this type of hands-on learning.

For more information about the club, visit or email Barrett at

Direct download: Beat_Club_Final.mp3
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