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In this episode of Check It or Leave It, Peter and TaChalla are joined by James AKA Professor Whodunnit to review "When the Killing Starts" by Ted Wood.

Direct download: When_the_Killing.mp3
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Char Hawkins grew up in D.C. In this piece she uses a view from a bus ride to reflect on the changes shes seen over her years in the city.

This piece was made for the Audio Storytelling Workshop, a monthly course held in the Digital Commons. For more information, or to sign up for the next round of classes, visit:

Direct download: Reflecting.mp3
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Librarian Michael Davis gives a little of the history of Juneteenth, an annual holiday that celebrates the day word of emancipation finally reached Texas.

Celebrate Juneteenth at a special evening Read-In.  Members of the Aspiring Writers Circle and library staff will present original works and letters from slaves that evoke the strength, courage, and freedom that Juneteenth represents.

This multimedia event will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room A-5, located on the lower level.

Direct download: Juneteenth_Final.mp3
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On May 20, author Walter Mosley discussed and signed his latest book, “Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The following podcast includes Mosley discussing his work, reading an excerpt, and answering questions for the audience.

Debbie Dare is a sharp-tongued LA porn star. When her husband suddenly dies, she realizes she’s ready for another kind of life and, with the help of her mother-in-law and others, she works to separate her on-screen persona from her true identity.

Mosley is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Direct download: Author_Talk_Walter_Mosley.mp3
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The District has a rich cultural history, including the Go-Go scene, punk rock, the Washington Color School and other artistic movements, which flourished at a time when D.C. was thought of as a government town. As the city continues to grow, can artists still find a welcoming home in D.C.? How can the city continue to foster these creative movements? District of Change is an ongoing conversation series examining the transformation of the District of Columbia.

Hosted by Matthew Yglesias, former Slate correspondent and current executive editor of Vox Media, panelists and the audience talked about how the District’s art scene has changed over the last 30 years.


Holly Bass: multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, as well as writer and director

Brendan Canty: D.C. musician, composer, producer, filmmaker, and former Fugazi drummer

Victoria Reis: Co-Founder and Executive & Artistic Director for Transformer D.C., a nonprofit that supports and promotes local artists

Direct download: District_of_Change.mp3
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Library pals Peter and Tachalla review "Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen" by Marilyn Chin.

Direct download: Mooncake_Vixen.mp3
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