BPL Podcast
Celebrating Black Poetry Past and Present

Celebrating Black Poetry Past and Present

June 18, 2022

Jack Marchbanks sits down with Dionne Custer Edwards, Scott Woods, and Is Said for a discussion about Black poetry using James Weldon Johnson's groundbreaking anthology The Book of American Negro Poetry as a springboard.

Dionne Custer Edwards is a writer, educator, and the Director of Learning & Public Practice at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Scott Woods is a poet, writer, and the founder and director of the performing arts organization Streetlight Guild, and Columbus poetry legend Is Said, has received the King Arts Complex Legends & Legacies Award and was inducted into the Lincoln Theater Hall of Fame. 

This program is generously funded by Jack Marchbanks and The Kridler Family Fund at The Columbus Foundation.

Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!

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The Current: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The Current: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

March 5, 2022

Ohio State University Eastern European experts, Theodora Dragostinova, Marianna Klochko, and Mykyta Tyshchenko, to try and make sense of the evolving crisis in Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

The panel discussed the history and progression of the conflict, the ensuing humanitarian crisis, and the international repercussions of the events.

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Best of 2021!

Best of 2021!

November 26, 2021

The best of 2021!

 

Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!

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Here is the list of highlighted items from the BPL staff:

Books

  • American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears by Farah Stockman
  • Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
  • Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  • The Guncle by Stephen Rowley
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Youth/Teen Books

  • Woodland Dance by Sandra Boynton
  • B is for Bison! by Greg Paprocki 
  • Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty
  • Every Little Kindness by Marta Bartolj 
  • Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham 
  • Dog Man: Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey
  • Max and the Midnights by Lincoln Peirce
  • Super Sidekicks by Gavin Than
  • Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters, by Chris and Laura Samnee
  • Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti
  • Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori Lee
  • Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia
  • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
  • The Infinite by Patience Agbabi
  • Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor
  • The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzie Lee
  • Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Movies

  • Loki
  • Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Wandavision
  • Black Widow
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Eternals
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Cruella
  • Suicide Squad
  • Godzilla vs Kong
  • Army of the Dead
  • Red Notice
  • The Harder They Fall
  • Malignant
  • Quiet Place Part Two
  • Candyman
  • Halloween Kills
  • Luca 
  • Mitchells vs The Machines
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • No Time To Die
  • Roadrunner
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Minari
  • Cry Macho
  • Dune
  • Green Knight

Music

  • Moontype - Bodies of Water
  • Sarah Jaroz - Blue Heron Suite
  • Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth
  • Aaron Frazer - Introducing…
NYT Best Selling Author Natalie D Richards

NYT Best Selling Author Natalie D Richards

November 5, 2021

New York Times best seller, Natalie D Richards, sat down with Josh to talk about Five Total Strangers becoming a Big Library Read, her book Seven Dirty Secrets coming out this month, and the inspiration for her writing. Visit her websiteinstagram, and twitter for up-to-date information about her work.

Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Tomorrow and Tomorrow

October 29, 2021

Kristopher and Gretchen Armstrong sit down with Josh to talk about their literary journal Tomorrow and Tomorrow, how it highlights artists from Bexley, the importance of mixtapes, and ghost stories that are too unsettling for the campfire. 

Join writers and artists highlighted in Tomorrow and Tomorrow's "Ghosts" issue at Austen & Company (or virtually!) on November 4th for an evening of readings and conversation!

Special thanks to fo/mo/deep for lending us their song, "Bourbon Neat" for the podcast!

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Leading Through Uncertainty w/ LC Johnson

Leading Through Uncertainty w/ LC Johnson

September 24, 2021

LC Johnson, founder and CEO of Zora's House, shares her journey from the dream (literally!) of a co-working-community-space for women of color in Columbus to the bright future ahead for Zora's House. LC talks about how she, with the support of community, made it through one of the most challenging and uncertain times of her life. 

 

Follow Zora's House across platforms @zorashouse614 and at https://zorashouse.com/

Follow LC Johnson @no1doesitlikeLC

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fo/mo/deep

fo/mo/deep

September 10, 2021

Ron Holmes of fo/mo/deep talked to Josh about the ever-evolving sound of the band, expressing emotion instrumentally, and the beauty of 70s music. They listen to the songs "Bourbon Neat" and "Maple St" from their latest record Syzygy. Visit their websiteinstagram, and facebook for up-to-date information about the band.

 

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Largemouth Brass Band

Largemouth Brass Band

August 27, 2021

Seth Alexander and Frankie Wantuch of the Largemouth Brass Band sat down with Josh to talk about traditional New Orleans Jazz, working in a band with eight members, and deep listening. They listen to the songs "Night Lightning" and "Taracula" from their latest record Repilot. Visit their websiteinstagram, and facebook for up-to-date information about the band.

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Dave Buker and the Historians

Dave Buker and the Historians

August 13, 2021
Dave and Leanna Buker, of Dave Buker and the Historians, talk with Josh about the evolution of their band, what makes a good cover song, and Ringo's biggest strength as a Beatle. They listen to the songs "It Moves in the Dark" and "Joanna" from their latest record, It Moves in the Dark.
 
Visit www.davebukerhistorians.com for up-to-date information about the band and follow them on their social media platforms at the handles below:
instagram: @dbukerhistorians
twitter: @davebukermusic
Check out Dave's podcast, Hour of Our Time Podcast, too!
 

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Graphic Novels and Comics w/ Grace Ellis

Graphic Novels and Comics w/ Grace Ellis

August 6, 2021

Grace Ellis, a New York Times-bestselling comic book writer of The Lumberjanes, Moonstruck, Batwoman, and more, talks with Leann about writing comics for and featuring girls, how living in Ohio influences her work (she's not moving to LA), and her upcoming first foray into writing a graphic novel for adults. The Babysitter's Club also gets a special mention. 

 

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