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Everett Public Library Podcasts

Release Date: 09/24/2019

The Once & Future River, by Eric Wagner and Tom Reese show art The Once & Future River, by Eric Wagner and Tom Reese

Everett Public Library Podcasts

The Lone Reader turns his gaze to this series of essays and photos describing the fate of the lower Duwamish River, which empties into Elliott Bay in Seattle.   cc Audio: Early morning on Yaquina Bay, by daveincamas Inderhalle  

"The Education of an Idealist," by Samantha Power

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Samantha "Sam" Power's memoir of her time as a close confidant to President Barack Obama in the realm of foreign affairs. Music: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden," by Franz Schubert, courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  

"Nomadland," by Jessica Bruder

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Reveals the hidden world of "nomads," financially strapped older people that live in vans and cheap RVs, driving where their work takes them. Music: Darkdance, by Eric Kanold  

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Embarrassment show art Ladies and Gentlemen, the Embarrassment

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Mr. Neutron gives the skinny on this early Lawrence, KS punk band, whose music is "somewhat repetitive, minimal, slow to develop, without much growth or direction. Vocals are stylistically odd and sparse. There is a sloppy feel to the whole endeavor. But it all works together brilliantly!"

"This Chair Rocks," by Ashton Applewhite

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A manifesto against the belief that older people are weak, drab, depressed, dimwitted clones of one another. Music: Blues Jam 2011, by Steve Belong  

Fruitvale Station / Blindspotting show art Fruitvale Station / Blindspotting

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Alan takes us on a social justice trip to Oakland, through the medium of two recent films: 2013's "Fruitvale Station" and 2018's "Blindspotting."     Music: Flatwound: A View Southward, by John Pazdan

A Tale of 2 Cities, Punk Version show art A Tale of 2 Cities, Punk Version

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What do Akron Ohio and Portland Oregon have in common? Why, iconic first-wave punk music. Mr. Neutron elucidates...

"The Dreamt Land," by Mark Arax

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The story of the engineering of California's water supply. California leads the way, so they say. Unfortunately, as regards water, it seems to be leading us down a sinkhole. Music: Supernal Liquid (Reign Water Remix)

The Name of This Band Is the Talking Heads show art The Name of This Band Is the Talking Heads

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At times funky, possible progenitors of post-punk, filled with the occasional outburst of bubbly pop music, Talking Heads brought a healthy arsenal of tools to their repertoire.

"Deep Thinking," by Garry Kasparov

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Garry Kasparov, one of the strongest world chess champions of all time, also grew into his prime during the rise of computer chess-playing programs. This is Kasparov's story of the evolution of these programs, including his 1997 loss to the IBM-funded Deep Blue, a dedicated chess-playing supercomputer able to analyze 200 million positions per second.      Music: Petak 13Friday13, by Tomo Sombolac

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A new Everett Public Library (WA) audio podcast brings to life the early history of Everett Public Library, in which a small group of determined Everett women parlayed political muscle and donated books into an enduring civic institution. The podcast is part of the City’s observance of the 125th anniversary of the library’s birth.

21 min.

Voice actors: Abigail Cooley, Van Ramsey, Mindy Van Wingen, Ron Averill, Lisa Labovitch, Andrea Wallis, Carol Ellison, Eileen Schnarr, Alan Jacobson, Joyce Peter, Laura McCarty, Cameron Johnson.

Script: Cameron Johnson

Audio editing: Cameron Johnson


1Clark, Norman H. Mill Town. Seattle: University of Washington Press, c1970.

2Everett News, July 5, 1894

3 Croly, Mrs. J.C. The History of the Woman’s Club Movement in America, New York: Henry G. Allen & Co., c1898

4 Dilgard, David. “Origins of the Everett Public Library” [unpublished]

5Book Club Member Frances King Sears, 1921 letter [unpublished]

6 “Woman’s Book Club,” composed by WBC Historian Nellie R. Hake. Published in A History of Woman’s Book Club, November 12, 1962. Foremothers’ Luncheon, Elks Home—Everett, WA [Unpublished]

7From: “The Magic City,” date unknown, author unknown. [Unpublished]

8Spriesterbach, Cora. History of Everett Woman’s Book Club: 1894-1940 [Unpublished]

9Everett Public Library Historical Sketch, 1894-1954 [Unpublished]

10Herald editorial November 1, 1894

11 Spriesterbach, Cora. History of Everett Woman’s Book Club: 1894-1940 [Unpublished]

12Origins of the Everett Public Library—date unknown [Unpublished]

13Everett—Thumbnail History. HistoryLink.org

14Origins of the Everett Public Library [Unpublished]

15Herald April 27, 1901

16 “The Origins of Everett Public Library.” [Unpublished]


17Everett News, July 5, 1925


18 Everett Herald January 20, 1903

19Spriesterbach, Cora. History of Everett Woman’s Book Club: 1894-1940 [Unpublished]

20Application for National Register status [Unpublished]

21 Everett Herald April 7, 1906

22Dilgard, David. EPL Evergreen Branch [Unpublished]



Bach, Johan Sebastian. Cello Suite No. 1 in G. John Michel.

Beethoven, Ludwig van. “Choral Fantasia, op. 80”, Washtenaw Community Orchestra Chorus, Michigan, 20 December 2009.

Barnacled, Cloud Pump.


Killian, Joy and Richard Beserra, Exotic Music from Enchanted Lands.”

Pianodamper. Schubert, Franz, “Piano Sonata #13.” STE-043-cut-reverb. Internet archive.


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