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Everett Public Library Podcasts

372 episodes - English - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★ - 5 ratings

The Everett Public Library produces podcast files on subjects such as The Directors Corner, Author Visits, Staff Book Reviews, Interviews, History Tours, and other subjects of interest to our patrons.

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

August 11, 2020 16:00 - 3 minutes - 2.94 MB

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

July 14, 2020 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.72 MB

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

June 09, 2020 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.44 MB

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

May 19, 2020 16:00 - 4 minutes - 2.47 MB

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

May 12, 2020 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.39 MB

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

April 27, 2020 23:36 - 5 minutes - 4.37 MB

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

April 21, 2020 19:26 - 5 minutes - 3.74 MB

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

April 15, 2020 17:59 - 2 minutes - 2.23 MB

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

March 17, 2020 16:00 - 4 minutes - 3.86 MB

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

March 10, 2020 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.81 MB

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

"Attack the Block" an audio review by Alan Jacobson

March 03, 2020 17:00 - 5 minutes - 6.43 MB

Savage aliens make the mistake of invading a London council block (low-income neighborhood), the turf of a group of street youths. Outer space meets inner city. A thinking man's action film, bursting with humor and satire. And aliens.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Black Tones!

February 18, 2020 17:00 - 4 minutes - 4.49 MB

Demonstrating a praiseworthy diversity of styles from this fabulous album. Mr. Neutron is Ron Averill of Everett Public Library (WA).

How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan

February 11, 2020 17:00 - 2 minutes - 3.49 MB

The Lone Reader follows food guru Michael Pollan's foray into feeding not your body but your head: Reviewing studies in which carefully controlled doses of psychedelics like LSD and Psilocybin are shown effective in treating certain types of mental illness. Music: Beats, by Crooked Vision  

Isn't It Romantic?

February 04, 2020 17:00 - 6 minutes - 6.97 MB

Two films, 87 years apart, put the flutter in our ribcages.

God Is Red, by Vine Deloria, Jr.

January 14, 2020 17:00 - 2 minutes - 4.66 MB

The Lone Reader seeks relief for his tech-driven nightmares through reading a radically different world view: Native American religion, as interpreted by Indian writer Vine Deloria, Jr. It doesn't help.

More Film Noir

January 07, 2020 17:00 - 8 minutes - 7.68 MB

Alan illuminates some underappreciated noir classics.

"A Cold Red Sunrise," by Stuart Kaminsky

December 10, 2019 17:00 - 2 minutes - 2.35 MB

Stuart Kaminsky's irascible Soviet detective Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov travels to Siberia to find a murderer in a village full of exiles and incompetents.   Music: String Quartet No. 1, Op 7, by Bela Bartok, performed by the Borromeo String Quartet.

Film Noir I

December 03, 2019 17:00 - 7 minutes - 8.28 MB

Alan surveys that American celluloid genre called "film noir": sinister, evocative, and doom-laden, both in style and content. Image: "The Photographer," by Joaquim Alves Gaspar

"A Band Called Joseph"

November 19, 2019 17:00 - 4 minutes - 4.2 MB

Mr. Neutron explores the dark underbelly of mainstream popular music in the form of Portland's three-sister-act, "Joseph"

"The University of Nike," by Joshua Hunt

November 13, 2019 17:40 - 2 minutes - 3.93 MB

The Lone Reader takes aim at Joshua Hunt's scalding critique of the massive influence that the sports apparel manufacturer Nike wields over the University of Oregon and its football program.

Neo-noir for the darker times of year

November 13, 2019 17:26 - 5 minutes - 4.98 MB

The Treatment tips into the recent dark successors of films like "The Maltese Falcon," "Touch of Evil," "Chinatown," and "Reservoir Dogs": "Bad Times at the El Royale," and "Under the Silver Lake."

The Great Book Scare at Everett's 1905 Carnegie Library

October 29, 2019 16:00 - 7 minutes - 7.14 MB

Everett Public Library’s latest podcast explores the Great Book Scare of the early 20th century and how libraries coped with it, particularly here in Everett. The seven-minute-long audio podcast is part of the Smokestacks Soundbites series of local-history podcasts. Credits: Voice actors: Van Ramsey Cameron Johnson Script: Cameron Johnson Audio editing and engineering: Cameron Johnson Music: “Klincek Stojo Pod Oblokom” — Tomo Sombolac “String Quartet N. 14, Op. 131” (Beetho...

Mr. Neutron reveals his current playlist

October 15, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 4.94 MB

From punk to country, from old-timey, to sugar-coated power pop, Mr. Neutron scales the best of 2019.

"Tides," by Jonathan White

October 08, 2019 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.35 MB

Jonathan White's description of and homage to the mysterious phenomena we call tides.   Music: Francesco Iannuzzelli, "Tarantellamodale"

"Wonderstruck" Brian Selznick's 2017 film gem

October 01, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 5.24 MB

Alan reviews this gorgeously-rendered 2017 Todd Haynes film, which received a three-minute-long standing ovation when it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Amid Mud and Exploding Stumps...A Library"

October 01, 2019 16:00 - 21 minutes - 23.1 MB

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, J...

Pacific Northwest Pop Music, 2019 Style

September 17, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 3.83 MB

Mr. Neutron is beguiled by the many flavors of Pacific Northwest pop music, as it infectiously invades his brain and heart with a mishmash of resplendent gravity and joy.

"Fordlandia," by Greg Grandin

September 10, 2019 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.43 MB

The Lone Reader takes aim at Henry Ford's incredible and futile effort to farm rubber trees and bring Midwestern small-town life to the Amazon jungle. A story of technological hubris and cultural arrogance, it's "Fordlandia," by Greg Grandin.   Music: "Tango," by Mischa Elman, Josef Bonime, I. Albeniz, Elman

"If Beale Street Could Talk"

September 03, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 4.59 MB

A sweet love story set in 1970s Harlem. "Beale Street" features a hypnotically poetic environment, gorgeous cinematography, haunting music, exacting screenplay and incredible performances.   Alan Jacobson supplies "The Treatment".

PNW Country

August 20, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 3.86 MB

Mr. Neutron searches his record closet for twang and bonyfidy country western stars from the Pacific Northwest.   Mr. Neutron is Ron Averill of Everett Public Library (WA)

"Dune," Frank Herbert's Sci-Fi masterpiece

August 13, 2019 16:00 - 3 minutes - 5.63 MB

Frank Herbert's "Dune": Interstellar intrigue! Psychedelic mind trips, swordplay, and a righteous triumph! It's time to re-read the most enduringly popular science fiction book in history.   Music: "Music for String Instruments, Percussion, and Celesta." Bela Bartok. Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Harold Byrns, conductor. Recorded 1949.

"Mary and the Witch's Flower"

August 06, 2019 16:00 - 5 minutes - 4.78 MB

Alan gives "the treatment" to Hiromasa Yonebyashi's anime masterwork, a worthy successor to such masterpieces as "Princess Mononoke," and "Spirited Away."

Jug Band Music

July 22, 2019 21:47 - 4 minutes - 4.06 MB

Jug band, hokum, whatever you call it, the Pacific Northwest has it.

"Failure is Not an Option," by Gene Kranz

July 09, 2019 16:00 - 2 minutes - 3.28 MB

Cameron Johnson is the Lone Reader. Kranz's book is the inside story of the geek squad that made the space program possible: Mission Control.   Music: "Beats," by Crooked Vision.

Black Panther

July 02, 2019 16:00 - 3 minutes - 5.8 MB

Alan pays homage to a film that "transcends the superhero genre to emerge as an epic of operatic proportions."

PNW Punks

June 18, 2019 18:48 - 5 minutes - 4.98 MB

Mr. Neutron's panegyric to the varieties of current Pacific Northwest Punk.

"Chief Seattle and the Town that Took His Name," by David Buerge

June 11, 2019 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.73 MB

The Lone Reader holds forth on David Buerge's magisterial take on the life and significance of Chief Seattle. Music: Wind Quintet op. 43, by Carl Nielsen, performed by James Galway and the Carion Quintet.

"Detroit," by Kathryn Bigelow

June 04, 2019 16:00 - 5 minutes - 4.88 MB

Alan gives The Treatment to Kathryn Bigelow's riveting depiction of Detroit's 12th Street Riot of 1967.

Surfin' PNW

May 21, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 4.43 MB

Mr. Neutron pontificates on the profusion of fine surf bands in the Pacific Northwest

"Native Seattle," by Coll Thrush

May 14, 2019 16:00 - 2 minutes - 3.28 MB

The Lone Reader talks about Dr. Coll Thrush's book Native Seattle, which credits native peoples' contributions to early Seattle. The book's second edition was published in 2017.   Music is "Klincek stojo pod oblokom," by Tomo Sombolac.

Tchoupitoulas, a film by Bill and Turner Ross

May 07, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 4.37 MB

Alan Jacobson's Treatment of Bill and Turner Ross's 2012 film Tchoupitoulas, an immersive documentary about three teenaged brothers rambling on New Orleans' Tchoupitoulas Street at night. It's an impressionist travelogue, a hybrid of dream and documentary, a rite of passage.

Power Pop PNW Style

April 16, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 4.01 MB

...it's not your electropop or your indie pop or your synth pop. Today is about...Power Pop.

To End a Presidency, by Lawrence Tribe

April 09, 2019 16:00

The Lone Reader previews this Harvard Law professor's take on the two-edged constitutional tool called "impeachment."   Music: The Firebird Suite, by Igor Stravinsky

To End a Presidency, by Lawrence Tribe

April 09, 2019 16:00

The Lone Reader previews this Harvard Law professor's take on the two-edged constitutional tool called "impeachment."   Music: The Firebird Suite, by Igor Stravinsky

"Submergence" by Wim Wenders

April 02, 2019 16:00 - 4 minutes - 7.17 MB

Alan gives the Treatment to the newest, and one of the more inclusive and absorbing works of Wenders, the once-towering figure of the New German Cinema of the 70's, which included such monumental works as Buena Vista Social Club, Wings of Desire, The End of Violence, and Paris, Texas.

B-b-b-baby, Baby

March 19, 2019 16:00 - 3 minutes - 3.66 MB

Mr. Neutron spotlights the soundtrack for the 2017 film Baby Driver, and marvels at its melding of audio and visual.

The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui

March 12, 2019 16:00 - 2 minutes - 2.9 MB

The Lone Reader looks at Thi Bui's haunting graphic memoir of the Vietnam War and its enduring scars.   Music: Petits planets: Hanoi Funeral

An audio review of "Baby Driver"

March 05, 2019 17:00 - 4 minutes - 3.9 MB

Alan treats Edgar Wright's sublimely slap-happy stylish blockbuster Baby Driver, whose plot is propelled by machine-gun editing, tough as nails genre writing & performances, brooding noir cinematography, and the best use of a pop music soundtrack you’ll find anywhere. 

Support Your Local Musician

February 19, 2019 17:00 - 3 minutes - 3.92 MB

Mr. Neutron is Ron Averill of Everett Public Library (WA). Focus is on music of the Ram Rams, Choke the Pope, and Kulululu.

"Treatment" audio review of the film "First Reformed"

February 05, 2019 17:00 - 4 minutes - 4.93 MB

Writer/director Paul Schraeder directs an echo of the 1976 film Taxi Driver, which Schraeder wrote. First Reformed follows a troubled loner and priest of a small, dying church congregation as he grapples with dark visions and a troubled past.