Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Architecture, Power and Justice in Ragtime-era Portland with Randy Gragg, Jan Dilg, Chet Orloff and Philip Niles

A community discussion moderated by architectural writer/Portland Monthly editor Randy Gragg, featuring historian Jan Dilg and Chet Orloff (director of the Museum of the City) and Philip Niles, author of Beauty of the City: A.E. Doyle, Portland's Architect, exploring the intersections of architecture, wealth and  power and social justice in turn-of-the-last-century Portland.


Cosponsored by AIA Center for Architecture, in conjunction with the Portland Architecture and Design Festival and Portland Center Stage.

Direct download: 20091025_MCLArchitectureRagtimePCS.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:54pm PST

Title Raves: Assigned Reading with Vailey Oehlke, Martha Gies, Robert Brock, Craig Johnson and Jayne Freshour

Remember junior high and high school required reading? Did you sleep through The Scarlet Letter? Read the CliffsNotes for The Canterbury Tales? Adults are rediscovering - and enjoying - the classics that bewildered them as students. Listen to Library Director Vailey Oehlke; Martha Gies, writer, teacher and author of Up All Night; Robert Brock, Professor Emeritus, University of Montana, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Craig Johnson, who taught Language Arts and Foreign Languages at the Metropolitan Learning Center, as they talk about the highlights - and lowlights - of those classic novels.

Date recorded: October 6, 2009

Direct download: 20091006_MCLTitleRavesAssignedReading.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:53am PST

Life by Design @yourlibrary: Helping Your Aging Parent: Life-Enriching Activities for People with Alzheimer’s

In a touching and compassionate presentation, part of Multnomah County Library's Helping Your Aging Parent series, Nelson shares his thoughts on working with people with Alzheimer"s. Learn better communication approaches and new ways to engage mind, body and spirit, while compensating for age-related losses.

Chris Nelson is the Life Enrichment Director at Emerson House, an Alzheimer’s residence in Portland. He has worked with the senior population for the last seventeen years.

Direct download: 20091109_MCLHAPNelson.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:29pm PST

Mastering Change and Loss with Kerry Walls Come explore a different way to approach change, loss and trasition to become stronger and gain access to creater creativity.
Direct download: 20091112_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 10:51am PST

Go ahead, Make My Day, Criticize Me! with Philip Mandel One of the toughest things to deal with is criticism. Learn to easily defuse any comment, including critical self-talk, so that you can hear the value in the criticism without being drawn into unpleasant feelings.
Direct download: 20091105_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 11:09am PST

Historic Zinesters Talking -  with Leanne Grabel and Kevin Sampsell

Leanne Grabel, poet, performer, teacher and co-founder of the legendary poetry hub Cafe Lena, and Kevin Sampsell, of Future Tense Books and Powell's City of Books discuss the development of chapbooks, poetry and zines in Portland, along with much audience participation. Re-live some of the writing and music scene of the 1980s and 90s that put Portland on the map!

Audience: Adult

Recorded November 3, 2009 at Central Library

Direct download: 20091103_MCLZTChapbooksCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 10:44am PST

Explore emotional terrain with A.M. O'Malley in The Empire Builder, a zine about her train ride from Minneapolis, Minn., to Portland, Ore., including reflections on a life left behind and and hopes for a future no longer separated from her long-distance love interest.

Find out what's in Free Box the Magazine with Bece Kidder. Learn about epic scores, things to avoid, the etiquette of giving away and the fun to be had hunting for priceless treasures.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 27, 2009

Direct download: 20091027_Zinesters_Talking_OMalley__Kidder.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 5:14pm PST

Get up close and personal with Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg as she shares work from I Cut My Hair, a mini-comic journal about her creative process, working in education, pet ownership and more.

Mini-comics come alive when Julia Gfrörer and partner perform Ariadne auf Naxos, comics about time and death, gods and saints, knights and spies, babysitting, the apocalypse, courtesy phones and the benefits of being a ghost.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 20, 2009

Direct download: 20091020_Zinesters_Talking_Eisenberg__Gfrorer.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 12:26pm PST

Glamorize your life Golden Girls-style with Scott and Zach, the editors of Miami, You've Got Style, a detailed Golden Girls fanzine with an episode guide and a map of the house where characters Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux and Sophia Petrillo lived. Scott and Zach also provide in-depth wardrobe analysis and funky fashion tips.

Take a hilarious trip with Dr. Danny Q. Swank and his Tales from the Bus, a compendium of bizarre, bawdy, bumpy, and occasionally brutal happenings witnessed on public transportation, torn from the pages of the strangely true and truly strange zine Manuscripts Don't Burn.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 13, 2009

Direct download: 20091013_Zinesters_Talking_Swank__Style.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 7:52pm PST

Becky Morton takes you way back to The Oregon Trail, her zine containing excerpts from the journal of Frances Henderson, who traveled from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail in 1846, illustrated with images from the educational computer game "The Oregon Trail."

Artist, activist and filmmaker Marc Moscato showcases WPA artworks in Portland in Art for the Millions, an audio CD and 28-page guided tour of local public works projects of the Works Progress Administration, a federally funded program that provided relief to millions of idle workers during the height of the Great Depression.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 6, 2009

Direct download: 20091006_Zinesters_Talking_Moscato__Morton.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 3:16pm PST