Multnomah County Library Podcasts

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Ethical Conversations with Tsipora Dimant

The roots of conflict are in the ways that we talk with and respond to each other. Learn ways to have ethical conversations to resolve conflict.

Recorded at Central library: May 12, 2011

Direct download: 20110512_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 12:17pm PST

Explore life from a different perspective in this series that allows you to hear "what it's like to be..." In this podcast you'll hear Emily Harris speaking with Muna Abshir Mohamud. Muna settled in the west 11 years ago as a refugee of her war-torn homeland of Somalia. Since then, she has worked on refugee rights and resettlement issues; post 9/11 education and advocacy work. A passionate educator, Muna believes that education through honest and respectful dialogue is an effective way to counter prejudicial and intolerant attitudes in our communities.

Recorded: May 7, 2011

Direct download: 20110507_MCLMuslim.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:17pm PST

Leading Through Service with Kate Dins

Explore ways to build leadership and collaboration skills that develop more effective teams.

Recorded May 5, 2011

Direct download: 20110505_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 2:14pm PST

The Secrets of Writing Well with Brent Walth

Author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Brent Walth talks about lessons learned as a writer and teacher. Learn skills he wishes he had 30 years ago.

Recorded April 28, 2011

Direct download: 20110428_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 9:00am PST

Srsly Big Deal: Making & Being Comics in Portland

From self-published mini-comic zines to traditional comic books, manga and graphic novels, comics are a seriously big deal in our community, home to big-time publishers, small presses and independent artists. Speakers Dylan Williams, of Sparkplug Comics, Dark Horse Executive Editor Diana Schutz, PSU Special Collections Librarian and Archivist Cris Paschild, and independent comics creator Julia Gfrorer discuss the cultural and economic significance of comics. The panel discussion was followed by Julia Gfrorer reading her comics Too Dark to See and Ariadne auf Naxos, with the assistance of Jesse Reklaw.

Recorded live at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, April 14, 2011.

Target Audience: Adult



Direct download: 20110414_MCLSrslyBigDealCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 10:27am PST

Listen Up! with Berry Kruijning

Speaker Berry Kruijning leads an exploration of internal barriers to listening. Gain practical tips to improve your listening skills, equipping you to build authentic and dynamic relationships.

Recorded April 14, 2011

Direct download: 20110414_MCLBrownBag.mp3
Category:Brown Bag Lunch and Learn -- posted at: 1:33pm PST

On Sunday, April 10, 2011, an enthusiastic crowd of Devon Monk fans came to hear the author read from her upcoming book and talk about her writing. She started by reading from her soon to be published "Dead Iron: the age of steam", the first book in her new steam punk fantasy series. She then took questions from the audience which included many questions about her ongoing Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series which takes place in Portland. Her latest book in that series, "Magic on the Hunt", just came out on April 5. (about 72 minutes)

Direct download: monk.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 6:44pm PST

VoiceCatcher Authors Reading

VoiceCatcher presents prose and poetry from its fifth women writers anthology. The work of several contributing authors will be highlighted. VoiceCatcher's mission is to publish an anthology of Portland-area women's writing reflecting a diversity of voice and genre. They offer a local publishing opportunity that respects, nurtures and promotes local artists.

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Direct download: 20110326_MCLVoiceCatcherAuthorsReading.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:42pm PST

Baba Wagué Diakité

Baba Wagué Diakité is a well known artist and storyteller from Mali, West Africa. Before Mali was a country, it was a great empire whose deeds are still passed down from generation to generation. Baba will tell the 13th century epic story of the creation of the Mali Empire from Sogolon the Hunchback Woman--the spirit of the Buffalo and Maghan the Handsome—the spirit of the Lion. Their invalid son, the great Sundiata Keita grows up to unite the twelve kingdoms of Mali and create one of the greatest empires of Africa.

Direct download: 20110320_MCLBabaWagueDiakite.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

My Rotten Life by David Lubar (Booktalk)

My Rotten Life by David Lubar

Tired of continually having his feelings hurt by popular students and bullies, fifth-grader Nathan agrees to try an experimental formula, Hurt-Be-Gone, and becomes a half-dead zombie, a condition which, he soon discovers, has some real advantages.

Speaker: Joaquin Sampson


Direct download: 20110322_MCL_My_Rotten_Life.JS.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Kids and Teens -- posted at: 9:30am PST