Episode 69: True Crime TV with @kmmaher

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For this show we pulled in author (and secret famous librarian) Kelly Maher to talk about her TV true crime experience.
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Links
Kathy Reichs
The New Detectives
FBI Files
Discovery
Investigation Discovery
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American Greed
48 Hours
Dateline
20/20
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Bill Kurtis
Cold Case Files
Pat Kiernan
The Blotter Presents podcast
American Greed Episode 70: The Prisoner of Wall Street
Flavorwire: “The Case for Reenactment in Documentary Cinema
Stacy Keach
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Deadly Women
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Trey Gowdy
Solved: Extreme Forensics
Episode 18: Serial Killers with @loather
Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice
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Wives With Knives
M. William Phelps
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Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: “Reframing History, Crime, and Women – Exploring True Crime Stories with Elyse and Amanda
My Favorite Murder podcast
You Must Remember This: Charles Manson’s Hollywood series (part one)
The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane

Musical Obsessions
Kelly: “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons and “America’s Sweetheart” by Elle King
Anna: “Learn to Let Go” by Kesha
Alene: “Hymn” by Kesha
NPR: Kesha Walks Us Through Her ‘Rainbow,’ Track By Track

Obsessions
Kelly: Black Death ShawlQVC
Anna: rainbows, cats, organizing books, Seekers Notes, rainbows
Alene: Costco

Worst Bestsellers crossover event: Worst Best Friends! Plus astrological compatibility!

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Episode 67: Musicals Redux with @Rebecca_Vnuk and @AmandaStretch

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We invited Rebecca (our guest on Episode 49: Musicals) to return, along with Amanda from Episode 54: Song Covers, to talk about Stephen Sondheim and Hamilton, fill in some gaps from our previous conversations, and take another action-packed quiz that tested the depths of their musical theater knowledge.

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Links
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Hamilton
Bring It On
In the Heights
Hamiltome
Genius
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
The Heckler: “Why I’m allergic to Stephen Sondheim”
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Company
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Into the Woods
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Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far
Sweeney Todd
West Side Story
Gypsy
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Sunday in the Park with George
#sondheimnight
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Stephen Sondheim’s sad life
Patti LuPone
Forbidden Broadway: “Stephen Sondheim Finale
Forbidden Broadway: “Patti LuPone/I Get a Kick Out of Me
Forbidden Broadway: “Into the Words

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People: From Dirty Dancing to Grease: Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations
The Little Mermaid
Jesus Christ Superstar
Bye Bye Birdie
A Christmas Story
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The New Yorker: Let’s Rock: In Defense of Jukebox Musicals
Phactual: 9 Rock Stars Who Wrote Broadway Musicals
Time Out New York: The 30 best film-to-musical adaptations
Broadway Cares: Carols for a Cure CDs
EW: TV’s Best Musical Episodes

Amanda sings “The Song That Goes Like This
Rakesh Satyal sings “Part of Your World

Spoiler: A link to songs from our second Musicals Quiz!

Musical Obsessions
Rebecca: “Hug Me” by Pharrell Williams and Trey Parker, from Despicable Me 3
Amanda: “Taekwondo” by Walk off the Earth
Anna: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” by Julie Andrews, fromThoroughly Modern Millie
Alene: “Telephone” by Pamplemousse

Sondheim teaches “Not Getting Married Today”

Obsessions
Rebecca: IndiePicks Magazine
Amanda: Ice cream in Japan
Anna:  Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Alene: Hello Kitty notsocks

 

Episode 66: Movie Advisory 2017A

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Our wrap-up of all the first-run movies we saw in the first half of 2017, and what we’re looking forward to for the rest of the year. With special guest Giant Bug.

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Previous Movie Advisory episodes: 35, 53
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Baywatch
Pamela Anderson
David Hasselhoff
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Beauty and the Beast
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Fifty Shades Darker
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’: How Sean Gunn Became Marvel’s Secret Weapon
[Firefly]
[What Dreams May Come]
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Get Out
[The Stepford Wives]
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Hidden Figures
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The Lego Batman Movie
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Office Christmas Party
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Power Rangers
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Sing
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Wonder Woman
Logan (Episode 59)
Fate of the Furious (Episode 65)
[Spider-Man: Homecoming]

Coming Soon:
The Dark Tower
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
It
Blade Runner 2049
Murder on the Orient Express
Justice League
Pitch Perfect 3
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Still Got Time” by Zayn
Alene: “More Than a Feeling” by Boston
[Believe Me by Eddie Izzard]

Obsessions
Anna: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
[The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner]
Alene: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Episode 65: Fastest and Furiousest with @renatasnacks

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We got our favorite movie explicator, Renata, on board to discuss the latest entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise: F8 of the Furious (which is what it should have been called). But first we watched all seven previous movies! Hashtag completist. On the way, we learned some very important lessons about ourselves and about FAMILY. Spoilers abound!

 

Links
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The Fast and the Furious
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2 Fast 2 Furious
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
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Fast 5
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Fast & Furious 6
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Furious 7
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Fate of the Furious
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Vulture: How Does Fate of the Furious Stack Up Against the Rest of the Franchise?
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The Blues Brothers
Silence of the Lambs
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Cole Hauser v. Tom Berenger
Better Luck Tomorrow
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Luke Evans
The Sound of Music
How Did This Get Made (Fate of the FuriousFurious 7, Fast & Furious 6Fast Five)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the show where they’re always in an airplane)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift
Alene: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
Anna: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Obsessions
Renata: Trello (her nail polishes)
Alene: Facial exfoliants (Alba and Pixi), sheet masks from Daiso
Anna: Abhorsen books by Garth Nix

Bonus Episode: Library School

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Have you ever wondered “what do they do all day when they’re not recording podcasts, those Bellwether Friends? I know I should trust librarians, but why?” We sat down for an interview about collection development (the art of budgeting for, buying,  maintaining, and eventually disposing of books and other materials) with Helene Williams, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s iSchool, for her online class (Twitter).

Links
Springfield City Library
Forbes Library
Calvin Coolidge
Charles Ammi Cutter
Cutter Classification
Dewey-Cutter Conversion
Library Journal: Practice Makes Perfect
Ingram
Baker & Taylor

Episode 63: Fashion Forward with @curiosityjones

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In this episode, we talk to author and jewelry designer (and former librarian) Kelly Jones about her books Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Also personal styling tips, such as:

  • Dress the beautiful woman that you are
  • Try on everything before you buy it
  • Thrift shop for success

Links
What Not to Wear UK
Wraptillion
#argyleweek
Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer (originally published 1935)
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, Thomas the Rhymer)
Stephanie Burgis
Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
#chuckstravaganza (episode 62)
Project Runway
Iris Van Herpen
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Gilmore Girls
Ugly Betty
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
House of Eliott
The Incredibles (also: NO CAPES)
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Forgotten Realms
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Supergirl
The Tudors
The Borgias
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Sex and the City
The Mentalist
The X-Files
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Clueless
Charade
Edith Head
Shakespeare in Love
Titanic
The Age of Innocence
Spider-Man
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Desperately Seeking Susan
Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Musical Obsessions:

Kelly: Teen Titans theme song by Puffy AmiYumi
Anna: Tank! theme song from Cowboy Bebop by Seatbelts
Alene: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song by The Gregory Brothers

Obsessions:

Kelly: brownies with peanut butter cream cheese swirl
The Art of Deception by Stephanie Burgis
The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman
Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
Anna: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 2017)
Alene: Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz

 

Episode 62: Inside #chuckstravaganza

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For this episode we discussed our obsession with Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars (and other Converse shoes, and shoes in general) in conjunction with our month-long project with @melissazd, #chuckstravaganza. We are wearing our Chucks every day in May to celebrate the fact that shoes don’t have to be brown or black! Topics include where to shop, how to wash, high vs low tops, and more!

Links
Rainbow Chucks for Pride (limited edition)

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Grease is the word (high tops)

History of Chuck Taylor All-Stars
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The Outsiders
Juno
rocky
Rocky
West Side Story
The Donna Reed Show
red low top converse
Chucks Connection
#chuckstravaganza on Instagram
Code Switch episode “Talking Black-ish With Star Yara Shahidi And Creator Kenya Barris”
Lacing techniques
converse rubber

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Oh K-Stew

Meg Cabot
Sophie Kinsella
Anna Maxted
Marian Keyes
Cecelia Ahern
pink i love converse

 

Musical Obsessions
Gigantic” by The Pixies
Up All Night” by One Direction

Obsessions
The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan (due to be published June 2017)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik