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
color change converse high top
The Outsiders
Juno
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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
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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

Episode 33: Electric Dreams and Artificial Intelligence

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In this episode, we took a deep dive into the 80s with the movie Electric Dreams (1984), segueing into a broader discussion of artificial intelligence in pop culture with our special guest, Josie (@papertronica)! There was some singing.
Links
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NPR Fresh Air interview with Joaquin Phoenix, on his playing opposite two actresses in the same role for Her.
Minority Report
How to Build an Android, by David K. Dufty
Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, by Daniel H. Wilson
Galatea 2.2, by Richard Powers

The Three Laws of Robotics
Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar AI Plan is About Far More Than Saving the World

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Holly from Red Dwarf

Musical Obsessions
Josie: Dessa “Fighting Fish,” “The Crow,” “The Beekeeper,” “Dixon’s Girl
Anna: Duran Duran “Ordinary World
Alene: One Direction “What A Feeling
Obsessions
Josie: Another Round with Heben and Tracy podcast
Anna: Erotic romances by Christina Lauren

Episode 30: Epistolary Novels with Ally Watkins

 

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Dear Listeners,

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a librarian in want of a new book will pounce upon any that promise to be epistolary in nature. Join us for a discussion of epistolary novels with #jointhegirlgang‘s Ally. We promise a very charming discussion!

Yours in admiration,

BF

Links
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede
Carrie by Stephen King
Chat/Connect/Crash by Nan McCarthy (NOT Lauren Myracle who wrote ttyl etc!)
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
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Freedom & Necessity by Stephen Brust and Emma Bull
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Allan Ahlbert
Griffin & Sabine/Sabine’s Notebook/The Golden Mean  by Nick Bantock
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
@brainpicker/@brainpickings
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (movie)
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
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Pamela
or Virtue Rewarded
by Samuel Richardson
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
LibraryReads
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
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You’ve Got Mail
/The Shop Around the Corner/In the Good Old Summertime

Musical Obsessions
Ally: Stonewallin’ by Jane Decker (Spotify Discover)
Anna: Formation by Beyonce (lyrics)
Alene: Perfect by One Direction

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Obsessions

Ally: Phryne Fisher audiobooks read by Kathleen Wilhoite
Anna: Murder on the Orient Express
Alene: warm socks

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Amy, the other half of #jointhegirlgang, was on Episode 22!