AADL-produced Podcasts

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Video (ipod compatible): http://www.aadl.org/video/feed/video

AADL Productions Podcast: Brian Wecht of The Story Collider

The Story ColliderThe Story Collider

Brian Wecht is a postdoctoral researcher in theoretical particle physics as the University of Michigan. He is also, along with particle physicist-turned-storyteller Ben Lillie, the creator of The Story Collider, a project that aims to get people telling stories about science in their everyday lives. These stories--sometimes funny, sometimes serious--are presented live at storytelling events, through the Story Collider podcast, and on video at the Story Collider Vimeo channel. Brian shares with us where the idea for this project first came from and the plans as the Story Collider becomes larger and continues to draw people from all walks of life to share and listen.

If you like the sound of Story Collider and want to hear some stories of science told live, join us in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on March 11 at 7pm for the first Story Collider event to happen outside New York City.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Richard Glaubman

This episode features 2011's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads author, Richard Glaubman. Richard spoke with us about his collaboration with George Dawson on Life is So Good, a chronicle of Dawson's inspired personal journey through the tumultuous 20th century, culminating in his learning to read at the age of 98. Richard talks about his experience developing the book's narrative structure and George's voice, as well as his personal friendship with George and the irresistible effect of his optimism and quiet humanity on everyone he encountered. You can also watch or download a video of Glaubman's presentation when he visited in January.

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AADL Talks To: Brett Callwood

Detroit author and music critic, Brett Callwood, was at AADL recently for a public talk about his book MC5: Sonically Speaking: A Tale of Revolution and Rock 'n' Roll. Prior to this event, I had the chance to chat with Brett about the MC5--their legacy, their significance to other musicians, and the influence of former manager, John Sinclair. Brett also discusses his journey to becoming a music critic and the inspiration behind his writing, most notably his love affair with Detroit and its music.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Brian Vander Ark and Donny Brown of The Verve Pipe

Popular American rock band The Verve Pipe recently performed two concerts at The Ark, one show targeted for a younger family audience, and one intended for adults. After their performances, we hung out in the green room with lead singer Brian Vander Ark and drummer Donny Brown. They discussed their foray into music for children and young families with A Family Album, music production, cover art, and future projects for the young ones.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Mary McDonagh Murphy

Author and journalist Mary McDonagh Murphy recently talked with us about her lifelong passion for To Kill a Mockingbird, which culminated during this year's 50th anniversary of the book's publication with McDonagh's own tribute, Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of 50 Years of To Kill a Mockingbird--a companion book to the soon-to-be-released documentary, Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. The book gathers together various celebrities' first memories of and favorite passages from the book, along with discussions of the novel's value to society both then and now. We spoke with Mary about the enduring appeal of Mockingbird's characters; its place in the canon of American literature; its enigmatic author, Harper Lee; and the wonderful Hollywood adaptation.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Michael Erlewine

Michael ErlewineMichael Erlewine

Michael Erlewine, author, archivist, and founder of the All Music Guide recently spoke at the Library about his new book with photographer Stanley Livingston, Blues in Black & White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals. In this interview prior to the public talk, Ann Arbor's old music clubs and coffee shops come alive as Michael takes us on a personal journey of the Ann Arbor music scene circa 1962-1972. He covers a range of musical topics, including the early folk era, when he hitch-hiked with Bob Dylan; the influence of pre-hippie culture on Iggy Pop; the influence of John Sinclair on Ann Arbor culture; and his personal passion for Chicago city blues, which led to the Ann Arbor blues festivals and inspired the formation of his band, The Prime Movers Blues Band, shown below playing at the Schwabin Inn.

You can listen to the interview below. You can also view Michael's public talk at the Library.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Kris Carr


As soon as she was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer (Stage IV, with metastases to the lungs), Kris Carr turned on the video camera and started a video journal, documenting her visits to doctors, her occasional emotional breakdowns, and her no-holds-barred commitment to researching and changing what she could--her attitude, her diet and her lifestyle. The result is the funny, candid and helpful 2007 video, Crazy Sexy Cancer, followed by two books, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips and Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor: More Rebellion and Fire for your Healing Journey. In our interview, Kris talks about her experience making the film, the people she's met and the lessons she's learned since her diagnosis, and the healing power of Oprah's hugs.

You can listen to our interview with Kris, below, or watch the video of her presentation at the Library on August 17, 2010.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Richard LeSueur on Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman at Hill AuditoriumJessye Norman at Hill Auditorium

Today is the 65th birthday of one of the world's top sopranos, Jessye Norman. Before Ms. Norman conquered Europe with her powerful voice and acting of unrivaled intensity, she was a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Music. It was there that she met Richard LeSueur, one of the world's top opera aficionados. Richard, a musicologist and opera consultant, stopped by to talk with us about Jessye's career and their friendship, which has spanned over half a century. Richard shared some of the things that have enriched his life knowing Jessye, gave us his opinion of her newest album, Roots: My Life, My Song, and tried to put his finger on what has made her into Jessye Norman.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Brandon Doman

Don't Talk to StrangersDon't Talk to Strangers

Having returned to Ann Arbor after college, one day Brandon Doman wanted to see what would happen if he put out a handwritten sign inviting people to write in his journal. 3000 journal entries later, Brandon is still inviting people to contribute anonymously to what has been named Don't Talk to Strangers. People from all walks of life stop by to chat with Brandon and write sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching entries. Brandon stopped by the library to talk with us about how the project came to be, where it is headed next, and what he has discovered from talking to strangers. You can read a selection of entries online and learn how to support the project.

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AADL Productions Podcast: Paul Saltzman and Patricia Aquino

We had the good fortune to sit and talk with filmmakers Paul Saltzman and Patricia Aquino when they were in town for a viewing and discussion of their 2009 film Prom Night in Mississippi, a documentary that details the efforts of a small town to integrate its high school prom after actor (and local resident) Morgan Freeman offers to foot the bill. Our conversation touched on the many issues involved in making this particular film, from the production and editing decisions used to address such a provocative topic, to the role of serendipity and perseverance in winning over skeptical participants. For more about the film, visit: www.promnightinmississippi.com

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