Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


what's your favorite podcast?

Faithful PGTL readers, help! I'm planning a program on podcasting at my library, yet . . . I don't really listen to podcasts. So I was hoping y'all could contribute info on your favorite podcast(s). This program is for teens, so certain topics are no-go zones, but otherwise, I'm eager to find a diverse selection of podcasts.

Thanks for your help! You can either leave a comment or email me at melinwonderland@yahoo.com.



  • At 7:27 PM, Blogger Liz B said…

    Just One More Book: http://www.justonemorebook.com/

    All about children's books, from reviews to author interviews. Plus, the couple who run it are from Canada. Aboot. He. Yes, I'm twelve, but Mark & Andrea at JOMB have met me & don't hold my silliness against me.

  • At 7:56 AM, Blogger John Klima said…

    I am a fairly regular listener to The Dragon Page [http://www.dragonpage.com/] and The Bat Segundo Show [http://www.edrants.com/segundo/]. These are both genre (science fiction) oriented, but well done. Segundo has non-genre people on, too. Like Gabe Kaplan or David Lynch or Amy Sedaris.

  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger Jennifer, Snapshot said…

    I love podcasts!

    NPR has some great ones--

    Radio Lab (scientific exploration in a very digestible and interesting format)

    This I Believe (many high school students submit essays to this)

    QD Now podcasts are short and sweet:
    Grammar Girl
    Mr. Manners

    I also listen to Breakaway, which is a very popular Christian Ministry at Texas A&M. It's directed to college students, so it would be great for older teens as well (looking for a Christian perspective)

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger Laura said…

    I've been enjoying the Horn Book podcasts quite a bit. I also listen to some from NPR -- Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, This American Life, etc.

    I've enjoyed a few from Craft Sanity (craftsanity.com), mostly interviews with crafters talking about how they got started, what they're working on, and what they love about the crafting community.

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Booktalker said…

    I do a daily podcast -- Booktalks quick and simple. Each day, there is a short (ca. 1 min.) booktalk delivered. The booktalks are geared to K-12 and are not just for teens.


  • At 10:53 PM, Blogger Esther said…

    This isn't book-related, but if the kids are interested in drama, the American Theatre Wing has a great podcast called Downstage Center. The shows feature a different guest each week from the theater world - actors, playwrights, composers, costume designers, critics. AP on Broadway also has a podcast.

    There are also lots of great public radio shows available as podcasts, like This American Life, with Ira Glass. Also Barnes & Noble has a Meet the Writers podcast. And Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl, author of the Book Lust series, has a podcast.

    If you go to the podcast homepage on iTunes, you can scroll down to Topics in Focus, and one of the topics is book lovers.

  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger [pastopher] said…

    check out

    "chicken pop pod"

    just search it in the iTunes store

    it's a pop culture podcast and it's
    really really funny

  • At 4:14 AM, Blogger Duh said…

    My favorite podcast is Vomitus Prime. Its not about transformers just a wicked funny show!


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