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Are you a podcast lover? Yes? So are we! Learn more about our upcoming event featuring the Chicago based, literary themed “The Lit Review” podcast and other favorite podcasts.

Join librarians Ariana and Kristyn on Thursday, November 30th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the 4th floor Forum as we sample episodes from the literary-themed, NPR featured podcast “The Lit Review” and engage in an invigorating discussion with co-host Page May about why they created the podcast and what it takes to produce it. 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Each week, co-hosts Page May and Monica Trinidad chat with people they love and respect about relevant books on Black struggle, movement history, gender, cultural organizing, Sci-Fi, political theory, and more.

Check out their episodes on Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer with Chicago attorney and community organizer Van Huynh, Colson Whitehead's NY Times Best Selling novel The Underground Railroad with Chicago writer Eve Ewing, or for Sci-fi geeks, Octavia Butler's Earthseed series with pleasure activist and Emergent Strategy author adrienne maree brown.


Enjoy listening to these staff favorite podcasts:

Note to self podcast show art

Note to Self podcast

The book Bored and Brilliant builds on a collaborative experiment with listeners of this podcast.

"In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. Bored and Brilliant builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem."

Revisionist History Podcast

Revisionist History

You may know Malcolm Gladwell from his books The Tipping Point and Outliers. "Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Panoply Media. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance."


Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio is an award-winning weekly podcast. It can also be heard on public radio stations across the country, on SiriusXM, on several major airlines, and elsewhere. Host Stephen J. Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature — from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt.

The Lit Review Podcast

The Lit Review Podcast

"Think spark notes in podcast form! We know that political study is not always accessible for a variety of reasons: financial limitations, academic jargon, low literacy rates, time barriers, and more. Our hope is that this will make critical knowledge more accessible to the masses. We're your hosts, Chicago-based organizers Monica Trinidad and Page May. Keep reading, and keep listening!"

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