Special February 2011 Edition (16 minutes, 5 seconds)
Interview with Wizard Rock band performers Lauren Fairweather of the Moaning Myrtles, Matt Maggiacomo of the Whomping Willows, and Tianna Weasley of local band I Speak Tree.
On February 1, 2011, Monroeville Public Library hosted a Wizard Rock Concert featuring performances from the bands the Moaning Myrtles, the Whomping Willows, and I Speak Tree. (Wizard Rock is a style of rock music that features songs based on characters and storylines from J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series.) After the concert, the performers were interviewed by a local library teen volunteer (along with the teen librarian). Click to view videos of the concert.
The Iliad, Book One by Homer (33 minutes, 24 seconds)
Featuring local teen volunteers.
Holiday Edition: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa (8 minutes, 58 seconds)
Featuring teen volunteers and staff.
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (8 minutes, 48 seconds)
Featuring local teens reading The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.
May 11, 2011
Research Revolution: An Interview with Dr. Charles Greenberg (20 minutes, 4 seconds)
MPL Adult Services Librarian Mark Hudson interviews Dr. Charles Greenberg, facilitator of MPL's Research Revolution film viewing and discussion series on science and the shaping of modern life. Dr. Greenberg is a scientist and engineer who worked for PPG Industries from 1965 to 2002 at the Glass Technology Center outside of Pittsburgh. He has authored or coauthored 21 scientific articles and has 25 U.S. patents. In the interview he discusses the origins of the Research Revolution project and the teaching goals of the series as these relate to the various program topics (atomic age, robotics, genetics, forensics, global warming, and biodiversity).
February 28, 2011
The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium Podcast (20 minutes, 50 seconds)
Philosopher and psychologist Dr. Kipling Forbes interviews Reverend Renee Waun, Rabbi Barbara Symons and Reverend Eric Ash of the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium, which works to promote respect, understanding and cooperation among people of all faiths in the Monroeville area. The Ministerium sponsored the Interfaith Panel program in the MPL Gallery Space on March 15, 2011.
December 13, 2010
Interview with Pittsburgh Poet Samuel Hazo (43 minutes, 2 seconds)
Philosopher and psychologist Dr. Kipling Forbes interviews Dr. Samuel Hazo, author of poetry, fiction, essays, various works of translation and four plays. In his poetry, Samuel Hazo has explored themes of mortality and love, passion and art, courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. As the founder and Director/President of the International Poetry Forum, he has brought more than 800 poets and performers to Pittsburgh over the past forty years. In 1993 Governor Robert Casey named him Pennsylvania's first State Poet, a position in which he served until 2003. Click to view TribLive Media Video
October 13, 2010
Race and the Death Penalty: Lessons from A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (1 hour, 18 minutes, 56 seconds)
Listen to a panel discussion of A Lesson Before Dying and what it can teach us today about race, capital punishment, and the struggle of an oppressed people. Gregory Miller, English teacher at Fox Chapel High School, talks about Gaines's novel and its place in the canon of African-American and world literature. Martha Conley of Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty considers what the book tells us about the history of capital punishment and institutionalized racism in the United States. A question and answer session with the audience follows Miller and Conley's presentation.