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Popmatic Podcast for May 18, 2016: Funny People

By , May 18, 2016

Innovative comedian Maria Bamford is coming to TPAC and she has a new Netflix show, Lady Dynamite. So on this show—comedians! This is a surprisingly dark and contentious episode. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

Popmatic Podcast for May 11, 2016: Choose Privacy All Year

By , May 11, 2016

Choose Privacy Week was last week but privacy matters all year so this week–privacy, or lack thereof.

Popmatic Podcast for May 4, 2016: Mother’s Day and Prince

By , May 4, 2016

Color of WaterIt’s Mother’s Day! James McBride is coming to the library to talk about his book about his amazing mother. Would I be pushing it to say this episode is matriarchal? Plus—our Prince memories. The Purple One was a bit much for one young kid in Kentucky to take.


“Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight” from Collection by Misfits

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Manchurian Candidate

A Man for All Seasons

The Color of Water by James McBride


Prince was genius.

Listed Sisters


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Legends of Film: Frank Urioste

By , April 30, 2016

The Spikes Gang movie posterDuring this episode we talk to film editor, Frank J. Urioste. Mr. Urioste’s editing credits include Robocop, Die Hard, Total Recall, The Hitcher, and the upcoming Movies @ Main feature, The Spikes Gang. Urisote discusses editing these thrilling movies and much more about his career.

Join us for a free screening of The Spikes Gang on Saturday, May 14th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

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Popmatic Podcast for April 27, 2016: Death and Taxes, Part 2

By , April 27, 2016

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas PynchonLast week, taxes. This week, death! (We recorded this before Prince died. Don’t worry, that episode’s coming.) We only live twice: once for real and once in our dreams. So on this show, our bucket lists. Only librarians’ bucket lists would include this many books. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.


Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Understanding Thomas Pynchon by Robert D. Newman

Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow by Zak Smith

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

The Zhivago Affair: the Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn

Breaking the Code: A True Story by a Hells Angel President and the Cop Who Pursued Him by Pat Matter & Chris Omodt

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Angel Guts: Red Classroom by Xiu Xiu

Wonderful and Strange: Xiu Xiu interprets Angelo Badalament’s classic score for Twin Peaks” by Benjamin Shapiro


Give Us a Kiss by Daniel Woodrell

Murder He Says


“Elizabeth” by Ghost from Opus Eponymous

Ghost will be at Marathon Music Works May 3rd

When Dungeons & Dragons Set Off a ‘Moral Panic’” by Clyde Haberman


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Anniversary of Nashville Metropolitan Government

By , April 25, 2016

Metro Government SealApril 1st marked the 53rd anniversary of what we know as our Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. That doesn’t mean when Nashville was founded; we are hundreds of years away from that. What that means is, and what many people may not realize, our government was consolidated from 2 separately-operating governments to become one - city and county working together.

The 53rd anniversary is an odd one to celebrate, I acknowledge, but still worth celebrating considering when Nashville voters approved the charter for the new consolidated government in 1962, it made the city a pioneer in Metropolitan organization. They voted to create the first fully-unified government in the United States. Yes, there had been other cities to attempt the consolidation or achieved partial consolidation but, after this milestone in Nashville history – their new charter became a model for future consolidated governments.

Pretty cool, huh? Well I think it is, and it further exemplifies why I think Nashville is the greatest city in the United States. Hands down! Because we have many amazing citizens that understand that the best way to serve all is by cooperation.

A few other interesting facts about the consolidation -

  • You know that parkway that almost surrounds the entire city with one name? Turns into White Bridge Rd on the west side of town? If not, I’m referring to Briley Pkwy. This parkway was named in honor of the first Mayor of the consolidated government – Beverly Briley. Briley was the County Judge prior to consolidation and was an advocate for the new government. He was in office from 1963 to 1975.
First mayor of the new consolidated government - Beverly Briley

First Mayor of the Metropolitan Government- Beverly Briley

  • The approved charter of 1962 was not the first attempt that Nashville made at consolidation. 4 years previously in 1958, the charter was rejected despite being supported by the current Mayor, Ben West, both newspapers in town (Tennessean and The Nashville Banner), and County Judge, Beverly Briley. The issues plaguing both governments still existed however - a growing population for the rural areas of the county, leaving many without services. And for the city – they were losing their population and therefore, their tax dollars. Annexation of land plus implementing a wheel tax for cars traveling into the city were the next solutions. Many citizens of both areas did not like these solutions however, and this is how another charter was proposed 4 years later.
Mayor West and County Judge Beverly Briley

Mayor West (left) and County Judge Beverly Briley

  • The second charter was championed by Briley with the Tennessean. Mayor Ben West and the Nashville Banner were in opposition of the 2nd consolidation, partly because they wanted to give annexation a chance to succeed. Several citizens that opposed the new government actually likened it to communism. See photo below of this opposition.

Voters against Metro government        Voters against Metro Gov

  • Though several changes were made under this new government, a few communities were allowed to keep their charters. They were allowed to keep their existing police forces and zoning regulations but are still a part of the new Metropolitan government. You might recognize them actually, I can think of one that frequently sets up speed traps. They are: Berry Hill, Belle Meade, Oak Hill, Forest Hills, Goodlettsville, and Lakewood.

Metro Consolidation               Metro Consolidation

If you’d like to learn more about Metro’s successful consolidation, come visit us on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library, just up from the Public Technology department. We currently have an exhibit of documents and artifacts highlighting the entire consolidation process. You can also learn more about the history of Metro on Metro’s website.



Prince (1958-2016)

By , April 21, 2016

Musician Prince
Prince, the Artist formerly known as Prince, aka Prince Rogers Nelson has died at age 57.

The Minneapolis native sold more than 100 million records during his career, won seven Grammy awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He started writing songs at age 7 and is best known for hits “Raspberry Beret,” “1999,” and “Little Red Corvette.”

Prince won seven Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award for the best Original Song Score for Purple Rain. Rolling Stone magazine named Prince number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

The 1984 film, Purple Rain, is regarded as one of the great rock musical drama films of all time. The soundtrack was the first Prince album to chart at number one and featured “When Doves Cry”…..which we can expect to be hearing again and again and again in days to come.

Prince remade genres and mixed influences from funk, rock, and R&B. His unique onstage performances showcased his supreme musical talent and mastery of vocals, guitar, keyboards, and drums that mesmerized fans for over three decades. His 2007 Super Bowl performance introduced a new generation of fans to his genius.

Prince performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta last Thursday night – the second of two back to back sold out shows. Prince made what is believed to have been his final public appearance on Saturday at a dance party in Minnesota.

- Laurie

Popmatic Podcast for April 20, 2016: Death and Taxes, Part 1

By , April 20, 2016

Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become WolvesIt’s two days after tax day and we know some of you still owe the government money. On this episode, things that are taxing besides these filler intros. We all talk about books, except Mike. Oh reading, so hard! Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.


It by Stephen King

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

I, Claudius miniseries

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves by Carolyn Chute


cling wrap for carpet

Outlander TV show

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

70s Sci-Fi Art

Atomic! Nashville

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers CD | DVD


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Book Review: Mary Oliver and Poetry Month!

By , April 19, 2016

by Mary Oliver

Happy Poetry Month!

Wait. What? You didn’t know that April was poetry month? That’s ok. I didn’t either until I started working here. Poetry month is pretty busy at the library. We usually do a special poetry version of the Popmatic Podcast where everyone speaks in iambic pentameter.* Not being the biggest fan of poetry myself, it was never that big of a deal for me, but over the years, I’ve grown into a fan of certain wordsmiths.

My favorite definitely has to be Mary Oliver. I don’t remember how I found her exactly – I think it was in a workshop or something at church. But I have been in love with her vision and her words since then. Oliver has been pretty prolific over the course of her career, and 1984 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with her work entitled, American Primitive. In 2015 she released Felicity – her latest collection of pieces.

Oliver’s work draws heavily on nature and nature-based themes, but what I think I like the most about her poetry is her honesty. Sometimes she’s able to get at the deep heart of a matter in as few words as possible. She also has a subtle sense of humor that can grab you unexpectedly.

Here is an example from her poem “Roses”:

Everyone now and again wonders about
Those questions that have no ready
answers: first cause, God’s existence,
what happens when the curtain goes
down and nothing stops it, not kissing,
not going to the mall, not the Super

“Wild roses,” I said to them one morning.
“Do you have the answers? And if you do,
would you tell them to me?”

The roses laughed softly. “Forgive us,”
they said. “But as you can see, we are
just now entirely busy being roses.”

I love it – there’s a good lesson for us all in that one. If poetry has never been “your thing” then I suggest starting with Mary Oliver. She’ll make the transformation to poetry lover almost painless.

Happy poetry-ing…
:) Amanda

*We have yet to actually master the iambic pentameter podcast. Sigh. But it’s on our To Do Lists – and at least we all know what iambic pentameter actually means, which I think is half the battle, right?

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