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Library Podcasts

Need something to listen to on your way to and from work? Try a library podcast!

Inspired by The Room of Requirement episode of This American Life, which aired December 28, 2018: Three stories of libraries around the U.S., we decided to post about library podcasts. Here’s a quick breakdown of some that may be of interest to school librarians:

Adventures in YA

This podcast is hosted by Sara (an avid reader) and Kristen (a librarian), who spent the time to read lots of YA books and then review them for us. Each episode lasts about 50-60 minutes and comes out sporadically. We like that its focus is on YA literature.

Book Talk

This is actually a radio show that airs every other Wednesday at 1pm and features one work of contemporary fiction. Episodes can be found online and in iTunes. Each episode contains a 25-minute interview with the author, and a 25-minute discussion of the book between the host (Cyd Oppenheimer) and two guest readers. They round out the show with a local librarian who recommends a middle-grade fiction book.

Booktalks Quick and Simple by Nancy Keene

Booktalks in 45 seconds! Although this podcast hasn’t aired since 2017, who doesn’t love a quick 45-second booktalk? Nancy J. Keane offers a daily booktalk on books for grades K-12. Listen to booktalks about some of the newest books published as well as some oldies but goodies. Instead of just reading Nancy Keane’s booktalks, tune in to hear the booktalks by booktalking expert, Nancy Keane, herself.

Documents that changed the world

In this podcast, Joe Janes, Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information school, takes a look at documents that have made a difference in the world. In less than 15 minutes, thought slightly awkward, Joe takes us through the history and background of different world documents, and weaves a tale that leaves you thinking. You can listen online at https://ischool.uw.edu/podcasts/dtctw, however, you’ll find more episodes in iTunes.

Professional Book Nerds

Each episode of this podcast is about 50 minutes long, and is hosted by staff librarians who work for OverDrive. Hear their book recommendations, learn about new books coming out, and listen to author interviews. While this isn’t a podcast specific to schools or even the K-12 age group, these are all books that are available in OverDrive (for public libraries at least).

If you listen to a library podcast that you think other school librarians would like, let us know!

Food Delicious Science (3/60 minute programs)

Food – Delicious Science is the thrilling science story of the food on your plate and the physics, chemistry and biology that lies hidden inside every bite. Across three episodes we use the latest imaging techniques to reveal this inner world of food and we reveal along the way why such a variety of foods have ended up in our diet and how they affect our lives. When viewed at the microscopic level, food resembles a vast range of alien landscapes that shift in remarkable ways as we cook them. Each time we eat, a cascade of biological reactions is set off inside our bodies: from flavor explosions in the mouth; to an energy rush; to occasionally triggering waves of disgust.  And how these ingrained human reactions and cravings for food have deep evolutionary roots that offer a whole new way of thinking about our relationship to the modern diet. The science is set against sumptuous location photography shot across the world: from the oldest rice terraces in the Philippines to an ancient variety of potato in the Andes Mountains of Peru; from the corn fields of Mexico to the milk dairies of Bulgaria as we seek the origins of some our favorite foods to deepen our understanding of why we eat them. This is food as you’ve never seen it before.

Airs Thursday beginning 1/17 at 2 a.m.



  • #1 – Food On The Brain – Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to discover how the chemistry in our food affects our brains and creates our deepest cravings. This is delicious science.
  • #2 – A Matter of Taste – Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn about the science that makes our food taste delicious and the powerful effect it has on our tongue and nose.

#3 – We Are What We Eat – Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food keeps our bodies fit and healthy.