Nordonia Hills Branch Library's Podcast



Each month we explore interesting and unique nonfiction titles.


  • On Nonfiction 77 - Slowspoke

    20/08/2018 Duración: 10min

    We discuss the twin narratives of a man traveling by unicycle between North Carolina and Arizona, and the same man in his pursuit of a simple life with nature - in an American old-growth forest.

  • On Nonfiction 76 - Connections

    24/07/2018 Duración: 16min

    We discuss a clever series of chance encounters between disparate historical figures and celebrities. HELLO GOODBYE HELLO by Craig Brown THE KNOWLEDGE WEB (one of many titles) by James Burke

  • On Nonfiction 75 - Top Dog: Winning, Losing, & Competition

    24/05/2018 Duración: 15min

    This month we review a book that explores the many factors involved with our triumphs, failures, and the results of competition in our lives. TOP DOG by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman.

  • On Nonfiction 74 - An Elemental Story

    22/04/2018 Duración: 11min

    We discuss the story of the periodic table, and the many fascinating tales behind the various elements contained within. THE DISAPPEARING SOPOON, by Sam Kean

  • On Nonfiction 73 - The Revenge of Analog

    21/03/2018 Duración: 14min

    We discuss the explorations of David Sax, who finds many successful and diverse analog ventures in the midst of our digital world. THE REVENGE OF ANALOG by David Sax.

  • On Nonfiction 72 - Books You May Have Missed 2017

    08/02/2018 Duración: 22min

    We present edited excerpts of our annual book talk, describing various titles from the previous year. (Original program date: 1/16/18). The complete book list is available at the Nordonia Hills Branch Library.

  • On Nonfiction 71 - Moving to Alaska

    18/01/2018 Duración: 10min

    This month, we discuss people who decided to move even farther north to live - in Alaska or the Arctic. THE ALASKAN RETREATER'S HANDBOOK by Ray Ordorica CALL OF THE AMERICAN WILD, by Guy Grieve IN THE EMPIRE OF ICE, by Gretel Ehrlich AMONG GRIZZLIES, by Timothy Treadwell

  • On Nonfiction 70 - A Year of Watching Movies

    20/12/2017 Duración: 12min

    We explore three different ways to arrange your movie-watching year. A YEAR OF MOVIES by Ivan Walters PETER BOGDANOVICH'S MOVIE OF THE WEEK by Peter Bogdanovich A YEAR AT THE MOVIES by Kevin Murphy

  • On Nonfiction 69 - Tasting Parties

    03/12/2017 Duración: 09min

    During this season of get-togethers, we discuss a unique type of party: the tasting party. TASTING CLUB, by Dina Cheney PETITE EATS, by Timothy Lawrence THE COCKTAIL CLUB, by Maureen Petrosky TASTING WINE & CHEESE, by Adam Centimore

  • On Nonfiction 68 - It's All a Game

    25/10/2017 Duración: 18min

    With autumn settling in, we discuss indoor pursuits, such as playing board games. IT'S ALL A GAME, by Tristan Donovan FAMILY GAMES: THE 100 BEST, edited by James Lowder THINGS WE THINK ABOUT GAMES, by Will Hindmarch & Jeff Tidball

  • On Nonfiction 67 - Life Hacks & Useful Info

    25/09/2017 Duración: 12min

    We discuss books aimed at making your life easier, with clever solutions to tricky problems. THE USEFUL BOOK, by Sharon & David Bowers WORLD'S BEST LIFE HACKS, by Sarah Devos THE LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE HACKS, by Yumi Sakugawa THE BIG BOOK OF UNCOMMON KNOWLEDGE, edited by Jeff Csatari EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR ORDINARY THINGS, Reader's Digest

  • On Nonfiction 65 - Lawn Sports

    24/07/2017 Duración: 13min

    We look at the relaxing tradition of summer sports you can play in your yard, plus some leisure pursuits that are more unique. BALLS ON THE LAWN by Brooks Butler Hays WEIRD SPORTS & WACKY GAMES AROUND THE WORLD by Victoria Williams SPORTS FROM HELL by Rick Reilly TAG, TOSS, & RUN by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell

  • On Nonfiction 64 - Speaking American / Speaking Midwestern

    21/06/2017 Duración: 15min

    We discuss the diverse dialects, accents, and word choices found in our great country, as well as a specific look at the way we talk here in the Midwest/Great Lakes region. SPEAKING AMERICAN by Josh Katz HOW TO SPEAK MIDWESTERN by Edward McClelland

  • On Nonfiction 62 - Lessons From The Twilight Zone

    24/04/2017 Duración: 11min

    We review Mark Dawidziak's latest book, EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

  • On Nonfiction 61 - 26 Seconds

    23/03/2017 Duración: 15min

    We discuss the most famous home movie ever filmed in history, and also the story of the man behind the camera. TWENTY-SIX SECONDS by Alexandra Zapruder

  • On Nonfiction 59 - Head in the Cloud

    17/01/2017 Duración: 13min

    A discussion of the latest title from one of the podcast's favorite authors, William Poundstone. HEAD IN THE CLOUD by William Poundstone

  • On Nonfiction 55 - Pull Up a Chair: Vin Scully

    20/08/2016 Duración: 19min

    We discuss the extraordinary career of legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully, who retires this year after 67 seasons of work. PULL UP A CHAIR: THE VIN SCULLY STORY by Curt Smith VOICES OF SUMMER by Curt Smith THE VOICES OF BASEBALL by Kirk McKnight

  • On Nonfiction 52 - Pacific

    24/05/2016 Duración: 17min

    We discuss some of the 10 essays (chapters) that comprise Simon Winchester's book PACIFIC.

  • On Nonfiction 50- What is Nostalgia in the 21st Century?

    23/02/2016 Duración: 14min

    A look at how the nature of nostalgia has changed in the consumer culture of the recent decades, focusing much more on a return to childhood, rather than a wistfulness for a lost era or place. CONSUMED NOSTALGIA by Gary Cross THE CLASSIC TELEVISION REFERENCE by Hank Moore TOYS OF THE 50'S, 60'S AND 70's by Kate Roberts & Adam Scher TIME PASSING by Sylviane Agacinski THE WAY WE NEVER WERE by Stephanie Coontz

  • On Nonfiction 48 - A Vintage Kitschmas

    21/12/2015 Duración: 12min

    We discuss the fond memories conjured by the decorations and memorabilia of Christmas. KITSCHMASLAND by Travis Smith CHRISTMAS WISHES by Tim Hollis MERRY KITSCHMAS by Michael D. Conway HAVE YOURSELF A VERY VINTAGE CHRISTMAS by Susan Waggoner

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