Shelf Life, from the Newberry Library
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Shelf Life is a podcast from the Newberry Library about the humanities--and the humans behind them. Each episode features a new conversation with librarians, curators, and researchers about anything from the history of fake news to the secret lives of famous American authors.
||ExplicitEarly Modern Earworms||Performing early music today is a feat of histori…||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Rise and Fall of a Typeface||According to Peter Stallybrass, an obscure typefa…||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe British Were the Underdogs?||Historian Woody Holton has a novel way of looking…||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLet There Be Page Numbers||Print helped fuel the Reformation and Counter-Ref…||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBeing a Curator on Instagram||If Instagram encourages us all to be the curators…||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Road in American Culture||Curator of Maps, Jim Akerman, discusses the rheto…||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChicago Urbanology||We shadowed Max Grinnell, aka the Urbanologist, a…||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitActivist-Artists in the Archives||According to Monica Trinidad, co-founder of For t…||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrooks Cooks||In honor of the 100th anniversary of Gwendolyn Br…||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe 95 Theses: You Won't Believe What #32 Is!||In this episode, we ponder one of the most import…||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitViolent Femmes||As part of her study of feminine crime in turn-of…||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17th-Century Fake News||In this episode of "Shelf Life," we discuss a das…||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGive Us a Sign||In this episode of “Shelf Life,” we talk with New…||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Half-Confidence Is Always Bad"||The Newberry's exhibit "Hamilton: The History Beh…||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Very interesting and well done!
This podcast is proof that libraries ARE relevant, interesting and necessary in the digital age. Alex does an excellent job bringing an assortment of interesting but little known topics to the listener's attention. Plus it's one of the few podcasts with a really good intro. So many have annoying theme music. Good length too. Thanks!
Entertaining and informative
This is a great new podcast. Each episode has the feel of a spontaneous conversation but at the same time is informative on a variety of relevant historical moments and concepts. Give it a listen!
Shelf Life from the Newberry Library in Chicago provides intriguing conversations from curators and researchers at the Newberry, on topics from a Gwendolyn Brooks salad recipe, where page numbers came from, new perspectives on the American revolution. People who really know a lot about certain topics share their passion and information in a very accessible way. I enjoy it every time, even when it’s something I didn’t think I was interested in.