DC Public Library Radio
Dcpl 20radio 01 01

The official radio program of the D.C. Public Library.
Hear author talks, interviews, special presentations, stories about the goings-on in the library system and Washington, D.C., and much more!

  1. Thumb 1543952758 artwork

    Notes From the Library: Read Your Way Up

    Librarians Bobbie Dougherty and Maggie Gilmore will talk about the Read Your Way Up Bike Tour, which was part of last month's DC History Conference. They’ll share the history and evolution of the DC Public Library’s community storefront libraries, portabranches and kiosks of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Joining them on the show is Tim Wright a library patron who joined them on the ride. Wright is the owner of Attucks Adams, a DC tour company that explores both national and local DC.

  2. Thumb 1543524738 artwork
  3. Thumb 1543343044 artwork

    All Things Creative: Art and Libraries

    An informal chat about what artists can do in libraries and what libraries can do with artists, and what our work teaches us about caring for the city we live in. Featuring Nando Álvarez, member of the local collective The Sanctuaries and Don Russell, Curator, George Mason University Galleries and Director of Provisions Library for Art and Social Change.

  4. Thumb 1542138880 artwork

    All Things Local: Blight Records, and Luna Honey

    Blight Records is a local music label, which just released a cassette compilation, "Blight Makes Right," featuring a diverse roster of musicians, both locally and nationally. In the studio we will play live recordings of one of Blight's most recent releases, Luna Honey's "Peace Will Grind you Down." Luna Honey band members discuss their lives as musicians living and performing in DC.

  5. Thumb 1541542354 artwork
  6. Thumb 1540925549 artwork
  7. Thumb 1539722214 artwork

    All Things Local: Rogelio Maxwell

    Washington DC visual and performance artist, musician, and once-upon-a-time HardArt Gallery owner, Rogelio Maxwell discusses his life, and his relationship to the DC arts, from the mid-1970s to today.

  8. Thumb 1539128265 artwork

    DCPL Presents: CryptoParty

    A CryptoParty is a free, public gathering to learn different approaches to privacy and security for your computers, mobile devices, social media, and other digital platforms. Listen to learn why digital prvacy & security matters, and learn some strategies for staying safe online.

  9. Thumb 1538505729 artwork


    Talking about the upcoming exhibition and performance series, RETROperSPECTIVE - a collaboration between DC Public Library and Rhizome DC. We'll also discuss the process of archiving and digitizing the DC Punk Archive Zine Collection

  10. Thumb 1537903886 artwork

    Notes from the Library: Aja Clark and David Quick

    Straight from the main DCPL offices at K street, Aja Clark and David Quick will talk all things library including a Summer Challenge wrap-up, what books we're reading, and the library's best money-saving options.

  11. Thumb 1537808155 artwork
  12. Thumb 1536691324 artwork

    Notes from the Library: Uncensored

    During the month of September, the library is celebrating the freedom to read. This year's Uncensored theme is "Words Ignite: The Literature of Activism," listen to learn more about the celebration, activities, and events all month long. During the week of September 23-29, the library will join the American Library Association for the national observance of Banned Books Week.

  13. Thumb 1536090156 artwork
  14. Thumb 1534877814 artwork

    All Things Local- Go Go Live

    In celebration of DC Public Library's Go Go History Month. DCPL Radio welcomes author Natalie Hopkinson to discuss her book Go-Go Live.

  15. Thumb 1534273592 artwork
  16. Thumb 1533668385 artwork

    Get Lit: Women of Color Book Club

    Gabi and Mahdvi, co-founders of the local Women of Color Book Club, talk about the inspiration for creating an intentional space for women of color in DC. They discuss the importance of supporting women of color authors in this current political climate, and dive into Thrity Umrigar’s The Secrets Between Us, their August book selection.

  17. Thumb 1533062781 artwork

    DCPL Presents: Poetry for Social Justice

    Winners from a poetry slam held earlier in the month at Busboys & Poets will read original poetry written about inequality, civil rights and more. This project is part of a collaboration between the DC Public Library, the Maryland Institute College of Arts and the Poor People's Campaign. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and we, collaboratively, are still working on these issues.

  18. Thumb 1532458166 artwork
  19. Thumb 1531856139 artwork

    DC Public Library Presents: Talking about Parks, Punk, and Go-Go

    Noel Lopez, cultural anthropologist for the National Parks Service, shares with DC Public Library some of the history he has come across around the Summer in the Parks series of outdoor concerts beginning 50 years ago in 1968. Amanda Mackaye, organizer of the Fort Reno concert series, will share with us what it's like to reach the 50th anniversary of this series, and how Fort Reno ties into the broader stories of cultural programming in DC's public spaces.

  20. Thumb 1531249216 artwork

    All Things Local: Hailu Mergia

    Hailu Mergia was a famous recording and performing musician in Ethiopia in the 1960s and 1970s. He moved to the DC-area in the 1980s and became a cab driver. Today, Mergia lives in Fort Washington, MD, still drives a cab (the Dulles route), and records and releases traditional and original music. We discuss his life then and now, and play selections form his recordings, past and present.

  21. Thumb 1530643956 artwork
  22. Thumb 1530103899 artwork

    Notes from the Library: Maurice Jackson

    We speak in-studio with Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University, who recently served as co-editor (with Blair Ruble) and contributor to DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC. Lauren Sinclair, a call-in guest, and faculty member at American University in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, provides her insights serving as one of the contributors to the collection.

  23. Thumb 1530032804 artwork

    Cherryl Neil Humphreys

    Are you ready to learn about the ancient study of numbers, why it works and how it can help you better understand who you really are and why you are here? Our guest today , Cheryl Neil Humphreys, will take us through a journey as we explore the numbers 1to 9, master numbers, and the 4 main numbers you need to know about you.

  24. Thumb 1528830525 artwork
  25. Thumb 1528842840 artwork

    All Things Local: Swoll

    Matt Dowling and Ben Schurr have played in several noteable DC bands including Deleted Scenes, Paperhaus, and Br'er, and released their first album in March, as Swoll. Matt and Ben share details of the recording process, their collaboration, and we listen to a few live tracks, too.

  26. Thumb 1527785990 artwork
  27. Thumb 1527018737 artwork
  28. Thumb 1526426636 artwork
  29. Thumb 1525805493 artwork
  30. Thumb 1524597385 artwork
  31. Thumb 1524085107 artwork

    All Things Local: Music and nightlife in Georgetown

    Many today know Georgetown as a popular tourist stop for its vaulted history, and premier shopping and dining. But peel back the current scene to 30 years or so ago and you’ll find a vibrant, eclectic live music and nightlife scene. The Bayou was one such club, and son of one of the original owners, Mike Tramonte, will share his memories growing up, and working in that area.

  32. Thumb 1523386318 artwork

    DCPL Presents: thedc1968project.com

    Marya McQuirter talks to us about the dc1968project. This past Saturday, April 7, 2018, 50 years after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Marya joined other Washingtonians at Anacostia Library for DCPL's "Pop-Up Museum: Your D.C. Stories 1968 - 2018." Each day, Dr. McQuirter shares stories and photos about an event that happened on that same day in 1968. If you or a family member were in DC in 1968, she’d love to share your stories and photos on her site, dc1968project.com

  33. Thumb 1522790807 artwork
  34. Thumb 1522203081 artwork
  35. Thumb 1521575709 artwork

    All Things Local: Roye Okupe

    Author and founder of YouNeek Studios discusses his comic book series, Afrofuturism and the blockbuster hit Black Panther.

  36. Thumb 1520976569 artwork
  37. Thumb 1520366647 artwork
  38. Thumb 1519788875 artwork

    All Things Local: The DC Oral History Collaborative

    On this special episode of "All Things Local" we talk to the DC Oral History Collaborative, one of the DC Public Library’s partners. The collaborative has the important goal of preserving the unrecorded oral histories of Washington, D.C. and ensuring that generations have access to this history. We talk to them today about their methods, why it’s important to collect oral histories, and how others can help with this work.

  39. Thumb 1519158414 artwork

    All Things Local: Lamont Carey

    On this month's episode of All Things Local guest Lamont Carey discusses his life growing up in Washington, being incarcerated as a juvenile and re-entering society as an adult. We also discuss his lifes work.

  40. Thumb 1518558931 artwork
  41. Thumb 1517952237 artwork

    Get Lit: WOC Book Club DC

    Gabi of DC Public Library and Madhvi discuss the WOC Book Club DC and books that they've read so far including: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar, Human Acts by Han Kang, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and Re Jane by Patricia Park. Get Lit is DC Public Library's, "all library things and staff" series.

  42. Thumb 1517349716 artwork

    All Things Local: Anthony T. Browder

    Guest Anthony T. Browder joins host Olubunmi Bakare to discuss his life and work.Anthony is an author, publisher, cultural historian, artist and educational consultant. He's the founder and director of IKG Cultural Resources and has devoted 35 years researching ancient Egyptian history, science, philosophy and culture.

  43. Thumb 1516737468 artwork

    DCPL Presents: Andrew White

    DCPL Presents Andrew White, Northeast, Washington, DC, multi-instrumentalist and "self-producer." A conversation about his origins, life as a musician and businessman, and we're listening to "Shaft Blues" and "Superfly Blues" from his 1974 record "Passion Flower"

  44. Thumb 1516227554 artwork

    All Things Creative: Guatemalan Genocide with Juan Pablo Guzman

    Juan Pablo Guzman: Originally from Guatemala and now living in the US, Pablo has lived among the indigenous Ixil people and is in production on a documentary series about the Guatemalan genocide of the Ixil people in the early 1980s, focusing on the brave resistance of the people in the face of a mighty American-backed military force.

  45. Thumb 1515528279 artwork

    Notes from the Library: Archiving & Self Publishing with guests Jeremy Gardner and Thaddeus Coates

    On this week's episode of DCPL Radio, hosts William Reid and Victor Benitez are joined by Jeremy Gardner, an archivist for the Smithsonian and a volunteer archivist at the DC Punk Archive. We'll be discussing why punk history matters, what's in the Punk Archive and how technology is changing the way libraries and archives work. Also joining us is Thaddeus Coates who recently self-published a book using library equipment.

  46. Thumb 1514927505 artwork

    All Things Local: The Village That Shaped Us

    On this week's episode of DCPL's "All Things Local", host Olubunmi Bakare is joined by Dianne Dale, author of "The Village That SHaped Us". According to Dr. Thomas Battle, director emeritus of the Moorland-Spingarn Center at Howard University, The Village That Shaped Us sets the standard for how to look at a community. Using oral history interviews in the way of Anna Deavere Smith and Studs Terkel to tell the story of a Freedmen's Village settled in 1867 on a hill overlooking the nation's capital in SE Washington, DC, the reader is taken on a journey into a community sold to blacks by the Freedmen's Bureau after the Civil War. Sale of the land and life in the community led to such events as the establishment of Howard University, the Tuskegee Airmen program at Tuskegee Institute (now University), and Brown v. Board of Education. In a series of oral history interviews copiously illustrated with over 300 pictures and documents, the book takes you on a journey through the history of a neighborhood; safe, industrious, self-sufficient, now gone through changes brought by or through the 1954 Supreme Court school desegregation ruling marking the beginning of changes that devastated the landscape of this quiet village--chopped to pieces by highways, byways, bridges, flight to the suburbs and urban renewal. It chronicles in plain language the inevitable decline of a community that mirrors the devastation wreaked in comparable communities across the country.

  47. Thumb 1513187493 artwork

    D.C. Public Library Premiere!

    For our first episode, we'll let listeners know what to expect from our program, talk about ourselves as library people, then transition into talking about the MLK Jr. Memorial Library renovation, memories about the old library building, and hopes for the new building. We'll end by plugging any major upcoming library events/programs.

Back Home