Duck Town

Duck Town

The Lodi Public Library discusses culture with its staff and local community.


August 9, 2023 31 mins

Vince Breunig and Bryan Bilse stop by the library to talk about the Lodi Pride Campaign, which aims to create a sense of unity around the wonderful things happening at the school and in the broader Lodi community. The theme this year is "Guardians of Lodi Pride" and it is the 10th anniversary of the pride campaign. 

Vince Breunig is the District Administrator of Lodi and Bryan Bilse is the Project Coordinator wit...

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Alex, Andrea, Emily, and John share the meaningful songs of their lives in five year increments until the present day. 

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April 17, 2023 77 mins

Andrea and Emily discuss The Super Mario Bros Movie (2023)! Does it live up to the hype? Is it better than the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros.? Find out as they touch on topics of voice acting, story structure, adaptation, plumbing, and more.

Intro music: Bossa In My Heart by SergeQuadrado. Outro music: Life of a Wandering Wizard by SergeQuadrado.

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 Alex, Emily, and John discuss Iain Reid's psychological thriller I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (2016). 

What did you think the book was about when you first saw the title? Is the book funny? Is it frightening? What was your reaction to the end of the story? Are dramatic twists just storytelling gimmicks or do they add complexity to a story?  

In addition to the book, Alex, Emily, and John chat about the...

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February 27, 2023 89 mins

"Monday, I'm all high
Get me out of FLA
In school, yeah
I fooled ya
Now I know I made a podcast"

Alex and John create individual playlists for Wilco's 1996 alt-country double album "Being There," discussing country music, Uncle Tupelo, unease with Tweedy's lyrics, and more!

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January 23, 2023 82 mins

Alex, Emily, and John discuss George Orwell's landmark fable ANIMAL FARM (1945). 

Is the satirical allegorical novella funny? Does it secretly loathe the animals on the farm? What truth does it capture about life inside a totalitarian system?  

In addition to the fable, Alex, Emily, and John chat about Louis Menand's character study essay about George Orwell that appeared in the New Yorker  in 2003, enti...

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January 3, 2023 50 mins

Not to be confused with Disney's Pinocchio (2022)! In this episode, Emily and Andrea discuss Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion masterpiece - a strong contender for Best Animated Film. You haven't seen Pinocchio quite like this, in a tale about free will, family, life, death, and hot chocolate.

Uzumaki/Spiral into Horror by Junji Ito
Tomie by Junji Ito
Gyo/Fish by Junji Ito
No ...

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November 15, 2022 73 mins

Andrea and Emily talk about the 1977 psychedelic Japanese horror film, House, which has gained a cult following for its unique visuals. They also talk about the differences between Japanese and Western horror and horror archetypes.

Emma by Jane Austen
Why I Wake Early: New Poems by Mary Oliver
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Addams Family (1991)

Intro music: Bossa In My Heart by SergeQu...

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October 18, 2022 73 mins

Andrea and Emily talk about the animated mini-series Over the Garden Wall. It's a show full of autumn imagery and Americana that is sure to get you into the spooky spirit. We follow the adventures of the brothers Wirt and Greg and their friend Beatrice as they wander through the woods in The Unknown and encounter a town of pumpkin people, a riverboat frog band, a witch in the woods, and the beast of despair. 

Grab an ...

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October 4, 2022 44 mins

In light of the announced upcoming Super Mario movie, Andrea and Emily talk about the infamous 1993 film, Super Mario Bros! Critically and financially unsuccessful, this film has nonetheless gained a cult following. It's a wild, adventurous story about two brothers, plumbers, who fall into a gritty, alternate version of New York and have to save a princess.

Intro music: Kim Lightyear - Angel Eyes (Chiptune Edit) by Li...

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September 27, 2022 41 mins

We talk with Marian Buchanan about growing up on the farm, meeting her husband, dancing to their favorite tune,  and much more!

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September 20, 2022 48 mins

Catherine Hochstein, who will soon turn 95, talks about growing up poor in a big family, shares memories of an influential person in her younger years, reminisces about working for Good Samaritan, and much more!

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We uncovered some lost audio from another discussion we had about Divided We Fall by David French, so we're releasing it a little belatedly as a part two! In this podcast Alex, Andrea, and Emily talk about how the community-wide read went, the challenges and benefits of leading book discussions, and how the library's Book Club is going.

In spring and early summer, the Lodi Library handed out 200 free copies of Divided We F...

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September 6, 2022 55 mins

Alex and Emily discuss Albert Camus' landmark novella THE STRANGER.  A writing style that is at times muted and reserved and other times profoundly poetic, this story has confounded and compelled readers since its release in 1942.

How does the book speak to our time and all times? Is the book funny? Why does Meursault do the things he does? Is he a sociopath? Is the book falling out of favor with today's readers ...

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In spring and early summer, the Lodi Library handed out 200 free copies of Divided We Fall by David French and then had Daniel Kapust, a political science professor from UW-Madison, present at the library. Afterwards, the group had lunch together and discussed the book. 

In this podcast, Alex, John, and Tori talk about how that all went, while also reflecting on last year's read. They also talk about the movies of 199...

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John, Andrea and Emily discuss legendary Japanese animator and storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki, and two of his visionary films: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Princess Mononoke (1997).

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February 7, 2022 107 mins

"Baby, I'm amazed at the way you podcast all the time
And maybe I'm afraid of the way I love you." 

Alex and John discuss the individual Beatles albums of 1970 and draft songs from each album to make their own personal Beatles album of 1970. 

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November 1, 2021 102 mins

"One more time on the podcast / One more time to be free."

Alex and John discuss The Clash and punk rock music before sharing their playlists for the 1980 triple album Sandinista!, released just one year after London Calling. 

Opening conversation about The Clash and punk music 0:00-36:00
Sandinista playlists 36:01-93:00
Coda 93:01-END 

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September 13, 2021 80 mins

 "Guilty of being the God of Mischief?  Yes.  Guilty of finding this all incredibly tedious?  Yes.  Guilty of a crime against the Sacred Timeline?  Absolutely not. You have the wrong podcast."

Lindsey, Emma, Jensen, and Becky dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe to discuss the Disney TV miniseries' "WandaVision" and "Loki." 

Produced by Becky Collyard

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August 16, 2021 101 mins

 "You don't want to get mixed up with a podcast like me.  I'm a loner, a rebel."  

Lindsey, John, and Becky discuss three lesser-known "big" Tim Burton movies, "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," "Big Fish," and "Big Eyes." 

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