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The Deerfield Public Library Podcast features interviews with dynamic Deerfield leaders, including business owners, elected officials, artists, educators, and volunteers. Also, we'll tip listeners off on hot library news, and share a quick review of our favorite books and videos. A great way to discover Deerfield.

The Deerfield Public Library Podcast features interviews with dynamic Deerfield leaders, including business owners, elected officials, artists, educators, and volunteers. Also, we'll tip listeners off on hot library news, and share a quick review of our favorite books and videos. A great way to discover Deerfield.
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The Deerfield Public Library Podcast features interviews with dynamic Deerfield leaders, including business owners, elected officials, artists, educators, and volunteers. Also, we'll tip listeners off on hot library news, and share a quick review of our favorite books and videos. A great way to discover Deerfield.




29: Derrick Procell, blues musician

Blues musician and longtime Deerfield resident Derrick Procell has made a name for himself in the music and ad industry for his energy, talent, and strong vocals. Today, Procell is the frontman of the Chicago soul and blues band "Derrick Procell and the Redeemers" and has been heard on everything from beer commercials to The Office, King of the Hill, and Ladybird. Listen to this special **early release** musical episode to find out how Procell got his start at 16, how he found success as a...


28: Chris Claremont, legendary X-Men writer!

X-Men in Deerfield! In Chris Claremont's nearly 20-year run writing X-Men comics, he wrote many classic stories that made The Uncanny X-Men a bestseller and spawned blockbuster movies. Claremont also made Deerfield the hometown of Kitty Pryde who was first introduced in “X-Men #129” as a 13½ year-old Jewish girl living in a split-level on Central Ave., whose strange headaches presage her mutant ability to phase through matter. It’s not long before Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Storm, and...


27: Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law

Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein’s widely praised book makes clear that the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day--and uses Deerfield history as one of many examples. Video of the lecture is available, too. This was the final program in our special series, The Fight to Integrate Deerfield: 60 Year...


26: Congressman Brad Schneider

Rep. Brad Schneider has a special connection to Deerfield. Not only does he represent our village as part of Illinois’ 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, but he also lives here in Deerfield. We ask Rep. Schneider about the life of a Member of Congress from juggling the logistics of traveling back and forth to D.C., to preparing for a hearing, to how he incorporates feedback from constituents. We also ask him about some of the local issues he’s discussed on his recent...


25: Molly Page & Masala Sapphire, recent Library program presenters!

Two of our most popular recent program presenters are featured! First up, Molly Page, author of 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die. She fills us in on some of her favorite things to do in the city, including some hidden secrets. Molly’s enthusiasm for Chicagoland is super contagious and we know you’ll get some great ideas for your next family outing or solo exploring trip. And you can check out Molly’s book here at the Library! Then we hear from Masala Sapphire, a Chicago-based...


24: Ken Krimstein, cartoonist-author of The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, a comics biography of the Jewish-German philosopher by Ken Krimstein. Ken is also a frequent cartoonist for The New Yorker and other publications—and he grew up in Deerfield! Ken tells us how he became a cartoonist and how a cartoonist approaches the difficult life and ideas of Hannah Arendt. You can check out The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt here at the library. Ken’s book will be celebrated in an upcoming exhibition of his drawings at the Spertus...


23: Graham Ambrose, writer & the Fight to Integrate Deerfield

Graham Ambrose has written for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Graham wrote a recent history thesis at Yale about his hometown’s history and the housing integration crisis that began in Deerfield in 1959. In our conversation, Graham details the history and reads from his thesis, "“The Little Rock of the North”: Racial Integration and NIMBYism in Suburban Chicago, 1959.” The Library is hosting a months-long series of programs, exhibits, and other opportunities to reflect on the 60...


22: William Hazelgrove, author of Madam President & Wright Brothers, Wrong Story

William Hazelgrove is a Chicago author of many novels and nonfiction books, and is a frequent and popular speaker here at the Library. Bill is currently working on a movie for PBS based his book, Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson. Join us to hear about the downfall of Al Capone and the 1933 Chicago Fair, Edith Wilson as the first female president, and Bill’s upcoming book, Wright Brothers, Wrong Story, about the Wright Brothers, out December 4th. Find out more about...


21: The Center for Enriched Living with Harriet Levy, Executive Director

On this episode of the Deerfield Public Library Podcast, we celebrate the Center for Enriched Living, a local non-profit organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Center for Enriched Living (CEL) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In honor of this achievement, Executive Director Harriet Levy joined us to talk about the history, present, and future of this unique organization. Hear moving stories of how CEL impacts the lives of its members...


20: Lake County Forest Preserves with Nan Buckardt, Dir. of Education

Dinosaurs in Deerfield? Endangered turtles? 300 year old trees? Yes! On this episode of the Deerfield Public Library Podcast, we learn about the plant and animal life around us with with Nan Buckardt, Director of Education at the Lake County Forest Preserves. Hear how, in Nan’s words, “the land shapes the people and the people shape the land.” You’ll also learn what makes each of the preserves around Deerfield unique: Ryerson Woods, Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve and Dog Park, and Berkeley...


19: Sonali Dev, author of A Distant Heart

Author of “books with a Bollywood beat," Sonali Dev tells us about her most recent novel, A Distant Heart, which tells the story of Kimi, whose childhood illness leaves her stuck in a kind of Rapunzel-style, over-protected ivory tower. Sonali Dev tells us about writing about the Mumbai suburb in which she grew up and how she identifies with her main character’s optimism. Our conversation goes deep into how women are represented in romance, how illness and wellness are used as metaphors in...


18: Local poets: Herb Berman, MJ Gabrielsen, & Jacqueline Nicole Harris

Herb Berman, MJ Gabrielsen, and Jacqueline Nicole Harris. They are all members of the Library Poets group, which meets every Tuesday evening at the Library for a poetry workshop. You’ll hear a wide variety of poems, covering nighttime walks through Deerfield, the drama of wild horses, and the politics of Beyoncé. We also discuss the inspirations and stories behind the poems. Meet the poets First up is Herb Berman, a retired labor lawyer, arbiter and mediator, and a co-founder of the...


17: Colt Cabana, wrestler, with Erica Weisz, author & illustrator

Wrestler Colt Cabana is our guest. AKA Scott Colton, Colt grew up in Deerfield dreaming of one day becoming a professional wrestler. Colt has amassed a huge following through his infectious comedic stage persona and his popular behind-the-scenes podcast The Art of Wrestling. We talk about his career and the wonderfully weird world of professional wrestling. Colt also has a recent autobiographical children’s book, Wrestling Dreams, written with author and illustrator Erica Weisz. Erica,...


16: Kyla Guru of Bits N' Bytes Cybersecurity Education

We talk all things cybersecurity with the inspiring Kyla Guru. Kyla is the founder of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, an educational and advocacy organization focused on spreading cybersecurity awareness and best practices to our community and beyond. She's also a student at Deerfield High School! Listen for Kyla’s cybersecurity tips on everything from passwords, phishing emails, and two-factor authentication to online activism. Kyla tweets about cybersecurity education...


15: Martin Clancy; the opioid crisis from a local expert

Opioid abuse prevention and treatment with Martin Clancy, the Project Coordinator for Drug Overdose Prevention Programs at the Lake County Health Department. Martin gives us specific, local advice on where to go for help, tells us how this crisis came about, and tips on working with doctors and how to get Naloxone. Illinois’ opioid and substance abuse help hotline, available 24/7: (833) 2FINDHELP--that's (833) 234 6343. Lake County has adopted a program called “A Way Out”:...


14: J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader film critic

J.R. Jones, film critic and author of The Lives of Robert Ryan, tells us about what it's like to work as a movie reviewer today. Find his reviews and other writing for the Chicago Reader here. Robert Ryan was known for his bigoted, violent characters in movies like The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen, and Bad Day at Black Rock, but off the screen Ryan was a civil rights activist and pacifist, a fascinating dichotomy that Jones brings to life in his book and in our conversation. Finally, I ask...


13: Jeffrey Brown, cartoonist & author

Known for Darth Vader and Son and the Jedi Academy series as well as Clumsy, Funny Misshapen Body, & A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown has been a prolific cartoonist and author. We discuss why the Village of Deerfield is in every one of his books, some of the themes of his adult graphic memoirs, how his Star Wars books came about, why it's difficult to make jokes about R2-D2 and C-3PO, and how he gets all the science into his Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series. His website is...


12: Art Shay, photographer & writer

Legendary photographer and writer Art Shay’s work has appeared in LIFE, Time, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications. Our conversation is full of first-hand accounts of some of the most the famous people and events of the 20th century--and local Deerfield history. We learn that Nelson Algren and Billy Corgan often visited Shay in Deerfield and Eleanor Roosevelt and James Baldwin were in town to support a proposed integrated housing development in the late 1950s and early 60s. Shay...


End-of-year break!

We're taking a break from our monthly episodes for this busy time of year, but we'll be back in January with perhaps our most notable local yet. Thanks for listening and happy holidays! Comments and feedback: More info at Follow us: Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Pinterest


11: Elizabeth Rynecki, author of Chasing Portraits

Author of Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, Elizabeth Rynecki. We discuss about her amazing memoir and documentary film project that chronicles the search for the missing paintings of her great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki. You can check out Chasing Portraits from the library or see the books and movies discussed in our conversation here. Comments and feedback: More info at...