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Bryan is a librarian at Nashville Public Library. Bryan enjoys board games, bikes, and free software. When he plays D&D, he plays as a wizard.

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The best music we heard in 2016. Prophecy of final episodes being bonkers is true. Here's a Spotify playlist if that is something that you do.
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It's our best books of 2016 episode featuring, wait for it, the best books we read in 2016. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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After eight years and over 180 episodes Popmatic Podcast is about to call it in. December 21st will be our last episode. To congratulate ourselves for all our hard work, we just talk about whatever we want today. There are no rules. Sarah shows up half way through this episode because no rules. Will a beloved Popmatic stalwart call in from a Florida beach? Were there ever any rules? At the very end of the show, we wax poetic about all our podcast memories. If you are sad faced, be calmed. All of December will be our best of the year episodes. Since we know we are about to get canned, I'm sure they will be bonkers.
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Comic books rule popular culture these days so maybe we should do an episode about them? Yeah. And John Lewis, 2016 Nashville Public Library Foundation Literary Award winner, chose to write his memoirs in comics form. So we get graphic, literally. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Fall means pumpkin spice so this show is wall to wall p-spice... or wall to wall fall... or, wait Bryan's back?! I'd love to say this show is off the rails but Popmatic is always a barrel over a waterfall so shut up and chug that latte before we hit bottom. Woooo! Make it a double shot! Plus—what is tickling our fancy with week besides using three exclamation points in this blurb.
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In the words of Mel Brooks, "Politics! Politics! Politics! Politics! Politics!" Make sure you get out and vote November 8th. In the meantime, let us entertain you with light-hearted books about assassinations and crumbling marriages. Seriously, we have a lot of fun on this episode. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Sh-sh-sh-shoctober! We get horrific on Popmatic every Halloween. Mike hosts, Amanda goes cannibal, and we have a group therapy session to heal the damage done by The Exorcist. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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It's our Artober music episode and we're in Nashville so it's wall-to-wall country! Just kidding. It's mostly classical, film scores, doom metal, and (We recorded this just before the Dylan / Nobel announcement.) An evil robot offers ten dollars to anyone who mentions BoomBox. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

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This is our Artober food episode featuring on air taste tests. Start drooling now. We don't mention Southern Festival of Books because we are bad at our jobs. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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We kick off Artober with an episode dedicated to the visual arts. Other art themed episodes are coming throughout the month. It's so exciting it makes my head spin, or maybe I'm just getting a sinus infection. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

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It's Banned Books Week! We tell you about our favorite banned or challenged books. We don't learn what "nunga-nungas" are. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

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Popmatic crew is a bunch of goofballs so on this show we honor the life and legacy of brilliant goofball Gene Wilder. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month. Good day, sir. I said good day!
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It's Hispanic Heritage Month and there will be programs all over the library. We tell you about our favorite books, movies, and music by Hispanic creative types. Amanda has enough machismo to talk about John Leguizamo two years in a row. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month.
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Seven is a holy number on Game of Thrones and this posts on the seventh day of September which used to be the sev... yeah, whatever, there's a new Harry Potter book! This show = fantasy. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.

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A full cast in who knows how many months results in a show that can only be described as completely bonkers. The theme is Labor Day. Listen to find out how much fun it is to work at the library. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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We are doing a show about natural history and there is nothing you can do about. Why? Because August 24 is Vesuvius Day. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week besides Sarah returning to Popmatic.
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Summer Olympics start this week so we juice up our show with books, movies, and music about all the athletics international. The evil robot claims two more victims forcing Mike to host. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Summer Challenge summer shmallenge! We told you about the all good, enlightening stuff to read, watch, and listen to. This week is cheat week! We get terribly irresponsible and read, watch, and listen to whatever we want and encourage you do to the same. Welcome to the danger zone! An evil robot, who sounds suspiciously like the previously banned Bryan, eats Jeremy and hosts the show. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Summer Challenge Part 3! Soothe your soul. Hopefully not with alcohol, but hey, the Popmatic crew are a bunch of cynics. Amanda and an evil robot know the holy highway is filled with beautiful music. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Summer Challenge Part Two! Get your head straight. Never underestimate the power of comfort food. There is a live taste test during this episode. I'm proud that only one serial killer is mentioned. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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...and we're back. Popmatic is getting into high gear for Summer Challenge. Sign up now! If you don't know what to read we got you covered. This is the first of four part series about wellness. Though the theme this year is wellness, you can read/do whatever you want for Summer Challenge. We want to get your brain/body from zero to one, from minus to plus, from kaput to kaboom. We recommend bicycling. We don't recommend drinking one hundred and fifty beers in one sitting. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week besides Bryan being banned from speaking.
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This is the Fourth of July episode! Because we're bad at our jobs, we don't mention Hamilton, the Broadway cast recording of which you can stream on Hoopla right now. Because we're nerds, we begin and end with dead presidents. No, not that Dead Presidents, but again Hoopla, streaming, right now, at least the soundtrack. Because we're patriotic, we're taking next week off. Don't worry. When we come back July 13th, we will kick off a four week Summer Challenge spectacular. I said four week! In the meantime...
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The Orlando shootings shocked our nation, but so many of us know that love wins. On this show—our favorite LGBTQ themed materials. Nashville Pride Festival is this weekend (June 24-25). The headliner is En Vogue so free your mind and the rest will follow. Plus—what's tickling our fancy this week besides our community rejecting hatred and celebrating unity.

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Nashville International Puppet Festival is back! On this show—puppets, duh. Pirates also make an appearance because internet. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Stephen King is coming to the Ryman Auditorium June 11th. Few authors receive as much mic time on Popmatic as Uncle Stevie so why not give him some more. More! More! Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Everyone knows June 1st is real start of summer so we give you a summertime warm-up. I'd love to say you'll leave with so many beach reads to burn through you'll start a bonfire but this ended up being a music heavy episode. Turn up the radio and sip a margarita. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Congrats! You survived the full moon last week. It's one small step for man; one giant leap for... okay, maybe not, but we do talk about Moon Pies on this week's episode. Plus—what is tickling our fancy. Hey, where's Bryan?
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Innovative comedian Maria Bamford is coming to TPAC and she has a new Netflix show, Lady Dynamite. So on this show—comedians! This is a surprisingly dark and contentious episode. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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It's Mother's Day! Soon! James McBride is coming to the library to talk about his book about his amazing mother. Would I be pushing it to say this episode is matriarchal? Plus—our Prince memories. The Purple One was a bit much for one young kid in Kentucky to take.
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Last week, taxes. This week, death! (We recorded this before Prince died. Don't worry, that episode's coming.) We only live twice: once for real and once in our dreams. So on this show, our bucket lists. Only librarians' bucket lists would include this many books. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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It's two days after tax day and we know some of you still owe the government money. On this episode, things that are taxing besides these filler intros. We all talk about books, except Mike. Oh reading, so hard! Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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We're right in the middle of National Library Week, or as we like to call it—victory lap. National Library Week is a time to celebrate libraries and all the good things they do. We try not to ruin it. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Historically, our poetry episodes have been zany and this week's show is no exception. I'll leave it at that. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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March Madness is reaching peak hysteria. The more bookish among us know basketball teams often have colleges attached to them so on this show—college! Sarah joins us. I don't think she mentions Butler once. Part of me admires her restraint. Another part of me fears she has been traumatized by their recent loss. Somehow a fruit themed pun contest breaks out. All this and more on this week's episode of the Popmatic Podcast.
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Batman v Superman is coming out so on this show we talk about rivalries. Jeremy and Mike do there best to explain to me how Batman and Superman could be rivals, but I'm not sure if I get it. I am greatly disappointed there was no mention of Holmes and Moriarty. Things get better later in the show when we learn even weather can be sexy. It sounds like this episode was recorded in a closet!
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There's a new Pee-wee Herman movie coming out so on this show we talk about kids stuff that is also great for adults. Appropriately enough, Klem-Mari from Bringing Books to Life joins us to share some kids books that will also tickle the fancy of grown ups. Hurricane Amanda continues her series on the best weather books. All this and this and more on this week's episode of the Popmatic Podcast.
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March means floods and tornadoes. This episode is a whirlwind. Get it. We were pretty much flung off course right from the beginning. I apologize to Mike Love and Beach Boys fans everywhere. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month.
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From Severus Snape, to Hans Gruber, to Eamon de Valera (sure, Bryan), Alan Rickman was an actor we can never forget. Yes, we know the Oscars happened, but we recorded this last week. Besides, did Alan Rickman ever get one? So on this episode we pay tribute to Mr. Rickman. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week. Got some favorite Rickman roles? Leave your picks in the comments.
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How could we possibily do a show about leap year? You'll have to listen to find out out, but I guarantee it is more interesting than a show about the Grammys. Congrats to any locals that won, btw. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month.
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Nothing says Valentine's Day like hockey and horror movies. It's a categorical bromance between podcast rivals Bryan and Mike. You will learn what "schmoopy" means. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month.
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February is African American History Month. The library goes all out with a (puppet?) truck load of events. The Popmatic crew tells you about some of their favorite Black artists. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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Nashville Improv is coming to Main Library on January 30, 2016 at 2pm. In honor of their show, we embarrass ourselves for your amusement by improvising this entire episode. Upping the chaos factor, we recorded this the morning of the winter storm. Maximum bumble death match. Big thanks to Jesse for providing our improv queues. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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2016 is going to be an exciting year for books, movies, and music... but you wouldn't know it listening to this podcast as Mike is the only one that talks about something he hasn't mentioned before. I jest. Our in-fighting will entertain you plenty. Mike also has enough cookies to talk about, well, cookies during the Tickle My Fancy segment.
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It's the best movies of the year! Will this episode be as divisive as the best music of the year episode? I hope so! Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month because we think you have all the time in the world to listen to podcasts. Something must brighten the gray of your cubicle cage. Let it be us! Please let it be us!

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SHOCK-tober is when Halloween takes over the Popmatic Podcast. Will Amanda die of fright? Will guest host Mike remember to talk about something the library owns? Will Bryan throw so many snobs cards he dislocates an elbow? Will horror fanatic Bill wonder why he—who always remembers to talk about something the library owns—is not hosting the SHOCK-tober episode? All this and more on this week's episode of the Popmatic Podcast. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.
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This was supposed to be an episode celebrating German things as a tie-in with our local Oktoberfest. It pretty much went off the rails.
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Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. Intellectual freedom is one of the library's core values so on this episode we tell you about our favorite banned or challenged books. And comics, duh. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week besides banned books.
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Let's get obstetric! Yeah! It's "labor" day and we went there. Sarah and Jesse guest on this very special episode. Jeremy abuses his time as host to pitch a movie script. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this month.