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Keys to Understanding the Middle East

The Middle East Studies Center at Ohio State University

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We launched this podcast in late 2020 to share OSU’s knowledge and expertise with the world, and to help us stay in touch with our own community of scholarship in and outside of OSU. We hope the information will unlock many of the common terms and ideas you hear in news about the Middle East straight from Ohio State’s in-house experts. Get insider information on their current projects, the courses they offer, library materials, opportunities to experience the Middle East, and so on. Please a ...
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It's time for another "This Week in History" and for this episode, we are doing something special: focusing on one event. On the 38th anniversary of the Challenger Disaster, Jim Ward is on the show to let us know what was happening in the lead up to the tragic accident that took the lives of seven astronauts, including the first "Teacher in Space,"…
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Do you need community service hours in our community? Not sure where to begin? Sara is here to let us know about the Venues for Volunteering Fair coming to our Selden building on Feb. 8th. She will highlight just a few of the organizations scheduled to exhibit. For more info, visit https://mcplibrary.events.mylibrary.digital/event?id=54630 Plus Nic…
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VITA is returning to MCPL! Patrons needing assistance with filing their taxes who make $60k or less can request an appointment starting January 29th at 9:30am by calling 631-585-9393 Opt. 6. Bethpage Federal Credit Union will provide this service on Feb. 8th, 22nd, Mar. 7th, 21st, and April 4th. Madonna is coming to the Garden and Sara is going! We…
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We are kicking off 2024 with Nicole's promised custom (or dare we say "bespoke"?) book horoscopes! This month she concentrates on Aries and Virgo, but if you'd like her to do your sign next, comment and let us know! Plus it's the beginning of the month and time for the New DVD list. Sara also will discuss the Golden Globe nominations.…
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First off, we are happy to welcome Sara back to the podcast! It's that time of year once again when the podcast team lets us know what their favorite things were in 2023. Watch and find out if whether or not you agree...and maybe share some of your favorites with us! Next week, we will chat about what we are looking forward to in 2024. Happy Holida…
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Would you be able to identify some of the top movie quotes of all time as voted by the American Film Institute? Watch, listen, and find out! You can browse the list here : https://www.afi.com/afis-100-years-100-movie-quotes/. Maybe that will inspire you to watch one of these classic films...we have them here at the library! Check one out today.…
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On the 82nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jim is here to chat about the event, as well as give you a list of books you might be interested in reading to learn more. Nicole has her last Book Horoscopes of 2023 and an exciting announcement on the future of book horoscopes for 2024.By Middle Country Public Library
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It's that time of year once again! Join us as we chat about some of the great holiday films we have available here at MCPL. Remember we have CDs, vinyl records, cookbooks, and more to get you into the holiday spirit. Plus...Nicole has some info on some of our Library of Things items for the kids...browse it here: https://www.mcplibrary.org/educatio…
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Happy Thanksgiving to all! You know what we are thankful for? YOU! We appreciate you listening, and now, watching our show! This week we are coming to you a day early to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and to have some fun with some trivia about the history of Thanksgiving. Our questions this year come courtesy of House Beautiful. Check out their websit…
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We're delighted to have a special guest on today's show...the one and only Abraham Lincoln! Not really...it's just our History Buff in Residence, Jim Ward. We discuss some of the things that happened this week in history...from Stalin to Ellis Island to the Channel Tunnel, and of course Jim's favorite: the Gettysburg Address. Our podcast is now a V…
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We've made it to 300 episodes of the podcast! Thanks to everyone who's listened every week. We are thrilled to introduce video to our weekly podcast. You can listen as you usually do on your favorite podcast app, listen via our web page (www.mcplpodcast.com) or watch here on YouTube! This week Nicole has your November horoscopes and book recommenda…
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Now that spooky season is over, we can concentrate on the wonderful autumn season that is upon us. Nicole has a list of 13 great kids books that are all about the fall. You can view the list here: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/13-childrens-books-for-celebrating-fall Sara has a list of the upcoming DVD releases for the month...there are some bi…
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This time of year is great for some scary and not-so-scary stories. Nicole and Sara have a thoughtful list of books that are age appropriate and appropriately spooky! PLUS we are once again recording from our beautiful Media Studio inside the Innovation Space in Centereach. Want to learn more about it? Visit https://www.mcplibrary.org/innovation-sp…
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We're lucky to live in such a great place where we can experience so many wonderful things this "Spooky Season." From haunted houses, pumpkin picking, and enjoying seasonal flavors to our very own Trunk or Treat here at the library, there's a lot to chat about on this week's episode. We are thrilled to have a new voice on the pod this week, our ver…
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Welcome to..."Spooktober!" It's that time of year when we dedicate a series of episodes to all the great things happening in October that are spooky, a little scary, and tasty as well! Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for episodes about great books to read during "Scary Season," as well as the great things to do on Long Island this autumn. We start…
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We have a packed show for you this week. Nicole chats about our great Story Times to Go kits for the kids; Sara has a list of the newest DVDs coming to our collection; and Elizabeth stops by for a visit to talk about this year's Women's EXPO. We recorded this week's episode in our beautiful, new Media Recording Studio inside the Innovation Space in…
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It’s time for another Movie Chat! This week, Nicole spins the wheel and comes up with 1964's comedy, "Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. Get your copy here : http://mcpac.mcpl.lib.ny.us/record=b1516626 and watch before listening to this week’s episode as there will be s…
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September is National Self Care Month, and we have some great books that you can use to help you meet your self improvement goals. Sara has a list of 8 aspects of self-improvement that everyone should focus on, plus the books you can use to do it, and Nicole has another fantastic podcast that you should be listening to help you succeed.…
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It's a new month and Nicole has your September Book Horoscopes! What should you look out for...how should you handle things...what should you READ? It's all here: https://bookriot.com/september-2023-horoscopes-and-book-recommendations/ With the US Open happening this week, Sara is here to try her very best to explain the game of Tennis. Hold on to …
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This week, Sara discusses an article downloaded from our vast array of science databases regarding hurricanes: how and where they form, and what we can expect this year. It's also the first day of school for many next week, and if you know someone who is a little anxious about their first day, Nicole has a list of books that you can check out to he…
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Our resident history buff Jim is back to chat about the amazing things that happened This Week in History! From the introduction of the motion picture machine, to the Lincoln - Douglas Debate, and then on to the 19th Amendment and the release of Dirty Dancing, so much happened this week throughout history. And if you are really interested in histor…
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This week we do a little trivia with Sara and Marlene that spans 50 years of movies! Can you guess the movie from 10, 25, or 50 years ago just by the description? And do you agree or disagree that movies were so much better "back then...?" Listen and find out...then visit our vast collection of films on DVD at Centereach and Selden to take out some…
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Suffolk County is a hotbed for Alpha-gal Syndrome, an allergic reaction to meat caused by a bite from a Lone Star Tick. Sara is here to chat about the latest updates on the allergy. It's also that time of the month when Nicole regales us with stories of horoscopes and books. What should you be reading while Mercury is in retrograde? Listen and find…
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We have a supersized episode filled with knowledge, tips, and trivia about seeing a Broadway show with our very own Broadway enthusiast Elizabeth! Learn about how to get the best prices for tickets, the best way to get into the city, what to expect at a show, and much, much more. For a list of links and resources on Broadway shows, along with a lis…
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We are joined this week by special guests Officer Casey Berry and Officer John Efstathiou of the Suffolk County Police Department 6th precinct COPE Division, Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Manzella, and Brookhaven Town Clerk Kevin LaValle. They are here to talk about this year's National Night Out, taking place on Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30pm t…
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The team chats about how they handle social situations after Nicole's been listening to a podcast from the Atlantic. To check out that article, head over here : https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/archive/2023/05/how-to-make-small-talk/674049/ Plus Sara is in the market for a dishwasher and she's looking for reviews...and the best place to get tho…
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Tom Cruise could very well have the biggest movie of this summer premiering this week with the newest Mission: Impossible film...the team takes a look at the second in the series on this Movie Chat. The film stars Mr. Cruise plus returning cast member Ving Rhames, Dougray Scott, Richard Roxburgh, Brenden Glesson, John Polson, and "she-looks-way-too…
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Nicole's talking hot wings and one of her favorite interview shows. Are you interested in making your own wings? Check out Tailgreat : How to Crush it at Tailgating by John Currence, which has a number of hot wing recipes for your next movie night. And speaking of movies...Sara discusses some great books that serve as guides for the movie lover...f…
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For this edition of This Week in History, Jim discusses such events as Custer's Last Stand, the building of the Hoover Dam, the introduction of the barcode, the founding of Atari, and of course because this is Civil War buff Jim Ward joining us... the Battle of Gettysburg! Want to get into more history? Check out our History Bites series on YouTube…
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It's time to DIG DEEPER and READ this summer: Join the Summer Reading Club! In this special episode, Sal chats with librarians from the Youth, Teen, and Adult departments to give you the details on how to sign up for this year's clubs, how it works, and all about the great events you can attend and prizes you can win! For more information or to sig…
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Nicole is testing her book horoscopes this month...as we wrap up the month, did your horoscope ring true? Check them out here along with some great book recommendations: https://bookriot.com/may-2023-horoscopes-and-book-recommendations/ Plus, Sara discusses the new DVD list format...there's lots to look forward to next month!…
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Sal's pick for this Movie Chat is this year's crazy dark comedy/horror flick, Cocaine Bear...a film loosely based on a true story. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, the film stars Keri Russell, Alden Ehrenreich, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Brooklynn Prince, Christian Convery and the late Ray Liotta. Find out what happens when a bear gets its nose into many bags…
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Did you ever wonder if there was a proper way to breathe? It's something you probably don't think about, but Nicole has tips on how we all should be breathing based on one of her favorite podcasters. Sara loves eggs and wants to share information from a Harvard study on the bad rap eggs get, plus some great recipes and a book you can take out from …
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Elizabeth Malafi is here to chat about the Miller Business Center and all the wonderful resources that are available to small businesses, budding entrepreneurs, those looking for a job or applying to college, and much more. PLUS - we preview our big business-to-business event coming up next week : Strictly Business! If you want to learn more about …
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Discussing feelings with young children can be challenging. Nicole has a list of books that cover a range of feelings from anger to fear to loss and more to help parents handle kid's questions when they ask. Plus Sara dives into ChatGPT and asks it to come up with some podcast show ideas. Listen to find out if they work or not!…
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The annual mass migration of hummingbirds is upon us, as well as the warmer weather. We have a "nature themed" show for you this week, along with the opening of our Nature Explorium in Centereach. Sara has interesting facts about hummingbirds, how to attract them, what they eat, and more. Plus Nicole has some great choices for books about nature to…
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For this edition of This Week in History, Jim discusses such events as the introduction of the Apple iPad, the South's retreat from Richmond, Lincoln's eerie premonition, and Hank Aaron's record breaking 715th home run. Want to get into more history? Check out our History Bites series on YouTube here: https://tinyurl.com/mcpl-historybites…
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