Monday, August 08, 2005


I'll be leaving Springfield College at the end of this week to take a new job elsewhere--and of course James moved on last spring--so it looks like Schoolhouse Rock has reached the end of its days. It has certainly been a rewarding experiment. Thanks to everyone who has listened, written in, and supported the show for the past couple of years. You can get in touch with me at --Emily

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

end of the season

Arrived at the radio station Tuesday to find door locked, lights off, airwaves quiet. So it looks like we are done broadcasting for the year. Thanks to everyone who listened, called in, emailed, or checked out our podcasts in 2005. I'm hoping to return in the fall with a one hour show; check this space for updates. As always, suggestions, comments, and feedback are welcome:

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

5/3/05: Copyright

Happy Birthday, We'll Sue
iTunes Music Store Terms of Service
The RIAA Lawsuits Clarified Once and for All (CNET)
RIAA: 725 Additional Illegal File Sharers Cited
Responsible Use of Information Technologies at Springfield College
Copyrights Keep TV Shows Off DVD (Wired News)
Creative Commons
Yahoo! Creative Commons Search

Books of the week (not reference books):
Bollier, David. Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture. Wiley, 2005. KF 2979 .B64 2005

Lessig, Lawrence. The Future Of Ideas. Random House, 2001. K 1401 .L47 2002

The Kinks, This Is Where I Belong
Parker & Lily, My Apartment Complex
Neil Diamond, Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond, Cracklin' Rosie
Link Wray, Rumble
Credence Clearwater Revival, Lodi
The Byrds, Goin' Back
Air, Cherry Blossom Girl
Radiohead, Thinking About You
Echo & The Bunnymen, Over You
Morrissey, Every Day Is Like Sunday
Soft Cell, Tainted Love (12" version)
Elliott Smith, Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands
Elliott Smith, Angeles
Death Cab For Cutie, The Sound Of Settling
Arcade Fire, Neighborhood #1
Camera Obscura, Suspended From Class
Magnetic Fields, I Thought You Were My Boyfriend
Bright Eyes, You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.
Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

4/26/05: Plagiarism (classic Schoolhouse Rock)

This week featured a rerun of our classic Plagiarism episode (original air date: 2/10/04).

Listen (MP3, 32.5 MB)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

4/19/05: Potpourri

Springfield College Scholars in Action Day
One Book, One Springfield

National Poetry Month
Springfield College Writing Center

Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est
T.S. Eliot, The Burial of the Dead (from The Waste Land)
William Wordsworth, Daffodils

Reference Book of the Week:
The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. PN 1022 .G7 2002 REF

Velvet Underground, Pale Blue Eyes
Velvet Underground, Stephanie Says
Ramones, Rock & Roll High School
Ramones, Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio
Modern Lovers, Pablo Picasso
Modern Lovers, I'm Straight
Village People, You Can't Stop the Music
Village People, Ready for the 80s
Nirvana, Molly's Lips
Nirvana, Son of a Gun
Smiths, This Charming Man
Smiths, Reel Around the Fountain
Elliott Smith, Waltz No. 2
Elliott Smith, Rose Parade
Elliott Smith, Clementine
Elliott Smith, The Biggest Lie
Syd Barrett, Wined & Dined
Syd Barrett, Wouldn't You Miss Me
Cure, Boys Don't Cry
Cure, In Between Days
Belle & Sebastian, Expectations

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

4/5/05: Finding a Job

This was James' last appearance on Schoolhouse Rock, as he is moving on up to take on the job of Head of Adult Services at the Simsbury (CT) Public Library as of next week. Listeners who enjoy the R&B/soul/blues/Motown component of the show will no doubt be disappointed, as will all fans of James' rapier wit. This old town won't be the same without him. Good luck, James.

Having just secured a job, James was in a position to speak with some authority about this week's topic: finding, applying for, and getting employment. The number one resource recommended to Springfield College students looking for jobs is the Career Center on campus.

what do you want to do with your life?
Career Development eManual (University of Waterloo)
What Color Is Your Parachute? (with unpaid testimonial from Rachael Naismith, Assistant Director for Information & Research, Babson Library)

finding job openings
professional/trade journals

resumes, cover letters, interviewing
JobWeb - Resumes & Interviews
America's Career InfoNet: Career Resource Library
Fifty Standard Interview Questions (
The 109 Typical Job Interview Questions (Quintessential Careers)

salary negotiations
Negotiating Your Salary (CareerLink)

Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland
Luna, Sweet Child O' Mine
David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie, Golden Years
Belle & Sebastian, If You're Feeling Sinister
Lyle Lovett, I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord
Ink Spots, Java Jive (for Flavia)
Spencer Davis Group, Goodbye Stevie
Ramones, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Spencer Davis Group, Strong Love
Spencer Davis Group, I Can't Stand It
Elliott Smith, Happiness
Rolling Stones, Country Tonk
Magnetic Fields, I Don't Want To Get Over You
John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, Parchment Farm
Beck, We Live Again
John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, ?

Reference Book of the Week: Occupational Outlook Handbook (HF 5382 .O23 REF, or

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

3/29/05: Best of Broadway

Today we were joined by members of the cast of Springfield College's Best of Broadway club, whose performance of Guys and Dolls will take place at 7:30 pm on March 31, April 1, and April 2 in Springfield College's Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center (celebrating its 20th year!).

Cast members who joined us include Peter Noonan (director plus two roles); Perry Loud (Nathan Detroit); Lindsay Wescott (Sister Agatha); and club adviser and Babson Library legend Ron Jackson (Arvide Abernathy).

Music consisted of selections from multiple recordings of Guys and Dolls courtesy of Ron Jackson. We were also treated to a live scene acted out by Pete and Perry.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

3/22/05: Languages & Frozen Foods

March is National Foreign Language Month and National Frozen Food Month. We celebrated both this week.

Paul Simon, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Luna, The Slow Song
Texas Tornadoes, She Never Spoke Spanish To Me
Shonen Knife, Banana Fish
Tito Puente Latin Jazz Ensemble, Señor Burns
Edith Piaf, L'accordeoniste
Corey Harris, Eh La Bas
Tarkan, Sikidim
G. Love & Special Sauce, Cold Beverage
John Brim, Ice Cream Man
Hoa Cau Vuon Trau
Nat King Cole, Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
Serge Gainsbourg, Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus
Stevie Wonder, Es Una Historia I Am Singing
Marlene Dietrich, Lili Marlene
Marlene Dietrich, Surrey with the Fringe On Top
Paul Simon, Homeless
Jonathan Richman, Harpo en Su Harpa
Jonathan Richman, El UFO Man

US Census: Language Use and English Ability
National Yiddish Book Center
The History Of Frozen Foods
Tonal Languages
Linguistic Isolates

Reference Book Of The Week:
The atlas of languages : the origin and development of languages throughout the world . P107 .A87 2003 REF

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

3/15/05: Spring Break

No show this week; spring break.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

3/8/05: Health Information

Aretha Franklin, Call Me
Stevie Wonder, Shoo-be-doo-be-doo-da-day
Sam Cooke, Soothe Me
Sam Cooke, Meet Me At Mary's Place
Led Zeppelin, Black Country Woman
The Faces, Ooh La La
Elvis Presley, Mystery Train
Elvis Presley, That's All Right
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Don't You Feel My Leg
Ray Charles, Hallelujah I Just Love Her So
Chic, Le Freak
Buddy Holly, True Love Ways
Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, Our Love Is Here To Stay
Aretha Franklin, Share Your Love With Me
Jesus & Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
David Bowie, Life On Mars
The Fugees, Killing Me Softly
James Brown, Cold Sweat

BMI - Body Mass Index (Centers for Disease Control)
Data Suggest Obesity Is Rampant In NFL (Associated Press)
Duke Student Health Center (Healthy Devil)
Go Ask Alice! (Columbia University)
The Unabridged Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
Springfield College Student Health Center
USDA Q&As: Revision of the Food Pyramid
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005
Tufts Nutrition Navigator

Reference Book of the Week:
Merck Manual of Medical Information, Second Home Edition. RC81 .M535 2003 REF

Thursday, March 03, 2005

3/1/05: Dewey Decimal System

Listen to Hour 1 (MP3, 39 MB)
Listen to Hour 2 (MP3, 9.4 MB)
Unfortunately, our phone interview with Hillary Garrett did not make it onto the CD of the show, which is a real loss since she had some great stories to tell about Charles Ammi Cutter and his Expansive Classification System. The songs from the 700s also did not make it onto the CD. Our apologies for these gaps.

Our thanks to both Mike Stevens and Hillary Garrett for joining us on the show.

The Dewey Decimal System (Duke University)
The Cutter Expansive Classification System (Forbes Library)
Library of Congress Classification System
BUBL LINK (The Web, cataloged with Dewey)

Radiohead, Everything In Its Right Place (025.4)
Radiohead, Subterranean Homesick Alien (001.942)
Ray Charles, You Don't Know Me (121 C3805)
Roger Miller, Reincarnation (133.9013)
Otis Redding, The Happy Song (152 R2465)
Urban Dance Squad, Deeper Shade of Soul ()
George Harrison, My Sweet Lord (294.5512)
Dinah Washington, Teach Me Tonight (374 W2769)
Elliott Smith, The White Lady Loves You More (362.292)
Morrissey, Picadilly Palare (427.008664)
Charlie Parker, Ornithology (598)
Comedian Harmonists, Mein Kleiner Grüner Kaktus (583.47)
The Who, Magic Bus (625 T665)
Jonathan Richman, Circle I (631.58409794)
Jonathan Richman, Vincent Van Gogh (759.4)
The Kinks, People Take Pictures Of Each Other (770)
Syd Barrett, Golden Hair (820.33)
Cream, Tale of Brave Ulysses (880)
The Zombies, Butcher's Tale (940.3)
The Band, Across the Great Divide ()
They Might Be Giants, Istanbul Not Constantinople (949.618)

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

2/22/05: Information Literacy


James Brown, That's Life
B-52s, Rock Lobster
Johnny Cash, Big River
Johnny Cash, I Walk The Line
Barry McGuire, Eve of Destruction
Billy Bragg, A New England
Pretenders, Stop Your Sobbing
Pretenders, Message of Love
Cat Stevens, Wild World
Cyrkle, Red Rubber Ball
Norah Jones, Cold Cold Heart
Norah Jones, The Nearness Of You
Dead Or Alive, You Spin Me Round
Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, Palisades Park
Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy
Johnny Cash, Sunday Morning Coming Down
Jonathan Richman, Cosi Veloce
Nancy Sinatra, Let Me Kiss You
Skeeter Davis, End Of The World

Information Literacy
What it means to rhyme

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

2/15/05: Computer/Network Security


Sly & The Family Stone, Underdog
Sly & The Family Stone, You Can Make It If You Try
Radiohead, Let Down
Radiohead, Where I End & You Begin
Sam & Dave, Hold On, I'm Coming
Sam & Dave, Soothe Me
The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset
The Kinks, Get Back In Line
Allman Bros., Come & Go Blues
Allman Bros., Southbound
Elliott Smith, Needle in the Hay
Elliott Smith, Say Yes
Pretenders, Back On The Chain Gang
Chrissie Hynde & UB40, I Got You Babe
Belle & Sebastian, The State I Am In
Belle & Sebastian, We Rule The School

Article from AP on Bill Gates and "trustworthy" computing
Wikpedia entry on viruses
Phishing, courtesy of the FTC
Nigeria Scam
FOLDOC (Free Online Dictionary of Computing)
20Q (artificial intelligence 20 questions game)
CogSciLibrarian blog
A.L.I.C.E. (chatterbot) (click "Chat with A.L.I.C.E.")
Springfield College Virus Information Page (Student Helpdesk)

Reference Book of the Week: Pournelle, Jerry. 1001 Computer Words You Need To Know: The Ultimate Guide to the Language of Computers. QA 76.5 .A125 2004 REF

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

2/8/05: Babson Library Services

Donna Summer, I Feel Love
Parker & Lily, My Apartment Complex
Galaxie 500, Fourth of July
Mission of Burma, Dead Pool
The Cars, Shake It Up
The Shins, Saint Simon
The Smiths, I Won't Share You
Camera Obscura, Suspended From Class
Lemonheads, Buddy
Elliott Smith, Pretty (Ugly Before)
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, White Boy Lost In The Blues
Postal Service, We Become Silhouettes
Aretha Franklin, House That Jack Built
The Smiths, Unhappy Birthday
Edwin Starr, 25 Miles
Modern Lovers, She Cracked
Laverne Baker, Tweedly Dee
Pernice Brothers, Waiting for the Universe
Nina Simone, I Put A Spell On You
Jonathan Richman, Sleepwalker
Jonathan Richman, Maleguena de Jojo

Babson Library services:
Google Maps:

Reference Book of the Week: Chase's Calendar of Events, 2005

Monday, February 07, 2005

geography show mp3

Again, songs have been removed due to copyright guidelines....but if you'd like to listen to two librarians bicker about whose homeland is superior in terms of musical production, have at it!

Schoolhouse Rock, 2/1/05: Geography.mp3 (~40 mins, 33 MB)
(To save link to disk, Mac users ctrl-click; Windows users right-click)

test mp3 (talk only)

Well, we can't upload entire shows because of copyright restrictions on the recorded music we play, but here is an MP3 of the talk-only portions of the Plagiarism show from a year ago (2/10/04):

Schoolhouse Rock 2/10/04: Plagiarism

(28 minutes and about 31 MB).

let's see if this works....

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

2/1/05: Geography; New England vs. Michigan

Modern Lovers, New England (Massachusetts)
Parliament, P Funk Wants To Get Funked Up (Michigan)
Modern Lovers, Road Runner (Massachusetts)
Temptations, Cloud 9 (Michigan)
Harmonyville, For Chet Out In Wilbraham (Massachusetts)
Stevie Wonder, You Met Your Match (Michigan)
Gene Pitney, Every Breath I Take (Connecticut)
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, I Second That Emotion (Michigan)
The Shaggs, Philosophy of the World (New Hampshire)
Stevie Wonder, As (Michigan)
Pixies, Debaser (Massachusetts)
John Lee Hooker, Boom Boom (Michigan)
Lilys, Shovel Into Spade Kit (Massachusetts/East Coast)
Bob Seger, Beautiful Loser (Michigan)
Magnetic Fields, Long-Forgotten Fairytale (Massachusetts)
Blue Vinyl, Georgia (Michigan)
Talking Heads, Psycho Killer (Rhode Island/NYC)
Sonny Stitt, Lester Leaps In (Michigan)

Mapping It Out (map article by Mike Stevens)

The National Map, from the US Geological Survey

Yahoo! adds features to online mapping programs
Where do Yahoo! and MapQuest get their maps?

Driving Directions:
Yahoo! Maps

Boston Traffic:
Boston.Com Traffic
Boston Globe: Starts & Stops

Roads & Highways:
The Roads Of Massachusetts
The Central Artery Tunnel Project
US Highways

Reference Book of the Week: Holloran, Peter C. Historical Dictionary of New England. Scarecrow Press, 2003. F 2 .H65 2003 REF

Sunday, January 30, 2005

we're baaaaaack!

Schoolhouse Rock returns to the air for Spring 2005 on Tuesdays from noon to 2 pm (two-hour timeslot!). Our first show will be this Tuesday, February 1, and we'll be talking about geography and map resources. The musical component of the show will be a battle of the bands between Michigan artists (James hailing from Michigan) and New England artists (Emily is a native New Englander--dum-a-dum-day). Check this space for our playlist & links to resources we discuss sometime after 2 pm this Tuesday.

If you're in the greater Springfield area, we're at the bottom of your FM dial, WSCB 89.9 FM, Tuesdays noon to 2 pm. The station still doesn't webcast, but if you're dying to hear the show, drop us a line and we might be able to mail you a CD.

Monday, December 20, 2004

return to airwaves

Schoolhouse Rock's summer hiatus turned out to be a bit longer than expected--we did not end up with a time slot on the campus radio station for Fall 2004. But things are looking promising for the spring, and we hope to be back on the air in January or February.

Schoolhouse Rock was the topic of a presentation (.ppt) at Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries' annual October Conference, whose theme this year was "Beyond the Building." The audience had some great ideas for show topics, which we hope to incorporate this spring.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Summer hiatus

Schoolhouse Rock will be on hiatus for the summer. We plan to return with more exciting programming in Fall 2004. Many thanks to everyone at WSCB 89.9 FM and Babson Library for allowing us the opportunity to broadcast during the past year.

Please send comments, questions, or ideas for future shows to Emily Alling or James Miller.

Thanks for listening and/or following along on the blog!