The Podcast Club at Fort Bend County libraries will focus on “Family” in November.

Since the library buildings are currently not open to the public, the Podcast Club meeting will take place online via Zoom/WebEx, so listeners throughout the area can participate from the comfort and safety of home.

Similar to a book club, the Podcast Club provides an opportunity for podcast listeners to get together to discuss podcast selections from a themed podcast-listening list and share their opinions on trending topics.

Each month features a different theme, along with a short list of podcast episodes.

The next meeting of the Library Podcast Club will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, beginning at 7 p.m.

A link to the Zoom/WebEx meeting will be emailed to all who register.

A direct link to the podcasts can be found on Fort Bend County Libraries’ online calendar on the FBCL website.

The playlist of podcasts from which to choose includes:

n “DNA Testing is Changing Families” – Prognosis (24 minutes). Learn how a simple DNA genealogy test upended the life of a Washington state sheep farmer. Instead of finding out more about the Swedish and Jewish roots she’d heard about, she found that she had an entire family she didn’t know about, and a connection to a man with a mysterious and controversial past.

These types of genetic surprises are getting more common, and redefining who we call family.

n “Hi It’s Us Your 30 Long-Lost Siblings” – The Cut (36 minutes). Sperm donation used to be a deep, dark secret. However, it is increasingly out in the open now, and it is raising brand new questions. When dozens of strangers start popping up on Facebook and saying you are related, how do you even define “family”? In this podcast, hear two stories about parents and children figuring it all out.

n “Is Birth Order Important?” – Stuff You Should Know (52 minutes). There have been a lot of studies over the years regarding birth order. Some conclude that it is a big deal, while others more or less discount its importance.

n “The Family Jewels” – Family Ghosts (50 minutes). One afternoon in 1961, a mysterious woman in sunglasses wandered into my grandfather’s jewelry shop and stole his heart. Two years later, she vanished without a trace, leaving his life and career in ruins. For years, that’s all I knew about her — until a few months ago, when I decided to start asking questions.

n “Why Grandparents are Important” – The Why Factor (24 minutes). Elaine Chong discovers just why it is that grandparents matter so much to us and she finds out what happens when grandparents step in to raise their grandchildren. She uncovers research showing grandmothers have played a vital role in the survival of their grandchildren for centuries, especially before modern medicine and support services existed.

n “Act Casual: Holiday Survival Guide” – Velvet’s Edge with Kelly Henderson (25 minutes). Whether you love your family or not, spending the holidays together can be….. interesting. Kelly and Chip talk about some of the funny conversations and situations that are inevitable at any family function. The duo also gives a few tips to surviving and thriving in your family/holiday time.

The Podcast Club is free and open to the public. Registration is required; a link to the Zoom/WebEx meeting will be emailed to all who register.

Register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us),click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs.”

and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the University Branch Library (281-633-5100).

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