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Checking In with the GPPL
New podcast from the Grosse Pointe Public Library. Listen as hosts Matt & Annie talk about the things they're doing as well as what's new at the library.
Apr 25, 2022
April Snow Showers
This is a little late as I've been home with sick children. We talked about what's happening at the library over the spring and summer. Look forward to Books on the Lake and the annual Summer Reading Program. We still haven't fulfilled each other's new years requests yet. There's still time though...
Feb 4, 2022
Annie catches Matt up on her year end challenge. Matt is given a challenge to a virtual art challenge using Creative Bug. Our progress will be tracked in the upcoming episodes. It's a new year and we've been up to some stuff. Annie has been reading books and Matt has been watching anime. It doesn't feel like much has changed but, it has, trust me. We recorded this episode prior to the snowpocalypse of 2022. Which didn't happen quite how they expected it. As always, thanks for listening and hope you're off to a great new year.
Dec 20, 2021
Christmas Challenge 2021
Matt & Annie are back and this year we decide to challenge each other to do something they wouldn't normally do. I challenged Annie to watch an anime series I think she will enjoy. Annie will be giving me a challenge next episode. Stay safe and have a good holiday and new year.
Dec 20, 2021
We have our new librarian, Stephanie, on the podcast. We talk about her career, her favorite kind of reads, and various other things.
Oct 15, 2021
The Haunting Of Central Branch
Matt & Annie return and discuss some spooky/scary stuff they've been doing and recommend. During the recording we were visited by the library ghosts. We talk more about Only Murders in the Building and Matt tries to convince Annie to watch Squid Game. Thanks for checking in with us we'll be back in a couple weeks.
Sep 29, 2021
The Return of Matt & Annie
We are back for Season 2 of Checking In! It was a long time away but we are happy to be back. We're hoping that this next "season" of the podcast is as exciting as the first. We're doing a back to school themed episode this week. Also included is fall, how COVID has changed work, and how we both turned towards more "comfort food" material during our time away. Things that were brought up: Only Murders Left in the Building Crying in H Mart - Michelle Zauner
Jun 8, 2021
The Tales We Carry
Annie has finally finished Harry Potter. We talk about that and other epic stories she can read next. We also discuss how new formats have changed storytelling and has added many new tales to the classics of old. We'll be back in July with our next episode. Remember to signup for summer reading if you haven't already.
May 8, 2021
No Longer Checked Out
Matt & Annie are finally back with another episode of Checking In. We catch each other up with what we've been doing and how things have been going this past pandemic year. We'll be back on a regular schedule moving forward so look forward to more episodes in the coming weeks.
Oct 10, 2020
He Said : Formula One & Philosophy
Matt talks about formula One, the Good Place, video games, and more.
Oct 7, 2020
She Said: Thinking about our Thinking
Annie talks about her armchair philosophy phase.
Jul 24, 2020
He Said - Ode to Video Games
Matt's response to Annie's ode to joy. Some video game talk and other media consumption stuff is been doing.
Jul 18, 2020
She Said: Odes to Joy
Annie is addicted to Frozen II and can’t say Elizabethan.
Jul 2, 2020
He Said: Star Wars
Matt responds to Annie finally watching Star Wars. We hope you enjoy the new format and stay tuned for more episodes.
Jul 2, 2020
She Said: Star Wars
A first episode in our new series, She Said He Said. Annie finally saw Star Wars, but prefers Brad Pitt.
Apr 2, 2020
The Pandemic Podcast
On this special at home episode, Matt has some hoopla and kanopy recommendations for you to consider. Hope everyone is staying safe. We'll get through this together.
Feb 28, 2020
Checking In #23: Midwinter Vibes
Annie is back from her trip to Florida and Matt's been chilling here. Annie's family got sick during the trip but still managed to have a good time. Matt relaxed and enjoyed the easy commute and the quiet with lots of people seemingly out of town. We talk about the books we've been reading, shows we watched, among other things. After the break, we get into library stuff like the short story contest and upcoming events. It's a fun episode where we somehow start talking about Uncle Harry's Deli and Annie's Dutch Blitz rites of passage. Black Puma's Colors closes us out for the week. Thanks for listening and enjoy the episode.
Feb 8, 2020
Checking In #22: These Blue Winter Days
Matt & Annie are back to discuss what they've been up to these past couple weeks. More reading, watching movies and TV shows, and some working out. After the break we talk about what we do to cope during the Michigan grey winter. Things that work for us include: going for walks, funny movies, SAD lights, and leaving. Thanks for listening and enjoy the episode. George Harrison's "I Got My Mind Set on You" closes us out for the week. email@example.com for any questions or suggestions.
Jan 27, 2020
Checking In #21: One Year In...
Matt & Annie discuss what they've been doing the past several weeks. We talk about the books we read and shows and movies we watched. In the second half we look back on our first year of podcasting and what we've learned and hope to accomplish. Some of the mentions include: Little Women, Parasite, Good Place, Last Poets, Memory Police, Good Riddance, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more.
Jan 14, 2020
Checking In #20: The Trends of the Decade
It's a new year and a new episode for Checking In. Annie & I discuss what we think are the biggest trends of the decade. We touch on social media, video games, podcasts, and other technology trends. The last decade brought about a lot of change, the next decade is sure to do the same. Maybe looking back we can see what lies ahead. As always, thanks for listening. Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast listening app to get the newest episodes when they are posted. "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" from the Netflix show The Witcher closes us out this week. It's a very catchy song, try not to get it stuck in your head.
Dec 14, 2019
Checking In #19 : Tis the Season
Matt & Annie are back with a holiday themed episode. We talk about our family traditions, things we like about the holidays, and whether or not Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie. We're taking a break for the rest of the year and will be back in January with a new episode. Have a good holiday and new year. See you in 2020! Trans Siberian Orchestra's Carol of the Bells is our intro for the week and Last Christmas by Wham! closes us out.
Nov 19, 2019
Checking In #18: Fall Frenzy
A previously recorded episode where Matt & Annie discuss what they're reading and the fall holidays. Matt talks about his baby on the way. UPDATE: Checking In has added a new addition: a healthy baby girl!
Oct 17, 2019
Checking In #17: Back in the Studio
Annie & I are back to the studio with newest episode. We discuss the things we've been reading and watching. We talk about what the Great American Novel is, David's new Science Fiction book group and the Digital Media Lab. In the second half, we talk about Halloween and the upcoming library programs and events that will be happening. Books Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, & Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson by Peter Ames Carlin My Year of Rest & Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates I Am the New Black by Tracy Morgan Movies Plus One Booksmart Love & Mercy Desk Set Television Black Mirror The Last OG The Barenaked Ladies "Brain Wilson" closes us out for the week.
Oct 3, 2019
Checking In #16: Ride Along
On this special episode of Checking In Annie and I are on the road with outreach librarian Kathleen. We talk about her role and the services the library offers. Additionally, we talk about the books we've been reading and Grosse pointe architecture.
Sep 19, 2019
Checking In #15: Shirley & The Lone Ranger
On this episode of Checking In, Shirley Maylock joins us to discuss being a radio performer on the hit show The Lone Ranger. She talks about her time in radio and growing up in Detroit. She sees podcasting as the radio shows of the present and is surprised in the type of resurgence this form of media has. It's an exciting conversation and we hope you enjoy it. After the break, Annie & I talk about the things we've been doing and get sidetracked talking about studios teenagers and microbrews. Thanks for listening. Books: Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Watching: 27 Dresses Gilmore Girls Succession New Girl Chef Volume 2 Maren Morris' "Once" closes this weeks episode out.
Sep 5, 2019
Checking In #14: In the Background
We are back with another episode of Checking In. Today's episode we will do our usual catching up with the things we've been doing the past couple weeks. After the break we talk about our favorite background TV shows. They're the kind of shows we like on while we're doing other things. We hope you enjoy our picks. Books: The End of the Affair - Graham Greene Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV - Warren Littlefield TV Shows: Glow, Season 3 The Good Place, Season 3 When They See Us New Girl, Season 7 Background TV Shows: Gilmore Girls Cheers, Friends, Wings, Frasier (Jim Burrows Universe) Parks & Recreation Futurama New Girl Background Movies: You've Got Mail The Love Letter Carla Bruni's cover of ABBA's The Winner Takes All sends us off for the week. If you have any favorite background shows or would like to send us a question, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we get enough questions we'll do an episode dedicated to those.
Aug 22, 2019
Checking In #13: Back to School
Annie & I are back with an episode about going back to school. We reminisce about our days in school and discuss education in general in the year 2019. We also continue to talk about the books, movies, TV shows, and music we've been consuming. Books Beautiful Music by James Zadoorian This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown Boom Town by Sam Anderson Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Color of Law by Richard Rothstein Movies A Star is Born (1937, 1954, 1976, 2018) TV Shows GLOW New Girl Music Florence & the Machine Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall closes us out this week. Thanks for listening.
Aug 8, 2019
Checking In #12: The Great Outdoors
Matt & Annie are back to talk about the great outdoors. First, we talk about the stuff we've been doing the past couple weeks: the books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and video games. Books: Recursion - Blake Crouch Circe - Madeline Miller Sadie - Courtney Summers Doing Harm... - Maya Dusenbury Gypsy Moth Summer - Julia Fierro Beautiful Music - Michael Zadoorian Wheelman: Lance Armstrong... - Reed Albergotti & Vanessa O'Connell Radio Silence - Alice Oseman Movies/TV Shows: Fighting With My Family L.A. Story Queer Eye I Think You Should Leave The Boys GLOW Altered Carbon Super Store Podcasts: Nice Try Strong Songs Childish Gambino's "Outside" fittingly closes us out this week. Thanks for listening.
Jul 25, 2019
Checking In #11 : These Strange Summer Days
Annie & Matt discuss Stranger Things 3 and our thoughts about the season as a whole. We also talk about the books we're reading and shows we're watching. Continuing our theme of Summer, we talk about activities we did and hope to do before it's over. *Our Stranger Things 3 Discussion ends at the 13:50 mark if you haven't watched and want to avoid spoilers.* Things We Talked About: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Fools Gold Stranger Things GLOW Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Recursion by Blake Crouch Bruce Springsteen's Darkness at the Edge of Town closes us out for the week.
Jul 11, 2019
Checking In #10: Still Summer
This episode of Checking In Annie & Matt have new books they've been reading. In addition to books, some TV watching has taken place. Annie has watched one episode of Stranger Things. One does not simply watch one episode at a time... Books Discussed Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirsehbaum Bunny by Mona Awad Palaces for the People by Eric Klienenberg Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Happy City: Transforming Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery Boom-Town by Sam Anderson Doc Martin watchalikes Hamis Macbeth Kingdom Indian Summers Annie's Summer Movies The Great Outdoors Weekend at Bernie's What About Bob? Roxanne Matt's Summer Movie Back to the Future AKA the best movie ever made TV Little Big Lies Stranger Things Right Now: Aziz Ansari Special The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City" closes us out this week.
Jun 27, 2019
Checking In #9 : In Summertime
Summer is in the air on this latest episode of checking in. Annie & I will be talking about the things we've been up to as well as summery things to do at home and at the library. Reading/Listening/Watching Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin Breaking and Entering by Joy Williams Florida by Lauren Groff Little Children by Tom Perrotta Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Speak: The Graphic Novel Adaptation by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll The Good Place Cheers Captain Marvel Chef (Netflix) Parts Unknown Summertime Enjoyment My Ex Life by Stephen McCauley This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki Last Night at the Viper Room by Gavin Edwards Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman LA Story I Heart Huckabees Field of Dreams Taylor Swifts "You Belong to Me" sends us out. Annie's favorite music for her commute.
Jun 13, 2019
Checking In #8: The Return of Annie
Annie is back from maternity leave and is here to talk about the things she's been up to. We discuss books, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and articles we've been consuming. In the second half of the episode we reminisce about graduation and give advice to recent high school graduates about all the things college can offer you. Items Discussed: Books: They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades by Barbara Holland I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson Awayland: Stories by Ramona Ausubel Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin TV Shows: Fleabag You're the Worst Tuca & Bertie Inside Amy Schumer & Netflix comedy special Articles: Smash the Wellness Industry - Jessica Knoll (NYT article) Anti-College is on the Rise - Molly Worthen (NYT article) Movies: John Wick 3 Detective Pikachu We Are Young by fun. closes out the episode in a nod to graduation.
Jun 6, 2019
Game of Thrones - In Memorandum
On this final episode of our Game of Thrones series David, Matt, and Annie discuss the show as a whole and also talk about the documentary, "The Last Watch", which was made during season 8 production. We reminisce about the series with some of our favorite moments, how GoT changed TV, and how likely we are to revisit the show after its lukewarm final season.
May 23, 2019
Game of Thrones - The Iron Throne Recap & Discussion
Everyone is back to discuss the series finale of Game of Thrones. As always this will be spoiler heavy, so, if you haven't seen the episode, check back after. Who's left standing after all is said and done? Did the finale make up for a lackluster season? We talk about it all on this episode. Thanks for listening to this special podcast as we tried to capture this cultural zeitgeist.
1 hr 4 min
May 16, 2019
Game of Thrones - The Bells Recap & Discussion
We are back and fully loaded for the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, The Bells. Matt, David, Catherine, and Annie are all here to discuss the episode that was. We talk about madness, military strategy, and who'll be ruling the seven kingdoms once all the dust settles. As always, this will be spoiler heavy so if you haven't watched the episode, do so before you listen.
May 9, 2019
Game of Thrones - Last of the Starks Recap
This week David is off for his birthday. Catherine joins Matt to discuss the latest episode, The Last of the Starks. As always, this will be spoiler heavy so if you haven't watched the episode, turn back now. With only two episodes left, we talk about how rushed everything feels. Nothing feels earned, even if we agree on where it's heading.
May 2, 2019
Checking In #7: Standardized Tests & Reading
Maria & I are back to discuss what we've been doing the past couple of weeks. Maria has been reading a lot and Matt has been watching a lot of TV. We're joined by a special guest, Danis. She's here to talk about the local authors fair that's happening later this month. Stay tuned for another episode of checking in. Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier The Test: why our schools are obsessed with standardized testing... by Anya Kamanetz Twitter & Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekci TV Shows Santa Clarita Diet Atlanta Sex Education Movies Singing In the Rain Maria's music pick of the week is One Good Man by Janis Joplin.
May 2, 2019
Game of Thrones - The Long Night Recap & Discussion
David & I talk about The Long Night, the third episode of Game of Thrones final season. We talk about the implications of what happens and what is to come in the last few episodes. As always, this will be a spoiler heavy episode so if you haven't seen it, come back after you have.
Apr 25, 2019
Game of Thrones - Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Recap
David & I are back to discuss the second epiosde of Game of Thrones' final season. We talk about the calm before the storm and what we think will happen in the battle for the living. Listen along as the GPPL recaps the final season of Game of Thrones.
Apr 18, 2019
Checking In #6: Maria Reads Books & Matt Watches TV
Maria & I discuss what we've been up to these past few weeks. She has read all the books and I have read a couple. I've watched a lot of TV shows and she has watched a couple. Join us for some good discussion and thanks for checking in with us. Books Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Stress-Free Life by Francine Jay The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood To Kill a Mockingbird: a Graphic Novel by Harper Lee, adapted by Fred Fordham The Secret in the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene The Trial of Lizzie Borden: a True Story by Cara Robertson An American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear The Subtle Art of Not... by Mark Manson Mark Manson On Relationships & Self Knowledge (Blogs) Movies/TV Shows Muriels Wedding Clockwatchers Gloria Bell Mama's Family The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection Russian Doll Santa Clarita Diet Grand Tour Sky Ferreira's Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Alright) is the music pick of the week.
Apr 18, 2019
Game of Thrones - Winterfell Recap & Discussion
David & I discuss the newest episode of Game of Thrones' final season. We will record weekly until the final episode discussing what we saw and what we think will happen. Listen along in this special GPPL podcast for the final season of the biggest show in the world.
Mar 21, 2019
Checking In #5: A New Co-Host Emerges
On this episode Maria joins as a special co-host as Annie is on maternity leave. We discuss a wide range of books and movies today. Books: LikeWar So You've Been Publicly Shamed Louise Penny Inspector Armand Gamache Series Che Bright Sided Morbid Taste for Bones Lucy Knisley Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery Series Movies: Private Life Tully Hotel Artemis Atomic Blonde Apollo 11 Buster Keaton Bohemian Rhapsody How to Train Your Dragon 3 Jason Mraz's Unlonely is Maria's music pick of the week. If you like us, you can subscribe to us iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.
Mar 7, 2019
Checking In #4
Matt & Annie talk about their plans for spring break as well as the things they're doing. Media mentioned: Searching Bad Times at the El Royale Minding the Gap Behind the Curve Sex & Rage Spring Break Reads: And then it's spring The poky little puppy Enchanted April Tulip Fever Annies music pick of the week is The Rascals Groovin.
Feb 21, 2019
Checking In #3
On this episode of Checking In, Annie and I are joined by our colleague David. He's in charge of the Digital Media Lab, a special service the library provides. He talks about the kinds of things you can do in the second segment of the episode. Media discussed: My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante #1) This Will Only Hurt a Little Paper Girls Eighth Grade Handmaid's Tale High Flying Bird thank u, next by Ariana Grande Tash Sultana's "Free Mind" ends the podcast as our music pick.
Jan 24, 2019
Checking In #2
Matt & Annie discuss the various forms of media they've been consuming. From books, TV shows, and movies, listen as they check in with each other. Danis joins us to talk about Books on the Lake and Night in the Stacks, library programs that are large in scale. We end the episode with upcoming library programs as well as Annie's music pick of the week.
Jan 10, 2019
Checking In, Episode 1
GPPL librarians Matt and Annie discuss their year-end book, movie, and TV review and what's changing at the library in 2019.