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Checking In #10: Still Summer

Checking In #10: Still Summer

July 11, 2019

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. 

Checking In #9 : In Summertime

Checking In #9 : In Summertime

June 27, 2019

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.

Checking In #8: The Return of Annie

Checking In #8: The Return of Annie

June 13, 2019

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.

 

Game of Thrones - In Memorandum

Game of Thrones - In Memorandum

June 6, 2019

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. 

Game of Thrones - The Iron Throne Recap & Discussion

Game of Thrones - The Iron Throne Recap & Discussion

May 23, 2019

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.

Game of Thrones - The Bells Recap & Discussion

Game of Thrones - The Bells Recap & Discussion

May 16, 2019

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.

Game of Thrones - Last of the Starks Recap

Game of Thrones - Last of the Starks Recap

May 9, 2019

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.

Checking In #7: Standardized Tests & Reading

Checking In #7: Standardized Tests & Reading

May 2, 2019

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.

Game of Thrones - The Long Night Recap & Discussion

Game of Thrones - The Long Night Recap & Discussion

May 2, 2019

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.

Game of Thrones - Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Recap

Game of Thrones - Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Recap

April 25, 2019

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.