Checking In with the GPPL
The Pandemic Podcast

The Pandemic Podcast

April 2, 2020

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.

Checking In #23: Midwinter Vibes

Checking In #23: Midwinter Vibes

February 28, 2020

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.

Checking In #22: These Blue Winter Days

Checking In #22: These Blue Winter Days

February 8, 2020

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. for any questions or suggestions. 

Checking In #21: One Year In…

Checking In #21: One Year In…

January 27, 2020

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.

Checking In #20: The Trends of the Decade

Checking In #20: The Trends of the Decade

January 14, 2020

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.

Checking In #19 : Tis the Season

Checking In #19 : Tis the Season

December 14, 2019

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. 

Checking In #18: Fall Frenzy

Checking In #18: Fall Frenzy

November 19, 2019

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!

Checking In #17: Back in the Studio

Checking In #17: Back in the Studio

October 17, 2019

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.


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


Plus One


Love & Mercy

Desk Set



Black Mirror

The Last OG


The Barenaked Ladies "Brain Wilson" closes us out for the week.

Checking In #16: Ride Along

Checking In #16: Ride Along

October 3, 2019

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.

Checking In #15: Shirley & The Lone Ranger

Checking In #15: Shirley & The Lone Ranger

September 19, 2019

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.


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



27 Dresses

Gilmore Girls


New Girl

Chef Volume 2


Maren Morris' "Once" closes this weeks episode out.