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Checking In #14: In the Background

Checking In #14: In the Background

September 5, 2019

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.


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


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 If we get enough questions we'll do an episode dedicated to those.

Checking In #13: Back to School

Checking In #13: Back to School

August 22, 2019

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.


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



A Star is Born (1937, 1954, 1976, 2018)


TV Shows


New Girl



Florence & the Machine



Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall closes us out this week. Thanks for listening. 

Checking In #12: The Great Outdoors

Checking In #12: The Great Outdoors

August 8, 2019

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.



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


Altered Carbon

Super Store



Nice Try

Strong Songs


Childish Gambino's "Outside" fittingly closes us out this week. Thanks for listening.

Checking In #11 : These Strange Summer Days

Checking In #11 : These Strange Summer Days

July 25, 2019

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


Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Recursion by Blake Crouch


Bruce Springsteen's Darkness at the Edge of Town closes us out for the week.

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


Indian Summers


Annie's Summer Movies

The Great Outdoors

Weekend at Bernie's

What About Bob?



Matt's Summer Movie

Back to the Future AKA the best movie ever made



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. 


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


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:


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:


You're the Worst

Tuca & Bertie

Inside Amy Schumer & Netflix comedy special


Smash the Wellness Industry - Jessica Knoll (NYT article)

Anti-College is on the Rise - Molly Worthen (NYT article)


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.