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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. 


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.

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