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Read. Return. Repeat. : A ReadICT Podcast

Read. Return. Repeat. : A ReadICT Podcast

By Wichita Public Library
Read. Return. Repeat. is a podcast produced by the staff of the Wichita Public Library and a companion to the #ReadICT reading challenge. Join our hosts, who examine selected categories from the #ReadICT reading challenge on a monthly basis. Each episode will take a closer look at a particular category, featuring interviews from subject specialists along with book recommendations. Listeners will explore categories as they relate to culture, education, accessibility, and history.
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A Plate of Culture

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There's an End to This Monster Book
In this episode, co-hosts Sara Dixon and Daniel Pewewardy tackle category 3: A Book That Intimidates You. Joining them is Dr. Francis Connor, an Associate Professor of English at Wichita State University. They talk about Shakespeare, Classics, how people’s relationships to reading and books have changed in the past six-hundred years and why we should read more books that intimidate us. Episode Transcript and Show Notes: http://wichitalibrary.org/BooksMore/Podcast/Pages/rrr_s2e6.aspx New to #ReadICT? Join the challenge! For more information visit wichitalibrary.org/readict.
01:17:42
September 02, 2022
A Plate of Culture
In this episode, co-hosts Sara Dixon and Daniel Pewewardy explore category 9, a book about immigration through the lens of food. Joining them on the podcast is Nina Mukherjee Furstenau, a food journalist and author of the 2014 Kansas Notable Book Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland. A first-generation immigrant who moved to Pittsburg, Kansas from India as a young child in the 1960s, Ms. Furstenau shares her in experience of growing up as an immigrant in the heart of the American Midwest, how she stays connected to her culture through food and how we can learn about people through the foods we share. Episode Transcript and Show Notes: http://wichitalibrary.org/BooksMore/Podcast/Pages/rrr_s2e5.aspx New to #ReadICT? Join the challenge! For more information visit wichitalibrary.org/readict.
01:04:26
August 05, 2022
A Story for Everyone
In this episode, co-hosts Sara Dixon and Daniel Pewewardy dive into category 6, a book based on mythology or folklore. Joining them is Thomas Yeahpau (also known as That Native Thomas), a Kiowa and Apache Storyteller and author of the 2016 novel The Last Pow-Wow, which he co-wrote with Steven Paul Judd. They talk about the importance of storytelling, why it resonates with so many people, and how traditional stories are still relevant in the modern world. Episode Transcript and Show Notes: http://wichitalibrary.org/BooksMore/Podcast/Pages/rrr_s2e4.aspx New to #ReadICT? Join the challenge! For more information visit wichitalibrary.org/readict.
53:26
July 01, 2022
Read, Reread, Repeat
In this special episode of the ReadICT Podcast, hosts Sara Dixon and Daniel Pewewardy celebrate the joy of rereading your favorite books, and with the help of the wonderful library staff here at Wichita Public Library, have many great recommendations to share with all you fellow book lovers! To share this book love, they talk with Director of Libraries Jaime Prothro for a fun and candid discussion about their love of books, libraries and of course, what their favorite book to reread is! Episode Transcript and Show Notes: http://wichitalibrary.org/BooksMore/Podcast/Pages/rrr_s2e3.aspx New to #ReadICT? Join the challenge! For more information visit wichitalibrary.org/readict.
48:18
June 03, 2022
Checked Out
In this episode, co-hosts Sara Dixon and Daniel Pewewardy explore the topic of mental illness with guest Zack McDermott, author of the memoir Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love. Zack, who grew up in Wichita, talks about his book, how his mom inspires him, his love/hate relationship with his hometown, and shares his experiences living with Bipolar I disorder. Episode Transcript and Show Notes: http://wichitalibrary.org/BooksMore/Podcast/Pages/rrr_s2e2.aspx New to #ReadICT? Join the challenge! For more information visit wichitalibrary.org/readict.
01:02:42
May 06, 2022
The Books are Back in Town
In this premiere episode of season 2, co-hosts Sara Dixon and Daniel Pewewardy interview debut author Kate Khavari, Wichita native and author of the upcoming historical mystery novel, A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons, due out on June 7, 2022. They discuss the differences between self-publishing and working with a large publisher, how she juggles writing while being a stay-at-home mom, her advice for aspiring writers, and more. Episode Transcript and Show Notes: http://wichitalibrary.org/BooksMore/Podcast/Pages/rrr_s2e1.aspx New to #ReadICT? Join the challenge! For more information visit wichitalibrary.org/readict.
43:32
April 08, 2022
Episode 9: Planting Seeds of Change
Dr. Catherine John, chair of the Africana Studies Department at the University of Rhode Island, joins Sara to talk about her love of reading and literature, her teaching style, experiences in Jamaica, and more. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/83666.
01:12:23
November 05, 2021
Episode 8: TBR and Ready!
Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books and Café, joins Sara to talk about the love of reading, owning an independent bookstore, the ReadICT reading challenge, and more. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/82931.
56:14
October 01, 2021
Episode 7: Doctor by Day, Illustrator by Night
Local cartoonist, comic strip artist, writer, and orthodontist Grant Snider joins Sara to talk about art, inspiring illustrators, what it is like to get a book published, and more. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/82374.
42:07
September 03, 2021
Episode 6: Literature from the Heartland
Eric Norris, State Librarian for Kansas, joins Sara to talk about the Kansas Notable Books project, the State Library of Kansas, and library services offered to all Kansans. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/81828.
01:01:00
August 06, 2021
Episode 5: Free to Read What I Want
Deborah Caldwell-Stone from the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom joins Sara to talk about challenged and banned books, intellectual freedom, Banned Books Week, and more. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/81117.
01:06:13
July 02, 2021
Episode 4: The Peerless Princess of the Plains
Jami Frazier Tracy, curator of collections at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, joins Sara to talk about Wichita history, the museum and the building that houses it, local history books, and more. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/80480.
53:30
June 04, 2021
Episode 3: Birds of a Feather
Todd Volkmann, exhibit caretaker at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit, joins Sara to discuss books about animals, some of the history of and animals at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit, and more. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/79933.
01:01:54
May 05, 2021
Episode 2: Own Voices
Prisca Barnes, author and CEO of Storytime Village, joins Sara to discuss the love of reading, representation in literature, the 1958 Dockum sit-in, and more. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/79048.
54:11
March 31, 2021
Episode 1: What's in a Name?
Suzanne Perez, Opinion Editor at the Wichita Eagle, joins Adult Programming Librarian Sara McNeil to discuss the origins of the ReadICT reading challenge, give book recommendations, and explore the world of books and libraries in this inaugural Wichita Public Library podcast episode. For a list of books mentioned in this episode, visit https://catalog.wichitalibrary.org/rs/78552.
01:07:24
March 04, 2021