Read. Return. Repeat.

A ReadICT podcast
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It's no secret we love books. Now you can listen to our podcast and get reading recommendations from your local librarians and monthly special guests.

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 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.

The show is available on podcast apps including Spotify for Podcasters, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, Google Podcasts, iHeart, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Spotify. Subscribe to the show through your favorite podcast app or subscribe to the Read. Return. Repeat. YouTube channel to get the latest episode.

Want to be featured on a future episode of our podcast? Check out our new book review hotline! Call (316) 261-8507 to leave a review for one of our #ReadICT categories! Please limit your recording to no more than 3 minutes. Please listen to the recording at the beginning for what category we are collecting reviews for. Be sure to state your name, location if you live outside Wichita, ReadICT category name, title and author of book and a few words of why you are recommending the book.

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Most Recent Episode

Season 3, Episode 9: Chillin' Like a Villain (December 1, 2023)

Sara and Daniel talk with author Natalie Zina Walschots, author of Hench, where they take a closer look at ReadICT Category 5, a book told from the villain's point of view. In this episode they examine the lives of the hired help of supervillains, why nobody thinks about the real-world cost of superheroes destroying everyone's favorite coffee shop, and why even henches deserve universal health care.

Works Mentioned in Season 3, Episode 9

All Episodes

  • Season 3 of Read. Return. Repeat. premiered on January 13, 2023 with a special crossover episode with Books & Whatnot. The four hosts – and some guests – shared several recommendations in each of the categories in the #ReadICT 2023 challenge. Each successive episode features an interview with a literary creator whose work fits into a category in the challenge.

    Season 3 Episodes Guest Listen Watch Transcript Show Notes Works Mentioned
    0: ReadICT 2023 Kickoff: Live with Books & Whatnot (January 13, 2023) Beth Golay & Suzanne Perez
    1: All You Can Read Buffet (February 17, 2023) Arielle Zibrak
    2: I Want to Be Where the Humans Aren't (March 20, 2023) C. Robert Cargill
    3: The (Burial) Plot Thickens (April 21, 2023) Hayley Campbell
    4: Cult(ural) Studies (May 19, 2023) Robyn Chapman
    5: Yaaaas (Siren) Queen (June 28, 2023) Nghi Vo
    6: Life in the Vast Plains (July 28, 2023) David Heska Wanbli Weiden
    7: Legends, Librarians and Lattes (August 25, 2023) Travis Baldree
    8: 50 Years of Flatpickin' (October 27, 2023) Seth Bate
    9: Chillin' Like a Villain (December 1, 2023) Natalie Zina Walschots
  • Season 2, hosted by librarians Sara Dixon and Daniel Pewewardy, had nine episodes. Guests included seven authors, an English literature professor, a bookseller, and a librarian.

    Season 2 Episodes Guest Listen Watch Transcript Show Notes Books Mentioned
    1: The Books are Back in Town (April 8, 2022) Kate Khavari
    2: Checked Out (May 6, 2022) Zack McDermott
    3: Read, Reread, Repeat (June 3, 2022) Jaime Nix
    4: A Story for Everyone (July 1, 2022) That Native Thomas
    5: A Plate of Culture (August 5, 2022) Nina Mukherjee Furstenau
    6: There's an End to This Monster Book (September 2, 2022) Dr. Francis Connor
    7: Banned Books Week Live (October 7, 2022) Sherman Alexie, Sarah Bagby & Jaime Nix
    8: An Episode for Every Body (November 4, 2022) Rebekah Taussig
    9: No Place Like Home (December 5, 2022) Silas House
  • Season 1 was hosted by librarian Sara McNeil. Guests included ReadICT creator Suzanne Perez, two published authors, and people from a number of literary, academic, and cultural institutions.

    Season 1 Episodes Guest Listen Watch Transcript Books Mentioned
    1: What's in a Name? (March 5, 2021) Suzanne Perez
    2: Own Voices (April 2, 2021) Prisca Barnes
    3: Birds of a Feather (May 7, 2021) Todd Volkmann
    4: The Peerless Princess of the Plains (June 4, 2021) Jami Frazier Tracy
    5: Free to Read What I Want (July 2, 2021) Deborah Caldwell-Stone
    6: Literature from the Heartland (August 6, 2021) Eric Norris
    7: Doctor by Day, Illustrator by Night (September 3, 2021) Grant Snider
    8: TBR and Ready! (October 1, 2021) Sarah Bagby
    9: Planting Seeds of Change (November 5, 2021) Dr. Catherine John
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