Read. Return. Repeat.

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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 Apple Podcasts, Castbox, 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.

a publicity photo of N.K. Jemisin
Photo by Laura Hanifin, 2015

Most Recent Episode

Season 4, Episode 5: Sara Fangirls, But Not Too Hard (July 5, 2024)

Sara and Daniel interview author N.K. Jemisin, a celebrated sci-fi and fantasy author who won the Hugo Award for her novel The Fifth Season. Tying in with ReadICT Category 1: A Book with a Map, this episode focuses on Jemisin's Great Cities duology, The City We Became and The World We Make, a series that explores neighborhood stereotypes, gentrification and all the people that make a place unique, but with monsters!

All Episodes

  • Season 4 of Read. Return. Repeat. premiered on January 26, 2024 with guests Beth Golay and Suzanne Perez from the Books & Whatnot podcast. The four hosts talked about the #ReadICT 2024 challenge and made numerous reading recommendations for each category of the challenge.

    Season 4 Episodes Guest Listen Watch Transcript Show Notes Works Mentioned
    0: #ReadICT 2024 Kickoff Live (January 26, 2024) Beth Golay & Suzanne Perez
    1: Gotta Collect 'Em All (the feelings) (February 23, 2024) Ross Gay
    2: The (Neuro) Spice Must Flow (April 5, 2024) Our production team
    3: Skoden! (May 3, 2024) Tommy Orange
    4: A Lost Episode (June 7, 2024) Kiersten White
    5: Sara Fangirls, But Not Too Hard (July 5, 2024) N.K. Jemisin
  • 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 an author 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
    10: Volcano Lair? In This Economy? (December 22, 2023) John Scalzi
  • 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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