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“Check Me Out: A Podcast for Book Lovers” launched its third season on April 29, 2021.  The series, a collaboration between Amarillo College’s FM90 and Panhandle PBS, explores the power of books and the joy of reading through roundtable discussions about a variety of genres and themes.

The podcast was launched in 2018 as a local engagement effort around the national PBS initiative, “The Great American Read.”  “Check Me Out” Season 3 is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Support for engagement activities around “Hemingway” are made possible by Bank of America and additional supporters.  More information can be found at

Season 3 of “Check Me Out” features the following episodes and release dates:  

  • April 29: #025  Ernest Hemingway (Coinciding with the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film “Hemingway” which premiered on Panhandle PBS in April)
  • May 6: #026  The No Good Very Bad Year (Pandemic Reads)
  • May 13:  #027  Read All About It (Storybridge, Inc.)
  • May 20:  #028  Tale As Old As Time (Historical Fiction)
  • May 27:  #029  Queer Lit (LGBTQIA+ Literature)
  • June 3:  #030  Whatcha Got Cookin’? (Cookbooks)
  • June 10:  #031  Gen Z to the Rescue (YA Novels)
  • June 17:  #032  Off the Page: Texas Panhandle Author Ryan McSwain


"Check Me Out: A Podcast for Book Lovers" is available on  iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify  and other podcast apps and podcatchers. 

Full Episodes

025: Hemingway

Johnathan Aaron Baker and Brandon Presley discuss the works and like of Ernest Hemingway. In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns & Lynn Novick's documentary, "Hemingway," airing on PBS.

028: Tale as Old as Time

In this episode we talk Historical Fiction! Guests Reagan Hales and Karen Schrader discuss their favorites and tell us the parameters for the genre. Books discussed include: The Devil in the White City, The Pillars of the Earth, The Book Thief, The Outlander Series.

031: Gen Z To The Rescue

In this episode our guests Ande Parlow and Richard McGowan discuss YA novels.
Books discussed include: Layoverland, Stamped, Clap When You Land, The Patron Saints of Nothing, Dig, Class Act and more!

026: The No Good Very Bad Year

In this episode we talk "Pandemic Reads" with Stacy Clopton and Marley Hoggatt. Is reading more or less popular during a time of uncertainty? Books discussed this episode: One to Watch, The House in the Cerulean Sea and more.

029: Queer Lit

In this episode we discuss Queer Literature with our guest Lytton St. Stephen.Books discussed include: The Price of Salt, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Well of Loneliness and more.

Off the Page with Ryan McSwain

In this episode local author Ryan McSwain discusses his writing process, his inspiration for writing, and if there will be a sequel to his novel 'Four Color Bleed'.

027: Read All About It

In this episode we talk about the importance of literacy with guests Bailey Orr and Kinsey Bellar. We discuss Storybridge and how the organization is bringing books to children in need.

030: Whatcha Got Cookin?

In this episode, guests Monica Hart and Ruth Landelius discuss their love of cookbooks! What makes a cookbook great? Who are their favorite cooks/authors? And how did Ruth leaving French onion soup on her back porch kick off her cooking career?

This podcast is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the 

National Endowment for the Humanities.

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