In the Stacks with Barry & LaToya is a loosely library-related show that showcases the viewpoints on news, entertainment, books, and other issues by former Twin Lakes Library System Director and Assistant Director, Barry Reese and LaToya Davidson-Perez. Each show features a little bit of everything…
Television and movies. If you're wondering what the hosts have been watching and doing, this show is all about it. Barry continues to write and watch plenty of TV, LaToya is oblivious and distracted, and T'Challa, at sixteen years of age, remains super cool and aloof. With no final question prepared, T'Challa scrambles to find one. Learn about everyone's favorite movies as well as the movie that they walked out on.
The entire gang is back together, and they've missed each other. The runtime on this episode is on par with what it was like in the early days of the show. To think, we're only three shows into the 15th season. As they catch up conversation turns to school and what it was like in the old days. T'Challa brings his unique view to what it's like to be a school student in today's classrooms. Barry is flustered with many of his students, and LaToya is reminded why she would never be a school teacher. Plus, LaToya is now packing heat and getting old with a larger-sized daily pill organizer.
Without T'Challa, the hosts are left to their own devices. Barry has been enjoying the leisure of his summer break while LaToya burns the midnight oil. According to Barry, he has one more week of freedom before donning his teacher cape. LaToya is hunkered down in her office, working on an emergency project. While Barry continues watching television, going to the movies, and writing, his co-host says no to more than an hour of screen time. Check out what they think of Thor: Love & Thunder and their take on the rumors of what's in store for Black Panther 2.
T'Challa is back. But don't get too excited. By the end of the show, he makes it clear how he feels about one of the named hosts of the show. Since the last show, the hosts have been consuming a lot of television. Tune in to hear their thoughts on The Staircase, The Boys, and more. Love is also in the air. Barry is very smitten with his new girlfriend.
Another show without fan-favorite, T'Challa. However, the hosts have been quite busy themselves. LaToya is always working multiple jobs and has no time to read. On the other hand, Barry is also very busy but is relishing in the afterglow of having four of his novels released during the Unleash the Reese promotion period. Not sure what to watch on television? Barry and LaToya are here to fill in the gaps.
With no T'Challa in attendance, the hosts must find a way to do the show. LaToya is reluctant, offending Barry by telling him to record early so she can be done with it. Barry even suggests upping the recording schedule. LaToya shoots down the idea. One and done is enough for her. Barry has several books about to be released in close succession, and he somehow manages to ruin Spring Break by working. LaToya's husband, K, manages to add some humorous background noise.
After a 2-month hiatus, the show is back with a special guest, K. That's right, LaToya's husband Kenrick makes a rare appearance. Since the last episode, much has changed, and just as much has remained the same. Barry is continuing to enjoy his life as a high school teacher while LaToya and Kenrick had a memorable Carnival Cruise and have welcomed a new nephew. T'Challa, cool as always, leaves us wanting more.
Birthdays. Christmas. Television. Oh my! It's a new year and the hosts are excited to share their 2021 memories, some more pleasant than others. It's another farewell to Voldemort, an almost sexless year, and yes, we're just talking about LaToya. As a whole, the hosts are doing well and watching a lot of television and reading. They meander a little into politics and Omicron and let's not forget Bigfoot porn.
The dream team is back together at last. T'Challa joins the show only to learn that it's now only a monthly occurrence. The team believes that this recording schedule will make them all more committed to the show, especially for the reluctant LaToya. As always Barry tells us about what he's watching and he also shares his Spotify year-end statistics. T'Challa shares his and LaToya remains committed to her iTunes library. And while they may be old enough to be their parents, Barry and LaToya share some of their secret celebrity crushes.
It's time for some turkey, well, the turkey has already been eaten. The hosts return to the show discussing what they've seen and what they've been up to in the almost month since they last recorded a show. T'Challa is still absent, a bummer for us all. On this show, the hosts address the inconsistent recording of their weekly show. Moving forward there is a new monthly format, the second Saturday of each month. Barry deleted and then brought back his website (.net sites are still not a thing, Barry). And LaToya is still trying to find a work-life balance.
LaToya considers if the show should continue. Barry is writing a new book. T'Challa, absent from today's show, has his learner's permit. It's been over a month since the last show and the hosts catch you up on what you've missed. With his KISS deep-dive complete, Barry shares an album with LaToya which she reviews on the show. Barry isn't sure who's up next, possibly Boyz II Men while LaToya plans to listen to all of Lianne La Havas' albums.
T'Challa has returned but he's busy working on a project to pay too much attention to the show. Barry and LaToya discuss what they've been watching. LaToya went to see her favorite sports team play and Barry is sad to see this semester go by so quickly. And on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 the hosts reflect on life before and after the tragedy.
After an almost two-month respite, the hosts are back. The only thing missing, the true star of the show, T'Challa. While he's away at DragonCon, Barry and LaToya recount what has happened in the time away from the show. Reading. Writing. No arithmetic. And as usual, there is a lot of television watching and a Netflix series that both hosts agree that you must see!
Barry and T'Challa are uncharacteristically late for the show. LaToya, while annoyed, appreciated that they decided to grace her with their presence on the last show before a two-week break. As usual, LaToya is not happy with Barry. He made a movie recommendation that has him in the doghouse and is now one that T'Challa has to watch. Nevertheless, stick around to the end as Barry schools LaToya on some sex education.
Today's show miraculously happened! Barry is enjoying his summer break by writing two books while LaToya is still acclimating to her new 9-5 job. T'Challa is relaxing and sleeping in for the summer. LaToya admitted to thinking of Barry while she was in the shower. Barry ranks the best Batman actors of all time. Plus, LaToya accepts life without sex and finally contemplates what it means to be of African descent.
Welcome to Season 14. Despite another late start, the show is back thanks to T'Challa's persistence. Neither of the hosts felt up for recording, but T'Challa had other ideas. Barry has another life-altering experience that has left him with a bad taste in his mouth, and LaToya is a terrible best friend who now frequently sends calls from Barry to voicemail.
This season has taken the longest to record. Finally, we conclude Season 13 with a walk down memory lane. More specifically, Barry and LaToya talk about the good old days and how the world is much different. T'Challa's segment is one that leaves some of us hopeful while reminding others that Pandora's Box can never be closed. Plus, LaToya learns something new about Barry and T'Challa sides with his dad.
It's been weeks since the last episode, a trend for what feels like an unending season. Barry and T'Challa blame LaToya and she takes the opportunity to express her recent struggles with her mental health. Plus, she has a new job and is getting her first mammogram. Barry talks about the recent loss of his mother and his interest in changing his name. T'Challa lurks in the background and tells us about where he'd like to live.
Yes, we're still in Season 13, one that may apparently take all of 2021 to complete. With no show last week and LaToya being increasingly unavailable to record at the set time, it is a surprise that they've eked out an episode. Despite there being a great deal to discuss, you know, death and despair, the hosts opt on the side of it being a lighter show. Find out Barry, LaToya, and T'Challa's favorite books and some of their thoughts on Disney+ and the Marvel Universe.
With bad weather looming and the hosts recording on a Sunday, LaToya naively thinks this will be a short show. Barry is jazzed up and ready to go, and T'Challa moodily brings up the rear. What's happened since the last show? LaToya has a new addiction, Barry has teaching woes, and T'Challa, well, he's just along for the ride.
Barry calls and awakens LaToya from her slumber to record the show early. He also shares a dirty secret of T'Challa. Do you have an opinion about the worst bands of all time? The hosts don't agree with the number one pick. Plus, T'Challa tunes out when the conversation turns inexplicably to sex but gets everyone excited about a Kidz Bop (but not really) parody of the Cardi B hit, WAP.
It's been 3 weeks since the last show. Barry blames it on what LaToya and her hubby were up to. T'Challa is non-enthusiastically back for an episode in which he finds out that he shares the same rare personality as his favorite person, LaToya. So what happened over the past three weeks? A lot of television-watching, yeh, that's about it.
Barry is excited to record the show. LaToya and T'Challa are not. However, with moments to spare LaToya preps her topics for what would turn out to be the longest show to date. There is no taboo topic as the hosts talk about Barry's net worth, soccer, Hollywood scandal, pink diamonds, and more. If you've forgotten who Barry's least favorite celebrity is, he is more than willing to remind you. T'Challa again doesn't have his question ready for his fan-favorite segment.
After taking a week off, the hosts and T'Challa return for another fantastic episode. Barry has been busy with inputting grades during the show. This explains the annoying background noises that everyone has had to endure. LaToya has a brand new edition to her Honda family. T'Challa asks, what's the dumbest thing we've ever experienced. The answers may surprise you. And everyone is happy to have an adult back in the White House.
After a two-week break, the show returns with talk of politics, television, and Christmas. COVID-19 is still an issue as some school systems are getting ready to have students return despite the increasing number of cases and deaths. Barry and LaToya talk about their January 8th anniversary, the day they both resigned from the library system. T'Challa can't remember his topic, Barry is writing a concept novel, and LaToya is suffering from insomnia.
In what is likely the last episode of 2020, the hosts do some minor reflecting on the year. Talk turns to Christmas and a “one and done” modern classic children's film that LaToya will never watch again. She and T'Challa finally agree on something as they argue with Barry over what constitutes rap music. Barry and T'Challa celebrate Christmas early, and Barry is thrilled with his gifts from LaToya.
LaToya has slept for less than 3 hours and it shows as she rambles her way through the episode. It is of no consequence to Barry or T'Challa as they are mostly prepped and ready for the show. Who would have thought that there would be so much upcoming streaming content amid the pandemic? And say it isn't so, AMC may be no more? Plus, Barry still owes LaToya a wall tree and he also can't live with himself now that perfect attendance is out of reach for this school year.
It's another season. Yes, we've made it to Season 13. If you're looking forward to much of the same, the show does not disappoint. The hosts (plus T'Challa) return to discuss what has happened since their two-week break and T'Challa asks a question that LaToya is all too ready to answer while his dad must scramble for an appropriate answer.
T'Challa returns just in time for the final episode of the season. He learns that his father, Barry is slowly killing himself and tells LaToya that she's a loser. Barry shares more on the joy of teaching and everyone talks about what their superpower would be. Could this episode mark the end of the series?
This is our much-anticipated Not Safe For Trump Supporters, Election Results Day 2020 episode. Election Day may have happened days ago but the hosts think that today is the first day of a new era in US politics and life. We know that it's not the last we'll hear from Trump but Barry is taking the day to let Biden's win wash over him. LaToya is waiting for the other shoe to drop. It is 2020 after all. We'll have to wait until next week to hear T'Challa's opinion on the election results. Will he be sorry that he missed this week's discussion on prostates?
It's the spooktacular episode of season 12. Barry and T'Challa are in the festive mood by watching a marathon of spooky movies while LaToya is being the Halloween Grinch with no plans to hand out candy. Barry's excited about how his students took part in reading Romeo and Juliet and LaToya makes it clear what her biggest pet peeves are. T'Challa, as always, hangs back and exudes his aloof coolness.
Barry forces LaToya to record the show early. She reminds him that slavery has been abolished. T'Challa returns to the show and reminds us of how much we need him. LaToya and T'Challa debate whether or not Barry is a voyeur or something worse. The hosts discuss their number, although now it's apparently called a body count. And LaToya urges Barry and T'Challa to get hip to The Social Dilemma.
The hosts meander through another show. Neither prep and seem to flounder without the much-loved T'Challa. What is there to discuss? The usual. Both hosts have just finished watching season two of The Boys, the current season of The Vow, and have also cast their vote in advance of the November election. If you're curious who they voted for, you've obviously never listened to the show.
It's another unscripted, wholly organic episode of the show. Didn't get enough talk about Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Want to know what shows the hosts are currently watching? T'Challa again joins in and asks his uniquely thought-provoking questions. And just when you thought you'd heard it all, Barry provides a mental picture that LaToya can't erase.
While Barry basked in the afterglow of having had a 3-hour nap, LaToya is on the extreme opposite side of the spectrum. She has been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons for almost 24 hours straight. Yes, she's playing even during the episode. It wasn't her plan to stay up, and so please excuse her delirium. T'Challa brings the heat with today's topic, and Barry reminds us of his odd music tastes. Barry hearts Blackpink.
The show took an unexpected break last week but they're back. LaToya outs Barry for being the reason for no episode and again asks if there will be a season 13 since it's been a difficult season 12. Barry's “busy” and is over LaToya's complaints. T'Challa brings his first official topic for discussion while Barry and LaToya, mostly the latter, ramble on. Plus, there's “library talk.” Did their public library experience scar them both forever?
Neither Barry nor LaToya bothered to fill in the agenda for this week so there's no telling where the conversation may go! Additionally, LaToya is more sleep-deprived than usual and with lower inhibitions, T'Challa proves to be the most responsible and sane. Barry also needs to know if something is racist and asks LaToya. Yeh, really!
It's another week where the hosts fail to record on show day. Saturday is the new Thursday. Both hosts have had a rough week and there is no T'Challa to keep them from their doom and gloom. Barry attends a football game and listens to new music while LaToya gives her feedback on WAP and an early Christmas. Plus, LaToya manages to unintentionally talk Barry out of paying for and watching the new live-action version of Mulan.
Despite the lateness in recording this week's show, the delay falls on the heels of the passing of Black Panther actor, Chadwick Boseman. The year 2020 continues to be the worst in recent history. And speaking of history, the hosts get very worked up over what they feel could be a sign of the end times. Is it possible that the US will secede from its union? Why do we know so little about our own history? And how can we feel anything other than disappointment and exhaustion?
After their usual 2-week hiatus the show is back. However, it's not LaToya who's bringing the initial doom and gloom to the episode. The hosts discuss the passing of the show's biggest fan and LaToya wonders if the show should go on after the end of this season. Everyone is off-script and given the Zoom snafu, the show is finally a short one. Barry also shares his experience from the first day back at school with students in attendance.
The season comes to an end in a way that is both poignant and hopeful. Wait, what? No, it's the same show but T'Challa is calling the shots. At least, he thinks he is. He provides the hosts with six surprise topics. LaToya takes no offense and Barry shows why his name is first on the title card. Depression Hurts.
Summer vacation is coming to an end, but there is no finality to the fallout from the coronavirus. Schools are shifting start dates and the plans for the new school year. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp forbids localities to require masks despite the surge in cases. T'Challa is back and doesn't seem quite so bored by LaToya, and Barry just can't let Bigfoot or his animal fetishes go.
Barry doesn't want to do the show, so much so, his audio is terrible (sorry, fans). LaToya, also having a bad day, forces him to do the show because she hopes it improves his mood. As if. Shorter than the show's typical runtime, they share what they've been up to, including insomnia, fatigue, television, and sprinkle in a bit about COVID-19 and Trump vs. Biden vs. Kanye.
Barry has a birds and bees conversation with a very shy and mortified T'Challa. LaToya points out how uncomfortable that convo is for us all. T'Challa keeps it 100 and tells LaToya that he's bored by her, and Barry points out that her topics for discussion always seem to be steeped in depression. LaToya doesn't give in to the peer pressure. She can only be her one true and authentic self. Plus, with 2020 being a problematic year, it's hard for her to find joy.
Is it finally the end of Bigfoot erotica? Is Splash Mountain racist? Has Gone With the Wind returned to HBO Max? Should schools get rid of their resource officers? Is it shrimp or skrimp? Find out the answers to these questions with a healthy dose of Barry and LaToya's antics. Plus, LaToya takes a break from television, and Barry dines in the hood.
LaToya has hijacked this week's show by taking Barry's breadcrumbs in their program guide and making it better. T'Challa isn't thrilled about this week's show, and Barry is determined to make what should have been a serious episode and coloring it. From Star Trek to Aunt Jemima, Juneteeth to The Neighborhood, this episode is sufficiently diverse and almost monster erotica-free.
Barry celebrates his BFF on Facebook but is temporarily rebuffed when she doesn't notice or acknowledge the honor promptly. LaToya isn't getting enough sleep and has two full-time jobs. T'Challa is luxuriating over the summer and doesn't want to talk about Mindcraft. HBO says no-go to LaToya's favorite movie while NASCAR bans the Confederate flag.
The hosts are tired. Is 2020 done yet? From COVID-19 to George Floyd, this week's episode has an unequal sharing of highs and lows. Both Barry and LaToya are depressed. T'Challa is easing into the summer break. However, the weight of life is truly upon them. No amount of television watching can get them out of the funk. Maybe Barry's teeth collection will.
Warning, this episode features torrid sex between a human female and a well-hung hominid. Listeners' discretion is advised. LaToya finally started reading the now infamous monster erotica book and had a difficult time getting into it. She shares her thoughts as well as gives some spoilers. School's out for the summer, and both Barry and T'Challa are glad. Plus, Barry has something to say about the new Hunger Games prequel, while LaToya continues to watch a lot of television.
For the first time in recent memory, the show featured two guests. It was the return of T'Challa and the welcoming of Draknara. With the added people in the studio, talk, of course, gets political. LaToya is not quite as PC as she should be, and Barry is insistent on her reading Bigfoot Porn. He even goes as far as saying that there is a scenario where he may also write some monster erotica. Plus, LaToya is excited about the show being downloaded over 1,000 times. Barry rains on her parade by reminding her of how many shows they've recorded.
It's a T'Challa-free episode and the hosts take the conversation into very odd places. Barry is looking forward to a visit from Draknara, thirty years in the making. Will it be like the teenage version of himself as he again shares a home with his mother? LaToya downloaded the novel for the Monster Erotica challenge. Will it become a guilty pleasure? Find out who's exercising and who's not. Plus, consider how much screentime is enough.