The library makes a regular podcast called Miner Recs, where we discuss popular books, movies, resources and other trends. You can find our episodes on Podomatic, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play Music. Check our blog for information on new episodes.

We produced our first episode in January 2016 and have been making one or two episodes a month since then. Here's a sample of some of the films, music, and books we have covered.

Hosts and Production 
podcast crew

Our show hosts include Charlie Crane, Dave Steinke, Jami Lin, Joel Sawyer, and Tony Hahn.

Audio production is by Charlie Crane.

Below, find a few samples of full episodes. If you want a to listen to more shows, check the links above to find us in podcast directories.

In March 2019 we changed our name from the Pint & Click Podcast to Miner Recs. 

July 5th, 2019

Octavia E. Butler's 1979 novel Kindred, as well as the 2017 graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings.

June 8th, 2019

The podcast crew celebrates the library's space-themed summer reading program by discussing various books about science. These include The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark by Carl Sagan, The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter by Katherine Freese, Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, and Undeniable: Evolution and the Science Of Creation by Bill Nye.

April 14th, 2019

Stream for free with Acorn TV and RBDigital video

Shows discussed include Detectorists, Loch Ness, Rebecka Martinsson, Jack Taylor and more. Have a listen to the recommendations above.

March 27th, 2019

Explore the library's vast collection of cookbooks

The cookbooks featured in this episode are The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out by Angela Liddon, Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family by Ina Garten, Polish Cooking by Marianna Olszewska Heberle and The Pioneer Woman Cooks Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond. Bon appétit!


February 18th, 2019

Check out new movies and TV releases in our catalog

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Joel and Charlie discuss some of the films nominated for Academy Awards this year, including Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, Roma and more!


December 27th, 2018

Check out some Marvel Comics in our catalog


On this episode, Dave, Tony and Joel discuss the life of the late great Stan Lee, the nuances of the characters in the Marvel universe, the influence that Marvel comics have had on their lives.


September 1st, 2018

Check out Kanopy for streaming art films, foreign films, documentaries, and much more. (Des Plaines Library Card required.)

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Joel and Charlie spotlight Kanopy, a streaming service available for free to DPPL patrons, and discuss several of the films currently offered.