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65 minutes | 5 days ago
Ep 473 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer, a 19th-century amalgam of Zack Morris and Dennis the Menace, has much to teach us about the joys of boyhood and adventure in the pre-Civil War United States. Twain, by extension, has plenty to teach us about racial stereotypes and how they can bog down even the most charming of adventure stories. Check out our previous Mark Twain episode on The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
69 minutes | 8 days ago
Ep 472 - Lost Cat, by Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton
April's bonus episode uses Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton’s illustrated sort-of-memoir Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology as a springboard to talk about being a Cat Person, loss, pandemic brain, and the fact that more books for adults should be illustrated.Find out more about our bonus episode recordings at patreon.com/overduepod.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
68 minutes | 12 days ago
Ep 471 - Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
What is Pippi Longstocking? A precocious nine-year-old child with a healthy disregard for The System? A Terminator? An elder god who dabbles in mortal affairs, eternally developing tests for us and finding us wanting? The answer might be "all of the above.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
64 minutes | 19 days ago
Ep 470 - The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht
Téa Obreht's award-winning debut novel is about a doctor in a war-torn Balkan country, piecing together her grandfather's life one story at a time. Is it a magical realism? Is it mostly about animals? Is it surprisingly resonant with our Current Societal Moment™? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this week's episode.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
59 minutes | a month ago
Ep 469 - Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
Join us as we journey down a dark corridor to a parallel world where we are friends and host a book podcast together but our eyes are shiny black buttons and we give you a vaguely uneasy feeling when we invite you to listen to us... forever. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
62 minutes | a month ago
Feed Drop: The History of Literature - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
This isn't an episode of Overdue, it's a Feed Drop! We wanted to share with you an episode of The History of Literature, a podcast about great stories and why we love them.To use host Jacke Wilson's words, the show "takes a fresh look at some of the most compelling examples of creative genius the world has ever known." It's brought to you by the folks at the Podglomerate.You can find more info on The History of Literature here.And don't worry, there'll still be a regularly scheduled episode of Overdue on Monday. But in the meantime, enjoy listening to this discussion of this classic Russian novel!
56 minutes | a month ago
Ep 468 - The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary
Clearly it is time we covered Beverly Cleary! In addition to her numerous books starring Ramona Quimby, the late titan of children's fiction penned several novels about a mouse named Ralph who rides a motorcycle. Not quite sure what else you need to know, to be honest. There's a kid named Keith. He and Ralph become friends. Also, we solve the energy crisis thanks to Ralph's motorcycle.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
63 minutes | a month ago
Ep 467 - Farthing, by Jo Walton
"What if the Axis Powers won World War II" is one of the most-asked questions in all of speculative fiction, but Jo Walton's Farthing asks "what if Britain didn't exactly LOSE World War II, but ended up sliding into fascism anyway?"Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
30 minutes | a month ago
Feed Drop: Storybound - "Copperopolis" by Tommy Orange
This isn't an episode of Overdue, it's a Feed Drop! We wanted to share with you an episode of Storybound featuring Tommy Orange reading his short story "Copperopolis" with sound design by Ryan Dann.Storybound is a radio theater program from the folks at Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate. Each episode is a chance to hear a contemporary author read their own work, designed with immersive sound environments.You can find more info on Storybound here, and you can read more about the author and composer here.And don't worry, there'll still be a regularly scheduled episode of Overdue on Monday. But in the meantime, enjoy listening to a professional writer professionally read their own words!
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 466 - Ash, by Malinda Lo
What if Cinderella didn't fall for Prince Charming? What if she developed a rich, endearing relationship with the King's Huntress instead? Malinda Lo's retelling of Cinderella blends cultural traditions and remixes key tropes, but also remains true to the folk tale's reverence for love and magic.(Listen, the big boat was floated while we were recording this episode. Our jokes were timely when we made them.)Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
90 minutes | 2 months ago
Jagged Little Mill - Episodes 1 & 2
Welcome to our newest show-within-a-show! We're reading Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes a few months at a time. Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption.In Episode 1, we do some table-setting on the author and translation, and then we dive into the first four chapters of the story. In Episode 2, our hero recruits the squire Sancho Panza and goes tilting after some windmills. Also we hear a whole story about a guy who died from lovesickness.Join us as we meet this errant knight-errant!Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 465 - On a Pale Horse, by Piers Anthony
What if Death was a job, that a guy did? On a Pale Horse has an interesting theology and viewpoint on morality, even if the book's women characters are paper-thin and Piers Anthony is kind of a jabroni.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 464 - The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
It's time to post at the top of the key and shoot some literary hoops! Pick and roll with us into a poetic novel about brotherhood, family, and passing the rock. Alexander's poetry in The Crossover is eclectic and energetic, which makes for a fun read whether you stan LeBron James or Nikki Giovanni or both!Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 463 - Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne
We don't actually get to the center of the earth this week, but we do TRY to get there, and that has made all the difference. Fans of Craig's French accent get a lot to chew on in this one. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
72 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 462 - Overdue Q&A #4 (Bonus Episode)
It's been a couple of years, so we figured it was time for another listener Q&A! This time we tackle hard-hitting questions like "what kind of books does your baby like" and "what is the best pasta shape." For more information on our bonus episodes, visit patreon.com/overduepod.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 461 - The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery
What if the celebrated author of a classic children's novel wanted to write about Adult issues like spinsterhood, pariah-hood, and being told you only have a year to live? L.M. Montgomery asked this question of herself as she sat down to write The Blue Castle. Join us for a discussion of obnoxious families, fairy tales, and botched diagnoses.Check out our previous L.M. Montgomery episode on Anne of Green Gables.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
97 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 460 - A Promised Land, by Barack Obama (w/ Kamille Washington)
Returning guest Kamille Washington joins us this week to chat about A Promised Land, the first in former President Barack Obama's (planned) two-part presidential autobiography. We talk about the functions these books serve, both for the writer and the reader, and whether this book's recounting of Obama's early presidency squares with our experience with and memory of it a decade later (apologies to our listeners without a working knowledge of US politics, this one might be a little inaccessible). Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 459 - The Stone Sky (Broken Earth #3), by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin's award-winning Broken Earth trilogy concludes with two powerful magic users trying to harness the moon to bring about an apocalypse to end all apocalypses. We discuss how this book decides to stick its landing, including the impressive detour it takes to do an audacious amount of world-building for a closing entry in a series.Just coming to the series now? Check out our episodes on the previous books: The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 458 - The Ziggurat, by Gene Wolfe
Gene Wolfe is a sci-fi author's sci-fi author, best known for his descriptive language and a penchant for unreliable narrators. To attempt to discover the REAL meaning of The Ziggurat, we take a break in the middle of this episode to read the story again. It only sort of helps. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 457 - The Comet by W.E.B. Dubois and Woeful Tales from Mahigul by Ursula K. Le Guin
We're celebrating the fiction-filled and fictional holiday of Short Story Week by sharing two short stories with y'all this week. First up is The Comet, a speculative sci-fi tale by civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. DuBois from his collection Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil. After that is Woeful Tales from Mahigul, a short story collection within a short story collection by Ursula K. Le Guin from her collection Changing Planes. Check out our previous LeGuin episodes on The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas and The Dispossessed.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
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