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59 minutes | 18 hours ago
Ep 447 - The Graduate, by Charles Webb
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our podcast turns its lonely ears to you. Woo-woo-oooThe Graduate is a story about the ennuied Benjamin Braddock, the provocative Mrs. Robinson, and the affair they embark upon that upends their lives. The iconic 1967 film adaptation is perhaps more famous than Webb's book, but the novel does contain all of the classic lines and moments you remember. Even the wedding and the bus at the end!Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
59 minutes | 8 days ago
Ep 446 - The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant is a sort of inversion of a typical fantasy novel - instead of a young person setting out to change the world, we get some aging heroes at the end of the Arthurian era trying to decide how everything is going to wind down.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
56 minutes | 15 days ago
Ep 445 - Topdog/Underdog, by Suzan-Lori Parks
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, and the elaborate con that is their shared history. Tune in for a conversation about Suzan-Lori Parks' place in American theater, some patter from the street game three-card monte, and the open question that haunts your hosts: who is top dog of Overdue?Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
55 minutes | 22 days ago
Ep 444 - Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1), by Diana Wynne Jones
Is Chrestomanci a type of magic? A government office? A person? Find out in the first of Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci novels. Join us for a discussion of the nine-lived Cat and his sister Gwendolyn, magical pranks, and mystical multiverses.Looking for more DWJ? Check out Ep 201 - Howl's Moving Castle.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
70 minutes | 25 days ago
Ep 443 - Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff (Bonus Episode)
Matt Ruff's 2016 novel about two Black families fighting the forces of evil riffs on Lovecraftian fiction by focusing in on the cosmic horror that is America's racist past, present, and future. We dive into each of the interconnected stories and spend some time comparing the overall vibe to that of HBO's recent TV adaptation.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.Find our how to join us for bonus episode recordings at patreon.com/overduepod.
64 minutes | a month ago
Ep 442 - The Last Wish (Introducing The Witcher), by Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, which means he travels the realm witching. What does that mean exactly? It's a little unclear! But Sapkowksi's protagonist and the world he inhabits have proven popular enough to warrant several novels, videogames, and screen adaptations. Toss a coin to your podcast, why don'tcha?For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
66 minutes | a month ago
Ep 441 - Demon Theory, by Stephen Graham Jones
If you wanted more of your books to be metatextual pseudo-screenplays then Demon Theory is for you! If you do not want your books to be that, however, Demon Theory may not be for you.For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
65 minutes | a month ago
Ep 440 - The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux
The Opera's alive with the sound of music! It's time to dive into the serialized story-slash-novel that spawned one of the most successful musicals of all time. (The one by Andrew Lloyd Webber, maybe you've heard of it?) It's pretty different, it seems? For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
86 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 439 - Revenge of the Russian Ghost (Choose Your Own Adventure), by Jay Leibold
This week we choose to travel to Mother Russia to make jingoistic jokes and hang out with Rasputin, every 90s kid's favorite historical figure! Not sure what's going on with the voices in this one. For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
81 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 438 - Midnight Sun (A Twilight Novel), by Stephenie Meyer
Welcome to Spooktober 2020! What's scarier than a story about a teenage girl who falls in with a family of vampires? 160 more pages than the original story and it's all from the sad vampire boy's perspective!Meyer's companion novel to the original Twilight reminds us what we did and didn't like about the series, as well as fleshes out a bit of the story from Edward's gleaming eyes. But, really, it's just very long.For more on the Quileute Move to Higher Ground Project, head to mthg.org.For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
102 minutes | 2 months ago
Genie Babies - Episodes 3 & 4
Welcome to another episode of Genie Babies, a magic carpet ride of a podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On this show-within-a-show, we're reading Husain Haddawy's translation of Muhsin Mahdi's manuscript of The Thousand and One Nights (also known by its westernized title, The Arabian Nights). Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. In the first half, you'll hear us discuss the beginning of a "wacky" night with three sisters and their houseguests. In the second, we'll conclude the tales of the dervishes and get to the bottom of some magic mysteries.Stories covered in Nights 28-69 include: The Story of the Porter and the Three Ladies, which includes tales from three dervishes, two ladies, and a nosy caliph.Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 437 - Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, et al
This week we answer the question on everyone's minds: why, the last man? This mid-2000s graphic novel imagines a world without men, a specific kind of apocalypse with a different flavor from The Leftovers or other "what if X suddenly disappeared from Earth forever" fiction.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 436 - How Much of These Hills Is Gold, by C Pam Zhang
C Pam Zhang's Booker Prize-listed debut novel focuses on a family of Chinese immigrants working coal mines, panning streams, and laying railroads in the American West. Her characters, myth-making, and lyrical style work to correct the historical record with specificity and humanity.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
69 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 435 - The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon's 2007 alternate history novel is a murder mystery featuring a hard-boiled detective, though neither the detective nor the murder mystery are the most memorable parts of it. The alternate history part, along with Chabon's prose, are enough to make up for whatever other shortcomings the novel might have.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 434 - Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
What if all we knew about alien culture was their garbage? Or is it their garbage? The Strugatsky brothers' most famous novel is about a world where stalkers crawl through hazardous Zones for precious artifacts. Also it's about hope, bureaucracy, and our relationship to the unknown.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
85 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 433 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0), by Suzanne Collins (Bonus Episode)
We just couldn't resist another trip to Panem! This origin story for the trilogy's primary villain, Coriolanus Snow, takes us all the way back to the 10th Annual Hunger Games. Things are a little less flashy, but no less deadly. Struggle along with us through the hunger, through the games, and through the limits of fiction told through the antagonist's eyes.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.Find our how to join us for bonus episode recordings at patreon.com/overduepod.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 432 - Harvey, by Mary Chase
Join us and our possibly imaginary gigantic anthropomorphic rabbit for a discussion about a play that just HAPPENS to be about a man who is friends with a possibly imaginary gigantic anthropomorphic rabbit. Funny how that works out!Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 431 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
We've all heard that a tree grows in Brooklyn. But what ELSE grows there? A love of reading? A bootstraps narrative? We get to the root of the mystery this week on Overdue.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 430 - Eggs, by Jerry Spinelli
Eggs is a book that has eggs in it, but also adolescent pain and friendship. Eggs! Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
62 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 429 - Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver's first novel is about a teenage girl forced to relive the last day of her life over and over again. What can she change? What should she change? And how will she change? Find out the answers to those questions and more (namely, how all time loop fiction is beholden to the 1993 film Groundhog Day) in this week's episode.Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.
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