Sophomore Lit
Sophomore Lit
John McCoy
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A podcast about your 10th grade reading list, hosted by John McCoy.
158: A Perfect Day for Bananafish
Podcasters: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let’s Find Out! Jason Snell talks about marine life in J.D. Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” (1948)....
Apr 22
37 min
157: The Veldt
Lions and tigers and bea— you know what, just lions. Jordan Morris is here to discuss Ray Bradbury’s story “the Veldt” (1950)....
Apr 5
30 min
156: Heart of Darkness
The Podcast! The Podcast! John Holt discusses the ill-fated cruise that is Joseph Conrad’s novelette Heart of Darkness (1899)....
Mar 15
58 min
155: Tom Sawyer
Though his mind is not for rent, it still is the subject of this episode. Jacob Haller discusses Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (1876)....
Feb 1
59 min
154: Wide Sargasso Sea
Actually, I need this sea in an extra wide. Caroline Fulford discusses postcolonialism and recurring fires in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)....
Jan 10
51 min
153: The Burglar's Christmas
The Burgermeister Meisterburger has nothing on this burglar! My wife Marina joins me for our annual Christmas episode. This time we discuss Willa Cather’s “The Burglar’s Christmas” (1896)....
Dec 24, 2023
22 min
152: The Prince in Waiting
The waiting is the hardest part. Ross Cleaver and James Randall discuss the apocalypse, palace intrigue, and the charm of 80’s BBC television in this episode about John Christopher’s The Prince in Waiting (1970)....
Dec 7, 2023
47 min
151: Thanksgiving Special: Poor Richard's Almanack
Fish and visitors stink in three days, but podcasts are evergreen! Dan and Rob return for the annual Thanksgiving nonsense with Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack (1732-1758)....
Nov 22, 2023
24 min
150: Valley of the Dolls
Raggedy Ann, Barbie, Chucky—they’re all here. That’s what this book is about, right? Erin Gambrill discusses Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls (1966)....
Nov 10, 2023
56 min
149: On the Beach
Why just sit around waiting for the end of the world when you can hear a podcast about it? Jelani Sims discusses Nevil Shute’s On the Beach (1957)....
Oct 11, 2023
40 min
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