A podcast about your 10th grade reading list, hosted by John McCoy.


The Wind in the Willows

There is nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats, except maybe messing about in podcasts. Erin Gambrill discusses The Wind in the Willows.

John McCoy with Erin Gambrill and Kelly Guimont

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John Siracusa returns to discuss Edwin Abbott’s Flatland (1884). Will it give us a new perspective or will it leave us flat? (Spoiler, John hated it.)

John McCoy with John Siracusa


Fifth Business

After four failed IPOs, we’re sure this one will work! Dan McCoy discusses Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business (1970).

Dan McCoy


The Importance of Being Earnest

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. However, podcasts are both. Ollie Brady discusses Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

John McCoy with Ollie Brady


The Yellow Wallpaper

Caroline Fulford returns to discuss a nice story about home decorating, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

John McCoy with Caroline Fulford


The Long Winter

John’s wife, Marina, returns to discuss strange birds, hidden wheat, and barrel turkeys in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter.

John McCoy with Marina McCoy


Guy De Maupassant

Anaïs Concepcion returns to discuss necklaces, hypocrisy, and roasted chickens in jelly in Guy De Maupassant’s “The Necklace” and “Boule de Suif.”

John McCoy with Anaïs Concepcion


The Day of the Locust

Some people just want to watch the world burn. Josh Hollis and Brian Skinner discuss Nathaniel West’s 1939 novel, The Day of the Locust.

John McCoy with Josh Hollis and Brian Skinner


Guys and Dolls

We’ve never done a musical before / now all at once it’s Guys and Dolls forevermore. David Loehr discusses the original high school musical.

John McCoy with David J. Loehr


The Call of the Wild

Will we answer the Call of the Wild or will we say “new phone, who dis?” Laura Hayes discusses mushing, wolves, and the surprising amount of Socialism in Jack London’s 1903 novel.

John McCoy


A Child’s Christmas in Wales

There were always podcasts at Christmas. Pour some whiskey in your eggnog and join Rosalynde Vas Dias in discussing Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

John McCoy with Rosalynde Vas Dias

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