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


The Red Badge of Courage

Hither and thither, the entire Snell Family is here to discuss Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage (1895).

John McCoy with Jason Snell, Lauren Snell and Jamie Snell

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A People’s History of the United States

Rise up and seize the methods of producing history textbooks! Daniel Daughhetee discusses the alternative textbook A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (1980).

John McCoy with Daniel Daughetee


Over the River and Through the Woods

The horse knows the way—but to WHOSE house? The answer may surprise you. The McCoy Boys are all here for the annual drunk Thanksgiving episode to discuss Lydia Maria Child’s “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day” (1844).

John McCoy with Dan McCoy and Rob McCoy


An Enemy of the People

Election Day Special: What does a 19th Century play have to do with fake news and ecological disaster? Probably nothing, but Shannon Campe and Zach Powers are here nonetheless to discuss Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (1882).

John McCoy with Shannon Campe and Zach Powers


The War of the Worlds

No one would have believed in the first years of the twenty-first century that this podcast was being listened to keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own. Jason Snell discusses H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1897).

John McCoy with Jason Snell


A Prayer for Owen Meany

Carla Curtsinger talks armadillos, armlessness, and all caps in John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany.

John McCoy with Carla Curtsinger



If only, if only the woodpecker cries, this podcast would adhere to a regular schedule. Matt Skuta returns to discuss Louis Sachar’s beloved middle-reader, Holes.

John McCoy with Matt Skuta


The Westing Game

Fun for the whole family! Ages 10 and up! Dan McCoy discusses Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game (1978).

John McCoy with Dan McCoy and Nathan Alderman


William Carlos Williams

This is Just to Podcast

David Loehr and I will not be making the obvious joke that is just sitting there

and which you were probably expecting for a podcast about WCW

Forgive me I am not a hack

John McCoy with David J. Loehr, Kathy Campbell, Mois├ęs Chiullan, Steve Lutz and Jessica Epstein


Waiting for Godot

Nobody comes, nobody goes, but every few weeks we have a podcast, like this one where Brian Hamilton tries to make sense of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

John McCoy with Brian Hamilton



Marina McCoy talks about Ulysses yes and Joyce and Ireland yes and jessamine and geraniums and cactuses yes and shall I wear a red yes

John McCoy with Marina McCoy

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