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


Thanksgiving Special: Burma-Shave

It’s turkey time / once again / Dan and Rob / dive right in / we discuss / Buma-Shave!

John McCoy with Dan McCoy and Rob McCoy

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Previous Episodes


Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a podcast, for example, where Bill O’Donnell discusses Jerome K. Jerome’s very silly Three Men in a Boat (1889).

John McCoy with Bill O'Donnell


Peter Pan

Grab on to your happy thought and join Shannon Campe in discussing James Barrie’s complicated children’s novel Peter Pan (1911), originally called Peter and Wendy.

John McCoy with Shannon Campe


Spoon River Anthology

Spoon River…wider than a mile. Okay, now that we have that out of our way, join Lisa Schmeiser as we discuss Edgar Lee Master’s poetic collection *Spoon River Anthology *(1915).

John McCoy with Lisa Schmeiser


The Dispossessed

Anarchy in the U. K. (LeGuin)! David Woken talks a lot of politics and a little story as we discuss The Dispossessed (1974).

John McCoy with David Woken


Kerouac and Ginsberg

Gena Radcliffe and John don’t blab any drab gab—they chatter hep patter about Jack Kerouac’s “October in the Railroad Earth” (1957) and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” (1954-55).

John McCoy with Gena Radcliffe


Flowers for Algernon

I no I wil be smart won day. Until thin I will diskus Daniel Keyes’s epistolary novel Flowers for Algernon (1966) with Jason Snell.

John McCoy with Jason Snell



Please invite in Jelani Lee and Matt Skuta to discuss Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). We can’t start until you do.

John McCoy with Jelani Sims and Matt Skuta


Hans Christian Andersen

Let’s all hunker around this match and discuss some of the tales by Hans Christian Andersen. David Loehr returns.

John McCoy with David J. Loehr


George Orwell Essays

It’s phraseology and pachyderms, as Daniel Daughetee discusses Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” (1946) and “Shooting an Elephant” (1936).

John McCoy with Daniel Daughetee


Our Town

Enjoy every, every minute of Phil and John discussing Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (1938).

John McCoy with Phil Gonzales

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