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

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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


Ender’s Game

Can’t we play Catan instead? Liz Riegel joins to discuss that most emo young adult novel, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

John McCoy with Liz Riegel and Jason Snell


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Hope you like the Smiths. Hayden Gibson discusses the modern classic of introvert life, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

John McCoy with Hayden Gibson and Brian Hamilton


Little House in the Big Woods

Wolves, fiddles, maple candy, and manifest destiny. Lisa Schmeiser discusses Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

John McCoy with Lisa Schmeiser and Kelly Guimont

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