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Putting the 'lit' back in literature.
3 days ago
Get Lit Episode 77: Harriet Beecher Stowe
In conversation with Frederick Douglass, we invite Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, among other works, to the table to interrogate portrayals of Africans who were enslaved, abolition, and feminism.
Sep 16, 2020
Get Lit Episode 76: Frederick Douglass
Speeches are a deeply under appreciated literary form and this week, we turn to the true expert: Frederick Douglass - orator, autobiographer, journalist, abolitionist, and change maker!
Sep 9, 2020
Get Lit Episode 75: Harper Lee
"Remember it's a sin to --- not listen to Harper Lee's Get Lit episode," - Atticus Finch, probably... Join us in Monroeville to take a look at the life of Harper Lee (the Jane Austen of South Alabama), author, philanthropist, Met's fan, and shaper of American literature!
Sep 1, 2020
Get Lit Episode 74: John Keats
This episode is indeed an Ode to Autumn and to poet and Romantic with a capital 'R', John Keats! Come along with us as we explore the brief, bright life of this extraordinary talent!
Aug 25, 2020
Get Lit Episode 73: Ralph Ellison
Jon takes over this week, bringing us his research on the oft overlooked and reputationally controversial author of essays, short stories, and novel (Invisible Man), Ralph Ellison!
Aug 18, 2020
Get Lit Episode 72: Aphra Behn
Have you ever dreamed of being a playwright-poet-spy-theatre artist? Good news - you can learn about opportunities in this career field from this week's featured author, Aphra Behn! It's quite a journey, so join us for the ride!
Aug 14, 2020
Get Lit Episode 71.5: Back to School Special - Teacher Conversation
In the second part of our Back to School Special, we speak with two other educators - guest host Katie Sall and Dillin Randolph to get their takes on teaching: what we teach, how we teach it, and why! We're not claiming to have all the answers, but there are definitely some wonderful ones on this episode.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 12, 2020
Get Lit Episode 71: Tolkien & Lewis (Live!)
Another pair of heavy hitters in the fantasy world: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien! Join us an our LIVE audience as we journey into Middle Earth and through the wardrobe in our quest to explore these extraordinary authors!!
1 hr 12 min
Aug 7, 2020
Get Lit Episode 70 1/2: Back to School Special - Student Conversation
Join us for Part I of our 'Back to School Special' episode! We have a conversation with three recent high school graduates about their experiences in English classes, why we read what we read, and how literature shapes our culture and our lives.
1 hr 3 min
Aug 4, 2020
Get Lit Episode 70: Sarah Orne Jewett
We're taking the vacation you never got to this summer: We're off to South Berwick, Maine to enjoy the flowers, front yards, and local color brought to us by Sarah Orne Jewett's life & writing!
Jul 29, 2020
Get Lit Episode 69: Margaret Mitchell
A true rebel, woman of gumption: Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind. This week, we learn about and from Mitchell's life of change. Both making it and being a part of it!
Jul 21, 2020
Get Lit Episode 68: William Faulkner
Join us on our trip to Oxford, MS and other Southern spots as we trace the odd, interesting life of William Faulkner - documenter of Southern heritage and lover of pipes!
Jul 15, 2020
Get Lit Episode 67: Gabriel García Márquez
It's truly "Love in the Time of Corona" - sorry - "Cholera" this week as we discuss the life of Columbian/World Traveling Author, Gabriel García Márquez! There's plenty of sites, supernatural references, and guest appearances by Bill Clinton & Fidel Castro!
Jul 7, 2020
Get Lit Episode 66: Washington Irving
It's your favorite historian, short story writing, war secretary, inventor of Christmas and creator of modern comic lore: Washington Irving! Join us this week for the colorful, trivia-peppered life of one of America's (as the United States) earliest authors!
Jun 30, 2020
Get Lit Episode 65: Virginia Woolf
Who's afraid? Certainly not us! In continuing our Pride celebration, we discuss the gender-bending, genre-defying life and career of Virginia Woolf!
Jun 24, 2020
Get Lit Episode 64: Tennessee Williams
Maybe you guessed it: we're featuring Tennessee Williams this week! Hop aboard our tour that takes us to the South, Midwest, and East Coast, exploring the lore that makes up the life of this legend!
Jun 16, 2020
Get Lit Episode 63: Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry simultaneously spoke to the Black American experience, while shattering all conventions of that experience in her own work. She used her voice to make change, inspire others and, "create my life, not just accept it." We celebrate her remarkable life and legacy in this episode.
Jun 10, 2020
Get Lit Episode 62: Truman Capote
Truman Capote embodies the beauty & exuberance that is Pride month, but also the intense struggle of being gay in America. This week, we cover the author of 'In Cold Blood' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with a side trip to the Party of the Century!
Jun 2, 2020
Get Lit Podcast Episode 61: Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde: black, feminist, lesbian, poet - among so many other things. We explore the wildly intersectional work and remarkable legacy of a voice we needed then and certainly now.
May 27, 2020
Get Lit Episode 60: Jack Kerouac
Join us On the Road with Beat poet & author, Jack Kerouac! Famed and fabled, we take a look at the complex relationship this author had with his publicity and work, with pit stops in Queens, Haikus, and Football!
May 20, 2020
Get Lit Episode 59: Willa Cather
Feeling a bit spiritually tired? Like you need a literary hug? This week's author is a beautiful blend of bold stances, love, and the essence of American Writing and is just the ticket: Willa Cather, everyone!
May 13, 2020
Get Lit Episode 58: Victor Hugo
Alors! We're back in France to discuss Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among many other lengthy works! With side trips to exile, the occult, and revolution, how could you not want to learn more?
May 6, 2020
Episode 57: Alexandre Dumas
"All for one, one for all, that is our device!" That's right! We're doing the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo (along with 1,326 other volumes of material!) Alexandre Dumas - but don't worry - we're only doing the highlights!
Apr 29, 2020
Get Lit Episode 56: J.M. Barrie
Come to Neverland with us! We're off to explore the life of Scottish author, creator of a true modern myth, and captivator of imaginations: J.M. Barrie!
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 55: Hildegard of Bingen
Ever dreamed of being a mystic, author, botanist, musician, playwright/composer, preacher, healer, historian, and music therapist? If you said, yes, then take a few tips from this week's featured author: Hildegard of Bingen. If you said no, then enjoy this episode!
Apr 15, 2020
Get Lit Episode 54: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
She's the OG Poetry Superstar! This week, meet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poetess extraordinaire, translator, language learner, eloper, and social justice warrior! Celebrate National Poetry Month with this remarkable woman poet!
Apr 8, 2020
Get Lit Episode 53: William Shakespeare
We did it! THE William Shakespeare - for our one year anniversary episode! Join us and the Bard for a celebration complete with our very own author themed Tinder game!
1 hr 6 min
Apr 1, 2020
Get Lit Episode 52: Ayn Rand
Love her, hate her, don't know her, like cults? This week's episode has it all as Jon leads us through the life of author Ayn Rand!
Mar 25, 2020
Get Lit Episode 51: T.S. Eliot
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction... particularly for this week's author and the inspiration for the musical Cats, T.S. Eliot! Join us to untangle the strange life of this American-British poet.
Mar 18, 2020
Get Lit Episode 50: Beatrix Potter
Join us (along with Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, and Jemima Puddle-Duck) to discuss the empowering, whimsical life of Beatrix Potter - illustrator, author, mycologist, sheep breeder, environmentalist, and scientist! We hope to put a smile on your face with this one - stay healthy and hopeful!
Mar 11, 2020
Get Lit Episode 49: John Steinbeck
Here's Johnny! John Steinbeck is our focus this week! Come meet the author who helped document the American experience through his Pulitzer/Nobel Prize winning writing career - writing novels including 'East of Eden', 'Of Mice and Men', and 'The Grapes of Wrath', among many others! Also featuring a pony named Jill.
Mar 4, 2020
Get Lit Episode 48: P.L. Travers
This is truly a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious episode; practically perfect, as it were! Join us for a delightful trip through the whimsical, mythical life of Pamela Lyndon Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books, among other texts!
Feb 26, 2020
Get Lit Episode 47: Jun Fujita
What do the Indiana Dunes, Japanese Poetry, Al Capone, and The Dil Pickle Club all have in common? They're all components of the extraordinary life of poet, photographer, actor, activist, and bohemian, Jun Fujita!
Feb 19, 2020
Get Lit Episode 46: Shel Silverstein
Lovers of poems, whether or not you know 'em will love this week's feature about a most spectacular creature, the poet and drawer and singer and fighter (sort of) and lover and grammy award winning writer, Shel Silverstein!
Feb 12, 2020
Get Lit Episode 45: The Brontë Sisters (Live!)
Happy Valentine's Day! We're celebrating with a sensational sibling trio - no, not the Jonas Brothers or the Bee Gees - The Brontë sisters - LIVE!
Feb 5, 2020
Get Lit Episode 44: Gwendolyn Brooks
This week, we look at the legacy of a 'real cool' poet and mentor: Gwendolyn Brooks, who changed the field of poetry for black writers and identity poetry in America.
Jan 29, 2020
Get Lit Episode 43: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Up this week, an older Hawthorne: Nathaniel! This week, we're covering the author of The Scarlet Letter and a myriad of literary crossovers: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'President' Pierce, Louisa May Alcott, and Herman Melville! Hang on to your pens and broomsticks! (There's also an almost Saint involved, if you needed more reason to listen!)
Jan 22, 2020
Get Lit Episode 42: Hazel Hawthorne
This week's episode features a wildly unique author, Hazel Hawthorne and the passionate pursuit of those who have been captivated by this Queen of the Dunes. Join Jon, Steph, and special guest Inka Leisma (Host and researcher behind 'Finding Hazel Hawthorne') as they journey back to the magical dunes of Provincetown, MA.
Jan 15, 2020
Get Lit Episode 41: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Listen to this week's short episode about a Longfellow! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to be precise! Jon hosts this week's episode about the most famous author you've never read!
Jan 8, 2020
Get Lit Episode 40: L.M. Montgomery
This week: L.M. Montgomery! Creator of Anne of Green Gables, secret author and romantic, namer of trees, prolific letter writer and Canadian! Celebrate this remarkable author with us in our first episode of 2020!
Jan 1, 2020
Get Lit Episode 39: Oscar Wilde
We're wild for Wilde and ringing in the New Year with a celebration of Oscar Wilde's life and works! Have a wonderful start to your 2020; here's to having the same sort of courage as Oscar Wilde did to make this year extraordinary!
Dec 25, 2019
Get Lit Episode 38: Charles Dickens
Get Lit is pleased to present 'A Very Dickens Christmas' or 'Fricken Dickens,' if you prefer! Join us for a recounting of Charles Dickens, the man who invented so many Christmas traditions we celebrate today - and a delightful jingle - and assorted Dickens facts!
Dec 18, 2019
Get Lit Episode 37: Maya Angelou
This week, we cover an artist with a reach as wide as her world travels; learn about Maya Angelou, an artist whose work transcends the written word.
Dec 11, 2019
Get Lit Episode 36: Arthur Miller
Witches! Communism! Salesmen! Must be Arthur Miller week! Join us to investigate Miller just like the US Government did!
Dec 4, 2019
Get Lit Episode 35: Louisa May Alcott
We missed Boston so much, we thought we'd bring it back to visit Louisa May Alcott, author of 'Little Women' and rewriter of women's history!
Nov 27, 2019
Get Lit Episode 34: Percy & Mary Shelley
This episode has it all: exploding trees, forbidden romance, sci-fi monsters, a gossip girl crossover and Katie Sall. Is there really anything else you want from your literary podcast? Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 20, 2019
Get Lit Episode 33: Langston Hughes
This week, we're off into the world of the globe trotting poet, Langston Hughes discussing identity, American history, and artifacts.
Nov 13, 2019
Get Lit Episode 32: Engle & Iowa City
Get Lit is back on tour - this time, we're sending you postcards from UNESCO City of Literature, Iowa City - where everything from the churches to the sidewalks is infused with writing!
Nov 6, 2019
Get Lit Episode 31: Arthur Conan Doyle & Agatha Christie (Live!)
Get Lit Live is back - this week, we share stories about famous detective novel authors Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, along with fairies, missing persons, and a limerick or two.
Oct 30, 2019
Get Lit Episode 30: Herman Melville
Jump aboard the Pequod and going us for a seafaring adventure through Herman Melville's life, featuring special guest, Professor Jamie Jones. This episode is as unique as a white whale; you certainly won't want to miss it!
Oct 23, 2019
Get Lit Episode 29: Toni Morrison
This week, we honor the extraordinary life and legacy of Toni Morrison, with Katie Sall back as a guest host to share her reflections on the author that changed her life and perspectives on literature.
Oct 16, 2019
Get Lit Episode 28: Jane Austen
We're headed back to England to explore the ICONIC Jane Austen - she's witty, she's talented, she was almost Jane Bigg-Wither? Find out more this week on Get Lit!
Oct 9, 2019
Get Lit Episode 27: James Baldwin
We're transatlantic commuters this week, exploring the nuanced and deeply important legacy of James Baldwin on literature and justice.
Oct 2, 2019
Get Lit Episode 26: Mary Oliver
This week, we celebrate and remember poet Mary Oliver, who gave us exquisite meditations on nature, the human spirit, and our collective community. We will always keep some room in our hearts for you, Mary, and for the unimaginable.
Sep 25, 2019
Get Lit Episode 25: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Hop in your covered wagon and hold onto your calico bonnet: we're getting Lit & Wild(er) this week as we explore pioneer & writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author behind the Little House series!
Sep 18, 2019
Get Lit Episode 24: George Orwell
Big Brother is watching and will know if you didn't listen this week: tune in to the rather unfortunate life of Eric Blair AKA George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm.
Sep 11, 2019
Get Lit Episode 23: Ray Bradbury
One of our most requested authors has finally landed in his very own Mars Rover! This week, we highlight Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and master of science fiction, adventure, mystery, and dystopian writings, with an optimistic twist.
Sep 4, 2019
Get Lit Episode 22: Kay Thompson
It's me, Eloise! Just kidding - but it is Kay Thompson, a pioneering, pants-wearing, vocalist-coach-creator-author! Meet the creator of the 'children's' book Eloise, and find out how you can book a $5500 party at the Plaza Hotel!
Aug 28, 2019
Get Lit Episode 21: Seuss & Dahl (Live!)
Get Lit goes LIVE! We record this week's episode in front of a live audience, covering two of your favorite childhood authors - Dr. Seuss & Roald Dahl!
Aug 21, 2019
Get Lit Episode 20: Zora Neale Hurston
Tzdakah (Justice): This week, we hope to bring even the smallest bit of justice to Zora Neale Hurston's legacy as an unstoppable force in literature, sociology, folklore, the arts and living without reservation. Thank you, Zora - jump at de sun.
Aug 14, 2019
Get Lit Episode 19: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Why should ALL High School students read Edna St. Vincent Millay? Find out more about why they should and about this (extra)ordinary poet, playwright, activist, and author in this episode of Get Lit!
Aug 7, 2019
Get Lit Episode 18: Eugene O'Neill
Get Lit goes on tour to record our Eugene O'Neill episode in the same spot that he launched his career: Provincetown, MA! Join us at sea and stick around for a quick trip to Concord & Walden Pond ft. Henry David Thoreau & Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Jul 31, 2019
Get Lit Episode 17: Gertrude Stein
There may be no there there, but there's there here and her name is Gertrude Stein! We're headed to Paris, France to learn about this truly sensational author, poet, psychology student, critic, mentor and self-proclaimed genius.
Jul 24, 2019
Get Lit Episode 16: Hemingway
'Living for Dummies: Ernest Hemingway's Practical Guide to Living Ur Best Life' - AKA this week's Get Lit episode! Jon & Steph record from the Hemingway House in Oak Park and include an interview with special guest/house docent, Bob Glass.
Jul 17, 2019
Get Lit Episode 15: Thoreau v. Emerson
"It's not a fight, it's not a debate, it's a healthy intellectual discussion..." of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau! Join Jon, Steph and guest moderator Katie to explore the inextricably bound transcendentalist duo!
Jul 10, 2019
Get Lit Episode 14: Walt Whitman
You can't spell America without Walt Whitman. This week, Get Lit celebrates the 4th of July (a bit late, we know...) by covering the life of the 'Father of Free Verse'!
Jul 3, 2019
Get Lit Episode 13: Susanna Rowson
Susanna Rowson: best selling (literally, the BEST selling) author, actress, playwright, educator, textbook creator, human geographer... I mean, what are you doing with your weekend? Learn to take on the world and your dreams this week as we discuss her remarkable life/career!
Jun 26, 2019
Get Lit Episode 12: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Get Lit heads south to Mexico City to investigate the extraordinary life of a woman, poet, philosopher, nun, lady-in-waiting, playwright who truly needs no other introduction: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. If you don't know her, get listening and get lit! Also we talk about t-shirts!
Jun 19, 2019
Get Lit Episode 11: Susan Glaspell
Murder, pilgrims, theater & revolutionary women - this episode has it all! Get Let heads to Iowa and Provincetown, MA to explore the sensational legacy of activist, author, and artist, Susan Glaspell!
Jun 12, 2019
Get Lit Episode 10: Kate Chopin
Be like Kate! What does that mean? Find out this week as Steph and Jon explore the delightfully powerful Kate Chopin and her work as one of America's earliest active feminist writers.
Jun 5, 2019
Get Lit Episode 9: Phillis Wheatley
Get Lit heads all the way back to the late 1700's America to explore the extraordinary legacy of African American Female Poet Phillis Wheatley.
May 29, 2019
Get Lit Episode 8: Guilde
Get Lit goes live - live author, that is! Steph and guest host, Katie Sall interview 'Man of Sin' author, Andrew Guilde about writing, petting zoos and the horror niche of children's literature.
May 22, 2019
Get Lit Episode 7: Kurt Vonnegut
This week, we've flipped! Jon tells Steph about one of his favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut, exploring the wild and wacky life behind one of America's favorite Sci-Fi Literature Authors.
May 15, 2019
Get Lit Episode 6: Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens
Get Lit goes West-ish and explores America's favorite midwestern humorist after John Mulaney, Mark Twain!
May 8, 2019
Get Lit Episode 5: Flannery O'Connor
This week on Get Lit, we head to Georgia to meet Flannery O'Connor, prolific short story writer and despiser of mediocrity (which is sad seeing that she appeared on this podcast...).
May 1, 2019
Get Lit Episode 4: Emily Dickinson
Get Lit heads to the hermitage in Amherst to explore the life of American poet, Emily Dickinson, with special guest Katie Sall.
Apr 28, 2019
Get Lit Episode 3.5: Fall of the House of Usher Feature
A special version of Get Lit featuring an original radio drama version of The Fall of the House of Usher.
Apr 24, 2019
Get Lit Episode 3: Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe's life was very much like one of his tales... this week's episode introduces Poe's mysterious life and even more mysterious death.
Apr 17, 2019
Get Lit Episode 2: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Lit explores the life of The Great Gatsby author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Apr 10, 2019
Get Lit Episode 1: Salinger
This week, get lit with Salinger: stories behind America's favorite literary hermit.