Overdue

A podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Updates Mondays.

Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

 

Episode 223: Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

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"I am an invisible man," says the unnamed narrator at the beginning of Ralph Ellison's masterpiece Invisible Man. He then walks the reader through the painful journey that led to this realization, from the Jim Crow South to a less explicitly divided New York City.

When we aren't discussing the narrator's struggle to fight for racial justice through and within a Communist party analog, we spend time chatting about the Pigskin Classic, dragging Harold Bloom, and unpacking stereo equipment.

This week's show is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Blue Apron and Penn State World Campus.

Episode 222: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (w/ The Librarian Is In)

Who has the conch? Somebody find the glasses! We're trapped on a podcast island with the amazing Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius of the New York Public Library's show The Librarian Is In. 

Actually, Gwen and Frank were kind enough to have us in their studio to chat about William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies. 

Possible television-related tangents include LOST, Kid Nation, and Kids Say the Darnedest Things!

This episode is brought to you in part by Squarespace and Penn State World Campus.

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Episode 221: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

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What will you remember? What will you be remembered for? Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven asks these questions of most of its characters as they struggle to survive before and after an apocalyptic flu outbreak. 

We also talk Mandel's work crunching data on novels, National Days, Corporate Speak, and what we won't miss when we lose the Internet.

Don't forget to book tickets to our live show at bit.ly/libraryshow!

This week's show is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Blue Apron and Penn State World Campus.

Episode 220: The US Constitution

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We the Hosts of Overdue, in Order to form a more perfect Podcast, establish Humor, insure earbud Tranquility, provide for uncommon offense, promote our listeners’ Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Goofs to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this podcast on the Constitution for the United States of America.

No really, we did it. A whole podcast on the Constitution, its origins, and the Bill of Rights. We talk about what the Framers didn’t say, what they didn’t predict, and what we wish people WOULDN’T do with the Constitution in years to come.

This week’s show is brought to you in part by Blue Apron, Penn State World Campus, and Squarespace.

Episode 218: Angel

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Welcome to 2017! Our first book of the year is Angel by Elizabeth Taylor, a somewhat forgotten mid-century classic about an author shaping her world through fiction.

Because it's us, we HAD to spend time talking about the other Angels and Elizabeths Taylor in our lives. We also found time to cover cheaters and lies, Ferris Buellering, and Jerry the Internet Editor.

This week's show is brought to you in part by Penn State World Campus and Squarespace.

Episode 217: All-Star Superman (Bonus Episode)

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Up in the sky, look! It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a podcast about Superman!

Lucas Brown (host of the podcast "The Math of You") joins us for a discussion of Grant Morrison's timeless Man of Steel collection All-Star Superman.

We talk about origin story troubles, Superman's ever expanding powerset, and one of the most affecting Superman panels in recent memory.

Episode 216: A Tale for the Time Being

For our last regular show of 2016, we come to Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and get schooled on the relationship between the writer and reader and the nature of time itself.

We also touch on Christmas gifts from the future-past, good names for blogs, and more.

This week’s show is sponsored by Penn State World Campus, and you can check out our merch store between now and January 31 at overduepodcast.com/store.

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