Episode 1: J.D. Salinger
This week, get lit with Salinger: stories behind America's favorite literary hermit. Listen HERE.
April 9th, 2019
Episode 2: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Lit explores the life of The Great Gatsby author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Listen HERE.
April 17th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
April 24th, 2019
Episode 3.5: House of Usher Feature
A special version of Get Lit featuring an original radio drama version of The Fall of the House of Usher. Listen HERE.
April 28th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
May 1st, 2019
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...). Listen HERE.
May 8th, 2019
Episode 6: Mark Twain
Get Lit goes West-ish and explores America's favorite midwestern humorist after John Mulaney, Mark Twain! Listen HERE.
May 15th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
May 22nd, 2019
Episode 8: Andrew 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. Listen HERE.
May 29th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
June 5th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
June 12th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
June 19th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
June 26th, 2019
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!
July 3rd, 2019
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'! Listen HERE.
July 10th, 2019
Episode 15: Emerson v. Thoreau
"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! Listen HERE.
July 17th, 2019
Episode 16: Ernest 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. Listen HERE.
July 24th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
July 31st, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
August 7th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
August 14th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
August 21st, 2019
Episode 21: Get Lit Live! Seuss & Dahl
Get Lit goes LIVE! We record this week's episode in front of a live audience, covering some of your favorite childhood authors - Dr. Seuss & Roald Dahl! Listen HERE.
August 28th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
September 4th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
September 11th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
September 18th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
September 25th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
October 2nd, 2019
Episode 27: James Baldwin
We're transatlantic commuters this week, exploring the nuanced and deeply important legacy of James Baldwin on literature and justice. Listen HERE.
October 9th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
October 16th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
October 23rd, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
October 30th, 2019
Episode 31: Get Lit Live II - Christie & Conan Doyle
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. Listen HERE.
November 6th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
November 13th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
November 20th, 2019
Episode 34: Mary & Percy 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! Listen HERE.
November 27th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
December 4th, 2019
Episode 36: Arthur Miller
Witches! Communism! Salesmen! Must be Arthur Miller week! Join us to investigate Miller just like the US Government did! Listen HERE.
December 11th, 2019
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. Listen HERE.
December 18th, 2019
Episode 38: A Very Dickens Christmas
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! Listen HERE.
December 25th, 2019
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! Listen HERE.
January 1st, 2020
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! Listen HERE.
January 8th, 2020
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! Listen HERE.
January 15th, 202
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. Listen HERE.
January 22nd, 2020
Episode 43: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Up this week, an older Hawthorne: Nathaniel! 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!) Listen HERE.
January 29th, 2020
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. Listen HERE.
February 5th, 2020
Episode 45: Get Lit Live III: The Brontë Sisters
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! Listen HERE.
February 12th, 2020
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! Listen HERE.
February 19th, 2020
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! Listen HERE.
February 26th, 2020
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! Listen HERE.
March 4th, 2020
Episode 49: John Steinbeck
Here's Johnny! John Steinbeck is our focus this week! Come meet the author who help 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. Listen HERE.
March 11th, 2020
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! Listen HERE.
March 18th, 2020
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. Listen HERE.
March 25th, 2020
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! Listen HERE!
April 1st, 2020