Get Lit Year 3
Episode 139: Stephen Sondheim
This week, we remember theatrical titan Stephen Sondheim and his extraordinary life and legacy. His lyrics brought a profound freedom to the human experience, inspiring countless theatre artists and patrons alike. We'd like to propose a toast to Mr. Sondheim. Listen HERE.
November 30th, 2021
Episode 138: Simon Pokagon
To honor American Indian Heritage Month, we're featuring author, speaker, and activist, Simon Pokagon. Known for his work advocating for Indigenous land rights through his writing and speeches, Pokagon's legacy is charged but very worth examining. Thank you to our listener Rebecca for this recommendation! Listen HERE.
November 23rd, 2021
Episode 137: W.B. Yeats
We're spending this week in Europe, as we cover poet, playwright, and the first Nobel Laureate in Literature from Ireland: William Butler Yeats! Join us for some ghost stories and a sidebar in Germany with Jon! Listen HERE.
Episode 136: Jorge Luis Borges
We heard you called for a magical realist, multilingual, genre-defying author from Argentina! And we're here to deliver! Well, Jon specifically, who will be sharing out this week on the remarkable life of Jorge Luis Borges! Grab your sun lotion and shades - we're headed south of the equator! Listen HERE.
November 9th, 2021
Episode 135: Neith Boyce
Never heard of Neith Boyce? Meet the woman who wanted to make it possible for women to live as bachelors. A columnist, journalist, novelist, and playwright, Neith Boyce blazed a trail that we're still following today! Listen HERE.
November 2nd, 2021
Get a Little Lit Episode 2: Spooky Books
Just in time for Halloween, we jump into the history of some more unusual books, featuring a how-to guide to summoning your own demon, books bound in human skin, 'the witches hammer' that spurred on the witch hunts of Europe, and a book written by the ghost of Mark Twain, this episode is sure to get you into the spooky spirit! Listen HERE.
October 30th, 2021
Episode 134: Johann Goethe
Jon is enroute to Germany and shares his explorations of the life of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German Shakespeare. There are career switches to silver mining, disguises, and a reluctance to travel to Italy, along with too many jokes about eyes... Here we Goethe! Listen HERE.
October 26th, 2021
Episode 133: Mary Heaton Vorse
Arguably the most important labor journalist of the 20th century, Mary Heaton Vorse advocated for the rights of women, children, workers, and people living in poverty over the course of her 70 year career. This week, we salute her extraordinary legacy just after her 147th birthday! Listen HERE.
October 19th, 2021
Episode 132: Thornton Wilder
"We all know that something is eternal..." could most certainly refer to the impact that Thornton Wilder had on the American literary landscape with his novels, and plays, most notably, 'Our Town'. This week, we celebrate his fascinating life from Wisconsin to China, California or New Hampshire and every where in between. Listen HERE.
October 12th ,2021
Episode 131: Edgar Allan Poe - Revisited
In this special episode to kick off the Halloween season, we revisit Edgar Allan Poe - iconic author and poet, critic, cryptographer, and crafter of detective stories! We fill in some of the gaps in his life and provide plenty of stories that make this man as mysterious as his tales... Listen HERE.
October 5th, 2021
Episode 130: Julia de Burgos
This week, meet Puerto Rico's unsung master poet, Julia de Burgos. Her short, remarkable life resembles the myths that had an impact on her work. Like these timeless tales, we hope to celebrate her work so that it lives on eternally! Listen HERE.
September 28th, 2021
Episode 129: August Wilson
We're back to your usually scheduled programming with August Wilson, an extraordinary playwright who revolutionized American theatre with his Century Cycle. We jump across America, following Wilson's unstoppable efforts and success, exploring what it truly means to 'lean ahead'. Listen HERE.
September 21st, 2021
Episode 128: Printer's Row Lit Fest
This week, we set up a mic and waited for your stories at the Printer's Row Lit Fest in Chicago, IL. In the first part of this episode, we share your answers to questions like, 'what book or author has had an impact on you?' and 'if you could take a literary character or author to dinner, who would you take and why?' In the second half, we hear from local and indie authors who share their new and upcoming releases with you! Connecting with you this weekend was absolutely fantastic! Here's to growing the literary community of Get Lit and beyond! Listen HERE.
September 14th, 2021
Episode 127: Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gask-who? Exactly! We're hoping to shine a light on this oft neglected author of Victorian England who wrote about poverty, double standards, and the working class, made her own money and traveled around Europe! Grab your tea - it's Dickens, without the baggage! Listen HERE.
September 7th, 2021
Episode 126: Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty. Wildly underrated, glass ceiling shattering, novelist, short story writer, photojournalist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and a card carrying member of the Night-Blooming Cereus Club to boot. Pack some sun lotion and a fan - we're headed to Jackson, Mississippi this week! Listen HERE.
August 31st, 2021
Episode 125: Susan Sontag
This week: The Woman. The Myth. The Legend: Susan Sontag! We attempt to unpack the persona of an exceptional American author, philosopher, playwright, and director, reconciling her life and work. Special shoutout to Nicholas Cage (seriously). Listen HERE.
August 24th, 2021
Episode 124: Frances Ellen Watkins Haper
Get to know this exceptional poet, speaker, abolitionist, feminist fighter: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper! She was not only first African American woman to publish a short story, but traveled on a tour circuit fighting for liberty and justice for all, in the truest sense of the phrase! Listen HERE.
August 16, 2021
Episode 123: Richard Wright
Learn more about the author who inspired James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, helped bring mental healthcare to Harlem in the 1940's, and starred in a film version of one of his own works, Richard Wright. We hope to inspire you to take a closer look at this remarkable novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, poet, and reformer through this week's research! Listen HERE.
August 10th, 2021
Episode 122: Charles Schulz
Back from their Minnesota tour, Jon and Steph discuss Minnesotan author and cartoonist, Charles Schulz. With a story that spanned 50 years and 17,000+ comic strips, Schulz has left a legacy across generations, across the globe and even into space! Listen HERE.
August 3rd, 2021
Get a Little Lit Episode 1: Nancy Luce
Introducing 'Get a Little Lit' - our shorter episodes that feature some of the more unusual stories in literary history! This week, we're delighted to bring you the story of Nancy Luce, the Madonna of the Chickens! She's as legendary as that title proclaims... listen to find out more about this extraordinary poet who lived her entire life on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Listen HERE.
July 30th, 2021
Episode 121: James Whitcomb Riley
Jon covers Indiana superstar poet & performer, James Whitcomb Riley. Fun Fact: We can definitely attribute #girlboss to Riley. Seriously. Find out how in this week's episode AND listen for a special (little) announcement! Listen HERE.
July 28th, 2021
Episode 120: Jim Harrison
This week, Steph took up the field work to report on Jim Harrison from Northern Michigan, with a feature on Ernest Hemingway! Harrison fused philosophy with nature, blended with his signature rugged voice. Grab a lawn chair and join us in the field! Listen HERE.
July 21st, 2021
Episode 119: Patricia Highsmith
This week, we have a TRUNK to unpack with the interesting life of Patricia Highsmith - iconic murder thriller and LGBTQ+ writer who was as fascinating a character as the ones she wrote! Join us, The Talented Mr. Ripley for a ride with some Strangers on a Train for this exciting episode! Listen HERE.
July 13th, 2021
Episode 118: Carson McCullers
We're featuring a wildly underrated expert of the Southern Gothic genre: Carson McCullers, who helped redefine the search for identity in American culture and what it means to understand 'the others' of society. Listen HERE.
July 7th, 2021
Episode 117: Alfred Lord Tennyson
We're CHARGING forward this week IN MEMORIAM of Victorian star poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson! Come learn about the icon behind the most heart-breakingly beautiful poetry and the phrase "Tis better to have loved and lost, / Than never to have loved at all"... Listen HERE.
June 29th, 2021
Episode 116: Eric Carle
We honor the remarkable, colorful children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle, who left a deep and lasting impact on picture books, how we see bugs, and a very fat cat called Julian. Join us to learn about his unexpected life before the books and the origins of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Listen HERE.
June 22nd, 2021
Episode 115: Sappho
We're headed ALL the way back to the Greek Island of Lesbos to celebrate the exquisite, striking, and extraordinary poetry of Sappho, often just referred to as 'The Poetess' because she was THAT good! Join us as we attempt to piece together the various fragments of her poetry and her life! Listen HERE.
June 16th, 2021
Episode 114: Albert Camus
This week, we welcome guest Mark Frale to discuss and explore the controversial, colorful life of the 2nd youngest Nobel Prize for Literature Winner, Albert Camus (with plenty of Greek Myth references and conspiracy theories to boot)! Listen HERE.
June 8th, 2021
Episode 113: Gore Vidal
Jon takes us through the wild life of Gore Vidal as we kick off pride month and celebrate LGBTQ+ authors, ft. world travels due to exile, pen names, and a few fights (verbal and physical)... Listen HERE.
June 1st, 2021
Episode 112: Justin Chin
This week, we take a look at Justin Chin - a spoken word and performance art creator, poet, and author who also helped explore the modern intersectional nature of immigration stories, LGBTQ+ communities, and inequity. He used his voice as a signal for change, and his legacy lives on today. Listen HERE.
May 24th, 2021
Episode 111: Hisaye Yamamoto
This week, learn about the legacy of Hisaye Yamamoto, an extraordinary Japanese-American author with a harrowing experience in the Interment Camps of WWII. Her work captured the experiences of so many whose narratives were typically ignored as she fought for justice over the course of her life. Listen HERE.
May 18th, 2021
Episode 110: Pearl Buck
This week, we learn about the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, among many other accolades and who introduced Western audiences to Asian cultures: Pearl Buck. Jon takes us back and forth between China and the US, unpacking the complex relationship that Pearl shared in her multi-cultural upbringing. Listen HERE.
May 11th, 2021
Episode 109: Miguel de Cervantes
Jon takes over this week and reports out on Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish author most famous for writing Don Quixote. Also featuring William Shakespeare, pirates, and a series of odd jobs! Listen HERE.
May 4th, 2021
Episode 108: Julia Child
This week, we feature cookbook author, chef, and change maker, Julia Child! We discuss the story and power behind her cook books, along with her role with the pre-CIA and the time she met the creator of the Cesar Salad! Bon Appetite! Listen HERE.
April 27th, 2021
Episode 107: Jess Darnell
In a special feature with a LIVING author this week, we're sitting down with Jess Darnell, an interdisciplinary artist who operates at the intersection of writing, theatre, performance, and Mary Oliver. Join us for this beautiful conversation and a chance to learn more about your inner child, the self-publishing industry, and giving yourself permission to create. Listen HERE.
April 20th, 2020
Episode 106: Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich is an intersectionally-oriented activist and poet that we should all read! Her work changed the way women saw themselves in literature, particularly regarding race and gender. Join us to remember a remarkable woman who wouldn't be silenced! Listen HERE.
April 13th, 2021
Episode 105: Lewis Carroll
You're late, you're late, for a very important date! We're headed down the rabbit hole, quite literally, in fact, to explore the life and work of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Jabberwocky. Come with us through the looking glass to discover some delightful stories about this remarkable English author. Listen HERE.
April 6th, 2021