Get Lit Podcast

Get Lit Podcast

"Welcome back to Get Lit, the literary podcast where we discuss famous works of literature and the authors who wrote them..."

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October 12, 2021 37 min

"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. 

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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... 

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September 28, 2021 40 min

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! 

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September 21, 2021 30 min

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'. 

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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 releas...

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September 7, 2021 42 min

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! 

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August 31, 2021 39 min

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! 

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August 24, 2021 39 min

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). 

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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! 

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August 10, 2021 39 min

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! 

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August 3, 2021 42 min

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! 

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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. 

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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! 

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July 21, 2021 47 min

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!?

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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! 

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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. 

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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"... 

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June 22, 2021 36 min

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! 

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June 16, 2021 36 min

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! 

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June 8, 2021 43 min

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)! 

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