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Overdue

464 episodes - English - Latest episode: 7 days ago - ★★★★★ - 1.6K ratings

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 childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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Episodes

Ep 446 - The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro

November 23, 2020 11:00 - 59 minutes - 54.3 MB

The Buried Giant is a sort of inversion of a typical fantasy novel - instead of a young person setting out to change the world, we get some aging heroes at the end of the Arthurian era trying to decide how everything is going to wind down. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 445 - Topdog/Underdog, by Suzan-Lori Parks

November 16, 2020 11:00 - 55 minutes - 51.1 MB

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, and the elaborate con that is their shared history. Tune in for a conversation about Suzan-Lori Parks' place in American theater, some patter from the street game three-card monte, and the open question that haunts your hosts: who is top dog of Overdue? Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 444 - Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1), by Diana Wynne Jones

November 09, 2020 11:00 - 54 minutes - 50.1 MB

Is Chrestomanci a type of magic? A government office? A person? Find out in the first of Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci novels. Join us for a discussion of the nine-lived Cat and his sister Gwendolyn, magical pranks, and mystical multiverses. Looking for more DWJ? Check out Ep 201 - Howl's Moving Castle. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 443 - Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff (Bonus Episode)

November 06, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 63.7 MB

Matt Ruff's 2016 novel about two Black families fighting the forces of evil riffs on Lovecraftian fiction by focusing in on the cosmic horror that is America's racist past, present, and future. We dive into each of the interconnected stories and spend some time comparing the overall vibe to that of HBO's recent TV adaptation. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Find our how to join us for bonus episode recordings at patreon.com/overduepod.

Ep 442 - The Last Wish (Introducing The Witcher), by Andrzej Sapkowski

November 02, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 58.3 MB

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, which means he travels the realm witching. What does that mean exactly? It's a little unclear! But Sapkowksi's protagonist and the world he inhabits have proven popular enough to warrant several novels, videogames, and screen adaptations. Toss a coin to your podcast, why don'tcha? For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 441 - Demon Theory, by Stephen Graham Jones

October 26, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 60.8 MB

If you wanted more of your books to be metatextual pseudo-screenplays then Demon Theory is for you! If you do not want your books to be that, however, Demon Theory may not be for you. For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 440 - The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

October 19, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 59.1 MB

The Opera's alive with the sound of music! It's time to dive into the serialized story-slash-novel that spawned one of the most successful musicals of all time. (The one by Andrew Lloyd Webber, maybe you've heard of it?) It's pretty different, it seems? For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 439 - Revenge of the Russian Ghost (Choose Your Own Adventure), by Jay Leibold

October 12, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 78.6 MB

This week we choose to travel to Mother Russia to make jingoistic jokes and hang out with Rasputin, every 90s kid's favorite historical figure! Not sure what's going on with the voices in this one. For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head to votesaveamerica.com. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 438 - Midnight Sun (A Twilight Novel), by Stephenie Meyer

October 05, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 73.8 MB

Welcome to Spooktober 2020! What's scarier than a story about a teenage girl who falls in with a family of vampires? 160 more pages than the original story and it's all from the sad vampire boy's perspective! Meyer's companion novel to the original Twilight reminds us what we did and didn't like about the series, as well as fleshes out a bit of the story from Edward's gleaming eyes. But, really, it's just very long. For more on the Quileute Move to Higher Ground Project, head to m...

Genie Babies - Episodes 3 & 4

October 02, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 93.2 MB

Welcome to another episode of Genie Babies, a magic carpet ride of a podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On this show-within-a-show, we're reading Husain Haddawy's translation of Muhsin Mahdi's manuscript of The Thousand and One Nights (also known by its westernized title, The Arabian Nights).  Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. In the first half, you'll hear us discuss the beginning of a "wacky" n...

Ep 437 - Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, et al

September 28, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 61.3 MB

This week we answer the question on everyone's minds: why, the last man? This mid-2000s graphic novel imagines a world without men, a specific kind of apocalypse with a different flavor from The Leftovers or other "what if X suddenly disappeared from Earth forever" fiction. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 436 - How Much of These Hills Is Gold, by C Pam Zhang

September 21, 2020 10:00 - 59 minutes - 54.9 MB

C Pam Zhang's Booker Prize-listed debut novel focuses on a family of Chinese immigrants working coal mines, panning streams, and laying railroads in the American West. Her characters, myth-making, and lyrical style work to correct the historical record with specificity and humanity. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 435 - The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon

September 14, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 63.1 MB

Michael Chabon's 2007 alternate history novel is a murder mystery featuring a hard-boiled detective, though neither the detective nor the murder mystery are the most memorable parts of it. The alternate history part, along with Chabon's prose, are enough to make up for whatever other shortcomings the novel might have. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 434 - Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

September 07, 2020 10:00 - 59 minutes - 54.6 MB

What if all we knew about alien culture was their garbage? Or is it their garbage? The Strugatsky brothers' most famous novel is about a world where stalkers crawl through hazardous Zones for precious artifacts. Also it's about hope, bureaucracy, and our relationship to the unknown. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 433 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0), by Suzanne Collins (Bonus Episode)

September 04, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 77.7 MB

We just couldn't resist another trip to Panem! This origin story for the trilogy's primary villain, Coriolanus Snow, takes us all the way back to the 10th Annual Hunger Games. Things are a little less flashy, but no less deadly. Struggle along with us through the hunger, through the games, and through the limits of fiction told through the antagonist's eyes. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Find our how to join us for bonus episode recordings at patreon.com/overduepo...

Ep 432 - Harvey, by Mary Chase

August 31, 2020 10:00 - 57 minutes - 53.1 MB

Join us and our possibly imaginary gigantic anthropomorphic rabbit for a discussion about a play that just HAPPENS to be about a man who is friends with a possibly imaginary gigantic anthropomorphic rabbit. Funny how that works out! Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 431 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

August 24, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 61.5 MB

We've all heard that a tree grows in Brooklyn. But what ELSE grows there? A love of reading? A bootstraps narrative? We get to the root of the mystery this week on Overdue. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 430 - Eggs, by Jerry Spinelli

August 17, 2020 10:00 - 53 minutes - 49.1 MB

Eggs is a book that has eggs in it, but also adolescent pain and friendship. Eggs! Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 429 - Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

August 10, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 56.5 MB

Lauren Oliver's first novel is about a teenage girl forced to relive the last day of her life over and over again. What can she change? What should she change? And how will she change? Find out the answers to those questions and more (namely, how all time loop fiction is beholden to the 1993 film Groundhog Day) in this week's episode. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 428 - Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

August 03, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 63.1 MB

Children of Blood and Bone takes familiar fantasy tropes and puts them in a new context, which makes them unexpectedly poignant and powerful.  Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Genie Babies - Episodes 1 & 2

August 01, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 108 MB

Welcome to Genie Babies, a magic carpet ride of a podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On our newest show-within-a-show, we're reading Husain Haddawy's translation of Muhsin Mahdi's manuscript of The Thousand and One Nights (also known by its westernized title, The Arabian Nights).  Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. In the first half, you'll hear us discuss the some of the background scholarship as...

Ep 427 - Deacon King Kong, by James McBride

July 27, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 57.1 MB

Everything happens for a reason in James McBride's new novel. It's September of 1969 and a doddering Brooklyn deacon just shot the neighborhood's top drug dealer. The events set in motion touch every member of the community - from its 102-year-old founder to the fire ants in the boiler room - and help them build a future as the world changes around them. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 426 - The Hour of the Star, by Clarice Lispector

July 20, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 58.5 MB

Can our podcast truly capture the depth of a renowned Brazilian novelist's final work? This question mirrors one asked by the narrator of The Hour of the Star, whose attempts to portray a young woman's pitiable existence are hindered by his fears that he will never do her story justice. Also, Craig talks into a sock. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 425 - Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3), by Suzanne Collins

July 13, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 84.9 MB

The Games may have ended, but we're still hungry! We travel back to Panem for the close of Collins' trilogy about Katniss, Peeta, and revolution. It's time to talk (a)political messages, rickety love triangles, the limits of a hero's POV. If you aren't caught up on our Hunger Games journey, go give Episode 400 or Episode 410 a listen! Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 424 - My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

July 06, 2020 10:00 - 55 minutes - 50.9 MB

Sometimes a book is about exactly what it says on the cover. Oyinkan Braithwaite's debut novel is plenty dark but surprisingly funny, exploring sibling dynamics heightened by the fact that there is serial killing involved. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 423 - The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, by Steve Brusatte (Bonus Episode)

July 03, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 66.8 MB

Craig loves dinosaurs, so Andrew let him talk for an hour about Steve Brusatte's recent book for dino devotees. Time to talk T-Rexes, Sauropods, and graphic depictions of the end of the world with our live Patreon chat. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Special thanks to the Patreon supporters who joined us in the live chat. For more info on how to participate in bonus episode recordings, head to patreon.com/overduepod.

Ep 422 - An Unseen Attraction, by KJ Charles (w/ Margaret H. Willison)

June 29, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 61.2 MB

Special guest Margaret H. Willison joins us this week to talk about the consensual, gay, historically accurate romance novels of KJ Charles. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 421 - The Vegetarian, by Han Kang

June 22, 2020 10:00 - 57 minutes - 53.1 MB

How could a dream upend your life? Would you stop eating meat? Embark on a ruinous affair? Desert your family? Han Kang's The Vegetarian asks visceral questions about our capacity for violence and what'd be willing to give up to be rid of it. Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 420 - Candide, by Voltaire

June 15, 2020 10:00 - 46 minutes - 42.4 MB

Candide is a novella-length takedown of the idea that we are living in the best of all possible worlds, as ordained by God. These days it's hard to believe we need a whole book about this but it's pretty funny anyway? Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

Ep 419 - Inferno, by Dan Brown (HELLBOYS Bonus Episode)

June 08, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 82.8 MB

Noted symbologist Robert Langdon has to "solve" a "mystery" that "references" Dante's Inferno! Let's see if he can crack the clues before the whole world succumbs to a transhumanist disease (yes, that's a real sentence that makes real sense.) For context, this was originally released in late May for some of our Patreon supporters. *** As we say in the pre-show, we've donated to the Marshall Project, which seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. crimi...

Ep 418 - Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

June 01, 2020 10:00 - 56 minutes - 51.5 MB

This week we read an (1) explicitly autobiographical (2) non-fiction (3) graphic novel, things we don't usually do! But we try to have a useful discussion anyway. This episode, like most of our shows, does not pass the Bechdel Test. Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis.

HELLBOYS - Episode 11

May 29, 2020 10:00 - 56 minutes - 51.9 MB

Welcome to the last official installment of HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On this episode, we wrap up our journey through Robert and Jean Hollander's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every other month we release them for general consumption. This episode carries us to the end where we meet a Who's Who of Biblical heroes and stare directly into the face of God (Paradiso XXVIII-XXXIII). Th...

Ep 417 - Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

May 25, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 57.4 MB

Jhumpa Lahiri's second short story collection focuses on the experiences of second- and third-generation Bengali-Americans, people caught between the futures they're trying to build and the pasts they're trying to honor. Her direct, compelling writing style makes these slices of life particularly affecting, as do the characters and the misfortunes that befall them. Our new theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. We hope you dig it!

Ep 416 - Orlando: A Biography, by Virginia Woolf

May 18, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 62.2 MB

Orlando is an English nobleman in the 16th century who, by the end the Woolf's tongue-in-cheek biography of the character, is an English noblewoman in the 20th century. It's quite a journey for all involved!

Ep 415 - My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, by Fredrik Backman

May 11, 2020 10:00 - 58 minutes - 53.3 MB

My grandmother asked me to tell you about this podcast. It's about a book by Swedish author Fredrik Backman, and it's about a precocious young girl named Elsa and her quest to deliver her Granny's letters of apology. It's a fairy tale - of sorts. It's also a story about coming to grips with the world's complications, with the ways in which we are all more than we appear at first glance, and with grief.

Ep 414 - Llama Llama Red Pajama (Series), by Anna Dewdney

May 04, 2020 10:00 - 59 minutes - 54.5 MB

Llama Llama Red Pajama On a podcast with his mama! We read llama books to kids To make them close their small eyelids.

Ep 413 - Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, by Donald J. Sobol (Bonus Episode)

May 01, 2020 10:00 - 59 minutes - 54.4 MB

What's a boy to do when his dad is the bumbling Chief of Police? Solve crimes, of course! Join us as we solve The Mystery of How Donald J. Sobol Wrote Detective Fiction for Kids! Special thanks to the Patreon supporters who joined us in the live chat. For more info on how to participate in bonus episode recordings, head to patreon.com/overduepod.

Ep 412 - A Death in the Family, by James Agee

April 27, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 57.3 MB

Fair warning: this book's a bit of a bummer! Agee's autobiographical A Death in the Family centers on the aftermath of the automobile accident that took his father's life in 1915. It's a poetic exploration of grief and trauma -- which may not be everyone's cup of tea these days! Ways we try to lighten the mood include: It's a Wonderful Life musings, Andrew's Heavenly Dogs, and a bunch of words that Craig may or may not have made up.

Ep 411 - Smoke Jumpers (Choose Your Own Adventure) by R.A. Montgomery

April 20, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 78 MB

For this, the highest of holy days, we've revisited the Choose Your Own Adventure-verse with R.A. Montgomery's Smoke Jumpers. Come for the information about what it's like to be a trainee firefighter, stay for the ranger who sounds a whole lot like Strong Bad.

Ep 410 - Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2), by Suzanne Collins

April 13, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 71.6 MB

The arena calls our name again, and we must volunteer as tribute! It's time we talked about Suzanne Collins' second novel about the dystopic land of Panem and their annual Hunger Games. Tune in for a discussion of revolution, game design, and underbaked love triangles. Plus, Andrew goes a-Googlin'! If you aren't caught up on our Hunger Games journey, go give Episode 400 a listen!

HELLBOYS - Episodes 9 & 10

April 11, 2020 13:46 - 1 hour - 83.8 MB

Welcome to another installment of HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! We're continuing our journey through Robert and Jean Hollander's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy a few cantos at a time. Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we combine them for general consumption. This combo episode carries us further into space where we meet some friars and Dante's grandpa (Paradiso X-XVIII) before inching closer and closer ...

Ep 409 - The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

April 06, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 62.5 MB

The Shadow of the Wind is a complex noir-ish mystery set in post-WWII (and post-Spanish Civil War) Barcelona. Come for the endearing characters, stay for the Byzantine explanation of what is going on!

Ep 408 - The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight #1), by Katherine Arden

March 30, 2020 10:00 - 59 minutes - 54.4 MB

Katherine Arden's debut novel is a potent mix of Slavic folklore, Russian history, and good old-fashioned fantasy. We dig into which of those ingredients work best within the scope of The Bear and the Nightingale's story, but first we take a moment to debut Andrew's new classic catchphrase.

Ep 407 - Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

March 23, 2020 10:00 - 55 minutes - 50.6 MB

When Andrew read The Colour of Magic, people suggested that the beginning of the Discworld series was not necessarily the best place to start. Guards! Guards!, the eighth book in the series, is the start of its own contained-ish arc. According to our listeners and many readers, this serves as a more suitable jumping off point.

Ep 406 - Under the Skin, by Michel Faber

March 16, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 57.3 MB

There are some cars you just shouldn't get into! Michel Faber's thriller Under the Skin is about Isserley, the driver of one such dangerous vehicle. Why do all the men who get into her car disappear? Is she even really human? Are you? Hop in for the answers to these questions and more!

Ep 405 - Friday Black, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

March 09, 2020 10:00 - 58 minutes - 53.9 MB

Friday Black, a debut collection of short stories by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, deftly employs hyperbole to make the reader notice horrors of American life that have become less-noticeable through repetition. It’s also going to resonate with anyone who has spent any amount of time working retail on the day after Thanksgiving.

Ep 404 - Sonic the Hedgehog: The Official Movie Novelization, by Kiel Phegley (Bonus Episode)

March 06, 2020 14:15 - 1 hour - 61.5 MB

We had a blast processing this novelization of the hit film Sonic the Hedgehog! Did you know it's based on a video game?! Gotta read fast! Special thanks to the Patreon supporters who joined us in the live chat. For more info on how to participate in bonus episode recordings, head to patreon.com/overduepod.

Ep 403 - High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby (Live w/ Appointment Television)

March 02, 2020 11:00 - 58 minutes - 53.7 MB

This week’s episode is our recent live show crossover event with Appointment Television at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The Appointment Television and Overdue crews gather together to discuss the recent TV adaptation and compare it to the book from which it (and the film, and the ill-starred musical) sprung. Whether we figure out the relative superiority of books or TV as competing artistic formats is left up to the listener.

Ep 402 - Paradise, by Toni Morrison

February 24, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 55.8 MB

In this challenging novel, award-winning author Toni Morrison explores how utopias are defined (and perhaps undermined) by their boundaries. The all-black town of Ruby, Oklahoma survived for decades by cordoning itself off from the outside world. But what happens when the outside world starts gnawing at the people inside?

Ep 401 - The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin (w/ Kate Racculia)

February 17, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 60.7 MB

This week's book is a cozy mystery, but for kids! Author Kate Racculia joins us for a discussion of The Westing Game, which was a major inspiration for her own work (and is a completely wild read, besides).

Guests

Anne Rice
1 Episode
Edward Albee
1 Episode
Tracy Chevalier
1 Episode

Books

His Dark Materials
3 Episodes
A Christmas Carol
1 Episode
A Farewell to Arms
1 Episode
All the King's Men
1 Episode
A Separate Peace
1 Episode
A Walk to Remember
1 Episode
A Wrinkle in Time
1 Episode
For the Time Being
1 Episode
Franny and Zooey
1 Episode
Gone with the Wind
1 Episode
Heart of Darkness
1 Episode
House of Leaves
1 Episode
Lord of the Flies
1 Episode
Never Let Me Go
1 Episode
Of Mice and Men
1 Episode
Tarzan of the Apes
1 Episode
The Amber Spyglass
1 Episode
The Color Purple
1 Episode
The Da Vinci Code
1 Episode
The Eyre Affair
1 Episode
The Great Gatsby
1 Episode
The Joy Luck Club
1 Episode
The Satanic Verses
1 Episode
The Secret Garden
1 Episode
The Secret History
1 Episode
The Subtle Knife
1 Episode
The Time Machine
1 Episode
The Wind Done Gone
1 Episode
The Woman in Black
1 Episode
To the Lighthouse
1 Episode