August 15th, 2018 - What Fools These Mortals Be

In Episode five, Casye and Elizabeth take on something that is loved and feared by many...Shakespeare. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is one of his more famous comedies. The girls will talk about their multiple experiences with the play. Since they are both experienced actresses, they have both performed various roles. (Casye was Puck. She is literally the little redheaded Fairie from lore. Who else was going to do it? Honestly?) 

In Athens, two lovers are torn apart. Hermia and Lysander are deeply in love. Demetrius, the man selected for Hermia by her father,  also wants Hermia. Hermia is given a choice. She must either enter a convent, marry Demetrius as her father wishes, or die. Hermia's friend Helena loves Demetrius, but Demetrius still wants Hermia. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away together.

And then mischievous fairies decide get involved....

As  if this wasn't complicated enough.

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July 31st (originally August 31st) - Science was Meant to Be Hard

Due to Technical difficulties, this episode will be airing July 31st.

In this episode, Casye and Elizabeth once again pay a visit to the friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. The girls have been massive fans of the 'Welcome to Night Vale' podcast since it's inception. They've bought the books, gone to every live show they can, and even cosplayed as Cecil Gershwin Palmer and his husband, Carlos the Scientist. So, of course, reading It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor was a no-brainer. 

(Politics and religion will come up since those are two of the main themes of this book. You've been warned.)

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider in town. She arrived with Carlos, Night Vale's top scientist (and hunky husband of Night Vale radio host, Cecil Palmer), in order to study this strange little town. When Carlos asks her to look into some strange tremors around town, she can't say no. Why are entire parts of town disappearing? And what does it have to do with the new religion in town? The Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God? Is there a way to reconcile faith in science and faith in religion? 

There's so many teeth.....So. Many. Teeth.....

August 31st (originally July 31st, 2018) - WarGames, but Cooler

Hello All, Due to technical difficulties, this episode will be airing August 31st! On July 31st we will be releasing 'It Devours!' Thanks.

For their fourth episode, Casye and Elizabeth will dive into the world of OASIS with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Casye, the gamer of the two, will have to explain references while Elizabeth stares at her like a deer in the headlights. The subject of 'The Hero's Journey' will come up a lot along with every 80's movie Elizabeth has seen. All hail John Hughes. Perhaps it's time to brush up on your 80's pop culture.

In the dystopian future of 2044, teenager Wade Owen Watts spends most if his life in the digital world of OASIS. With the cheap energy era over, most of society has done the same as Wade. Five years ago, the creator of the OASIS died. With no heirs, he scattered clues throughout the OASIS to find the biggest prize imaginable, control of his multi-billion dollar fortune and the entire OASIS itself. When Wade stumbles across the first clue, it has very dangerous, real-world consequences. There are people who would kill for what Wade now has. An entire world is at stake and Wade is the only one who can save it.

Are you ready?

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Elizabeth Bird
July 15th, 2018 - Presume Nothing

In episode three, the girls will take a visit to 221B Baker Street with The Hound of the Baskevillies by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We will talk about the thin line between truth and fantasy. In a world where facts have less and less value, how will the legendary detective hold up? And what is the actual ending of this story? There have been so many adaptations that no one really knows anymore. Remember, there are no bad dogs. Just bad dog owners.

Seriously. 

A country doctor comes to Victorian London in order to solicit the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. There is a curse about a monstrous hound, and now man has been found dead with huge paw prints around him. Was this the power of the curse, or is there a very real murderer at large? We know one thing. Stay off the Moors at night.

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June 30th, 2018 - Ineffable

In episode two, Casye and Elizabeth will discuss one of their favorite books, Good Omens: The Nice & Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by the incomparable Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. If you have never read this book before, you are in for a treat! The book was written in the late 80's, so there are things in it that some youngsters won't understand, like landlines, telephone sales people, cassettes, radios that aren't in cars, and little-to-no internet.

What could possibly go wrong when a demon and an angel lose the antichrist? A lot, actually, and it's hilarious. 

Fair warning, politics and religion will come up. We won't so much as fall from grace as saunter vaguely downwards....

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June 15th, 2018-In a hole, there lived a hobbit...

That's right folks! In our first ever podcast episode, we'll cover the legendary book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. We are excited to kick this little experiment off right! We will be discussing plot and Elizabeth's undying love for Middle Earth. This will not be Peter Jackson's idea of the book either, which means we will not draw it out into three movies for the love of money and taking artistic liberties with the battles.

Bilbo Baggins lives a quiet life until 13 dwarves show up unexpectedly on his doorstep. They offer him the adventure of a lifetime....

(This podcast will contain spoilers for every book we read. Don't say we didn't warn you. Nevermind that the book has been out since 1937....)

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Hello World!

'This is Lit!' is a podcast about literature & friendship, with some wine mixed in. On the 15th and 30th/31st of every month, good friends, Casye and Liz, will dive headfirst into a piece a literature with a glass of wine at their side. Books they plan to cover are not only classics, like Dracula and Le Miserables, but also modern novels, like Neverwhere and Good Omens. Keep up with the reading list on their Readings page so you can follow along. The girls will go over the plot of the books they read in the podcast, so spoilers will happen! We can't wait to see you June 15th for our first episode!

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