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Lit Think Podcast

Lit Think Podcast

By Lit Think
Two English teachers talk about writing, literature, media, and the classroom. We believe that every piece of writing has a purpose, every story is connected, and ultimately language is at the core of every human experience. For more information about the podcast and the women behind it visit: litthinkpod.com/
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Chapter 2.20 - Hiding Behind Words
In the last episode of season two, Alicia and Sarah discuss the power of writing and words through their analysis of the new motion picture adaptation of the 2018 musical Cyrano. They discuss the different versions of the classic tale throughout literary history, the prevalence of love triangles in stories, and the destructive power of pride. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
39:26
April 13, 2022
Chapter 2.19 - Only Podcasts in This Building
Alicia and Sarah discuss their personal history with the mystery genre and the world of podcasting as they analyze Hulu's original series, Only Murders in the Building. They discuss the mystery genre, the role of podcasting and true crime, and the complex layers that get peeled away in a good mystery tale. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
30:06
March 30, 2022
Chapter 2.18 - Humans Reviewing Humans
Alicia and Sarah discuss the greater world of humanity and their close ties to Indiana in their discussion of John Green's podcast and book of essays, The Anthropocene Reviewed. They discuss the varied nature of the essays Green selected for his book, the importance and value of doing thorough research, and highlight their own likes and dislikes about Indiana and Indianapolis. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom.  Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  Music by Craig Harmann  Cover art by Matt Holman
34:34
March 16, 2022
Chapter 2.17 - Pandemic Station
Alicia and Sarah dig deep into their love for dystopian literature and the realities of living through a global pandemic during their discussion of the HBO Max adaptation of Station Eleven. They cover the connections to the novel, the artistic changes that worked for a different medium, and themes of survival and hope through the creation of art. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
47:14
March 02, 2022
Chapter 2.16 - We Talk About Bruno
Alicia and Sarah go into full Disney mode with their discussion of all things Encanto. They reminisce about the Disney films that made them think, their roles in their families, and the universal themes of Disney's latest animated film. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
41:53
February 16, 2022
Chapter 2.15 - Tick, Think...Boom!
Alicia and Sarah return to their love of musical theatre with a full analysis of the Netflix adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tick Tick Boom. They reminisce about their own struggles turning 30, review the power of nostalgia for RENT fans, and analyze themes of success, fear of failure, and the need to make one's mark on the world. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
37:36
February 02, 2022
Chapter 2.14 - The Amazing Spidey Fix
Alicia and Sarah return to their love of all things Marvel with a complete analysis of Spiderman: No Way Home. After a heated discussion over who played the best Spiderman, they discuss the hero's journey, coming of age, redemption, grief, sacrifice, and the fascinating possibilities with the introduction of the multi-verse. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
33:15
January 19, 2022
Chapter 2.13 - West Side Remix
In their first episode of the new year, Alicia and Sarah return to their love of musicals with a complete analysis of the new film version of West Side Story. They discuss star-crossed lovers, racism, the social justice system, and the power of language, all wrapped up in the classic lyrics of the late Stephen Sondheim. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
45:16
January 05, 2022
Chapter 2.12 - Bah Hum-Muppet
In this special holiday episode, Alicia and Sarah return to their love of the Muppets and classic literature in their discussion of A Muppet Christmas Carol. In a nostalgic conversation about watching the movie as children and now as adults, they look at the enduring nature of the classic tale and the surprisingly accurate and effective version presented by the Muppets. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
29:49
December 08, 2021
Chapter 2.11 - Fighting Pose
Alicia and Sarah return to their love of all things Marvel with their analysis of the movie Black Widow. They look at the history of women in the war narrative, the importance of family-like relationships, and the growing role of women in the comic book world. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
31:08
December 01, 2021
Chapter 2.10 - Gaming Free
Alicia and Sarah step outside of their literary comfort zone to talk about all things video games and the film Free Guy. They look at science, AI, free will, and discuss their new understanding of non-player characters. In the end, they prove that even a movie about a fictional video game can be full of analysis-rich layers. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
33:05
November 17, 2021
Chapter 2.9 - Return to Stoneybrook
Alicia and Sarah return to Stoneybrook for the second season of The Baby-sitters Club on Netflix. They reminisce about their own babysitting experiences, talk about young adolescence and the challenges of middle school, and highlight the importance of relationships through all of the episodes. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
33:15
November 10, 2021
Chapter 2.8 - Learning Through the Window
Alicia and Sarah focus on their role as educators in the world of adolescence and the glorious angst that teens bring with them as they discuss the movie version of the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. They discuss mental health, social media, and the changes that have occurred during both of their careers in regards to society's awareness and the way we talk about the issue of mental health. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
42:03
November 03, 2021
Chapter 2.7 - Sisters Three
Alicia and Sarah celebrate Halloween by having fun with the 90s classic, Hocus Pocus. They discuss scary movies, the history of witches, and the power of family while looking at a film that has become an October tradition in many households, including Alicia's. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
28:04
October 27, 2021
Chapter 2.6 - Rockin' the Glass Slipper
Once again, Alicia and Sarah take on the Cinderella myth, this time with the new Amazon Prime release of Cinderella. They discuss the different Cinderella archetypes, gender roles, story adaptation, and the power of music in making an old story new again. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
32:00
September 29, 2021
Chapter 2.5 - The Road to Hades
In an unapologetic love letter to Broadway, Alicia and Sarah gush about their newfound admiration for the hit musical Hadestown. They discuss Greek mythology, love stories old and new, and the power of music to make old stories come alive for a new age. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
40:49
September 22, 2021
Chapter 2.4 - Swiftly Taylored
Alicia and Sarah dive into music through their discussion of Taylor Swift as a singer/songwriter as portrayed in the Netflix documentary Miss Americana. They look at the development of her poetry and music and all the ways that she has grown into adulthood, taking on more complex themes in her music and challenging expectations in her public life. They also discuss the writing process as it is portrayed throughout the documentary. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom.   Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.   Music by Craig Harmann   Cover art by Matt Holman
28:46
September 15, 2021
Chapter 2.3 - Flight Destination: Verse Novel
Sarah gets back to her comfort zone as Sarah and Alicia dive into the world of verse novels, particularly focusing on Elizabeth Acevedo's Clap When You Land. They discuss air travel, family relationships, coming of age, gender, cultural differences, and how one work of YA fiction perfectly encompasses it all. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom.  Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  Music by Craig Harmann  Cover art by Matt Holman
25:42
September 08, 2021
Chapter 2.2 - Poetry's Golden Allure
Alicia nudges Sarah out of her comfort zone as they tackle Maggie Smith's poetry collection, Goldenrod. They discuss the role of nature, family, self-discovery, and the various ways they approach the teaching of poetry in their classrooms. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
29:60
August 25, 2021
Chapter 2.1 - A Club for All Generations
In this back-to-school episode, Alicia and Sarah talk about the Netflix series The Baby-Sitters Club, based on the best-selling YA series by Ann M. Martin. They discuss the role of nostalgia, the importance of female relationships, and the Bechdel test. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  Music by Craig Harmann  Cover art by Matt Holman
27:27
August 18, 2021
Chapter 1.12 - Crazy Good Story
Alicia and Sarah talk about the film Crazy Rich Asians, based on the novel with the same name. They discuss the importance of representation, the role of colonialism in literature, Jane Austin, and continue a previous discussion about Cinderella stories. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
31:35
July 21, 2021
Chapter 1.11 - 101 Reimagined
Alicia and Sarah talk about the Disney film, Cruella. They discuss their love of dogs, the role of villains and complicating their narrative, and the nature of evil. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Editor's note: There were technical difficulties during the taping of this episode. We apologize for the sound issues throughout the episode.  Music by Craig Harmann  Cover art by Matt Holman
38:16
July 14, 2021
Chapter 1.10 - Blessed Be the Pod
Alicia and Sarah talk about the fourth season of The Handmaid's Tale, the first season of which is based on the book by the same title. They discuss gender, feminism, anti-heroes, revenge, and everything in-between. Praise be. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
49:34
July 07, 2021
Chapter 1.9 - The Robot Slipper
Alicia and Sarah talk through the young adult novel Cinder, a dystopian sci-fi retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. They discuss the Cinderella trope, dystopias, pandemics, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic literature in the 21st century. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Editor's note: There were technical difficulties during the taping of this episode. We apologize for the sound issues at the beginning and the end of the episode. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
35:12
June 30, 2021
Chapter 1.8 - The Complicated Family Narrative
Alicia and Sarah express their love for the NBC drama This Is Us and the complicated family narrative that it has always presented. They discuss the role of family and how it shapes us, the potential power of a delineated storyline, and the way the series has reshaped the concept of love story to show that love is ultimately a choice. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
33:13
June 23, 2021
Chapter 1.7 - Thinking Through Monsters, Sci-Fi, and History
Alicia and Sarah talk through the first season of HBO's Lovecraft Country, based on the book by the same title. They discuss the role of problematic literature and H.P. Lovecraft's undeniable influence on 20th-century sci-fi and horror fiction, racism in literature and the complicated history underneath, the effort to reclaim that history and the way the narrative is told, and the symbolism of magic in the racial power dynamic. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
33:02
June 16, 2021
Chapter 1.6 - News as a Story
Alicia and Sarah talk about the new film The News of the World, based on the book by the same title. They discuss the importance of truth versus sensationalism, the role of language and communication, the messiness of westward expansion and the complicated nature of that part of America's story, and redemption and healing. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
33:38
June 09, 2021
Chapter 1.5 - The Lit Think Princess
Alicia and Sarah talk about one of their favorite classic films from the 1980s: The Princess Bride. They discuss the characters, the relationships, the role of the frame story, and the themes of revenge, identity, and love. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
29:33
June 02, 2021
Chapter 1.4 - A Musical Imagination
Alicia and Sarah discuss their love for musical theatre and the joy that two seasons of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist has brought into their lives. In addition to taking a position on the "Team Simon" or "Team Max" debate, they also discuss the themes of grief, healing, and imagination.  At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Theme music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
32:33
May 26, 2021
Chapter 1.3 - Eyes on Wanda
Alicia and Sarah discuss their love for all things Marvel and the Disney Plus television show, WandaVision, discussing the role of storytelling and character development to explore the theme of grief throughout the nine-episode long first season. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Theme music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
35:30
May 19, 2021
Chapter 1.2 - An Ode to Dead Poets
Alicia and Sarah talk about one of their favorite English teacher movies: Dead Poets Society. They discuss the reasons for that love, the ways they have used it in the classroom, and the unrealistic expectations that the movie sets for English teachers. At the end of the discussion, they talk about the things they've been reading, watching, and analyzing outside of the classroom. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
31:52
May 12, 2021
Chapter 1.1 - The Beginning
In their first podcast episode, Alicia Drier and Sarah Styf talk about their teaching careers, their friendship, and their hopes for the podcast. Listen in to learn more about the women behind the mics and the way their English brains see everything they read, watch, and listen to. Bonus? They reveal the things that they should love as English teachers, but honestly don't. Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Music by Craig Harmann Cover art by Matt Holman
25:48
May 05, 2021
Trailer
Alicia and Sarah meet to talk about the core beliefs of Lit Think and relate them back to the hero's journey.
04:52
April 29, 2021
Teaser Trailer
Welcome to Lit Think. We're two English teachers, former colleagues, and friends who want to discuss the way English teachers view the world around us.
00:47
April 27, 2021