Andrew Cunningham's episodes


Overdue Episode 204: The Haunting of Hill House

October 17, 2016

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as “the greatest haunted-house story ever written.” The house itself is vile. It’s dark and impossible to navigate. It’s dripping with blood. So why are four people trying to spend …


Overdue Episode 203: Hook (Bonus Episode)

October 15, 2016

Come Peter Panning with us as we discuss the 1991 Steven Spielberg film Hook, inspired by the classic book Peter Pan (Episode 165). It’s time to name as many movies as we can, discuss the perils of overstaying your welcome …


Overdue Episode 202: The Woman in Black

October 10, 2016

We get Spooktober rolling in earnest this week with Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, a ghost story written in the 1980s that intentionally invokes Gothic and Victorian storytelling techniques and language to create a tale that feels timeless.


Overdue Episode 201: Howl’s Moving Castle

October 4, 2016

This week is the start of Overdue’s third-annual Spooktober spookfest, a month full of scary (or at least somewhat spooky) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween! Our first book is Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle, …


Overdue Episode 200: Infinite Jest

September 26, 2016

Here it is: the big two-hundo! This week, Andrew tackles David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in a show that is nearly 2.5 hours long and yet somehow still not quite long enough to get to everything. We break down the …


Overdue Episode 199: Tuck Everlasting

September 19, 2016

It’s my life…and it’s now or never. I ain’t gonna live forever! OR AM I? Natalie Babbitt’s beloved children’s novel Tuck Everlasting tackles the tough questions. What would happen if I could live forever? What will I do with the …


Overdue Episode 198: The Magicians

September 12, 2016

What if magic were real? What if your favorite fantasy world was a place you could actually go? Would you be happy? Could you be happy? These are the questions posed by Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, an en*gross*ing urban fantasy …


Overdue Episode 196: Watership Down (Live from Philadelphia)

September 2, 2016

If you came out to our second-ever live show at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival, you’ve already heard this one! But for the rest of you, settle in for a conversation about bunny theology, rabbit puns, tattooed moms, and our normal …


Overdue Episode 195: The Beggar’s Opera

August 29, 2016

With The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay attempted to skewer 18th-century British government, the rich, and Italian operas. Did his satire succeed? Maybe you’ll find out on this rather free-wheeling episode. Off-topic topics include: the firm of Borowitz, Onion and Yankovic; …


Overdue Episode 193: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

August 15, 2016

What happens when you take some Ray Bradbury, add some undead, stir in a pinch of Doctor Who, sprinkle with dark humor, and bake in the eternal flames of Hell? You get Jonathan L. Howard’s Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, the …


Overdue Episode 192: Casino Royale

August 8, 2016

“Bond. James Bond.” “Shaken, not stirred.” “It’s no good crying over spilt milk.” This week we find out which one of these classic James Bond catchphrases does NOT appear in Ian Fleming’s debut novel Casino Royale. We also …


Overdue Episode 191: The Phantom Tollbooth (Bonus episode)

August 4, 2016

Andrew’s other podcast pals Margaret and Kathryn give Craig a break this month, and we all talk about Norton Juster’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth. Kathryn wasn’t totally on board since she never read the book as a kid, but there …


Overdue Episode 190: Eleanor & Park

August 1, 2016

This week Andrew reads Rainbow Rowell’s pitch-perfect YA novel Eleanor and Park, and it spurs a discussion of 80s nostalgia, first kisses, censorship, body image issues, and teen life.


Overdue Episode 189: Shadowshaper

July 25, 2016

Daniel José Older’s novel Shadowshaper is the story of Sierra Santiago, a young woman with the power to infuse art with spirits and save her community from destruction. Set in Older’s modern, magical Brooklyn, Shadowshaper shows us the supernatural power …


Overdue Episode 188: The Likeness

July 18, 2016

This week, we use Tana French’s outstanding sequel The Likeness as an opportunity to comment on everything from the semi-serialized nature of crime stories to tips for going undercover to Pokémon Go. We read French’s first novel, In The Woods, …


Overdue Episode 186: Island of the Blue Dolphins

July 4, 2016

Scott O’Dell began writing Island of the Blue Dolphins because of “anger, anger at the hunters who […] slaughter everything that creeps or walks or flies.” The Newberry Award-winning story that resulted is a compelling account of the Lone Woman …


Overdue Episode 185: Overdue Q&A (Bonus episode)

June 30, 2016

You asked, we answered! For this month’s bonus show we didn’t read a specific book, but instead went through some listener-submitted questions about the show and about us and gave semi-thoughtful answers. Join us to hear a dramatic reading of …