14 episodes

Jo's Boys is a podcast for little women, little men, and everyone in between! We'll be reading through "Little Women" chapter by chapter, pulling out queer and trans threads as we go. Your host is Peyton Thomas, author of the Kirkus-starred novel "Both Sides Now" and a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair.

Jo's Boys: A Little Women Podcast Peyton Thomas

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Jo's Boys is a podcast for little women, little men, and everyone in between! We'll be reading through "Little Women" chapter by chapter, pulling out queer and trans threads as we go. Your host is Peyton Thomas, author of the Kirkus-starred novel "Both Sides Now" and a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair.

    Chapter 12: Camp Laurence with Claudia Morales

    Chapter 12: Camp Laurence with Claudia Morales

    We're back after our summer break! This week, we're joined by special guest Claudia Morales, a writer and digital content specialist based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in MTV News and Extra Crispy, among other publications. Claudia and I take a dive into Camp Laurence, the closest thing Little Women has to an anime beach episode. Among picnics, games of croquet, and a revealing game of 19th century Truth or Dare, Jo lets us know that she doesn't mind being a guy, as long as she's comfortable, and Laurie hints at how he really feels about his "dear fellow." 

    Also, as I mentioned in the show, Claudia's mom is currently battling cancer, and it would be so lovely if you'd swing over to her GoFundMe and contribute a few dollars for her care. Click here to learn more: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-claudia-conquer-cancer.

    Our cover art is by Allison Hoffman. It interpolates the cover art for Bethany C. Morrow's book "So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix," with permission from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Our theme music is Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major.

    • 41 min
    Chapter 11: Experiments with Tess Scilipoti

    Chapter 11: Experiments with Tess Scilipoti

    Welcome to Jo's Boys, a podcast for little women, little men, and everyone in between! We'll be reading through "Little Women" chapter by chapter, pulling out queer and trans threads as we go. Your host is Peyton Thomas, author of the Kirkus-starred novel "Both Sides Now" and a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair. You can visit Peyton online at peytonthomas.ca and on Twitter @peytonology.

    This week, we're joined by special guest Tess Scilipoti, a Ignatz Award-nominated comic artist whose work has appeared in The Nib. We dive into the eleventh chapter of Little Women, "Experiments," where the girlies decide to abandon their chores for a week and wind up regretting everything. You can visit Tess online at tscilipoti.com and on Twitter @tessscilipoti.

    Our cover art is by Allison Hoffman. It interpolates the cover art for Bethany C. Morrow's book "So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix," with permission from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Our theme music is Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major.

    • 39 min
    Scrap Bag: Amy's Pickled Limes with Dennis Lee

    Scrap Bag: Amy's Pickled Limes with Dennis Lee

    Welcome to Jo's Boys, a podcast for little women, little men, and everyone in between! We'll be reading through "Little Women" chapter by chapter, pulling out queer and trans threads as we go. Your host is Peyton Thomas, author of the Kirkus-starred novel "Both Sides Now" and a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair.

    This week, we're joined by special guest Dennis Lee, staff writer at the Takeout and lunatic behind the newsletter Food is Stupid and the late, great blog The Pizzle. Dennis and I discuss the history of pickled limes and their role in Little Women before taste-testing our own home-pickled citrus. We're both dubious... but do these limes contain hidden depths?

    Our cover art is by Allison Hoffman. It interpolates the cover art for Bethany C. Morrow's book "So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix," with permission from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Our theme music is Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major.

    • 19 min
    Chapter 10: The Pickwick Club and Post Office with Sivan Piatigorsky-Roth

    Chapter 10: The Pickwick Club and Post Office with Sivan Piatigorsky-Roth

    Welcome to Jo's Boys, a podcast for little women, little men, and everyone in between! We'll be reading through "Little Women" chapter by chapter, pulling out queer and trans threads as we go. Your host is Peyton Thomas, author of the Kirkus-starred novel "Both Sides Now" and a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair.

    This week, we're joined by special guest Sivan Piatigorsky-Roth, cartoonist for the New Yorker and author-illustrator of the forthcoming graphic novel "Diana: My Graphic Obsession." We dive into the tenth chapter of Little Women, "The Pickwick Club and Post Office," where all the little women drag up as little men to welcome a boy into their ladies' club. 

    You can visit Sivan online at sivanpiatigorskyroth.com and on Instagram at @sivanbasha.

    Our cover art is by Allison Hoffman. It interpolates the cover art for Bethany C. Morrow's book "So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix," with permission from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Our theme music is Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major.

    • 49 min
    Chapter 9: Meg Goes to Vanity Fair with Jaya Saxena

    Chapter 9: Meg Goes to Vanity Fair with Jaya Saxena

    Welcome to Jo's Boys, a podcast for little women, little men, and everyone in between! We'll be reading through "Little Women" chapter by chapter, pulling out queer and trans threads as we go. Your host is Peyton Thomas, author of the Kirkus-starred novel "Both Sides Now" and a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair.

    This week, we're joined by special guest Jaya Saxena, senior writer at Eater and author of several books, most recently “Crystal Clear: Extraordinary Talismans for Everyday Life.” We dive into the ninth chapter of Little Women, "Meg Goes to Vanity Fair," where, in Jaya’s words, “Meg goes to a party and learns to never want anything ever again.”

    Our cover art is by Allison Hoffman. It interpolates the cover art for Bethany C. Morrow's book "So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix," with permission from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Our theme music is Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major.

    • 43 min
    Chapter 8: Jo Meets Apollyon with Andi Schwartz

    Chapter 8: Jo Meets Apollyon with Andi Schwartz

    Welcome to Jo's Boys, a podcast for little women, little men, and everyone in between! We'll be reading through "Little Women" chapter by chapter, pulling out queer and trans threads as we go. Your host is Peyton Thomas, author of the Kirkus-starred novel "Both Sides Now" and a freelance journalist with bylines in Pitchfork, Billboard, and Vanity Fair.

    This week, we're joined by special guest Andi Schwartz. We dive into the eighth chapter of Little Women, "Jo Meets Apollyon," where Amy lights Jo's manuscript on fire then pays for her misdeed by falling through the ice of the local river-slash-pond situation. Fittingly, Andi and I talk a lot about Jenny Fran Davis's essay "High Femme Camp Antics," which you can read here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/high-femme-camp-antics/. 

    Our cover art is by Allison Hoffman. It interpolates the cover art for Bethany C. Morrow's book "So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix," with permission from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Our theme music is Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

dkd84 ,

Didn’t know I needed this, but I absolutely did!

I was thrilled to discover this podcast and now eagerly await each new episode. Smart, insightful, funny analysis of the classic book, chapter by chapter. Truly a delight.

Emily in az ,

Love this from the bottom of my queer little heart!

Can’t say how much I love this deep dive. Been an obsessive fan of the book and all accompanying sequels since I was a little human myself. Always related Ina. Deeply, deeply related to Jo in a trans/queer way. Glad to see I was just seeing my kin for who they are!

KTG76 ,

What a joy!

Lifelong fan of the book here. I heard about this podcast a week ago and I’ve been bingeing it all week to catch up (in between telling everyone who will listen, especially my preteen enby kid, “you have to listen to this podcast!!!” like twenty times). Wonderful, loving analysis of both the book and its adaptations. I can’t wait for the next chapter! 😊

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