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The series you loved, book by book. Join Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney as they explore the wild world of American Girl fandom. In each episode, Allison and Mary will dive into an American Girl book from their (and perhaps your) childhood. Using their knowledge as professional historians and finely tuned instincts as amateur pop culture critics, they’ll take you back to a very different time—the 1990s.
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Sparks fly... it's like electricity (recently got implemented in wealthy homes). What has amazing casting, references to the 1904 Worlds Fair, and not one but two turn -of- the -century mansions? You guessed it: the Samantha movie. In this episode, we recap a made-for-tv WB masterpiece for the ages. Samantha: An American Girl Holiday was the first AG film and they went all out. Join us as we savor this Samantha centennial (2004) product, talking about everything from the cast (Mia Farrow??) to disturbing and colorful child labor scenes. You can support the show and get an extra episode (with other bonuses) for $3/month  by joining our Patreon.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In the final book of the Samantha canon, we find just about everyone living la vida in loco parentis. Robbed of a GrandMary/Admiral wedding, we open with Samantha living with her aunt and uncle in New York City. When Samantha learns that Nellie has also come to the Big Apple, she's determined to have a reunion. Instead, she gets three new sisters. Upon learning that Jenny, Nellie, and Bridget are in an Annie-type orphanage, Samantha assists with a breakaway worthy of Kelly Clarkson. From child labor laws and class consciousness to chosen family, book six covers a lot of changes. We take you along for the ride, from Nellie's hard knock life to Samantha's Gramercy Perk brownstone. Join our Patreon and get a free episode for $3/month.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
If you thought a camp element was missing from the Samantha books, you're in luck! Samantha's fifth story is set in the family's piney Adirondacks retreat. When Samantha finds a sketchbook with forgotten family memories, she books a sketchy trip out to an island with the twins. This leads to an evening that is Wet And Perilous -- but of course our hero saves the day. Come along and row, row, row your boat as we all scream and Samantha reignites family  nightmares. This episode also includes a discussion of our second-favorite apprentice shortcut California lawyer: Perry Mason (Kim K. being one). Get an extra episode every month by joining our Patreon ($3/month).  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Gather round and grab your flower crown: it's birthday time. In book four, Samantha makes new friends, destroys a pram, and catches a suffrage speech given by Cornelia. She also meets Annie-like twins who leave Eddie (and by extension Sam's birthday ice cream) rather salty. Join us and have a marvelous time ruining everything. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Ah, to be a young Victorian beauty awaiting Christmas in December 1904. Such is the life of young Samantha, who is afraid she won't receive a (second) very expensive doll in the span of a few months in this Yuletide yarn. While we wait with bated breath to see if all of her holiday dreams come true, we discuss gift giving, the Roosevelts (yes again and always), and the servants' labor behind Sam's holiday magic. This is an Elsa / frozen combo you won't want to let go. For an extra episode every month, join our Patreon for $3/month.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In the second Samantha book, we find her well established in a private academy, and just learning about class. Tasked with coming up with a speech on progress, Samantha summons her inner Elon Musk and preps for her big moment --while also finding the time to bring Nellie up to speed on years of missed schooling. Yet it turns out that Nellie has much to teach her, too. After hearing about Nellie's experiences with factory life, Samantha changes her TedTalk faster than Grandmary can summon a servant. Speaking of the 1%, this episode also includes our commentary on Selling Sunset and the serotonin snack that is Sweet Magnolias. To join our Patreon or visit our store, head over to our website.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
With this episode, we go back to one of the original American Girl stories: Meet Samantha. Published in the age of Reaganomics, this AG asks a lot of questions from a place of tremendous privilege -- and we are along for the ride. Though she has every material comfort, Samantha, who was orphaned a few years prior, is lonely in the House of Grandmary. Apparently, money only gets her so far, and with this episode, we learn how she navigates new friendships (Nellie), rivalries (Eddie) and the interior lives of people who are employed at the house (Jessie, you deserve more). There may be a faux velvet hat on top of her head, but with a re-read of this book, we learn there's brains, too. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Girl grows up longing for a Bitty Baby and her accoutrement. Girl writes several books and launches a hilarious podcast. Fast forward to 2020: girl agrees to a shopping challenge and Beanie Baby market speculation on our show. Dear listeners - meet Caroline Moss, the author of the Work It, Girl! series and host of the hit podcast "Gee Thanks, Just Bought It." On this episode, we talk with Caroline about the joy of poring over an an American Girl catalogue and what we'd splurge on today. That feeling you used to get looking at the latest Penny riding gear and AG sleepover kits -- you want it? You got it. Consider donating to Historic Stagville if you're able. Take our Catalog Challenge! Do the $100 spending challenge using this holiday catalogue: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134421442@N08/albums/72157663591299692/ Pick any item to splurge on from this catalogue: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134421442@N08/albums/72157662670713742/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
A lot has changed since the "Peek into the Past" chapters were written in the Addy books more than twenty years ago. In that time, the web has gone from a slow novelty to something we carry with us. More importantly, we now also have a new cultural form  - the crowdsourced web syllabus. The Addy syllabus we describe in this episode features books, articles, primary sources, games, snippets from AGIG, and more. This list pulls together works and texts that allow for a new or deeper understanding of Addy, and additional ways to consider her story in the context of American culture. One of the purposes of this syllabus was to update the story of civil rights told in the Addy epilogues. We credit black feminist scholars for their creation of this scholarly form: Dr. Marcia Chatelain started the Ferguson Syllabus in the wake of the murder of Michael Brown in Missouri. You can access the syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FtfimLFWcm9uQrGvXQso9Umn-gPELOAdAQotcVDz17A/edit You may also add to the syllabus by writing an entry in this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qGwxt55ommDkbZXPLzipDylI41QnaWaYW9yNIsEbeoA/viewform?edit_requested=true --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Addy Add On: Origins

Addy Add On: Origins

2020-05-2501:02:25

Who are the real people who became the basis for the Addy story? What happened to black women who liberated themselves, only to find a life of restricted freedoms in the north in the 19th century? Join us for this conversation with public historian Vera Cecelski, the Site Manager at Historic Stagville State Historic Site in North Carolina. Vera sheds light on the true stories behind the Addy books and the incredible journeys of people who were enslaved at Stagville. We ask what it's like to run an Addy birthday party and how educators at Stagville use WPA narratives. You can join our Patreon and get an extra episode for $3/month. This month, we cover Jessica Simpson's Open Book.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
For our first bonus episode on Addy, we spoke to Lacey Wilson, a public historian based out of Georgia. Lacey talked with us about growing up with Addy and her trajectory into a career in museums. Lacey also divulged details about the best college paper ever written on Addy (we aren't adding any qualifiers, we accept this as truth). Since this was not Lacey's first or even second re-read of the series, we also asked how another exploration of these books has felt during quarantine. For our next episode, we are building an Addy syllabus! We are interested in compiling sources that connect to Addy's story and/or the period in which these books were written. These do not need to be print sources! You can share a song, photograph, poem, movie, memento, museum object or artifact. You submit your pick using this form or leave us a voicemail at (860) 455-4091‬. We will be sharing submissions on the syllabus and on our show!  You can get a bonus episode of AG every month by becoming a patron for $3/month.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
As a British Knight once taught us, some people choose to live alone; some people choose the city. In the final book of the Addy canon, the search for baby Esther, Aunt Lula, and Uncle Solomon continues. When the family is reunited, it does not feel so good, and Addy learns of a death close to home. Though rightfully unconvinced by the promise of Philadelphia freedom, Addy steps up to read the Emancipation Proclamation to her church. As we come to the end of the Addy canon, we consider where we've gone on her journey and what the Peek into the Past is meant to do. The hosts also talk about why you need Fiona Apple in quarantine (ok that's Mary's expertise) and some books to check out during this time of distancing. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In book five, Addy Walker gardens in the sun and learns to empathize with Harriet despite the shade. While fundraising for refugees, Addy and her family tend to a garden plot while dealing with Harriet's snark and classism. Addy defies Harriet and pulls some strings to put together a heartfelt if strange puppet show for a good cause. When a devil in a blue dress runs away with their earnings from the fair, Addy stages an intervention. Just as Addy pursued a thief, this episode tackles a range of topics, including the new Netflix special "Self Made." To check out pop culture distractions shared by our listeners (and add your own!), explore Pop Culture Prescription. Want to hear more American Girls? Subscribe to our Patreon to get an extra episode each month for $3/month. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In our last episode, we took some of your most pressing questions and left out content related to histories of medicine & disease. In this smaller mailbag pod, we talk about social distancing in the Kirsten era, Samantha's experience with the 1918 flu pandemic, and offer some additional pop culture prescriptions. To check out pop culture distractions shared by our listeners (and add your own!), explore Pop Culture Prescription.  Want to hear more American Girls? Subscribe to our Patreon to get an extra episode each month for $3/month. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Your date card has arrived, and we can't wait to share what's on our hearts. Join us for a very brief detour out of 1864 Philadelphia and into our mailbag. On this episode, we answer your questions on favorite historical sites, the books we've read this far, and grand unified theories about Bachelor and American Girl. Special note: for some of you, hearing others talk about pandemics past or present isn't what you are looking for right now. For that reason, we dedicated a separate episode to talking about the history of disease and how the AGs would quarantine. Want to hear more American Girls? Subscribe to our Patreon to get an extra episode each month for $3/month. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In the fourth book of the Addy series, our young hero learns that sometimes you do get to have your ice cream and eat it, too. The spring of 1865 finds the Walker family in new circumstances. Poppa has come north, the family has moved out of the garret, and an incomparable sage has come into Addy's life, the darling M'Dear. As Addy struggles with problems as small as learning to jump rope and as big as systemic racism, her story continues to illuminate not just the interior life of a girl, but also a nation in transition. At the end of the book, Addy chooses the end of the Civil War to be her birthday, making her an Aries by destiny if not birth. This episode takes you though the most important April of Addy's life and along the way, sprinkles in the poetry of Maya Angelou, the history of ice cream, a detour into pandemic containment, and commentary on the disastrous decisions of Peter Weber. Wash your hands, find a double dutch partner, and treat yourself to our take on Happy Birthday, Addy. Note: for next episode, we'll be taking your questions, comments, and stories for a special mailbag edition of American Girls. So, ask us anything! Want to hear more American Girls? Subscribe to our Patreon to get an extra episode each month for $3/month.  We are thinking of our #OGAG community during this pandemic. Thanks to all of you contributed to the Pop Culture RX: List of COVID-19 Distractions.  Stay safe everyone!  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In this third Connie Porter joint, we find Addy Walker longing for reunion and bracing for a lonely Christmas in Philadelphia. While this book has all the hallmarks of a typical AG “Surprise” book (a holiday! a doll! a father/daughter moment! moms overworking!) there are still additional surprises for Addy and her mother in this compact volume. As Addy continues to learn about the realities of life in the north, she questions why freedom isn’t free. Join us as we catch up on this week in popular culture AND Addy’s sharp criticisms of how refugees are treated in a racist and classist society. Love might be blind (thanks for ruining our week, Netflix) but Addy's story reminds us of the power of clear eyed look at history. Want to hear more American Girls? Subscribe to our Patreon to get an extra episode each month for $3/month. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Newly arrived in Philadelphia, Addy and her mother set out to build a new life. Addy begins attending school and quickly learns the value of good friends (we see you Sarah) and the lure of the mean girl (not cool, Harriet). On Wednesdays, Addy wears pink, but when it comes to the big spelling bee, she crushes it in a new blue dress. As Mary and Allison review this Porter classic, they consider the careful treatment of both friendship & literacy. Filled with a cast of new and rich characters, Addy’s second story exposes northern racism, segregation, and the challenge of making a new life. Join us and dive into a book that makes you cherish your friends and favorite stories more than you already do. Want to hear more American Girls? Subscribe to our Patreon to get an extra episode each month for $3/month. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Book one of Addy Walker’s story opens in a hot and hellish plantation cabin. By the end of her first story, Addy and her mother have taken their freedom, escaping bondage together. In this episode, Mary and Allison examine the corporate origins of Addy’s 1993 debut and a few perspectives on her status as an AG “first.” While considering representations of slavery, family, and whiteness in Addy’s world, the hosts also compare this first book with other characters’ plot lines. Lastly, this show tackles Bachelor Peter, the culture of CHEER, and what should be done about Sherb’s mysterious fall. Want to hear more American Girls? Subscribe to our Patreon to get an extra episode each month for $3/month. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Three's Company

Three's Company

2020-01-3002:06

What costs three dollars a month and will change your life? https://www.patreon.com/americangirlspodcast
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Tyler Beach

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Sep 16th
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Claire Elizabeth

Loved that this exists!! flashback to my childhood!!

May 16th
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