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A big dumb idiot and his brilliant, charming friend discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.

A big dumb idiot and his brilliant, charming friend discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.
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A big dumb idiot and his brilliant, charming friend discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.








BSCC 117 - The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier

Who could have imagined, when we started this little podcast about the hit 1990 LucasArts PC game “Loom,” that we’d still have stuff to talk about 117 episodes deep. But here we are! This week, we’ve got some practical business tips for dragons, plenty of material on the great Elf war, and, weirdly, a surprisingly robust discussion of a novel about a baby-sitter named Mary Anne Spier. Trust us, there’s a connection there. We think! Music credits: “Theme from Loom,” by LucasFilm “Fantasy...


BSCC 116 - Claudia Makes Up Her Mind

“‘Two boys… two grades… how will Claudia ever decide?’ –Hodges Soileau” –Jack Shepherd Claudia’s got a choice to make this week, and it’s not just between two boys, but also two grades! This is episode two of two recorded in Jack’s Brooklyn Airbnb, and after recording last week’s episode, drinking several beers, and eating their fill of vegan Chinese food, things get a little bit silly. Music Credits: “The Pharaos Theme”“Solitude Theme”“So Go We”“Young Love”“Donuts”“Universe”“Twilight...


BSCC 115 - Kristy and the Sister War

The boys are face to face this week to bring their impressive and nuanced understanding of military tactics and history to the circumstances of the great “Sisty War”™ between Shannon Kilbourne and her sisters. And since this is an Ellen Miles book, the mystical revelations contained in its pages go far beyond the Good Clean Baby-Sitting Fun in the A-plot, or the cool pronouncements of Pete Black in the B-plot. In fact, Ellen has seen fit to reveal something long coveted by students of the...


BSCC 114 - Stacey's Secret Friend

There’s a new girl in town, and despite her numerous similarities to Tanner, she may be one of the most dynamic and engaging characters to ever move to Stoneybrook. Is she tall? Yes. Does she wear glasses? You bet. Does she exclusively wear pink jumpsuits? Yep! Can she move things with her mind? Maybe. Does she go on a destructive rampage after a bucket of pig’s blood is dumped on her at prom, ending with a conflagration of SMS and everyone inside of it? Guess you’ll have to listen to find...


BSCC 113 - Abby the Bad Sport

One day in 1999, a man named Bill Bannerman and the five members of a soon-to-be-VERY-famous pop punk outfit sat in a basement room with a dogeared copy of a little book called "Abby the Bad Sport." What they discovered in that tome would be the stuff of legend. Listen in as your favorite podcast boys recreate that heady conversation, delving into Abby’s rotten attitude, Shannon Kilbourne’s confusing extracurricular activities, Jackie Rodowsky’s travels through the universe, and Claudia...


BSCC 112 - Mary Anne to the Rescue

Does Cringer shrink down when he’s not Battle Cat? Will Mary Anne Spier ever overcome her many, many fears? Are the Star Wars prequel films canon? Will Mark Markson and Dave Daveson ever return from the Cauliflower Universe? Will we ever find out what Alan Gray keeps in that weird room of his? Will Jack and Tanner ever get around to discussing the book this week? These questions and many others will not be answered this week. Sorry. Music Credits: "Last Whale” "Meekness”"Memes” Thanks...


BSCC 111 - Don't Give Up, Mallory

You know what? Mallory really stuck it to the Man this week, and we’re damn proud of her. But while dear, sweet, brave Mal was busy standing up to the (admittedly handsome) Trevor Sandbourne and singlehandedly dismantling the entrenched power structures at SMS, all was not well in the rest of Stoneybrook: Dangerous new knowledge has come to light in the mysterious academic discipline known as Bread Theory; terrifying portents are, well, portended, by The Bird and The Wheelmaker; and the...


BSCC 110 - Mind Your Own Business, Kristy!

Charlie Thomas has a new girlfriend named Angela, Pamela, Sandra, or Rita, and despite the fact that she’s a Crime Girl, they are only getting sweeter (the trumpet!). Kristy doesn’t like her because she’s a Baseball Idiot (and she’s not the only one in this week’s book). Car crimes are perpetrated against the State of Connecticut, and there’s a hit new Blade (the vampire/vampire hunter) musical coming to Broadway. This one’s for you, Harry Nilsson, wherever you are now. We can’t live… if...


BSCC 109 - Claudia Kishi, Queen of the Seventh Grade

Parental advisory: There is a lot of kissing talk and smooching talk right up front and there’s honestly no way to avoid it this week because this was a book about kissing and smooching. Claudia kisses and then smooches an annoying but handsome and swoopy-haired boy named Mark Jaffe. The boys kiss the sweet feet of sweet Pete Lerangis (metaphorically speaking). And Claudia’s new friend Josh is kissed by greatness in a star turn as this week’s Baller of the Week. And even if you don’t like...


BSCC 108 - Stacey the Math Whiz

Okay, so Jack and Tanner spent a ton of their hard-earned ad revenue on new mics and recorders but then that dunce Jack hit the wrong button and essentially recorded all of this episode and the next one on his laptop mic so it sounds awful BUT there’s still a really solid episode there so try to bear with us. Stacey is a nerd now, the Deep Voice Boys are back with an exciting new role, Jack spends a LONG time perfecting a new character who LOVES smoking drugs and doing 69-ing with people...


BSCC 107 - Abby's Twin

This is an urgent message for the Pulitzer Committee: The audio from our original version of Abby’s Twin – which you so kindly singled out as being worthy of your highest honor – has been irreparably lost. But thanks to our precision, our professionalism, and our consummate skill, we have perfectly recreated every note, every beat, every moment of that epoch-defining, award-worthy episode of audio magic and are now humbly presenting that recreation for your consideration. You will not find...


BSCC 106 - Happy Holidays, Jessi

This week, Jack and Tanner talk about ████ and ████, but then Jack decides to █████ his ████ instead, so Tanner needs to █████ all over the █████. But it's only ███ miles to ████, which ██████ took ██ days to do, but ████ managed to finish in █████. There's also a new ████ in Stoneybrook, and ████ and ████ Tanner and Jack get stuck in segment █████. Music Credits: "Underpass”“Silent Night, Hallowed Night”“True” “Nyan Cat”“Jazzmasters and Delay Pedals”“Baba Yetu...


BSCC 105 - Mary Anne and the Little Princess

In a distant future, in an alternate universe, The Futuresmiths have made a decision that will affect our world, Earth-One, and the mysterious otherworld of the Baby-Sitters Club: They will send Cir-El (Supergirl) back to the present day to set in motion events that will change the multiverse forever. And it is here, in this fateful moment, that we shall find our hosts, immersing themselves in the wisdom of the great Sitters’ Cycle – from the latest news about gentle Mary Anne Spier to the...


BSCC 104 - Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout

Welcome to episode #3 of the new Baby-Sitter’s Club Club podcast, now in the darkest timeline where Claudia is back in the 7th grade, Kristy is only capable of generating bad ideas, Stacey is single, and Jackie Rodowsky is but a boy. The Sitterverse is now a dark and scary place and all the girls and residents are only in it for themselves. Abandon hope all ye who enter here. Music Credits: "Motion”"Ave Generosa”"Dream Forever” Thanks to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music...


BSCC 103 - Kristy's Worst Idea

Your two favorite Partywarts™ are standing by this week with an arsenal of jokes, classic memes, and hilarious burns for your amusement. Which is unfortunate, because this was the week that the Baby-Sitters Club has decided to disband, and the girls are barely even on speaking terms, an occasion that calls for mourning, sober analysis, and bitter, inconsolable tears. Say what you want about the BSCC, but you certainly get the full range of emotions here. Also, Jackie’s back! In...


BSCC 102 - Stacey’s Broken Heart

This week, the boys hearts are broken right alongside Stacey’s because Robert “Hangdoggy” Brewster has betrayed us all. But don’t worry, because they have the warm, open, waiting arms of both the intriguing and enigmatic Ethan AND the familiar, long-haired Pete Black waiting for all of them to “trampoline” into. Also, the boys are feeling a little Suzane in the membWeyn this week, and because of that, it’s an EXTREMELY segment light week, so STRAP IN FOR SOME ANTIQUITY DISCUSSION. Music...


BSCC 101 - Dawn and Too Many Sitters

Some alt titles for this week’s episode: “The Tragic Misadventures of Dong and Jaff Schafer” “Kristy and the Corporate Sabotage” “The Increasingly Bittersweet Feet of Sweet, Sweet Pete” “Christian Iconography in Painting – From Signorelli to Soileau” "How to Spell ‘Jacob’ With a ‘K’: A (Surprisingly Robust) Analysis” Pick whichever title you like before you dive in, but don’t forget to strap on your most serious face and prepare your very manliest voice, because we’re going to start...


BSCC 100 - Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby

It’s episode #100! Well, actually it’s probably more like episode #103 or #104? And also, the boys are discussing book #97, but let’s all go ahead and count this as an auspicious occasion, and if you don’t want to, you can kiss dirt. Tanner sings a lot (no surprises there) and Jack talks about Greek word roots a lot (no surprises there either) and both boys talk a lot about Blade Runner (which is maybe a little surprising). You know what they DON’T talk about a lot? You guess it: the book....


BSCC 099 - Abby's Lucky Thirteen

There’s no easy way of saying this, but we’re legally obligated to warn you: The boys may have accidentally unleashed a vengeful being of pure evil into our community, which you can call a Videogeist – unless you’re an influencer, in which case you might prefer to use some more up-to-date lingo like “Trans-Media Entity.” Anyway, the point is that we’re in a world of trouble this week that is at least as bad as the trouble that local Crime Girl Abby Stevenson gets into when she cheats on a...


BSCC 098 - Kristy + Bart = ?

Hope you enjoy the sound of two men doing that “Huh?!” sound from Home Improvement, because Jack and Tanner do it A LOT this week. There are also a lot of equations and algorithms in this book, so I hope you also enjoy the sound of two men trying to formulate and then solve math problems. Oh, and Baby Nation, we’re not here to kink shame you, but if you are into “arm stuff” we just ask that you do it safely and responsibly. Music Credits: “Kallaloe”“I Knew A Guy”“Dances and Dames”"Night...