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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.








BSCSC 008 - Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake holds many mysteries – including a disappearing family that haunts its islands and a big scary monster that lurks in in its depths – but Stacey McGill and Sam Thomas’s fiery, tumultuous romance is the biggest, juiciest mystery of all. Why is Stacey interested in Sam even though he insists on calling her “Dahling”? Why has Hodges painted Stacey with a pained grimace on her face as she and Sam dance? The boys dig into these pressing questions, with a short break to say a painful...


1998: The Podcast 001

Welcome to pilot two of three! This week, Jack and Tanner go back to the first good year, the last good year, and possibly the only good year in living history: 1998. Each week on 1998: The Podcast, the boys will select some fondly remembered pieces of media from that fine year to discuss. This week, the selections are: The REM album "Up"Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu EditionThe Buffy the Vampire Slayer season two finale "Becoming" parts one and two I'll go ahead and warn you in advance...


BSCSC 007 - Snowbound

Ann’s back with a whole lot more snow and a rare and surprising tribute to the heroic men who are so often unsung in these novels – He-Man’s friend Man-E-Faces, Jason X (or “Space Jason”), the Mouse King, Quint, and of course Logan Bruno, the dreamiest boy on two skis. Meanwhile, Stacey gets trapped in a car, Kristy has to hide her pajamas from Bart, and the horrifying Hounds of Tindalos are back again to drain your fluids with their hollow proboscises. And a brand new rule in the Wandering...


BSCC: On Christmas Eve

For this bonus Holiday Special episode, the boys delve into a book that Ann has been trying to keep secret from us. A book so dangerous that it may hold the key to the door that forever opens our Snow Globe world to the powerful alien presence that skulks on its periphery, sniffing at the human souls it longs to possess, reaching with its tendriled hands towards all the little girls and boys building snowmen and roasting chestnuts over an open fire – oblivious to the terrors that lurk just a...


BSCSC 006: New York, New York!

This week the girls of the BSC fuggedaboutit! as they leave Stoneybrook and schlep to the mean hard streets of the Big Apple! Watch out, cause these bridge and tunnel kids are definitely walkin’ here! on their way to get a bagel with a schmear! from the nearest bodega! Then when they’re done with that, maybe they’ll wait on line and get a plain slice of pizza or a famous New York taco on Houston street, which is pronounced like “house-ton” and not like “hugh-ston” Also, the city is infested...


BSCSC 005 - California Girls!

The BSC is undeniable this week. Fine, fresh, fierce, and they’ve got it on lock. Except of course when Stacey is committing Surf Crimes, Car Crimes, and a whole host of other felonious activities. Or when Mallory’s committing Fashion Crimes and Hair Crimes. Or when Kristy’s just being kind of generally overbearing. How come Katy Perry never talks about any of that when she’s naively singing the praises of these California Girls? That’s the real crime. Oh, also, an ancient evil is back, so...


BSCSC 004 - Baby-Sitters' Island Adventure

The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #4: Baby-Sitters' Island Adventure chronicles the peripatetic appointments and encounters of Claudia Kishi and Dawn Schafer in Stoneybrook in the course of an ordinary day, 10 June 1991. "Claudia" is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between the poem and the novel, with structural correspondences between the characters and experiences of Claudia/Dawn and Odysseus,...


SSVB 001 - Double Love

The pilot episode of the Sweet Sweet Valley Boys brings you deep into the heart of Sweet Valley, a mysterious enclave in a dystopian future where America has fractured into warring city-states and sentient machines stalk what remains of the continent. To make matters worse, Elizabeth wants to invite Todd to the dance, but Jessica is getting in her way by spreading lies! Meanwhile, Steve is bringing shame to the whole Wakefield clan by dating someone from the wrong side of the tracks, and...


BSCSC 003 - Baby-Sitters' Winter Vacation

The Leicester Lounge hungers, and the only thing that can sate its twisted appetite is the laughter of children echoing through its halls. The girls do their dark work this week by first delivering themselves and other children to the Lodge and then by conspiring with greater powers to trap everyone within the Lodge forever. Will they ever see the light of day again? Will Leicester Lodge prove to be a mausoleum of ice? Will Claudia date an adult man, even though he has a wife and children?...


BSCSC 002 - Baby-Sitters' Summer Vacation

Welcome to Lake Whatever, where every man, woman, and baby-sitter who swims in its waters must come face-to-face with their greatest fear. A faceless monster, a trio of escaped murderers, a first true love, an unwanted makeover, and an especially amorous Logan Bruno are just a few of the trials that the girls must face this week, while the boys grapple with the difficult case law around what is and isn’t cool and develop a powerful – and incredibly dangerous – new catchphrase. Music...


BSCSC 001 - Baby-sitters on Board!

Welcome to the Baby-Sitters Club SUPER (Special) Club! A totally new IP and concept brought to you by Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring, two promising young podcasters with a lot to prove. In this inaugural episode, Jack and Tanner discuss the very first Super Special book for the first time in their lives. Will the five members of the Baby-sitters Club make it through this cruise together? Will Jack and Tanner make it through this new show? Listen and find out! Music Credits: “Sad...


BSCC 136 - The Fire at Mary Anne's House, Part 2 of 2

As Jackie Rodowsky knows all too well, there is an infinity of possible worlds in the great expanse of existence, but even Jackie Rodowsky would tell you – with his birds’ eye view – that every single one of them is aflame right now. And as the great fire spreads, its indifferent tendrils creep towards some very familiar figures: The people of Stoneybrook, who stand arm in arm against the encroaching terror; Ann and her extraordinary ghostwriters, who are helpless to prevent it; and Mary...


BSCC 135 - The Fire at Mary Anne's House, Part 1 of 2

Kristy's trying to organize the BSC to enter a baby-sitting contest from a magazine, but Ann has other plans: To burn it all to the ground. Oh, and Mary Anne's house is alive. And it's calling to her. And no matter what we do to hold it back, the cleansing fire will consume us and transform us. But not before we graduate from Cool School! Welcome to part one of two episodes that will change the course of human history. Music credits: “Beyond the Veil,” by Dreamstate Logic “Dramatic...


BSCC: The Hatchet Order

Sike! You thought! Nope! Finale isn’t happening this week. Jack needed an extra week to work on the final episode(s). Instead, you get this special treat! Two preeminent scholars in their field will delight your senses with a complete walkthrough of the infamous Baby-Sitters Club “Hatchet Order.” Join them as they do an exhaustive book-by-book analysis (well, about a quarter of the books before they got bored) of the parallels and resonant melodies between BSC books 1 through 32 and books...


BSCC 133 - Stacey's Movie

Welcome to the Cokie Mason Academy of What Is and Is Not Cool, I am your professor Joe Joesson and I am joined today by Dean Throbdong and his unusually large family. We hope that your time at our school is productive and useful, especially you young men out there. Whether you’re joining us here in the School of Arts & Sciences, uncovering the coolest possible things, or you’re working on your engineering degree over at the School of Sciences, perhaps unlocking the secrets to the infinitely...


BSCC 132: Kristy at Bat

Y’all ready for this? Tanner wasn’t, because he lost his notes. But honestly what decent person could truly be prepared to say goodbye to Kristy and leave her to the purging flames that Ann is preparing for the final novel in the Sitters’ Cycle? Only a monster would even ask the question. It’s not all doom and gloom though, because Kristy is as luminescent as ever in this book, bravely taking on Ann’s greatest fear even as her world closes in on her in a cataclysm of supervillains,...


BSCC: Little Sister - Karen's Little Sister

Ever wished you could spend 30 full minutes hearing two grown men argue heatedly about the difference between a little sister and a middle sister? Well, if so, you’re in for quite a treat. Karen Brewer has a little sister on this week’s very special Little Sister: Little Episode, and the infuriating paradox that fact creates might just tear these boys apart. Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.


BSCC 131 - Claudia and the Little Liar

This week the Baby-Sitters Club Club (BSCC) is more like the The Video-Games Club Club (VGCC) because gamer geek Suzanne couldn’t help herself and peppered this entire book with endless references to her favorite imported Japanese video games from the late 1990s. When she’s not going on and on about Crash Team Racing or Rockman, Suzanne did manage to find a few pages to discuss Haley Braddock’s lies, Claudia’s break-up, and DEFINITELY NOT purple orbs. Music Credits: “Action”“Limitless”“You...


BSCC 130 - Abby's Un-Valentine

This one goes out to Boo-Boo. What a life to take. What a bond to break. We’ll all be missing you Boo-Boo, but the show must go on and this week the boys managed to pull themselves together just enough to discuss Abby’s misadventures in love, a new theory of the mysterious Cat People, and the true, official reading order for the BSC series. Also, Bee Theory may be wrong. Happy reading! Music credits: “Speakeasy,” by Sound Ideas “Empty Promise,” by UEMonthly “Don’t Leave Me,” by Lionel...


BSCC 129 - The All-New Mallory Pike

There’s a new girl in Riverbend this week named Mallory Pike, and she’s all new! We all know and love our Riverbend Gals: Smee, Jen, Sarah… but who is this enigmatic new Mallory character?! We may never know! Also this week: a bitter farewell to Mark Markson, what Amelia Earhart’s mysterious disappearance means for Mallory, and a hot new segment called the M-M-M-M-MILES MOMENT! Music Credits: "Empty Days”"Here It Was (2018 Remaster)”"Epilogue 1849”"Angel (feat. Parker Polhill & Bibiane...