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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 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...


BSCC 097 - Stacey McGill, Super Sitter

Having seen the error of her ways after falling in with Crime Girls, Stacey McGill is riding the baby-sitting dragon again, but she’s not out of danger yet! That’s right, the Herald has appeared, the clairvoyant has spoken her baleful prophecy, and it won’t be too long now before those adorable little Otter Bishops start preaching about the end of days. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom this week, because the boys are paid a visit by their dear friend Handel, Logan finally decided...


BSCC 096 - Mary Anne and the Memory Garden

A life is cut tragically short this week and all of Stoneybrook comes together for a funeral for their friend Amelia. She was just thirteen years old when the ultimate killing machine, Doomsday, escaped its underground prison and fought her on the streets of Metropolis, leading to her tragic and untimely death and ultimately to the rise of four new heroes: Cyborg Amelia, Amelia of Steel, Ameliaboy, and the mysterious Last Amelia of Krypton. But can these new heroes stand up to villains...


BSCC 095 - Mallory's Christmas Wish

Hello and welcome to “Kissing Advice” with Jack and Tanner! In this very special and extremely timely Christmas-themed episode, the boys will take you through their top tips for tying tongues, whether you’re a seasoned kisser, a first-timer, or just someone who has a lot of mistletoe hanging in your house and needs to brush up on their smooching game. But mistletoe-induced snogging isn’t the only thing these Christmas boys have on their minds, because Mallory Pike’s devastatingly handsome...


BSCC 094 - Claudia and the First Thanksgiving

Reasons we did the podcast this week: Music Credits: "Rocinante's Lament"“Cantate Domino”“Puzzle VIP” Thanks to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music and Superbrat for the outro music.


BSCC 093 - Welcome to the BSC, Abby

Who was John Stevenson and what did he know? These are some of the tough questions that this fascinating novel asks us, but it also asks us to look deep inside ourselves and take an unerring look at what we might find there. Which is exactly what our brave boys do this week, as they grapple with difficult truths like whether new baby-sitter Abby Stevenson is the best baby-sitter now that Dawn’s gone; whether it’s ever appropriate to question Kristy Thomas’s authority; and what, precisely,...


BSCC Special Christmas

If you’re caught up with BSCC episodes, it’s a very special Christmas episode, delivered to you hot and fresh on Christmas day! If you’re not caught up, and you’re listening to this at any other time, sorry about the weird Christmas episode randomly thrown into the middle of your feed! We hope it gets you into the Christmas spirit, even if it’s, like, May or whatever. We’re doing something new this week and watching an episode of a TV program instead of reading a book. But not just any TV...


BSCC 092 - Kristy and the Dirty Diapers

It’s a time of rebirth in Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Out with the old, in the with the new. Dawn is dead and gone, and in her place, a new sitter must rise. And with a new sitter comes a new baby to be sat, this time in the frightening form of a video/VHS/well/water demon named Drusilla Destiny who Jack and Tanner are definitely going to keep an eye on. Sweet Pete also introduces an incredible new character called Abby Stevenson and she’s an instant favorite, but she comes with a LOT of...


BSCC 091 - Farewell, Dawn

Get your tissues ready and put your crying hats on, Baby Nation, because this one’s a sad one! Set during the First World War, "Farewell, Dawn" follows the fortunes of the American paramedic Frederic Henry and an English nurse named Catherine Barkley. Against all odds, their love blossoms as the bombs and shrapnel explode around them, but they are ultimately doomed, not by the destruction and war where their love was born, but the quiet, aching stillness of solitude where it will...


BSCC 090 - Stacey and the Bad Girls

Extra long episode this week, Baby Nation! Tanner is back from a week in Germany, and for some reason, the boys thought it’d be a good decision to do a late night record while Tanner was still reeling from the effects of jet lag, so Jack has a really hard time keeping this one on the rails. There’s A LOT of singing. Too much singing. Sorry for all the singing. Stacey (with a soft ‘c’) or Stacey (with a hard ‘c’) (we’re not sure how it’s pronounced) has a run in with some bad girls who...


BSCC 089 - Mary Anne and Camp BSC

What seems at first to be a very straightforward “paint-by-numbers” installment in the sitterverse (yawn: the sitters hold a day camp for some of their charges) turns out to be an intricate, surprising, and genuinely frightening origin story for Mary Anne Spier herself. As the boys pick apart the strands in this delicate tapestry woven by Ann M. Martin and the great Nola Thacker, they begin to wonder whether they’ve uncovered something that none of us were meant to know. Because this one...


BSCC 088 - Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO!

To really get this week’s episode, you’re going to need to remember a lot of the plot details from Inception, and you’re going to need to know A LOT about the short lived meme that was Dawn Siff’s Vine video resume. Oh, you’ll also probably want to have heard at least a few episodes of This American Life. So, a lot of prerequisites for this one, but it’s really worth it. Claudia gets a radio show on WSTO, Tanner delivers some very interesting factoids about terrestrial broadcast standards,...


BSCC 087 - Dawn and the School Spirit War

There’s a ding dang civil war this week, Baby Nation (we’re saying “ding dang” now, apparently), and it looks like the beautiful friendships that we’ve been following for 83 books so far are starting to fall apart at the seams. We always knew that something was going to be the catalyst for the BSC apocalypse we witnessed in this book but never in a million years could either of us have predicted that it was going to be Mary Anne’s pajamas. And to make matters worse, the civil war between...


BSCC 086 - Stacey vs. the BSC

Ding Dong, Baby Nation! The witch is dead! Which old witch? Stacey McGill, that’s who! This week Stacey gets into a big fight with all the other members of the Baby-sitter’s Club and they finally do the right thing and cut her loose. And, listen, Tanner isn’t here to say that he told you so, BUT HE TOLD YOU SO! Other talking points include whether or not pineapple is an appropriate topping for pizza (it’s not), a new light-bringer pulling the strings in Stoneybrook, and something else that...


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