American Girls
Purls of Wisdom: Molly Learns a Lesson

Purls of Wisdom: Molly Learns a Lesson

November 23, 2020

In the second Molly book, we learn 7x8 and who we can appreciate.  Molly’s plucky scheming streak continues when she refuses to take part in a group knitting project. Eventually, she surrenders and learns a lesson about allies and how to befriend an Alison. In our coverage, we continue to grapple with the great existential question of what it means to be a Molly, and much more. Tune in for our discussion of education in the 1940s, nationalism, and  lessons not learned on this season of Bachelorette. 

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Turnip for What: Meet Molly

Turnip for What: Meet Molly

November 9, 2020

Molly wore a blueberry beret, and we think we love her. In this episode, we take a look at the first Molly book & the story that launched our love of American Girl. A surprising amount of this book hinges on a vegetable and a hula outfit. We tackle these plots and zoom out a bit to talk about wartime sacrifice and colonial costumes. We also talk about the Clare of it all and what is perhaps the most shocking season of Bachelorette to date.

 

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Care and Keeping of You: Burnout

Care and Keeping of You: Burnout

October 26, 2020

Would Molly McIntire bring a boomer ethic into her workplace? Is there a world in which Samantha Parkington experiences burnout? In this very special episode, we talked with Anne Helen Petersen, journalist and author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. In the spirit of the classic Care and Keeping of You Books, we chatted with Anne about self-care and social change. You won't want to miss Anne's Samantha story, her Kirsten insights, and her take on coping with the pandemic.

 

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Samantha Spinoff Part 2: Suffrage, Zines, and More

Samantha Spinoff Part 2: Suffrage, Zines, and More

October 12, 2020

In this second Samantha spinoff, we speak with Dr. Allison Lange, a
historian of women's suffrage and visual culture. She talks about Aunt
Cornelia's speech style, the Susan B. Anthony Barbie, and Black
suffragists you ought to know (plus much more). This episode also has
a rich visual accompaniment: the long-awaited, never-asked-for
first-of-its-kind Gard Zine! You won't want to miss this homemade
magazine (zine) filled with amazing Gard content. From a listicle
about the Henry Ford Museum to local versions of great Gard, our
listeners really outdid themselves. You'll never think of Uncle Gard,
Car Culture, or the Saturn brand the same again. Special thanks to our
dear friend Eric, who has now lent his ears and his voice in support
of the show. Opening fan fiction piece submitted by listener Danni Z.
and shared with permission.

 

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Samantha Spinoff Part 1

Samantha Spinoff Part 1

September 28, 2020

In this Samantha spinoff, we were so pleased to be joined by Rebecca
Brenner Graham, a D.C. based historian. An expert on the postal
service, Rebecca studies the Sunday mail service (which was a thing
until just over 100 years ago!) as a way to understand religion-state
relations in the 1800s. Rebecca will take you to Such Great Heights
and give you a whole other understanding of mail as a function of
democracy and friendship culture. This episode also includes our take
on Courtney Moore, a Pacman-loving American Girl from 1986 released
this month.

 

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Made for TV: An American Girl Holiday

Made for TV: An American Girl Holiday

September 14, 2020

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.

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Whoa, Nellie: Changes for Samantha

Whoa, Nellie: Changes for Samantha

August 31, 2020

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.

 

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A Tripp Overboard: Samantha Saves the Day

A Tripp Overboard: Samantha Saves the Day

August 17, 2020

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).

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A Terrible Two and a Tenth Birthday

A Terrible Two and a Tenth Birthday

August 3, 2020

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.

 

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To Grandmary’s House We Go … for Samantha’s Surprise

To Grandmary’s House We Go … for Samantha’s Surprise

July 20, 2020

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.

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