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Baby-sitters Club on Netflix Season 2, Stoneybrookers! You KNOW that we binged the whole thing on Monday! This is a freeform episode describing our initial thoughts. The summary: A++! And… we have questions. Hopefully we will get to ask them someday! In the meantime, we love all of YOU in an almost "concerningly aggressive" fashion (to quote Richar…
 
START SPREADING THE NEWS…. It’s the guest you’ve all been waiting for! Our childhood friend Michele Fletcher, Sacramento’s answer to Stacey McGill, joins us to discuss SS6! There are random dogs, British children, art classes, lots of shopping, boy ballerinas, and, of course, no vacation is complete without babysitting. We’ve all lived in NYC, but …
 
We are so excited to welcome Jody Worthington, of The Blume Saloon (a Judy Blume Book Club!) to discuss Book 44 with us! The kids at Stoneybrook Elementary School have penpals in the Zuni tribe and—yikes!—their school and many of their homes burn down! We discuss the psychological benefits of altruism, the white savior-dom of this whole enterprise,…
 
It’s finally here! Stacey’s brittle diabetes breakdown, foreshadowed in so many books, comes to a head. Also, the McGills are being TERRIBLE. We discuss illness anxiety disorder, diabetes noncompliance, self-esteem, the environmental impact of hospitals… oh, and cootie catchers. FYI LINK: Terrifying Stats About Health Care Waste…
 
More mysterious things are happening in Stoneybrook and something is out to sabotage Jessi’s starring role in Sleeping Beauty! But it’s not the spooky, Casper the Friendly Ghost kind of mystery—this is just... straight-up malicious? Yikes. Then add in a lot of envy and you’ve got yourself a dangerous mix of ballerinas behaving badly. Thankfully, Es…
 
THE TIME HAS COME FOR LOGAN’S COMEUPPANCE. Okay. So it wasn’t THAT dramatic, but Mary Anne dumps Logan! A mix of emotions washes over Emily—is she happy, is she sad?—and she doesn’t even know what to make of it, y’all. We have some fun, though. We talk a lot about the oppression of manufactured “Romance” from Logan and MA all the way down to elemen…
 
We are happy to be joined by guests Marisa Crawford and Megan Milks, the editors of the fantastic new anthology We are the Baby-sitters Club! We dish on 1990s girl culture, Logan makes a comeback thanks to Megan’s thoughtful insights, and we try to decide what the heck IS a California girl (other than all three of your hosts)? Mikhail Gorbachev als…
 
Mallory is newly “poor” and the mean girls of Stoneybrook aren’t having it. Emily teaches us some important stuff about the welfare state (or the one we SHOULD have) and Esme is tired of Mr. Pike’s bullshit almost before it starts. Anne dishes EVEN MORE on “I Love Lucy” and we discuss beef between Hall and Oates vis-a-vis “We are the World.” FYI Li…
 
It’s been ONE YEAR since our debut Stuck in Stoneybrook episode! You guys have stuck—see what we did there?—with us through arguably one of the toughest years in recent history. But now we have many vaccines, a new president, AND a second season of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix is on the way. So this episode is dedicated to you, dear listener. W…
 
Breaking news: Bart is still hot! (Should we make this shirt?) We really enjoyed discussing this one—we delve into Cokie Mason’s mean girl motivation, whether Bart’s “moves” are realistic, what H.W. Bush press conference did Kristy tune into on the radio, and the first computer shows up in Stoneybrook, CT! If only the BSC hung around long enough to…
 
We are joined by the author and activist Kate Schatz to try to make heads or tails of this completely bizarre and molto problematic book. Topics include the writing process (or lack thereof?) of ghostwriter Mary Lou Kennedy, what specific kind of predator is Travis, and a dramatic reading of Zach the toxic misogynist defending ‘Merica. Most importa…
 
Hey y’all! Anne & Esme joined Jody & Allison on the Blume Saloon this past week! We both voraciously consumed Judy Blume back in the day (at basically the same rate as we read the BSC!). We were thrilled to join them for their wrap-up episode about “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself.” We discuss animal sex, Jane Russell, and competitive twirlin…
 
Jessi’s gets her legwarmers in a twist over the new Ramsey Family caregiver, Aunt Cecilia Dictator. Emily just has two “tiny” topics to cover: domestic labor and respectability politics. NBD. Meanwhile, Anne’s obsession with culturally weird, but significant foods continues as she teaches us about Tang. Poor Aunt Cecilia. Maybe she should join Nann…
 
Dawn crumbles, Claudia excels, Anne relates, Jeff saves the day. Also we discuss what is and isn’t believable, fun little gender asides, which candy bars would be best and worst on a deserted island, and why this is our favorite Super Special so far. Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale! FYI Links: Pete Warner Obituary “Stuck in Stoneybrook” is ed…
 
Ronald Hennessey, wherefore art thou? We continue our series on indigenous erasure in Stoneybrook, as Emily links our love of property ownership with “ancient burial ground” ghost/horror tropes. We discuss in-groups and superordinate goals as a way to bring people together, and then get lost in a pop culture nugget-fest. Oh yeah—and there is a myst…
 
“Not enough boys” is more like it! Emily rants about public pools, Esme revels in Sea City, and Anne has a thing or two to say about Mary Anne’s “unrealistically mature” ice cream flavor preferences. We discuss crushes and how bummed we are that MA didn’t dump Logan, and also have some friendly Pike criticism. This also marks the first time your ho…
 
Janine wins her “ten millionth award” and Claudia concludes she must be adopted! Esme loves this as a metaphor for adolescent identity development, but Anne and Em are just… whelmed. We discuss the neoliberalization of colleges (appropos of Janine and her community college courses) and reflect more on racism, racism, and “Asian-ness” in Stoneybrook…
 
We welcome special guest, child clinical psychologist and autism expert, Dr. Whitney Ence, to help us unravel the “Secret of Susan.” Learn some basics about autism and discuss what holds up in this book about representation and inclusion and what… doesn’t. We learned everything we knew about autism in the late 1980s from “Rain Man” and Ann M. Marti…
 
“Am I awesome or do I suck?” Emily has an identity crisis this episode as she discovers what a B Dawn is to her new family. We discuss the research on blended families and detour into talk show culture in 1990. We sort of wish we were in the “Pike Plague” and not here in this pandemic, too. FYI Links: Attend a History Happy Hour about baby-sitters …
 
Sharon and Richard are finally tying the knot! Mary Anne’s feelings are complicated. Is she being her sensitive introvert self, or is she slut-shaming Sharon? Is Sharon a manic pixie dream girl or Oscar Madison? Does Emily know what a gum chain is? Find the answers to these questions and more this week on part one of the “Dawn & MA become sisters” …
 
Mary Anne is annoying. Kristy gets too competitive. Dawn gets super bummed. Mallory is a bad spy. Jessi learns a “lesson.” And Stacey and Claudia have crushes on a boy and a MAN named name GUY and PIERRE. Join us as we discuss of all of this, plus rich people and skiing, and how the BSC has to work EVERYWHERE THEY GO. Detours involve Vitameatavegam…
 
In a perfect world, we’d be leisurely drinking Arnold Palmers out of reusable straws while reading BSC books in preparation for our weekly recording. HOWEVERRRRRR, dumb necessary jobs, moving houses, family obligations, and oh yeah, a pandemic, have really put a cramp in our podcasting plans. Farts. Give a listen to what Esme has to say for the ful…
 
A hundred year old diary!? Sign. Us. Up. Mal is also on the case, with help from Madame Kristin and Buddy Barrett. We also discuss the People’s Court, crushes on teachers, and why we like a mystery. If this sounds random—you are correct—but like a mystery, it ALL comes together in the end.By Stuck in Stoneybrook
 
We are dibbly stoked to again welcome a special guest, novelist Robin Benway! We discuss writing, diabetes representation, and the McGills’ divorce, of course! Side trails lead us to supportive friendships, the kind of divorce processes that help kids thrive, and what kind of feminist is Mrs. McGill, anyway? Also a brief discussion of the weird fru…
 
This book was BORING, and we don’t even have Anne to bring the fun. Esme and Emily do their best to punch it up and understand the “plots” of this snoozer. We do another BSC Big 5 and we discuss Reagan and his influence over Hollywood, though. Nothing magical here, Jessi or otherwise. “Stuck in Stoneybrook” is edited by Emily Crandall. Theme song w…
 
We are very excited to welcome special guest Sue Ding, creator of the fabulous documentary The Claudia Kishi Club! It’s a bummer of a book, of course, but such a classic, we were excited to discuss it with her and hear all about her Claudia expertise. We discuss the grief and dying process as portrayed in Stoneybrook, and Emily lightens it up with …
 
We are stumbling to the end of 2020 like all of you! At least we get a little detour to fancy summer camp! We talk about camp in culture, fake “Indian-ness,” and dangerous ideas about asylums and murderers. And oh! The heteronormativity! Guest appearance by a leaf blower. Happy New Year, Stoneybrookers! FYI Links: This American Life episode featuri…
 
What. The. Logan. We are all pretty disgusted with him, especially Emily (surprise!). Apparently beefing it in middle school baseball is all the rationale you need for being a jerk when your girlfriend’s kitten is MISSING. Luckily, Anne cheers us up with a top ten of famous cats. FYI Links: Jenna Bush Hager discusses "where are they now?" with AMM …
 
Everyone, the dads in Stoneybrook SUUUUUUUUUUUCK and—surprise!—Emily has some thoughts about it! We dive into queer theory and Kristy’s question of “what makes a family?” as we meet Emily Michelle and discuss Anne’s affinity for all things carnival-related. FYI Links: TMBG song about families Transracial adoption and identity development Living a F…
 
Three Californians discuss visiting their home state from the East Coast and wanting to go back. Oh, and Dawn is there in this book. This one is a fun romp into stereotypes of CA and what legitimately makes it great. Bring on the avocados and spider plants! “Stuck in Stoneybrook” is edited by Emily Crandall. Theme song written and recorded by Gary …
 
Jessi takes care of approximately one thousand animals and the BSC learns about democracy… or do they? We get another great Kristy apology, Anne teaches us about advertising, and we learn about her trypophobia (but it does NOT apply to candy). Also, we recover from our relief that our US election was finally called (in a non-fascist direction!). FY…
 
Why doesn’t Linda Arnold notice that her identical twins are pissed? Thank goodness Mallory can come to the rescue! We discuss twin talk, piercings, and the now-dead teenage pastime of cruising the malls. Ah. The mall. We can practically smell the Mrs. Fields cookies—oh, and Wet Seal is right around the corner from the Hot Dog on a Stick. Page us w…
 
Kristy sees cute boy. Bart is hot. They play softball. This is the level of discourse on this episode, so be forewarned. We discuss kids and sports, Title IX, and the fact that Gabbie Perkins is a TWO YEAR OLD playing softball. Honestly, though? We loved this one. “Stuck in Stoneybrook” is edited by Emily Crandall. Theme song written and recorded b…
 
Poor Claudia gets stuck baby-sitting a practical joker and it turns out her pranks are decidedly NOT funny. (“Oh haha… YOU BROKE MY LEG.”) Anne and Emily grill Esme on what the F is up with Betsy Sobak. Are practical jokes inherently antisocial? Also, Anne relives a little of her golden age at ELLEgirl and we discuss both punk’d and Chicken Soup fo…
 
How dangerous was New York in 1988, really? We discuss failed federal and city policies that lead to the McGills needing to band together with their neighbors on the Upper West Side to solve the homelessness crisis on their own. Also, what factors predict healthier outcomes when young teens have bouts of friendship jealousy (looking at you, Laine a…
 
Well, look who’s here—Cokie Mason finally shows up so she and Grace can fail the Bechdel test while the BSC is just trying to have a fun Halloween! Emily teaches us about the origins of the term “Tomboy” (spoiler: it’s bad news), we look at ancient psych research showing that people who are superstitious are basically defective, and it’s Halloween …
 
We have another great guest! We are joined by playwright/writer Jeff Augustin, who knows a thing or two about being Black in New England. We discuss Ann M. Martin’s crusade for inclusion of all kids, the dangers of equating different types of oppression, and whether or not Jessi is… too perfect. Jeff is very into the chunky sweaters and does a litt…
 
You all will be shocked (shocked!), but Emily has some thoughts on pageants. Two-thirds of the BSC get weirdly competitive and how is pageant coaching at all relevant to baby-sitting? Jeff finally sails back home to sunny Califooornia and Dawn and Sharon are crushed. Oh, and Anne gives us a history lesson on an asshole that stole a woman’s idea and…
 
HELLLLLLLLLLLLO, Mallory! Welcome aboard! Mal (and Jessi!) finally join the club, but boy, the members of the BSC sure don’t make it easy. We discuss racial identity development in Stoneybrook, the racist structures of 1988 and today, and the audacity of Mal’s whitesplaining of the concept of “soy sauce” to Claudia. Also, why do girls love horses? …
 
Start spreadin’ the neeews—Stacey’s going back to the Big Apple! We discuss the effect of moving on kids and also the role personality plays in both moving and salespersonship, which leads Emily to lament their correlating of capitalism and intelligence in this book. Also, are the Pikes just acting out Cold War hysteria on their poor French neighbo…
 
IT’S THE FIRST SUPER SPECIAL! Truth be told—this was weirder than we remember and decided that the Super Specials take place in some kind of BSC alternate reality. Emily/Dawn wasn’t feeling it, especially about how cruises are bad for the environment (like, horrible) and local economies. But, still—best friends, adventures, Disney World. Let’s allo…
 
Claudia’s an ARTIST, people. A real artist. The baby-sitters just don’t GET IT. At least ASHLEY WYETH does. We discuss ambition and work-as-identity and the way these things prop up the capitalist system. Is Ashley a revolutionary or a Sheryl Sandberg? Can a thirteen year old girl be a mansplainer? And why is Ashley’s prairiecore fashion sense such…
 
You guys!!! This isn’t about snobs, it’s about LOUIE DYING. Sobsobsob. That said, we get to hear a lot about the weird attributes of high-end Stoneybrook homes, have some more strict gender binary attitudes for dogs, and Esme gets to explain negative reinforcement (trust us, it’s very exciting). Also, another listener gets to find out their BSC Big…
 
We have our first guest! We are joined by YA novelist and political organizer Melissa Walker to discuss teen romance (both believable and not), because here comes Logan Bruno from “Luevulle”! From Logan being too confident to analyzing Mary Anne’s behavior as shyness or social anxiety, we ponder questionable adolescent behavior. And who exactly is …
 
Whooooooooo… Heeeeeelp me… oh, hey! We didn’t see you there. Not much happens in this book, but we do dive into why people like getting scared and how it’s dangerous to conflate mentally ill people with crime and, apparently, ghosts. Also, Anne takes the DEEPEST dive into who Cam Geary was based on. You don’t want to miss it. FYI Links: A lit revie…
 
Follow Stacey on her romantic roller coaster from Scott the man lifeguard (depicted by cover artist Hodges Soileau as at least 37 years old) to Toby the “hilarious” 14 year old (“perfect!”). Mary Anne is pissed, and reasonably so. Also, more on what is the deal with those Pikes? Mother’s helpers v. parents’ helpers, and was Ann M. Martin trying to …
 
We all get hit with all the feels in the episode. Love Mimi. Love Janine. Love sisters. Hate transphobia about Louie the collie—let him (Or her? Or them?) be! Also, we create a “BSC Big Five” personality assessment to help a listener figure out which baby-sitter(s) she is, and Anne goes on a both a long junk food rant (of course) and into a fanfic …
 
We attempt to resolve one of the great contradictions of Esme’s life: hating make-up and other feminizing societal constraints and also being obsessed with weddings (Emily blames this book). So many questions abound in this episode: How heteronormative *IS* this book? Why does Watson have three toaster ovens? Also is Stacey’s mom… Stacy’s Mom? FYI …
 
Emily cries a lot because her childhood memory of herself as Dawn is even more accurate than expected. Oh, the emotional labor! We are fired up about a lot of things in this episode, including the white washing of 1700s Connecticut and class wars in Stoneybrook (spoiler: they’re between rich white people). And hey, was Dawn hinting at global climat…
 
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