Episode 102 – Ramona and Her Mother

Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary

Flashback Summer continues as we revisit everyone’s favorite little sister. Becca and Katelyn joined us to discuss Beverly Cleary’s classic Ramona and Her Mother. Relive the thrill of squeezing out an entire tube of toothpaste and the tragedy of a bad haircut! Listen to this while making a tasty gelatine salad for your next dinner party.

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Footnotes: Ramona TV series on YouTube

The Ageless Appeal of Beverly Cleary by Pamela Paul

10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Books

Candy Pairing: Becca says gummy bears, Kait says generic hard candy,  Katelyn says dinner mints, Renata says Jello salad.

Coming up next: Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

 

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Episode 101 – The Ghost in The Third Row

The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville

We’re launching our third Flashback Summer with one of Kait’s most formative childhood books. Author Becky Allen (@allreb) joined us to discuss The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville, a middle-grade mystery that’s aged surprisingly well, much like a slightly haunted historic theater. Join us for a tween theatrical drama with a higher body count and more satisfying emotional resolution than the Phantom of the Opera!

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Footnotes: Ten Books that Terrified Us As Kids (But We Read Them Anyway)

Candy Pairing: Becky says Choward’s violet mints, Kait says yogurt covered raisins,  Renata says Dots.

Coming up next: Ramona and her Mother by Beverly Cleary.

 

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Episode 100 – Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s our 100th episode! Kait, Renata, and their editor Becca have been studying up on our bad book trivia for years to be able to process Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This has been one of our most-requested books over the years, so we weren’t surprised when it won our listener poll for the 100th episode. We were surprised by how it was almost exactly like all the parodies of it we saw on Twitter. Thanks to all our listeners for helping us make it to 100 episodes! We love you all so much we want to stand in your yards and play this episode on a boombox.

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Footnotes: John Mulaney explains Back to the Future

The 6 Most Absurd Product Placements in Video Game History

Monster Factory: The Boy Mayor of Second Life

Monster Factory: Second Life, Second Chances

DM’s Deep Dive: D&D Economics

Grandma Shirley Plays Skyrim

Candy pairing:  Becca says Skittles, Kait says Airheads,  Renata says the description of a sugar molecule.

Coming up next: The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville.

 

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Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Y’all know TFW you’re an extremely powerful faerie who has an important role to play in a war to save all of magic-kind, but you’re also extremely DTF? Meredith Goldstein (@MeredithGoldste), author and advice columnist for The Boston Globe’s Love Letters column and podcast, knows all about that feel, so we invited her to discuss A Court of Wings and Ruin, as well as the rest of Sarah J. Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses YA fantasy series.  If you take a drink every time we mix up the titles of these books, then you probably won’t notice all the times we mess up the characters’ names!

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Footnotes: What Happened in A Court of Thorns and Roses?

What Happened in A Court of Mist and Fury?

“The Mate Rules” in Sarah J. Maas’s series

Candy pairing:  Kait says a bag of trail mix with gummy penises, Meredith says cotton candy, Renata says edible underwear.

Coming up next: Our 100th Episode – book TBD!

 

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Episode 98 – Unmasked

Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Wbber

Kait and Renata decided that this podcast didn’t have enough musical theater references, so they invited their Jellicle friends Ashley and Stacey to read Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir UnmaskedJoin us to learn more than we ever wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s child bride, and not as much as Duarte wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cats. We apologize in advance for all the earworms.

Special note: Our 100th episode is coming up! Please vote on what we should read for the occasion.

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Footnotes: Renata’s Highly Subjective Audio-Visual Guide to the World of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber to quit House of Lords due to Brexit making his schedule ‘impossibly’ busy

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Andrew Lloyd Webber Rap

Comedy Bang! Bang!: John C. Reilly, Ice-T, & Andrew Lloyd Webber Call in from a Hot Air Balloon

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “MUSICAL; THEATRE” with guests THE BOTH (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Episode 1

Candy pairing:  Ashley says Trolli Sour Brite Blasts, Kait says a themed Broadway cocktail in a souvenir sippy cup, Stacey says Riesens, Renata says sherbet lemons.

Coming up next: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 98 – Unmasked

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