Episode 127 – Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

 

The next stop on our Flashback Summer vacation is the 30th floor of an elementary school. Literary agent Amy joined us to read Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. Everyone should listen to this episode, unless you’re secretly a dead rat in a raincoat. Dead rats are not allowed. Everyone else, join us on Apple podcasts before Mrs. Gorf turns you into an apple!

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Footnotes: “The Absurd Joy of ‘Sideways Stories From Wayside School'” by Adrienne LaFrance

Louis Sachar’s FAQs

Ghost Quartet

Candy Pairing:  Amy says candy apples, Kait says Sky Bars, Renata says dinosaur egg oatmeal.

Coming up next: Pickle Puss (Polk Street School Kids series) by Patricia Reilly Giff.

 

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Episode 126 – Bunnicula

Bunnicula by James & Deborah Howe

It’s the return of Flashback Summer and the 40th anniversary of beloved children’s classic Bunnicula by James & Deborah Howe. We were joined by Laura to discuss the story of some irresponsible pet owners. Listen now to hear one weird trick to make your vegetables more Instagrammable!

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Footnotes: “The Enduring Legacy of Bunnicula, a 40-Year-Old In-Joke That’s Still Hilarious” by Sarah Gailey

Overdue #138 – Bunnicula

Candy Pairing:  Kait says Ecto Cooler, Laura says white chocolate, Renata says white Skittles.

Coming up next: Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar.

 

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Transcript: Episode 125 – Interview With the Vampire

Hello! This is an experiment. We love the idea of having podcast transcripts and we know they’re important for accessibility, but the truth is it’s also very expensive and time-consuming to create transcripts, and, well, we all have full-time non-podcast jobs. This transcript was largely done by the Otter app with editing by our editor Becca. We’d like to keep making transcripts of our episodes but won’t be able to do them regularly.

We know this transcript isn’t perfect, but we hope you enjoy it anyway! If you have feedback about this transcript or how we can make transcripts more useful for you, you can leave a comment on this post or let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

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Episode 125 – Interview With the Vampire

Interview with The Vampire by Anne Rice

 

We ran out of Twilight books so we had to read about some less-sparkly vampires, ugh! Fortunately, we were #blessed with the company of not only Meredith Goldstein (author of the Boston Globe’s Love Letters column as well as the books Can’t Help Myself and Chemistry Lessons) but also a live audience at Trident Booksellers, for our discussion of Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice. If you weren’t able to join us in person, now at last you can hear our agonized discussion of a book with a lot of arson and insufficient glam (which could have been rectified by the addition of Cher.)

Transcript (experimental): Here.

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Footnotes: Interview With the Vampire film on Wikipedia

Vampire Chronicles Timeline

Candy Pairing:  Kait says black jellybeans, Meredith says Hershey’s Hugs, Renata says atomic fireballs.

Coming up next: Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe.

 

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Episode 124 – The Five People You Meet in Heaven

If you like sitting around, listening to esoteric monologues that may or may not relate to your life from random people who refuse to answer any pertinent questions, do we have the vision of the afterlife for you! Chelsea joined us for The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, a trudge through one man’s severely messed-up existence that was probably meant to be inspirational, but mostly made us feel disturbed and dead inside. Hold onto your keys and join us on this carnival ride into our own personal hell!

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Footnotes: The Five People You Meet In Heaven movie trailer

Reading ‘The Next Person You Meet in Heaven’ is Hell by Ron Charles

Death Parade opening theme song

Candy Pairing:  Kait says generic lollipops, Chelsea says Tootsie Rolls, Renata says saltwater taffy.

Coming up next: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, live from Trident Books!

 

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Episode 123 – Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

We don’t have anybody’s HBO login, so instead of watching the show, we were forced to read the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty! Fortunately, we were joined by Melissa of the Truer Words podcast for this trip through the delightfully sordid world of Australian elementary school politics. Are you #TeamMadeline or #TeamRenata? Duarte is #TeamRenata, but only because Madeline has never fed him.

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Footnotes: Chloe’s Big Little Lies playlist on Spotify

The Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl

Framed: She Was the PTA Mom Everyone Knew. Who Would Want to Harm Her? by Christopher Goffard

This American Life #447 – The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms

Candy Pairing:  Kait says Tim Tams, Melissa says Calissons, Renata says champagne Jelly Bellies.

Coming up next: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

 

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