115 Family Quarrel: Harriet’s Hidden Talents

October 17, 2017

Have you ever wished for a podcast about Harriet Olseon AND Harry Potter? Look no further!

This week there is trouble in paradise for Nels and Harriet. When their marriage and the town’s economy seem to be on the brink of destruction, Charles Ingalls is the only one capable of saving the day!

Julie shares a shocking story from her waitressing days, we assign determine what animals represent various characters in Little House, and then we all gush over the details of the Oleson’s home and lifestyle. This episode is full of physical comedy, the townies we all love, the famous Michael Landon laugh, and pure perfection of Katherine McGregor’s (Harriet) craft. It has quickly risen to the top as our favorite episode so far.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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113 (Part 2) The Lord is My Shepherd: Every Time a Bell Rings…

October 10, 2017

Welcome back for Part 2! This week Laura somehow manages to travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 24 hours on foot where she presents a pretty flawless trade deal with God. While waiting on the Lord to answer her, she makes friends with an elderly mountain man and a dove. Meanwhile, Pa and Mr. Edwards frantically search for her and come across some very fortunate clues along the way.

In this episode we also go off into tangents on Hollywood’s fascination with angels, pigeons with Munchausen syndrome, Shakira, and Jemaine Clement. If you don’t think those things could possibly be connected, then you obviously haven’t spent much time with us before.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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113 (Part 1) The Lord is My Shepherd: Well, This is Depressing…

October 3, 2017

This week we venture into one of the darkest episodes of Little House where the Ingalls family endures a tragic loss. Laura feels that she is the catalyst of her family’s suffering and is determined to take drastic measures in order to make things right.

To lighten the subject matter, Amy, Julie, and Marissa delve deep into several tangents involving labor, breastfeeding, Pixar’s Inside Out, and literally anything else to avoid talking about this episode. Join us next week as we pick up where we left off for Part 2.

 Trigger Warning:  This episode involves the death of an infant.

Special Thanks to our nurse researcher Courtney Schuman for answering our many questions.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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112 The Award: Gilmore Girls on the Prairie

September 26, 2017

This first episode sans Pa (Michael Landon) quickly turns into an episode of Gilmore Girls – if the Gilmore Girls lived on the prairie in the 1870s and involved fire, horses, and poverty. Will Mary ever manage to untangle herself from her web of lies and repair her relationship with Ma? Will Laura ever get some sleep? Will Julie finally come around to Rev. Alden? (She won’t.)

Join Julie, Marissa, and Amy as we discuss this new dynamic in the Little House and delve deep into tangents on candy and the cost of vanilla beans. What more could you possibly want?

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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111 The Voice of Tinker Jones: The Bell that Needed More Cowbell

September 19, 2017

This week we witness how Walnut Grove nearly self-destructs over a church bell but is saved by the town's children and a mute tinker. Amy unsuccessfully tries to draw parallels between Walnut Grove and South Park, Julie uncovers a secret romance, and Marissa… well, you’ll just have to wait and find out. It’s a big deal.

We apologize for the background noise. Marissa's dog was really into her treat, and Amy couldn't figure out how to edit it out without compromising the rest of the audio quality.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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110 The Raccoon: Toes are Meat

September 12, 2017

This week, Mary attempts to cheer Laura up by bringing home a fully-grown baby trash panda. Carrie is running around somewhere. We don’t see much of her. Willy and Jack try to warn everyone that a raccoon is a horrible pet. 

Tragedy plagues the second half of the episode. Chickens are needlessly massacred. A rabid raccoon attacks Pa in the barn. Pa nearly shoots Jack in the face. Laura and Jack are potential zombies. And Jasper the raccoon DESTROYS a homemade pie. This episode is harrowing.

Special thanks as always to our medical expert Courtney Schuman.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

 

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109 School Mom: Gettin’ Bit by the Learnin’ Bug

September 5, 2017

After the future Walnut Grove serial killer causes Miss Beadle to get severely injured in an accident involving some dramatic stunts, the town begs Ma to be the school’s substitute teacher while Miss Beadle recovers. After reluctantly accepting the gig, Ma struggles to win over the students with her athletic prowess and build up the confidence of a giant, balding man-kid so he can read. Meanwhile, Carrie is babysat by the “Nelsons.”  (We all know “Nelsons” is a codename for a family of wolves in the forest. Seriously, no one watches this kid.)

This episode is sure to delight with plenty of Mrs. Oleson and Ma battles, average looking clay figurines, and Carolyn’s swiftly changing moods. Marissa and Amy get into a very long tangent on the little we know about the history of public education, Julie delights us with her dramatic gasps throughout, and we see evidence of a town ghost who haunts the church/school.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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108 Ma’s Holiday: Mr. Edwards Gets a Crash Course in Parenthood

August 29, 2017

Pa surprises Ma with a second honeymoon to Mankato. Mr. Edwards babysits (Yes, it’s as hilarious as it sounds.) and gets a very traumatic crash course in parenting. A rattlesnake nearly devours Carrie, Pa gets shut down for romance and every turn, but Jack the dog has the best week of his life.

Join Marissa, Julie, and Amy as we talk like we know everything about chickens, the germ theory, and reveal Julie’s greatest fear to the world.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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107 Town Party, Country Party: The Nordstrom Stores’ Origin Story

August 22, 2017

This week on Little Podcast on the Prairie, we explore the contributions of immigrants to the United States, a common disability, and Michael Landon's infamous temper on set. We are introduced to Laura’s friend Olga Nordstrom (future heiress to the Nordstrom Empire… we like to think) who suffers from a condition known as leg length discrepancy. As a special bonus, we get to see the inside of the Oleson’s house during Nellie’s birthday party (the “Town Party”), and it’s as dope as she says.

Just before Laura and Mary hold their own “Country Party” at the Little House, pa “invents” shoe lifts thus changing Olga’s life (and the lives of every other person suffering from that condition) forever. There’s nothing Pa cannot do.

Will Olga’s intense and sweaty father finally take a much needed chill pill? Are apple fritters an appropriate main course for dinner? Who will come out on top in the Laura v. Crab sub-plot? (Hint: It isn’t Nellie.) Find out all of this and more on this week’s episode.

Special thanks to our RN source Courtney Schuman.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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106 If I Should Wake Before I Die: It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To

August 15, 2017

We’re back this week with the weirdest episode of Little House on the Prairie yet.  (We're on to you, Victor French.) We are introduced elderly neighbor lady Miss Amy Hearn who is notable because 1. she's the token Catholic of Walnut Grove and 2. the most long-winded lady this side of the Mississip'.

After literally talking her roommate and dear friend Miss Maddie to death, Miss Amy concocts a wild plan to fake her own death so she can see her children, whom she hasn’t seen for a while, at her funeral. She somehow manages to manipulate Doc Baker and the Ingalls family into going along with her crazy shenanigans and hilarity/just plain weirdness ensues. We're not sure what happens during the rest of the episode because we fell asleep while Miss Amy was on one of her long winded rants.

Join us as Marissa attempts to teach Amy and Julie about Catholicism, Julie unloads a TON of juicy details about the cast on the set of Little House, and then we all discuss how we want our remains disposed of after death. (It's less macabre than it sounds.)

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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