119 Child of Pain: Blame It on the Alcohol

November 14, 2017

Trigger Warning: This episode involves alcoholism and child abuse.

This week we explore another dark episode that portrays some troubling social issues: alcoholism and child abuse.  When John Stewart (not that Jon Stewart of Daily Show fame) beats his son into unconsciousness in a drunken rage, the town of Walnut Grove (and especially the Ingalls family) cannot choose to ignore what is happening any longer.

Thanks to Miss Beadle, Ma, Pa, and Doc Baker, appropriate measures are taken in order to provide healing to both the father and son.

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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118 Circus Man: Pick Your Powder

November 7, 2017

This week, a tenderhearted yet garishly dressed conman comes to Walnut Grove and nearly kills Mrs. Oleson with some placebo drugs, and Jack (the dog) narrowly escapes death once again. In addition, we discuss nightgowns for men, Edgar Allen Poe, shower plants, and Amy educates everyone on her new favorite term “enscorcellment”.

We do have a few echo-y sound snafus in this episode. We promise that this will be fixed by next week and greatly appreciate your patience with us as well as your listens.

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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117 The Plague: “Bring Out Your Dead!”

October 31, 2017

Welcome back for a Halloween episode about one of the scariest things in the world… infectious diseases. Walnut Grove is rocked to its core by a plague that thankfully only kills people we aren’t invested in. Pa and Mr. Edwards bromance reaches a new level, we learn how to properly dispose of bodies ravaged by the plague, and we get our first ice bath out of 25,000 in this series. It will give you chills.

In addition to this dark, skin-crawling tale, we discuss the worst sicknesses we’ve ever experienced, our favorite Halloween candies, and what we are going to dress up as this year.

Special Thanks to our nurse researchers Courtney Schuman and Nicole Ellsworth 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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116: Doctor’s Lady: A Christian Romance Novel

October 24, 2017

This week, Amy and Julie introduce Marissa to the world of Christian romance novels, we all talk about Downton Abbey way too much, and (most importantly) a stylish young woman catches the eye of Doc Baker.  She’s got amazing outfits, recognizes a woke bae when she sees one, and is a genuinely lovely person. We are just as taken with Kate Thorvald as the doc. 

The only problem is, Doc Baker is at least 20 years her senior and has extensive sun damage. Will Hiram Baker’s bachelor lifestyle come to an end? Will Mr. Hansen get over his jealousy now that his best buddy suddenly has less time for him? Will Harriet Oleson (Kate’s aunt) allow the two lovebirds to get married? Find out all of this and much more on this week’s episode.

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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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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