211 His Father’s Son: Revenant on a Budget

April 17, 2018

Spoiler Alert: Amy might give an important plot point away from the film Annihilation. She has no idea though because she hasn't seen it. We’re sorry.

Mr. Edwards deeply desires to form a strong bond with his eldest adoptive son, John Jr. John, Jr. wishes for the same thing; however, Mr. Edwards likes hunting and John cannot BEAR to shoot another living thing. John, Jr. loves reading and writing poetry, but Mr. Edwards cannot read and is very embarrassed about it. Mr. Edwards decides to force the issue and make John accompany him on a weekend hunting trip, and things escalate really quickly.

Amy, Julie, and Marissa discuss how society should broaden its definitions on what it means to be “manly.” We all unpack a lot of complicated issues and go off into a million tangents about movies with scary predators. Julie challenges us to write our versions of “Old Dan Tucker.” Also, do bears like bread?

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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210 The Gift: It’s Difficult to be a Pro at a Con

April 10, 2018

This week, Mary is tasked with ordering in a new Bible as a gift for Reverend Alden’s birthday, but is underwhelmed by the selection available within the Sunday school kids’ budget. Laura is immediately impressed with an ad in a catalog promising to double your money by selling homeopathic remedies. She works on convincing Mary that this is a smart move. Unfortunately, they can’t move any of the products on their hands despite Laura slowly morphing into a tiny con woman.

Laura is annoying us right now, and Amy is real salty about life in general. Julie challenges everyone to go as low as you can go with our voices to some mildly comical effect. We all discuss our various schemes for faking sickness to stay home from church or school. Most importantly, Julie and Marissa admit that Reverend Alden can be pretty cool sometimes. And that, to Amy, is the greatest gift of all.

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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209 At the End of the Rainbow: Not All That Glitters is Gold

April 3, 2018

“I think gold is made for kings and pharaohs―that's what I am. ― Big Sean

Welcome back to a half hour spent in Walnut Grove where all of life’s problems are neatly solved in less time than it takes to bake a potato in an oven. Today, Laura and her buddy Jonah make a discovery that will make them very wealthy. Laura’s imagination takes a wild and gloriously glittery turn, and we love every ridiculous second of it.

In addition, Marissa teaches Amy and Julie a few facts about the California gold rush, and together we learn more about the various types of wetlands than one could ever wish to know. We all discuss what we would buy if we suddenly came into some money as well as the times we thought we were about to get rich before reality rudely set in. Finally, we discover that there is a companion Bob’s Burgers episode to every episode of Little House on the Prairie.

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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208 The Campout: Not Your Average Float Trip

March 27, 2018

Have you ever wondered how the Olesons and Ingalls families would behave with each other if they were stuck in the wilderness together with a merderous dog? Join us this week and find out! Hint: It’s as crazy as it sounds.

Amy, Julie, and Marissa discuss out past camping adventures (none of them are positive.) Marissa links this episode to an episode of Bob’s Burgers which is suspiciously similar, Julie airs out some past grievances about her social struggles growing up, and Amy announces her idea for a low-fi Little House video game. (We are collecting resumes from all interested game developers.)

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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207 P2 Remember Me: What Happened to the Third Puppy?

March 20, 2018

We’re back with the bittersweet conclusion to “Remember Me” where Pa struggles to find a home for all three Sanderson children, Laura struggles to find a home for the third puppy, and Mr. Edwards struggles to find the courage to open his heart to love again. Viewers are also delightfully treated with an introduction to another of Harriet’s wealthy and impeccably dressed family members, Miss Minerva Farnsworth.

In addition, Marissa poses an ethical quandary to Amy, and Julie asks an interesting question to our male listener (listners?) about facial hair.

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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207 Part 1 Remember Me: The Origin of the Jeff Scale

March 6, 2018

This week we meet Julia Sanderson, widowed mother of three, who learns she hasn’t much time left in life. With admirable courage and a smoky-smooth voice, she makes preparations for her children with Charles Ingalls help. Mary and Laura also rescue three puppies that look suspiciously like Jack.

In the first several minutes of this episode, we learn the Jeff Scale origin story as well as meet who is arguably one of the worst residents of Walnut Grove. Amy and Marissa discuss whom they would leave their children with in the event of their death. (Hint: Julie might end up with a lot of children.) We also learn a lot about the early developments of cancer treatment and discuss how rainy funeral scenes are extremely cliché.

(Trigger Warning: This episode deals with losing a parent to a terminal illness.)

Special Thanks to our nurse researcher Courtney Schuman for answering our 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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206 The Spring Dance: Jealous Old Dan Tucker

February 27, 2018

Aaaaand we’re back! Thank you to everyone for sticking with us on our two-week hiatus while Amy and Julie were in Aruba.

Love is in the air this week when Laura (and Grace Snyder) attempt to get the men in their lives to ask them to the annual Spring Dance. After taking some of Ma’s shoddy advice, both Laura and Grace end up getting themselves into more than they signed up for.

We introduce two exciting, new segments: Marissa’s Outrage Corner and Doc Baker’s Book Reviews. In addition, we get some fantastic gift ideas for our meat-loving loved ones in our life.

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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205 The Haunted House: Snippity-Snap and Don’t Come Back!

February 6, 2018

This week everything gets a little creepy when Laura is taunted into approaching the run-down mansion of the town hermit and possible murderous maniac Amos Pike. The two quickly develop an odd relationship, and Laura spends every afternoon in his house cleaning – AND HER PARENTS DO NOT CARE. After Laura learns the truth about Amos’ absent wife, she shoulders the very-adult responsibility of breaking the tragic news to him and becoming his therapist even the he clearly needs some professional help to sort through his complicated grief.

In addition to discussing this signature Victor French episode, we argue about the color of a dress in a painting, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and how much we love short stories. What you won’t hear is the 3 minutes of Julie yelping and shrieking at every little noise while we were recording this 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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204 In the Big Inning: Feel the McBernie

January 30, 2018

Grab a bowl of applesauce and sit down to this crackerjack of an episode! Walnut Grove is gearing up to play in the annual baseball game against the town of Sleepy Eye. The problem: they have a lousy pitcher (ahem, Nels.) The solution: They find one in mild-mannered Jebidiah Mumfort. A new character also saunters into town by the name of Slick McBernie, and he, along with his truly remarkable moustache, are immediately inducted into out Hottie Hall o’ Fame. Listen to find out how the game ends… I bet you can’t guess.

We talk hot-heads, hotties, and a hot-tempered Jesus in this episode about “America’s Favorite Pastime.” We also spend almost the entire last half of this podcast episode talking about the upcoming Winter Olympics BECAUSE WE CAN!

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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203 Ebeneezer Sprague: Pa Needs Some Dave Ramsey

January 23, 2018

This week Walnut Grove gets a shiny new bank with a less-than-friendly banker (whom we all immediately like.) Pa makes some more poor financial decisions, Ma attempts to raise more money for the school’s textbook fund without using her womanly wiles, and Laura makes fishing buddies with a middle-aged man without knowing his name which makes us question Ma and Pa’s parenting methods.

We also discuss Gilmore Girls (again), Mr. Worldwide (Pitbull), how embarrassing our pets can be, and what qualities make a good banker.

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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