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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105 The Love of Johnny Johnson: You Know Nothing, Johnny Johnson

August 8, 2017

We're back with a half-pint sized story of love and heartache. This week, Laura sets her heart-eyes on the new boy in school―Johnny Johnson who resembles a 23-year-old ginger scarecrow or a poor-man's Mark Hamill. Johnny, however, only has eyes for Mary Ingalls and considers Laura to just be a lovable little kid that's really great at fishing, rock throwing, and all the skills one always looks for in a potential mate. Mary, on the other hand, “doesn’t give a hoot for that dumb old Johnny Johnson.”

Will Johnny notice Laura for more than his crush's adorable little sister? Will Laura's plan to make him fall in love with her succeed? Will Amy share way too much insight into her own emotionally fraught love story? Find out all of this and more with Julie, Marissa, and Amy as your guides.

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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104 Mr. Edwards Homecoming: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match

August 1, 2017

Get out the way for Mr. Edwards because he's back! Pa runs into our favorite Wildcat from Tennessee while on a business trip to Mankato. After defying science by sobering him up in a river, Pa brings him back to the little house, and Mr. Edwards begins putting down roots into the town of Walnut Grove.

Will Mr. Edwards be able to accept his past, start healing, and begin looking forward to a new future? Will Ma be successful in her new role as the town matchmaker? Will we finally learn how to say the Reverend's last name? (Spoiler alert: We don't.)

Join Amy, Julie, and Marissa as we learn how NOT to sober someone up, what constitutes a hot date back in pioneer days, and how the song "Old Dan Tucker" is the most versatile song known to mankind.

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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103 The 100 Mile Walk: Everybody Sweats Again AKA Daddy Needs a New Pair of Shoes

July 25, 2017

The Ingalls family's wheat crop is destroyed by a thunderous hailstorm, and Pa is forced to hit the road to find work so they can survive the winter. On his adventures he meets an Irishman with an explosive personality and a gentle giant of a Swede. Together, these 3-best-friends-that-anyone-could-have form the "Fellowship of the Wheat" and become experts at quarry work in record time. Meanwhile, Ma saves the day by gathering the women folk together to salvage what they can of the destroyed wheat.

Join Amy, Julie, and Marissa as they learn all about double-jacking and the importance of the safe search option on Google. Witness as they break open a century-old true crime mystery featuring one of the characters on the show.

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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102 Country Girls: Ma is Good. Ma is Kind. Ma is Important.

July 18, 2017

Mary and Laura start school in Walnut Grove where they meet their arch-nemesis Nellie Oleson. Ma has a run in with Harriet Oleson, and she and Laura must strive to rise above. Laura struggles to write an essay for Visitors' Day that encompasses everything on her heart, and she ends up bringing the (one room school) house down with a performance that will tug at your heart strings. Amy and Julie cry a lot, and Marissa makes fun of us.

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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101 A Harvest of Friends: Let’s Go Fly a Kite

July 11, 2017

Our favorite pioneer family has settled on the shores of Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota (HARRIET OLESON!!) to start their lives over once again. Will economic hardships destroy their spirit of hope? Will Pa's hubris be their undoing? Is it a good idea to make a deal with a leprechaun you've just met? Will we ever learn how many miles it is from Plum Creek to Walnut Grove? Find out all this and much more in 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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Pilot: It’s Pa’s Dream and We’re All Just Living In It

July 3, 2017

Join Amy, Julie, and Marissa as we leave the little house in the big woods of Wisconsin to the untamed Kansas plains where we must weather wolves, possible skirmishes with native tribes, wildfire, and Pa's many mood swings. Airing in March 1974, the pilot made-for-tv-film is the perfect introduction to our favorite pioneer family and their adventures to come.

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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