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The series you loved, book by book. Join Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney as they explore the wild world of American Girl fandom. In each episode, Allison and Mary will dive into an American Girl book from their (and perhaps your) childhood. Using their knowledge as professional historians and finely tuned instincts as amateur pop culture critics, they’ll take you back to a very different time—the 1990s.

American Girls Allison and Mary

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The series you loved, book by book. Join Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney as they explore the wild world of American Girl fandom. In each episode, Allison and Mary will dive into an American Girl book from their (and perhaps your) childhood. Using their knowledge as professional historians and finely tuned instincts as amateur pop culture critics, they’ll take you back to a very different time—the 1990s.

    Purls of Wisdom: Molly Learns a Lesson

    Purls of Wisdom: Molly Learns a Lesson

    In the second Molly book, we learn 7x8 and who we can appreciate.  Molly’s plucky scheming streak continues when she refuses to take part in a group knitting project. Eventually, she surrenders and learns a lesson about allies and how to befriend an Alison. In our coverage, we continue to grapple with the great existential question of what it means to be a Molly, and much more. Tune in for our discussion of education in the 1940s, nationalism, and  lessons not learned on this season of Bachelorette. Visit our merch store! (Link: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/american-girls-podcast?ref_id=14940 ) Join our patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americangirlspodcast) Follow the show on Instagram (@americangirlspodcast) and Twitter (@agirlspod) Email us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.com You can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks) You can follow Mary on Instagram (@mimimahoney) and Twitter (@MaryMahoney123) 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Turnip for What: Meet Molly

    Turnip for What: Meet Molly

    Molly wore a blueberry beret, and we think we love her. In this episode, we take a look at the first Molly book & the story that launched our love of American Girl. A surprising amount of this book hinges on a vegetable and a hula outfit. We tackle these plots and zoom out a bit to talk about wartime sacrifice and colonial costumes. We also talk about the Clare of it all and what is perhaps the most shocking season of Bachelorette to date. Visit our merch store! (Link: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/american-girls-podcast?ref_id=14940 )Join our patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americangirlspodcast)Follow the show on Instagram (@americangirlspodcast) and Twitter (@agirlspod)Email us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.comYou can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks)You can follow Mary on Instagram (@mimimahoney) and Twitter (@MaryMahoney123) 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Care and Keeping of You: Burnout

    Care and Keeping of You: Burnout

    Would Molly McIntire bring a boomer ethic into her workplace? Is there a world in which Samantha Parkington experiences burnout? In this very special episode, we talked with Anne Helen Petersen, journalist and author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. In the spirit of the classic Care and Keeping of You Books, we chatted with Anne about self-care and social change. You won't want to miss Anne's Samantha story, her Kirsten insights, and her take on coping with the pandemic. Read and enjoy the Uncle Gard Zine ( http://bit.ly/UncleGardZine)Visit our merch store! (Link: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/american-girls-podcast?ref_id=14940)Join our patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/americangirlspodcast)Follow the show on Instagram (@americangirlspodcast) and Twitter (@agirlspod)Email us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.comYou can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks)You can follow Mary on Instagram (@mimimahoney) and Twitter (@MaryMahoney123) 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Samantha Spinoff Part 2: Suffrage, Zines, and More

    Samantha Spinoff Part 2: Suffrage, Zines, and More

    In this second Samantha spinoff, we speak with Dr. Allison Lange, ahistorian of women's suffrage and visual culture. She talks about AuntCornelia's speech style, the Susan B. Anthony Barbie, and Blacksuffragists you ought to know (plus much more). This episode also hasa rich visual accompaniment: the long-awaited, never-asked-forfirst-of-its-kind Gard Zine! You won't want to miss this homemademagazine (zine) filled with amazing Gard content. From a listicleabout the Henry Ford Museum to local versions of great Gard, ourlisteners really outdid themselves. You'll never think of Uncle Gard,Car Culture, or the Saturn brand the same again. Special thanks to ourdear friend Eric, who has now lent his ears and his voice in supportof the show. Opening fan fiction piece submitted by listener Danni Z.and shared with permission. Read and enjoy the Uncle Gard Zine: http://bit.ly/UncleGardZineEmail us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.com Visit our merch store! Join our patreon!Follow the show on Instagram (@americangirlspodcast) and Twitter (@agirlspod)Email us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.comYou can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks)You can follow Mary on Instagram (@mimimahoney) and Twitter (@MaryMahoney123) 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Samantha Spinoff Part 1

    Samantha Spinoff Part 1

    In this Samantha spinoff, we were so pleased to be joined by RebeccaBrenner Graham, a D.C. based historian. An expert on the postalservice, Rebecca studies the Sunday mail service (which was a thinguntil just over 100 years ago!) as a way to understand religion-staterelations in the 1800s. Rebecca will take you to Such Great Heightsand give you a whole other understanding of mail as a function ofdemocracy and friendship culture. This episode also includes our takeon Courtney Moore, a Pacman-loving American Girl from 1986 releasedthis month. Visit our merch store! Join our patreon!Follow the show on Instagram (@americangirlspodcast) and Twitter (@agirlspod)Email us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.comYou can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks)You can follow Mary on Instagram (@mimimahoney) and Twitter (@MaryMahoney123) 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Made for TV: An American Girl Holiday

    Made for TV: An American Girl Holiday

    Sparks fly... it's like electricity (recently got implemented in wealthy homes). What has amazing casting, references to the 1904 Worlds Fair, and not one but two turn -of- the -century mansions? You guessed it: the Samantha movie. In this episode, we recap a made-for-tv WB masterpiece for the ages. Samantha: An American Girl Holiday was the first AG film and they went all out. Join us as we savor this Samantha centennial (2004) product, talking about everything from the cast (Mia Farrow??) to disturbing and colorful child labor scenes.Visit our merch store! Join our patreon!Follow the show on Instagram (@americangirlspodcast) and Twitter (@agirlspod)Email us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.comYou can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks)You can follow Mary on Instagram (@mimimahoney) and Twitter (@MaryMahoney123) 

    • 56 min

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