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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.

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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.

    Oh Captain, She's Captain: Changes for Caroline

    Oh Captain, She's Captain: Changes for Caroline

    At the end of the sixth Caroline book, we simply must ask again: are you not impressed? While the final Caroline story does involve a lot of "smooth sailing" talk and a skiff, this is mostly a story of tiffs, set away from the shipyard. When a letter arrives from Uncle Aaron asking for Caroline's help, she feels compelled to assist at his farm. Though comfortable with a pitchfork, Caroline has to ask herself if she really has what it takes to raise a calf and protect the farm from an intruder. We talk about Caroline's last-minute scene change, her Fourth of July bash, and what really changes from her first to last story.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Nautical by Nature: An Interview with Emily Powell Bera

    Nautical by Nature: An Interview with Emily Powell Bera

    We may be done with the first six Caroline books, but we are not at all done covering Caroline. For this episode, curator and maritime historian Emily Powell Bera joined us for a discussion of a History Mystery. Emily is a recovering Samantha and lifelong collector of fascinating objects. We talk about Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery along with other War of 1812 topics, and of course, our favorite maritime mottos.

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    You can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks) 


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    This Shed is On Fire: Caroline’s Battle

    This Shed is On Fire: Caroline’s Battle

    In the fifth Caroline book, we learn that her fight song—her prove she’s alright song— is the Star-Spangled Banner. There’s no fire burning in her bones, but in this "saves the day" story, there is a lingering threat that Mama will torch the entire shipyard. Throughout Caroline’s Battle, three generations of women show that they are willing to step up and fight the British at almost any cost. As quick as you can say “ash on the breeze,” a scary confrontation with the enemy seems to fizzle out. We discuss Mama’s bookkeeping, Papa’s fragility, grandma’s weaponry, Francis Scott Key, and of course, other War of 1812 power ballads.

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    You can follow Allison on Instagram (@allisonhorrocks) and Twitter (@allisonhorrocks) 


    You can follow Mary on Instagram (@mimimahoney) and Twitter (@MaryMahoney123)


    Check out our sponsors! 


    Need a source of calm in your day? Subscribe to Libro FM! Choose from over 150,000 audiobooks and even support your local bookstore with your purchases as a member. To sign up, use code AGReads or this link:  libro.fm/redeem/AGReads

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Caroline Takes a Chance...and So Do We

    Caroline Takes a Chance...and So Do We

    If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a day. If Caroline Abbott is teaching you to fish, you may find yourself trying to block a British warship during what was supposed to be a leisurely boat ride. It's book four, so we know all too well that Caroline frequently finds herself and others in crisis (hello, her carpet-cannonball moment). Caroline Takes a Chance suggests a singular heroic arc, but don't be fooled. It's the spring of 1813, and Caroline is delivering mail, working on supply chain issues, and performing a wilderness rescue. Join us for coverage of these moments PLUS a brief chat on the BabySitter's Club reboot, Neil Diamond, and a quick Caroline maritime ranking.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Help Her, Rhonda: A Surprise for Caroline

    Help Her, Rhonda: A Surprise for Caroline

    Our belated War of 1812 bicentennial bash continues with coverage of Caroline's third book. After setting up her father for a prison break, Caroline finds herself a bit bored in the winter months of 1812-1813. The good news is she has built-in friends living at her family's house. The bad news? They don't want to do anything she wants to do. Join us as we discuss Caroline's iconic winter fashion, sled chairs, skating heroes, and what happens to girls who find themselves on thin ice.

    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)


    Check out our sponsors! 


    Need a source of calm in your day? Subscribe to Libro FM! Choose from over 150,000 audiobooks and even support your local bookstore with your purchases as a member. To sign up, use code AGReads or this link:  libro.fm/redeem/AGReads



    Visit www.Magicspoon.com/americangirlspod and use promo code “americangirlspod” at checkout to get $5 off your order. 


    Try America’s #1 Meal Kit aka Hello Fresh. Go to HelloFresh dot com slash americangirls12 (www.hellofresh.com/americangirls12 ) and use code americangirls12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!” 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Stitch in Time Saves Dad: Caroline's Secret Message

    A Stitch in Time Saves Dad: Caroline's Secret Message

    Talk about a sampler! In "Caroline's Secret Message," we are treated
    to a birthday dinner, embroidery intrigue, a rescue plot, and
    grandma's tips for winter prep. Did we mention Caroline makes a new
    friend named Rhonda in this book, too? Perhaps we will never
    understand how Caroline used a raccoon story and her sampler to give
    her father an escape plan from prison, but we can appreciate a good
    thriller/birthday book/friendship story when we see it. The War of
    1812 may be "the war no one wanted," but these deftly woven plots will
    keep us coming back for more. Special note: if you're looking for an
    excuse to brush up on stitching skills, OR if you feel like being
    creative and crafty in any other way, stay tuned! We'd love to have
    you aboard for the first-ever Caroline Abbott Craft Fair.

    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)


    Check out our sponsors! 


    Need a source of calm in your day? Subscribe to Libro FM! Choose from over 150,000 audiobooks and even support your local bookstore with your purchases as a member. To sign up, use code AGReads or this link:  libro.fm/redeem/AGReads



    Visit www.Magicspoon.com/americangirlspod and use promo code “americangirlspod” at checkout to get $5 off your order. 


    Try America’s #1 Meal Kit aka Hello Fresh. Go to HelloFresh dot com slash americangirls12 (www.hellofresh.com/americangirls12 ) and use code americangirls12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!” 

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

JV347 ,

Love this pod

Mary and Allison have mastered the art of balancing humor and thoughtfulness/scholarly critique while talking about our beloved American Girl dolls—I learn something and laugh out loud each episode. Highly recommend!

megancaddy ,

A Transport to Childhood Memories

American Girl was a significant part of my childhood. Listening to Mary and Allison transports me to reading each of the books for the first time, along with excellent historical context and more - thanks to the two hosts’ expertise. I’ve enjoyed every episode so much. This podcast has reminded me how much these wonderful stories have helped me become who I am today.

SalesDeskTabs ,

The Perfect Podcast

I love this podcast! Allison and Mary feel like my own friends who love history, pop culture, and the fun, sometimes problematic, but ultimately beloved American Girl series. I say this as a total Kirsten. ❤️❤️❤️

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