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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.

    Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls: Kaya Shows the Way

    Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls: Kaya Shows the Way

    Nan, Clara, Jill… we’ve met our fair share of American Girl sisters by this point. In this episode, we cover Kaya Shows the Way, which is billed as “A Sister Story.” While Kaya and her family are fishing for salmon, her sisters start to take two different paths. As Kaya takes notes on how Brown Deer is courting and preparing for marriage, Speaking Rain returns with an announcement about a vow of her own. We discuss these family dynamics, Kaya’s continued water safety issues, and what it means to go chasing waterfalls during salmon season. 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    A Girl's Best Friend: Kaya and Lone Dog

    A Girl's Best Friend: Kaya and Lone Dog

    In the fourth Kaya book, we are not treated to an ahistorical birthday party. Instead, a new canine friend enters the American Girl universe and brings some much-needed joy to Kaya. While struggling to deal with the loss of Swan Circling and her sister’s ongoing captivity, Kaya meets Lone Dog, an animal who changes her life, and possibly ours. As we quickly learn, Kaya's dilemma is less “who let the dogs out?” and more “can this dog come in?” In this story, Kaya also has to grapple with scary visions for the future and of course, self-doubt. Come for the discussion of animal life in Nez Perce culture--and stay for the aftermath of our alarming realization that this book is older than Olivia Rodrigo. Visit our merch store or support us on Patreon: https://linktr.ee/agirlspod Follow us on Facebook - fb.com/AmericanGirlsPodcast Instagram @americangirlspodcast Twitter @agirlspod You can also reach us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.com

     
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    • 56 min
    Then a Hero Comes Along: Kaya Part Three

    Then a Hero Comes Along: Kaya Part Three

    Just one year after Mr. Enrique Iglesias asked: "would you dance if I asked you to dance?" Janet Shaw penned a heroic tale for the ages. In "Kaya's Hero" (2002) we meet Swan Circling, a brave woman Kaya deeply admires. When a baby falls ill, Swan Circling heroically steps in. This is a spoiler-free zone, but listeners should be prepared (unfortunately) for more tragedy in the Kaya journey. During our discussion, we talk namesakes, personal heroes, and the importance of mentorship. We also learn that sometimes, "a hero lies in you"-- yes that means you, Kaya.Examine the earliest documented Nez Perce saddle from the Spalding-Allen Collection: https://plateauportal.libraries.wsu.edu/digital-heritage/nez-perce-womans-saddle Native American History: A Tale of Medicine: http://www.thedifferentialdx.com/native-american-history-a-tale-of-medicine/ Visit our merch store or support us on Patreon: https://linktr.ee/agirlspod Follow us on Facebook - fb.com/AmericanGirlsPodcast Instagram @americangirlspodcast Twitter @agirlspod You can also reach us at AmericanGirlsPod@gmail.com

     
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    The One Where Kaya Learns Many Lessons: Kaya’s Escape

    The One Where Kaya Learns Many Lessons: Kaya’s Escape

    In the second Kaya book, the American Girl team breaks format, and also places our protagonist in great danger. Instead of learning just one big lesson, Kaya learns many. After Kaya and her sister are kidnapped, Kaya has to use her smarts to plot an escape. Our coverage discusses Kaya’s enslavement and what this book teaches us about 18c life for Kaya’s people. We also shed light on the team behind these books and discuss alternative narratives by indigenous authors. Finally, we consider the relevance of Rutherford Falls and Rebecca Black’s ten-year anniversary remix of Friday. 

    An important word about content for our listeners: this book features upsetting themes including kidnapping, slavery, animal abuse, and threats of violence. We discuss these themes in the context of the book and history. Visit our merch store! (Link: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/american-girls-podcast?ref_id=14940 )
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    How to Save a Life: Meet Kaya

    How to Save a Life: Meet Kaya

    This episode finds us deep in two distant and distinct time periods: the 18th century and the year 2002. Set in 1764, Meet Kaya (2002) features a strong girl from the Nimiipuu people (also known as the Nez Perce tribe). Kaya enjoys riding her horse and being with her family. Though Kaya's stories don't follow the same arc as other American Girls, trust us that this book has a bit of everything, including lessons on "boasting," weaving, how to shed undesirable nicknames, and racing ambitions. Moving at a classic Janet Shaw warp speed, Kaya and her horse Steps High ALSO step up and save the day, well before book six. Join us as we go back in time (again) and for the first time, go beyond the OGAG six whose stories we knew well. Together, we try tolearn what Beforever means as we puzzle over the year that gave us both the Justin/Britney breakup and this character billed as the "first American Girl."Visit our merch store! (Link: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/american-girls-podcast?ref_id=14940 )
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Amelia's Diary, Our Childhoods

    Amelia's Diary, Our Childhoods

    Earhart. Bones. Thermopolis. Bedelia. In the great tradition of people named Amelia, one diarist from the mid-1990s stands alone. With her handy composition notebook, Amelia could keep track of the latest gossip, her family’s major move, and her growing interest in drawing noses. For this episode, we re-read Amelia's Notebook (1995) by Amelia (she's like Cher) and the one and only Marissa Moss. In addition to a careful study of each beautifully illustrated notebook page, we also plunged back into some of the vintage Amelia material published in the American Girl magazine. Of course, this episode also covers springtime treats, the early 2000s American Girl website, and an Amelia quiz. Grab an AOL disc, some colored pencils, and get ready for a dive in to a series of notebooks you have not thought about in 20 years but won’t soon forget. Visit our merch store! (Link: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/american-girls-podcast?ref_id=14940 )
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min

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4.8 out of 5
969 Ratings

969 Ratings

Honur Clerr ,

The only podcast that matters

My sister told me about this podcast a few months ago and it is literally the only one I have listened to since. I feel like Mary and Allison are my new best friends and I want to say thank you to you both for bringing this perspective to the world and AG back into my life! It is so refreshing to hear your genuine friendship come through on the podcast, along with your honest and critical look at these beloved books. I’m a Kirsten, and I feel like I understand myself a little bit better after listening to the Kirsten episodes.

reneeretso ,

Reconnecting with my 9 YO self

My word. I came across this podcast about a month ago, and the joy (and serious nostalgia) it has brought me … I am still “catching up” - currently in the middle of Addy.
I love how Allison and Mary weave pop culture through their episodes while also giving well-intentioned 90s writing a critical read. I’m also pretty sure that Mary and I should be bosom friends; she is certainly a kindred spirit (Megan Follows forever!).
I was gifted Happy Birthday Molly for my 8th or 9th birthday. I then started that series at the beginning, and picked up with Kirsten and Samantha. I remember waiting for the Felicity books to come out. Addy was introduced as I was aging-out of the series, so I think I only read one or two of her books. As a result of listening, I’ve purchased the books I’ve read, and once I’ve re-read those I’ll buy the other two OG girls. My Samantha also has an appointment at the Doll Hospital now; sadly, her hair didn’t grow back after I cut it.
Thank you, ladies, for this beautiful walk down memory lane with a 21st-century lens.

Wild Woman Society ,

ASMR for the Soul

Allison and Mary of the American Girl Podcast are ASMR for the soul. They are expert historians, hilarious comedians, and your best friend. Thank you for the greatest of gifts - bringing back to life a fundamental role model in the lives of many Millennial to Gen Z folk. -🦋

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