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Kate Vlasek and Lauryn Hunter are two women in their mid-thirties who generally geek out about all things pop culture, particularly nostalgic pop culture. A spur-of-the-moment purchase of a random assortment of Baby-Sitters Club books on eBay sparked the excitement that would become Generation BSC.
And what is Generation BSC? First, it’s a micro-generation Kate and Lauryn have identified with between Generation X and Millennials. This micro-generation has also been called the Oregon Trail Generation, Generation Catalano, the Star Wars Generation, Xennials, and Elder Millennials - essentially, for our purposes, those born between 1980 and 1985 who would have read Baby-Sitters Club books as they were being released in the late 80s and early 90s. (As an aside, we've come to realize since starting our journey with the Baby-Sitters Club, however, that Generation BSC really is anyone who has grown or is growing up with the BSC, but we're examining it from our perspective in particular.) Second, it’s a biweekly episodic podcast where Kate and Lauryn revisit each book in the Baby-Sitters Club series both looking back at how they approached the topics and themes when they read the books as children and comparing that with how they approach the same topics and themes in 2019 (and beyond).
Eventually, the podcast will include guests and “Very Special Episodes” where Kate and Lauryn visit other pop culture from the same era and later, using the Baby-Sitters Club and Generation BSC as a jumping off point for discussion.
Whether you’ve loved the Baby-Sitters Club since childhood or are jumping in for the first time, you’ll have a great time reading along with Kate and Lauryn.
Generation BSC logo created by Jordyn Hunter.

Generation BSC: A Baby-Sitters Club Podcast Kate Vlasek and Lauryn Hunter

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    • 4.4 • 54 Ratings

Kate Vlasek and Lauryn Hunter are two women in their mid-thirties who generally geek out about all things pop culture, particularly nostalgic pop culture. A spur-of-the-moment purchase of a random assortment of Baby-Sitters Club books on eBay sparked the excitement that would become Generation BSC.
And what is Generation BSC? First, it’s a micro-generation Kate and Lauryn have identified with between Generation X and Millennials. This micro-generation has also been called the Oregon Trail Generation, Generation Catalano, the Star Wars Generation, Xennials, and Elder Millennials - essentially, for our purposes, those born between 1980 and 1985 who would have read Baby-Sitters Club books as they were being released in the late 80s and early 90s. (As an aside, we've come to realize since starting our journey with the Baby-Sitters Club, however, that Generation BSC really is anyone who has grown or is growing up with the BSC, but we're examining it from our perspective in particular.) Second, it’s a biweekly episodic podcast where Kate and Lauryn revisit each book in the Baby-Sitters Club series both looking back at how they approached the topics and themes when they read the books as children and comparing that with how they approach the same topics and themes in 2019 (and beyond).
Eventually, the podcast will include guests and “Very Special Episodes” where Kate and Lauryn visit other pop culture from the same era and later, using the Baby-Sitters Club and Generation BSC as a jumping off point for discussion.
Whether you’ve loved the Baby-Sitters Club since childhood or are jumping in for the first time, you’ll have a great time reading along with Kate and Lauryn.
Generation BSC logo created by Jordyn Hunter.

    EM024: Emergency Meeting - Sometimes You're Your Own Cokie Mason

    EM024: Emergency Meeting - Sometimes You're Your Own Cokie Mason

    A quick announcement that we're extending our Fall Break a little longer due to life and mental health concerns. We're both huge proponents of saying what you need and right now we (and Lauryn in particular) are acknowledging that we currently don't have the bandwidth to devote to the podcast to the degree we want and expect of ourselves and need to focus on other things in our lives, mental health in particular. We're hoping the extension will only be a few more weeks, but we don't want to set a date we can't be sure we can hit. Stay tuned here and on social media for an announcement of when we'll be back and hopefully some fun new ideas to expand the content we include in each episode. Thanks for your consideration and support and we can't wait to get back to new episodes soon!


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    • 1 min
    Episode 044: Dawn and the Big Sleepover!

    Episode 044: Dawn and the Big Sleepover!

    The elementary school kids in Stoneybrook have pen pals who live and attend school on a Zuni reservation in New Mexico. After a fire at the school and several homes in that community, Dawn is inspired to get the Stoneybrook community involved in some fundraising and donation drives in what could've been heartwarming, but ultimately just felt generally not great for us due to the communities involved and the book's inability to dive deeper and tell a better version of this story (although we acknowledge this might be another "be careful what you wish for" situation). This is on top of a few different culturally insensitive and downright terrible comments and situations from our kids that aren't really addressed as being bad. There are some fun notes - like the carnival in the Pikes' back yard - but this was another book we just wanted more from.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 043: Stacey's Emergency!

    Episode 043: Stacey's Emergency!

    Stacey's long-foreshadowed health emergency has finally arrives. After extended periods being super tired and very hungry and thirsty, Stacey finally admits how she's feeling and ends up in the hospital in NYC for two weeks. Her time there is helped by two visits from the Baby-Sitters Club, but severely hindered by her parents' inability to be in the same room and remain civil while Stacey insists she wants and needs them there together. Stacey ends up recovering and having a heart-to-heart with her mom (and then her dad off-screen) about how they are treating her and what she needs from them. Charlotte takes things poorly back in Stoneybrook, exhibiting clear hypochondria that Dr. Johansson somehow fails to properly understand.


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    • 57 min
    Episode 042: Jessi and the Dance School Phantom!`

    Episode 042: Jessi and the Dance School Phantom!`

    Jessi gets the starring role in Sleeping Beauty over older girls in her ballet classes, which causes various levels of jealousy and anger. This results in Jessi getting threatening notes in her bag along with multiple incidents of stolen and damaged personal property. The BSC helps narrow down the suspects to three and Jessi uses logic and ingenuity to figure out the culprit and then... just forgives her for terrorizing her? The logic goes out the window and the teachable moment doesn't go the way we'd prefer. Also there's a pet show.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 041: Mary Anne vs. Logan!

    Episode 041: Mary Anne vs. Logan!

    Logan continues to be the worst and basically never being understanding of anything Mary Anne wants or needs and after she cools things off for a bit (which he respects for a literal day), they end up breaking up for real. We recall our prior conversations where perhaps we internalized Logan and Mary Anne being the BSC OTP because there's a whole lot of tell, not show in the series. There's some Jenny Prezzioso-related antics throughout and the BSC does their best to support Mary Anne through her tough times with Logan, including Dawn swinging back toward best BSC friend.


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    • 1 hr
    Episode 040: Claudia and the Middle School Mystery!

    Episode 040: Claudia and the Middle School Mystery!

    There's literally no mystery in this one where Claudia is accused of cheating on a math test after she gets an A- and just so happens to have the exact same right and wrong answers as Shawna Riverson, who obviously cheated off Claudia in what turns out to be a premeditated offense. Seriously - we did not remember Shawna, but she's somehow worse than Cokie Mason. Claudia and the BSC have some antics and eventually resolve the issue at hand and Claudia gets some recognition for her hard work and success.


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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

GraduallyWatermelon ,

Sometimes it’s too much

There is so much to love about this podcast. I love looking back at these books,A lot of times I completely agree. Even at age 8 some of the books to be pretty tone deaf.

Sometimes the wokeness gets too much for me.I get it white people are all racist and nobody else does anything bad ever and we should hate ourselves. Can we go back to the books? I like looking at the books from an adult point of you. But also these books are for a certain age at a certain time. We can’t go back in the future we can just continue to do better.

Logan is pretty awful, much better in the series! But in the past episode he was called an incel. At 13 years old!? The the heck! How can guys under the age of like 17 P insoles? A lot of teenagers both guys and girls don’t have sex. Even though they want to.It just came off as really offensive and I had to turn it off :( it stinks because I don’t like Logan either

Mine7369 ,

Love this

I absolutely loved the Babysitters Club books growing up and I am so happy I found this podcast! It made me think of the books in such a different light and makes me want to dig out my old books and start to reread them! I really like the predictions segment and the fashion piece! I always liked the descriptions from the books and it’s interesting hearing them now- especially since I’m so much older and can’t even imagine wearing some of those outfits now!
P.S. I was totally a Mary Anne growing up!

catfairyreadsya ,

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The best BSC podcast with a nuanced and critical view of the books! And at the same time...a ton of fun to listen to!

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