A hilarious and nostalgic journey through all the Judy Blume books, hosted by Jody Worthington and Alison Michael. With Scotch-fueled dramatic readings and deep dives into '70s and '80s nostalgia, boobs, boners, and bullies, this show ain't for kids. Join them every week as they delve into a few more chapters from a favorite Judy novel!
Odds and Ends #21: Spider-Fudge
The long awaited Superfudge wrap-up! Join us for a meandering episode full of Special Reports, '80s talk show clips, and Blume Head correspondence. Alison presents some one-star reviews, Santa stats, and introduces us to wok-master Stephen Yan. Jody finds more bizarre book edition updates, performs some Peter/Sheila fanfic, and spends a very long time talking about dog poop. Thank you Helen and Sue for your wonderful letters! It's a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
166. Ski the Bumps
"Superfudge," chapters 11-12. The final episode, can you believe it?! Brian Tumkin and Uriah come to town, Tootsie walks, Peter picnics, Fudge and Daniel elope, and the Hatchers make a big decision. Jody and Alison (with the help of tiny guest stars Charlie, Finn, and Arthur!) perform the most dramatic of readings. We also fully discuss salami symbolism and Mrs. Manheim's lewk -- including the iconic toe-less sneakers. Thank you to Blume Heads Schmoo and Dawn for two very excellent letters! It's a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
165. Ball-Kicker Special
“Superfudge,” chapters 9-10. Jimmy Fargo and Alex Santo finally meet, Peter gets a KISS, Fudge becomes a tiny Christmas tyrant, and Daniel Manheim makes quite the impression on us all. With the help of Blume Head Michelle, Jody and Alison compare and contrast the publisher’s technology and pop culture updates (BRING BACK THE POCKET CALCULATOR). There’s dramatic readings, vintage ads, and the usual nostalgic musings. It’s a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
164. Agatha's Rage
“Superfudge,” chapters 7-8. Welcome, Uncle Feather and helloooooo, Halloween! (Seriously, how did Judy know it was Halloween in the real-life now-times?!) Fudge gets a myna bird because he does cute paintings at school. Peter and Jimmy fight about the price of art. The gang goes trick-or-treating and tastes their first worm cookies. Jody and Alison cover all the hilarious scenes and nostalgic details of this 1980 Judy Blume treasure. Alison talks about being yanked out of school to see Kid Rock and Jody finds a bizarre reddit thread with a mystery to solve. And so many thank yous to Blume Head Molly P. for finding a spicy tidbit about Judy Blume’s very own fake book reports.
163. Goodbye Rat Face!
"Superfudge," chapters 5-6. The Hatcher family settles down in Princeton and keeps their local Baskin Robbins in business. Peter and new bestie Alex Santo go into the worm business and scam Mrs. Muldour (she's definitely eating them, right?). Fudge creates a most legendary ruckus on the first day of school. Join Jody, Alison, AND four-year-old voice actor prodigy Poe for dramatic readings and hilarious commentary on this Judy Blume classic. Thank you to Blume Heads Geniene, Lisa, and Julie for their letters! It's a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
162. Ten or Eleven Times
“Superfudge,” chapters 3-4. The Hatchers are moving to Princeton! In a week. WTF. Pee-tah has a fight with Jimmy Fargo, a run-in with Sheila, and almost pees in a flower pot. Fudge decorates Tootsie with trading stamps. Jody talks about her recent eyebrow mishap and a *thing* she did in the kitchen sink. Alison continues to channel her inner four-year-old muppet. There’s dramatic readings, a Special Report on Kreskin’s Crystals, and THREE fantastic listener letters from Dustin, Julie, and Lavender Baker. Thank you to our newest Patron, Lea T.! It’s a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
Who knew reliving the most awkward years of your life could be so fun?
I recently discovered this thanks to a rec from the Stuck In Stoneybrook podcast (also great!) and while I’m nowhere near caught up, I’m savoring every binge sess! This is a fun trip through every Judy Blume masterpiece (and miss, looking at you Wifey) and other Judes related books. If you loved Judy as youngster you’ll enjoy Alison & Jody’s perspective on her books.
They really know how to set the scene of each book, sourcing music, researching political and pop cultural touchstones to give the listeners a real sense of time and place.
If you like hilarious hot takes, random bursts of song, and dramatic readings this is the pod for you!
One of my favorite podcasts!
The Blume Saloon is so much fun! The podcasters, Jody and Alison, make a great team. They give love, attention & respect to every book they choose to feature. This podcast mostly covers Judy Blume books, but other authors have been featured too. Not only do Jody and Alison put a lot of thought into what they cover (history lessons! special reports!), but they also read letters/emails from listeners on-air, which really does make it feel like an actual book club -- one big community. Finally, the podcast has really good sound quality and very few ads. A real winner!
I found this podcast totally by accident but it’s one of my newest favs! Typically, I’m a true-crime listener, but Judy Blume and similar authors were a STAPLE in my younger years. Listening during my commute, while cleaning house, as a study break, or to wind down in the evening gives me a great moment of nostalgia and a break from my typical genre. Not to mention how fun it is to pick up on things I missed as a child!