16 episodes

The California Diarists is a podcast celebrating the California Diaries, a deeply weird spinoff of the massively popular Baby-Sitters Club series. Every two weeks, host Christy Admiraal and a guest discuss one of the fifteen diaries, trying to discern what makes the series so fascinating and speculating on what the ghostwriters were thinking from book to book. So come along to Palo City with Christy. It’s going to be a wild ride.

The California Diarist‪s‬ Christy Admiraal

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The California Diarists is a podcast celebrating the California Diaries, a deeply weird spinoff of the massively popular Baby-Sitters Club series. Every two weeks, host Christy Admiraal and a guest discuss one of the fifteen diaries, trying to discern what makes the series so fascinating and speculating on what the ghostwriters were thinking from book to book. So come along to Palo City with Christy. It’s going to be a wild ride.

    Ep. 15: Ducky, Diary Three

    Ep. 15: Ducky, Diary Three

    Christy cracks open the spine of a California Diary one last time with Frankie Thomas as they dig into the compulsory heterosexuality of Ducky: Diary Three. Plus, Christy gets really sentimental.
     

    Christy is on Twitter @AdmiralChristy. The show is on Twitter @CaliDiarists and Facebook @CaliforniaDiarists.
     
    Frankie's writing lives at http://about.me/frankiethomas.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 14: Amalia, Diary Three

    Ep. 14: Amalia, Diary Three

    Phil Gonzales returns to the show to discuss Amalia: Diary Three, an out-of-step book that could've been a whole lot worse, with Christy. Content warning: this episode includes discussion of racism, including the use of slurs.
     
    Christy is on Twitter @AdmiralChristy. The show is on Twitter @CaliDiarists and Facebook @CaliforniaDiarists.
     
    Phil's shows Deep in Bear Country, It's Del Toro Time!, and Klickitcast can be found on Apple Podcasts.

    • 36 min
    Ep. 13: Maggie, Diary Three

    Ep. 13: Maggie, Diary Three

    Josh Hollis of Predict-O-Cast graces the show he produces with his presence to discuss Maggie: Diary Three, the value of clever names, and the various career paths Maggie might pursue with Christy.
     
    Christy is on Twitter @AdmiralChristy. The show is on Twitter @CaliDiarists and Facebook @CaliforniaDiarists.
     
    Josh is on Twitter @joshua_hollis and the Internet here.

    • 39 min
    Ep. 12: Sunny, Diary Three

    Ep. 12: Sunny, Diary Three

    The California Diaries deliver a crushing blow with Sunny: Diary Three, and Christy, joined by BFF of the show Frankie Thomas, is not ready for it. Content warning: this episode contains explicit language and prolonged discussion of death.
     
    Christy is on Twitter @AdmiralChristy. The show is on Twitter @CaliDiarists and Facebook @CaliforniaDiarists.
     
    Frankie's writing lives at http://about.me/frankiethomas.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 11: Dawn, Diary Three

    Ep. 11: Dawn, Diary Three

    Is Dawn Schafer history's greatest monster? Frankie Thomas continues her guest residency as she and Christy attempt to answer that question in light of Dawn: Diary Three.

    Christy is on Twitter @AdmiralChristy. The show is on Twitter @CaliDiarists and Facebook @CaliforniaDiarists.
    Frankie's writing lives at http://about.me/frankiethomas. 




     

    • 46 min
    Ep. 10: Ducky, Diary Two

    Ep. 10: Ducky, Diary Two

    Christy and friend of the show Frankie Thomas discuss the series' most difficult entry, Ducky: Diary Two, and find a little bit of levity along the way.
     
    Content warning: this episode includes explicit language and discussion of depression, suicide, homophobia, and sexual repression.
     
    Show Notes:
     
    Christy is on Twitter @AdmiralChristy. The show is on Twitter (@CaliDiarists) and Facebook (@CaliforniaDiarists).
     
    Frankie's writing lives at http://about.me/frankiethomas.

    • 30 min

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ZeppoMarxist ,

Funny and insightful

A funny and insightful look at how middle grade novels deal with serious issues, as seen through the lens of an obscure Babysitters Club spinoff. I’ve never read the books, and I love this podcast. I’d recommend it to anyone with an interesting in YA or middle grade literature.

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