Generation BSC: A Baby-Sitters Club Podcast

Kate and Lauryn are proud members of Generation BSC making their way through the Baby-Sitters Club series one book at a time.

About the show

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.

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  • EM025: Emergency Meeting - It's no April fool!

    April 2nd, 2024  |  19 mins 57 secs
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    Hello, friends!! Kate and Lauryn are checking in with you all after a long and unexpected break. We're here with an update on what's been going on, what we've been doing, and what we're planning for the future of Generation BSC. Long story short, we're in it for the long haul and will be back soon with our next season. We've missed you all and can't wait to get back into our discussions of our favorite group of babysitters!

  • Re-Read 017: Mary Anne and the Bad Luck Mystery!

    October 31st, 2023  |  1 hr 11 mins
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    In honor of Halloween, we're doing a re-read episode where we revisit our discussion of Mary Anne and the Bad Luck Mystery - one of our first spooky books!

  • Re-Watch 11: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Four: Jessi and the Superbrat!

    October 24th, 2023  |  44 mins 32 secs
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    As promised after our discussion last week, we're revisiting our discussion of the Netflix series episode, Jessi and the Superbrat. We'll be back next week, on Halloween, with a Halloween-themed re-read episode and then our season finale will be on November 14 with more details about when we'll be back and about our Patreon.

  • Episode 049: Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street!

    October 10th, 2023  |  1 hr 7 mins
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    Claudia gets a regular babysitting job with a genius child star named Rosie Wilder. Rosie's parents have done a real number on her and she spends all her time taking lessons, practicing, and working (and regurgitating lines from her parents about said career and her life generally). It's a real contrast with the home life of our Superbrat Derek Masters. Claudia ultimately connects with Rosie over drawing and they put on an art show together (where we see the junk food-inspired pop art that is classic Claudia). The girls all pitch in on the art show and babysitting Rosie on occasion and even Janine gets to be an honorary BSC member!

  • Episode 048: Jessi's Wish!

    September 26th, 2023  |  1 hr 44 secs
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    It's the volunteering book! Jessi gets interested in volunteering at Stoneybrook Elementary to keep a club where the kids do good deeds in the community and brings the rest of the BSC along. The SES school club included a girl named Danielle who is recovering from leukemia and who connects with Becca, Charlotte, and Jessi and ends up with a BSC universe version of Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. Jessi's Wish had so many opportunities to go so wrong, but it threaded the needle to a perfectly pleasant and quintessential BSC book. We really did enjoy this book and it resulted in one of our favorite conversations so far!

  • Episode 047: Mallory on Strike!

    September 12th, 2023  |  1 hr 7 mins
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    Mallory is all about winning a writing competition at Stoneybrook Middle School for Young Authors' Day (that inexplicably has nothing to do with the 8th grade author projects from Mary Anne Misses Logan). Her inability to find time to work on her submission without constant interruption reveals just how far her parentification goes and she finally goes on strike. For one day... In usual BSC fashion, the conflict is resolved, but sadly it's an unsatisfying outcome for us.

  • M01: Stacey and the Missing Ring!

    August 29th, 2023  |  52 mins
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    It's our first mystery! And the biggest mystery for us going in was what our mystery episodes might look like and how they might be different from our regular series or super special episodes. Join us to find out just how different this might be as we discuss a so-called "mystery" that maybe isn't so much? Stacey's babysitting when a ring goes missing and the BSC springs into supportive and not-so-supportive action to figure out what might have happened.

  • Re-Read! 038 - Kristy's Mystery Admirer!!

    August 15th, 2023  |  1 hr 33 mins
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    In honor of Kate's original Hodges Solieau artwork from this book, we're doing a re-read episode where we revisit our discussion of the book with our very special guest, Kelly Biscopink, co-host of It's a Clue (which returns with a new season this month)!

  • Episode 046: Mary Anne Misses Logan!

    July 25th, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
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    We were dreading the return of the Mary Anne and Logan ship, but it turns out Logan was kind of a non-entity considering his name is in the title, and Mary Anne is much more level headed and reasonable about missing him on their road to reconciliation. But what we missed in melodrama from Mary Anne, we made up for in spades with Cokie Mason antics, toilet monsters, group projects, and speeches in front of "famous" fake authors.

  • Re-Watch 10: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Eight: Kristy and the Baby Parade!!

    July 11th, 2023  |  1 hr 39 secs
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    As promised in our last episode, we're revisiting our discussion of the series ( :( ) finale of the Netflix Baby-Sitters Club series to compare and contrast with the book, as we hadn't read the book before that episode aired and we discussed it. We'll see you in two weeks for our next regularly-scheduled episode!

  • Episode 045: Kristy and the Baby Parade!

    June 27th, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
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    It's the book where everyone's obsessed with babies! Our girls take an infant care class and are immediately inundated with jobs sitting for babies, which coincides with the bi-annual baby parade in Stoneybrook. The Baby-Sitters Club decides to enter a float and it goes disastrously, but they ultimately learn that communication is key to success. This is, of course, after another instance of our girls treating each other poorly when things don't go perfectly and they feel embarrassed, but all's well that ends well!

  • SS06: New York, New York!

    June 13th, 2023  |  1 hr 22 mins
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    Summer Semester has arrived and we're back with a new super special! We're joined by YA librarian, Crissy Varnell of the Chattanooga Public Library, to discuss another two-week vacation from school for our babysitters, this time with a trip for all of them to New York City, inspired by Claudia's desire to attend a specific art school during the break. As is typical for super specials, our girls have varying levels of ridiculousness in their assorted adventures, including international intrigue, agoraphobia, jealousy, and, of course, boys.

  • EM024: Emergency Meeting - Good Riddance, Cokie Mason!

    May 30th, 2023  |  37 mins 16 secs
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    Hello, fellow members of Generation BSC!! Kate and Lauryn are back after their extended fall and winter break and are so happy to be back to reading and discussing the Baby-Sitters Club! We discuss where we've been and our plans for the near and distant future when it comes to the podcast. We're back for our summer semester season and can't wait to share new episodes with you all!

  • Episode 044: Dawn and the Big Sleepover!

    September 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 15 mins
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    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.

  • Episode 043: Stacey's Emergency!

    September 6th, 2022  |  57 mins 36 secs
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    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.

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

    August 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
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    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.