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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Episodes

  • Episode 041: Mary Anne vs. Logan!

    August 3rd, 2022  |  1 hr 35 secs
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    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.

  • Episode 040: Claudia and the Middle School Mystery!

    July 19th, 2022  |  1 hr 25 mins
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    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.

  • SS05: California Girls!

    July 5th, 2022  |  1 hr 48 mins
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    We're back from our Summer Vacation with another super special! We're joined by YA librarian and mom of next generation BSC readers, Dr. Lyn Scharf Hunter, to discuss our babysitters' two-week, non-Christmas winter break trip to California after winning the lottery. As usual, hyjinks of varying levels occur, but this time around we're spared of any extended truly life-or-death stakes.

  • Episode 039: Poor Mallory!

    June 1st, 2022  |  1 hr 17 mins
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    We get what we've been wishing for when the BSC finally tackles the issues of wealth and class in Stoneybrook when Mr. Pike loses his job (and then promptly and relatively easily finds a new one) in Poor Mallory. And as a result, we learn sometimes getting what you've asked for isn't the best...

  • Episode 038: Kristy's Mystery Admirer!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17th, 2022  |  1 hr 33 mins
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    The day Kate has been anxiously awaiting has finally arrived - Kate and Lauryn are finally getting around to discussing Kristy's Mystery Admirer!! And as an added bonus, we're joined by Kelly Biscopink, co-host of the Nancy Drew "faux crime" podcast, It's a Clue! There's plenty to hear about and we had a great conversation, but please do not disregard just how problematic and truly scary Cokie Mason is in this one!

  • Episode 037: Dawn and the Older Boy!

    May 3rd, 2022  |  1 hr 14 mins
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    Dawn finds herself in a problematic crush situation (that no one else seems to realize is a problem) and it's not great for her or us!

  • Episode 036: Jessi's Baby-Sitter!

    April 19th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
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    Jessi's mom is headed back to the working world, so Mr. Ramsey's sister, Cecelia, is moving in to help manage the house and watch the kids. Jessi thinks she's too old for a babysitter and she and Becca pull pranks straight out of The Sound of Music, but the book completely disregards that cultural reference. There's science fair antics and troubling racial commentary and we question just how much thought the Ramseys put into their plan to have Aunt Cecelia move in.

  • SS04: Baby-sitters' Island Adventure!

    April 5th, 2022  |  1 hr 25 mins
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    It's another super special with the return of our first super special guest, Katie Schneller! We discuss Dawn and Claudia's shipwrecked adventure off the coast of Connecticut and question the intelligence and decision-making of basically every parent in Stoneybrook.

  • EM023: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Eight: Kristy and the Baby Parade!

    February 22nd, 2022  |  1 hr 39 secs
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    Kate and Lauryn wrap up their discussion of Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Kristy and the Baby Parade! We're taking a short Spring Break and will be back with our next super special on April 5th!

  • EM022: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Seven: Claudia and the Sad Goodbye!

    February 8th, 2022  |  47 mins 48 secs
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    Kate and Lauryn continue their discussion of Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Claudia and the Sad Goodbye!

  • EM021: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Six: Dawn's Wicked Stepsister!

    January 25th, 2022  |  53 mins 40 secs
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    Kate and Lauryn continue their discussion of Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Dawn's Wicked Stepsister!

  • EM020: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Five: Mary Anne and the Great Romance!

    January 11th, 2022  |  56 mins 7 secs
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    Kate and Lauryn continue their discussion of Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Mary Anne and the Great Romance!

  • EM019: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Four: Jessi and the Superbrat!

    December 28th, 2021  |  43 mins 38 secs
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    Kate and Lauryn continue their discussion of Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Jessi and the Superbrat!

  • EM018: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Three: Stacey's Emergency!

    December 14th, 2021  |  48 mins 25 secs
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    Kate and Lauryn continue their discussion of Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Stacey's Emergency, the first show episode based on a book we haven't yet discussed in our main book discussions!

  • EM017: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode Two: Claudia and the New Girl!

    November 30th, 2021  |  50 mins 43 secs
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    Kate and Lauryn continue their discussion of Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Claudia and the New Girl and the big changes from the book of the same name!

  • EM016: Emergency Meeting - Netflix Season Two, Episode One: Kristy and the Snobs!

    November 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
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    Kate and Lauryn are back and ready to dive right back in to Season Two of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. We discuss Kristy and the Snobs, which is severely lacking in Shannon Kilbourne, and catch up on where we and the girls are at since we last discussed the BSC!