Episode 16: The Family Vacation

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While the pandemic is keeping many of us from our usual summer plans, we thought we’d share some of the fascinating history of family vacations with you all. We’ll look at summer camps for children, family road trips, and the American family camp. Tons of wacky history to keep you feeling nostalgic while we get through this isolating time together.

Episode 15: The Prescience of Toys ‘R’ Us

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“I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid!” We all remember the jingle, and the excitement of stepping into a Toys ‘R’ Us in its heyday. With its rows and rows of toys, the possibilities were endless! And then we all watched as the behemoth of the toy industry crumbled, destroyed by the industry it created. How did Toys ‘R’ Us become such a giant, and what went wrong? Find out in today’s episode!

Episode 14: The Fabulous Patricia Carter

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Come join us for a side-splitting episode that looks at the life and times of Mrs. Patricia Carter, the original Free Birthing guru! Pat is a riot and we definitely wish she was still around for us to go out for drinks with. Although neither of us would hire her to be a doula or midwife for any future deliveries.

Episode 13: Baby Names

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This week, we have our very first guest host, Whitney from the How She Moms podcast! Whitney joins us to share her fascinating research into the history of baby names in America. She described some of the naming trends over time and some of the most bizarre names given to children here in the US.

Episode 12: The Baby Thief

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Ok everybody – buckle up. On this week’s episode we explore something a little sinister: babies being stolen from their mothers and sold on the black market by a woman you’ve probably never heard of. Until now. Cue today’s topic, the woman of the hour: Georgia Tann. Who is this woman, and how did she get away with this horrible scheme for so long? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Episode 11: The Little Albert Experiment

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John B. Watson and his infamous Little Albert Experiment may be little more than a footnote in the history of parenting and childrearing. But they are a fascinating and important one. Jen presents her research into the psychologist she most loves to hate and the occasional silver linings of his very disturbing legacy.

Episode 10: Parenting Advice

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Have you ever tried to find the perfect book to help you cope with the shear terror that is parenthood. Yeah, we’ve been there, too! In this episode, Diane takes us through the many different eras and styles of parenting advice books. We’re pretty sure there isn’t a perfect book out there with advice to suit any child, but we can say with some certainty that we found a few candidates for the worst parenting advice books!

Bonus Episode: OPDW Live – Fairy Tale Cannibals

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It’s our first ever live episode! Listen in as Jen and Diane host this special bonus episode on Instagram Live. The ladies go over some of the most famous and beloved fairytales from their childhood, specifically the ones that feature cannibalism. Yum!

Episode 9: Nickelodeon

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Ah, the sweet memories of running home after school to catch your favorite cartoon on what may be the most iconic children’s television network of all time: Nickelodeon. In today’s episode, Jen & Diane dig into the history of non-educational children’s entertainment to find out where it all started. Come relive your childhood (or your children’s childhoods) on an exciting adventure exploring all things Nickelodeon, from Rugrats to All That to Doug!

Episode 8: Pox Parties

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This week, we’re taking a look at a slightly more recent practice: the pox party! There are plenty of people alive today who have been to one. Jen gives some history on pox parties, their modern day equivalents, and some unintended “pox parties” happening during the coronavirus pandemic!