The Blume Saloon: A Judy Blume Book Podcast

The Blume Saloon: A Judy Blume Book Podcast

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!

Episodes

November 26, 2022 51 min
“Go Ask Alice,” April 27–June 16, 1970. Alice meets an innocent young scholar at the college library (he’s doomed!) and gets bullied at school. Gramps dies, RIP Gramps. Join Jody and Alison for some post-Thanksgiving good times, including dramatic readings, literary critiques, the most stupid quiz ever, and a hilarious letter from Blume Head Danielle! It’s a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
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“Go Ask Alice,” ?-April 24, 1970. Join us for fruit cups and wilted lettuce salad, it’s time for more Alice shenanigans! Alice meets herself in the park, somehow finds her way back home, has a terrifying-but-sexy flashback, and yet manages to whip up a gourmet meal for mom. Alison and Jody talk about hair, firemen, and dogs in strollers. And there's dramatic readings galore. It’s a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
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November 5, 2022 55 min
“Go Ask Alice,” Feb 6, 1970-? Alice hitchhikes to Denver, ends up in Coos Bay, then somehow finds herself in Southern California. In between sleeping under a shrub and becoming a Priestess of Satan, she’s made some new friends and hit some new lows. Join Jody and Alison for Fentanyl Skittles, dramatic readings, some more Drug Talk (™), and a Special Report on the Digger Free Store. It’s a Judy Blume Book club. Join us every week!
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October 29, 2022 47 min
“Go Ask Alice,” Dec 13, 1969–Jan 30, 1970. Cover yourself in ashes and sackcloth, Blume Heads, Alice and Chris are DUNZO with Berkeley! They fly home and have a nice, wholesome holiday season with orange yeast rolls. But then Black and Blue Lane comes along and ruins it all. Alison and Jody talk about texting etiquette, uppers vs. downers, and famous trust fund pets. Join us for dramatic readings, literary criticism, and Drug Talk...
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October 15, 2022 52 min
“Go Ask Alice,” Oct 19-Dec 12, 1969. Alice and Chris move to San Francisco! And then Berkeley! They buy a TV, try heroin, and open a boutique! Join Alison and Jody as they bravely maneuver through this 1971 pseudo-diary and bring light to the darkness. They perform dramatic readings, calculate inflation, and do their best to figure out where the hell Alice lives. Thank you to Blume Head Geniene for sharing the cutest classroom note...
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October 7, 2022 52 min
“Go Ask Alice,” Aug 14-Oct 18, 1969. Alice goes back home, pledges a drug-free life only to end up peddling LSD to elementary school kids. But we have great news – she's not pregnant! Join Jody and Alison for chat about outlet shopping, insomnia, Dexies and Bennies. And you don’t want to miss the hilarious Molly Sanchez reading from her 7th grade diary (excuse us, DIARA). It's a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
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September 30, 2022 50 min
“Go Ask Alice,” June 15-Aug 13, 1969. Alice visits Gran and Gramps and goes HARD with torpedoes, speed, Adam and Eve. She goes all the way with Bill only to have true love Roger reappear soon after. Alison and Jody talk about bad trips, Pretty Wild, and read snippets of Jody’s boy-crazy 10th grade diary. Thank you Blume Head Sue for her sugary letter! It’s a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
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September 23, 2022 38 min
“Go Ask Alice,” Jan 1-June 13, 1969. Alice has a horrible time at her new school but makes a friend, Mom’s a nag, Tim and Alex suck, and the boys JUICE IT UP! Join Alison and Jody to chat about this wild faux-diary by Anonymous, listen to dramatic readings, and soak up some glorious vintage commercials. It's a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
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September 17, 2022 62 min
“Go Ask Alice,” Sept 16-Dec 25, 1968. New Judy-adjacent book alert! Join Jody and Alison as they embark upon their maiden Alice voyage. Your hosts will lead you through the music, movies, events, and pop culture of the years 1968-1970 as a primer, followed by some dramatic readings, critiques, and analysis. There's also an exciting Rumberger reveal. Alice gets the runaround from her one true love, eats six French fries, purchas...
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August 20, 2022 44 min
It’s the END of “It’s Not the End of the World.” Jody and Alison wrap up this 1972 Judy Blume novel with special guest “Have a Banana” Sally! We’ve got some divorce trivia, an Eggo Special Report, a celebrity quiz, and some classic Letters to Judy. Thank you to British Blume Head Louise for her A+ letter. Be sure to follow us to learn what our next book is!
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August 5, 2022 47 min
“It’s Not the End of the World,” chapters 30-31. The FINAL CHAPTERS! Karen reaches the Hope Phase, Mom flies by the seat of her pants, and Amy makes her famous cold cut joke. Jody and Alison talk about non-bad divorce books, 1972 New Jersey separation laws, and the 1994 rom-com about a sex worker with a heart of gold, Milk Money. Tune in for a brand new “Isn’t That Random” about boredom and a wonderful letter from Blume Head Michel...
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July 29, 2022 35 min
"It's Not the End of the World," chapters 27-29. JEFF RETURNS from his mystery jaunt. Mom makes a life-shattering announcement. Dad convalesces in Las Vegas. Karen is nobody's favorite. Judy Blume's 1972 middle grade novel is really keeping us on our toes! Jody and Alison drink Corona and Athletic Greens and talk about bad parenting, thumbs, and the seven stages of grief. It's a Judy Blume book club. Join u...
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July 22, 2022 50 min
“It’s Not the End of the World,” chapters 25-26. Diorama drama! Missing persons! Weird families! Judy Blume at her finest. Karen destroys the viking ‘rama and hits up the bookstore, Jeff’s still missing, and Mary Louise Rumberger gets suspicious. There’s TWO Special Reports: Al walks us through the wild history of hysteria and Jody talks about infamous child psychiatrist Richard A. Gardner, author of Val’s favorite – “The Boys and ...
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July 8, 2022 37 min
“It’s Not the End of the World,” chapters 23-24. Jeff runs away, Mom and Daddy have an epic row, and Karen FINALLY melts down. Judy really brings on the divorce dark times. Alison and Jody chat about moving, the Real World New Orleans reunion, and the “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” movie postponement. Thank you Blume Heads Jackie and Lisa for their great letters! It’s a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
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July 2, 2022 38 min
“It’s Not the End of the World,” chapters 20-22. Judy Blume paints the portrait of a 7th grader dealing with her parents’ divorce in 1972 and things are getting wild! Karen and Val have a strange bath party, Dad makes a terrible announcement, and there’s some diorama drama. Jody and Alison chat about nudist resorts and shaving lies. Tune in for vintage ads, dramatic readings, and the usual shenanigans. It’s a Judy Blume book club. ...
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June 24, 2022 46 min
"It's Not the End of the World," chapters 17-19. Karen's cards go unappreciated, Amy practices her parental manipulation skills, Jeff breaks a toe, and mom gets a JOB! Jody and Alison (all the way from Sweden!) discuss and reenact this 1972 classic Judy Blume novel, and talk about awkward anniversaries and fluorosis. Thank you SO very much to Bex and Geniene for their awesome letters! It's a Judy Blume book club...
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June 10, 2022 39 min
"It's Not the End of the World," chapters 13-16. Come hang with Jody and Alison as they discuss this classic 1972 Judy Blume novel! Dad's got a new cow-colored bachelor pad, Karen makes a Val pal, Jeff's a rude dude, and Mom decides she's a working gal! Your hosts chat about childhood lies, do melodramatic reenactments, and read a sweet letter from Blume Head Sue J. It's a Judy Blume book club. Join us e...
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June 3, 2022 48 min
“It’s Not the End of the World,” chapters 10-12. Karen corners Jeff, gets her skate on, and asks one million questions. Mom lawyers up. Ruth gives bad advice. Debbie makes a chimp face. Your hosts Jody and Alison do dramatic readings, spit takes, and continue to be perplexed by the clueless adults in this 1972 YA novel! Jody presents her Peter theory and gives a very thorough Special Report on Howard Johnson’s. It’s a Judy Blume bo...
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May 27, 2022 44 min
“It’s Not the End of the World," chapters 7-9. Karen’s hitting new lows with a D on her book report and a sad HoJo’s martini dinner with Dad. Garfa comes to town and tries to Parent Trap the divorce situation. Jody and Alison chat about trundle beds, Phytophotodermatitis, and rabies advice. Thank you Blume Head Jennie for her fabulous letter! It’s a Judy Blume book club. Join us every week!
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May 13, 2022 42 min
“It’s Not the End of the World,” chapters 5-6. Alison and Jody recap and discuss Judy Blume’s 1972 novel about a sixth grader dealing with parental separation. Karen gets blindsided at the Red Bull Inn, picks a fight with sweet Debbie, and pulls a sickie. Your hosts chat about drugs, do dramatic readings, and bust out Jody’s high school newspaper column from 1996, “Isn’t that Random?”. It’s a Judy Blume Book club. Join us every wee...
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