Fuse 8 n' Kate
About This Show
Two sisters, one in L.A. and one in NYC, both move to the Chicago area and start a podcast. The premise? Picture books and are they really that great? Join Kate and Fuse 8 (Betsy Bird) as they track down a picture book "classic" each episode and try to determine if it deserves to remain in the canon of children's literature.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 32 - The Story of Babar
5 days ago
Our theme of problematic picture books that deal indirectly with colonialism continue with this natural companion to Curious George. Today's book is notable if only because it is the first "classic" Betsy and Kate have discussed that Betsy read as a child. Will that make her more inclined to like the book or not? You'll just have to see.
Prepare for a heartfelt discussion about Blast From the Past, the Babadook, the difference between bowler and derby hats, and the ultimate lesson in retail therapy: "You want to deal with your mom's death? Buy yourself some spats!"
- A link to the interview with Jean de Brunhoff's son in the Wall Street Journal. Babar the Elephant Takes His Final Bow: https://www.wsj.com/articles/babar-the-elephant-takes-his-final-bow-1511560164
- Should We Burn Babar? Here's the Kirkus review that didn't find the book all that keen: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/herbert-kohl/should-we-burn-babar/
- Leslie Jones can be found here on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/lesdogggg/?hl=en
- And I believe this was the Buzzfeed article Kate referred to. It's called Right Now the Only Thing I Care About Is Olympic Skater Adam Rippon's Tweets : https://www.buzzfeed.com/samstryker/adam-rippon-twitter?utm_term=.ym4xwvmgD#.ly1aJb5Z2
You can find the complete set of Show Notes at Betsy's blog here: http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2018/02/19/fuse-8-n-kate-the-story-of-babar-the-little-elephant-by-jean-de-brunhoff/