After that, host Ira Glass has a few words about Mary Poppins, who is the Gold Standard of all fictional babysitters. The movie Mary Poppins contains the classic modern song about babysitting. We hear several versions of the song over the course of the program. The first is by Chicago girl punk/pop band, the Dishes. (5 minutes)
Download song: "The Perfect Nanny, from Mary Poppins", The Dishes
Lots of babysitting is done by family members. Hillary Frank reports on what can happen when a teenaged son is put in charge of his younger brothers. It's not pretty. Hillary is the writer of the fictional podcast, “Here Lies Me.” (14 minutes)
The Mary Poppins song in this act is performed by Jon Langford, with John Rice on mandolin. Jon Langford has a new album out this fall.
Download song: "The Perfect Nanny, from Mary Poppins", Jon Langford
The story of several huge companies that accidentally got put into the babysitting business in a big, big way because of snow on December 26, 1988. Every year on the day after Christmas, divorced kids all over America fly from one parent to the other. In 1988, lots of them got snowed in at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Susan Burton and her little sister were among them. (9 minutes)
This story was turned into the 2006 movie Unaccompanied Minors.