The Legacy of Schoolhouse Rock!

In this Stitcher Premium bonus episode, Grammar Girl delves into the history of Schoolhouse Rock! and what made it the legacy it is today.

Mignon Fogarty
7-minute read
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What follows is a lightly edited transcript of a Stitcher Premium bonus podcast.

Grammar Girl: Grammar Girl here. I'm Mignon Fogarty. If you're like me, you love “Schoolhouse Rock!” and if you don't know what it is, you're going to love it soon. I'm here today with Holly Hutchings, one of my former students who now works in radio, and she is helping me put together this episode on “Schoolhouse Rock!”—actually she did most of the work. When I approached Holly about this episode, she didn't know what “Schoolhouse Rock!” was, which made me want to do it even more. Do you love it now Holly?

Holly Hutchings: I kind of do love it, yes. I feel like I missed out on something really important and awesome, but I get it now in my 30s, so that's cool.

GG: Yeah, you're just slightly too young to have had it growing up, I think.

HH: Yeah, they said it ran through the early 80s, and I was watching way too much TV in the early 80s, but maybe just not this for some reason.

GG: Maybe not those Saturday morning cartoons.

HH: Yeah.

GG: Well, we have an excellent show for you about the history of “Schoolhouse Rock!” and the people behind it, so let's get started.

Male Voiceover: I remember people talking about them. I remember people singing the songs. I remember even educators using them, but I don't have a specific memories me watching.

Female Voiceover: Now my son is 10, and we've gone through our multiplication facts, and we've gone through civics, and grammar is another one. We've gone through all those things! It afforded us that opportunity to learn in a different way.

MV: I never watched “Schoolhouse Rock!” growing up. The only thing I'm familiar with from the show is the "I'm just a bill on Capitol Hill." I think I just saw that over the years after the fact.

FV: You know, the preamble had a note in fifth grade. That was the first thing I went to—the preamble.


About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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