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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life and legacy in new iHeartPodcasts series


Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life and legacy will be examined in a new iHeartPodcasts series. A compelling eight-part series delves into the remarkable life and enduring influence of beloved American storyteller Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Jo Piazza, Glynnis MacNicol, and Emily Marinoff co-created the series, while MacNicol hosts.

Wilder, an eight-part series exploring the life and influence of the beloved American author behind the Little House on The Prairie books, will be hosted by Glynnis MacNicol. MacNicol, a podcast editor and author of No One Tells You This.

The books, which first appeared in 1932, chart the story of the Ingalls family as they venture into the Western frontier. Their widespread popularity sparked numerous adaptations, including a TV show, pageants, and fashion lines. In the podcast’s debut episode, MacNicol alludes to her childhood fascination with books, stating that “Laura’s books have been read by millions.” Her story is reminiscent of the classic American tale of hitting the road in search of a better life. As a young girl, she traveled thousands of miles with her family in a covered wagon. She’s a Hollywood Western in her own right, a Jack Kerouac figure in a nap dress with braids.

Named one of Vulture’s “Top Podcasts We Can’t-Wait to Listen to This Summer,” “Wilder” centers on the life and legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the great American storyteller. Since the first “Little House on The Prairie” book was published in 1932, generations of readers have flocked to Wilder’s cozy stories of the Ingalls family settling the Western frontier. The series inspired a TV show, pageants and entire fashion lines. Behind this franchise is a woman who experienced almost a full century of American history. Wilder made her first trips in a covered wagon and later flew on a jet plane. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life and legacy remain as powerful, mesmerizing, controversial and violent as the America she represents. In a country currently at odds with itself and its history could there be a better time for an exploration of this woman?