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Mar 15, 2017

Shawn Robare of  Branded in the 80s and the Cult Film Club podcast  joins me to discuss a topic inspired by Shawn's own Awesome 80s Bedrooms series, the inner sanctum of our childhood bedrooms.

For some kids, the bedroom is the one place in the house that we have any control over. Shawn and I reminisce about the different bedrooms we occupied in our formative years and the fun or sometimes scary things they contained.

Despite it being the envy of every 80s kid, Shawn concedes that the G.I. Joe U.S.S. Flagg battleship is the worst toy ever made.

These cartoon plaques hand painted by my dad are among my most prized childhood relics.

Home is where you hang your AT-ST?

One of my favorite rooms housed my Mattel Putt-Putt set, my Mego Superheroes, and a terrifying pin-up of Gene Simmons of KISS.

This image of Stephen Spielberg from a People magazine article on Tiny Toon Adventures prompted Shawn to turn his room into a cartoon studio.


Opening Song: These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80’s Movies by The Bouncing Souls

Closing Song: Sitting in my Room by Beatnik Termites, originally by The Ramones

Feb 21, 2017

Tyler Ham returns to discuss growing up during the Reagan Era Cold War, and how it affected us as children.

Tyler categorizes classic atomic age sci-fi movies, offering historical perspective from the earlier days of the Cold War.

Russian kids weren't so different from us. Here are two enjoying american pop music cassettes courtesy of Tyler's mom.

We discuss 80s movies like Red Dawn, Rambo, War Games, and Rocky IV and ponder the propaganda they contained.

My small Ronald Reagan collection

My Mad Magazine inspired RONBO drawing from 1986.

Superman, where are you now? Tyler and I share our viewpoints on President Reagan's ability to keep us all safe, and his place in pop culture.


Nurse or Nuke? The Genesis video that helped foster my childhood anxiety.

Rocky Balboa addresses the tension between the United States and the USSR.


Opening Song: These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80’s Movies by The Bouncing Souls

Closing Song: Ronnie's Rap by Ron and the DC Crew.

Jan 17, 2017

I'm joined by Jen Stephens to discuss moments in our lives that changed us fundamentally and briefly ponder alternate paths.

We question the need for human friends when you've got R.O.B. the Robotic Operating Buddy, and wonder if ghosts enjoy R.O.B. as much as living people do.

Different circumstances turned us into weird indoor kids. We examine being new kids on the block (not the band) in our respective neighborhoods, and the phenomenon that was New Kids on the Block (the band).

To say that Jen was a NKOTB fan might be an understatement. She was a card-carrying member of the fan club.

Learning to mimic Bobcat Goldthwait's voice helped me to find my own.

Mix tapes can change your life. We both agree that if it weren't for college rock, alternative, and punk, we might still be wearing B.U.M. Equipment and Z. Cavaricci jeans.

Speaking of mix tapes, enjoy the Jazzy-J mix featuring selections from two of Jen's aforementioned bands along with tracks by New Kids on the Block to better illustrate the complexity of musical taste (that is to say that the idea of misical guilty pleasures should not exist).