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May 7th, 2021    

Battlestar In The 25th Century #7

On episode 7 of Battlestar in the 25th Century, Shawn and Scott live watch Buck Rogers episode 3 “Planet of the Slave Girls Part 1.” They discuss Wilma enjoying putting two men against each other, her Stephanie McMahon like laugh, Food Discs and Space Food Poisoning, hilarious fight scenes with stunt doubles that don’t hide the faces, a new jerk of a character named Duke, a fantastic assassination attempt on Dr. Huer, complete with Buck karate poses and a bad ass Gimp with a boomerang, NASA gymnastic and stealth hearing training, the fantastic Jack Palance as the Jesus like figure Kaleel with his glowing hands and his followers, including a woman who freely throws her husband under the boss to get him killed, Buck’s bath in the middle of a room, his hairiness and reputation to protect, smug robots and council members, Roddy McDowell as the worlds dumbest governor who has an equally annoying son and right hand, a big cliffhanger and so much more!

May 6th, 2021    

Pop Goes The Classics - The Sword In The Stone (1963)

On the fourteenth installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Mirandia Berthold, Andy Atherton & Steve Riddle look at 1963’s The Sword In The Stone. They discuss the many aspects of the film including: the Chuck Jones-like animated style; Merlin The Magician’s powers; the relationship between Wart & Merlin; the transfiguration sequences; Mad Madame Mim’s great but short scenes including the wizard duel; and the tying into the legend of Excalibur.

May 5th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 157 & 158 + Minisode 6 - Mockingbird Lane (2012)/High School U.S.A. (1983) (Director’s Cut)/KXAS’ Live Coverage of Nolan Ryan’s 1991 No-Hitter

This week we have a loaded edition of It Was a Thing on TV for you. We have it all from Herman Munster to Michael J. Fox to Bob Denver to Nolan Ryan to a dancing robot.
First, Around Halloween 2012, a pilot to a rebooted version of The Munsters aired.  If you were expecting campy humor that worked in the 1960s, you're solely mistaken.  Mockingbird Lane was a very dark comedy which was not your Munsters from 50 years ago.
Then, NBC's young stars came out to shine in this NBC TV movie, which also acted as a reunion of sorts for two other much older TV shows.  It was had star power, it was funny, it had too many plots, and most importantly, it has a connection to our pilot month.  Stay tuned...(Note this is best enjoyed while watching the movie on YouTube, starting at about the 74:55 mark in the drop.  We give about an hour of commentary while watching the movie.)
Finally, May 1st marked the anniversary of Nolan Ryan's final no-hitter for the Texas Rangers. On that night for some odd reason the game wasn't carried locally in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, however the local NBC station in Dallas thought it would be a good idea to carry the 9th inning live on-air to start the 10 O'Clock News. Enjoy as we listen in on this strange simulcast and explain the strange story as to why this occurred which wasn't revealed until recently.
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May 4th, 2021    

PTBN’s NBA-Team: Who’s On First?

In episode 190, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, check back on an eventful week of games. Will the race for first in the East turn into a three way dance between Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Milwaukee? Can the rising Phoenix Suns or Joker’s Denver Nuggets keep the Spider-less Utah Jazz on their toes at the top spot in the West? Riche and Adam also discuss Dr J’s all time teams, LeBron and AD’s return, Jayson Tatum’s 60-point game, and what the hell Kevin Love was doing. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team on Place To Be Nation’s Pop Experience feed!

May 3rd, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch - The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers S1 E6 “Spirit Of The Ducks”

Pop Goes To The Couch continues their coverage of the streaming series, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. In the fifth installment, James Gruenberg, J Arsenio D’Amato & Greg Diener review and break down Season 1 Episode 6 “Spirit Of The Ducks”. In this spoiler-filled discussion they go over the plot elements, favorite moments and predict what to expect on the next episode.

May 3rd, 2021    

Making Mt. Rushmore #17 - TV Moms & Movie Moms

In the seventeenth episode of Making Mt. Rushmore, panelists Shawn Kidd, Scott Shifflett & James Gruenberg join moderator Andy Atherton to discuss which TV Moms deserve a place as on their respective lists. Is Carol Brady a no-brainer? What about Mrs. Cunningham? Will Beverly Goldberg grab a spot? Does Jill Taylor or Claire Huxtable deserve a place? After that, they discuss which Movie Moms will be part of that grouping. Can you argue that the Sarah Connor shouldn’t get a spot? Will Mrs. Gump be included? Is Leigh Ann Tuhoy the conversation? What about Molly Weasley & Ellen Griswold?

May 1st, 2021    

PTBN Trivia Night - Classic Movies (#9)

Welcome to PTBN Trivia Night, Place To Be Nation Pop’s first ever trivia game show! In our ninth episode, Jennifer Smith, J. Arsenio D'Amato & Dusty Gangl face off to see which one of them is ready for their closeup when it comes to Classic Movies trivia.

Settle in and play along to see if you have what it takes to be a contestant on a future episode of PTBN Trivia Night!

April 30th, 2021    

Feeling Good For Now #4

Steve is joined once again by Jordan Duncan & Glenn Butler to wax positive on the last Blockbuster, surprise Yo-Yo Ma concerts, Red Dead Redemption, pizza, deep subjects reviewed on a five-point scale, and The Department of Truth, then offer SPECTACULAR ADVICE on beard care for our times. Join the party and feel good...for now!

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April 30th, 2021    

Pop Goes The Movies - Mortal Kombat (2021)

On the latest episode of the Pop Goes The Movies Andy Atherton is joined by Jennifer Smith & Tim Capel to review Mortal Kombat (2021). They start off by giving their personal history with the video game franchise. Then they give their thoughts on the mythology the movie gives of the main characters; which fighters translated great to the big screen (and some not so much); the “arcana” of each fighter; the great fight scenes, especially the fatalities and where the story could be headed in the probable sequel. Finish him!

April 29th, 2021    

Blockbuster Rewind - Major League Series (#11)

On the eleventh episode of Blockbuster Rewind, co-hosts Scott Shifflett, Eric Eells & Andy Atherton are joined by their guest Matt Souza to discuss the Major League film series. They go through each of the films and talk about the different characters that make up the teams; the greatness of Bob Uecker’s Harry Doyle; the recasting of Willie Mays Hayes in the sequel; the change of organizations from the Indians to the Twins; the convenient and sometime ridiculous screenwriting & whether or not the series can and should be rebooted. As a bonus, they also cover 2001’s Summer Catch. Just remember, Wild Thing, you make my heart sing.

April 28th, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch - The Falcon And The Winter Solider S1 E6 “One World, One People”

Pop Goes To The Couch conclude on their coverage the latest entry into the MCU on Disney+, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. Andy Atherton, Scott Shifflett, Shawn Kidd & Tim Capel review and break down Season 1 Episode 6 “One World, One People”. In this spoiler-filled discussion they go over the plot elements, as well as any Easter eggs they have spotted as well as given their thoughts on what everything means in the overall story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They also look forward to the next series, Loki, and give their predictions on what that series may bring.

April 28th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 155 & 156 - K-9 and Company/1978 Science Fiction Film Awards

This week It Was a Thing on TV is taking a trip to Saturn in the TARDIS because we're going on a Sci-Fi theme because it's lonely out in space.
First, we continue Pilot Month 2021 with a look at K-9 and Company. Doctor Who has had its fair share of successful spinoffs.  One whose pilot aired but didn't get picked up was K-9 and Company in 1981 at the Beeb.  It looked good and they brought back Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith for it, but something happened...
Then, with the Oscars having passed we look at an award show from years past. 1977 was a big year in science fiction movies, thanks to two little movies called Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Those films might have been the big winners that night, but The 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards also gave us one of the most memorable performances in history.
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And I think it's gonna be a long, long time.

April 27th, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch - The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers S1 E5 “Cherry Picker”

Pop Goes To The Couch continues their coverage of the streaming series, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. In the fifth installment, James Gruenberg, J Arsenio D’Amato & Greg Diener review and break down Season 1 Episode 5 “Cherry Picker”. In this spoiler-filled discussion they go over the plot elements, favorite moments and predict what to expect on the next episode.

April 27th, 2021    

Into the Spidey Movieverse: Episode 2 - Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Greg and Chico are back to present the second episode of Into the Spidey Movieverse, this time they look at the middle chapter of the Raimi Trilogy in Spider-Man 2.
Greg and Chico share their memories of the sequel along with talking about some of the key plot points of the movie which include Peter's troubles with trying to be Spider-Man while trying to MJ he loves her. Also the duo takes time to appreciate the greatness that is Alfred Molina as Doc Ock.
Greg and Chico also talk about the classic Spider-Man 2 video game (admit it, you love the Pizza Time music). Plus how many future celebrities or semi-famous celebrities have cameos in this movie?!?!
So hang on tight and try not to let the train go over the cliff as Greg and Chico take another deep dive Into the Spidey Movieverse.

April 26th, 2021    

The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Podcast #2

On the second episode of The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Podcast, Mirandia Berthold & Andy Atherton continue talking about their love for The Muppets and review episodes 5-8 of season one of The Muppet Show that featured guest stars: Rita Moreno, Jim Nabors, Florence Henderson & Paul Williams. And give their thoughts on their favorite characters and sketches that appeared in each.

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