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February 27th, 2021    

Into the Spidey Movieverse: Pilot

Place to be Nation presents a special limited event podcast which will be released sporadically over the course of the year.
Greg Diener and Chico Alexander from It Was a Thing on TV will recap and review each of the nine movies released since 2002 that feature either Spider-Man or Spider-Man related characters that have been featured on the silver screen.
In the pilot episode to get you ready for the series, Greg and Chico look at all the adaptations to get Spider-Man to the big screen that almost were.
They all involve Roger Corman, Cannon Films, James Cameron and ...... James Bond? 
Episode 1 of the series covering the first of the Sam Raimi trilogy will be coming to the Place to be Nation POP Experience sometime in March.

February 26th, 2021    

Battlestar In The 25th Century #2

On episode 2 of Battlestar in the 25th Century, Shawn and Scott live watch Saga of a Star World Part 2 & 3, the final two parts of the Battlestar Galactica Series premiere. They discuss one of them making the decision to bring this box set on their honeymoon much to the new wife’s chagrin (Hint: wasn’t Scott), Sire Uri and his uncanny resemblance to the diplomatic immunity guy from Lethal Weapon 2, Starbuck’s woman “problems”, Serena looking to make Apollo her baby’s daddy, horrifying robot daggits, Adama’s great instincts, Space Mine Fields, Great Value Mos Eisley complete with a casino and the Space Supremes singers with multiple eyes and mouths, underground insects that eat people, bad parenting to get alone time as well as bringing annoying children to unknown planets where they run away, Eagle Moss figures, a pretty awesome battle with the Cylons and a cool scene that was cut from the movie involving Baltar. They then briefly discuss next episode watch of Buck Rogers Episode 1 &2! All this and a cone-head Cylon named Lucifer too!

February 25th, 2021    

Year In Pop - 1988

In the seventeenth episode of The Year In Pop, co-hosts Andy Atherton and Scott Criscuolo are joined by J Arsenio D’Amato and George Ribellino to discuss all of the goings on in the news, sports, TV, music and movies for the year 1988. The guys talk in depth about Kirk Gibson’s dramatic World Series home run; Wayne Gretsky’s final season with the Edmonton Oilers; The Wonder Years; Just The Ten Of Us; Mike Myers joining SNL; George Michael’s “Faith” album; Rain Man & Child’s Play.

February 24th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episode 136, Minisode 5 & Episode 137 - Li’l Bush/Barack Obama Gold Plate/Alliance of American Football

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we're honoring 'Merica with a look at the Presidents and some good ol fashioned American Football.
First, we thought Lil' Bush would be a fair topic for a President's Day episode.  Boy, were we wrong.  For the most part, this aged like bad cheese.  What seemed like a good idea in the 2000s ended up having a very short shelf life, running on one-note political gags from 15 years ago.  We apologize in advance.
Next, we continue the President's Day theme by looking at a commercial for an inaugural keepsake.  There's something about a gold plated commemorative plate of Barack Obama which we find odd.
Finally, there have been numerous attempts at football outside of the NFL season.  None exist any longer.  A recent attempt in 2019 was the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which we remember fondly. Listen as we blame the owner of Chico’s favorite hockey team for the demise of the league.
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February 23rd, 2021    

PTBN’s NBA-Team - … And We’re Back!

After a 14-month hiatus, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche are BACK in action to discuss all things NBA basketball!!! After a short discussion about a “somewhat” eventful 2020, the duo focus on the early regular season success of the Utah Jazz led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the post-Finals struggles of the Miami Heat, that all-timer poster dunk by #1 pick Anthony Edwards, Riche’s obsession with the word “malaise,” and much more. So hop back on the court and run with the NBA-Team!

February 23rd, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch - WandaVision S1 E7 “Breaking The Fourth Wall”

Pop Goes To The Couch continues it’s latest series, WandaVision. In this episode, Andy Atherton, Tim Capel, Shawn Kidd & Scott Shifflett review and break down Episode 7 of Season 1 “Breaking The Fourth Wall”. 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.

February 22nd, 2021    

Making Mt. Rushmore #12 - 80’s One-Hit Wonders & 90’s One-Hit Wonders

In the twelfth episode of Making Mt. Rushmore, panelists Matt Souza, Steve Riddle, Shawn Kidd, Tim Slomka & Logan Crosland join moderator Andy Atherton to discuss which 80’s One-Hit Wonders deserve a place as on their respective lists. Is “Take On Me” a no-brainer? What about “Come On Eileen”? Will “Whip It” grab a spot? Does “Tainted Love” or “867-5309/Jenny” deserve a place? After that, they discuss which 90’s One-Hit Wonders will be part of that grouping. Can you argue that “The Macarena” shouldn’t get a spot? Will “Tubthumping” be included? Is “Baby Got Back” in the conversation? What about “You Only Get What You Give” & “Ice Ice Baby”?

February 19th, 2021    

PTBN Trivia Night - Friends (#4)

Welcome to PTBN Trivia Night, Place To Be Nation Pop’s first ever trivia game show! In our fourth episode, Ben Locke, Calum McDougall & Calvin Crowell face off to see which one of them can pivot and lift & slide to a win when it comes to Friends 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!

February 18th, 2021    

Feeling Good…For Now #2 “Friends of the Program

In a rare twist in the media landscape, Steve picks up his own podcast for development.
Glenn Butler rejoins the show - topics covered include the introduction of close personal friends of the show, Patches the cat, the culinary art of soda, and integrating the cosmos through native languages.
SPECTACULAR ADVICE~: Setting Intentions
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February 17th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 134 & 135 - Goddess of Love/Bzzz!

Did you enjoy Valentine's Day? Well if you didn't, we got the perfect medicine with these two love-themed episodes of It Was a Thing on TV.
First, Vanna White was everywhere in the late 80s--Wheel of Fortune twice a day, touring the country by train, a best-selling writer, and scantily clad in an adult magazine.  NBC tried to capitalize on her success with a made-for-TV movie starring Vanna called Goddess of Love, which was downright bad.
Then, the love theme continues with a fun little game that didn't have the run it deserved, the late-90s Annie Wood speed dating game Bzzz!
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February 16th, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch – WandaVision S1 E6 “All-New Halloween Spooktacular”

Pop Goes To The Couch continues it’s latest series, WandaVision. In this episode, Scott Shifflett, Andy Atherton, Tim Capel & Shawn Kidd review and break down Episode 6 of Season 1 “All-New Halloween Spooktacular”. 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.

February 15th, 2021    

Piece of the Action #9: Lethal Weapon

On the new episode of Piece of the Action, Matt welcomes Jennifer Smith back to the show to watch the 1987 classic Lethal Weapon! Listen to Matt and Jenny discuss Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Gary Busey Pet Judge, baths, a daughter with lust in her eyes, gaping holes in kitchens, electrocution, bad villain names, ridiculous fight scenes and so much more! Are you too old for this? Well, even if you are, enjoy the new edition of Piece of the Action!  

February 12th, 2021    

Battlestar In The 25th Century #1

On the debut episode of Battlestar in the 25th Century, hosts Shawn and Scott break down the premise of the show and the why as well as outline some details on how Battlestar Galactica came together and historical facts of the show. They then jump into episode 1, Part 1 of 3, with a live watch where they discuss awesome music and intro, the effects, costumes, cool ships, the stupid President that leads humanity to destruction, The evil Baltar, Rick Springfield playing a big role and being abandoned by his brother, Scott’s Lorne Green confusion, Great Value Han Solo, his ties to pro wrestling and another great 80’s show , hache Jane Seymour and Maron Jensen, cool space names, animal deaths, the destruction of a planet, and the always great, Cylons. So join us as we flee from the Cylon tyranny, and join the last Battlestar, Galactica and its rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest… to a shining planet known as Earth.”

February 11th, 2021    

Laugh-In Theater #39 - The Hangover with Steve Riddle

On the thirty-ninth episode of Laugh-In Theater, Andy Atherton welcomes Steve Riddle to do a live watch of the 2009 comedy, The Hangover. The guys discuss Las Vegas bachelor parties; blind spots; running gags; Vegas hotels; letting the dogs out; Jägermeister; being part of a wolf pack; The High Roller Package; Phil’s breaking point; Heather Graham’s filmography; getting tased; Stu’s lack of car door safety; which spices tigers love; the damage bill; sofa pizza & Jonas Brothers concerts. So remember, he wasn’t a sailor, he was a bartender on a cruise ship.

February 10th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV: Episode 133: Super Bowl Shuffle Parodies and Knockoffs

The game may be over but It Was a Thing on TV presents a very special musical inspired football themed episode of the podcast.
In 1985, the Chicago Bears earned a place in pop culture history with their iconic song and music video during their Super Bowl winning season. Over the years, several teams and companies outside of football have tried to replicate the Bears magic with not much success. We cover a variety of these songs in the longest episode of the podcast yet!
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Nick Bockwinkle f'n rapping folks!

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