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March 31st, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch - The Falcon And The Winter Soldier S1 E2 “The Star-Spangled Man”

Pop Goes To The Couch continues on their coverage the latest entry into the MCU on Disney+, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. Scott Shifflett, Tim Capel, Andy Atherton  & Shawn Kidd review and break down Season 1 Episode 2 “The Star-Spangled Man”. 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.

March 31st, 2021    

Into the Spidey Movieverse: Episode 1 - Spider-Man (2002)

On the first official episode of Place to be Nation POP's special limited event podcast leading up to "Spider-Man: Far From Home" Greg Diener and Chico Alexander from "It Was a Thing on TV" look back on the first Spider-Man movie from 2002 directed by Sam Raimi.
They look back and discuss some of their favorite scenes and moments from the film along with talking about giant life-size statues of Spider-Man that you could win at Blockbuster. Also on what other podcast will you hear a discussion about Superbit DVD's?
So if you're something of a scientist yourself, this podcast is worth a listen. Episode 2 covering Spider-Man 2 will be out sometime in Late April/Early May.

March 30th, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch - The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers S1 E1 “Game On”

A new Pop Goes To The Couch pod series starts up with coverage of the new streaming series, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. In this first installment, James Gruenberg & J Arsenio D'Amato review and break down Season 1 Episode 1 “Game On”. In this spoiler-filled discussion they go over the plot elements, as well as touch on their thoughts on the films that this series comes from.

March 30th, 2021    

Telly & Tea: Afternoon Tea - WandaVision

Join Mirandia and Ben for another spot of Afternoon Tea as they talk about the television hit of the year so far, WandaVision.

The pair discuss their backgrounds in Marvel fandom and the expectations for the series going into it. They then break things down episode by episode and then what they liked and didn't like about the show (Spoiler: this mostly involved Tyler Hayward). Ben and Mirandia also get to wax lyrical about Elizabeth Olson and Kathryn Hahn and speculate on the direction that the MCU go into next.

Sit down, relax, have a brew and spend an hour in the company of Telly and Tea.

March 29th, 2021    

Piece of the Action #10: Logan

In the newest episode of Piece of the Action, Matt welcomes Logan Crosland to the show to watch the 2017 classic Logan! Listen as Matt and Logan discuss Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Great Value Jax from Sons of Anarchy, the cold and soulless eyes of young girl they are trying to protect, the crazy amount of blood, and so much more! Do you like Patrick Stewart impressions? If so, then this is the show for you! It’s the new Piece of the Action!

March 26th, 2021    

Battlestar In The 25th Century #4

On episode 4 of Battlestar in the 25th Century, Shawn and Scott live watch Buck Rogers episode 2, “Awakening Part 2.” They discuss a cool space battle opening, Buck schooling Earth’s pilots with his 87 NASA skills, angry Kane, a Wilma vs. Ardala choice, why are these women in love with Buck after 2 episodes, Why does Wilma’s mouth not move sometimes when she speaks, one of the most cringeworthy entertaining dance scenes ever, humans and robots not being very smart in the 25th Century, Formal Space Sinbad wear, what show has cooler ships, Buck or Battlestar, a pretty great final battle with the Draconians and a weird kind of lame ending.

March 25th, 2021    

The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Podcast #1

On the inaugural episode of The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Podcast, Mirandia Berthold & Andy Atherton talk about their love for The Muppets as well as give the show’s mission statement. For this installment, they review the first four episodes of season one of The Muppet Show that featured guest stars: Juliet Prowse, Connie Stevens, Joel Grey & Ruth Buzzi. And give their thoughts on their favorite characters and sketches that appeared in each.

March 24th, 2021    

Pop Goes The Movies - Zack Snyder’s Justice League

On the latest episode of the Pop Goes The Movies Andy Atherton is joined by Scott Shifflett, Shawn Kidd & Tim Capel to review Zack Synder’s Justice League. They start off by giving their thoughts on the theatrical version, then they go over the differences between to the two versions, remarking on the changes that they liked and the ones that missed the mark. Also, they give their thoughts on where the DCEU could be headed after this re-cut.

March 24th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 144, 145 & 146 - Alabama Leprechaun/Coupling (US)/Married for Life

This Week on It Was a Thing on TV, the gang discussed a pair of adaptations of famous TV shows that got lost in translation while taking a visit to Alabama.
First, this leprechaun story was one of the first viral YouTube videos, from back in 2006.  This story got significant media attention and was soon spoofed on shows including Key and Peele and South Park.  Was it really a leprechaun?
Next, we look at the import from the UK, Coupling, which was to be the next big thing after Friends, but was off the NBC schedule after just 4 episodes.
Finally, Married with Children lasted over 10 years and 259 episodes in the United States.  When it was exported to the UK as Married for Life, it lasted 7 episodes, utilizing the same scripts as the original version, modified with British references.  Talk about another show which got lost in translation.
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March 23rd, 2021    

Pop Goes To The Couch – The Falcon And The Winter Soldier S1 E1 “New World Order”

Pop Goes To The Couch starts up a new pod series covering the latest entry into the MCU on Disney+, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. In this first installment, Shawn Kidd, Scott Shifflett, Tim Capel & Andy Atherton review and break down Season 1 Episode 1 "New World Order". 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.

March 22nd, 2021    

Making Mt. Rushmore #14 - Video Game Characters & Video Game Franchises

In the fourteenth episode of Making Mt. Rushmore, panelists Steve Riddle, Logan Crosland & Scott Criscuolo join moderator Andy Atherton to discuss which video game characters deserve a place as on their respective lists. Is Donkey Kong a no-brainer? What about Mario? Will Sonic The Hedgehog grab a spot? Does Bowser or Tecmo Bo deserve a place? After that, they discuss which video game franchises will be part of that grouping. Can you argue that the Madden series shouldn’t get a spot? Will Super Mario be included? Is The Legend of Zelda in the conversation? What about Grand Theft Auto & Mortal Kombat?

March 19th, 2021    

PTBN Trivia Night – The 80’s (#6)

Welcome to PTBN Trivia Night, Place To Be Nation Pop’s first ever trivia game show! In our sixth episode, Kevin Tucker, Scott Criscuolo & J Arsenio D'Amato face off to see which one of them is the most rad, tubular and gnarly when it comes to 80's 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!

March 18th, 2021    

Feeling Good…For Now #3: “Chicken Sandwich Armistice”

In episode 3, Glenn Butler and a returning Jordan Duncan join Steve for the socially distant equivalent of a group hug. Topics covered include peanut butter cup evolution, socially competent spelling bees, exceptional educators, prophets: false? and the amazing world of wind power at sea. Plus: Glenn Recommends a Podcast! (patent pending) SPECTACULAR ADVICE~: University of Michigan’s Ten Things for Your Mental Health Let's come together so we can feel good…for now! Looking for advice? Sure you are!

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Producer: Nate Milton

Now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify Google Podcasts, and Amazon Music!

March 18th, 2021    

Laugh-In Theater - Rat Race with James Gruenberg

On the fortieth episode of Laugh-In Theater, Andy Atherton welcomes back James Gruenberg to do a live watch of the 2001 comedy, Rat Race. The guys discuss insurance scams; Amy Smart’s filmography; watching movies in hotel rooms; visiting a psychic; twenty-five cent slots; secret publicity stunts; narcolepsy; placing bets on anything; pissed-off ex-girlfriends; fear of heights; coincidences & Smash Mouth. So remember, you should’ve bought a squirrel.

March 17th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 142 & 143 - The Super Mario Bros. Super Show/The Golden Palace

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we've got you covered from Mario to Betty White to Rowdy Roddy Piper to Don Cheadle.
First, in honor of Mario Day last week, we pay our respects to this non-holiday by looking at the unforgettable Super Mario Bros. Super Show!  One of us never watched this on Fridays for reasons.
Then, we look at the short-lived sequel to The Golden Girls in The Golden Palace. It looked good on paper.  Minus Dorothy, it was, for the most part, its predecessor.  But hoo boy, Urkel roflstomped The Golden Palace into foreclosure.
Just a note the following episodes might have a hiccup here and there with hot mics while we were recording these episodes.
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