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Place to Be Nation’s Pop Culture podcast feed featuring shows on comics, music, sports, movies, TV, nostalgia and much more!

July 16th, 2020    

Pop Goes The Classics - Bambi

On the fifth installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton, Mirandia Berthold & Steve Riddle look at 1942’s Bambi. They discuss the many aspects of the film including the beautifully animated forest; the usage of music to tell the story while the dialogue is minimal; the friendship between Bambi, Thumper & Flower; the danger of The Meadow; the death of Bambi’s mom; getting Twitterpated; the similarties that we will see in later Disney movies; and the film’s enduring legacy.

July 9th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #27 - Back To The Future With Lee Elias

In the twenty-seventh episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Lee Elias (Geeks Who Like Sports) to do a live watch of the 1985 comedy, Back To Future. The guys discuss the many Easter eggs throughout the movie; Pizza Hut outfits; peanut brittle; The DeLorean; time-travel movies; costumes for dogs; driving safety tips; purple underwear; Frankenstein; Biff’s running buddies; rhythmic ceremonial rituals; building models to scale; spiked punch; and guitar solos. So remember, it you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

July 2nd, 2020    

The Year In Pop #1983

In the twelfth 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 1983. The guys talk in depth about Mario Bros.; Cabbage Patch Kids; the introduction of the McNugget; the QB Class of ’83; The “Pine Tar Game”; Jimmy V.; very special episodes; Fraggle Rock; The Moonwalk; legendary albums like Thriller, An Innocent Man & Pyromania; WarGames & Trading Places.

June 25th, 2020    

Blockbuster Rewind #1 - Jaws And Its Sequels

A brand-new show joins the PTBN Pop Feed, Blockbuster Rewind. On each episode, co-hosts Andy Atherton, Scott Shifflett & Eric Eells will cover and discuss the best and worst of Hollywood Blockbusters, Summer Tent Poles and Popcorn Movies. On their maiden voyage, they welcome guest Tim Capel to discuss the first Hollywood Blockbuster: Jaws and its subsequent sequels. They go through the franchise and talk about their favorite scenes, best characters, behind the scenes stories, rate the shark kills and question some of the ridiculousness that permeates the series. And remember, you’re gonna need a bigger boat.

June 20th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #7 - Scary Movie

In a "special isolation edition" episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Jennifer Smith & James Gruenberg to do a live watch of the 2000 comedy, Scary Movie. The gang discusses movie parodies; landscaping; impoverished Skeet Ulrich; granny panties; the greatness of Cheri Oteri; the many uses of vacuum cleaners; The Spice Girls; role playing, sneaking food into movies & whether or not you need to see the source material to enjoy a parody movie. So, do you like scary movies and don’t disturb me when I’m cleaning my room!

June 18th, 2020    

The Great Debate #11

In the latest episode of The Great Debate, host Andy Atherton is joined by Shawn Kidd, Matt Souza & Scott Shifflet. The gang discusses and debates a variety of pop culture topics including: how the movie, television and music industries will come back after the Coronavirus Pandemic; movies and television shows they watched during the isolation that they wouldn’t have otherwise; guilty pleasure video games; the best and worst recent commercials they’ve seen; which actor has been the best on-screen Incredible Hulk; Julia Roberts vs. Sandra Bullock; musical acts they love but in the minority on; how they would program a night of classic sitcoms; cast reunions they’d like to see & collectibles they’d like to own that haven’t been made yet. And as always, the show closes with a fun rapid fire round that runs the gamut.

June 11th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #26 - Major League With Derek Cornett

In the twenty-sixth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Derek Cornett (Low Blow Booking Podcast) to do a live watch of the 1989 comedy, Major League. The guys discuss the best baseball movies; the use of the “f-bomb” in the movie; spitballs; celebration dances; stalking exes; Mr. Baseball; bad haircuts; messing with Jo-Bu; bullpen cars;open access apartments and the things you don’t see in baseball anymore.  So remember, wild thing, you make my heart sing.

April 22nd, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #45-47): Rip Taylor in Time? The Price is Right’s forgotten games & “Kids Guide to the Internet”

Break out your 28.8K Modems because Mike, Chico and Greg have a new trio of subjects to tackle with on It Was A Thing on TV.
(Please note, the first subject was originally an April Fools Day joke.  98% of what you hear in that episode is fake.)

First, while "searching" for material on a previous episode, we "stumbled" upon information about a very brief BBC comedy from 1980 capitalizing off of the popularity of Doctor Who and The $1.98 Beauty Show.  Combine the two and you get a series in which nothing outside of blurbs of the episodes exists, Rip Taylor in Time.

Next, Pricing games on The Price is Right can be hit or miss.  You can have winners like Plinko, Rat Race, and Master Key.  You can also have misses like the dozen games we will cover in this installment.

Finally, Remember 1997, when the Internet was exciting, new, and informational?  We do, as do the Jamison family.  The Jamison kids share all the cool things you can do on the VHS cassette Kids Guide to the Internet.

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April 8th, 2020    

It Was a Thing on TV Triple Header (Episodes #39-41) “Night Stand with Dick Dietrick”, “The Cool Kids” & (not that) “Double Dare”

On this week's entries on It Was A Thing on TV, Mike, Chico and Greg look at daytime talk show spoofs, hijinks at a retirement home and isolation booths featuring men named Dr. Lee Franz!

First, we talk about the ultimate spoof of daytime talk shows, Night Stand with Dick Dietrick.  Topics in this show include successes (and a failure) which came for most of the people behind Night Stand, the time there was an accidental wardrobe malfunction, and what happened when Mike wrote an e-mail to the show.
Next, we look at one of the most recent entries on our list, The Cool Kids.  It was co-created by Charlie Day, it had brilliant writing and casting, and it was loaded with TV legends.  What could go wrong?
Finally, Take a risk!  Take a chance!  Take a dare!  We double dare you to listen to this episode about the short-lived 1976-77 Goodson-Todman quizzer Double Dare (Not THAT Double Dare, the other one!)
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December 18th, 2019    

Nick Goes to the Star Wars Movie Marathon: The Phantom Menace

PTNB's own fountain of effervescence himself, Nick Duke (@nickduke87) is attending the 9-film, 28-hour marathon of Star Wars Films at Disney Springs in Orlando. Hear his of adventures as he relates his experiences watching the unfairly-maligned classic, Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace.

October 12th, 2019    

Pop Goes the Classics: The Invisible Man (1933)

Pop Goes the Classics returns to the horror genre as Scott Criscuolo talks vanishing and madness with the legendary "The Invisible Man" starring Claude Rains. Sit back and enjoy a return to the classics!

October 10th, 2019    

This Week In The NFL - Week Six

Welcome to another edition of your favorite NFL podcast... This Week in the NFL. Your cohosts the Cowboy and the always entertaining John D'Amato take a look back at Week 5 and preview the big upcoming matchups in Week 6. Enjoy!

October 8th, 2019    

Pop Goes the Classics: The Mummy (1932)

On this edition of Pop Goes the Classics, Scott Criscuolo continues the horror trend with a look at Boris Karloff's other big roll for Universal, The Mummy! We go back to 1932 and the horror trends, makeup, history and more! So enjoy this newest edition of PGTC!

June 11th, 2019    

Pop Goes the Movies - Rocketman (2019)

On this episode of Pop Goes The Movies, Scott Criscuolo & J. Arsenio D'Amato talk about the Elton John biopic musical, "Rocketman". They discuss the story, the music and also how it compares with last year's big music biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody". So sit back and enjoy!

November 5th, 2018    

PTBN Comics’ PopBlast! Three Comics to Read on DC Universe Right Now!

PTBN Comics' Russell Sellers and Todd Weber recommend three comics stories each for you to check out on DC's Streaming Service, DC Universe.

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