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

May 20th, 2021    

The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Podcast #3

On the third episode of The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Podcast, Mirandia Berthold & Andy Atherton continue talking about their love for The Muppets and review episodes 9-12 of season one of The Muppet Show that featured guest stars: Charles Aznavour, Harvey Korman, Lena Horne & Peter Ustinov. And give their thoughts on their favorite characters and sketches that appeared in each.

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 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.”

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.

Remember to email us at and follow us on Instagram and Twitter over @ItWasAThingOnTV.

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!

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