When It Was Cool Podcast

When It Was Cool Podcast is hosted by veteran podcaster Karl Stern and his wife Tonya. When It Was Cool Podcast features reviews, conversation, and nostalgia about pop culture from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990's including classic rock, comics, television, toys, music, movies, and more. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego, and much more.
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May 17, 2018

The new When It Was Cool Podcast is packed with retro pop culture discussion this week. Karl and Tonya have a conversation that starts off with Spider-Man, which leads to the old PBS series The Electric Company, which leads to a discussion on Bill Cosby and his legal woes and Fat Albert and Eddie Murphy. Then Tonya puts together her own Avengers team with discussion of the Care Bears, The Last Unicorn, The Never Ending Story, and more. There is talk of a new G.I. Joe movie which has Karl excited and finally some classic rock talk about Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, songwriting, and more!

May 10, 2018

Hosts comic book creator Mike Imboden and pop culture expert Joseph Perry are back and have a spoiler free discussion of Avengers Infinity War. Joseph talks Judas Priest in concert along with Saxon. Then the guys discuss Lost in Space and much more!  A great blast of retro pop culture!

May 3, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast, Karl and Tonya discuss a ton of classic rock news including a review of The Eagles concert in Birmingham, Huey Lewis health problems, KISS on tour next year, Fleetwood Mac kicking out Lindsey Buckingham, plus Hasbro buys Power Rangers which leads to a discussion of early to mid-1990s pop culture.

Apr 26, 2018

On this edition of the Uphill Both Ways Podcast hosts Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry talk about Prince two years after the pop music icons death.  If you are a fan of Prince then this show is for you! Sit back and remember one of the most talented performers of all time.  Singer, song writer, guitarists, and much more- Prince will never be forgotten.

Apr 19, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from Karl and Tonya discuss the recent Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Don Felder concert. They talk about tonight's Eagles concert. Tonya brings up Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) which leads into a discussion of the old Delta blues song Midnight Special which has a very interesting origins. Plus Greeta Van Fleet, Marvel Universe, and more!

Apr 12, 2018

Hosts Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry are back in the saddle to discuss retro pop culture but first, Mike has seen the popular Ready Player One movie which has a strong pop culture slant to it.  Joseph talks about his hectic concert schedule since returning to the U.S.  Then the main event topic this week is the duos love of horror movies.  They each like different styles of horror movies so this show covers a lot of ground for horror movie fans.

Apr 5, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from we talk lots of classic rock and various other music topics. Including Greta Van Fleet, Styx, Collective Soul, Bush, 3 Doors Down, Britney Spears, KISS, The Eagles, REO Speedwagon, New Funko Pop Cereal, Toys and Prizes in cereal, comic book bar codes, and more! A fun retro blast of music, nostalgia, and more!

Mar 29, 2018

Host Mike Imboden welcomes Joseph Perry back to the United States after having lived in South Korea for years. Joseph talks about the reverse culture shock of moving back to the U.S. Joseph talks food differences and culture differences. Joseph recommends Annihilation the movie then talks about some assorted film festival movies listeners might enjoy. Mike gives his thoughts on Black Panther. Then the duo have a great conversation about the cultural differences of living abroad for a decade and then returning to the United States.

Mar 22, 2018

Karl and Tonya discuss how schools cancel classes now for everything verses back in the day when we hovered in hallways waiting for doom, lice checks, fluoride swirls, smoking areas, and more. Of course we have our regular dose of classic rock talk and Tonya talks about Staind and Aaron Lewis, what the heck is up with country music these days, plus hype about the upcoming concerts of Styx, REO Speedwagon, Don Felder, The Eagles, Metallica, and more!

Mar 15, 2018

Uphill Both Ways Podcast is back this week to celebrate (just a wee bit early) their one year anniversary! Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry revisit some of their favorite and most influential retro pop culture moments talking movies, TV, music, and much more! We all welcome Joseph back to the United States as he has been living in South Korea for years. Welcome home Joseph- now let's relive some old school cool retro pop culture!

Mar 8, 2018

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from hosts Karl and Tonya discuss buying Metallica tickets, the top songs of 1989, the upcoming Eagles concert, plus Styx, REO Speedwagon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Elton John retirement, and more!

Mar 1, 2018

On this episode of the Uphill Both Ways Podcast with Joseph Perry & Mike Imboden the duo discuss Mind Hunter and Altered Carbon on Netflix, Lodgers (see the review at, then they take on the main topic which is Japanese imports they loved such as Ultraman, Johnny Sokko, Speed Racer, Gigantor, Astro Boy, and more. Plus a generous sprinkling of Godzilla references too!

Feb 22, 2018

Today Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool sit down and talk about what they are listening to recently.  Tonya just bought a giant Prince collection and also talks Sinead O'connor.  Karl introduces Tonya to the greatness that is Donnie Iris and watch the greatest performance in the history of ever - Ah, Leah. Karl and Tonya have two different reactions to Nazareth.  Tonya remembers W.A.S.P. but doesn't know Sepultura and Karl has written a new article on Rush and they talk about the Grateful Dead and Dead and Company.  Plus Damn Yankees, Bad Company, and more.  A fun retro rock edition of the flagship When It Was Cool Podcast from 

Feb 15, 2018

Hosts Joseph Perry and Mike Imboden take on your favorite (and some not so favorite) sitcoms and prime time shows of the 1980s. You'll discover that Joseph was aghast when Mike tells him the ending of Alf! Other shows discussed include Silver Spoons, Alice, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, Growing Pains, Who's the Boss, Diff'rent Strokes, Webster, and more! This show is a retro blast of fun!

Feb 8, 2018

On this edition of the flagship When It Was Cool podcast, hosts Karl and Tonya talk about classic rock and pop music. Tonya talks about some of her favorite current music including Justin Timberlake and we watch the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl half time performance which included a tribute to Prince. We talk about several music acts who appear to be hanging it up this year and much more! It's your regular dose of retro pop culture fun on the When It Was Cool Podcast - now also available on Google Play!

Feb 1, 2018

On this episode of Uphill Both Ways Podcast with Joseph Perry and Mike Imboden, the duo continue their talk about great retro prime time programming. The conversation takes off with X-Files and then covers such greats as WKRP in Cincinnati, What's Happening, Sanford and Son, Welcome Back Kotter, Mary Tyler Moore, MASH, Barney Miller, discussing the LAUGH TRACK and more! A fun episode full of retro nostalgic memories!

Jan 25, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from host Karl Stern talks tons of classic rock news. There's big news on a KISS member who has been hiding out for over 20 years who is now back in the public spotlight, Chicago is literally falling apart with two members quiting in a week, Tom Petty cause of death, Journey and Def Leppard are touring together, breaking news on the retirement of Slayer and the death of Judas Priest drummer, plus we discuss the upcoming Rock Song Hall of Fame! When It Was Cool is cranking up it's coverage of classic rock and this episode starts it off with a bang!

Jan 18, 2018

Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry return with their bi-weekly look at retro nostalgia and pop culture. In this episode- Joseph finally has a Dairy Queen! The main topic this week is PRIME TIME! Mike and Joseph talk about their favorite prime time shows from the 1970s and 1980s including The Bob Newhart Show, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, Three's Company, All In the Family, The Brady Bunch, and more!

Jan 11, 2018

On this edition of the flagship When It Was Cool Podcast, host Karl Stern starts off with some assorted retro pop culture notes and updates for 2018 including some new classic wrestling added to the WWE Network including a batch of stuff from 1983! Some Marvel Infinity War and Thanos discussion. Then the main event topic for the show is classic rock music! The Eagles are on tour with Glen Frye's son Deacon and Vince Gill joining the band. Plus thoughts on Styx and Chicago in their current form and how awesome is Gerry Rafferty? Come on and travel right down the line with the When It Was Cool podcast from

Jan 4, 2018

Joseph Perry & Mike Imboden are back for their bi-weekly look back at retro pop culture. Mike has now seen Star Wars The Last Jedi and dresses up as Santa, Joseph also has seen Star Wars The Last Jedi and talks about the difference between movies in the U.S. verses movies in South Korea. Then the main topic of the show talks about some non-traditional Christmas and holiday movies with several surprises along the way!

Dec 28, 2017

Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool discuss the outstanding Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us discussing the Star Wars and G.I. Joe episodes, a listener has some Millennial questions, and at the end of the show (with appropriate spoiler warnings given) we discuss for the first time on the flagship show our thoughts on Star Wars The Last Jedi. There are NO spoilers until the end of the show and we give appropriate warnings in case you want to listen to the podcast and still skip the Last Jedi talk.

Dec 21, 2017

It's that time of year (the end of it) where podcasts and websites are doing their "Best of the Year" lists! Well, When It Was Cool is no different only Uphill Both Ways puts a retro twist on it- the Best of the Year only the years are 1977 and 1987! What a fun show!

Dec 14, 2017

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast, host Karl Stern talks about this weeks debut of Star Wars The Last Jedi movie. Karl is going to see it this weekend and looks at the hype and the Star Wars story so far. Then Karl talks about the latest The 100 List at WIWC- The 100 Greatest Comic Books of All Time and talks in detail about the top 10. Then the show wraps up with a look at the current day National Wrestling Alliance with a new NWA World champion and company owner Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.

Dec 7, 2017

Ready or not it's that time of year again! Did you make the list? It's been checked twice! Christmas seems to have lost a lot of the magic it had back When It Was Cool but thankfully we have Joseph Perry and Mike Imboden to take us back with Christmas memories and more! This week's Uphill Both Ways podcast takes a look at Christmas!

Nov 30, 2017

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast, host Karl Stern talks about the 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame where six new people were inducted including WWE star AJ Styles! Karl talks about the Hall of Fame and who he was shocked to see get inducted plus who were the runners-up? Then Karl discusses IDW Comics dropping Aubrey Sitterson from the title and the cancelling of Scarlett's Strike Force and what lies ahead of the G.I. Joe brand which may be at it's lowest point in over a decade.

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