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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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Dec 27, 2018

There's no new When It Was Cool Podcast this week. Tonya is super sick with the flu and it's the end of the year so here is a fun retro TV review that our Patreons have previously heard. This is a review of the 1979 made for TV Marvel Comics movie Captain America. There would be two of these Captain America movies (we also review the other one in the digital downloads section) that were to be spin-offs to the Incredible Hulk TV show. Follow Steve Rogers in his sweet van up and down the California coast painting cats and fighting bad guys in Captain America (1979)

Dec 20, 2018

The new Uphill Both Ways Podcast is here and Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry are celebrating Christmas this episode! In addition to Christmas related topics they discuss The Walking Dead and recent changes in the show. Plus they discuss Scrooged, Christmas music albums, and much more! Have yourself a Merry little Christmas and enjoy the latest Uphill Both Ways Podcast! The Patreon version is now ad free!

Dec 17, 2018

This is a former Patreon exclusive biography podcast special on the career of the Dynamite Kid who recently died at the age of 60.  This special was previously available at Wrestling Observer and When It Was Cool for Patreons and talks about the famous Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask matches, the British Bulldogs, WWF, WWE, and much more.

Dec 13, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com hosts Karl and Tonya quiz each other on retro pop culture and force each other to make difficult choices in classic rock, toys, games, movies, and more! Will Karl give up Rush or ride in a car all day with Adam Sandler? Will Tonya give up Pink Floyd or have dinner with Willie Nelson? Who chooses Hungry Hungry Hippos over Monopoly? Are comic books more important to Karl than action figures? And poor Peter Cetera gets no love! It's a game show edition of When It Was Cool!

Dec 6, 2018

Joseph Perry and Mike Imboden return to talk the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Thor (the musician!), then the main event topic talks Stan Lee and Marvel Comics. The duo then talk the old retro Marvel cartoons of the 1960s, comic book collecting in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1970s Marvel made for TV movies, 1980s Marvel cartoons, and much more! Don't miss this one true believers, gather around your amazing friends and check out the new Uphill Both Ways Podcast!

Nov 29, 2018

It's episode 63 of the When It Was Cool Podcast from your source for retro pop culture WhenItWasCool.com - On this episode Karl and Tonya discuss Christmas toy crazes since the 1930s where nutty people have thrown fists to get their hands on a Shirley Temple, Mr. Potato Head, Cabbage Patch Kid, or a Furby. We talk about the Transformers (more than meets the eye I'm told), G.I. Joe, Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo and the sadness of Grover. Plus we discuss doll and action figure customizing. There is now an ad free version of the show on Patreon with over 30 minutes of added content just for our Patreons!

Nov 22, 2018

On this weeks show, Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing what they are grateful for, especially in retro pop culture! This leads to a discussion of movies, music, TV, and more that have blessed our lives over the last 40 or more years. Join the duo of Mike and Joseph in reliving those thrilling days of yesteryear and happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Nov 15, 2018

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast we take a look back at two retro classic TV shows! We asked our Patreons at WhenItWasCool.com what they wanted more of they said retro TV and movie reviews so that's what we're going to do more of! On this show we watched season one, episode one of the 1964 classic gothic comedy The Addams Family and the 1962 classic The Beverly Hillbillies! We also discuss the death of Stan Lee! Have a laugh and a fun time as we discuss these two great retro shows!

Nov 12, 2018

When It Was Cool reviews one of the best of the old Republic movie serials - Adventures of Captain Marvel from 1941. By saying the magic word Shazam young Billy Batson becomes Earth's mightiest mortal Captain Marvel. This serial took some liberties with Captain Marvel's origins but still ended up producing one of the first and best superhero adventures ever on screen! Shazam! This was originally available to our Patreon supporters. Come join us today!

Nov 8, 2018

Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry are back to talk retro pop culture including some thoughts on the new Halloween movie, Planes Trains and Automobiles, and more. Then the duo coming off of gathering Halloween candy discuss retro candy from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s! All those sugary sweets like Marathon bars, Gatorade Gum, Mr. T chain gum, Chew Bops, Power House, and much more! Yummy!

Nov 6, 2018

The 100 Greatest Comic Books and Graphic Novels of All Time podcast special has been available to our Patreon supporters for a long time and is the audio special accompanying the most popular article in the history of the WhenItWasCool.com website. Now we are making it available for free to show you the kind of content you get daily at When It Was Cool if you support us on Patreon. Batman, Superman, Watchmen, Captain America, GI Joe, Avengers, Justice League, Wonder Woman, and more are represented in this highly researched list. Come join us!

Nov 1, 2018

The flagship of WhenItWasCool.com is back this week and we have a great topic of huge retro proportions to discuss. Obviously, as collectors and lovers and all things retro we like flea markets, yard sales, and auctions but one of our new favorite things to visit are estate sales. Tonya has an amazing story of a bizarre estate sale she recently went to where she not only found some cool nostalgic stuff but also a ghost of a life. Is this what it all comes to in the end? This is a super fun show and a great story! A great jumping on point for new WIWC listeners!

Oct 25, 2018

Uphill Both Ways podcast returns this week and continues our month long celebration of Monster Month and Halloween by looking at scary monsters and super creeps! Lots more retro Halloween fun from the When It Was Cool website! Enjoy this look back at some great Halloween and horror related memories and more! Monsters, Creeps, and retro fun!

Oct 18, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com hosts Karl and Tonya discuss the 2019 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame including Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Devo, and others. What happened to Judas Priest? Phil Collins and Genesis, Don Henley and The Eagles, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, John Fogerty and CCR, and other solo artists who fronted Hall of Fame bands. We discuss the Fleetwood Mac drama, Netherworld haunted attraction is coming up, and more!

Oct 15, 2018

Today the NoFriender and DragonKingKarl team up to talk lots about rock music. We start out talking about the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees including Def Leppard and Judas Priest being left off the ballot this year. Then we begin to talk all things rock and roll including (but not limited to) Metallica, KISS, Rush, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, hair metal, and then we dive deep for the geeks and talk drumming, music theory, and more.  It's all the rock and roll you need and a mega fun show! Check it out!

Oct 4, 2018

The flagship show of WhenItWasCool.com is back and this week hosts Karl and Tonya talk about Halloween, horror movies, haunted houses, and more! They discuss their yearly trip to one of America's top haunted attractions- Netherworld which opens in a new location this year and discuss other haunted attractions. They discuss the most popular horror movies of all time including Halloween, Poltergeist, It Follows, Blair Witch, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, Psycho, The Shining, and many more! It's #MonsterMonth at When It Was Cool!

Sep 27, 2018

Joseph talks getting acclimated back to South Korea and he even got a chance to see Predator. Mike talks about the new Halloween movie as well. The homework assignments for this episode includes Grease. Plus the duo discuss The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and many more!

Sep 15, 2018

On this episode we begin to hype the next When It Was Cool THE 100 article titled 100 Pop Culture Home Runs.  We discuss six this episode with Tonya picking 3 and Karl picking 3.  Among them discuss a Prince performance that surpassed all expectations, Heath Ledger as The Joker in Batman The Dark Knight, the first three seasons of LOST, Nirvana on MTV Unplugged, and much more! What are your pop culture smash hits? Retro pop culture, classic rock, and more.

Sep 13, 2018

Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry are back with a new Uphill Both Ways Podcast. Joseph talks moving back to South Korea. Devo first album. Van Halen early albums. Then the duo talk back to school topics and memories about things we did in school back in the day from the necessary equipment like binders to the games you played. This show is a super fun look back at being a kid in the 1970s.

Sep 6, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com Karl and Tonya each pick some people that they wonder whatever happened to? We find out the fate (in some cases the final fate!) of some of our favorite actors, musicians, and more. We discuss Dark Shadows, Poltergeist (was their a curse on the movie?), Jefferson Starship, Nirvana, 1980s movies, and more. You might even pick up some interesting trivia along the way! When It Was Cool - Where are they now?

Aug 30, 2018

This week host Mike Imboden flies solo (sort of) and talks about the new Predator movie. Devo and their debut album. The Mike is joined by stand in guest DC Cathro an expert in Mego action figures. Then the show deep dives into the wonderful world of Mego including action figures, playsets, and many things you might not even know Mego made! From the Wizard of Oz to the infinite range of superheroes, Mego was THE toy line of the 1970s and more!

Aug 24, 2018

This is a packed episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com with a focus on music and classic rock this week. Karl and Tonya discuss Steve Perry and his new album and his time with Journey and Arnel Pineda. A Russian Chicago tribute band. And then we discuss the 27 Club and all the famous musicians that have died at the age of 27 including Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and numerous others. We argue The Doors, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. Like I said, it's packed. So meet us down at the Crossroads for the new When It Was Cool Podcast.

Aug 16, 2018

Mike tells us more about Godzilla Destroy All Monsters, plus he's been checking out Ultraman. 80s Mania Wrestling Returns game. Godzilla 1985. Then the main event topic of Summer movie fun including Beach Blanket Bingo, Meatballs, Vacation, One Crazy Summer, and much more!

Aug 9, 2018

Karl and Tonya from WhenItWasCool.com talk about retro pop culture, gadgets, and more on this episode. We take a look at a couple of recent internet articles comparing and contrasting products of the past with their modern replacements. What is the modern Trapper Keeper? The modern scrapbook? The modern Rolodex? Plus, things that make you feel old and a look at just how much tech has changed things since the 1980s. Karl also has a few notes on Foreigner reuniting for some shows and more!

Aug 2, 2018

Mike and Joseph answer listener questions and topics which cover a huge range of retro pop culture topics. Just a few discussed on this episode are Kill All Monsters!, Lou Reed, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Beastie Boys, Shazam!, pet rocks, mood rings, Rubik's Cubes, roller skating, fast food, and much more! A super fun episode packed full of nostalgia and pop culture fun!

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