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 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.

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 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 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.

Nov 23, 2017

Joseph Perry & Mike Imboden are back with the bi-weekly Uphill Both Ways podcast. This episode Joseph & Mike continue their Desert Island Must Have music picks. Listen in today for a great nostalgic trip down music lane talking records, cassettes, and must have music greatness including - Rapper's Delight, The Units, Oingo Boingo, Michael Jackson, Echo and the Bunnymen, Prince, and much more!

Nov 16, 2017

On this week's When It Was Cool Podcast from, Karl & Tonya discuss the recent Guns N Roses concert from Nashville, TN and discuss some of their favorite concert moments of recent years. Is Axl Rose fat and terrible? Can Slash still tear it up? Plus, we discuss our Star Wars project where we are watching all the Star Wars movies in story order leading up to December's Star Wars - The Last Jedi Movie. Then we discuss some listener emails on a variety of topics. Get your podcast blast of retro fun right here on the When It Was Cool Podcast!

Nov 10, 2017

When It Was Cool Karl & Tonya present a special show about a subject they are passionate about because they live with the effects of it - mental health and mental illness.  Many people struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and many other mental illnesses.  Today we talk about the stigma attached to mental health disorders, life with a mental illness, the health care system, and what you can do if you or a loved one suffers from diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues.  We are not licensed doctors, psychiatrists, or psychologists, please seek professional health for treatment.  If you are in crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at - 1-800-273-8255

Nov 8, 2017

Some spoiler free thoughts about Thor - Ragnarok, Small Town Monsters, and Joseph is going to see Judas Priest in concert, and more.  Then the main event topic for this show Mike & Joseph discuss that their "Desert Island Picks" are for music!  What music would they have to have if stranded on a desert island!  Listen in today for a great nostalgic trip down music lane talking records, cassettes, and must have music greatness including - The Smiths, Cheap Trick, Leonard Cohen, Van Halen, Eddie Money, Prince, XTC, Blue Oyster Cult, The Eagles, Queen, and much more!

Nov 2, 2017

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast Karl dives into the mailbag and gets some great new ideas. Tonya runs the second half of the show with a "Pop Culture Things You Didn't Know" list which, obviously, we knew most of them but it created some pretty fun talking points including classic rock music, 1980s movies, and more. Plus, we ain't wearing your fancy underwear, Han shot first, Guns 'N Roses, and MILLENNIALS!

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