I'm asking people what they were obsessed with as kids. A lot of kids fixate on something, a movie, or game, or book, or whatever. I'm asking friends to revisit the things they couldn’t put down, and trying to figure out what they mean to them now.
I'd never read The Clique by Lisi Harrison before, but the idea of the book is not new to me. This episode is about that type of book, the Pretty Little Liars, the What My Mother Doesn't Knows, the Mean Girls, etc type of book we read at a tender age.
James Monroe Iglehart, I kid you not, originated the role of Bobby in Memphis, won an Tony for the role of the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, plays the dual role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway company of Hamilton, performed in Freestyle Love Supreme, and loves ThunderCats.
He also free-styled a goodbye for me when I stopped working at Marvel, it's on episode #472 of the This Week in Marvel podcast.
Reach out to the men in your life and ask them if they're overly romanticizing Goodfellas
And then listen to Other Men Need help, hosted by Mark Pagán. It's an amazingly good podcast https://othermenneedhelp.com/
Ok, this one is actually one of mine too. Just like Callie, I was absolutely obsessed with the Ouran High School Host Club anime, it was one of the first things that really felt like it was mine, not an interest someone else passed down to me.
It's on Netflix if ya'll want to watch!
This is a special episode! Since my godmother Yolanda moved to Paris in 2004, my family doesn't get to see her as often. And this podcast is all about having an excuse to hang out with people I love.
We watched the 1974 Freaky Friday and the 2003 Freaky Friday. And then we had a boomer vs millennial battle to the death.
Yolanda's podcast is called The Paris Property Chronicles - https://parispropertychronicles.podbean.com/. Check it out!
Lauren Shippen is a professional story-teller- The Bright Sessions, a science fiction podcast, is her brainchild. But where did that brain get its start? Apparently with Alonso Cuarón's 1995 film A Little Princess.
I read mythology stories incessantly as a kid. Most of the books I loved were the guide-to's and encyclopedias and stuff like that. As far as I can tell, that's not uncommon, and the natural extension of that interest is of course Percy Jackson & the Olympians, a middle-grade greek mythology novel series.
Alana Herrnson loves the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series!!! Listen to her defend some puny son of poseidon like she was paid to.
BJ Tindal and I went to school together, and he was one of those kids that always seemed like he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He started playwriting in middle school, but that wasn't all he was writing~~~ my guy was blowing up those Pokémon forums.
If you're interested in reading his fan-fiction, you can find it here: http://www.fanfiction.ws/u/1172594/Bennyj1093
Ok I know this episode doesn't seem like the good chill time yall were promised but hear me out.
Tucker wanted to talk about the Iraq War, but I think by the time I finished recording and editing the episode, a couple more things were clear. Growing up under any political administration takes its toll and for young kids a lot of that is based off of the messaging and imagery that's circulated over and over again by the government, media, and press.
So this episode is about the impact of that on Tucker's poor young brain, and also since he's a writer, about how important words and phrasing can be, especially for political propaganda!
The documentary we watched was pretty interesting as well- it's called The Unknown Know (2013) if anyone is interested in seeing Donald Rumsfeld's creepy smile.
Sex, drugs, jazz, liquor... it's time to watch Chicago and know every line.
Also I don't think we ever clearly explained the plot (sorry!) so here's the wiki summary: Chicago centers on Roxie Hart (Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) two murderesses who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago. Roxie, a housewife, and Velma, a vaudevillian, fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows.
I grew up reading Tamora Pierce novels obsessively as a kid, but this show is about my friends and what they liked, so I found someone else who read her books and became friends with them. Elle listened to the audiobooks for The Immortals series a lot with her cousins in the car, but now she has to read them as an adult, and think about them will all the terrifying social critiquing skills she's accumulated over the years.
My friend Harry watched the Animaniacs when he was fourteen, and I watched the Animaniacs when I was four, so there's a lot to be communicated across generational lines. We're uncovering who the Warner Bros are, and why they were locked in that water tower for so long.
Mariah and I grew up together. We also grew up with The Lord of the Rings. We were so hugely into fantasy as kids we practically invented LARPing. But is LOTR still as tight as we remember? Read more to find out.
We've all had that one movie that we woke up early to watch every day before going to school, and for Patrick that was Space Jam. Second only to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Space Jam takes the stardom of Michael Jordan and pairs it with the Looney Tunes to make a cinematic experience best enjoyed below the age of 12.
Hey look I had a lot of fun watching it, I just think the plain old life and times of Michael Jordan may be a more compelling drama without the Monstars getting involved.
Nothing smells like Americana like cracking open an issue of the children's novel series The Baby-Sitters Club. And nothing else smells like Americana than a long history of genocide, colonization, and slavery. But how do you teach children about that? Deena and I read The Baby-Sitter's Club's approach in "Keep Out, Claudia!" to try to figure it all out.
I ask my friend Madeleine about the time she wouldn't stop watching the 1992 documentary Titanica. Titanica is about discovering the wreckage of the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean where it rests, plus it inspired James Cameron to turn Leonardo DiCaprio into a teenage hearthrob.
She tells me what she remembers from the movie (which isn't a lot), and then we both go and watch it in order to discover the reason she was obsessed with long underwater shots of rusting metal.
My friend Shreshth was a big reader as a kid, he loved some old British stuff and some old Belgian stuff. He particularly gravitated towards kids detective and mystery stories, and no one is as plucky or nosy as young journalist extraordinaire Tintin. Coming from the great Belgian tradition of racism and colonization the Adventures of Tintin have been hugely popular worldwide. And through great luck Shreshth and I both read the comics growing up.
We talk about our memories reading Tintin as kids, and then revisit one of Shreshth's favorites, Tintin in Tibet, to see how Hergé's classics have aged.
Much of Sarah's idyllic childhood in South Jersey was apparently spent watching the 1997 Jim Carey film, Liar Liar. In an effort to convince her that Jimmy was indeed a classically handsome leading man in his prime we talk about her memories of the movie, and then re-watch it.