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When It Was Cool Podcast

Author: Karl Stern

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When It Was Cool reviews, remembers, and celebrates the toys, music, action figures, television, movies, and popular culture of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, Comic Books, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, books, Six Million Dollar Man, Godzilla, video games, and all things retro.
145 Episodes
The flagship When It Was Cool Podcast is back with a look at recent retro pop culture news. Next episode we are covering classic Disney movies so be sure to tune in for that. This week Karl talks tons of new G.I. Joe news including not one but TWO new movies in the works, the state of G.I. Joe comics, the death of 8 time NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race, the demise of Loot Crates, and much more! It's a retro news round up on the flagship podcast!
In this episode Mike and Joseph recognize the passing of pro-wrestling legend Harley Race, cover the monthly mix-tape challenge, and then discuss how legitimate a band is when members leave. Is there a specific number that need to remain for them to still be able to call themselves by the name that made them famous, or can just one member leave and take the name with them? Finally, the GRAND CHAMPION of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale is crowned. This is the one you've been waiting for (even if you didn't know it)!
The flagship podcast of is back! On this episode we ask each other- Which one and why? We debate fast food hamburgers, fries, classic rock music, classic country music, city life and country life, potato chips, breakfast, wrestling, and more! Plus, Tonya is a professed Coca Cola lover so I have her take the Pepsi Challenge from the 1980s ad campaign with shocking results! It's a mega fun edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast! Patreons get an ad free version of the show!
In this episode Mike and Joseph talk about Anna and the Apocalypse, get totally sidetracked by the Cats theatrical trailer and then watch it and comment on it in real time. From there it's on to the main topic - the final four of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale! Plus, Joe mentions a couple of classic horror movies he recently saw on the big screen and they talk about their mix-tape challenge. This one's got it all!
This is our second "best of" show and the flagship podcast will be back in two weeks with fresh content (including the long awaited Pepsi Challenge) but today is a collected edition of our Star Wars prequel movie reviews previously available only to our Patreons. Karl and Tonya take a look at the origins of Darth Vader, what did she being new to Star Wars thing about the much maligned prequels? It's a massive show with all your prequel goodness in one place. Hello there! Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Joe shocks Mike with another classic movie that he's never seen until recently, they discuss Mike's answer to Joseph's mix-tape challenge and then cover the latest round of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale. From there they jump into the episode's topic and talk about Spider-Man in the comics and TV from the 70s and 80s.
Today we pull two retro reviews from the Patreon files at to give a look at what you could be getting by supporting us on Patreon. Review number one takes a look back at the sports entertainment styled American Gladiators game show where contestants battled athletes in a variety of bizarre contests. Then we take a look at an all time classic movie - Back to the Future! Come join us!
Previously released to our Patreon supporters at this is our review of the four Indiana Jones movies in one collected edition. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. When It Was Cool relives the action adventure franchise starring Harrison Ford in this collection of reviews from
It's time to head Uphill Both Ways again. In episode #56, "Act Naturally", Joseph and Mike recap the latest round of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale (which brings the participants down to the 'Sweet 16'), Joe delivers on Mike's Mixtape Challenge, Mike tries to defend the movie "Xanadu", and finally they run down some singers who managed to successfully (but maybe not critically), transition into one or more acting gigs. "You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us... forever."
On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from Karl and Tonya discuss what happened to classic rock and why is rock music apparently dead, despite still being the most widely played music genre world wide. Dead and Company, Rush, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, and more are discussed. Then we review the amazing 1974 made for TV movie Bad Ronald and boy is it something else! From soda pops to retro TV and more! This is the When It Was Cool Podcast!
Comments (5)

Tracy Murray

It has only been one episode, but I am already loving it, keep up the good work, guys.

Jun 17th

Brooke Allen

Tried to get into this... just a man reminiscing about days gone by.

Apr 7th

Joshua Bradford

can't image a better name for a podcast for man children living in the past.

Jun 14th

Mina Tochumy


May 23rd


seems promising 👺

May 11th
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