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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.
150 Episodes
It's time once again for the biggest show Karl Stern does every year- a detailed look and discussion of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. Karl has been a HOF voter for many years this year's ballot is interesting due to several names being put back on and a few being dropped off. Among names discussed in this massive show are CM Punk, Edge, Sgt. Slaughter, Junkyard Dog, Kerry Von Erich, Bearcat Wright, Dr. Wagner Jr, Jim Crockett, Big Daddy, and many others. This years show is free in order to raise awareness of When It Was Cool so pass it around and let others hear it too, post it to social media, whatever. Thank you!
It's the flagship podcast of and on this episode Karl and Tonya review four recent movies with retro pop culture ties. First, Godzilla King of the Monsters, then Rocketman a tremendous movie about Elton John, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark based on a popular book series from the 1980s, and finally It Chapter 2 based on the Stephen King novel. A fun movie packed edition of When It Was Cool Podcast!
Episode #61 - Grab some ice cream and fixins' because it's time for some Banana Splits! Mike and Joseph dive deep into the 60s/70s kids show The Banana Splits and all of the accompanying shorts that they'd show, and then follow up with a look at the recent horror movie featuring Fleegle, Drooper, Bingo and Snorky. All that and the monthly mix-tap challenge! Uh oh, Chongo - it's the Sour Grapes Bunch!
On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from hosts Karl and Tonya discuss some of their favorite classic Disney animated movies, the history of Walt Disney, and more. Among the movies discussed are Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Robin Hood, Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Wonderland including, how Alice in Wonderland really is responsible for launching Disney in the first place. Join us for a family friendly discussion of Disney movie classics!
It's time to dive into the last episode of Summer. Joe responds to the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge and Mike talks about his trip to Hollywood and his visits to different movie studios. It may not sound like much, but there's plenty here to digest.
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.
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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