Childhood Ruined is a weekly podcast hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D., and a soon-to-be, certified school counselor, Chris Benefield, M.A. As two nerds on the north side of age 40, Chris and Mike talk about the things that made childhood in the 80s and 90s great - and how hobbies have changed over time.
Radio Free Coronavirus - Collecting Memories
Your hosts speak about a summer of travel and optimism along with some wariness about the end of the year and possible pandemic restrictions. Chris talks about his venture into an all-day music festival and is found wanting. They discuss how hobbies related to collecting have subsided in recent years. Mike talks about breaking up with Hearthstone and introducing his son to Star Wars - only to learn that his son's favorite character is.... slightly disturbing!
Radio Free Coronavirus - Light Meet Tunnel
Your hosts discuss the joys of vaccination combined with the realities of a world that is far from "back to normal." We talk about the coming weeks and months and how one goes about judging what activities are worthwhile. We touch on some pop culture subjects including a brief review of WandaVision along with some book and music recommendations. Chris plugs his stream, where you can join Ladies' Night each and every Wednesday!!!
Radio Free Coronavirus - It's Christmastime!
Chad joins Chris and Mike to talk about Christmas music and how we all readily accept that these songs will only be in our lives for one month out of the year. We explore how this relates to our Vault theory from a prior episode and detail (and defend) our holiday favorites. The show briefly turns to all things Star Wars at the end as we discuss The Mandalorian and the openly corporate approach to Star Wars in recent years. Happy holidays!
Radio Free Coronavirus - Operation: Rave Cave
Your hosts talk about recent activities including Ring Fit Adventures and the construction of a consistent DJ Stream complete with plans for a basement rave cave! Chris and Mike discuss the challenges of creating a successful stream and the difficulties of building and maintaining an audience. The later portion of the show focuses on the perceived highs and lows of The Mandalorian; your hosts find the show entertaining though increasingly disappointing as the show relies on cameos from characters from other shows and films. Does Mando find its own identity again or are we headed for de-aged Luke Skywalker and CGI-zombie Palpatine?
Radio Free Coronavirus - The Rise of Booteus
Your hosts return to talk about Chris' successful debut as a DJ on Twitch. Chris talks about the process of setting up a stream and the wonderful support from the Club Quarantine crew. Michael talks about the experience of viewing the stream and how pleasant the community seemed to be during the event. The hosts cover the 2nd and 3rd episodes of The Mandalorian, and briefly address the bit of controversy about The Child slurping down fertilized eggs. Hey everyone, stay safe out there!
You can watch Chris' DJ streams at: https://www.twitch.tv/booteus
Radio Free Coronavirus - The Night Before
Your hosts are back to talk about managing a world with COVID-19 the night before a noteworthy General Election. We cope with our collective anxiety by discussing recent coping strategies including Chris' ongoing delve into Club Quarantine culture and Michael shares his attempt to play Squadrons, which was quickly overwhelmed by the genius that is Hades. We discuss the satisfaction achieved by Chapter 9 of The Mandalorian, and explore how the show "feels" like the Star Wars we grew up with. We discuss the pros/cons of venturing out into public and how we share that information with others; it's not often simple!
Smart funny guys talking about things they like. Great guests. Keep it up.