9 episodes

A time machine from the age of the Hollywood blockbuster, the George Lucas merchandising force, and the Bronze Age of comics. Todd Rogers, a chronic nostalgist, creative escapist, lunatic completest, and pop culture zealot parses memories of the past with a rotating league of guests hosts.

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A time machine from the age of the Hollywood blockbuster, the George Lucas merchandising force, and the Bronze Age of comics. Todd Rogers, a chronic nostalgist, creative escapist, lunatic completest, and pop culture zealot parses memories of the past with a rotating league of guests hosts.

    Episode 8: Go To Your Room! with Shawn Robare

    Episode 8: Go To Your Room! with Shawn Robare

    Shawn Robare of  Branded in the 80s and the Cult Film Club podcast  joins me to discuss a topic inspired by Shawn's own Awesome 80s Bedrooms series, the inner sanctum of our childhood bedrooms.
    For some kids, the bedroom is the one place in the house that we have any control over. Shawn and I reminisce about the different bedrooms we occupied in our formative years and the fun or sometimes scary things they contained.
    Despite it being the envy of every 80s kid, Shawn concedes that the G.I. Joe U.S.S. Flagg battleship is the worst toy ever made.
    These cartoon plaques hand painted by my dad are among my most prized childhood relics.
    Home is where you hang your AT-ST?
    One of my favorite rooms housed my Mattel Putt-Putt set, my Mego Superheroes, and a terrifying pin-up of Gene Simmons of KISS.
    This image of Stephen Spielberg from a People magazine article on Tiny Toon Adventures prompted Shawn to turn his room into a cartoon studio.
    Credits
    Opening Song: These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80’s Movies by The Bouncing Souls
    Closing Song: Sitting in my Room by Beatnik Termites, originally by The Ramones

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 7: Ronald Reagan Is Gonna Get Us All Killed with Tyler Ham

    Episode 7: Ronald Reagan Is Gonna Get Us All Killed with Tyler Ham

    Tyler Ham returns to discuss growing up during the Reagan Era Cold War, and how it affected us as children.
    Tyler categorizes classic atomic age sci-fi movies, offering historical perspective from the earlier days of the Cold War.
    Russian kids weren't so different from us. Here are two enjoying american pop music cassettes courtesy of Tyler's mom.
    We discuss 80s movies like Red Dawn, Rambo, War Games, and Rocky IV and ponder the propaganda they contained.
    My small Ronald Reagan collection
    My Mad Magazine inspired RONBO drawing from 1986.
    Superman, where are you now? Tyler and I share our viewpoints on President Reagan's ability to keep us all safe, and his place in pop culture.
    Extras
    Nurse or Nuke? The Genesis video that helped foster my childhood anxiety.
    Rocky Balboa addresses the tension between the United States and the USSR.
    Credits
    Opening Song: These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80’s Movies by The Bouncing Souls
    Closing Song: Ronnie's Rap by Ron and the DC Crew.

    • 56 min
    Episode 6: Course Correction with Jen Stephens

    Episode 6: Course Correction with Jen Stephens

    I'm joined by Jen Stephens to discuss moments in our lives that changed us fundamentally and briefly ponder alternate paths.
    We question the need for human friends when you've got R.O.B. the Robotic Operating Buddy, and wonder if ghosts enjoy R.O.B. as much as living people do.
    Different circumstances turned us into weird indoor kids. We examine being new kids on the block (not the band) in our respective neighborhoods, and the phenomenon that was New Kids on the Block (the band).
    To say that Jen was a NKOTB fan might be an understatement. She was a card-carrying member of the fan club.
    Learning to mimic Bobcat Goldthwait's voice helped me to find my own.
    Mix tapes can change your life. We both agree that if it weren't for college rock, alternative, and punk, we might still be wearing B.U.M. Equipment and Z. Cavaricci jeans.
    Speaking of mix tapes, enjoy the Jazzy-J mix featuring selections from two of Jen's aforementioned bands along with tracks by New Kids on the Block to better illustrate the complexity of musical taste (that is to say that the idea of misical guilty pleasures should not exist).

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 5: Christmassy Christmas Christmasses with Alex Pardee

    Episode 5: Christmassy Christmas Christmasses with Alex Pardee

    On this eggnog-flavored episode, I'm joined by one of my favorite artists, the brilliant and prolific Alex Pardee. We share some of our favorite Christmas memories, including Santa's toy counterfeiting ring, sweaty Christmas carolers, boys wanting girl toys, dolls made out of produce, facial road rash, tall Tiny Tims and the death of Santa.
    If you miss this episode, YULE regret it (I'm so sorry).
    Visuals
    Did you know that Santa made the Dungeons & Dragons Fortress of Fangs playset just for Alex? It's true.
    I karate chopped everything in a 10 mile radius the year I got my Fisher Price Miss Piggy puppet.
    Alex with his Valterra Zombie board before going pro.
    They don't call it The Nightmare for nothing. This poser Nash skateboard nearly killed me.
    Extras
    Want to ruin Christmas for the kiddies, tell them that Santa Claus is dead.
    I recount the time I wanted to be Jacob Marley.

    Credits
    Opening Song: These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80's Movies by The Bouncing Souls
    Closing Song: Have A Holly Jolly X-Mas by Crom-Tech

    • 52 min
    Episode 4: Finding Punk Rock with Abby Roc

    Episode 4: Finding Punk Rock with Abby Roc

    My long-time friend, Abby and I compare notes on finding our local punk rock scene. We discuss the appeal of fast and loud music, the sense of belonging it afforded us, the and the values we came away with that make us the people we are today.
    Bonus:  Abby delivers the first f-bomb, which in itself is pretty punk rock. Just ask Tipper Gore.  
    Visuals
    From unblemished beginnings...
    ...to discontented delinquent.
    You know, just hanging around dying leopard stripes onto someones head.
    Painting the Tune Inn sometime in the early 90s.
    We discuss depictions of the underground music scene in the mainstream, such as the the bird flipping punk in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and among the ranks of the Garbage Pail Kids.
    Extras
    Abby and I made you a mixtape companion to the episode. However, I recommend listening to the podcast and mix tape at separate times.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 3: Star Wars Guys and Krazy Glue with Mike Cooper

    Episode 3: Star Wars Guys and Krazy Glue with Mike Cooper

    For as long as I've known him, conversations with Mike Cooper usually devolve into talks about vintage Star Wars figures. In this episode, we commit one such conversation to podcast and also discuss our glue-happy fathers and their involvement in our star wars collecting.
    Visuals
    Mike's Puke-Custed, Party-Fest, Sewer Luke Skywalker™ and rare Cloth Cape Darth Vader.
    My glued down collection of Empire Strikes Back trading cards.
    My dad was a Topps Trading Card counterfeiter.
    TIE Interceptor trapped in amber.
    My dad was proud enough of his coloring job to sign and date it. Show off!
    Extras:
    It is possible to watch Star Wars as it appeared in 1977.
    More on Star Wars figures vs a glue-happy dad
    A Walrus Man by Any Other Name

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Shawn Robare ,

Insightful and fun

Todd's Junkfed website has been an inspiration for years. Always amazed by his skill with prose and now I'm stoked that he's branched into podcasts as well. Insightful and fun conversations about a nostalgia and shared pasts. Great show.

Mike Westfall ,

Fun podcasts about fun things

One time I turned into a dog, and this podcast helped me. Thank you.

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live mike! ,

Junkfed is Fantastic!!!

If you grew up in the 70s/80s/early 90s and played with toys or have an affinity for the pop culture of those eras, this podcast is a must-listen.
The stories and conversations on the show are so relatable for any 30+ old kid! Prepare to have happy memories from your childhood flooding into your brain!!!!

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