On Now We Know, Kevin Werkheiser and Chris Tognotti return to resonant, haunting, farcical, or otherwise impactful entertainment obsessions of their youths, through the jaundiced eyes of adulthood.
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Mega Man Animated Series
Once upon a time, as little eight-year-old Chris languished in a bed at Marin General Hospital with an inflamed appendix, he by happenstance caught an episode of the 1990's Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon series on a small TV in the upper left corner of the room. Will this video game adaptation bring him as much comfort now as it did back then? There's only one way to find out.
The Pirates of Dark Water
Avast ye sea dogs, Captain Kev is here with a tale of piracy, alien worlds, treasure hunting, and foul creatures known as "monkeybirds." This time it's early 90's Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Pirates of Dark Water, which ran for three seasons, and boasts a robust voice acting cast featuring, well, the same 20 people who basically did every cartoon of this era.
This time Kevin and Chris revisit one of the all-time feel-good shows in radio history—and public radio, to boot. It's Car Talk, hosted by the irrepressably upbeat Tom and Ray Maggliozi for a staggering 35 years. Whether you give a damn about cars or not, the men known to NPR listeners as Click and Clack are sure to bring a smile to your face.
The Beatles' Help!
Don't worry, listener, Kevin and Chris aren't the ones who need help—but Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Ringo Starr is another story! This time the guys revisit the 1965 Beatles film Help!, starring Starr, as well as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, amid a globetrotting series of failed, mischievous attempts on the former's life. Also stars the decidedly white Briton Leo McKern as an Indian cult leader named Clang, so feel free to draw some conclusions from that.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
For the final episode of Season Three, Kevin and Chris tackle a hyper-challenging video game from the latter's youth — Zombies Ate My Neighbors for the Super Nintendo, 48 grueling levels of B-movie horror schlock. Strap on your water gun, your weed-whacker, a few cans of soda, some popsicles, a martian ray gun, and maybe some footballs, and join in the fight. BYOT (bring your own theremin).
James Burke’s Connections
Kevin revisits Connections, a 1978 ten-episode miniseries created and hosted by British science historian James Burke, which examines the sinew between history, technology, and human understanding. He and Chris watched and discussed three episodes this time around — “The Trigger Effect,” “Eat, Drink, And Be Merry,” and “Yesterday, Tomorrow, And You.”
This podcast has made more good episodes in 16 months than others have made in 16 years!
The dynamic between Chris and Kevin is delightful, and reminds me of the good old days when a group of friends would go out to a movie and then joke and argue about it at a diner afterwards.
I recommend Now We Know to anyone who likes banter, cheesy entertainment, nostalgia, hindsight, and fun.
I love listening to Kevin and Chris discuss these bizarre pieces of media. There is a good mix of familiar and unfamiliar, at least for me and it is a refreshing spin on the nostalgia we all hold for childhood. Highly recommend!
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This show is funny! I learn a lot every episode, like that the people who brought you Fred Savage vehicle Little Monsters also brought you Shrek. Sound parenting advice, too.