75 episodes

The Pop Culture Preservation Society is a podcast dedicated to preserving and elevating the unsung pop culture nuggets of the classic Gen X childhood. Were you there when Marcia broke her nose? Tiger Beat delivered the news? And John Travolta was stuck in that plastic bubble? Then this is the podcast for you!



Join enthusiastic fangirls Carolyn, Kristin and Michelle — die-hard members of the Big Wheel Generation — as we discuss and dissect the crushes, clothes, books, movies, songs, tv and toys that shaped our youth. We’ll also chat about the role nostalgia plays in our lives and how recalling these positive memories increases our sense of connectedness and well-being. And really, isn’t that something we could all use a little more of right now?



We hope you’ll join us as we wrap ourselves in the comfort of many of the pop culture moments that defined us when we were younger … and still bring us joy all these years later.



Nanu nanu, keep on truckin', and may the force be with you all!

Pop Culture Preservation Society Pop Culture Preservation Society

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 159 Ratings

The Pop Culture Preservation Society is a podcast dedicated to preserving and elevating the unsung pop culture nuggets of the classic Gen X childhood. Were you there when Marcia broke her nose? Tiger Beat delivered the news? And John Travolta was stuck in that plastic bubble? Then this is the podcast for you!



Join enthusiastic fangirls Carolyn, Kristin and Michelle — die-hard members of the Big Wheel Generation — as we discuss and dissect the crushes, clothes, books, movies, songs, tv and toys that shaped our youth. We’ll also chat about the role nostalgia plays in our lives and how recalling these positive memories increases our sense of connectedness and well-being. And really, isn’t that something we could all use a little more of right now?



We hope you’ll join us as we wrap ourselves in the comfort of many of the pop culture moments that defined us when we were younger … and still bring us joy all these years later.



Nanu nanu, keep on truckin', and may the force be with you all!

    Seventeen Magazine: Our Go-To Guide to Life

    Seventeen Magazine: Our Go-To Guide to Life

    Seventeen Magazine was more than a monthly periodical for us, it was our go-to guide to LIFE. Join us as we honor — yes HONOR — our teenage bible, the magazine we all paged through meticulously, examining EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of. We’re talking all about the surprising history, the covers and all those cover models we loved, the articles, and the unforgettable ads … which leads us to a hilariously detailed TMI discussion of our breasts and periods, naturally.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    "Champions: A Love Story" - A PCPS Watch & React

    "Champions: A Love Story" - A PCPS Watch & React

    Carolyn sits down with Kristin and Michelle, in Kristin’s groovy Greg Brady attic, for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of sharing her number one all-time favorite made-for-TV movie. A movie that took hold of her so hard when she was 12 that she literally prayed to Jesus to help her stop thinking about it. That movie is “Champions: A Love Story” — a 1979 movie about two teens who fall in love as they train for a figure skating championship, starring Carolyn’s childhood crush, Jimmy McNichol. Kristin and Michelle must have had to go to bed early on that night in 1979 and missed “Champions” when it aired — so Carolyn is here to right that wrong. What follows is a recording of our in-the-moment, off-the-cuff, and completely unscripted conversation immediately following the movie. We’re inviting you behind the curtain, and into Kristin’s attic, as we discuss Jimmy McNichol’s perfect hair, the proximity to Ice Castles, and the surprise ending that NO ONE saw coming.

    • 52 min
    The Most Memorable Made-For-TV Movies: A Countdown

    The Most Memorable Made-For-TV Movies: A Countdown

    n today's episode, we'll be saving the quote unquote "films" created for viewing from your naugahyde couch -- in a countdown of the 10 most memorable MADE FOR TV MOVIES of the Gen X era. We very specifically used the word MEMORABLE for this countdown, not BEST, because 'good' can mean so many things when we're talking about TV Movies -- it could mean so bad it's good. It could mean so bad we'll never forget it and here we are 40 years later talking about it. From disco dancing and cheerleaders to nuclear war and incest, TV movies never failed to deliver the content we loved to talk about at school the next day.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Heartbreak & Hostages: The GenX Made-for-Tv Movie

    Heartbreak & Hostages: The GenX Made-for-Tv Movie

    Join us in this special two-part episode devoted to the very special art form that was low on budget but high on love triangles, deadly diseases, killer bees and lots of hostages…the “Made for TV Movie.” We reminisce about it all…from the Steven Spielberg classic, “Duel” to the chilling “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” to the 1981 love triangle story “Isabel’s Choice” starring Jean Stapleton (aka “Edith Bunker”) torn between the man who loves her and the man who needs her. You’ll learn what movie made Kristin blush while watching with her grandmother. What tearjerker starred Michelle’s hall pass? Why does Carolyn need to visit the chiropractor after this episode? Go grab some Jiffy Pop and come along as we reminisce and laugh about those crazy plot lines that lured us to our couches in the 70s and 80s.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Food Fads of the 70s

    Food Fads of the 70s

    From pudding cups to TV Dinners to Shrimp Mousse, the foods we ate in our GenX childhoods were MEMORABLE. Join us as we talk all about the snack foods, convenience foods, diet and health foods, and the iconic 70s dinner party foods of our generation, as well as those commercials and ads we still can’t get out of our heads! We’re excited to be joined by PCPS fan, chef, and YouTube personality Erica Wides for this fun discussion. Grab a food stick and enjoy!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Read Like The Wind: Books Our Teachers Read Aloud

    Read Like The Wind: Books Our Teachers Read Aloud

    Do you remember the books your teachers read to the whole class? In the 70s and 80s, we were introduced to some of the best children's literature of all time through our teachers, usually after recess and often sitting on the rug at their feet. And almost all of those books are still available and even popular today -- proving that, yes, Gen X just might be the best generation of all. Which book was inspired by Judy Blume's babysitter? Which book made Carolyn love crickets? And which book did Michelle have to skim because it's just too damn sad? Join us for a very personal conversation about how these books affected us all. Then dust off your library card because we guarantee you'll want to revisit these gems for some nostalgic bibliotherapy.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

Carmie H ME ,

Listen!

If you are looking at the podcast and wondering if you should listen, the answer is yes. I treasure this podcast and how lovely it is. I was inspired to write by the recent relay episode “a day in the life of a 70s 5th grader”. Your stories touched my heart and helped me connect to that very special time in my life too. But every episode has me laughing or crying and I listen with my husband and he giggles often or scratches his head and asks “why are there two episodes about Judy Blume”. He’s learning…

Sad in MN ,

What a delight!

Not only is it pure delight to walk down memory lane with Kristin, Michelle and Carolyn, their joy is infectious and every episode uncovers a tidbit of our Gen X childhood that would have been lost like Marshall, Will and Holly! It’s a must listen to anyone in or near the Gen X generation. You’re gonna love it!

traveleromg ,

I can smell the shag carpeting

This podcast is like stepping back in time and everything comes alive—the tastes, the sounds, the smells…but most of all the feelings.

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