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!
Little Traumas on the Prairie
In the final episode of PCPS Season 1, TiKTok sensation Raven Stone (@MrStoneAuthor) joins the girls for a hilarious conversation about a few of the more traumatic episodes of LHOTP. Why the heck things did things have to be so terrifying all the time, and more importantly, why didn’t Mary grab her baby on the way out of the burning house?
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains detailed conversation of trauma and child death.
Last week the PCPS delved into the laughter and lessons of the ABC Afterschool Specials, but something important was left on the cutting room floor that we feel needs to be heard. Here is our (cough) critical analysis of the 1980 Rob Lowe, Dana Plato classic, “Schoolboy Father” — the saga of a 16-year-old schoolboy who becomes, you guessed it, a father.
A Very Special Episode
A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE
Today the PCPS is diving into all those uncomfortable and cringe-worthy specials that ABC provided for us as an unsettling little after school snack. The girls laugh over the obvious titles and outrageous plots, but also discuss their importance as well as the lessons these shows provided. They play a fun game of “After School Special or not?” and share some memorable episodes. Grab some Kool-Aid and a Ding Dong and settle in for this very special episode!
Deflowered in the Attic
Acclaimed humor writer Wendi Aarons joins the PCPS to discuss the outlandish horror and perplexing appeal of the pop culture staple, Flowers in the Attic. They talk about their first experiences with this book, that memorable and disturbing plot point, and perform some notable passages, Reader’s Theatre style.
PLEASE NOTE: This book is full of flowery depictions of rape and incest and our conversation often turns to the shock and humor of the way it’s written. We know that for some people, this is not funny at all. If that’s the case for you and if this is an uncomfortable subject, please consider taking a break from us this episode and joining us again when we discuss more innocuous subjects. We understand and support you.
Schoolhouse Rock: The Harvard of TV
The best part of Saturday morning wasn’t the cartoons, it was the captivating 3-minute lessons during the commercial breaks on numbers, grammar, history, civics, inventions, and science: lessons and songs we remember to this day. Join the PCPS as they celebrate Schoolhouse Rock! They discuss the history, impact and success, and of course, talk about – and sing – many of their favorites (and yours)! Listener discretion advised.
Are You the Mary Or the Rhoda?
t’s Galentine’s Week and the PCPS is celebrating with the most iconic Galentines of all, Mary and Rhoda! Join them as they discuss what qualities make a “Mary” or a “Rhoda,” who they each think they are most like, and some of their favorite Mary and Rhoda moments. Can you have three Marys in a friendship? A Mary and two Rhodas? Or does someone have to be the Phyllis?
Add the Pop-gals to your tribe!!
I have had such fun with the Pop Culture Preservation Society gals this year! It’s like they are all part of my tribe now - my girlfriends and I listen each week and Zoom and text each other about all the fun memories and funny observations our “Pop-gal friends” have presented! We talk about the podcast and feel like the amazing ladies are our new next door neighbors. What a way to make the pandemic/quarantining a bit more tolerable! The thoughtful commentary of the podcast makes me nod my head in agreement, gives me the giggles and fills my heart with warmth from the good memories they bring forth, all the while viewing the 70’s & 80’s through our “middle aged mom” eyes and hard fought wisdom! Thank you to my “new best friends”, I love being part of this discovery!! Won’t you join in the fun, too?!!
I want to grab a coffee with these ladies and just chat and laugh. Revisiting fun moments from my youth has been such a blast. I love when the Society helps me recall a long lost memory like all the words to “Seasons In The Sun” or my love for my first Easy Bake Oven. These gals are guaranteed day brighte era!
I've found my people!
Looking through the eyes of love at you Pop Culture Preservation Society. It was deeply, emotionally satisfying to hear a full length, detailed, funny and enlightening conversation about Ice Castles. Every episode has been pure joy. Love listening to you all converse. Thank-you!