20th Century Popcast is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.   Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.   Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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BOOK AND PODCAST: "Stonehenge ruined my coat hanger." (1987):  Want to learn the identity of the spectral lady Of Rayham Hall?  Read the book.  Want to hear about Betty and Barney Hill's late night encounter aboard a UFO?  Read the book.  Want to experience Bob and Tim's personal ghost stories?  Read the show notes.  And check the time stamps.  And then listen to the podcast as they discuss their childhood fascination with the Time Life book series "Mysteries Of The Unknown." 

00:00:00 - INEXPLICABLE OPENER - sponsorship and spooky stuff
00:00:50 - PARANORMAL BRAIN FARTS- Bob and Tim saw a ghost / “Mysterious Ways”
00:14:39 - LIBRARY OF THE DAMNED - discovering “Mysteries Of The Unknown”
00:19:21 - EXTRA SENSORY PROMOTION - Time Life wants your money
00:27:17 - CRYPTO-ZOOLOGICAL CAREER PATH - finding Nessie and looking for Bigfoot
00:32:44 - BEHOLD THE FORBIDDEN TEXT - believing what others refused to know
00:39:19 - THE LADY ON THE STAIRS - Bob sees another ghost
00:46:50 - THE SHAPE IN THE WOODS - Tim visits the village of ghostly sounds
00:55:26 - SUPER DUPER NATURAL- sharing the unknown
01:01:39 - CLOSINGS — Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “Books About UFOs” 

See the television ad that sold Tim on this series' importance HERE

Watch Ben Randall try to gain spooky admittance into the Mile High club while shelling some Time Life tomes HERE.

Watch the method acting technique of oscar nominee Julian Moore attempt to sell you on Time Life Books HERE.

See some creepy alien head shots in the Time Life ad that a much younger Tim hated seeing late at night HERE.

And read ATLAS OBSCURA's history on the development o this Time Life series HERE.

The use of audio and video clips linked from YOUTUBE are for educational purposes and without the expressed permission of their legal holding companies.  All rights remain with with their original distributor.

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“Mysterious Ways” performed by U2 off their 1991 album ACHTUNG BABY and probably the copyright violation that got this episode pulled from the stream. 

"Books About UFOs" performed by Husker Du (with umlaut) of their 1985 sonic masterpiece NEW DAY RISING.

The use of these songs are for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST! will return next week with a special Halloween edition of RETRO SHOCK.