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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RETRO SHOCK: "Still mispronouncing Berkely Breathed" (1991)  Its the last day in November which means the Christmas season is already seven shopping days old. So, before festive fatigue sets in, Bob and Tim are diving into a month of holiday themed episodes starting with the Bill and Opus animated special "A Wish For Wings That Work."  Its a cartoon based on the '80s classic Bloom County, leaving them to wonder why it not a perennial favorite.  Ho, ho, ho-nooooooo!

00:00:00 - PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - jump into it
00:00:48 - TIS A SEASON - long way to an early start / “Christmas Wrapping”
00:04:55 - DECEMBER 18th, 1991 - Bloom County comes to television (sort of)
00:07:42 - BAH, NOSTALGIA - a changing taste in Christmas specials
00:11:34 -  BREAK WITH TRADITION - more viewings, less airings
00:15:03- MR. BREATHED’S OPUS - in voice and motion
00:24:13 - GOOD MEMORY/BAD MEMORY- and a confession
00:26:37 - MODERN DAY - and Secret Santa solved / “Christmas Chimes Are Calling Santa”
00:30:45 - READ THE BOOK! - how well was this adapted?
00:35:09 - DUBA-DUBA-DUBA-E-UTIFUL - but how does it sound?
00:40:38 - CELEBRITY REHAB - and hooray for Bill The Cat
00:47:45 - FOR THE FANS? - and will Bob’s other kid watch this?
00:51:29 - SEASONALLY AFFECTED - a Christmas disconnect
01:04:06 - A DISAPPOINTING SAFETY NET - plus Good Reality/Bad Reality
01:09:09 - CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “Informer”
01:12:13 - BONUS FEATURES - a phantom edit 

Watch exactly what Bob and Tim watched HERE.

See the Paula Abdul prologue that plays on Tim's taped-from-TV version of that very same special HERE.

See some of the questionably classic holiday specials mentioned in the episode:

Chomp off a little of the CHRISTMAS COMES TO PAC-LAND special HERE.

Watch a Hanna Barbera bear get a little wet in this clip from YOGI'S FIRST CHRISTMAS HERE.

Whish, whittle, drip and dry through this somewhat overbearing tune from 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS HERE.

And yawn all the way through ZIGGY'S GIFT HERE.

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“Christmas Wrapping” performed The Waitresses from their 1982 album WASN'T TOMORROW WONDERFUL.

"Christmas Chimes Are Calling Santa" performed by a couple of kids locked in s small town clock tower from the 1974 animated classic 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

"Informer" performed by Snow off his timeless 1992 Christmas compilation  12 INCHES OF SNOW.

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week with a Holiday-themed BINGE AND PODCAST.