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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BINGE AND PODCAST:  "Bright Flashlights, Big Conspiracy"  (1993)  No television show dominated Bob and Tim's TV set like the '90 paranormal phenomena, The X-Files. Well ... maybe Mystery Science Theater 3000.  And Friends.  And Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place.   But since Ryan Reynolds never tweeted back, they are focusing special attention on those special agents Dana Katherine Scully and Fox Network Mulder.  

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - Tim likes Dazzler
00:00:44  BACK FOR THE NEW YEAR — and everybody is sick / “Hardcore UFOS” 
00:03:09  RE-OPENING THE X-FILES - a 21st century return to a 20th century obsession
00:09:11  A REALLY COLD OPEN -  playing with paranoia
00:20:25  FACE VALUE - coasting on a space ghost
00:30:13  WHO WANTS TO BELIEVE? - not fully science fiction
00:42:55  SCULDER AND MULLY - digging their dichotomy
00:48:47  THE CONSPIRATORIAL ENGINE - better distrust through television
00:53:41  A SAUCER FULL OF SECRETS - probing the alien mythology
01:03:07  LAW AND ORDER: MIB - an anthology of the unexplained
01:07:44  CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “David Duchovny”
01:09:34 BONUS FEATURES - At least there’s the middle part

Watch original Fox network promo for the episode "Ice" HERE.

And that episode's preview of the following week's "Space" HERE.

And since you probably see where the video portion of these show-notes are going ... here's the promo to "Fallen Angel" HERE.

And uncover this lost X-File from season one in what is properly designated "VHS Quality" HERE.

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“Hardcore UFOs” performed by Guided By Voices off their inexplicably-titled 1994 release BEE THOUSAND.

"David Duchovny" performed by Bree Sharp from her 1999 debut A CHEAP AND EVIL GIRL.

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week with an ear-worm of  '90s one-hit wonders