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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:  "Heart and soul and a massive discomfort." (1988)  Who doesn't like an age-appropriate Tom Hanks?  Well,  Amy Poehler, for one.  Still, in 1988, this former Bosom Buddy made a splash at the box office by starring in the Penny Marshall film "Big".  But re-watching it 30 years later, Bob and Tim are finding themselves a little uncomfortable with that particular thing he did.  (Larry Crowne pun still pending).

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - almost a birthday wish
00:00:52   A SWITCH-A-ROO - and the morning-time dial
00:04:10  JUNE 3RD 1988 - and the not-so-dreadful Penny Marshall
00:08:31  AT THE BIG KID’S TABLE - for the 12 year-old who's thinking ahead
00:14:04  THE POTENTIAL FOR DISCOMFORT - was this movie made for adults?
00:22:37  GOOD MEMORY / BAD MEMORY - and Skippy Handleman on the big screen
00:24:29  MODERN DAY  - and is this a romantic comedy? / “Heart And Soul”
00:32:47  MERCEDES RULES - the kidnapping of Josh Baskin
00:37:31  ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT - what’s the freak idea, Zoltar?
00:42:13  SUDDENLY SUSAN - the uncomfortable ingenue
00:50:30  A CABBAGE PATCH-WORK OF FILMMAKING - and a really big piano
00:57:17  YOUTH COUP YOUR LOSSES - at what age does this stop working?
01:05:47  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase

Read a bit of the behind the scenes with this big "Big" retrospective originally published by MENTAL FLOSS HERE.

Watch the very 80s trailer for the big-screen topic of today's episode HERE.

See what a young Tim saw as Tom Hanks "getting it" HERE.

Hear Penny Marshall discuss the virtues of working with TV actors HERE.

Experience the rap-master skillz of Tom Hanks  both HERE and HERE.

And finally, see some of the only known footage that points toward the existence of this weeks Pre-show Prattle topic, Guy Mann Dude, HERE.

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MUSIC FEATURED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

"Heart And Soul" performed, possibly without saxophone, by Huey Lewis And The News on their 1983 release THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL.   

The use of this songs is for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   

Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week with a little Brit of Bob's CD collection.  And possibly some Spacehog.