20th Century Pop! 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: “Every time a bell rings someone tells you what it means.” (1946) Oh the traditions of the season. Compost in your coat pocket. Failed Savings and Loan. Contemplating a leap into the cold lonely abyss. Yup, this is how Bob celebrates Christmas and this years he’s bringing Tim down with him as they indulge in the no-longer public domain of a Frank Capra classic. Merry Christmas Stitcher Radio. Merry Christmas Youtube. Merry Christmas all you other beautiful streaming platforms.

00:00:00  UNLICENSED AUDIO - they’re not taking George Bailey
00:00:36  SEASON’S IMPRESSIONS / “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” - and a failed podcast pitch
00:02:47  DECEMBER 20TH 1946 - A Bob’s Life
00:07:11  (ALMOST) A FAMILY TRADITION - will Bob’s kids watch this?
00:08:29  GOD REST YE MST3K - and Good Memory/Bad Memory
00:11:58  MODERN DAY / “Buffalo Gals” - adulting is hard (and not a real word)
00:14:22  JIMMY STEWIN’ - a conflict of feelings toward George Bailey
00:18:46  O’ CRY ALL YE FAITHFUL - and Mary without the Sue
00:25:55  EVIL TRIUMPHANT - and the producer of Gomer Pyle has it pretty good 
00:31:41  ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ENOUGH - that ding-a-ling Clarence
00:40:42  WHAT CHILD IS THIS … FOR? - and that was Tim’s joke?
00:50:04  FORGETTING GOOD REALITY/BAD REALITY - but you can probably figure that one out 
00:54:33  CLOSINGS / “Last Christmas” - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase

Relive the Happy Days of watching this movie on VHS with this 1990 bonus retrospective THE MAKING OF IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE HOSTED BY TOM BOSLEY.

Open up the archives with what could have been with the 1986 Saturday Night Live Sketch THE LOST ENDING OF IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

Stream what internet copyright laws have deemed the appropriate in length free portion of 1992’s IT’S A WONDERFUL TINY TOONS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.

And read the always irritable insights of the star of Nickelodeon’s Snow Day” as he counteracts cinematic comparisons in CHEVY CHASE DOESN’T GET WHY PEOPLE COMPARE CHRISTMAS VACATION TO THIS HOLIDAY CLASSIC as featured on CINEMABLEND.com

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“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” performed by the United States Marine Band available at Freemusicarchive.org. Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 declaration.

“Buffalo Gals” as arranged and conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin for the original 1946 soundtrack to IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. The use of this song is for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

“Last Christmas” written by George Michael and performed by Noisewaves from the 2010 compilationX-MAS COMPILATION 2010 available at Freemusicarchive.org. Cleared for public use through Creative Commons under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 License. This recording was altered in length to allow looping through the program

“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 POP! will return in 2019.