Ep. 31: Hitler, Mussolini, Zac Hanson, the Kardashians, Lamar Odom

October 19, 2015

Episode 31: Joal welcomes guest Jay Nordlinger, senior editor of National Review and author of the just-published Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators (Encounter Books). Plus, Joal discusses the pop-culture war over Lamar Odom's legacy, pitting the ESPN crowd versus the Kardashian faithful, and notes milestone anniversaries for Zac Hanson, Johnny Carson and Batman's Bob Kane.  

Plus, for the kids: a William F. Buckley reference! 


Ep. 30: When U.S. Mass Shooters Flood the Market: No Infamy for You

October 2, 2015

Episode 30: Joal discusses why the days of 15 minutes of infamy are over for U.S. mass shooters. Plus, a very special anniversary for Leave It to Beaver. And, no, there's no segue there.  

Ep. 29: The Muppets, James Dean, Peanuts

September 29, 2015

Episode 29: Joal welcomes Muppets guru Joe Hennes, editor and co-owner of ToughPigs.com (Tough Pigs: Muppet Fans Who Grew Up), to talk the new Muppets series, The Muppets, and whether Kermit and crew are suffering from that old teen-idol curse: Fans who don't want their favorite act to change or, well, grow up. 

The 60th anniversary of James Dean's death and the 65th birthday of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts are also noted.


Ep. 28: Miss America, Betty Cantrell, Betty White, Betty Ford, Betty Crocker, Betty Cooper, Isadora Duncan

September 15, 2015

Episode 28: Joal asks, "Can Miss America save Betty?" Miss America is the newly crowned Betty Cantrell; Betty is the baby name--once popular, now not. A discussion of all things Betty ensues: Betty White, Betty Ford, Betty Crocker and Archie Comics' Betty Cooper.

Plus, does Isadora Duncan's death mean pop culture was more cultured 88 years ago? 


Ep. 27: Justin Bieber, One Direction, Chad Everett

September 8, 2015

Episode 27: Joal wraps up the two most compelling pop-idol, pop-culture stories of the summer: Justin Bieber and One Direction, and why the rise of one doesn't mean the demise of the other. Plus, she discusses the 40th anniversary of a clunky, but well-meaning and perhaps important episode of a Chad Everett TV medical drama about a transgender doctor (played by the Brady Bunch's Robert Reed). 


Ep. 26: Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Yvonne Craig

August 23, 2015

Episode 26: Joal watches the Batgirl debut of the late Yvonne Craig (Batman '66's "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin"), and wonders how much impact the female superhero really had on male-dominated pop culture.


Ep. 25: Elvis Presley, Graceland, Michael Jackson, Willie McCovey

August 17, 2015

Episode 25: On the day after the 38th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Joal devotes herself to a story about the actual day Elvis died, costarring Michael Jackson, Willie McCovey and childhood cancer--not her own. 


Ep. 24: One Direction, Liam Payne, Burger King, Chicken Fries, Melissa Gilbert, Kim Richards, School Years That Start in August

August 11, 2015

Episode 24: Joal discusses One Direction's Liam Payne's alleged influence on Burger King's chicken-fries menu, and starts her own movement for the return of Burger King's French-toast sticks, if that is they ever left. She also talks Melissa Gilbert's bid for Congress (good for her!), and the hopeless feeling that is watching someone battle personal problems from either afar or up close. So, yes, that last one would be about Kim Richards

She also ponders whether starting school in early August is evolving, or just plain crazy. 


Ep. 23: One Direction, Drag Me Down, Zayn Malik, Real Music,Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Fuller House, Raven-Symone, Apple Fritters, John Green, Cara Delevigne, Gary Merrill

July 31, 2015

Episode 23: Joal discusses Zayn Malik, #realmusic and the David Caruso and J.C. Chasez principles, and why One Direction fans' insta-covers of "Drag Me Down" disprove Jeb Bush's implications that Americans don't work hard enough. 

Elsewhere, she urges the Olsen Twins to stay strong, and stay out of Fuller House, and imagines a life where she was a child on a TV show being tempted and tormented with craft-services apple fritters much as Raven-Symone was tempted with craft-services bagels on The Cosby Show.

Plus,in a shameless ploy for clicks and downloads, she notes the 100th birthday of Bette Davis' fourth husband. 


Ep. 22: Bobbi Kristina, Louis Tomlinson, Jim Bob-Duggar, Clara Bow

July 28, 2015

Episode 22: Joal talks about our reaction to the passing of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 15 million reasons Louis Tomlinson may be staying silent about his reported baby-to-be, the Duggar family's TV-related "heartbreak" and why every under-30 Hollywood actress should raise a glass and maybe get smashed in honor of the 110th birthday of Clara Bow

(Note: Bow's birthday has been corrected in this copy. I originally noted it as her 100th birthday because I cannot add. Or subtract. It is just so sad.)