Aug 16, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #115 Anklets and Ochmoneks

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This week we are joined by special guest, Coach Mayor Jared Lowe, who details his greatest triumph as an actor and proves his chops in the inaugural edition of "Ka-Pow Theater."  We also review the new Disney film "Christopher Robin" and the indie darling "Eighth Grade," continue to gush about "Mission: Impossible Fallout," wade into the for-whatever-reason-controversial casting of Batwoman and settle Tommy Lee Jones' one job.  There's a speed limit in this town, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is totally gonna ignore it!

Length - 01:32:18

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:02 - KA-POW THEATER

Reinacting a saucy scene from the film noir classic "Double Indemnity."

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0:12:33 - MOVIE NEWS

An exciting trailer for "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," a review of the other Pooh movie, "Christopher Robin," watching "Mission: Impossible Fallout" in IMAX, the recent indie movies "Sorry to Bother You" and "Eighth Grade," the twisty new Netflix original "Extinction" and being thirty years too late to "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension."

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0:37:54 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A strong season of "Big Brother" continues, the Cleveland Browns star in a new round of HBO's "Hard Knocks," the fourth season of "Better Call Saul" begins, the debut of AMC's whimsical "Lodge 49," missing the boat on the historical horror of "The Terror," information on the upcoming season of "Fargo," Ruby Rose coming to "Arrow" as Batwoman, the reboot of "ALF" we've all been waiting for, Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman's reality competition "Making It," getting hooked on "Yellowstone," the loving Robin Williams documentary "Come Inside My Mind" and new episodes of CNN's "The History of Comedy."

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1:10:18 - ONE JOB

Deciding the most enduring role ever played by Tommy Lee Jones.

Aug 13, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #114 Serpent Draft

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This episode is all about gaming, as the Poobah regales us with tales of a weekend spent at the longest-running game convention in the world, Gen Con, and Restoration Games announces a remake of the classic 80s fantasy game Dark Tower.  Then things get tense as we draft our teams for a round of "Running 'Round Riverdale" to be played live on an upcoming episode.  Tune in as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and special guest, Coach Mayor Jared Lowe, are on the clock and choosing squads of our favorite characters from the Town with Pep!

Length - 00:36:23

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Aug 1, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #113 Winnie the Poohin’

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Still trying to catch up with all the head-spinning headlines from this year's San Diego Comic Con, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast talks movies for this entire episode.  Things kick off with a long, loving review of "Ant-Man & the Wasp," then we decide on the career-defining role of Ms. Janet Van Dyne herself, Michelle Pfeiffer.  With that business settled, then it's on to other news, trailers, the James Gunn mess and a Winnie the Pooh movie (no, not that one, the other one).  Things are a little lax and loony this week, so if you have to listen at x2 speed, we totally get it.

Length - 01:49:11

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:05:05 - ANT-MAN & THE WASP

Our full-length review of Marvel's other summer superhero blockbuster is full of SPOILERS, esoteric comic history and Paul Rudd man-crushing.

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0:37:24 - ONE JOB

We take a close look at Michelle Pfeiffer's big hits in order to decide which role history will best remember her for.

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0:50:06 - MOVIE NEWS

Cliff watched "Baywatch" for some reason, our first look at M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass," the Comic Con "Aquaman" trailer, James Gunn fired from "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," seeing "2001: A Space Odyssey" on the big screen, seven more Essential Films scratched off Jordan's list, getting multiple Winnie the Pooh movies confused with "Goodbye Christopher Robin" and the warmhearted Mister Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Jul 23, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #112 Foot Butt

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We recorded this episode smack dab in the middle of this year's San Diego Comic Con hoopla, and attempt to cover as many of the major stories breaking over the weekend as possible.  Some news about what's coming to our television screens wowed us and some confounded us, but Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is here to try and make sense of it all.  And if you haven't completely zoned out by then, we conclude by bestowing One Job on Vinnie Barbarino himself, Mr. John Travolta!

Length - 01:16:56

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:10:09 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Prices set for DC's streaming app, a polarizing "Titans" trailer, a closer look at "Young Justice: Outsiders," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" returning to conclude the story, more info on the Stephen King anthology "Castle Rock" and a peek at "Iron Fist" season two.

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0:25:05 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Bob's Burgers" coming to the big screen, the Thirteenth Doctor makes the rounds at Comic Con, a rebooted "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," confirming some "Walking Dead" rumors, a new Captain Pike for "Star Trek: Discovery," Batwoman coming to the Arrow-verse, the premier of "Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters," "Sharp Objects" debuts on HBO, the engrossing PBS retrospective "This is Bob Hope," an interview with Conan O'Brien about the changing talk show landscape and rooting for our favorites on "Big Brother."

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0:49:05 - GAMING

Preparing for all the new games at this year's Gen Con and two new Heroclix sets featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman: The Animated Series.

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0:57:25 - ONE JOB

An attempt to narrow down John Travolta's comeback-laden career to his single most enduring role.

Jul 19, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #111 Westworld S2 Ep10 Chekhov’s Brain Balls

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Today, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast presents our "Westworld" wrap-up.  We use a deep-dive into episode #10, "The Passenger," as a way to share our thoughts and theories on Season Two as a whole.  The Poobah's Little NotebookTM is full of information, and on a show with so many twists and reveals, expect SPOILERS as we attempt to trace the timelines.

Length - 01:20:52

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jul 14, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #110 Bread

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In an effort to lure Michael back to the podcast, we invited his arch-enemy, carbs, to sit in with us.  So join Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our new loaf of bread co-host as we discuss all the most recent topics making waves in the entertainment world.  Along with new seasons of "GLOW" and "Luke Cage," the passing of Spider-Man's co-creator and DC's recent marketing missteps, we even find time to declare "one job" to define Kevin Costner's entire career.  So if you knead a good laugh with content that's never stale, you butter tune in and join us in a toast to our newest episode!

Length - 01:45:11

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:08:14 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Freeform's "Cloak & Dagger" turning out to be a winner, Season 20 of "Big Brother" adds a robotic wrinkle, prestige drama "Yellowstone" shows potential, "Preacher" returns with Angelville storyline, better-late-than-never wrap-ups of "Flash" and "Supergirl" and a new Sacha Baron Cohen ambush comedy coming to Showtime.

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0:30:25 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Binge-racing through a spoiler-free look at "GLOW" season two, the true crime series "The Staircase" on Netflix, a premier date for the second season of "Ozark," first impressions of new "Luke Cage" episodes, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" lives up to the hype, holding out hope for "Locke and Key," season six of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" gets dark and thinking deep thoughts with "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth."

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0:53:38 - ONE JOB

Determining the most iconic performance from Kevin Costner's long career.

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1:08:59 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

The passing of legendary artist Steve Ditko, another lawsuit between Perlmutter and Peerenboom, digital comics added to upcoming DC streaming app, angering retailers with exclusive Wal-Mart comics, DC spoils the story days ahead of Batman's wedding, new "Firefly" stories on the way and the possibilities of a licensing agreement between Netflix and Dark Horse, beginning with "Stranger Things."

Jul 12, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #109 Top Ten Video Games part 2

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Concluding our countdown of Top Ten Video Games of all time, this episode covers #4 through #1, along with a boatload of honorable mentions and a few favorites provided by our Facebook fans.  The picks get even more personal and nostalgic as we reach the top of the list, so catch up with Part One, then join Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our in-studio guest Russ Casseday as we reveal the games that captured our imaginations as kids and kept us hooked to the screen as adults.

Length - 01:17:25

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jul 3, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #108 Top Ten Video Games part 1

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It has been too long since our last Top Ten episode, so we picked a topic a little bit out of left field from our normal conversations and are counting down our Top Ten Video Games.  Most of us are what you would call "casual gamers" at best, so this isn't a comprehensive list of critical darlings and all-time greats.  Instead, these are the games we had the best time playing with a room full of friends or the childhood favorites that always hit our nostalgia triggers.  From Atari to Xbox, arcade to console, Pong paddles to cutting-edge online gaming, part one of our countdown reveals picks #10 through #5 from each member of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our special guest, Russ Casseday.  Stay tuned for part two, coming as soon as Cliff unplugs his joystick and gets back to editing!

Length - 01:27:08

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jun 27, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #107 Jordan Almost Died

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Have we got some stories to tell!  From Michael's grueling new exercise regimen, to the Poobah's trip to Origins Game Fair, to our team's return to the local trivia scene, to Jordan's sudden, scary fight against pneumonia, there's been a lot going on here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  But we've still made time to see plenty of movies and keep abreast of everything popping in popular culture.  So pull up a chair and let us tell you a tale or two in this week's brand new episode!

Length - 01:46:02

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:30:31 - MOVIE NEWS

Getting into a fight at "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," reviewing the long-awaited "Incredibles 2," the 100 Essential Films of April and May, checking out "Upgrade" and "Hereditary" in theaters, more big name Tarantino casting new, the comedy "Fist Fight" on cable and confusion over the future of the "Star Wars" franchise.

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1:14:43 - ONE JOB

Deciding on the one iconic role to forever define the career of divisive movie star Tom Cruise.

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1:31:43 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Closing in on the end of the second season of "Westworld," a local artist returns for the All-Star cast of SyFy's "Face Off" and the Disney purchase of Fox assets appears to be a done deal.

Jun 20, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #106 It Is Known

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In order to graduate nerd school and move on to our summer vacations, our pal Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Podcast and The Unspoken Decade returns to administer our final exam: Wizard Magazine's Comic Book Intelligence Quotient from June of 1993.  Listen in as we flash back 25 years and struggle to answer questions about Valiant and Image and all the other trendy fanboy topics of the day.  Plus, we have our biggest disagreement yet during a special "One Job" segment, choosing only one immortal work from the prolific director suggested by Jesse.

Length - 01:21:44

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jun 16, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #105 Barrel of Cheryls

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There is a lot of information to cover in any given week, and we here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast try to get to as much as humanly possible.  But some pop culture events have a much bigger impact than others, and deserve our full and undivided attention.  That is why we are devoting this entire episode to just three recent spectacles: "Deadpool 2," "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and, of course, the season two finale of "Riverdale."  SPOILERS abound from the very beginning, so be sure you've seen them first, then join us for our in-depth reviews.

Length - 01:29:15

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:09 - DEADPOOL 2

Hoping to recapture the feeling of the Merc with a Mouth's first blockbuster film, Ryan Reynolds returns for more over-the-top action and R-rated humor, bringing Cable and Domino along for this bigger, brasher sequel set in the X-Men Universe.

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0:17:06 - SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

More impressive than the astronomical odds of picking the same two showtimes as Bucky, this prequel officially introduces our word "kashyyykee" into Lucasfilm canon.  Oh, and there's also Kessel runs and sabacc games and unrefined coaxium and Lando and stuff.

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0:49:05 - RIVERDALE

Season two of our favorite teen soap opera concludes with Episode #22, "Brave New World," wrapping up some major storylines and giving us hints of what's to come next year, both on screen and on the shelves of our local Hot Topic.

May 31, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #104 Riverdale S2 Ep20-21 Chebby

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The last few episodes of the second season of "Riverdale" have hit as hard as getting wanged with a shovel.  So leave it to the faithful crew at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast to cover every moment, big and small, from episode #20 "Shadow of a Doubt" and #21 "Judgement Night."  Featuring some of the most exciting television of the year, the town is in flames, the Black Hood is revealed (we think) and Cheryl has donned her hunting cloak.  So listen in as we go door to door with Archie to check out every pair of eyes in Riverdale.

Length - 01:51:23

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

May 26, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #103 Cobra Kai Never Die

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Recorded live from the velvet tables of Castle Poobah, we wrap up this year's Free Comic Book Day festivities, introduce a new segment called "One Job" where we choose a performer's most iconic role, give our initial opinions of the 80s-centric "Cobra Kai," then conclude with a SPOILER-filled review of the blockbuster "Avengers: Infinity War."  So join us for yet another trip into the entertainment stratosphere with Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 01:19:28

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:06:38 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell" drops on Netflix just as the first clip of the canceled Kevin Bacon series is leaked, the outstanding "Cobra Kai" debuts on YouTube Red, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" the official name of the "Riverdale" spinoff, Dan Trachtenberg to direct "The Boys," a remix version of "Arrested Development" in anticipation of the new season, an interesting line-up for the second series of "The Toys That Made Us," John Mulaney's new standup "Kid Gorgeous at Radio City" and the movie score performances "Hans Zimmer Live in Prague."

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0:20:58 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"What We Do in the Shadows" picked up for ten episodes on FX, a pro-wrestling documentary starring Andre the Giant and "Last Man on Earth," "Lucifer," "The Mick" and "Brooklyn 99" canceled by Fox.

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0:27:54 - ANIMATION NEWS

Seventy new episodes of "Rick and Morty" on the way and recording sessions complete for "Young Justice" voice cast.

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0:29:11 - MOVIE NEWS

Our new segment "One Job"where we choose a performer's most iconic role beginning with Russell Crowe, the cast filling out for Tarantino's next movie and confirming Seth's number one pick for last year's best film.

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0:37:01 - AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

And we conclude with all our spoiler-filled opinions on the Marvel movie that still has everyone talking.

May 7, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #102 Riverdale S2 Ep16-19 Jangle Noggin

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For all the "Riverdale" fans who have been waving their mourning pom poms in our direction for slacking on our coverage recently, we get up to date with this discussion of the last four episodes.  From the mayoral election drama of "Primary Colors" to Cheryl's institutionalization in "The Noose Tightens" to musical-themed murder in "A Night to Remember" to the return of the Black Hood in "Prisoners," we cover episodes #16-19 of season two.  So dial us up, even if you have to crawl across the floor like Nana Rose, because Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is ready to make our bones.

Length - 01:35:30

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

May 3, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #101 Schwan-El

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After that massive episode #100, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back doing what we do best, bringing you news and reviews for as much pop culture as we can possibly squeeze out of a week.  Free Comic Book Day is almost here again, and we preview a lot of the titles that will be available at your friendly neighborhood comic shop this weekend.  Plus, Cliff reports on scaling the berm to check out the Star Wars construction at Disney, we highlight the new "Lost in Space," talk "A Quiet Place" and "Ready Player One" and are actually pretty chill about "Westworld" coming back.

Length - 02:07:45

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:05 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A Free Comic Book Day 2018 preview, this year's Eisner nominations announced, creator of Thanos throws shade at Marvel, reviewing the momentous "Action Comics" #1000 and a wild Batman / Booster Gold team-up.

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0:26:30 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Season two of "Westworld" debuts, a rapid-fire rundown catching up on "Flash," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" and "Supergirl," Neil Gaiman guests on "The Big Bang Theory," "Ash vs Evil Dead" canceled, the premier of "Barry" on HBO, a four-way conversation about "Superstore," "Last Man on Earth," "New Girl" and "UnREAL," "The Americans" approaches its end, consistantly confounded by "Legion," Joe Hill's "NOS4A2" picked up by AMC and the anime-inspired "Star Wars: Resistance" announced.

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1:04:44 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

A spoiler-free first look at Netflix's "Lost in Space," "Love" concludes with a strong ending, the twisty indie "Radius," "Locke & Key" not picked up by Hulu, a "Stand" mini-series for CBS All Access and a massive "Star Trek: Discovery" spoiler, truth is stranger than fiction in "Wild Wild Country" and Allison Mack's arrest, Mike Judge's animated "Tales from the Tour Bus" and a historical documentary about the Roosevelts.

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1:28:38 - MOVIE NEWS

A half-dozen more Essential Films scratched off Jordan's poster, a strong recommendation for "A Quiet Place," a sneak peek at "Cobra Kai" during a "Karate Kid" Fathom Event and a light-on-spoilers review of "Ready Player One."

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1:56:45 - GAMING

Getting the old Atari 2600 out of storage for a Barnes family gathering.

May 1, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #100 Anniversary Clip Show

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has hit the century mark, and we have decided to celebrate with a clip show!  In an ambitious endeavor, we collected and curated the very best moments from our time starting out as the So Pro Podcast up through the first fifty episodes of our current iteration.  So whether you're a long-time Jesse here to relive some of your favorite moments or a more recent listener learning the origins of our recurring references and best running gags, this mega-sized anniversary celebration has a little something for everyone.  We even end the show with extended flashbacks to our four favorite episodes, including an owl-filled Facebook intervention, a Ho-Ho-Holiday roundtable, trading barbs with a roomful of other podcasters and the unbelievable tale of "Crisis on County Road 10."  So for Michael, Jordan, Cliff, Seth, all the family that puts up with our long nights recording and all the fans who have ever given us a listen, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for always being down with KPP!

Length - 03:06:40

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 19, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #99 Riverdale S2 Ep14-15

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We have somehow fallen behind in our crazy-obsessive "Riverdale" coverage, so it's time to play catch up!  Join us as we explore every moment of the season two episodes "The Hills Have Eyes," in which the gang make a real weekend out of it at lakeside Lodge Lodge, and "There Will Be Blood," where Senior Archie jumps into the cutthroat town mayoral race.  And luckily, just as the show throws politics and a shifty set of twins at us, we are joined by real-life holder of an elected office and father of twins, Coach Mayor Jared Lowe.  Plus, get a few hints at our ambitious plans for next week's one hundredth episode from the pals and gals at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:37:55

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Apr 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #98

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With Cliff off enjoying himself at Disney, it's up to the Mayor, Jared Lowe, to fill his seat.  We get to hear a harrowing tale of Michael's life-threatening big toe injury, say goodbye to Toys 'R Us, recap the fun at a local comic convention and witness Jordan bow to technological peer pressure, along with all the other news and reviews you expect.  At Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, you can count on us to cover everyting from A to B!

Length - 01:18:45

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:07:20 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Stopping by the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo in Parkersburg, WV, Seth picks up the Absolute version of "Identity Crisis" from a struggling retailer, cartoonist Ed Piskor's "X-Men: Grand Design," worrying about Stan Lee's health and circling vultures, South by Southwest gives away red Superman trunks, a variant cover for Tom Beland's touching "Black Panther" art, Bruce Banner returns as the Immortal Hulk, Norman Osborn becomes the Red Goblin, Marvel's "Infinity Countdown" begins, "Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation" reveals the origin of the Goblin King and the first issue of Robert Kirkman's sci-fi "Oblivion Song."

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0:28:30 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Joel McHale's Netflix show improving, the third and final season of "Love," new episodes of "Jessica Jones," Annabella Sciorra cast as "Luke Cage" villain and Jordan joins the 20th century by switching cable providers.

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0:36:36 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The "Westworld" experience dazzles at South by Southwest, Melissa Joan Hart returning for more "Clarissa Explains it All," recontextualizing "Saved by the Bell" with the "Zack Morris is Trash" shorts, the first table read for final season of "Game of Thrones," more money equals more problems on "Atlanta" and "The Walking Dead" struggling to tie all the threads together.

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0:57:34 - MOVIE NEWS

Michael finally gets out to see "Black Panther," classic comic moments in the second trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War," reshoots for "Deadpool 2," a recommendation for the comedy "Game Night," the serious sci-fi of "Annihilation," revisiting some Hitchcock classics, the first reviews for "Ready Player One" and special features on the "Star Wars: the Last Jedi" include Laura Dern's unique blaster form.

Mar 14, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #97

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It's time to catch up on all the news you need to know!  This week, we cover everything from "Celebrity Big Brother" to the final few hours of "Star Wars: Rebels" to Marvel shaking up the release schedule of "Infinity War."  Then we take a deeper dive into the comic book market, how it's structured and how a new digital pre-order system could change things for your favorite local shop.  Equally informational and irreverent, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is happy to have you along for the ride!

Length - 01:58:34

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:10 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Szechuan sauce returns to McDonald's, the second season of "Atlanta" begins, video game fanboys invade "Superstore," some final thoughts on "Celebrity Big Brother," the true-life mini-series "Waco," a new sci-fi wrinkle added as "Star Wars: Rebels" nears its end, "The Walking Dead" returns for its second half with a long goodbye and better late than never to IFC's "Brockmire."

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0:29:28 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Lost in Space" headed to Netflix, Joel McHale's familiar-looking show, season five of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" drops, Paul Rudd's "Mute" disappoints, the first three episodes of Hulu's political drama "The Looming Tower" released, a funny second teaser for "Cobra Kai," a "Dark Tower" series headed to Amazon, a new generation of "Queer Eye" debuts and another season of the reality-skewering "UnREAL."

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0:46:16 - MOVIE NEWS

Marvel moves "Infinity War" up a week, Disneyland Paris announces new Marvel and Star Wars lands, Joss Whedon drops out of "Batgirl," the first look at Zachary Levi as Shazam, Kristen Wiig as Cheetah?, casting for Tarantino's next movie, "Annihilation" opens in theaters, catching all the Oscar nominated shorts on the big screen and Jordan unveils the Essential Films he caught in February.

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1:15:06 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Reviewing DC's "The Terrifics" #1, Jonathan Hickman returning to Marvel?, DC launching out-of-continuity "Black Label" line, Neil Gaiman creating his own Sandman universe with four new titles, Bendis adds two new creator owned titles to his workload, Marvel rebooting their line with a "Fresh Start" and Diamond announces a digital pullbox service for local shops.

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1:40:33 - DEEP THOUGHTS

Is there a better way to market comic books to "civilians" outside of the direct market and the typical fan press?

Mar 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #96 Black Panther

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Armed with brand new microphones, a mixer and Carly's headphones, we are geared up for an in-depth review of the groundbreaking Marvel mega-blockbuster, "Black Panther."  We begin with a quick history lesson, placing T'Challa's first appearance in the proper context of the comic book landscape of 1966 and trace how slowly diversity crept through the industry in his wake.  Then it's on to the movie, and plenty of SPOILERS as we break down the film's many high points and criticize the few places where it deserves it.  So revisit Wakanda with Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  We never freeze!

Length - 00:49:07

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Mar 2, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #95 Top Musical Movie Moments

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The lights have dimmed, the orchestra has tuned and it's time to raise the curtain on another Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast Top Ten list!  This week, we reveal our favorite musical moments from movies.  More than just iconic scores or killer soundtracks, we remember the actual on-screen performances that made us laugh, cry or just tap our feet.  From Oscar-winning household names to offbeat cult classics, through comedy, drama, musicals, animation and muppets, we (along with helpful suggestions from some loyal Facebook fans!) hit every corner of pop culture to find the songs that have had the biggest impact on us over the years.

Length - 01:39:37

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 24, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #94

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Everybody secure door two and don't jettison your Schwan's into space, because we have a jam-packed episode for you to enjoy.  We've conquered all the imaginary cyber-bullies and Larry has okayed spoilers, so listen in as we dicuss those Super Bowl trailers for "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and season two of "Westworld," along with a full review of Netflix's "Cloverfield Paradox," "Celebrity Big Brother," the latest episode of "Riverdale" and everything else we can squeeze into this brand new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:57:31

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:07:39 - GAMING

"Red Dead Redemption 2" delayed until October and checking out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in "Injustice."

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0:09:56 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The Groundhog Day-style romance "When We First Met," the dance flick "Step Sisters," the return of "Woody Woodpecker," a new season of "Love" coming to Netflix, a Chris Rock comedy special, reviewing the Super Bowl surprise "The Cloverfield Paradox," a second recommendation for "Devilman: Crybaby," a full trailer for "Incredibles 2," the first look at "Cobra Kai" on YouTube Red and the National Lampoon biopic "A Futile and Stupid Gesture."

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0:39:56 - STAR WARS NEWS

Breaking down the "Solo: A Star Wars Story" trailer, the "Game of Thrones" creators attached to a brand new trilogy, a release date for the "Last Jedi" Blu-ray and a "Thrawn" comic book mini-series begins.

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0:46:09 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A peek at season 2 of "Westworld," rebooting "Greatest American Hero," the final season of "The Americans" begins in March, a flashback episode of "The X-Files," appreciating the schmaltz of "This is Us," sampling some "Celebrity Big Brother," "Supergirl" goes on hiatus, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" returns with a Constantine guest appearance, a prison break on "The Flash" and a new hero emerges on "Black Lightning."

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1:15:58 - RIVERDALE

Betty and Jughead help clean up a mess at the Cooper house while Archie gets in even deeper with the Lodge criminal empire in "The Tell Tale Heart," episode #13 of the twisty second season of "Riverdale."

Feb 21, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #93 The 2017 Poobah Awards

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You can throw your Oscars in the dumpsters, cram the Golden Globes in a chifforobe and stuff your BAFTAs up in the rafters, because Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has your definitive list of the year's best films: The Poobah Awards.  Seth, our resident cinephile and list-maker has spent all year watching everything from blockbuster superhero movies to micro-budget indies, traveling the region to screen, rent and stream the very best Hollywood had to offer in 2017.  And you can hear all his picks - along with our usual distracting tangents from the peanut gallery - counting down nearly 100 entries until we arrive at the best of the best.

Length - 02:18:18

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 15, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #92

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We may never figure out which "Sex in the City" character we each correspond with, but that doesn't mean this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is a total letdown.  Listen in as we celebrate the start of that New Testament film franchise we predicted, chime in on the ugly "Black Panther" backlash, Michael finally sees "The Last Jedi," Jordan starts his year-long countdown watching 100 essential movie classics and as much other pop culture wittiness as we can squeeze into a show.  Go for it!

Length - 01:25:38

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:06:44 - MOVIE NEWS

Cliff hops in to "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" with zero knowledge of the franchise, the second coming of Jim Caviezel for the "Passion of the Christ" sequel "Resurrection," Chris Pratt in the comic adaptation "Cowboy Ninja Viking," "You are my Friend" starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, The Rock taking Disney's "Jungle Cruise" for a ride, Jordan updates his January list of essential movies, rumors of Mario coming to the big screen, a "Black Dynamite" sequel and new trailers for "I Kill Giants" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

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0:34:06 - STAR WARS NEWS

Michael finally sees "The Last Jedi" and a comic book one-shot reveals how DJ landed in prison.

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0:42:00 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Stan Lee has a brief health scare, catching up on recent issues of DC's "Dark Nights: Metal," lackluster stories counting down to "Action Comics" #1000 and news on Bendis's Superman takeover.

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0:50:06 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Emotional answers to a long-running mystery on "This is Us," Steven Soderbergh's experimental "Mosiac" on HBO, "The Goldbergs" 90s spinoff a misfire, a new season of "Baskets," lovable ensembles on "Superstore" and "The Good Place," "The Gifted" wraps up its first season, doing hard time on "The Flash," "Black Lightning" strong despite a familiar story, fighting the famous Luthor battle suit on "Supergirl," a vapid millennial romance "Alone Together" on Freeform, "Happy!" concludes its twisted Christmasy first season and a hilarious Mandela effect episode of "The X-Files."

Feb 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #91 Riverdale S2 Ep11-12

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We have two week's worth of "Riverdale" to dissect and twenty minutes allotted to do it in this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, episode 11 "The Wrestler" and episode 12 "The Wicked and the Divine."  Archie is getting pulled further into the Lodge family's dirty deeds, Betty is following her brother Chic to the dark side, Jughead is torn between his friends and his Serpent family and Junkyard Steve has a junkyard to run.  So dress in your finest Catholic chic and let us fireman carry you through the fun and absurdity of another wonderful "Riverdale!"

Length - 01:18:18

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Feb 1, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #90

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Welcome to another exciting episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  Come for Cliff's amazing story about trying to stuff a cat inside a box, and stay for discussions of David Letterman's excellent new Netflix show, the debut of "Black Lightning" to the CW's superhero lineup, full details about the unprecedented anniversary issue Action Comics #1000 and much, much more.  Our rap skills may be wack, but our podcast game is tight!

Length - 01:43:50

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:08:52 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Reviewing the "Runaways" season finale, "Fun Mom Dinner" spotlights female comedians, Letterman's "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" expands on the talk show format, the dark British import "The End of the F***ing World," Amazon moving away from aquiring indie films, another appeal for "American Vandal," the quirky "Schitt's Creek" and a gonzo R-rated anime "Devilman: Crybaby."

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0:34:13 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A high-volume "Superstore," Fred Armisen joins "The Last Man on Earth," the more adult spin-off "Grown-ish," pitch-black comedy "Corporate" debuts on Comedy Central, "LA to Vegas" is Michael's new favorite show, the Legion of Super-Heroes backs up "Supergirl," the trial of "The Flash," "Black Lightning" debuts on the CW and a ghost-hunting comedy from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in development.

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0:54:38 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Brian Michael Bendis survives a deadly infection, the red trunks return in Action Comics #1000, Stan Lee coming to Cleveland for Wizard World, the U.S. ski team dressing as Marvel heroes in upcoming Olympics, Frank Miller's "300" follow-up "Xerxes," Alan Moore's "Promethea" joining the JLA, the comic nominees for this year's GLAAD media awards, "The Walking Dead" gets a price bump and a new storyline, the "Captain America" road trip stalling out, the weekly "Avengers" story "No Surrender" introduces Voyager, DC's New Age of Heroes begins with "Damage" and TV ads, the "Old Man Logan" prequel "Old Man Hawkeye" launches, Jean Grey returns in "Phoenix Resurrection," "Star Wars Forces of Destiny" one-shots celebrate female heroes and listing the retailer-voted 2017 Diamond Gem Award winners.

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1:25:38 - MOVIE NEWS

A surprise teaser for "Dundee," changing release dates for "Deadpool 2" and "New Mutants" casting Drago's son for the "Creed" sequel, rumors of Jake Gyllenhaal as Batman and a Kitty Pryde film, still unsure of Spider-Man's role in "Venom," starting to scratch off Jordan's 100 Essential Films poster, the destruction of a priceless Stephen King collection and a trailer for the finale of "Star Wars: Rebels."

Jan 25, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #89 Riverdale S2 Ep10

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What was supposed to be a "quick" recap of "Riverdale" season 2, episode 10 "The Blackboard Jungle" turns into our typical long winded deep dive into the most recent insanity featured in the Town with Pep.  But how do you expect us to just gloss over an hour that finds Archie sporting a blazer and joining the FBI, Betty whipping out a pink can of mace, Jughead refusing to shed his skin and Sweet Pea in a turtleneck!?  So if you're down with KPP, flash us your fangs and tune in to this fresh episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 00:48:40

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jan 18, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #88

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Not only do we debut our next chart-topping hit "Sith Don't Lie" in this episode, but we thank our number one new patron and discuss some guerilla marketing tactics at a recent trivia night.  We also get our first look at the new Doctor Who, give a spoiler-free review of the Netflix blockbuster "Bright" and debate Dave Chappelle's divisive brand of comedy, along with all the usual news and notes you expect from us here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 01:07:41

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:7:34 - GAMING

Some Christmas vacation gaming with our families.

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0:15:12 - ANIMATION NEWS

New episodes of "Animaniacs" on the way and a different direction for the next iteration of "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

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0:18:44 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"The Gifted" renewed for a second season and the "Doctor Who" Christmas Special introduces the new Doctor.

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0:25:40 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Sabrina" casts its teen witch, Dave Chappelle reveals a generation gap in two new stand-up specials, David Letterman's new show to debut with guest Barack Obama, reviewing the big-budget Netflix fantasy cop drama "Bright," getting Perlmuttered in space in new episodes of "Black Mirror" and "Runaways" nears the end of its first season.

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0:56:22 - MOVIE NEWS

Seeing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" yet again and the brutal Vince Vaughn prison movie "Brawl in Cell Block 99."

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"Sith Don't Lie"
Oh, it’s on tonight
You know the Sith don’t lie
And they’re itching for a fight
All the cloning, the training
Don’t you see baby, Dark Side is gaining

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I never really knew that Sith could rise like this
They make a man wanna learn Aurebesh
You’ve got your Darth Maul (si), Tyranus (si) Sidious and Plagueis

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Oh Kylo when you killed your dad
You made the Jedi so mad
They regrouped and kept on
Fighting the ball on the Falcon

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Hey Rey, I can see your saber glowing
And it’s driving me loco
And I didn’t have the slightest idea
That you might have been a Solo

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I never knew the Sith were always two
Chasing the rebels from Hoth to Jakku
From Endor, Kamino, Mustafar, and Naboo

Jan 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #87 2018 Movie Preview

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Slather some butter on your popcorn and settle in for Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's annual Movie Preview!  We go month by month, breaking down all the films - both big and small - scheduled for 2018.  Stay until the end to hear us each declare which one we are most anticipating, as well as bold predictions about which will end up being our favorite flick of the year.  We also keep up the tradition of letting Michael try and guess the plots of any of the really obscure ones.  If your resolution is to see more great movies, then we have your next twelve months planned right here!

Length - 02:03:21

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jan 4, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #86

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast wraps up the year with a brand new episode, where Michael regales us with a story about being attacked by an elderly dog and we copyright the word "podcast."  There's also some stuff about another underwhelming finale for "The Walking Dead," a nostalgia-fueled documentary on Netflix, a slew of new comic book releases and a peek under the mask of "Riverdale's" Black Hood killer, but really, it's all a bit anticlimactic after the geriatric dog stuff.  Happy New Year, Jesses, and here's to a 2018 even more down with KPP!

Length - 01:32:00

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:06:18 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Robert Kirkman's "Secret History of Comics" retells the origin of Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stumbles with another cliffhanger, the 35th season of "Survivor" ends with a twist and the CW to re-air "Crisis on Earth X."

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0:17:52 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Netflix documentary "The Toys That Made Us" takes a look back at our favorite action figures, Tubi streaming app has lots of classic Transformers and G.I. Joe cartoons, binging some older seasons of the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, taking another look at Jim Carrey in "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond," prepping for new episodes of "Black Mirror" and the star-studded holiday bigfoot comedy "Pottersville."

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0:37:14 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Sold-out "Metal" issues get new printings from DC, fallout from the San Diego Comic Con lawsuit, 2018 Free Comic Book Day titles announced, Marvel planning "World War Hulk II" and canceling several solo books, catching up on new releases like "Marvel 2-in-1," "30 Days of Night," "Witchblade" and "Quantum & Woody," podcast "Wolverine: The Long Night" coming soon and animated Justice League shorts on Youtube.

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0:55:55 - RIVERDALE

Diving deep into season 2, episode 9 "Silent Night, Deadly Night," as the mid-season finale (possibly?) reveals the Black Hood killer, Archie gets the finger, Betty digs up trouble and Jughead undergoes some tattoo removal.

Dec 27, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #85 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Three is most definitely company, as the trio of Jordan, Cliff and Seth gather to review "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."  SPOILERS abound, because we zealously break down every moment worth breaking down, thoroughly dissecting the plot, the characters and the themes.  For a big budget franchise film, it's surprisingly divisive and controversial, spawning both unrealistic petitions from fans and scholarly examinations from critics.  So, in one of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's longest and most passionate movie reviews, we strive to slice through the hoopla and honestly examine where we've come from and where we might be headed in our favorite galaxy far, far away.

Length - 01:56:25

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Dec 18, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #84 An Illustrious Case of “Push ‘Em Tongue” discussing Riverdale S2 Ep6-8

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In our slap-happiest episode ever, we tried to squeeze a quick "Riverdale" recap in after our previous recording.  But after already doing a full episode, then 45 minutes of political debate, a case of beer, some cold fish and a freezer full of delicious Push 'Ems, it was almost 2 AM by the time we called it quits and the results are a bit... let's say... unhinged.  But we do our sleep-deprived best to cover season 2, episodes #6-8, "Death Proof," "Tales from the Darkside" and "House of the Devil" as thoroughly as this terrific show deserves in this one-of-a-kind go-round of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 01:23:47

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Dec 13, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #83 Drunk on Schwan’s

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We get a little long-winded in this brand new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast (and at least one of us gets a little tipsy as well).  But how can you blame us, with so many exciting things to cover!  It starts by catching up with Michael and his new life on the road as a Schwan's man, recapping Seth and Jordan's almost-record breaking trivia night and a few more thoughts about the "Justice League" movie.  Then it's diving into reviews of Hulu's "Runaways," the epic CW crossover "Crisis on Earth X" and Cliff's divided loyalties when it comes to the potential Disney deal with Fox and how it might not be such a great thing for fans.  So drop a quarter in our swear jar because it's Batuu or Bust for your pals at Ka-Pow!

Length - 01:50:46

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:12:40 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Catching up on more "Punisher," the debut of Marvel's "Runaways," Hulu's Tonight Show-set dramedy "There's... Johnny!," gritty Western "Godless" premiers on Netflix, Jim Carrey's method acting on "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" and Youtube's Adam the Woo tours the "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" locations.

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0:31:15 - ANIMATION NEWS

More episodes of "Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy," digging the "Justice League Dark" animated film and new cartoon versions of female Marvel heroes in the works.

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0:37:43 - MOVIE NEWS

Bucky embarks on a Youtube journey to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, a nice response to our Facebook movie game and more movement on the billion dollar deal between Disney and Fox.

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1:08:18 - STAR WARS NEWS

A long running time for "The Last Jedi" and Disney's Star Tours incorporating the new planet Batuu.

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1:13:04 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

A Christmas episode of "Superstore," SyFy's twisted comic book adaptation "Happy!," the season of "Nathan For You" ends on a high note, AMC's "Secret History of Comics" explores some interesting new corners, "Big Little Lies" returning to HBO for a second season, "Inhumans" wraps up its run, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiers with a twisty two-parter, the character moving from "The Walking Dead" to "Fear the Walking Dead" revealed, a schedule shake-up for the CW and the superhero crossover craziness of "Crisis on Earth X."

Dec 7, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #82.5 Wonder & Coco

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Cliff sits down with himself to talk about recently seeing the holiday family movies "Wonder" & "Coco."
"Wonder" stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson about a boy born differently starting school for the first time.
"Coco" is the latest Disney/Pixar film about a boy journeying to the land of the dead and discovering his own family's history.

Length - 00:32:44

Language - PG

Dec 2, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #82

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Wrapping up our Thanksgiving holidays, the Ka-Pow team begins this over-stuffed episode by revealing a few of the things we are thankful for, the Illustrious One gets his name changed by the West Virginia DMV and we groove to some Bell Biv Devoe.  Then it's on to the news, where we share our initial (but mostly spoiler-free) reactions to "The Punisher," prep for the big CW superhero crossover and give away a few of the secrets of the "Watchmen" sort-of sequel, "Doomsday Clock."  So clock in and check out this brand new edition of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:51:03

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:16:35 - ANIMATION NEWS

A new "Stretch Armstrong" series on Netflix, Cliff weirded out by the film "Nine," Pixar's "Coco" releases to rave reviews, "Big Hero 6" premiers on Disney XD and the first teaser for "The Incredibles 2."

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0:27:31 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Mystery Science Theater 3000" renewed for another season during annual marathon and our first impressions of "The Punisher."

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0:49:52 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"The Walking Dead" to cross over a character with "Fear the Walking Dead," hilarious relationship comedy "Hot Date" jumps from the web to TV, Mon-El returns to "Supergirl," gathering the Council of Wells on "The Flash," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" trying to split up Firestorm, filling Ollie's shoes on "Arrow," preparing for the CW event "Crisis on Earth X," a debut date for "Black Lightning" and a flashback introduces some familiar mutants on "The Gifted."

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1:31:23 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

An instant sell-out for Watchmen continuation "Doomsday Clock," editor-in-chief Axel Alonso out at Marvel and DC editor Eddie Berganza fired for sexual harrassment allegations.

Nov 28, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #81 Justice League

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back, bringing you an episode-length review of DC's "Justice League."  Beware massive SPOILERS, because we cover the entire film from top to bottom, with opinions on the actors, costume designs, strengths, weaknesses, all the easter eggs we could spot and much, much more.  We even finish up by ranking all the comic book movies released this year from best to worst, so make sure your Mother Box is tuned in to KPP and share us with all your DC-loving super-friends!

Length - 01:21:50

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Nov 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #80

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Join us for a completely "Riverdale"-free Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  That's right, by not talking about our favorite show for an ENTIRE episode, it frees up plenty of time for the four of us - and returning guest, the Mayor Jared Lowe - to share our thoughts on the impact of all these Hollywood scandals, a brand new "Star Wars" trilogy, more on "Stranger Things 2," all those other CW shows and the earth-shaking defection of Brian Michael Bendis from Marvel to DC Comics.  We catch up on an awful lot of news here, so stock up on the spicy pepitas!

Length - 01:21:51

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:03 - MOVIE NEWS

The stunning trailer for "Black Panther," Rob Liefeld warns Fox not to sell to Disney, Deadpool guest-editing the holiday issue of Good Housekeeping, casting Drago's son for "Creed 2," Zachary Levi bulking up to play "Shazam," Universal's connected Dark Universe films go kaput and Kevin Spacey edited out of true-crime story "All the Money in the World" weeks before release.

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0:21:55 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

First look at new Doctor Who in costume, "The Deuce" and "Vice Principals" wrap up their seasons, "The Good Place" keeps surprising, "The Gifted" starts to drag, heartbreak for Alex on "Supergirl," Elongated Man stealing the show on "The Flash," Ollie passes the mantle on "Arrow," Damien Darhk returns to torment "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Walking Dead" muddled down by action scenes and "The Orville" continues to evolve.

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0:38:56 - STAR WARS NEWS

Our hopes for Rian Johnson's spin-off trilogy and a live-action Star Wars show coming to Disney streaming service?

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0:46:27 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

After 17 years at Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis signs an exclusive deal with DC, "Dark Nights: Metal" spin-offs delayed, Super Hero Girls' huge sales success could mean expanded young reader imprint and Captain America reboots for Marvel Legacy with issue #695.

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1:06:03 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Further thoughts about "Stranger Things 2," "Punisher" set to debut, Amazon Prime orders eight episodes of "The Boys," "New Warriors" fate still up in the air, Jordan Peele bringing "Twilight Zone" to CBS streaming, "The Magic Order" set to be first Netflix property from Mark Millar and "At Home with Amy Sedaris" shares our love of pepitas!

Nov 17, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #79 Riverdale S2 Ep5

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Join us as we take another wrong turn down the dark streets of Killerdale!  That's right, this entire show is devoted to "When a Stranger Calls," season 2, episode 5 of "Riverdale."  A masked killer is stalking the Town with Pep, and EVERYBODY is a suspect.  We break down our theories, try to get a handle on the 'shipping phenomenon and answer a super spooky phone call on this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 00:50:00

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Nov 16, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #78 Thor: Ragnarok

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It's hammer time, as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast - along with special guest, the Mayor Jared Lowe - reviews the latest Marvel Cinematic blockbuster, "Thor: Ragnarok."  We dissect the film from beginning to end, so beware of SPOILERS, as we point out the hilarious high notes we loved as well as where we felt it fell a little short.  So if ye be worthy, press play and possess the power of Ka-Pow!

Length - 00:38:09

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Nov 8, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #77 Stranger Things 2

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With Michael M.I.A. and the rest of us trespassing in his house, we keep things lean on this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, starting with the details of Seth's meet and greet with author Joe Hill, then moving on to our patented ultra-detailed "Riverdale" recap and finishing up with an enthusiastic (and a tad bit SPOILERY) review of "Stranger Things 2."  So if you are on a curiosity voyage, consider us your podcast paddles!

Length - 01:25:15

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:06:15 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

In "The Town That Dreaded Sundown," episode 4 of "Riverdale," Archie goes hunting, Veronica gets in the t-shirt business, Betty loosens her ponytail and we break down all the action scene by scene.

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0:40:49 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Jordan checks out the first volume of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" in anticipation of the supernatural spinoff headed to the CW.

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0:43:58 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

A full, SPOILER-filled recap and review of the second season of "Stranger Things," Disney is in talks to purchase some of 21st Century Fox's entertainment properties, Netflix officially drops Kevin Spacey from "House of Cards" and the documentary "Too Funny to Fail" is indeed required viewing for comedy fans.

Nov 2, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #76

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back for another trip around the television dial, catching up on tons and tons of TV in order to give you a sense of what you should be watching (like "Stranger Things," "Riverdale" and a new gem from Amy Sedaris) and what you can skip (sorry "Ghosted" and "The Mist," maybe in reruns!).  We also run down some of the recent happenings in comics, with overviews of many of the newest DC and Marvel offerings.  So strap on your Binge Racing helmet, pop in your earbuds and geek out with us!

Length - 01:23:43

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:32 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

A revealing documentary about Dana Carvey's short-lived show "Too Funny to Fail," trying once more to finish "The Mist," our first taste of "Stranger Things" season two, "American Vandal" renewed for a second season, a triple-good review for horror-comedy "The Babysitter," Apple keeping their streaming service PG and a new "Runaways" trailer.

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0:16:59 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Digging deeper into DC's "Dark Nights: Metal," a sampling of storylines from Marvel's renumbered "Legacy" titles, heading to the West Virginia Book Festival to meet author Joe Hill, an episode list for Robert Kirkman's "Secret History of Comics," female indie creators cameo on "The Simpsons" and Valiant Comics unearthing authentic 90s cover gimmicks.

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0:31:02 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

IMAX CEO admits "Inhumans" screening a disappointment, more hints at a live-action "Star Wars" show, Trek vs. Wars on "The Goldbergs," Taika Waititi still working on a "What We Do in the Shadows" series, a likable cast in the blah comedy "Ghosted," "Adam Ruins Everything" spoils the "War of the Worlds" radio panic story, "At Home with Amy Sedaris" showcases a hilariously warped version of homemaking, "I'm Sorry" provides another worthy TruTV comedy, daddy issues on a powerful episode of "Supergirl," bad luck strikes the cast of "Flash," new villains arrive on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" and the third episode of "Riverdale" introduces Toni Topaz, the Goolies gang and a dangerous exercise routine for Kevin Keller.

Oct 30, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #75

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Welcome back to another fresh episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  Sure, "Riverdale" may dominate the conversation, but there is plenty more to enjoy, including a discussion on streaming habits that leads to a brand new song and quite possibly the most butchered name Michael has ever mispronounced.  Plus, it's our very first episode recorded in Ka-Pow's podcast bunker version 4.0 and you can almost taste the claustrophobia!

Length - 01:33:44

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:03:08 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Saving Pops' on the second episode of "Riverdale," season eight of "The Walking Dead" premiers with the start of All Out War, more details from the AMC's "The Secret History of Comics," exploring Kara's fears on "Supergirl," running away to the circus on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," more villains on the way to hassle "Flash," roster shake-ups on "Arrow," a blossoming love triangle on "The Gifted" and a documentary about the career of Steven Spielberg on HBO.

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0:58:07 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Finishing up the most recent "Voltron: Legendary Defender," Patton Oswalt gets personal in his new standup special "Annihilation," viewership data from Netflix gives us the term "binge racers" and the top 20 series with the most "launch day finishers," "Mindhunter" is an excellent serial killer drama, "The Meyerowitz Stories" with Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, slowly finishing "House of Cards" and "Black Mirror," Ryan Reynolds' twisted comedy "Voices" and Nick Kroll's crude cartoon "Big Mouth."

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1:24:12 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Information about this year's Halloween Comic Fest and Rob Liefeld's feud with Diamond Comic Distributors.

Oct 18, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #74

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It's a big week for us here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  The return of the CW lineup of television shows means more "Riverdale" to lose our minds over, a trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" gives us plenty to chew on and a modern sci-fi masterpiece in "Blade Runner 2049" keeps us thinking about it even a week later.  So tune in for our distinctive mix of in-depth analysis and stream-of-consciousness seat-of-our-pants faking-it-as-we-go content!

Length - 01:18:46

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:38 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Riverdale" is back for another season of ridiculous fun, the CW shows return, including a broken-hearted "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" mixing it up with Caesar and a slimmed-down "Flash" cast, "The Gifted" keeps up the quality and Michael is forced to watch "This is Us," but happy to tune in to "American Housewife," "Kevin Probably Saves the World" and "Once Upon a Time."

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0:38:33 - MOVIE NEWS

A second viewing of "Blade Runner 2049," progress on a new "Bill and Ted" movie, the horror-tinged "New Mutants" trailer, "Gambit" back on the schedule, dissecting the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" trailer and "Thor: Ragnarok" screens early for critics.

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1:03:21 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Black Mirror" to take on "Star Trek," "Voltron: Legendary Defender" drops new episodes, the "South Park" kids play superheroes the modern way, "Cube" now on Netflix, "Mindhunter" premiers, "American Vandal" spoofs true-crime documentaries and a teaser for the Stephen King mash-up "Castle Rock."

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1:13:40- ANIMATION NEWS

A trailer for Pixar's "Coco," more familiar faces show up in "DuckTales" and the new "Spider-Man" cartoon treads new ground.

Oct 11, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #73

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After a lively weekend of wedding officiating and bigfoot-hunting, the entire Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast team is back and ready to get caught up on the week's happenings.  We've got many of our favorite TV shows ready to return and a lot of exciting comic books hitting the shelves, not to mention spoiler-free reviews of "Blade Runner 2049," "The Inhumans" and "The Gifted."  And if you end up learning how to drop a few Buddha-words like "karuna" into casual conversation, then that's just a podcast bonus!

Length - 01:14:55

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:12:30 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Danny Glover joins "Locke & Key" cast, Joe Hill to be a guest at the West Virginia Book Festival, a price increase for Netflix, five new movies a year for Disney's streaming service, a trailer for Hulu's "Runaways" and Philip K. Dick's "Electric Dreams" anthology series coming to Amazon.

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0:24:53 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"The Good Place" continues to evolve, the final season of blue-collar comedy "The Middle," new episodes of "The Last Man on Earth" and "Blackish," premier of the X-Men spin-off "The Gifted" shows promise, "The Inhumans" premier undeserving of its harsh reviews, second season of "Westworld" shooting episodes simultaneously, "Riverdale" close to returning and Jordan binges on HBO shows during his free weekend.

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0:45:27 - MOVIE NEWS

The dazzling "Blade Runner 2049" continues the sci-fi saga, a remake of "Flight of the Navigator" in the works, a trailer for "Pacific Rim: Uprising," Jenny Slate may be joining "Venom" film and Jared Leto hopes to reboot "Tron."

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1:01:12- COMIC BOOK NEWS

Milestone is coming back, doing the math on comic renumbering, the first wave of Marvel Legacy titles arrive and DC's "Metal" creates organic reader excitement.

Oct 5, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #72

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The wedding episode!  By the power vested in him by the internet, the Illustrious One skips town to marry two people we hope NEVER listen to this podcast, leaving the rest of us to imagine what an amazing ceremony it will be.  We also get a detailed report on Cliff's trip to Disney World, the state of his favorite bathroom, the Avatar ride that twirled his ponytail and his failed porg smuggling ring.  Enjoy all that, plus the nerdy news of the week in this ceremonial episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, no RSVP required!

Length - 01:34:55

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:27:18 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Premiering "Bluff Creek" #2 at the Hocking Hills Bigfoot Conference, the "Marvel Legacy" one-shot sets up multiple story lines, "Generations: Captain America" ends Nick Spencer's run with a bang, the JLA finds Ray Palmer and Mr. Oz's identity revealed.

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0:38:08 - GAMING

A trailer and new information for "Red Dead Redemption 2."

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0:39:40 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Impressed by "Gerald's Game" on Netflix, Greg Rucka's "Lazarus" picked up by Amazon and Apple on the hunt for content.

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0:50:25 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Free HBO gives Jordan a taste of "The Deuce" and a disdain of "La La Land," Disney won't let "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." die, comic "Deadly Class" coming to SyFy, a strong second episode for "The Good Place" and the return of a lot of other network sitcoms, "Star Trek: Discovery" doesn't particularly float our space boat, "The Walking Dead" gets to say the F-bomb and big budgets for the final episodes of "Game of Thrones."

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1:07:34 - MOVIE NEWS

A bit of improv on the set of "It," no big secrets on the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" commentary, terrific reviews for "Blade Runner 2049," a sequel to "Coming to America," first peek at Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs," the star-studded trailer for "Annihilation," a disturbing teaser for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" and the novel "Artemis" coming to the big screen.

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1:19:11 - STAR WARS NEWS

"Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View" novel collects short stories starring peripheral characters, J.J. Abrams directing Episode IX moves release dates and more "Forces of Destiny" episodes released.

Sep 28, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #71

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We try very hard to make this episode as top-notch, informational and professional as possible, in case anyone who discovered us at the recent River City Comic Con is tuning in for the first time.  But after recapping the fun we had at the show, we fail pretty badly at all that and just end up steamrolling anything Michael wants to talk about in favor of jokes about necks.  Oh, well, you win some and you lose some here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:06:09

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:00 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

The debut of our very own So Pro Comics, things getting darker in DC's "Dark Nights: Metal," the grating intro of the Princess in "The Walking Dead" and a quick memory of Len Wein.

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0:17:08 - ANIMATION NEWS

The next batch of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" about to drop, an extremely strong season of "Rick and Morty," "Stretch Armstrong" coming to Netflix and the next "Lego Movie" continuing where the first left off.

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0:20:33 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Blood Drive" is over and we're done talking about it, a diverse mix of Emmy winners take home statues, casting news for the second season of "Westworld," jumping in on the "Game of Thrones" novels to kill time before the finale, the first two episodes of "The Deuce" impress, HBO greenlights a pilot for "Watchmen," a supernatural "Sabrina" spin-off of "Riverdale" headed to the CW, a new season of "The Good Place," divisive reviews for "The Orville," enjoying "Better Things" on FX and Jim Carrey reteaming with Michel Gondry for Showtime's "Kidding."

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0:37:22 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Finally getting a look at Alan Tudyk's "Con Man," learning new phobias from "Channel Zero," Nate Corddry coming to "Locke & Key," "The Boys" moves to Amazon, a killer trailer for "The Punisher," the zombie comedy "Dead Set" and more "Cobra Kai" details.

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0:49:56 - MOVIE NEWS

Our spoiler-free reactions to "It," Taika Waititi rumored to be involved with a live-action "Akira," actors returning for the "Unbreakable" sequel "Glass," Linda Hamilton coming back for more "Terminator," "The Cult of Chucky" resurrects the killer doll, and a teaser for "Tomb Raider" that turns into an argument about necks.

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0:59:01 - GAMING

Taking video game "What Remains of Edith Finch" for a spin and more SNES Classics to try and fill demand.

Sep 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #70 Trivia at River City Comic Con

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Recorded LIVE in Marietta, Ohio during our panel at the River City Comic Con, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast teams up with Jesse Starcher from the Source Material Podcast on the Radulich in Broadcasting Network to test the mettle of the fans in attendance with some comic book trivia questions.  Eleven brave souls step up to the mic, trying to etch their name in legend.  How many succeed?  How many fail, publicly and spectacularly?  Can a long-time trivia rivalry finally be settled on our stage?  Are we adding Doug as our new co-host?  You'll have to tune in to this special episode to find out who is really tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties!

Length - 00:55:07

Language - PG

Sep 14, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #69 where Michael skips the recording to watch “It”

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A man short this week because Michael had a last-minute emergency desire to go see the movie "It" instead, the rest of us soldier on, promoting our panel at this weekend's River City Comic Con, deciding on a new name for Disney's Hollywood Studios and talking way more about "Blood Drive" than we ever will again.  So if - unlike Michael - you feel a stronger commitment to us than you do to a warmed over sewer clown, tune in to this latest episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:06:26

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:08:48 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Disney's streaming service pulling content from Netflix, the trailer for Stephen King's "Gerald's Game" and finally getting around to "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp."

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0:18:06 - STAR WARS NEWS

Episode IX needs a new director, a Captain Phasma comic book reveals her fate and "Star Wars Adventures" launches an all-ages monthly series.

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0:31:30 - GAMING

Upcoming South Park video game takes on racial issues, two great games from Gen Con in "Codenames Duet" and "Downforce" and looking forward to the Columbus Toy Show and Gaming Expo.

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0:36:46 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The conclusion of "Blood Drive" leaves room for more, HBO's "Hard Knocks" pumps us up for the NFL season and a celebrity version of "Big Brother.

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0:45:44 - MOVIE NEWS

Hoping "It" can revive a terrible weekend at the box office, a prequel to "Dracula" from a Stoker relative, "Blade Runner 2049" releases shorts to fill in the timeline, Nicholas Cage captivates in "Army of One," the first clip for the comic adaptation "I Kill Giants" and a cool scratch-off movie poster for film buffs.

Sep 7, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #68

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Step into that magical train station just like our hero H.P. Hufflepuffnstuf, and enter the wizarding world of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  We start off with a little "Force Friday" fun, then dive into the most recent seasons of "Game of Thrones" and "The Defenders" before swinging back around to comic books and a pretty terrific review of "Secret Empire," then cap it all off with a deep discussion about fan culture, and what feeling like you contribute to the conversation through fan art, fan fiction, cosplay and *ahem* podcasts means to today's consumer.

Length - 01:31:37

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:04:25 - STAR WARS NEWS

Force Friday II brings an array of Porgs, an evil BB-8 and a fancy new Lego set, reshoots on Han Solo movie leave Michael K. Williams on cutting room floor and John Boyega's Carnival kerfuffle.

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0:12:43 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Satisfying season ender for "Game of Thrones," multiple time periods for "True Detective" season 3 and a crazy plot twist on "Blood Drive."

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0:18:43 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"The Tick" drops on Amazon, giving "The Defenders" another look, more casting news for "Locke & Key," James Gunn confirms "Starsky and Hutch" rumors and the "Titans" have their Dick Grayson.

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0:34:41 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A new charity for comic book retailers in need, Marvel's lenticular cover fiasco, a strong non-spoilery review of "Secret Empire," early opinions on "Dark Nights: Metal" and DC's celebratory Jack Kirby one-shot specials.

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1:04:49 - DEEP THOUGHTS

Robert Kirkman's tweet on Jack Kirby's birthday about not drawing other people's characters stirs some Deep Thoughts about creativity, and what expressing yourself through fan art, fan fiction and cosplay means to modern pop culture.

Aug 29, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #67

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While Michael sits out due to a severe case of late-onset acute tummy ache, the rest of the team tries to right the ship after the silliness of the previous episode.  Jordan shills for lots of exciting new comic books!  Cliff disses James Franco and defends Disney!  Seth returns from Gen Con with a full report about how he is definitely not a reptilian alien in disguise!  All this and more, from your pals at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:17:24

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:00:42 - GAMING

Seth reports on his recent trip to the gaming mecca of Gen Con.

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0:10:00 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Director of "Cube" signs on for "Tremors" pilot, fan service pays off for "Game of Thrones," "Room 104" renewed for second season, a new trailer for "The Deuce," James Gunn writing "Starsky & Hutch" reboot, "Riverdale" gets a return date (and a visit from Supergirl?), a live-action "Jetsons" for ABC and "Preacher" goes there.

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0:22:42 - MOVIE NEWS

Disney Land's "Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout" shakes things up for Halloween, lots of bells and whistles on the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Blu-ray, hopes for a gritty "Knight Rider" movie, a slew of new Jokers coming to the DCEU, a "Garbage Pail Kids" documentary, talk about "Gremlins 3," Patty Jenkins asks for a raise and James Cameron knocks "Wonder Woman."

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0:43:26 - ANIMATION NEWS

Seth doesn't share our love of "DuckTales," a Jerry episode of "Rick and Morty," "Gotham by Gaslight" being adapted to animated film and the powerful stop-motion brilliance of "Anomalisa."

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0:48:14 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

Digging deeper into "The Defenders," more absurdity in "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later," new "Black Mirror" episodes announced, more seasons confirmed for "GLOW," "Ozark" and "Stranger Things" but not "Gypsy," a strong ending for season one of "Ozark," the Western series "Godless" from Steven Soderbergh, Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens" heading to Amazon Prime, casting news from "Castle Rock" and "Locke & Key" and waiting on details for Disney's streaming service.

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1:01:32 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Still no sign of the Fantastic Four for Marvel Legacy, rumors swirl about Batman being a metahuman and catching up on recent releases from the comic shelf.

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