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The Retroist Podcast takes a nostalgic look back at the last 30 years of retro themed pop culture. Get your regular fix of retro with interviews, reviews and fun filled information. If you enjoy retro pop culture and the 1980s you are in for a real treat.



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The Retroist Podcast
Nov 25, 2021 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1983 cult classic TV show, Automan.  This TRON-influenced show was short-lived, but it is well-remembered by people who watched it at the time.
Topics: tron, automan, tv, podcast, retro, nostalgia, retroist
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Nov 11, 2021 Retroist
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In 1995, the techno-thriller hit theaters. It was a box office success, but it was also way ahead of its time on issues related to privacy and security that are still important today. On this episode of the Retroist, I take a look at this Nineties classic.
Topics: Retro, nostalgia, nineties, computers, the net, Bullock, movies, film, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 28, 2021 Retroist
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In 1967, Rankin/Bass’ Mad Monster Part was released in theaters. A couple of years later they would start showing it on TV and for many it became a Halloween tradition. The newest episode of the Retroist Podcast is all about this underrated holiday classic.
Topics: Rankin Bass, Retro, nostalgia, halloween, specials, tv, television, retroist, film, movies, horro,...
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 14, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 5 of the 14th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the Eighties' horror classic, Re-Animator. Now you might be looking back at the post I did at the start of this “season” and note that Re-Animator was not included in that list. I have been listening to feedback from people on Discord and decided I should do something horror-related during the Halloween season. What better than this amazing film. I start off by talking about my attempts to build a...
Topics: nostalgia, retro, retroist, movies, re-animator, lovecraft, podcast
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Sep 30, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 4 of the 14th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the straight-to-video cartoon film classic of 1987, G.I. Joe: The Movie. This is part four of a four-part series on the early-eighties incarnation of the GI Joe franchise. If you are interested in learning more about the toy line and comic series, please check out, the GI Joe toys, GI Joe Comics, and GI Joe: A Real American Hero podcasts. I begin the show by talking about my last attempt at a hurrah with...
Topics: GI Joe, Retroist, Podcast, Sunbow, Hasbro, Buzz Dixon
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Sep 16, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 3 of the 14th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the well-remembered cartoon, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. This is part three of a four-part series on the early-eighties incarnation of the GI Joe franchise. If you are interested in learning more about the toy line and comic series, please check out, the GI Joe toys and GI Joe Comics podcasts. I start off by discussing my appreciation for the animated series and how it became appointment television...
Topics: retroist, gi joe, retro, nostalgia, sunbow, podcast
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Sep 2, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 2 of the 14th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss Marvel’s formerly long-running comic book title, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. This is part two of a three-part series on the early-eighties incarnation of the GI Joe franchise. If you are interested in learning more about the toy line, that was covered in my first episode, GI Joe toys. I begin the show by talking about what a revelation this comic was to my group of friends. It was so well-done that...
Topics: GI Joe, Larry Hama, Marvel Comics, podcast, retro, nostalgia, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Aug 19, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 1 of the 14th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss that most patriotic of toylines, GI Joe. I have been thinking wanting to release a GI Joe Podcast for a while now. It always just felt too big a subject to cover in the way that I do podcasts. The answer to how I should cover it was pretty straightforward. I would do it as a multi-part podcast. So this podcast is part one of three episodes of GI Joe podcasts. I start off talking about how my friends and...
Topics: retroist, nostalgia, podcast, toys, GI Joe
The Retroist Podcast
Jun 24, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to the final episode of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I invited people to submit some of their own memories of the subjects I covered on the show. This is similar to other specials I have done in the past, but I think I tightened the format a bit. That should make it move along faster. I do open the show by talking a little about my process in selecting episodes and why I cover certain topics while others are still in a holding pattern. I am joined by three...
Topics: retroist, memories, podcast, batman, king's quest, laserdisc, nostalgia
The Retroist Podcast
May 6, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 10 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the pizza-producing powerhouse, Pizza Hut. I had attempted to record this show once about 6 years ago and it long and rambling. I wanted a show that gave a nice overview of the history of the company. Hopefully it will fire up your interest in its history and/or its pizza. I start the show by talking about pizza in my hometown growing up. Our area had a great number of solid pizza offerings. So it did...
Topics: nostalgia, pizza hut, retro, retroist, podcast, pizza, food history
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 21, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 9 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the ground-breaking adventure game, King’s Quest. I can’t believe its taken me this long to finish this podcast. It was fun to record, but also fun to play King’s Quest again. I begin the show talking about my earliest experience with King’s Quest. It was at a store called Computerland. This was a national chain that no longer exists (only in my heart). That store was filled with very...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, sierra online, retroist, podcast, pcjr
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 8, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 8 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the optical disc format, LaserDisc. I have always been fascinated with LaserDiscs and their capabilities, so this was a fun episode to do. I learned a lot. I start the show back in the video store because when I worked at a store that sold videotapes, we also sold LaserDiscs. The customers who enjoyed LaserDiscs were always extremely knowledgable and well-informed. They were the first people who taught...
Topics: Retro, nostalgia, laserdisc, gauss, podcast, retroist, discovision
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 11, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 6 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the legendary or infamous (depending on who you ask) pork fast food sandwich, McDonald’s McRib. I am a fan of fast food and enjoy reading about the fast-food industry. This episode is a celebration of the McRib and a discussion of its history and creation. I start the show talking about quests. I enjoy seeking things and fast food has given me many opportunities to seek things over the years. From...
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Topics: mcrib, mcdonalds, retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 5, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 7 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the groundbreaking television drama, Quincy ME. This is a show I watch a lot. It is one of my favorite detective shows and that has a lot to do with the charisma of Jack Klugman. I begin the show talking about watching TV at work and how lucky I was to be able to do it for a while when I was younger. While I liked the TV at the time, now I can’t help but think of how it let me bond with someone much...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, tv, podcast, quincy me, jack klugman, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 25, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 5 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I talk about the last true hurrah for Atari, the Atari Jaguar. This console might just be a blip on the console radar, but its history and release were important. I begin the show by talking about my fandom for Atari. It was difficult for me to let go of that brand and move onto other consoles. Then right when I was moving on, Atari decides to release a new console. It was an exciting and inevitably disappointing...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, 1993, Atari, Jaguar, Tramiel
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 11, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 4 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I talk about the classic television show, In Search Of. Hosted by Leonard Nimoy, this well-received show explored the mysterious and unexplained in a documentary format. I start off the show by talking about my family’s love for the show. I never questioned why it sat next to more normal family-friendly shows on our TV set until much later. It all started to come together when I noticed my parents’ book...
Topics: Nimoy, television, podcast, In Search Of, Alan Landsburg
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Jan 28, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 3 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1989 Tim Burton film, Batman. This film was a phenomenon, that seemed to take over the world for much of 1989 and when I think back on it, I continue to be amazed at that summer. I start the show by talking about how I chose to be first in line to see Batman in my town rather than going to Burger King. It was the first time I was first in line for anything and since it was a...
Topics: Batman, Retroist, Retro, Nostalgia, Tim Burton
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Jan 14, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to Episode 2 of the 13th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1981 blockbuster video game, Defender. Defender is a legendary game that does not get the attention befitting its true status, not just as a playable game, but one that was so influential, and wildly successful. My experience with the game started in the arcade. Where I was terrible like most people. Then I got my copy for the Atari 2600 and played for hours. I thought those...
Topics: retroist, retro, nostalgia, podcast, defender, williams, arcade games, video games
The Retroist Podcast
Jan 7, 2021 Retroist
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Welcome to season 13 of the Retroist Podcast! In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1991 cult classic film, The Rocketeer. This film was not a huge hit at the time, but instantly found a slew of rabid fans. I count myself as one of those fans, so I was very happy to put this episode together. I begin the episode by talking about my disbelief that not everyone in the world was not praising this film upon its release. I then wax philosophically about geekdom and the magic of...
Topics: rocketeer, nostalgia, podcast, movies, film, retro, retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Dec 17, 2020 Retroist
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In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1988 action classic, Die Hard. This film has become iconic since its release in 1988 and is almost universally beloved. I have attempted to cover the film correctly a few times and I am happy to finally release this episode. I begin the episode by talking about when I saw the film in the theater and how much it suspended my disbelief. I have only had a handful of movie-going experiences like this in my life and I will treasure it forever....
Topics: retro, retroist, nostalgia, 1988, die hard, bruce willis, podcast, retroist podcast
The Retroist Podcast
Dec 10, 2020 Retroist
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In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1983 comedy classic, Mr. Mom. This film had mixed reviews on release, but thanks to strong word-of-mouth and a stellar cast, it did well at the box office. It would become a classic to generation once it made it to cable television, where it had a long run. I begin the episode by discussing my attempt to get my friends to play coupon poker and my sister’s disappointment in my chronic uncoolness. My only regret is that I didn’t score...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, Keaton, Garr, 1983, Mr. Mom
The Retroist Podcast
Nov 12, 2020 Retroist
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In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1978 sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes. This show was both controversial and well-received at the time. Its life and reputation were extended by its long run in syndication. I begin the episode discussing very special episodes of television. I find them fascinating in how effective they were back then to a young me verses how easy they are too chuckle about now. Technology and availability of EVERYTHING has really changed out expectations of...
Topics: nostalgia, retro, retroist, podcast, gary coleman, diffrent strokes, tv, sitcoms, 1978
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In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1982 horror classic, Halloween III: Season of the Witch. This film was not well-reviewed when it came out, but over the years it has developed a much-deserved fanbase. I begin the episode discussing the novelty of an outlier in a horror franchise and how it can ruin masks for you if you have too much imagination. Then I move into the film itself. I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the production, what it has in...
Topics: horror, movies, John Carpenter, Halloween, podcast, retro, retroist, nostalgia, movies, film
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Oct 22, 2020 Retroist
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In this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the late-eighties teen fantasy comedy, Teen Witch. This movie has become a cult classic and had many fans, all of whom arrived at that fandom in different ways. My fandom was a slow burn but was acquired without a hint of irony. I start off talking about how I arrived at that fandom before moving onto the film itself. Then I discuss the people in front of and beyond the camera, the shooting locations, the music, its reception, and much more.
Topics: 1989, movies, teen witch, podcast, retro, retroist, nostalgia, fantasy, Top That
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Oct 15, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the short-lived late eighties/early nineties horror anthology TV series, Freddy’s Nightmares. This TV version of A Nightmare on Elm Street was a great way for many burgeoning horror fans to get access to Freddy. Especially those of use who found film Freddy a little too scary. I start off talking about using this show as a gateway and then move onto the series itself. I discuss the people in front of and behind the camera, the production,...
Topics: horror, tv, anthology, Freddy Krueger, Wes Craven, 1989, podcast, retro, nostalgia, retroist
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Oct 8, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the 1985 horror classic, Fright Night. A movie that deftly combines horror and humor in a slick eighties package. This movie was rightfully very popular at the first video store I worked at and deserves to continue to find new fans. I start off by talking about why it was so great to be a kid who could walk to the movies, especially after watching a horror film. Then I move onto the film itself. I discuss the people in front of and behind the...
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Topics: movies, podcast, retro, retroist, nostalgia, fright night, film, horror, 1985
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Jul 19, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I discuss the eighties toy line, Inhumanoids.  This toyline and animated series combined, humor, horror, sci-fi and animation like no other.  It is well worth your time.
Topics: Inhumanoids, Hasbro, toys, podcast, retro, retroist
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Apr 12, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I dive into an often overlooked computer from the eighties, The Mattel Aquarius.  It is amazing how few of these machines were sold initially, but also how long the Aquarius computer line managed to hold on.  While it is easy to poke fun at this computer, it is good to remember that this was someone's first computer. After discussing how I interacted with the Aquarius at an early age, I move onto the machine itself.  I discuss the companies behind it...
Topics: retroist, podcast, intellivision, radofin, mattel, computers
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 1, 2020 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about a technological icon of the eighties, the Kodak Disc Camera. I start off sharing a little background on my experience with cameras. I want to illustrate how far we have come in photography in such a short time and how much of a leap Kodak Disc technology was at the time. It really looked and felt like the future. After my story, I move onto the camera and film. I discuss the technology that made it happen, warn people about the hazards of...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, history, camera, kodak, disc
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Nov 26, 2019 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about the 1989 Thanksgiving TV special,  Garfield’s Thanksgiving . I start off the show talking about the pecking order of holiday specials. It is my belief that you should give some of the “B-Team” specials a chance and I hope I can ease you into moving away from the larger ones with  Garfield’s Thanksgiving . After my story, I move onto the special itself. I discuss the man who created Garfield and its evolution in the comic strip, the...
Topics: retro, retroist, podcast, garfield, thanksgiving
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Nov 10, 2019 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about the 1981 arcade classic, Tempest. I begin the show by talking about how terrible I am at Tempest, how I spent quarter after quarter on it, never improving, but somehow just getting more infatuated with the game. Then I move onto the game itself. I talk about the game's creator David Theurer and the company he worked for, Atari. After coverings those two gaming icons, I jump into the development of the game, gameplay and much more. Tempest is...
Topics: arcade, video games, atari, retro, retroist, podcast, tempest, theurer, 1981
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Oct 28, 2019 Retroist
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On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about the 1987 horror show, Werewolf.  This was a one season wonder produced by Frank Lupo that was part of the Fox Networks inaugural season.  Unfortunately it just didn't last.  I start off by talking about how I found the show, but also what it was like to watch TV before it was easy to record shows.  Some things just got lost. Then I move onto talking about the show. I discuss the making of the show, the people in front of and behind the...
Topics: Werewolf, 1987, Podcast, Retroist, TV, Frank Lupo, Horror, Television
The Retroist Podcast
May 18, 2019 Retroist
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This week's show is all about the the 1989 sports comedy classic, Major League.  I start off by talking about my time as a not so great third baseman in little league baseball, then I move onto the move itself.  I discuss the plot of the film, the cast, the alternate ending, the music and much more. Major League is one of just a few great baseball movies and it is filled with great actors.  So if you like baseball or not, I think you will enjoy it.
Topics: baseball, major league, movies, retro, 1989, podcast, retroist
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Apr 9, 2019 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the infamous 1980s cult classic, Mac and Me.  This film is widely mocked and is a staple of "move riffers."  I don't feel the same way about the film.  So I start off the show talking about the popularity of this film among families and kids when I worked at the video store. I strongly believe that people should choose how they want to consume art, but I hope to remind people that this film is not a joke to everyone who watches it. After...
Topics: mac and me, 1988, movies, retroist, podcast
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Mar 4, 2019 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is all about the 1980 comedy classic, The Private Eyes.  The movie starred Don Knotts and Tim Conway as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson style characters. This was an amazing show to catch when it ran on HBO in the eighties, it was the primary place I consumed it, usually on lazy afternoons alone or with my friends. After sharing my memories of watching the film, I moved onto the film itself.  I discuss the people in front of and behind the camera, the production,...
Topics: Retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, movies, film, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, The Private Eyes
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Dec 21, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I discuss the comedy film classic, Trading Places. I begin the show talking about the meteoric rise of Eddie Murphy and what a revelation he was to audiences in the eighties.  After praising Eddie for a while I move onto talking about the film itself. I discuss the films writers, producers, and stars.  I explain the origin of one of my favorite lines from the film and even try to explain exactly what was going on at the end of the film. It's a little confusing, but stick with...
Topics: Retroist, podcast, trading places, movies, comedy, eighties, 1980s
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Nov 13, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk the groundbreaking early computer game, Hunt the Wumpus. I begin the show talking about how accessible the game was to a young me and how it was the highlight of my early time in my High School Computer Club.  After that I move onto the game itself. I discuss the game's creator,  Gregory Yob, his connection to the People's Computer Company, and his favorite platonic solid.  Then I discuss gameplay, ports, Magic the Gathering and much more. Hunt the Wumpus is a very...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, hunt the wumpus, gregory yob
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Oct 29, 2018 Retroist
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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Retroist Podcast.  On today's show, I finally shut up and turn the microphone over other people who tell their Halloween stories. The Retroist Podcast is divided into two sections.  A smaller section where I tell a story related to the subject of the podcast and a longer section about the subject.  If you enjoy those smaller section, you will enjoy this podcast.   In this episode of the show, I am joined by some new contributors and a couple of Retroist...
Topics: Retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, halloween
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Oct 24, 2018 Retroist
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Commercials are an important part of pop culture.  They reflect the time we live in and can trigger strong feelings of nostalgia.  So on today's show, I share with you a few of my favorite from the past on the Retroist Halloween Commercial Specials Podcast.   From food to haunted mansions, I play a wide array of shows, all of them focused around this most creepy of holidays. Some of the shows are local selections.  I really enjoy when they mention unique locations and places.  So if a...
Topics: retro, halloween, commercials, podcast, nostalgia, tv, advertising
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Oct 17, 2018 Retroist
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Halloween is in the air, so I am revisiting the Halloween franchise by talking about the 1981 horror classic, Halloween II.  I start off the show by confessing my enjoyment of a very specific type of horror film.  Then I move onto the film itself.  I discuss the genesis of the film, the people in front of and behind the camera, the story, the novelization and much more. I am a big fan of the first two Halloween films and with the new Halloween film about to hit theaters, this seemed like a...
Topics: retroist, podcast, halloween, strode, loomis, carpenter, hill, movies, 1981, eighties, slasher, film
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Oct 7, 2018 Retroist
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Welcome to the first full episode of the 11th season of the Retroist Podcast, CHiPs.  On today's show I talk about this classic late seventies action police "drama."  I start off the show talking about how I would often watch shows based on what my family would watch and how sometimes those shows, like CHiPs, were amazing. Then I talk about the show itself.  I talk about the people in front of the camera, the production of the show, and much more. metagirl returns with a Top 5 list...
Topics: TV, podcast, retroist, retro, chips, estrada, ponch, retro, television, seventies, eighties,...
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Sep 7, 2018 Retroist
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It is time for the Retroist Season 11 Fall Preview!  A new season of the Retroist Podcast is about to launch.  So what can you expect during season 11?  All sort of fun from your favorite retro TV shows, movies, technology, video games and more.  On today's show you will get a glimpse into what will be available on the show during the fall season.  Hopefully it will make you smile and get you excited for what you will hear.
Topics: Retro, Nostalgia, Fall Preview, Retroist, TV, Movies, Video Games, Computers, Podcast, Podasts
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May 13, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the classic toy from World's of Wonder, Lazer Tag.  I start the show with a story about how my friends and I spent a good part of an amazing summer playing Lazer Tag together.  It is a cherished memory that would not have happened without Lazer Tag. Then I move onto the toy itself.  I discuss the origins of Lazer Tag, the company that made it, the animated series and much more. This is my final episode of this season.  Sadly I did not get to all of the...
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Topics: Retroist, Podcast, Worlds of Wonder, Lazer Tag, Tiger Electronics, 1980, eighties, toys
The Retroist Podcast
Apr 22, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the classic sitcom, Night Court. I begin the show talking about how Harry Anderson inspired my love of magic, even though I am not that good at it. I was not planning on doing a Night Court podcast this season.  It was a subject I tried to record a few years ago, but was unhappy with it. With Harry Anderson passing away recently, I decided to take another pass on this show.  I am glad I did, because this show was very meaningful for me durings its...
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Topics: Harry Anderson, Night Court, Retro, Nostalgia, Podcast, Retroist, Must See TV, 1980s, Eighties
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Apr 15, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about the 1985 cult film classic, "Gymkata"  I begin the podcast talking about my first exposure to the film. How I found the concept of combining gymnastics and karate compelling at first, but ultimately came to find this idea strange.  Finally I summarize my own martial arts style and how you can master it. I first recorded this show 3 years ago and never finished editing it since I did not like how it sounded.  So I re-recorded it and thought this...
Topics: Retroist, Podcast, Gymkata, Nostalgia, film, movies, karate, gymnastics
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Apr 8, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is about a show that recently returned after a long break, "Roseanne."  I start off talking about why I watched Roseanne during its first run and why I will be checking out the reboots. I tried recording this show a few years ago and was never happy with how it turned out.  So I did some recording this year to try and do a better job.  This episode is the result. During the show, I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the show's...
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Topics: Retro, Retroist, nostalgia, Roseanne, podcast, TV, 1988, reboots
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Apr 1, 2018 Retroist
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This week's Retroist Podcast is all about the 1978 comedy thriller, "Foul Play".  I start off by talking about how I briefly lived my dream of re-enacting a scene from this movie after I moved to California.  It was glorious. Then I talk about the writer/director, the cast, the locations, the soundtrack, the TV series and much more. In a recent episode I mentioned my Foul Play podcast.  Multiple people emailed me asking, "What Foul Play podcast?"  That is when I realized...
Topics: podcast, retro, retroist, chevy chase, nostalgia, foul play, movies, seventies, cinema, film
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Mar 25, 2018 Retroist
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This week on the Retroist Podcast I tackle a film I have attempted to record a few times in the past, Three Amigos.  I start off talking about quoting and emulating films will always be popular and how the infamous Three Amigos salute was banned in my school.  Which naturally just made it a lot more popular. Than I move onto the film itself.  I discuss the other attempts to get the film off the ground, the production, the people in front of and behind the camera, and play a clip of Steve...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, retroist, three amigos, movies, film, 1980s
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 17, 2018 Retroist
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On this week's show, I talk about the world's biggest toy store, Toys R Us.  I open by talking about how I felt special going to Toys R Us, because it felt like it was a store meant for me. I originally attempted to record this show a few years ago and was not happy with the result. While I eventually planned to attempt it again, I thought that with the chain being in the news recently that I would take another shot at recording.  On the show, I talk about the person who founded the store,...
Topics: Retro, retroist, nostalgia, podcast, toys-r-us
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 11, 2018 Retroist
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On this week's show I talk about the storied video game console, the Sega Genesis or Mega Drive.  I begin the episode by discussing how the Genesis would become my entry point to the world of retro gaming, well before that was a thing.   This episode has been requested by lots of people over the years and I did not think I could do this amazing system the service is deserves in the length of episode I like.  So hopefully you enjoy what I have put together.  If you like it, there are 1000s...
Topics: retro, retroist, nostalgia, retro gaming, sega, genesis, video games
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 4, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the game show classic, Press Your Luck.  I kick off the show talking about how comforting it was to watch great shows like this when I was home from school.  Then I talk a little about how I turned the Whammies from the show into monsters in my Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Then we get into the meet of the show.  I discuss the show that this is based on, "Second Chance," the people in front of and behind the camera, the tragic death of Peter Tomarkan...
Topics: retroist, game show, podcast, nostalgia, retro, press your luck, whammies
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 22, 2018 Retroist
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I recently watched the Fast and the Furious for the first time. Its similarities to Point Break drove me to rewatch Point Break.  This despite having some negative feelings about the film.  So I talk about those feelings, where they come from, and how some things are worth revisiting despite your feelings. Then I move onto to discussing the film.  I talk about the production, the director, writers, soundtrack, the sequel and much more.   This film is peak Patrick Swayze and I think one of...
Topics: retroist, podcast, retro, nostalgia, swayze, keanu, point break, 1991, movies
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 15, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the eighties comedy classic, 9 to 5.  I start off talking about how I would lay around listening to Dolly Parton, much to my sister's confusion.  If only she had joined me, she would have been much happier, but she was just too much of a punk.   A lot to say about this film in a short amount of time. I talk about the production, the director, writers, musical, tv series and Broadway musical.  This is a very talented cast, so it was difficult to just not spend an...
Topics: 9 to 5, 1980s, film, podcast, movies, Dolly Parton, Retro, nostalgia
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 8, 2018 Retroist
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On today's show I talk all about the video game masterpiece, Moon Patrol.  I start by talking about how obsessed I was with finding arcade games as a kid. It was a remarkable and magical time, but obsession with anything can take away from other things, like a once in a lifetime vacation experience. Then I move onto the game itself.  I talk about the people and companies who made the Moon Patrol, the technology, gameplay and much more.  Including the games made about the comic strip B.C. ...
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The Retroist Podcast
Oct 30, 2017 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist Thriller Podcast. On today's show I talk all about the music video masterpiece, Thriller.  I start off talking about how I was terrified by the monologue from this song while visiting a Ground Round.  Then I move onto Michael Jackson and the song, album and video he brought to the world.  I touch upon the person who wrote the song, how it came about, the production of the video and much more.   It is a fun video, and perfect for this time of year.  I hope I...
Topics: podcast, retroist, mtv, retro, nostalgia, michael jackson, thriller, music videos
The Retroist Podcast
May 18, 2017 Retroist
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On today's show I talk all about the video game masterpiece, Breakout.  I start the show talking about how I bonded with my eldest sister over Breakout and how I do not resent that she is better at Breakout than me.  Not at all.  Then I move onto the game itself. I discuss the people and company that made the game, the history of PONG, the Wizard of Woz, Puppy PONG and much more.  Breakout is an arcade and home video game classic, I hope I can persuade you to check it out or revisit it....
Topics: Retroist, Atari, Podcast, Woz, Wozniak, Breakout, Nostalgia, Retrogaming, video games
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 19, 2017 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the Atari 2600 classic, River Raid.  I begin the show by discussing how while I miss a lot of the stuff from the past, being connected and online has its advantages.  Then I moved onto the games itself. I discuss the company that published the game, Activision before going into the background of the designer of the game, Carol Shaw.  Finally I dive into the gameplay, scoring, strategy, sequel, ports and more.
Topics: activision, podcast, retroist, retroist podcast, nostalgia, video games, atari, atari 2600, vcs,...
The Retroist Podcast
Mar 2, 2017 Retroist
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On today's show, I talk about the nineties TV cult classic, Dinosaurs.  I begin by talking about my mixed feelings about how this show ended and how I feel about sitcoms who have "unique" endings.  Then I move onto the show itself.  First I talk about the show's creation and probable inspiration before moving onto its creators.  Then I discuss the people who voiced these wonderful characters, the shows' reception and much more. This was wonderfully creative TV that I hope I can...
Topics: retroist, retro, nostalgia, podcast, tv, television, 1990s, dinosaurs, Henson, must-see tv,...
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Jan 22, 2017 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist MacGyver Podcast. On today's show I talk about the classic TV show, MacGyver.  I start off talking about what a poor MacGyver I would make since I lack subtlety in my handiness.  Then I move onto the show itself.  I talk about the cast, the people in front of and behind the camera.  After that I touch upon the movies, the comics, the reboot and much more.  This is a timely episode for me since I am in the middle of a re-watch of the original.  It is a great show,...
Topics: Retro, retroist, retroist podcast, macgyver, tv, 1980s, 1990s, eighties, nostalgia
The Retroist Podcast
Dec 31, 2016 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist Rubik the Amazing Cube Podcast.  On today's show I start off by talking about the dark urges one feels when challenged to solve a puzzle they are not capable of solving.  Needless to say, it is not pretty.  After I unburden myself of this, I move onto the subject of the podcast.  I talk about this underrated gem, which I honestly love despite its ludicrous writing and plot.  During the show, I discuss the production, talent and much more.   Vic Sage is back on the...
Topics: retro, retroist, podcast, rubik's cube, nostalgia, retroist podcast, metagirl, vic sage
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 15, 2016 Retroist
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Welcome to the Retroist Mazes and Monsters Podcast.  On today's show I start off by talking about my encounters with the film, but more importantly how my family reacted to it. As it turns out, I have a pretty cool family.  After I get through that, I start talking about this 1982 telefilm.  I talk about the people in front of an behind the camera, including the author of the original book, Rona Jaffe.  Then I talk about the inspiration for the story, the plot and so much more. The episode...
Topics: Retro, Retroist, Nostalgia, Podcast, Tom Hanks, RPG, Roleplaying, Dungeons and Dragons, Mazes and...
The Retroist Podcast
Sep 12, 2016 Retroist
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In this episode I start off talking about how I liked to enjoy this film as a kid.  Which leads to an encounter with one of my sister's boyfriends that did not go well (for him).  Then I move onto the film and talk about its inspirations, the people in front of and behind the camera, the soundtrack and much more.
Topics: Retro, Retroist, 1980s, cult movies, podcast, nostalgia, Xanadu, Disco
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On today show I talk about the film classic, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.  I start off talking about how lucky I was to see the movie as a kid and then how difficult it was trying to convince everyone that the movie was amazing when I none of them could ever see it.  Then I talk about the movies itself.  First I mention one of the biggest inspirations for the film, Doc Savage.  After that I discuss the people in front of and behind the camera, the plot, the...
Topics: retro, nostalgia, podcast, doc savage, film, 1980s, buckaroo banzai, cult film
The Retroist Podcast
May 15, 2016 Retroist
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On today's show, I talk about the classic TV show trucking with a chimp comedy, "BJ and the Bear". I start off talking about my experience with CB Radio and how it became a bit of an obsession.  Then I talk about this amazing TV show. I talk about the people who helped make the show, the stars of the show, including that beautiful truck and even more beautiful chimp, the attempted spin-offs, the crossovers, the theme music, where you can find the show today, and much more.  
Topics: Retro, Retroist, TV shows, Podcast, 1970s, 1980s, seventies, trucking, BJ and the Bear, Sheriff...
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 29, 2016 Retroist
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On today's show, I talk about the seminal video game shooting classic, Duck Hunt.  I start off talking about my early experience with Duck Hunt and how it fueled my desire for a Nintendo Entertainment System. Then, in between butchering people's names, I talk about the game itself.  Some subjects I cover include: the games and systems that inspired Duck Hunt, the people who made the game, its reception, music, how to play, how to shoot the dog in Duck Hunt and much much more.
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Topics: Retro, Retroist, Nostalgia, Video Games, NES, Nintendo, Duck Hunt, Zapper, Arcade Games
The Retroist Podcast
Feb 2, 2016 Retroist
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On today's show I talk about the eighties' sitcom hit, "Newhart".  I start off talking about how I would and still do run a good catchphrase into the ground (it is a compulsion of mine), then I move onto the show.  I talk about the cast, the creator, the characters, the "location" of the famous Inn, the show's reception, the final episode, its music and much much more. Newhart is an amazing show.  I hope this might encourage people to check it out.
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Topics: TV, Newhart, 1980s, Eighties, Podcast, Nostalgia, Retro, Retroist
The Retroist Podcast
Jan 9, 2016 Retroist
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On today' show I talk about the 1986 epic BMX-themed masterpiece, RAD.  I start off talking about my short-lived bike helmet, then I move onto the movie.  I talk about the Director, writers, cast, plot, reception and I throw in a few surprises here and there.  It still surprises me how few people are tracking down this film, so please try and track down a copy, I think you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Topics: BMX, Rad, Podcast, Retro, Nostalgia, Podcast, eighties, movies, film, Bikes, Hal Needham
The Retroist Podcast
Nov 25, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show I talk all about the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  I have tried to release this episode during past Thanksgiving seasons, but it never came together.  I hope you enjoy it.  I start off talking about how special this holiday is when it is spent with the people who make it special, then I move onto the special.  I talk about the creator of the Peanuts, the producers, directors, animators, plot, voice talent, music and much more.
Topics: Charlie Brown, retro, retroist, podcast, snoopy, thanksgiving, Snoopy, Thanksgiving, Specials, TV,...
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 31, 2015 Retroist
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Today’s show is all about Halloween memories! That’s right it is time for the 6th Annual Retroist Halloween Special. It was a fun show to put together and many of the folks associated with the site joined in to share their Halloween memories. You will hear Tom Berges, Monstermatt Patterson, Tommy Baldwin, Ashley Thomas and of course, Vic Sage and the Projectionist. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed putting it together it. 
Topics: Retro, Halloween, Podcast, Nostalgia, storytelling, retroist, october, horror, frights
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 24, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode of the show I talk about the Vincent Price/William Castle horror classic, "House on Haunted Hill".  I starts off by discussing my parents love of this film and how they introduced me to many things I didn't understand at the time, but love now. Then I move on to the subject of our show.  I talk about the cast, the crew, "Emergo", the plot, the remake and much much more.
Topics: Podcast, Retro, Nostalgia, Retroist, William Castle, Vincent Price, Movies, Horror, Storytelling,...
The Retroist Podcast
Oct 10, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode of the show I talk about the horror classic, "The Blob".  I starts off by discussing the way that different generations can enjoy the same things and still feel nostalgia for those things, just in different ways, then I move on to the subject of our show.  I talk about the cast, the crew, Steve McQueen's bad reputation, the plot, what that goop was made from, the "sequel", the remake and much much more.
Topics: Movies, horror, films, podcast, blog, steve mcqueen, sci-fi, retro, nostalgia, retroist
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Sep 4, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show, I start off by talking about how my family would change completely when we took longer vacations "down the shore" and why I think it is a good idea for all families to have similar vacations.  Then I start talking about the subject of this episode, the 1985 comedy gem, "Summer Rental".  I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the stars, the plot, the locations and much more.  I am joined this week by metagirl who shares John Candy's top...
Topics: Movies, Film, Comedy, Eighties, 1985, Podcast, Nostalgia, Retro, Retroist, John Candy
The Retroist Podcast
Aug 29, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show, I start off by talking about how mysterious and dangerous I found New York City as a kid and how my sister would risk life and limb to adventure there.  Then I start talking about the subject of this episode, Desperately Seeking Susan.  I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the stars, the plots, the location, the novelization and much more.  I am joined this week by metagirl who shares Madonna's top 5 songs from the eighties.
Topics: Retro, Retroist, nostalgia, podcast, movies, Madonna, New York City, film, movie, eighties, 1980s,...
The Retroist Podcast
Jul 26, 2015 Retroist
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On today's show, I start off by talking about how after breaking an Atari joystick while playing Berzerk, I grew closer to one friend and further apart from another.  Then I jump into the star of this episode, the Stern arcade classic, Berzerk.  I talk about the people and company who created the game, the gameplay, strategy, ports, sequels and much much more.
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The Retroist Podcast
Jun 13, 2015 Retroist
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On this episode I talk all about Disney's late seventies science fiction classic, "The Black Hole".  I start off by talking about how films like "The Black Hole" played an important part in my discovery of the entertainment that shaped my "tastes".  Then I get into the film.  I talk about the stars of the film, the plot, the production, the robots, the special FX and much more. It is my sincere hope that you will check out this wonderful film either before or...
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