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Raised By Pop Culture is a magical nostalgia trip exploring how pop culture shaped the views and identities of co-hosts Joseph Larsen and Jason Mitchell!

Raised By Pop Culture is a magical nostalgia trip exploring how pop culture shaped the views and identities of co-hosts Joseph Larsen and Jason Mitchell!
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Raised By Pop Culture is a magical nostalgia trip exploring how pop culture shaped the views and identities of co-hosts Joseph Larsen and Jason Mitchell!




050 - Raised By Pop Culture

After 49 episodes of telling personal stories related to pop culture, Joe and Jason decide to give up like a couple of quitters. How has recording so many hours of themselves talking about themselves affected their very selves? All shall be revealed!


049 - The End Of The World

Zombies, natural disasters, comic book supervillians, climate change, asteroids, nuclear holocaust, the robot uprising, the rapture, a world of water, and Y2K have all threatened the survival of humanity time and time again in our stories. Joe and Jason discuss whether the apocalypse and whatever happens post that should be serious or fun and goofy. Then a stunning secret about the future survival of this very podcast is revealed!


048 - Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks returned, and Joe and Jason pretty much couldn’t stop talking about it, so here is more of that. Puzzle boxes! Numbers! Mysteries! A fandom in denial! And although it should go without saying, spoilers!


046 - The American Dream

Raised by Pop Culture examine the dream that we all live inside of, a vision of nuclear families with a single income that is higher than that of the other 99% of the population. Pop culture’s portrayal of families and success is put under the microscope that is Jason and Joe’s slightly focused rambling, and we discover there is blood on many hands: Disney’s bloodlust for parents, Todd MacFarlane’s short-lived comic celebrity, and depiction of organized crime in the best-regarded films and...


045 - Alienation

Which came first, the feeling of alienation or the tendency to gravitate towards pop culture that increases feelings of alienation? The question is asked by our Raised by Pop Culture team, and then asked probably a couple more times. Then another question is asked at some point. That one being: would Joe and Jason’s lives be easier if they followed professional sports rather than niche cult pop culture consumed in isolation? And the answer to that question is yes.


044 - Television

Having spent most of their formative years forming incorrect perceptions of society based on broadcast television’s representation of it, our heroes reflect on how a medium once considered dangerous has transformed into being heralded as high art as it disappears before our eyes. Was there value in watching commercial breaks? Was Perfect Strangers culturally insensitive? Does anyone remember Life Goes On?


042 - The Nice Guy

Nice guys have been said to finish last, but Hollywood is pretty sure that they’re what every woman actually wants. And they’re also pretty sure that women don’t actually know what is good for them anyway. Jason and Joe blame the media for all of their problems once again as they discuss the many embarrassing and creepy ways they attempted to express romantic feelings, or at least how they attempted to keep them hidden until a climactic grand gesture in act three.


039 - Time Travel

After creating a time travel paradox by repeatedly asking Jason to confess the worst thing he’s ever done, the Raised by Pop Culture team attempt to right all the wrongs of the past and create a perfect future. At the end of an endless time loop, it is decided that moving forward is better than dwelling on what has come before. Having learned a valuable lesson, our heroes are free to move on to the next discussion of the past.


037 - Fantasy

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films went a long way in bringing swords and sorcery to the mainstream, but your Raised by Pop Culture team grew up in a time when fantasy novels and role-playing video games were contained entirely within the boundaries of the outsider culture known as “nerd.” Joe recalls reading The Odyssey for fun, and Jason recounts hiding in the library with derivative Terry Brooks novels instead of approaching strangers to ask for a seat in the lunchroom. He also...


035 - Super Nintendo

For years, we thought we had been playing with power, but then something even greater was available to be played with: super power! Raised by Pop Culture discuss the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on the occasion of the SNES Classic being a new thing that we will want and not be able to have.


034 - Rebellion

As teenagers, an epiphany is reached: perhaps education is something we don’t need no of? And furthermore, thought control isn’t to be sought after either! Hypocrisy is all around us, and the rules have been written by the man! The only way to lash out is to somehow find a way to destroy all of humanity, or barring that, at least let loose with some dark sarcasm in the classroom. Oh, but I think that was also not something we wanted?


032 - Vinyl

Many news stories have been told of the great vinyl resurgence, the second coming of the bygone media format. Some may say, though, that vinyl never really went away. Those people aren’t really being truthful, because it pretty much did. Half of the Raised by Pop Culture team have spent half of their life purchasing the stuff, so here is some discussion of why that is.


031 - Malls

Fun fact: your Raised by Pop Culture duo live in the epicenter of American shopping malls, surrounded by the national landmark Mall of America, the first-ever indoor center, and the location for Kevin Smith’s Mallrats! Tales will be told of their favorite stores before they became a dying breed, but look out! There’s also talk about libraries, K-Mart, and almost being arrested near Six Flags Great America!


030 - Junk Food

Junk food holds a special place in the hearts of Raised by Pop Culture, having grown up in the ‘80s when no one cared about nutrition. But these delicious delights leave some questions in their wake: Did Pizza Hut’s Book It! campaign turn children against each other? Can Crystal Pepsi be used to pull pranks on unsuspecting soda drinkers? Is it a good idea for teenagers to be in charge of their own school lunches? The answers lie within!


029 - Anime

The popularity of anime in America has exploded in the 21st century, but has this development irreparably changed the medium and its fandom? Raised by Pop Culture seems to think so, though there’s likely a personal bias in there somewhere. Tune in as we document a deep falling out with this topic and its community and fail at finding any solace.


028 - Pee-wee Herman

Pee-wee Herman is his name, and if you would be careful to please not wear it out. Raised by Pop Culture recall the brief window of time when Pee-wee was a significant cultural force before being quickly silenced. Although he tended to behave like a child, was Paul Reubens’ beloved character actually a role model for tolerance, empathy, and acceptance of diversity? Not to spoil it or anything, but the answer is yes. The way the question was phrased actually made it pretty obvious, though.


027 - Our Band Could Be Your Life

Raised by Pop Culture explores the crazy notion that kids who can barely play musical instruments might somehow form bands and then become true artists who are adored and compensated based on the merits of their talents. Inspired by the myths of the ‘90s music industry and the DIY legends documented in Our Band Could Be Your Life, Joe and Jason pursue music careers of varying lengths and somewhat equal successes.


026 - Horror

When real life is a boring monotony, where does one turn to escape? Perhaps to the haunted New England of Stephen King or the confusing sexuality of Dean Koontz? Raised by Pop Culture explore the many questions raised by the horror genre, from children’s books to films to grown-up books. Why doesn’t the girl ever take the green ribbon off of her neck? Will living inside Tupperware prolong youth? Is the better adaptation of The Shining the one directed by Stanley Kubrick or the one with the...


025 - Halloween

It remains one of the most important questions of our lives: what are you going to be for Halloween? Raised by Pop Culture examine the holiday that is partially spooky and partially a celebration of pop culture. Trick or Treating strategy, disappointing horror marathons, and pirate ghosts are all discussed, and fittingly, things get as dark as can be as topics shift to suicide attempts and the films of Rob Zombie.


024 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

They’re the biggest pop culture franchise of the Raised by Pop Culture team’s generation, and they’re green! Joe and Jason discuss how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saturated TV, movies, video games, toys, and all other aspects of life, leading to real-life conflicts. Are fantasies about being knocked unconscious unhealthy? Is it inappropriate to ask your second-grade classmate to be your girlfriend entirely for attention? Should your favorite turtle be determined by their personality...