A collection of podcasts exploring the culture in pop culture. Our shows range from the general (flagship show The Chronic Rift) to the specific (The Batcave Podcast). We look at literature (Dead Kitchen Radio), movies (The Weekly Podioplex), family (Generations Geek), gaming (The Cardboard Jungle), and more.

Categories

Public Access Show Episode
general
Mighty Movie Podcast
The Cinefantastique Spotlight
Presenting the Transcription Feature
Batcave Podcast
The Weekly Podioplex
The Cardboard Jungle
Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
The CFQ Interview
The Chronic Rift Spotlight
SciFi Diner Podcast
Generations Geek
Mighty Movie's Temple of Bad
G2V Podcast
The Chronic Rift In Review
HG World
It Has Come to My Attention
The Chronic Rift Roundtable
This and That With Him and Her
Dead Kitchen Radio
Doctor of the Dead
The Dan and Travis Show
The Dome
Watching the Skies
The HTD Express
Who's Talking
All Hail the Scream Queen
WCRS Radio Stage
Shazam/Isis Podcast
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The OSI Files
Home Game Show Version Podcast
Doctor Who & Mister Drew
The Chronic Rift Podcast
Guardian of Forever Podcast
The Hornet's Sting
The World's Greatest Super Friends Podcast
Once Upon a Village

Archives

2021
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2020
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2019
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2018
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2014
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2013
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2012
December
November
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2011
December
November
September
August
July
June
May
March
February

2010
December
April
March
February
January

2009
December
November
October
August
March
February
January

2008
December
November
October
September

August 2021
S M T W T F S
     
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Syndication

There was no shortage of private detectives during the golden age of radio. We’ll start tonight with an entry new to our program: “Michael Shayne, Private Detective.” You’d never guess by listening to his tough but lovable voice here that star Wally Maher was the voice of Screwy Squirrel and the Turkey in the classic 1945 Tex Avery short “Jerky Turkey.” Tonight, he takes on a tricky case at a local college. Then on “You Bet Your Life,” Groucho Marx complains to a pharmacist about the amount of cotton in pill bottles, then banters with a Hollywood baker and a couple who have eight children.
 

Episodes

Michael Shayne, Private Detective

November 5, 1946

“Return to Huxley”

2:23

 

You Bet Your Life

October 28, 1953

“The Secret Word is ‘Chair’”

28:40

Comments[0]

"The Girl Who Was Death"

UK Airing: January 18, 1968

US Airing: September 7, 1968

The Prisoner appears to have returned to London and is sent on a mission to find Professor Schnipps' rocket that is set to destroy London. But he must contend with a lovely female assassin first.

John and writer Jim Beard discuss this episode that both agree is fluff, but one finds it charming while the other just can't wait to get it over with. They also talk about McGoohan's pervious series, Danger Man, some of the better elements of this episode.

Comment on this podcast by writing us at thechronicrift@gmail.com or by leaving your thoughts right here on the page.

Direct download: OUAV_-_The_Girl_Who_Was_Death.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:22am EDT
Comments[0]

Time to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear with “The Lone Ranger.” This time the Masked Man and Tonto intervene with competing gold strikes threaten to turn deadly. Then we see how things are going for “The Great Gildersleeve” and family. Inspired by such self-starters as Abraham Lincoln, Gildy decided to make something of himself, possibly even in politics.

Episodes

The Lone Ranger

June 6, 1941

“Gold Strike in the Chattos”

1:32

 

The Great Gildersleeve

October 22, 1947

“Congressman Gildersleeve”

31:15

Comments[0]

We return to the world of crusading journalism with “Big Town.” Edward J. Pawley takes over from Edward G. Robinson as Steve Wilson, managing editor of “The Illustrated Press,” the leading newspaper in some Big Town. This episode proves conclusively that crime doesn’t pay and there is no honor among thieves. Then on “Fibber McGee and Molly,” Fibber thinks he’s found a sure-fire way to avoid taxes. Will the study of his town’s most ancient laws put him in clover or will he be eating crow?

Episodes

Big Town

November 9, 1948

“The Fatal Chain”

1:48

 

Fibber McGee and Molly

May 19, 1953

“Old Law to Escape Taxes”

32:38

Comments[0]

On “Rogers of the Gazette,” Will Rogers, Jr. returns as the editor of that fictional small-town newspaper, the “Illyria Weekly Gazette.” Along with dispensing homespun common sense and aphorism-filled advice to the betterment of his readers and fellow citizens, this week he’s solving a minor mystery: is Abraham Lincoln complaining about the maintenance of the town’s city hall clock? Then on “Archie Andrews,” Archie and Jughead’s passion for using all the latest slang in conversation isn’t going over so well with the rest of Riverdale’s residents.

Episodes

Rogers of the Gazette

November 11, 1953

“The Town Clock”

2:07

Archie Andrews

May 18, 1946

“Jive Talk” aka “Hip Talk”

32:22

 

Rogers of the Gazette

“The Town Clock”

November 11, 1953 – double checked

My only note is to explain a reference to Horace Greely, editor of the New York Tribute newspaper. During the Civil War, Greely had written an editorial critical of Lincoln for not being dedicated to ending slavery. The 16th President wrote back, and the letter was published in the Tribune. It’s Lincoln’s famous “the Union as it Was” letter, where he says his “object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery.” Like all of Abraham Lincoln’s letters, it was signed simply “A. Lincoln.”

 

Archie Andrews

“Jive Talk”

Aka “Hip Talk” – just say AKA – double confirmed

May 18, 1946

 

Archie is dreaming of lovely screen queens Heddy Lamar and Lauren Bacall.

Comments[0]

UK Airing: December 29, 1967

US Airing: No Network Airing

The Prisoner is trapped in a town called Harmony after trying to resign as the sheriff of another town. Sound familiar? It does to the viewer, but the Prisoner isn't twigging to what's happening.

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the Western and what it means to each of them, the completely wasted opportunity in the writing of the ending of the story, and the symbolism of washing hands.

Comment on this podcast by writing us at thechronicrift@gmail.com or by leaving your thoughts right here on the page.

Direct download: OUAV_-_Living_in_Harmony.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 11:55am EDT
Comments[0]

 Episodes  

Suspense

October 25, 1945

“A Shroud for Sarah”

1:43

 

The Jack Benny Program

November 19, 1944

“From Corona Naval Hospital”

32:24

Comments[0]

UK Airing: December 22, 1967

US Airing: August 3, 1968

The Prisoner finds himself in another body, but back in London. He must convince the woman he loves that he is himself while tracking down the man who invented the process that put him in another body.

John and writer Jim Beard discuss Jim's wanting to remove this episode from the entirety of the series, John's only real issue with it being the end scene, and a possible explanation for The Prisoner's hostility to women.

Comment on this podcast by writing us at thechronicrift@gmail.com or by leaving your thoughts right here on the page.

Direct download: OUAV-Do_Not_Forsake_Me.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 10:45am EDT
Comments[0]

We start off with more of Old Time Radio’s quintessential medical drama, “The Story of Dr. Kildare.”  A tricky operation performed at a hospital is one thing, but a simple operation performed at in an unusual location is another.  How will Dr. Kildare remove an appendix from a man who is miles away at sea?  Then on “Duffy’s Tavern,” the Great Gildersleeve himself drops by to listen to another one of Archie’s business opportunities.

 

Episodes

 

The Story of Dr. Kildare

August 17, 1950

Appendicitis Operation at Sea

1:53

 

Duffy’s Tavern

November 24, 1944

“Guest: Harold Peary”

29:04

Comments[0]

UK Airing: December 15, 1967

US Airing: August 24, 1968

The Prisoner is subjected to a process that will lobotomize him when he refuses to conform with the Village and its people.

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the episode that on the surface, is a perfect example of what the show is all about. And yet, there are elements that the two have issues with, and they discuss it in detail on this podcast.

Comment on this podcast by writing us at thechronicrift@gmail.com or by leaving your thoughts right here on the page.

Direct download: OUAV_-_A_Change_of_Mind.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 6:00am EDT
Comments[0]

"Dreams of Flight"

December 13, 1975

Chala likes to design airplanes and wants to enter the school competition, but her competition is willing to go to any lengths to make sure she doesn't. To make matters worse, Chala's brother is not supportive of her "Dreams of Flight".

We come to the end of the first season of Isis with a story whose moral doesn't exactly match the plot. Is this a story about accepting that all people are deserving of respect or is this a story about accepting that woman are as capable of doing anything a man can do? John and Richard discuss this as well as the the story arc of Cindy Lee and the conclusion of the first season of Isis.

It's all here and we want to hear from you on what you think of the episode. Write us as ShazamIsisPodcast@gmail.com.

Moral: "People who come from different backgrounds or from different countries deserve the same respect we give everyone else. Putting someone down because they speak a different language or are a different color just doesn't make sense. What does make sense is treating people just the way we want them to treat us."

Guest Cast

Cynthia Avila as Chala

Paul Hinkley as Mark

Tom Williams as Bill

Fabian Gregory as Raoul

Direct download: Shazam_Isis_-_Ep_45.mp3
Category:Shazam/Isis Podcast -- posted at: 8:09am EDT
Comments[0]

"Professor Goodfellow's GEEC"

Aired: September 23, 1973

 

Professor Goodfellow has developed the means to make humanity's life so much more simpler - the GEEC - a computer system that will run the world and handle all the tasks that occupy humanity and keep them from reaching their full potential. He offers it for free to the world when the US government passes on getting involved. At first, it all seems fine, until a malfunction causes worldwide havoc. While Superman and Aquaman race to rescue as many people as possible, Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman must infiltrate the GEEC complex and shut the computer down.

 

Sounds great, doesn't it? On paper, it is a great idea, but as John is joined by 13th Dimension webmaster Dan Greenfield to discuss this episode, they discover that being a Saturday morning cartoon in the thick of Congress's crackdown on violence, the story is simplified and so much is missing. They talk about the story ideas missing in the concept, the appearance of Plastic Man, and comment on the phenomenon of computers gone bad in the 60s and 70s.

John references The Ultimate Super Friends Companion by Will Rodgers. Check it out for yourself by purchasing a copy via Amazon.

 

Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.

 

Links

13th Dimension Website

Facebook page

Twitter

 
Direct download: WGSFP_-_Prof_Goodfellows_GEEC.mp3
Category:The World's Greatest Super Friends Podcast -- posted at: 10:04am EDT
Comments[0]

UK Airing: December 8, 1967

US Airing: August 10, 1968

The Prisoner learns of a plot to kill Number Two on the eve of his retirement. Does he act on it or does he allow it to proceed?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the episode that has its good and bad points.  They talk about the idea of previous Number Twos we haven't seen, the strong ties to Doctor Who's "Marco Polo", and the question of if it's worth bringing The Prisoner to your side by this stage in the series.

Comment on this podcast by writing us at thechronicrift@gmail.com or by leaving your thoughts right here on the page.

Direct download: OUAV-Its_Your_Funeral.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 7:55am EDT
Comments[0]

Episodes

Information Please

December 12, 1941

“Guest: Dr. George N. Shuster”

1:37

Gunsmoke

February 21, 1953

“Meshougah”

29:29

Comments[0]

UK Airing: December 1, 1967

US Airing: August 31, 1968

 

The Prisoner matches wits with the new Number Two as Two tries to be the Hammer to The Prisoner's Anvil.  But who is really the Hammer?  

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the impact this episode had on Jim as a young person and why it is a favorite of Jim's father.

Comment on this podcast by writing us at thechronicrift@gmail.com or by leaving your thoughts right here on the page.

Direct download: OUAV-Hammer_Into_Anvil.mp3
Category:Once Upon a Village -- posted at: 8:02am EDT
Comments[0]

Episodes 

Jeff Regan, Investigator

November 13, 1948

“The Guy From Gower Gulch”

2:32

 

The Jack Benny Program

January 17, 1954

“Jack Gets A Parking Ticket”

32:45

Comments[0]

Let’s return to “The Lux Radio Theater” for an adaptation of the brilliant 1944 film noir mystery, “Laura.”  You can miss a lot in an audio adaptation of a film noir, but luckily this version features the two main stars and one of the supporting players.  Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney return, as does Vincent Price.  Otto Kruger Takes over Clifton Webb’s role.  Close your eyes and enjoy.

The Lux Radio Theater

February 5, 1945

“Laura”

1:53

Comments[0]

1