May 1988 Pop Culture: Swayze, Satisfaction & Four To Watch

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May 1988 was a big one for pop culture: the airing of the St. Elsewhere series finale meant the dawning of the Tommy Westphall Universe! After discussing that, plus some other big moments in contemporaneous TV finales, we take a stroll through What Now. Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy, stretching as actors! Patrick Swayze, opening a restaurant in New York! Karen, breaking a Tiffany album in half! And Pam delves into the dark history of Anna Jarvis, creator of Mother’s Day! Finally, the issue folds One To Watch into its one and only pop culture feature, having Christina interview FOUR Ones To Watch. Sure, we all know who Alex Winter is, but did Paul Hipp, Billy McNamara, and Alan Boyce amount to anything? Find out with our latest episode!

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00:00:00 Hello, It's May 1988 00:02:01 In Our Lives + Crybaby 00:11:34 What Now: Fresh Horses 00:13:31 What Now: Patrick Swayze's Restaurant 00:15:11 What Now: Celebrity Sightings 00:17:22 What Now: Trashing Tiffany 00:18:34 What Now: A Girl Named Sassy 00:21:45 What Now: Glossary #2: Rage 00:24:02 What Now: Mother's Day 00:27:11 What Now: Black Cheerleader Gets Abused 00:29:56 Watch It: School Daze 00:32:12 Watch It: The Beat 00:34:04 Watch It: Satisfaction 00:36:13 Watch It: The Invisible Kid 00:38:24 Listen Up: Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers 00:40:01 Listen Up: Big Pig 00:42:23 Listen Up: Venetians 00:44:04 Listen Up: Johnny Hates Jazz 00:45:57 Listen Up: Will And The Kill 00:47:21 Listen Up: Crazy House 00:50:11 Feature: Ones To Watch: Cute Guy Alert 01:02:03 Goodbye For Now 01:04:15 When Will The Episode End?!

Episode Notes

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The Tommy Westphall Universe
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"The story behind Kirk Cameron's sad birthday party photo" at Yahoo! News
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"Take A Second To Salute Anna Jarvis, The Mother Of Mother's Day" at NPR
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The Wikipedia entry on Anna Jarvis
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"Ex-Cheerleader Wages Lonely Fight at Ohio State" at NYTimes.com
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Biography of Jill (Redo) Joseph's husband, Rev. Eric Anthony Joseph, Ph.D.
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School Daze on Netflix
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The Tapeheads Trailer on YouTube
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Trailer for The Beat on YouTube
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"Iko Iko" scene from Satisfaction, on YouTube
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Trailer for The Invisible Kid on YouTube
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Pam's May 1988 mixtape on Spotify
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Alan Boyce Grows Invisible at Dennis Cooper's blog
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"Sunday Reads: Make Sad Keanu Smile - Watch Permanent Record On Its 30th Anniversary" at Birth. Movies. Death.
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Sticky Fingers on Amazon Prime Video
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Liberace: Behind The Music on Amazon Prime Video
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William McNamara on Twitter
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Billy McNamara on the Conversations With Connors podcast
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"Alex Winter on Telling the Story of 'Paradoxical' Frank Zappa in New Doc: 'It Took Us Years to Get it Right'" at Variety
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Extra Hot Great 346, featuring our discussion of Kid 90
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Showbiz Kids at HBO Max
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Fanthropology on the Ologies podcast
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The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show podcast