Remember all those movies and television shows you loved as a kid? Wouldn’t it be fun to watch them now that you’re an adult and see how they hold up? Then join host Kira and her friends on a pop culture nostalgia adventure that is the podcast Fun Dip & Cherry Coke.
The episodes all follow pretty much the same format: Kira and one of her friends introduce what they’ll be watching and talking about that episode, the friend explains the gist of the piece of pop culture (subjects range from music to movies to television), the episode takes a quick break so the two can partake of the pop culture nostalgia, and then the two come back from their viewing/listening to discuss the work in further detail and talk about whether it holds up to the first time they viewed it during childhood/adolescence.
My favourite episodes are: “Millennium – Backstreet Boys”; “Clarissa Explains It All” (quick side note: I have never talked back to/interacted with an episode of a podcast as much as I have this one; I was laughing, responding to the hosts, etc., the entire time. Nineties Nickelodeon is my jam and Clarissa Explains It All is one of my favourite shows of all time, so as soon as I saw this episode I *knew* I would at the very least love this one episode if I didn’t end up loving the show); “Earth Girls Are Easy”; “The Last Unicorn”; “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”; “Hocus Pocus”; and the newest episode, “Fantasia”.
As someone who loves pop culture but has some significant gaps in their pop culture knowledge, I love that the host does too and also totally admits to it! And with a title that’s a throwback to one of my nostalgia songs and a theme song that reminds me of nineties children’s television shows, I think this is a show that pop culture buffs and newbies alike should be getting in on. I’ve been meaning to fill some of the gaps in my pop culture knowledge and this show has definitely inspired me to make a list of what I want to watch and then tackle that list! I’m definitely looking forward to more episodes from Kira and her fantastic, informative friend group!
The Bad Taste Crimecast
This comedy true crime podcast is hosted by Vicky and Janelle. They’re both strong, opinionated women. And that is not a bad thing. I love these ladies and could listen (and have) for days. They care a lot and give appropriate warnings for overly violent talk etc., they have a good chemistry and don’t talk over each other. They let each other make their points and listen to each other, in other words they are good conversationalists. Their compassion for victims and people who are in bad places is very touching. They care a lot about the people who usually fall through the cracks. They are very respectful when another is telling a story, there are not a lot of off colour jokes, but there is still humour into the podcast. The humour is not aimed at the victim or their families. They are very passionate and their episodes are very well researched
Standout episode – Episode 3 Crazy Mother Trucker. They are quite scathing to the police in this episode which is totally valid. For example, it took 2 years for them to get out the info that there was a serial killer on the highway in Indiana. After that was announced people in other states started seeing patterns in different killings in their states as well. The girls are outraged by how messed up the police are and how messy the case is. There is plenty of evidence against a man named Larry Euler but they just couldn’t seem to get it to stick. They knew it was him but he still continued to kill. Finally they managed to get a conviction on one of the murders. He goes to jail for life. Families of suspected other victims beg him to come clean about other victims but he doesn’t. The police don’t help the families at all. On his deathbed he finally confessed to 17 murders. But it is contested whether there were more because he was dumping loads of bodies at a time and probably didn’t remember names and places. It’s easy for truckers to dump bodies, especially in the 70s where there was a boom in truck driving. Police don’t cooperate with each other and so it takes ages to find that there’s even a serial killer in the first place. Then Vicki goes onto her story off of that which is another truck driver serial killer. I don’t want to give too much away because this one is twisty and turney. Worth a listen. Vicki’s story transitions smoothly, I actually thought she was just telling a random story but it was her actual half of the episode. In 2003/2004 FBI started the FBI Initiative that is a map with dots all over it representing dead bodies. They identified hundreds of potential suspects and compiled it into a database and now there’s a database for bodies found on the interstate highway system. It’s used for serial killings. It hasn’t done much so far but it has helped in some cases.
The opening and closing music is very interesting. The editing and sound is great, no problems there at all. It feels like listening to your friends talking about crime that they know a lot about and you’re just caught up in all the details. It’s a very good podcast for the true crime buff who enjoys a little humour in their crime.