Buck Naked Ambition

If you’d rather listen to this story, check out this episode of the podcast. 1981. Although it was fall, it felt like winter in a wet field just 35 miles north of New York City. The unseasonably cold weather presented a particular challenge for the men standing about clad only in Roman togas and sandals. Sinking […]

The Curious Origin of “1999”

If you’d rather listen to this story, check out this episode of the podcast. As the 20th century drew to a close, a digital threat known as the Y2K bug loomed over the world. This technological danger had its roots in the early days of computing, when programmers—seeking to conserve precious memory—abbreviated four-digit years to […]

Todd Rogers: Game Over

If you’d rather listen to this story, check out this episode of the podcast. On November 30, 2012, for the first time in its history, The Guinness Book of Records created a new accolade. The world-renowned organization recognized veteran gamer Todd Rogers for holding the longest-standing video game high score. According to the newly-created record, […]

True Crime: Rapper’s Delight

If you’d rather listen to this story, check out this episode of the podcast. In January of 1980, just one week into what would be a decade full of firsts, the Billboard 100 would memorialize the first hip hop track to hit the prestigious Billboard Top 40. After nine weeks of dominating radios and clubs, […]

True Crime: Swordquest

If you’r rather listen to this story, check out this episode of the podcast. Our tale begins with a humble gray dot. The year: 1980. The age of Atari was upon us. A million units were sold and a dozen and a half games released. One was Adventure. Conceived as a graphic version of text […]

True Crime: Cabbage Patch Kids

If you’d rather listen to this story, check out this episode of the podcast. November 1983. More than 1,000 people stood, gathered in the frigid air, just outside the Zayre’s Department Store in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Cold and anxious, the throng—many of whom had been waiting since midnight—began to shout for the store to open early. […]

True Crime: Cocaine Bear

If you’d rather listen to this story, check out this episode of the podcast. On a recent episode of the 1980s pop culture podcast 1980s Now, the hosts shared the true tale of the bear now popularized in a new film. While the movie veers wildly from the actual story, the truth maybe stranger than the fiction […]

True Crime: The Monster with 21 Faces

It was March 18, 1984. Although the sun had set a few hours earlier on the city of Nishinomiya, Japan, two men had just begun their nefarious work. With guns in hand, the soon-to-be criminals stood just outside the front door of 70-year-old Yoshie Ezaki. As the elderly woman began her nighttime ablutions, the men, […]