GenXGrownUp Podcast

GenXGrownUp Podcast

Generation X. If you grew up in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s, you know just how cool it was to be a kid back then. We had the greatest music, movies, games, technology, and pop culture of any generation, and though we've grown older, we have refused to outgrow our love of everything GenX. GenXGrownUp looks at yesterday and today through the eyes of Generation X'ers who have refused to grow up!

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May 19, 2022 73 min

We boldly go onboard the USS Enterprise with the newest entry in the Star Trek franchise, check out some award-winning software to improve your user experience when accessing Wikipedia, and play a beloved multiplayer tank combat game now newly available for your mobile device!

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Our friends at Project GenX invited us to participate in their 80s movie bracket elimination challenge to see which movie about Generation X will be number one! In this episode, we tackle the Northern bracket of eight films and run through the first two rounds of elimination to select two from our list to move forward in the tournament.

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    May 12, 2022 47 min

    Forty years ago, pop music was still finding its voice in a post-disco environment. In this episode, we remember the top hits of 1982 as determined by the Billboard music charts.

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    We had the amazing opportunity to speak with Kevin McDonald, one of the members of the legendary comedy troupe “The Kids in the Hall.” You will hear him share details about his time and characters while in The Kids in the Hall, the origins of the group, his experiences in theatre school, thoughts on the 2022 Amazon Prime revival, and much more!

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    May 5, 2022 54 min

    We watch a new TV series that turns a common tile-based pastime into a thrilling, competitive sport, check out a free Windows application to help you get a handle on your files no matter how disorganized they may be, and play a magical board game where you must combine spells to become the ultimate battle-wizard!

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    Southern Shakespeare Company’s (SSC) Free Shakespeare in the Park Festival will be held May 5th-8th on the Capital City Amphitheater stage in Cascades Park in beautiful downtown Tallahassee. This year’s multi-day event features a mainstage production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing starring Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall fame.

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    April 28, 2022 75 min

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a swashbuckling science fiction film came out of nowhere to capture our imaginations and change filmmaking forever. In this episode, we’re remembering the landmark space epic, Star Wars, and discussing just what made it such a touchstone for Generation X and beyond.

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    We watch the nostalgic new Netflix film that slightly re-imagines NASA’s mission to the moon, find out if New Wave Toys’ latest gadget does justice to the arcade classic, Q*bert, and discuss the puzzle-a-day game that’s sweeping the internet and social media.

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    April 14, 2022 62 min

    We didn't know it at the time, but as Generation X kids, we were among the last to enjoy a childhood that gave us a deep sense of independence and autonomy. Everything from the proliferation of technology to changes in media and politics have forever changed that for modern generations, but in this Backtrack, we remember and discuss the singular experience of growing as a GenX kid.

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    We check out the premiere of the new Marvel series featuring a superhero struggling with dissociative identity disorder, finally get our hands on the much-anticipated, crowd-funded board game that’s a sequel to a 1981 classic, and review some creative tech that just might save you money on batteries for all your gadgets!

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    At GenXGrownUp we strive to always give our listeners quality topics and content. But what would happen if we didn’t? Well, something like this podcast episode, we suppose! Happy April Fools’ to all our 4th listeners!

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    March 31, 2022 59 min

    A cornerstone of the GenX latchkey kid experience was the world’s best babysitter: the television. In this episode we’re running down some of our favorite 1980s detective tv shows that we enjoyed growing up!

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    We watch the latest and darkest cinematic take on The Dark Knight in The Batman, review not one but two slick new home arcade machines from manufacturer, Arcade1Up, and our excitement is building for the crowdfunded board game, Return to Dark Tower, which is now shipping to backers like us!

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    March 18, 2022 10 min

    From the Humble Bundle Site:

    The violent and unlawful invasion in Ukraine is taking a tragic toll—displacing people, devastating families, and creating an urgent need for food, water, supplies, shelter, and safety. To help out how we can, we’ve joined forces with game creators, book publishers, and software makers around the globe for a bundle 100% dedicated to supporting the victims and refugees from Ukraine during this crisis.

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    March 17, 2022 64 min

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    We watch a new alternate-history superhero series loaded with GenX-era pop culture references, play a new adventure game steeped in the tradition of Chinese martial arts, and check out some tech that can bring your favorite mixtape back to life for the digital age!

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    March 3, 2022 58 min

    A typical day of fun as a GenX kid might mean exposure to dangerous conditions, devious contraptions, and life-threatening physics. And yet somehow, we survived to tell the tale. Of course, we’re just talking here about the average GenX-era playground! They’ve changed dramatically in the last few decades, and in this Backtrack we’re talking all about playgrounds the way we remember them from our youth!

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    February 24, 2022 59 min

    There was once a time when it took hours to download a file, when you had to find out from friends and magazines the numbers to the best… well.. let’s call them “sites,” and when your home phone (no mobile back then) was the same line that you used to access remote servers. That was the wonderful, frustrating, and amazing world of BBSes. In this episode, we talk about our first time using computers to access a larger world!

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    February 17, 2022 55 min

    The right soundtrack has the power to make a good movie great and a great movie awesome. In this Backtrack, we run down our top ten favorite motion picture soundtracks from the films of the 1980s!

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    February 10, 2022 58 min

    We review Roland Emmerich’s lunar-themed end-of-the-world movie, check out some sweet PC display tech from manufacturer, Asus, and play the new action-adventure game based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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