What the HELL Were You Thinking?

What the HELL Were You Thinking?

What the HELL Were You Thinking takes you on a tour of cultural curiosities and historical oddities over the past fifty years of politics, pop culture and consumer society. From the deep cultural impact of Colonel Sanders on Japanese Christmas, to the time Garth Brooks lost his mind and decided to be Chris Gaines, to McGruff the Crime Dog. Host Dave Bledsoe and his possibly imaginary Producer Gavin St James take you on a walk through the history that made modern society so damn infuriating. It’s not Generation X navel gazing (ok there might be a LITTLE of that) but also real history about real things that really happened, and how that history impacts us today. (Hint: Everything is Ronald Reagan’s fault!) So check us out every Monday when we answer the simple question of what the hell people in the past were thinking.

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May 16, 2022 29 min

Show Notes Episode 362: I Did Not SeaMonkey That Coming


This week Host Dave Bledsoe keeps checking the mailbox for his pair of X-Ray Goggles only to be disappointed again. (Honestly, you can just look at porn on the internet, dude) On the show this week we tell you the truly messed up tale of the guy who invented Sea-Monkeys. (No spoilers, but he was a Jewish Nazi!)


Along the way we learn that Dave gets drunk and falls victim to Face...

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Show Notes Episode 361: The Night They Drove Old Disco Down


This week Host Dave Bledsoe digs out his Boogie Shoes, unbuttons his shirt down to his navel and slaps on his gold chains to get down on the dance floor.  And…gets booted out of the Bar Mitzvah where he hoped to score free booze. (Again) On the show this week we head back to The Night Disco Died when a bunch of drunk white dudes got real, real mad about some music they didn...

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Show Notes Episode 360: “Here’s Some Money, Go Buy Yourself A Star War

This week Host Dave Bledsoe proposes a complex system of interlocking free drinks to protect him from needing to pay a bar tab, only to find the technology isn’t there yet. (Because people don’t like him!) On the show this week we talk about the time Ronald Reagan got really excited about a movie and cost the taxpayers 30 billion dollars for his own personal Deat...

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It's the 7th anniversary of What the HELL Were You Thinking and we thought "why not use THAT to introduce a NEW show that Dave is doing?" Welcome to the Dowers Boys and podcast about 90's country music. This isn't replacing What the HELL Were You Thinking but will run in the same feed to see if people like it. Jerrod and Dave have known each other over 20 years and used to sing karaoke in a dive bar in Yuba City...

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Show Notes Episode 359: Sleeping in the Wet Spot On Your Waterbed


This week Host Dave Bledsoe asks a fellow bar denizen if she would like to come back to his place for some sloshy sex in his waterbed only to remember when he woke up from being knocked cold (Again) he doesn’t have one anymore. On the show this week we break out our leak kits and patch up the story of America’s moment of sleeping on vinyl bags filled with water. (The ...

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Show Notes Episode 358: I Simply Cannot Drive Fifty Five


This week Host Dave Bledsoe signs his name on number 24 when the bartender says “Boy, I won’t serve no more” and finally pays down his bartab. (One of them anyway) On the show this week we take you back to 1974 when America had to step on the brakes, at least if there was a cop around, because the National Speed Limit was now Fifty Five Miles Per Hour.


Along the way Dave answer...

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Show Notes Episode 357: Oh Yes, They Call Him the Streak


This week Host Dave Bledsoe offers to go Full Monty if that will reduce the amount of his latest bartab. (They told him they would wipe out the entire thing if he promised to keep his clothes ON) On the show this week we head back to the heady and hirsute days of the early 1970’s when a generation of Boomers took up jogging in their birthday suits for some reason no one really...

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Episode 356: Take A Look At My Big Johnson

This week Host Dave Bledsoe is pulling out his finest attire, meaning he is wearing a black t-shirt without holes in the armpits. (For once) On the show this week we are heading back to the mid 1990’s when men weren’t afraid to let the world know their emotional age by looking at the t-shirts they wore. (Right around 13 years old or so.)


Along the way we discover why Dave always wears the st...

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Show Notes Episode 355: We’ll Always Have Lennie Briscoe 

Pt 3 of Copaganda



This week Host Dave Bledsoe demands a detailed forensic analysis of his bartab to prove he actually owes that much money. (The boys at the lab say he owes even more) On the show this week we wrap up our series about the influence of cop shows on the public in the 90’s and 2000’s. (Do we mention how much New York loves Jerry Orbach? You bet we do!)


Along the wa...

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Show Notes Episode 354: “Let’s Be Careful Out There” (Pt 2 of Copaganda) 

This week Host Dave Bledsoe goes undercover as someone who doesn’t have a massive bartab only to have it blown when the bartender recognizes him as Dave wearing a dress. (Again)  On the show this week we are back for part two of Copaganda where we examine how the 70’s and 80’s changed how Hollywood portrayed cops.


Along the way we learn that Dave became a cop b...

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Show Notes Episode 353: Can’t Tell the Cops From the Criminals 

(Part 1 of Copaganda)


This week Host Dave Bledsoe flashes his old cop badge hoping to get out of a drunk and disorderly charge and winds up spending the weekend in the Tombs. (Again) On the show this week we start a series about how Hollywood helped law enforcement spruce up it’s image a bit! (With the help of J. Edgar Hoover in a STUNNING Pink Taffeta!


Along the way Da...

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February 28, 2022 35 min

Show Notes Episode 352: The Malls Are All Empty Now

This week Host Dave Bledsoe has his Mom and Dad drop him off at the mall, and then runs across the parking lot to get drunk in the Applebees. (Dave: still disappointing his parents at 52!) On the show this week, we put on our parachute pants, zip up our Members Only Jacket and head down to the Food Court at our local mall! (We will be sitting with the cool kids!)


Along the way we di...

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Like Billy Joel ? Like wine? YOU'LL LOVE THIS NEW SELTZER KINGS PODCAST!


Bottle of White, Bottle of Red dissects the albums of Billy Joel and pairs them with fine wines. 🍷 Hosted by Cory Cavin and Bill Grandberg. Produced by Jeremy Balon. S1 Wines by Cellary. Cover Art by @_hannahchrist Theme Music by @dannytamberelli VO by @katiejeanne18


Give them a follow and listen!!


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Show Notes Episode 351: Jimmy Carter: Heart Lust and Rabbits


This week Host Dave Bledsoe confesses he has lusted not just in his heart, but also in his pants.  And is promptly slapped in the face.  (Again) On the show this week, we finish our mini-series about the 1970’s with the Peanut Farmer from Plains, Jimmy Carter!  (We also mention The Rabbit)


Along the way we learn that for unexplored reasons some people put peanuts in their s...

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Show Notes Episode 350: Looking for Love In ALL the Wrong Places


This week Host Dave Bledsoe is finally ready to love again, meaning he has finished this bottle and is ready to open a new one. (He is a sad, sad man.) On the show this week we look at what dating was like before the Internet only to discover it was just like now, except the unsolicited dick photos were Polaroids. (Blurry AND small!)


Along the way we learned that no one...

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Show Notes Episode 349: Gas, Gas, or Gas, No One Rides for Free


This week Host Dave Bledsoe declares an embargo on paying his overdue bar tabs until the bar recognizes the sovereignty of his right to drink for free. (This…does not work.) On the show this week we head back to the 1970’s to talk about that time American ran out of gas!


Along the way we learn about Dave’s Dad’s absurdly silly car. (Is that a DATSUN?!) From there we dive...

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Show Notes Episode 348: When Inflation Comes Along, You Must Whip It


This week Host Dave Bledsoe fights the rising costs of his bar tabs by handing the bartender a button asking him to Whip It instead of money. Only to get his ass whipped behind the bar by the bouncers. (Again.) On the show this week, we take you back to a time when the worst possible idea to fight inflation was also the only idea they had! (It is a recurring theme ...

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Show Notes Episode 347: Hold My Hand Across America


This week Host Dave Bledsoe reaches out a hand to his fellow man only to have it smacked down by the bartender who refused to serve him another drink until he paid his bartab. (Again.) On the show this week we link up all the ways people in the 1980’s tried to help people in need because the government didn’t want to anymore. (Same as it ever was.)


Along the way we learn what motiva...

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Show Notes Episode 346: I Pity the Fool That Don’t Eat My Cereal

This week Host Dave Bledsoe issues a retraction to his Sister after insinuating she used to regularly kick his ass, and regrets any confusion. She is and was all sweetness and light and be humbly beg her pardon and pleads for her not to hurt him. (Again) On the show this week we are looking at all the brands of breakfast cereal that were just basically cash grabs in th...

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January 10, 2022 32 min

Show Notes Episode 345: Magically Delicious

This week Host Dave Bledsoe angrily insists that Lucky Charms cereal prizes be tiny bottles of Jameson and is thrown out of the Kroger. (Again) On the show this week we open up the kitchen cabinet and pull down a box of Nostalgio's, the breakfast cereal for old people! (Don’t worry, they taste so bad you won’t WANT to eat them!)


Along the way we learn that Dave’s little sister used to b...

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