42 - Stingray (1985 TV Series)

Of all the amazing vehicle TV shows to choose from in the 80s, Stingray was the best one you probably didn’t watch. Featuring a classic ‘65 Corvette, a lone-wolf hero who is smarter and tougher than everyone and who has a heart of gold, and the most memorable music of any 80s show - if you haven’t seen it, you don’t know what you’re missing! Melinda and Aaron walk you through the pilot.

41 - MixTape: HBO's Chernobyl / Satanic Panic Origins

This week Melinda and Aaron delve into the darkness and talk about two weirdly similar incidents from the 80s: Chernobyl, as seen in the HBO miniseries, and Mike Warnke as an originator of Satanic Panic. In the first half, Aaron walks us through HBO’s Chernobyl and discusses some of the key highlights and strengths, including things he learned, without spoilers. Later, Melinda describes how Mike Warnke convinced an entire generation that Satanists were everywhere and describes how he did it, how he was found to be a fraud, and what the fallout was. Note: while we don’t use profanity, due to content listener discretion is advised.


While this show doesn't take a clear 'position' politically it seems to be heavily aimed at the American public to at least start the conversation about how we are different than the Soviet Union, and how we seem to be drifting closer than we think we are to becoming the Soviet Union.  It takes some liberties and license with the source material for the sake of narrative, but the broad strokes are essentially the same, and the mood is assuredly Soviet and ominous.


  • Full production scripts are available at HBO.com for anyone interested in how the show was put together 

  • The Russian Woodpecker – 2015 documentary about Ukranian artist Fedor Alexandrovich, who travels to the exclusion zone to pursue his suspicions about the meltdown's link to the Duga, a huge Soviet radio antenna located near the Chernobyl site. 

Mike Warnke

In the 80s, “Satanic Panic” gripped the US - the idea that an organized and ominous group of Satanists were working in concert to come after children and teenagers for all sorts of evil reasons, including stealing their souls and even killing them. One of the first people to begin this now debunked myth was Mike Warnke, author of the book Selling Satan in 1972, in which he CLAIMS to have been a Satanic high priest who converted to Christianity. However, in the early 90s, a Christian magazine called Cornerstone debunked the book by interviewing nearly everyone who knew Mike and documenting that they all tell a very different story. Warnke is not the only Christian pop culture icon who claimed to have been a Satanist during that time, and he’s not the only one whose story was debunked, but he was probably the biggest and was definitely the first.


Selling Satan - The Tragic History of Mike Warnke - By Jon Trott & Mike Hertenstein from Cornerstone magazine 1992

Religious Write – Chicago Tribune 12/28/92

The history of Satanic Panic in the US — and why it's not over yet

CBE International: Jon Trott - Author of the Cornerstone article

Dennis Cooper Blog: Nick Toti presents … Mike Warnke

40 - In Search Of... Bigfoot

Leonard Nimoy, hosting In Search Of…

Leonard Nimoy, hosting In Search Of…

From 1977 to 1982 Leonard Nimoy guided us through a wide variety of strange phenomena on the syndicated, half-hour show “In Search Of.” On this episode of Dreamland, Melinda and Aaron learn a ton about Bigfoot from Spock himself, as well as special guest Tom Berges from I Grew Up Star Wars. In this episode we discuss four episodes spanning “Bigfoot,” "The Swamp Monster," "Monster Hunters," and "The Abominable Snowman." If you’re like us, your belief in Bigfoots will change several times during the discussion.

Image 1 - Still from the Patterson–Gimlin film, 2 - Grover Krantz with a Bigfoot foot impression mold, 3 - Peter Byrne, the man, the myth, the legend, and 4 - The Bay Area Group

S3Ep02 - The Colbys

In the 80s, "primetime soaps” were definitely a thing, but you may not remember the 1985 Dynasty spinoff, “The Colbys.” An Aaron Spelling project, this show was Dynasty but more expensive, with slightly fewer catfights, but slightly more alien abductions. And let’s not forget that it starred none other than Charlton Heston. Melinda and Aaron marvel at this 80s masterpiece.

S2Ep22 - MixTape: Echoes and Action Park


As part of our MixTape format, Aaron and Melinda each pick a cool topic and discuss. This week, Aaron tells us about Echoes, the ambient music show on Public Radio, and Melinda shares the crazy story of New Jersey’s Action Park.

Images and Echoes

Action Park

S2Ep21 - Street Hawk, TV Series 1985

First there was Knight Rider, then there was Airwolf, but then came STREET HAWK! Airing for 13 episodes on ABC in 1985, the series showed us what it would be like to ride a motorcycle at 300 mph and stop on a dime. Melinda and Aaron give you the backstory of the show’s production, and walk you through the extra-long Pilot episode, so even if you’ve never see it, you can say you have experienced: Street Hawk!

S2Ep20 - Halloween Specials

Kids born before the 90s remember the delight of that first holiday special coming on at night. You’d gather in front of the giant television with the rest of your family and actually enjoy a cartoon with your parents - one of the few times that happened for many of us! While there are a ton of well-known and much loved Christmas specials, it’s Halloween that really kicks off the season. However, most people could probably only name one, maybe two Halloween specials. In this episode, we watched TEN Halloween specials spanning from 1966 to 1993. We’ll let you know which ones are hidden gems and which ones are best forgotten.

  • 1966: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

  • 1978: The Devil and Daniel Mouse

  • 1978: Halloween is Grinch Night

  • 1978: Witch's Night Out (on Amazon Prime)

  • 1981: The Crown of Bogg

  • 1984: Which Witch is Which? (Chucklewood Critters)

  • 1985: Garfield's Halloween Adventure

  • 1987: The Monster's Ring

  • 1988: The Canterville Ghost (animated)

  • 1992: The Halloween Tree


Leach-Rankin Halloween Special ‘Witch’s Night Out’ Celebrates 40th Anniversary

All Aboard the Paraphernalia Wagon: Revisiting Dr. Seuss’s ‘Grinch Night’ Halloween Special

Do You Remember The 1981 HBO Halloween Special ‘The Crown of Bogg’?

Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree

Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge by Funny or Die

S2Ep19 - Trick or Treat, 1986 Film

Yes, that’s Skippy from Family Ties. And yes, he rocks.

Yes, that’s Skippy from Family Ties. And yes, he rocks.

This week we are joined by Thrash It Out podcast host, Brian LeTendre, to discuss the 1986 film, Trick or Treat. If you were a metalhead in the 80s then this movie will more than likely bring back great memories for you, as it does for Melinda and Brian! We give our thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the movie and learn some details about the production and the killer soundtrack by Fastway.

S2Ep18 - Lord of the Rings- Books, Animation, and Films

This lovely artwork was done by Jimmy Cauty from the KLF. No, I’m not kidding. You’re welcome.

This lovely artwork was done by Jimmy Cauty from the KLF. No, I’m not kidding. You’re welcome.

Melinda and Aaron return after their break for DragonCon to discuss one of their mutually favorite properties: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. We’re talking Rankin-Bass, Ralph Bakshi, Peter Jackson, and video games - so settle in with some lembas bread and a nice bottle of the Old Winyard with us!

P.S. We missed you all and we’re super happy to be back! Please look out for new episodes every other Tuesday on our new bi-weekly schedule.

S2Ep17 - The KLF: Music, Chaos, and Discordianism

This still looks like Drummond is seriously considering taking a bite out of Cauty's ear. We may have been loopy, but this caused us to laugh a LOT and consider what foods would have "ear consistency." Please leave your ideas in the comments!

This still looks like Drummond is seriously considering taking a bite out of Cauty's ear. We may have been loopy, but this caused us to laugh a LOT and consider what foods would have "ear consistency." Please leave your ideas in the comments!

What's that you say? You're not particularly into early 90s house/ dance music? You think it's all super lame? Or perhaps you think, "Oh, yeah!! I remember that song '3 AM Eternal.' Junior high school ruled." Let us be the ones to tell you - there is SO much more to this story.

The KLF are known for their popular dance songs "3 AM Eternal," "What Time is Love," and "Justified and Ancient." You may also know them for their novelty pop song done under the band name "The Timelords," called "Doctorin' the Tardis." What you may NOT know is that they gave a big middle finger to the British music industry with an outrageous display at the 1992 Brit awards, deleted their entire music catalog, and burned a million quid. Why, you ask? The answer will take us deep into discordian thought - you may never see the world quite the same way again.

We have a lot of reference links and photos for you this time - so please enjoy.


S2Ep16 - Sell Out! (When Metal goes Mainstream)

WASP Live in the Raw - Brian's first "Explicit Lyrics, Parental Advisory" album.

This week we are joined by Thrash It Out podcast host, Brian LeTendre, to talk metal - and in particular to talk about how long-time metal fans feel when their favorite band takes their music in a new direction. Brian discusses the Hysteria album by Def Leppard and the Promised Land album by Queensrÿche. Melinda discusses the infamous "Black Album" by Metallica. Aaron listens to the woe with patience. If you've ever been through a bad band breakup when that sound you love was lost forever, you will definitely appreciate this discussion. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll possibly be offended... but you can still probably relate.


Check out Brian's podcasts! If you love metal, or are just interested in learning more about it, we highly recommend them!!

  • Thrash It Out - Where he is joined by Antony Johnston (yes, the guy who created Wasteland!) and they listen to a heavy metal album, and then argue about it.
  • Power Chords Podcast - Brian and Matt Herring discuss rock and metal, and they talk about their favorite bands from the 70s through the 90s. Rock and metal nostalgia from 2 guys who clearly love music!


Video: Metallica Mixer Explains Missing Bass on 'And Justice for All' - Ever wonder why "And Justice For All" had no bass? Wonder no more.

Def Leppard, Ring of Fire - The best Hysteria era song you've probably never heard!

S2Ep15 - Moonlighting... the Pilot, and more

Moonlighting, the 1985 ABC show that spawned the career of Bruce Willis and featured Cybill Shepherd, was unlike most other shows in the 80s. With its regular nods to classic cinema and constantly breaking the 4th wall, it made the romantic-comedy detective show format truly innovative. Melinda and Aaron discuss the pilot episode, as well as if there is truly such a thing as the "Moonlighting Effect."

Please enjoy some stills as reference for the discussion.

S2Ep14 - Batman and Bill

batman without bill.jpg

We've all heard of Batman, and most of us know his creator as Bob Kane... but as the 2017 documentary directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, "Batman and Bill," makes clear, there is a lot more to the story. Partially based on the 2012 book, "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-creator of Batman" by Marc Tyler Nobleman, the film (available on Hulu) provides a ton of first-hand evidence showing that Bill Finger was actually the key creator of all the most memorable parts of the character. Note: Documentary SPOILERS in this podcast!!! Melinda and Aaron speak with comic book expert Michael Bailey (The Fortress of Baileytude podcast) to discuss Bill Finger's contributions to Batman, and why so many comic book creators from the 30s didn't get the credit they deserved.

S2Ep12 - King of Kong, with Updates!

With the recent news of Billy Mitchell having his records revoked, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the story of the battle for the high score in Donkey Kong, and the insanity surrounding this entire story. Melinda and Aaron take you back through the fight for the title, as detailed in the 2007 documentary, "King of Kong," and tell you what was left out. We also discuss the current status as of May 2018.

Oh, so many references: