Episode 76 – Simpsons Periphery

The Simpsons: perhaps the greatest show in TV history. And when you’ve been on the air for 57 years (a guess), you’re going to become an ingrained part of pop culture for a lot of reasons that go beyond what happens on-screen.

This week we delve into everything Simpsons…except the episodes. Whether it’s branded promotional items or causing a moral panic, the Simpsons are everywhere and will still be everywhere long after we are all gone.

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Episode 49 – Pop Culture That Depicts a Naive and Dated Fear of Soviet Russia

Remember back when we spent every waking moment worried that the Soviet Union would invade the United States or decide to launch a nuclear attack since those dirty Commies couldn’t handle being on the same planet with BLAZING AMERICAN FREEDOM? Man, it sure is good that we don’t have to worry about THAT anymore!

We look back at the past – or prepare for the future – by remembering some pieces of pop culture that showed just how frightened or confused we were about the Soviets through the 1980s. So slam some vodka, put on a fuzzy hat and get ready for a pre-Perestroika madness.

And remember: in Russia podcast downloads YOU!

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