Culture on My Mind – The Classic Stephen J. Cannell

Culture on My Mind

Culture on My Mind
The Classic Stephen J. Cannell
May 23, 2022

This week, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track celebrates the man marked by that fancy title card with the typewriter and the flying papers.

You know, this one.

Gary Mitchel was joined by Kevin Eldridge (The FlopCast) and Nathan Laws (The 42Cast) for a celebration of ’70s and ’80s TV action stylings. Cannell was one of the most prolific television creators in history and practically defined the 1980s. He was the pen behind The Rockford Files, Baretta, The A-Team, Hunter, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, and more.

It’s only fitting that the Classics Track celebrates this classic producer.


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be a special on May 25th. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – The Classic Two-Fer

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Culture on My Mind
The Classic Two-Fer
April 25, 2022

This week, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track gives everyone two (two! TWO!) panels for the price of one. Which is still free.

On April 21st, Joe Crowe was joined by author Bobby Nash (bobbynash.com) and Lola Lariscy (on Twitter) for a celebration of the mystery and romance of Remington Steele. At the halfway mark, Gary Mitchel relieved Joe and brought in the panel of Beth Van Dusen (Execute Chapter 66: A Star Wars Fiction Podcast) and Kevin Cafferty (Let’s Get Chatty About David and Maddie) to discuss the pure chaos of The Young Ones.

That’s two shows that couldn’t be more different. Well, except that there’s a British guy in an American show, and there’s an American guy on the British show, but who’s counting?


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be on May 5th. The future of these panels includes an appreciation of a staple of 1980s television, a Bat-Panel, a special late May surprise, some vampires, and a discussion of Saturday cartoons. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Eat the Hot Dog!

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Culture on My Mind
Eat the Hot Dog!
April 4, 2022

This week, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track celebrates the Shaq attack with the 25th anniversary retrospective of Steel.

On March 31st, the panel of Michael Bailey (Fortress of Baileytude), Keith DeCandido (decandido.net and wherever fine books are sold), and Shaun Rosado (pneumaz on Twitter) joined Gary Mitchel to celebrate hammer time and John Henry Irons in the era of cheesy superhero flicks.

The bonus material in this panel – the panelist celebrate April Fools a few hours early with Leigh Tyberg, ToniAnn Marini, Kyle McCraw, Darin Bush, Denise Lhamon, and their furry companions – was a hoot to see develop behind the scenes. Michael Bailey has wanted to do a Steel panel for a good long while, and Gary, Darin, and I mused about this after the Harry Potter panel back in January. Darin suggested selling it as a Steel panel, but having everyone show up with their pets instead as an early April Fools gag. As we laughed about it, Gary split the difference and decided to give audiences both.

You’re welcome. *wink*

(I would have been there with Charlie and Jango if I could have been. Next time.)


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be on April 14th, when the Classic Track Irregulars will discuss the 40th anniversary of Remington Steele. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Bram Stoker’s Dracula at 30

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Culture on My Mind
Bram Stoker’s Dracula at 30
March 28, 2022

This week, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track loves biters.

On March 24th, the esteemed panel of ToniAnn Marini (on Twitter and The Geeky Devil) and Keith DeCandido (decandido.net and wherever fine books are sold) convened with Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel to celebrate the lush and extravagant retelling of the classic vampire tale. These creatures of the night made music discussing highs, lows, faithfulness to the novel, and everything it inspired along the way. Cross the oceans of time with them.


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be on March 31st, just in time for an international day of foolery. It is time to commemorate the anniversary of Steel. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Battle of the Fictional Bands 2022

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Culture on My Mind
Battle of the Fictional Bands 2022
March 14, 2022

The week, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track is all about that music. The nerdy music that drove our childhoods and still pilots our geeky souls.

On March 10th, the gonzo panel of ToniAnn Marini (on Twitter and The Geeky Devil), Leigh Tyberg (The Salacious Crumbles), Keith DeCandido (decandido.net and wherever fine books are sold), Kevin Cafferty (Gleaming the Tube), Kevin Eldridge (The Flopcast), and Shaun Rosado (pneumaz on Twitter), joined Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel for the panel that was so popular last year that it became five, including one at Dragon Con itself. Welcome back to the tour, but let’s just forget about those green M&Ms.


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be on March 24th. The docket contains a famous bloodsucker and a bonus panel that shall remain nameless for now, and there are always more on the way. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Sci-Fi Sports

Culture on My Mind

Culture on My Mind
Sci-Fi Sports
February 28, 2022

The week, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track is celebrating the sports of science fiction as we come into March, which is mad for hoops or something.

On February 24th, the panel of Darin Bush (on Amazon, though the man really needs a website) and Shaun Rosado (pneumaz on Twitter) joined Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel for a celebration of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Dodging that bludger, bouncing on that trampoline, and doing some real podracing!


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be on March 10th. The docket contains battling bands, a famous bloodsucker, and a bonus panel that shall remain nameless for now. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Leeloo Dallas Multipass!

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Culture on My Mind
Leeloo Dallas Multipass!
February 14, 2022

The week, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track is celebrating a quarter century of The Fifth Element. It is kind of hard to believe that it’s been that long since this oddball and magnificent science fiction film debuted.

On February 10th, the panel of Rick Klaw (on Twitter), Deanna Toxopeus (RevolutionSF’s Facebook page), and Lola Lariscy (on Twitter) joined Joe Crowe for a discussion of meat popsicles, cosmic good and evil, Fhloston Paradise, and blue divas. They had a show to run, and it had to pop, pop, POP! Pass this knowledge on to the next as it was passed on to you.

Because it is Valentine’s Day, here’s a bonus video: Little Light of Love by Éric Serra. It was the end title theme from The Fifth Element.


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be on February 24th. The docket contains a fictional sports (just in time for that “Superb Owl” football game), battling bands, a famous bloodsucker, and a bonus panel that shall remain nameless for now. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Yer a Twenty-Year-Old Wizard!

Culture on My Mind

Culture on My Mind
Yer a Twenty-Year-Old Wizard!
January 31, 2022

Can you believe that it’s been twenty years since the film version of Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone premiered? The Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track celebrated it just last week.

On January 27th, the panel of ToniAnn Marini (The Geeky Devil), Deanna Toxopeus (RevolutionSF’s Facebook page), Darin Bush (on Amazon, though you should join me in telling him that he really needs a website), Shaun Rosado (pneumaz on Twitter), and me for a discussion on the movies, the books, our memories of the franchise, the legacy, and our acceptance of all Wizarding World fans despite what the franchise’s creator thinks of them.


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The next panel will be on February 10th. The docket contains a mool-ti-pass anniversary, fictional sports (just in time for that “Superb Owl” football game), battling bands, a famous bloodsucker, and a bonus panel that shall remain hidden for now. You can find all of this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Fly You Fools! (The Second Breakfast)

Culture on My Mind

Culture on My Mind
Fly You Fools! (The Second Breakfast)
January 21, 2022

If you know The Lord of the Rings, you know that there is a lot to talk about. As a result, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track celebrated twenty years of assembling the Fellowship… twice! 

The first panel on this was held on January 13th and discussed here.

On January 20th, the panel of Darin Bush (on Amazon, though you should join me in telling him that he really needs a website), Kevin Cafferty (Gleaming the Tube), Sherman Burris (NerdBurger358 on Twitter), and Beth Van Dusen (Execute Chapter 66, available where all fine podcasts are fed) joined Joe Crowe for one more round of hot Middle-Earth action.


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Since this was a special event, the next panel will be on January 27th when we celebrate another 20th anniversary. You can find this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Fly You Fools!

Culture on My Mind

Culture on My Mind
Fly You Fools!
January 17, 2022

One thing that the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track does well is anniversaries. Last Thursday, they celebrated twenty years of assembling the Fellowship. 

On January 13th, they talked about hobbits and Gandalf and Tolkien galore as they looked back on two decades of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The live-action movie, not the book. Because the book is much older. Joe Crowe was joined by Shaun Rosado (pneumaz on Twitter), ToniAnn Marini (jersey_devil86 on Twitter), Nathan Laws (host of The 42Cast), and David Wright (Galahad’s Doom).


These Classic Track Quarantine Panels will be held once every two weeks (or every fortnight, if you will). If you want to play along at home, grab your internet-capable device of choice and navigate the webs to the YouTube channel and/or the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

If you want to connect with the track, Joe, and/or Gary on the socials, you can find them on Twitter (ClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and sneezythesquid) and Instagram (SciFiClassicTrack, JoeCroweShow, and Gary_Mitchel). And, of course, to celebrate more pop culture awesomeness, you can find Dragon Con all year round on the internet, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The future of the Classic Track’s YouTube channel holds another 20-year anniversary celebration. You can find this and more every other Thursday as the American Sci-Fi Classics Track explores the vast reaches of classic American science fiction.

The episode art each week is generously provided by the talented Sue Kisenwether. You can find her (among other places) on Women at Warp: A Star Trek Podcast.

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Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.