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Top 10 lists brought to you in a different way! Who hasn't compared your "favorites" rankings while hanging with friends? Longtime pals, Steve & Kirk have burned many hours and brain cells doing just that and they will bring you their take on the best of everything Music, Movies, T.V., Sports, History, and Food have to offer. PopuList wants our listener's input as well! Go onto our website (populistpodcast.net) each week and vote on YOUR favorite 5 answers of our picks from a recent episode. ...
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Lots of us grew up on Disney and Pixar films. We love the cute heroes, the story, the songs. But do we really love the villains? You bet we do! Without the villains, what do you have? A whole bunch of cute do-gooders, and who wants that? Steve and Kirk return to pump up these characters in need of some love as they discuss and debate the best of th…
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Food. Ya need it. You want it. Sometimes too much. Each of us has those certain foods we crave. Those mouth-watering dishes that may have a little too much control over us at times. Burgers? Cakes? Coffee? What are the foods that make you say "Sure, I'll have another"? Steve & Kirk dive, stomach first, into the foods that they find somewhat addicti…
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Who doesn't love a good cry watching a movie? Not real men Kirk and Steve. Alright. Yeah, they do. Maybe a little too much. But not so much that they can't get it together to discuss and rank the ten movies most likely to make them, and maybe you, reach for the tissues. Support the showBy Steve Hoefer, Kirk Trutner
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So many products from so many companies competing to get YOUR attention. Some do it better than others, but who is the best? What makes them so good? The guys return from an extended absence (ahem, Steve) to discuss, debate, and rank the best ad campaigns to ever inhabit our screens. So have it your way and if we don't deliver in 30 minutes or less…
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As an Encore Episode, we offer Best Disney Movie Songs, our most popular episode and and a fitting tribute to our personal friend and friend of the show, Chris Ledesma, who passed away a few months ago. This episode is a fitting reminder of the warmth, humor and intelligence Chris shared every day of his life. We were so lucky to have him as our gu…
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The guys take a break from the norm and pour "a few" drinks to discuss various topics from Travel to Movies and Sports. This episode also has the distinction of something the guys have only done once before on the pod; They're actually broadcasting from the same location! That calls for a drink, or "a few" drinks. Bartender! Support the show…
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In what will shock the world, as an actual episode UNDER an hour, Steve and Kirk rank the teams who have dominated the field in their particular sport. Who's the best? Do certain sports lend themselves to sustained success? Listen to what the guys think and decide whether they get it right or not. We're leaning on the side of "not". Support the sho…
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The guys are back and they've got feelings. Love feelings. The kinda love that's best described in song and that's what the topic is for today: Best Love Songs. Steve and Kirk take a look at love as expressed through some pretty great music. Some of the tunes will be part of your heart already, others will hopefully be that newfound love addition t…
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Somewhere toward the end of Season 2, Steve had to go.......to Europe.....and didn't take Kirk (or his own kids) with him. After two grueling months of drinking and eating the best France, Italy and Switzerland could throw at him...he returned. Reinvigorated, he prepped to continue the podcast only to find now that Kirk had left! Where had he gone?…
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The guys are "back in the bar" discussing and ranking a "Long-Island Ice Tea" mixture of topics. A little departure from the norm as the guys ping-pong their way through fads, sports, worst habits, album art, reality shows, and Elon Musk. There is absolutely nothing that will change the world in this bonus episode, but you might add a couple of lau…
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Chocolate, caramel, crunch, nougat, peanuts. What's in your favorite candy? Are you the type who prefers to kick back in a theater with a box of something delicious that will last a long time? Whatever you like, there's a lot to like, no, LOVE about these amazing treats. Chef Lee Hillson joins Steve & Kirk to discuss what candies are the best both …
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The Brickyard. The Friendly Confines. The Theater of Dreams. Great nicknames for some of the greatest sports venues. Major sporting events have claimed their piece of history in these venerable landmarks, but which are the very best of all? Steve & Kirk play a full match while debating these icons of sport. Now teeing off... Support the show…
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If you're old enough to have seen them when they premiered, they make you smile. If you've streamed them lately, you're watching a big part of television history. Cop shows. Hospital shows, Sitcoms, Soaps. The '80s had it all and in many cases launched a lot of it. Steve and Kirk are joined by Casting Director Sandi Logan to remember, reflect and r…
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Great films usually are products of strong scripts, casting, directing, and the skills of the entire crew. Even the great films would fall flat without the music score to accompany the story and action. Great films can be made better, weaker films can get elevated to new heights by an amazing score. Was that a shark?! Steve & Kirk, along with retur…
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They've overcome barriers and defied unfair odds and obstacles and yet women occupy some of the most important and influential spots in history. You know of many already and probably aren't aware of others. The one absolute is, they have all changed our world for the better. So many to choose from, but who stands out the most? Steve & Kirk tackle t…
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Two American giants of the entertainment world. Disney and Pixar. Both have made their name on creating some of the most iconic and beloved animated feature films for decades. Pixar has been doing it since 1995. Disney, since 1937! Who has done it best overall? Is there a best? Which of their collected films is the very best? All those moments. All…
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The Olympics. The Summer Games are a not too distant memory and the Winter Games will be here soon. So many great moments. So many great performances. Steve & Kirk discuss who were the greatest of athletes in their performances of a single Olympic Games. TV/Streaming Sports Producer John Learing returns to help "carry the torch". Support the show…
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"What's Up Doc?", "Doh!" and "Yabba Dabba Doo!" all bring that certain something to mind. 'Toons!, Animated T.V. Series. We've watched them as kids, turned to them for an escape from our busy lives as adults, but mostly, they've been a big part of what entertains us throughout the years. Which era gave us the best? Steve & Kirk draw their own concl…
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You can make an argument almost every Academy Awards about another film being deserving of winning Best Picture, but what are the films with the biggest snubs for that award? Kirk and Steve go without a safety net to give you their takes on the films that Oscar didn't treat very kindly. As a bonus, the guys also take a look at the coming attraction…
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They amuse and bemuse us as they entertain and distract. They are Board Games. Steve & Kirk take a look at getting out of jail free, who did what in the conservatory with the rope and how do you fix a wrenched ankle? These are the games we've loved forever. Joining the guys is author Tristan Donaldson ("It's All a Game: The History of Board Games f…
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We can't help ourselves. We love to travel, see new sights and have a lot of fun doing it. So, when you get to vacation in the U.S., which cities would be the very best to visit? What is fun to you? Do you like sun and sand? Nature? Historical places or man-made amusement? Kirk and Steve pack their virtual bags and make some non-existent reservatio…
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No time for the boys this week and these are the women who rock. They sing. They strut. They blow us away with their talent to perform. Sometimes taken for granted, but they should never be taken lightly because they are some of the best ever in the annals of rock. No country, R & B or Pop this week. Listen as Steve & Kirk take on the best Front-wo…
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Heisman Trophy winners are considered the best players from that season, but who is the best of the best? Is it the players with the best stats? Is it the player who excels in the biggest moments of the biggest games? Is it some special intangible? Steve & Kirk dive into who really are the Top 10 Heisman winners of all-time. ESPN's David Hale re-jo…
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Charlie Brown, George Bailey, Rudolph, Scrooge and the Grinch. There are certainly a lot of amazing characters we love to see this time of the year and there certainly are a lot of holiday programs, specials and movies to see them in. So much to watch during a very busy season! Well, Steve & Kirk will help you find that perfect line-up for you and …
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This episode promises to be a little different. As it was done in the beginning and as it's been done since, the guys make their own personal Top 3 and Top 5 lists based on topics they throw at each other. They may not actually be in a bar, but they like to pretend. Probably too much. The episode will give our listeners a little more insight into t…
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Sitcoms. We grew up with them. We identify with them. They’ve been a staple of television since, well, the beginning of television. Lucy and Desi, Archie and Edith, Sam and Diane and many more have filled our homes with laughter. Comedy is hard to do. The guys and Sandi will reveal who they thought did it best. Support the show…
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Our first music episode and of course, it’s gotta be Rock n’ Roll! No solo acts, no front-men with back-ups, we’re talking groups. These are the bands! Whether it’s big guitar solos, innovations that killed it, or hits that keep coming, They’re called Rock Bands for a reason. Singer/Songwriter D. Vincent Williams helps us take a look at the greates…
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