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Kevin Werkheiser and Chris Tognotti

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On Now We Know, Kevin Werkheiser and Chris Tognotti return to resonant, haunting, farcical, or otherwise impactful entertainment obsessions of their youths, through the jaundiced eyes of adulthood. Follow us on Twitter at @NowWeKnowPod!
 
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In the early 90's, with the golden era of The Simpsons in full swing, Fox's rival networks were desperate to devise counterprogramming to bridge a seemingly insurmountable ratings and cultural impact gap. They failed miserably with a pair of evening cartoons made for basically nobody, Fish Police and Capitol Critters. Plus: a side of Scorch, starri…
 
Kevin and Chris go long on 1989's The Wizard, starring the likes of Fred Savage, Christian Slater, Luke Edwards, Beau Bridges, and the inimitable Jenny Lewis. Join for a magical road trip through the deserts, casinos, and Universal backlot tours of America, culminating in a video game showdown to shake the heavens—complete with the reveal of the ne…
 
Join Kevin and Chris on a trip into the annals of Canadian animation with Rock and Rule, a 1983 sci-fi dystopian flick featuring the vocal talents of Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and Don Francks as deranged super rocker/demonic summoner Mok. This was Canada's first-ever English language animated feature, produced by Nelvana—you know, they of t…
 
No matter the season—whether it's hot szechuan soup weather, or time for a smooth, chilled pineapple pudding—it's always a good time for Kevin and Chris to dip back into the original Iron Chef series, which aired in Japan from 1993 through 1999, and was brought stateside via an iconic dub. Join the guys as they look back at a trio of epic clashes f…
 
Baseball is back, oh joyous day, callooh callay! To celebrate the return of America' preeminent stick-based sporting event, Kevin and Chris look back at Angels in the Outfield, the 1994 Disney movie that boldly asks: what if God would help you win baseball games, but not if it's a division clincher? Starring Christopher Lloyd, Danny Glover, Tony Da…
 
The Batman is here — Batman (1989) that is! Kevin and Chris revisit the Tim Burton classic, which more or less launched "moody Batman" in the hearts and minds of the American mainstream. Chris had never before seen this renowned classic, much to Kevin's finger-steepling delight. Starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, and of Arli$$ f…
 
For a momentous, celebratory 101st episode, Kevin and Chris revisit Blackbeard's Ghost, a 1968 live-action Disney comedy starring the inimitable Peter Ustinov as the selfsame salty pirate! Join the boys as they watch this master of his craft sashay, strut, and wail as only he knows how. Also, special guest appearances by a host of past guests, subs…
 
Closing out his time visiting for the holidays, bro of the show Evan Tognotti joins Kevin and Chris for a look back at largely memory-holed Steve Martin/Queen Latifah vehicle Bringing Down The House. Wholly unfunny and wildly racist, this 2003 "comedy" is perhaps valuable solely as a historical document of early-aughts Hollywood racism. Join the ga…
 
Merry Christmas! Callooh! Callay! Tucked far beneath your tree, in that little spot not even the light reflecting off the ornaments quite reaches... why, it's a present from your friends Chris and Kevin. A Christmas morning bonus episode! Aren't they just the best, you think, clasping your mug of cocoa in hand. Come along with us for a look back at…
 
This time Chris escorts Kevin back to the halcyon days of 1995, when syndicated cartoon powerhouse DIC—known to some in the industry as "Do It Cheap"—decided to import Sailor Moon, Japan's prototypical magical girl anime, to western shores. This was the first introduction little Chris had to the wide world of anime (or as Americans called it in tho…
 
Deep in the heart of November, Kevin pulls a Thanksgiving classic out of his back pocket — 1987's Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, both at or near the height of their respective powers. Will Neal Page make it home by Turkey Time? Is Del Griffith really an honest man, or is he actually a witting, canny con artis…
 
Rounding out Halloween season 2021, Kevin and Chris are joined by three-time returning guest Evan Tognotti—the most prolific sibling in Now We Know history—to examine My Boyfriend's Back, a 1993 comedy/horror (kind of?) flick that bravely asks: what if a clingy loser won Traci Lind's heart simply by decomposing in her arms? Featuring several early …
 
Spooky season continues as Kevin and Chris gaze back, with longingly erotic, vampiric intensity, at Canadian TV series Forever Knight, which ran from 1992 to 1996. Centered on 800-year-old vampire Nick Knight, who joins the Toronto police force to atone for his past sins and depravities, this show has it all: Vamps! Unethical 12-step sponsors! Bise…
 
Chris and Kevin are joined by four-time conquering guest Miranda for a look back at gothic horror classic Candyman—infamous on 90's elementary school playgrounds everywhere—on the occasion of the release of a brand new remake. All the stars are here—Tony Todd! Virginia Madsen! Kasi Lemmons! Xander Berkeley! So why not pop some popcorn, say Candyman…
 
With Chris disabused of some foundational misunderstandings in our earlier G.I. Joe cartoon series episode, Kevin returns to the well for the 1987 animated movie—sadly, not a theatrical release, but a familiar pick on the home video market. What follows is a rollicking, at times macabre tale of soldiers, secrets, spores, and the utter denigration o…
 
Crash, boom, bang! It's the third installment of Now We Know's ballyhooed Commercials of the 80's and 90's series! This time Kevin brings forth a bevy of exciting, confusing, controversial, and memorable TV ads from his youth, some of which Chris remembers, and some of which are brand new. Time to fire up your cathode ray tubes gang, we're goin' ba…
 
Kevin and Chris enter the video zone in this inaugural installment of Video Games of the 80's and 90's. Fate calls upon Kevin to run a gauntlet of 11 video games across the NES and SNES — all of them "Chris classics," though some, perhaps, not actual classics. Also, a devout Indiana Jones fan calls the Now We Know hotline, and he's got a bone to pi…
 
Kevin and Chris return to a mystical jungle of their youths, complete with familial wolves, scolding panthers, smooth layabout bears, swingin' monkeys, and aristocratic, homicidal tigers. That's right, it's 1967 Disney animated film The Jungle Book, based on the 1894 Rudyard Kipling tome of the same name. Oh, there are also some vultures who kinda …
 
Once upon a time, as little eight-year-old Chris languished in a bed at Marin General Hospital with an inflamed appendix, he by happenstance caught an episode of the 1990's Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon series on a small TV in the upper left corner of the room. Will this video game adaptation bring him as much comfort now as it did back then? There'…
 
Avast ye sea dogs, Captain Kev is here with a tale of piracy, alien worlds, treasure hunting, and foul creatures known as "monkeybirds." This time it's early 90's Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Pirates of Dark Water, which ran for three seasons, and boasts a robust voice acting cast featuring, well, the same 20 people who basically do every cartoon.…
 
Don't worry, listener, Kevin and Chris aren't the ones who need help—but Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Ringo Starr is another story! This time the guys revisit the 1965 Beatles film Help!, starring Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, amid a globetrotting series of failed, mischievous attempts on the former's life. Also stars the d…
 
For the final episode of Season Three, Kevin and Chris tackle a hyper-challenging video game from the latter's youth — Zombies Ate My Neighbors for the Super Nintendo, 48 grueling levels of B-movie horror schlock. Strap on your water gun, your weed-whacker, a few cans of soda, some popsicles, a martian ray gun, and maybe some footballs, and join in…
 
Kevin revisits Connections, a 1978 ten-episode miniseries created and hosted by British science historian James Burke, which examines the sinew between history, technology, and human understanding. He and Chris watched and discussed three episodes this time around — “The Trigger Effect,” “Eat, Drink, And Be Merry,” and “Yesterday, Tomorrow, And You…
 
Returning guest Brian joins Kevin and Chris to ring in the new year with 1994's video game film adaptation Double Dragon. Join your favorite hosts as they dish on Jimmy and Billy Lee, Alyssa Milano as leader of the Power Corps vigilantes, Robert Patrick as industrialist ghoul Koga Shuko, and the inimitable Bo Abobo. Also: Viennetta is coming back! …
 
Now We Know tickles your ears with some new bonus content! This time, the guys played through Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, the 1989 LucasArts point-and-click PC game with which little Chris spent many an hour. If you decide to play along, be careful — it is surprisingly easy to "choose poorly" in this one.…
 
This time we're looking back at something both of them loved as adventure-hungry kids — The Adventures of Tintin, the classic comic series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé which was adapted into an animated series in the early 90's. This episode covers the animated versions of three Tintin adventures: The Crab With the Golden Claws, The Shooting Star, a…
 
The year is 1993. The reign of Family Double Dare, the inheritor of classic Double Dare's legacy for the previous three years, is coming to an end. And so, Nickelodeon brings forth a new competitive game show, equal part genius and horrifying in design: Legends of the Hidden Temple. This show was a well-oiled disappointment machine, with about 3/4t…
 
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