Stop Ruining My Childhood!

Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue… and Nik L Nips

July 21, 2022

On April 21, 1990, all four major American television networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS, most independent stations, as well as cable networks Nickelodeon and the USA Network ran the anti-crack PSA, Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue. 

Sponsored by McDonald's, the special featured nearly every famous cartoon at the time: Winnie the Pooh, Muppet Babies, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Smurfs, Garfield, Bugs Bunny, the Duck Tales Gang, ALF, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more! 

Steve and Megan revisit their memories of D.A.R.E., the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program that ran from 1983 through 2009. We talk about the crack "epidemic," which many believe was a moral panic, and then we review the ironically trippy cartoon special. 

Our non-sponsored snack for this episode are Nik L Nips, the wax bottle candy developed during the Prohibition Era that made a comeback in the 1980s!

Did we love the PSA? Did we stay off drugs? Tune in to find out!

 

Links to listen can be found on our website: www.stopruiningmychildhood.com 

 

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