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Tara Ariano, Pamela Ribon and David T. Cole

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From 1988-1994, Sassy was the coolest magazine going for Gen-X teens. Celebrate that golden time by joining Tara Ariano, Pamela Ribon and David T. Cole for a deep dive into every one of its 80 glorious issues and remember what it was like hanging out with Jane, Christina, Catherine, Karen, and the whole crew, learning What Now, What Next, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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It's one thing to test your TV trivia IQ today, when there are hundreds of networks and dozens of streaming platforms. It's quite another to test how well you can recall TV trivia that, at its most recent, is 33 years old -- but your co-hosts bravely attempt it with the June 1989 quiz, Rate Your TV Trivia IQ. (Which of us got a perfect score? The a…
 
Summer movie season is just around the corner, so for our latest special episode, we're traveling back 33 years to recall the summer movie season of 1989. We've collected a bunch of TV spots from that year's movie hits (and misses) and are sharing our memories of what we rushed out to see that June, July, and August...or what we just possibly happe…
 
Want to dress like a John Waters protagonist, but only half the time? Risk abuse in a Muslim-majority country by flouting their standards of modest dress? Find a new way to confound your loved ones with bloomers? Give yourself a migraine with wildly complicated braids? The June 1989 issue is here for you! Our podcast on its fashion (etc.) also cove…
 
Have you ever wanted to: know what's in a lava lamp? Get Sassy to approve of your taste in music? Find out where Karen and Tiffany stand one year after the disaster that was Karen's attempted profile? What Now covers all of this and more. Watch It reviews The Dream Team and Troop Beverly Hills (among others), but which is the Hit and which is the B…
 
The June 1989 issue starts with a downbeat feature to end all downbeat features: first-person accounts from survivors of incestuous child abuse. Fortunately, the rest of the issue keeps it light: Karen tells you how to land a summer job; Christina profiles young-adult activists; all the female staffers discuss where the best guys come from. Outside…
 
Have you ever wanted to know how susceptible you may be to possibly developing an addiction to...anything? The May 1989 quiz -- Rate Your Addictability -- claims to tell you how worried you should be about it, but we think it just might be too vague. As always, it's a joy to move on to your latest voicemails on such subjects as supporting your loca…
 
Let's just say it's a May tradition to do a spread on day-glo swimsuits and a spread on white garments, because we got both of those in the May 1988 issue, and here they are again! There's also a spread that's reggae in fashion form, lessons on how to use blush, and tips to reduce stress -- or at least its effect on your looks -- that have not all …
 
The full complement of pop culture coverage returns for Sassy's May 1989 issue, PHEW. Following a What Now full of shrug items that read a lot like placeholders (what fell out?!), we're on to a very effusive Watch It, featuring Chances Are in the HIT slot and four-star reviews for Sing (not the one with animated animals) and Heathers. Listen Up vib…
 
We're opening up a brand-new issue and discussing its Teen Life topics! What's it like to be a competitive weightlifter who is also female? Which camp should you go to...next year, since if you're reading recommendations in May it's too late for this summer? Do guys REALLY only want sex? And what kind of slang are they busting out in Boulder? All t…
 
As poorly qualified as I am to uplift individuals and communities on a global scale to prescribe a course of action, I hope you will bear with me while I begin this sincere and earnest attempt. And please don’t get mad with me if, in doing so, I must rail against the pseudoscience that attempts—and continually fails—to prove that it is Major Americ…
 
Declining to submit ourselves to the literal vocabulary quiz in the April 1989 issue of Seventeen, we launch straight into your calls. What is it like indoctrinating your kids into They Might Be Giants fandom? What were the smart kids called at your school? How does Dave make flavored powder stick to his popcorn? And what call prompts a deep dive o…
 
It's a slimmed-down Fashion (etc.) issue this month, but we still find plenty to yell about in the features. Why aren't any of the photos in "Going Fast" in focus? What is aspirational about a swimsuit shoot in a swamp? Who are they trying to kid with this friggin' hat story? All this plus a bunch of new ads, a deep dive on Sassy Club and much much…
 
Pop culture offerings are slimmed down this month -- everyone was tired after the big anniversary issue, perhaps! -- but there's still lots of What Now to discuss, from the death of Acid House to the Brady ladies to Axl Rose's tresses, and...everything in between? A remarkably effusive Watch It delivers four-star reviews to the likes of Criminal La…
 
The April 1989 issue is a little stripped-down -- no fiction, no quiz -- but still gives us lots to chew on. Catherine's profile of Andi, a teen addict, left us with a lot of questions. Laura Norton heads to a Yonkers high school to get close to its cliques. Christina and Jane's trip to spring break in Daytona Beach might not have gone into enough …
 
The March 1989 issue's quiz invited us to Rate [Our] Social Style, so we did -- and we were all a bit dismayed by the results that came back. Then we get to your latest calls, which run the usual gamut from adding on to previous callers' remarks, sharing hilarious high school memories, and uninhibited musings (thanks, NyQuil)! We love all of you, a…
 
Your prom is going to be here before you know it, so the March issues of every magazine marketed to teen girls is going to be full of dress inspiration, and Sassy is no exception. But how effective is "Photo Finish" at making its looks seem aspirational? We've got critiques! The issue also tells you how to dress for pool (as in snooker), which blou…
 
If there's one thread that runs through nearly all the pop cultural coverage of the March 1989 issue, it's writers acting like preparation is for nerds. Christina admits in a What Now item that she assumed U2 was an inspiration for The Go-Betweens when it was actually the other way around. Neill reviews Rain Man without knowing anything about it. C…
 
We spend a lot of time talking about what Tara was doing in March 1989 -- at band camp for what would be the last time -- and then it's another jokefest about REGINA, perhaps because none of us is that excited about discussing a very long and journalistically very questionable article about "Young White Racists." But Karen's advice about "How To As…
 
After we take the confounding February 1989 quiz -- How Romantic Are You? -- and share our results, we dive into your latest calls, and they are doozies. Your fellow listeners tell us their experiences with: the scary "real" "memoir" Go Ask Alice; innovations in cursing by the children of Somerville, Massachusetts; and the antisocial uses of retail…
 
What looks did Sassy hope you would looooooove for Valentine's? Catalogue deliveries, mismatched prints, flipped hair, and Birkenstocks, for starters. The issue also tells you how to bathe, how to be a model (or, more accurately, why it's probably not as cool as you think), what's in your hair products, what Jane's assistant does with her days, and…
 
It's Christmas, so in lieu of a regular episode, we've filled your stocking with a whole stack of TV commercials from 1988 and 1989 -- because what's more appropriate for the holidays than jingles? God bless us, everyone! (Especially 1988 Matt LeBlanc and his Cherry 7UP spot.) Call The Hotline ☎️ Leave your questions, comments and Sassy stories on …
 
While the reviews and What Now items educate us about peace signs and future druid Julian Cope, it's two real Italians and a fake one who get the most attention. Peter DeLuise returns in a What Now blurb about a bad Valentine's Day; Alyssa Milano succeeds in convincing Catherine that she is not "stupid" (that's Catherine's word, not ours!); and One…
 
XXXOOO, says the February 1989 spine line, and the issue is full of Valentine's spirit...but first we need to talk about Christina's article on unhoused teens in New York. THEN we can get to her 12 DEFINITIVE ways to tell if a guy loves you, as a treat. (What He Said flips the question by asking a panel of dudes how they can tell when a girl likes …
 
Our callers have a lot to say about our most recent episodes, including talking back to previous callers. The best way to shave legs? Setting makeup with hairspray? We're getting feedback on the feedback! We also discuss the difference between GPAs from 1989 to the present, Afterschool Specials on YouTube, scandalous doings in the Merry Go Round dr…
 
We've carefully read 11 issues of Sassy so far, but how much information have we actually absorbed? For this special episode, Tara puts her co-hosts' memories to the test in a no-stakes trivia quiz! Call The Hotline ☎️ Leave your questions, comments and Sassy stories on the hotline at 720-SASSY-GO Contact Us 🐦 @ListenToSassy on Twitter 📷 @ListenToS…
 
The holiday parties of late 1988 are behind us: time to hunker down for the long, long winter in pajamas and layered white leggings, sweaters, and shawls! If you simply MUST go out, why not remix your wardrobe with some menswear pieces borrowed from your boyfriend, or possibly your much, MUCH taller dad? There's also tips on achieving pretty hands,…
 
The pop culture topics of the January 1989 issue cover a lot of ground, from a sad update on June 1988 child genius profile subject Adragon DeMello to the movie Patrick Swayze's doing instead of a Dirty Dancing sequel (it's only ROAD HOUSE!!!), five-star reviews for two very dark movies, and a sweet profile of Mary Stuart Masterson. But there's als…
 
3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's 1989, and we're kicking off our coverage of the January issue by talking about its Teen Life topics. What's teen pregnancy like for the dads? Why is your body going wacko? How did Christina survive an Outward Bound rafting trip? And who was named the very first Sassiest Girl In America? (Okay, the cover kind of gives t…
 
We hope you brought your sleeping bag because it's Slumber Party time! Your co-hosts share their results from the December 1988 quiz -- How Honest Are You? -- and then play some of the most recent voicemails left on our hotline (720-SASSY-GO -- just program it into your phone and call us whenever the spirit moves you!). What memories did our episod…
 
The fashion (etc.) of the December 1988 issue features one spread inspired by the style of Marilyn Monroe, and another that shows you how to layer to stay both cute AND warm! There's also a story that we might say culturally appropriated the Roma people, except (a) that's not the word in the headline and (b) the interpretation is pretty loose. Ther…
 
Time to unwrap another holiday-season podcast, this time about the pop culture topics of the December 1988 issue! What Now serves up smog, some Sassy superfan sisters, a book giveaway, what the stars want for the holidays, and "grotty"! Reviews include R.E.M.'s Green (featuring a legendary gaffe by our fearless leader Jane), Mystic Pizza, Clara's H…
 
It's time for festive fun with the December 1988 issue, and that means...kicking off with a real bummer of a Catherine story about two teen preachers, one of whom should have probably been removed from his father's care. Christina tries to fulfill Jane's request that she figure out what being "in love" actually is, and isn't. Karen brings us what i…
 
Are You A Perfectionist? Only you can answer that for yourself (with Sassy's help); after you've finished completing the quiz, you can listen to your co-hosts' results. Then we play your latest voicemails and learn more about acne, salads, the Downtown Choir, what Australians REALLY think of the word "spunk," Deborah Norville, and which of us was o…
 
It's hard to know what the editors think their reader is doing in November 1988, based on the issue's fashion and style content. Is she dressing drably for a job? Visiting the Southwest (again) in suede? Attending a formal girls-only party? Maybe all three in succession! At least the hair story suggests pleasantly un-fussy styles...not that you can…
 
What Now? Or should we be pronouncing it "What NOW"? An extraordinarily salty Christina fills the two-page spread by denigrating Jane Wiedlin's animal activism, casting doubt on Jason Gedrick's sincerity when speaking about his mental health issues, and saves her last bit of poison for Remote Control's Marisol, who was not even still ON Remote Cont…
 
Sassy is, of course, very proud of the work they did in their first few issues -- describing what readers' first sexual experiences might be like, demystifying boys' bodies, profiling out queer couples, and so on. But apparently the hate mail we read in the October issue was just a tiny fraction of what they received, or so we must surmise given No…
 
How Superstitious Are You? The October 1988 quiz helps us figure it out, but not all of us are happy with our results. Then we play some of your most recent calls: what happened to someone who did sew bells on an outfit; how effective cortisone shots are on cystic acne; which pens are actually superior; and what is a Pam filter? We also share some …
 
What are you wearing in October 1988? Sassy wants to show you a lot of coats (which look good when accessorized with a boyfriend), a story inspired by the Beats, and jumpers. It also wants you to ruin a sweater with an assload of bells, and stick a bunch of hatpins in the tallest hat you can find. A beauty feature on how to achieve perfect skin pro…
 
Our coverage of October 1988's pop culture topics kicks off with a big announcement: we're on Patreon! And we've got lots of cool things planned for those who support us there! We get out our electron microscopes to peruse the two-page Columbia House spread and choose the 12 Hot Hits we're going to buy for a Cool Penny. We bring you highlights from…
 
Our treat for October (as the spine line promises) is a brand-new issue, and we’re starting things off by discussing its Teen Life topics! Catherine goes to a weight loss camp and collects insights from her fellow female staffers on how to ask out dudes. Karen facilitates as three readers make over their bedrooms in very different styles. Christina…
 
How Good A Best Friend Are You? We're not sure we totally agree with what ALL the options supposedly tell us, but we do share our results. Then it's time to play your latest voicemails! How did a listener end up with an apartment full of Cineplex Odeon popcorn sprinkles? What kind of glamor was Eric Stoltz serving when he was spotted on the streets…
 
Visual Aids 🖼 View scans from the magazine in this episode's Visual Aids Call The Hotline ☎️ Leave your questions, comments and Sassy stories on the hotline at 720-SASSY-GO Contact Us 🐦 @ListenToSassy on Twitter 📷 @ListenToSassy on Instagram 🧑‍💻 Visit our website ListenToSassy.com Episode Notes 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on this episode's pa…
 
This is the POP CULTURE episode, not Fashion Etc., but given all the talk of hair, we'd get it if you got confused. As extensions! On arms! Stats about who's dyeing what shade! It's a lot. Watch It has some harsh words for the Pet Shop Boys' full-length film. Listen Up features, among others, a band from Australia's nearest neighbor -- hey, Crowded…
 
Sassy's first back-to-school issue makes a few major missteps: a feature called "Living With Racism" whose white author relentlessly others her interview subjects, all young women of color; and an imbecilic fiction story from premiere issue Justine Bateman harasser John Elder. But "Where The Boys Aren't," about the all-girl boarding school Emma Wil…
 
How gutsy are we? Gutsy enough to share our results from August 1988's "How Gutsy Are You?" quiz, and even to critique the framing of several questions. Then we move on to your latest calls: this month, you want to talk about the quiz (and you also have some notes), narcs, bathing caps, crushes on teachers, the horror of having restaurant staff sin…
 
Let's get fashionable, August 1988-style! It's time to start your back-to-school shopping, and you KNOW that means you're going to see a fashion story about plaid. Have you also heard about denim? Or sweaters? Because those get a moment in the spotlight too. What Next is also going to tell you what's hot on the runways of real, grown-up fashion bra…
 
The pop culture coverage in the August 1988 issue is a bit slighter than we're used to, allowing us to get into nearly every bit of it. What Now tells us to get hype for The Fly II, Haunted Summer, and The Prince Of Pennsylvania, also mentioning in passing a comedy called Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, shrug. It also gets into John Stamos's new …
 
When we say the Teen Life topics of the August 1988 issue run the gamut, that is precisely what we mean. We're going to start with the story of the youngest person ever sentenced to Death Row; then review the results of a survey conducted on 300 boys in malls, on topics ranging from when they want to get married to which outfit they'd most like to …
 
We've vetted all your applications (and we thank each and every one of you who filled one out), and the time has come to announce OUR Sassiest Girl In America! Then it's on to July 1988's extremely intense yet also possibly poorly constructed quiz: Could You Become Anorexic Or Bulimic? CW: This segment, of course, finds us talking about eating diso…
 
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