Pop Culture, Autobiographically. Join hosts Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda as they discuss things that matter, e.g. music, movies, books, and TV. We talk to guests and each other about pop culture and its never ending impact on our lives.

"You're gonna eat lighting, and you're gonna crap thunder!" Ah, that great Philadelphian, Mikey. We could pull ten dozen more inspiring quotes from the whole Rocky franchise. Our guest, comedian Mara Wiles, loves Rocky. She loves his sweetness, his tenacity. She sees past his status as a "bum" to a guy who practices a turtle joke for his would-be love. Join us as we discuss boxing, the 80s, and how to lay out the neighbor kid who drives too fast in your cul du sac.

Direct download: Ep._160_-_Rocky_w__Mara_Wiles.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:25 PM

Here's what comes of putting a TV in your child's bedroom: Kids tired for school the next day, a lack of punishment available when they are sent to their rooms, and an unending love of the man they call Coco. Kevin and our guest, journalist Isa Jones, LOVE Conan. He is "their guy" as Marc Maron would say. Join us as we discuss the gigantic, red-headed weirdo we let into our homes every night, not to mention the crazy world he creates around him.

Direct download: 159_Ep._159_-_Conan_OBrien_w__Isa_Jones.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:39 PM

Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi. A couple-ah karate kooks who took the 80s by storm! Listen as we talk to podcaster Jon Ekstrom all about The Karate Kid franchise, including the terrible third sequal and the even more terrible The Next Karate Kid starring Hillary Swank! Never thought we'd be typing those words!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_158.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:59 PM

Hey, guys! Guess what? We have a lost episode! Yup. It finally happened. Do you know anything about zip files that won't unzip? Are you tech savvy? Any tips? Let us know! Email us at info@thesethingsmatterpodcast.com!

We'll be back soon!

Direct download: TTMP_LostEpisode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00 AM

What a joy it was to talk with comedian and skateboarder, Sean Jordan. Sean joined us during the Crom Comedy Festival all the way from Portland, OR, and he as wearing a cast on his foot, which he broke doing the thing he loves most: skateboarding. Join us as we talk boards, thrashing, shredding, ollies, decks, wheels and Rodney Mullen. 

Direct download: 157_Ep._157_-_Skateboarding_w__Sean_Jordan.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 6:00 AM

"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Ah, Joss Whedon. People go mad for your witty repartee and your on-the-nose characters who have ironic distance from their situation. Chuck Coffey certainly loves it! We talk to the vacation rocker about his love of Mal, Zoe, Hoban, Inara, Jayne, Kaylee, Simon, River and Derrial. Get up in this Serenity, guys! And then check out Chuck's band SPELLS, aka the best band in Denver!

Direct download: 156_Ep._156_-_Firefly_w__Chuck_Coffey.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:30 AM

"The words. You are good with the words, man." So say we to our returning guest, author William Dewey. In out longest episode yet, we talk about one of our favorite shows of all time, Mad Men. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Joan Harris, Roger Sterling, Pete Campbell, and on and on and on. We could name 40+ characters that we know and care about over the course of the show's 7 seasons, let alone countless scenes and even more moments of dialogue. Join us as we talk about what makes Mad Men so profoundly effective, enlightening and insightful.

Direct download: 155_EP._155_-_Mad_Men_w__William_Dewey.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:29 PM

Our favorite composer, Nathan Hall, returns to talk about another ethereal, divine Renaissance lady, Ms. Bjork. Having lived in Iceland for a year, Nathan can give us the lowdown on this small but vibrant land and the woman who in many ways represents all things Icelandic. We explore the ins, the outs, the belts, the whoops, the squeals, the ticks and tones. Oh, to get involved in the exchange of human emotions is ever so satisfying. It's human behavior, guys.

Direct download: 154_Ep._154_-_Bjork_w__Nathan_Hall.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Go, go Power Rangers! Need we say more? We chat to Mr. Pacman's Jim Compton about those mighty morphin kids. You guys remember the saga of the Green Ranger? When all the Red Rangers teamed up? Or any of the 20-something different iterations of the show? Because Jim does, and he's got the convention ticket to prove it!

Direct download: 153_Ep._153_-_Power_Rangers_w__Jim_Compton.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:20 PM

Hi guys! Welcome to our Third Anniversary Supergroup Spectacular, guys! Live at the Oriental Theater, guys! GUYS! We did a live podcast all about supergroups with Kiernan Maletsky, music editor from Westword, Jessi Whitten, Music Supervisor at 102.3 OpenAir, and comedian extrordinare, Jordan Doll. THEN you get a bonus clip from our These Things Matter Supergroup! The finale of our stage show! "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads!

We'll release the rest of the concert in some form soon, but for now we'd like to thank everyone for listening over the past three years, and all the guests for sharing their time and stories with us.

Direct download: 152_Ep._152_-_Live_3rd_Anniversary_Supergroup_Spectacular.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:05 PM