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.

Join us as we chat with cartoonist Lonnie Allen about his love/hate relationship with Frank Miller. Creating pre-teen dreams can be eye-poppingly astounding, or eventually kind of sad. Listen in!

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Whether you joined the quest as a kid reading the books, or with the rest of the world when the movie version of The Fellowship of The Ring came out, You're probably familiar with The Lord of The Rings. Tolkien's masterpiece is known far and wide as both a work of incredible lyricism and genius, and incredible silliness. Perhaps you painted "FRODO LIVES" on a wall in 1971? Maybe you pretended to be a half-orc with your pals and some foam swords? Perhaps you just wished you could fine an elven cloak hidden somewhere in the back of your closet? However it came upon you, LOTR does not leave quickly. In fact, it lasts like 3-4 hours a movie! Grab Gimli and Legolas and join us as we talk to actor, director and fight choreographer Geoffrey Kent about The LOTR... oh, and let's hunt some orc!

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"It's quite possible that I'm your third man, girl / But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son." Oh, Jack White. Oh, Meg White. It's difficult to explain what the coming of The White Stripes was like if we weren't a teenager when White Blood Cells dropped. For our guest, comedian Eric Dadourian, they were the first true musical obsession after years of a strictly religious upbringing.

Join us as we discuss these Detroit kids and their crazy rock 'n' roll. And be sure to follow Eric on Twitter and on stage at @ericdadourian.

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To start the episode off, we ask who are the people on the Mt. Rushmore of horror? Though we don't come up with an answer by the end, we know for certain that Wes Craven is one of those disembodied heads. Join us as we talk to documentarian and writer Keith Garcia about one of the masters of scaring the living daylights out of you. We talk allegory, blood fountains, and whether or not Nightmare on Elm Street Part II is the gayest movie of all time.

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You say it's your birthday? Well it's my birthday too, yeah! So let's chat about it! Kevin and Taylor talkin' 'bout birthdays, sprinkling in a bit of pop culture along the way. Oh, and were you aware of the fascinating story of Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza? Well now you will be! It's minisode time!

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Ah, August. Ah, Summer. Ah, South Broadway. In Denver, all these things mean it's time for the High Plains Comedy Festival! These Things Matter has been a part of the fun for all three years, and we've moved on up every time. Year one, we were in Mutiny Cafe, performing for a crowd that was not quite sure what they were watching. Year two, we blew the roof and the Satanism outta Trve brewery. Year three, featured on this episode, we were fortunate enough to have the show in the best venue in town, the Hi-Dive. Our topic was "Comedy Movie MVP" and with our guests, Karen Kilgariff, Jay Larson, Jonah Ray and Ron Funches, we discuss who brings it in comedies on the silver screen. Who's got the best batting average, comedy movie-wise? And how many other sports references can we throw in to the mix?

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"Would you like a jelly baby?" Perhaps only on a quirky, wildly imaginative, extremely British show like Doctor Who could such a saying be a catch phrase, and yet there it is! From the Fourth Doctor to be exact. Oh, what's this now? You were unaware of the sci-fi/sci-fantasy show that's been running for over 50 years (give or take a 13 year break) on the BBC? Since 1963, in fact? Where there have been 12 manifestations of the main character (13 if you count the War Doctor, which, of course you should count the War Doctor). My dear companion, you have so much to learn!

Join us as we talk to the Dudio himself, improviser and Best Show producer, Jason Gore, all about his beloved Doctor Who. Do we end up going off on an hour and a half defense of the Sixth Doctor? No. No, of course we don't. But if you're a David Tennant fan, you might be in for a treat!

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Charlie Chaplin's Tramp changed Evan Weissman's life. He loves him from his bowler-ed head to his bowlegged feet. How could one man be such a raconteur, innovator, perfectionist and physically masterful comedian? If more people were able to concentrate so intensely on their craft, says Evan, we'd live in a better world filled with people stuffing their butts with eyeballs. Yeah, this is a weird one. 

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"Don't worry, we will always be together." "That's what Diana Ross said." Yup. Sister Act. We're doing a show all about Sister Act. You say, "Taylor and Kevin. This seems ludicrous!" which is a funny way for you to pronounce "religious", we'll admit.

Hop on board the Whoopie train as we talk about Catholicism (as usual) and about whether or not people should be allowed to rap about being down with "G.O.D." with our guest, musician Amanda Gonulsen from Automatic Iris!

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"I wanna be stereotyped. I wanna be classified." Of course you do, Milo. That's why we love you. That's why our guest, podcaster Damian Burford and millions of other fans have tattoos of your illustrated face. Join us as we discuss the founding fathers of pop punk. The tongue-in-cheek founders of singing songs about liking food and pining for girls - both vitally important to your punk rock lifestyle.

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