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.

Avid readers of Stephen King are a rare breed. They are lovers of sophisticated trash and could be your aunt who reads nothing else, or your teenage cousin who goes on to be an astrophysicist. Our guest, Nerd Nite Denver's Sara WIlson, is somewhere in between. King was definitely a gateway drug to other authors, but she still loves the thrill of a good scary tale. Bring your buckets of blood and come along!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:41am EST

This might be our most meandering show yet. Due to a lack of guest, we get a little crazy about snow days and school.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_188.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:52am EST

"A better world has gotta start somewhere. Why not with you and me?" And so the quoting begins. When you were 19, if someone handed you a Tom Robbins book, more than likely it would change your life. It certainly did for our guest, director Kristin Skye Hoffmann. We talk of beets and love and sex and drugs and how the world can change for the better with just a little mayonnaise.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_187.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

You gotta catch 'em all. No, ALL. All 700-odd some Pokémon, you guys. Our guest, comedian Rachel Weeks, can tell you about the first 150, but if YOU want to be the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time, you need them ALL! What are you wasting time listening to podcasts for? Get out there and win battles and collect your damn pokeballs, otherwise what good are yah?!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_186.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:47am EST

Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey. Jackasses, to be sure, but also comedic geniuses? Auteur filmmakers? Detectives on the edge of social normality? Cultural scientists? Or just a bunch of white dudes who like getting kicked the balls a lot?

 

Listen as we talk to comedian Andrew Michael to try to put Jackass in it's proper place - inside the mind of a 13 year-old boy.

Direct download: TheseThingsMatterEpisode185.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

"There shall, in that time, be rumors of things going astray, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things... with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o'clock."

Ahhhhhhhhhh Monty Python. "It's for the real nerds." - Taylor. "Power nerds" - our guest, musician Devon Torrey Bryant. Taylor and Devon have maybe the biggest geek out we've ever had on the show over Graham, John, Terry, Terry, Michael and Eric. Is this the fastest we've ever talked? Possibly. Will you hear us do silly voices and British accents. Definitely.

Join us for Taylor's ultimate episode discussing the Flying Circus, The Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, all the albums, all the sketches ALL THE MONTY PYTHON YOU CAN SHAKE A POINTED STICK AT!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_184.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:10am EST

I don't know if I'm unhappy because I'm not free, or if I'm not free because I'm unhappy." - Patricia Franchini. Ahhhh, French cinema. If you are looking for existentialism, casual sex, talk of love and hate, and heaping spoonfuls of ennui, you've come to the right place. Join us as we talk to journalist and comedian Byron Graham about Truffaut, Godard, and all the other men of the late 50s and early 60s who experimented in the auteur style and who changed filmmaking forever.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_183.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:17am EST

Join us as we sit and drink and chat and sing with our Supergroup: Leighton Peterson, Chella Negro, Justin Couch, Fez Garcia, Nathan Wright and filling in for Nathan Brazil Sufi Magpie Stevens!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Kevin and Taylor aren't often around kids. This could be the reason they thought it would e a really fun idea to ask a 3 year-old her thoughts on the Disney movie Frozen. It wasn't a terrible idea, they just got more slobber and less insight.

Join us as we chat with musician Michael Saul and his adorable kid Miranda (with cameos by her twin brother Oliver) about their fave, or at least most watched movie! Parents around the world can relate.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:53am EST

We LOVE Mr. Gborie. If you've never seen David Gborie do stand-up, we just don't know what you're doing. Likewise, if you've never seen Shaft or Foxy Brown, or Super Fly, or any number of Blacksploitation movies, you gotta get on that , like, yesterday.

Join us as we talk to David about his love of the genre, about how you to can have a race catharsis, and how when it comes down to it, ain't nobody better than Pam Grier.

Direct download: these_Things_matter_Episode_180.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:17am EST