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.

Kevin and Taylor threw a Cusackian themed party at Lost Lake and invited friends, family, and fans to share their feelings about the man. 

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To round out the year Kevin and Taylor sit down to recap some of their favorite moments of 2013 with accompaniment from Kevin's bassett hound Oscar.

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Improviser/Podcaster Jason Sims skyped-in to discuss sci-fi social commentary, not buying James Franco as a doctor, and his love of monkeys with guns. 

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Musician/Video Editor Georgina Guidotti invites Kevin and Taylor over to her house to watch Alien, Taylor conquers her fears, and Kevin tries to find something redeeming about Prometheus.

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Comedian Dave Ross drove 8 hours to talk about why men shouldn't be ashamed to like Rom Coms, wanting to be like John Cusack, and how You've Got Mail was really about destroying small business. 

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Musician/Writer Robin Edwards joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about break up songs, how pop-punk groomed her to become a Taylor Swift fan, and what it's like going to a Taylor Swift concert alone.

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Musician Nathan Brazil joins Kevin and Taylor to discuss early Pink Floyd, brit-pop, and why it's not cool to dose your friends.

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Producer and acapella dubstepper Andy Juett joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about his caddy years, doing "The Dangerfield," and the importance of being the ball. 

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Comedian Kristin Rand joins Kevin and Taylor to discuss Sasha Fierce, naming kids after albums, and this year's mind blowing Super Bowl halftime show.

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Musican/writer Bree Davies joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about wanting to be a Gen-Xer, feminist rock icons, and meeting Rob Zabrecky of Possum Dixon.

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Journalist John Wenzel joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about kitsch surrealism, dancing your way out of a tight spot, and how Pee-wee held a whole town hostage. 

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Comedian Aaron Urist joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the game that made him fall off the wagon, his psycholigical profile, and what happens when you tell your friends, "I'm really into stabbing people lately."

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From the A.V. Club, writer Cory Casciato joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about (in)arguably the best T.V. show of all-time, binge watching, and whatever happened to Huell?

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Unable to bring a hot new show this week, Kevin and Taylor bring you their apperance on Jason Sims Puts You in Your Place. Taylor sat in as guest host and Kevin talked about himself even more so than usual including his catholic roots, being raised by a mom in law enforcement, and his first five years in stand up. Jason's podcast is available on iTunes and SliceGlobal.com.

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Writer/Producer/Bon Vivant Ru Johnson returns to the show to talk about the ecclectic style of Erykah Badu, female empowerment, and watching CSPAN while smoking weed.

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Kevin and Taylor had some ill guests so they got back to basic to catch up on what went down this summer and why it's better to be a dick than a swallower.

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Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland makes his long awaited return to the show to talk about western troupes, blow job monologues, and Taylor finally doesn't like the topic for the show.

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Comedienne/Kevin lover Mara Wiles returns to the show to talk about Steve Carell's heart, favorite Creed moments, and why Jim and Pam may be the best couple in T.V. history

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Comedians Sean Patton, Beth Stelling, and Matt Braunger join Kevin and Taylor live from the inaugral High Plains Comedy Festival to geek out over their favorite TV comedy writing staffs.

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Filmmaker Evan Nix returns to the show to talk about childhood, paranormal intercourse, and the sarcasm of Dr. Peter Venkman.

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Comedian Jordan Doll returns to talk about meta humor, call-backs, and the poor chicken impressions of the Bluths.

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Kevin's oldest friend Cory Helie returns to the show to talk about punk rock, awkward teen years, and Dee Dee Ramones rap career.

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Comedian Goodrich Gevaart joins Kevin and Taylor to discuss his favorite rockumentaries, U2 acting like Spinal Tap, and becomes the first guest to spill a drink.

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Musician Ian O'Dougherty joins Kevin and Taylor to discuss D.I.Y, opening up for Fugazi, and the similarities between Ian McKaye and Jay-Z.

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Comedianne Christie Buchele joins Kevin and Taylor to discuss mother-daughter bonding, music videos, and the bizarre life of the King of Pop.

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Comedian/Actress Timmi Lasley joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the final frontier, existentialism, and her love of Jean-Luc Picard.

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Comedian Bobby Crane joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about angst, road trips, and hanging in the smoker's pit listening to Modest Mouse.

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Comedian Sean O'Connor joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the many incarnations of Clark Kent, messianic themes, and whether Man of Steel was a good movie or not.

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In only our second movie-director-centric episode, we invite stand-up comedian and sketch comedy filmmaker Jim Hickox on to talk about his favorite director, James Cameron. We talk about the director as god, and whether you can burn the memory of Titanic out of your skull using Ripley's pulse rifle/flame thrower combo.

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Actor/Director Warren Sherrill joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the church of sex, Prince's stable of muses, and being the coolest kid in a small town.

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From the A.V. Club, writer Jason Heller joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about "The Godfather of Grunge", Laurel Canyon, and the many phases of Neil Young.

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Comedian Bryan Cook joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about 2 Tone, high school marching band, and why The Mighty Mighty Bostones won't play his favorite song live.

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TTM's intrepid comic Kevin traveled to Omaha, NE for the inaugural Crom Comedy Festival and to ask, "What's your favorite joke?"

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Actress/Writer/Director/Producer/Janitor Erin Rollman joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about vaudville, satire, and growing up on the Marx Brothers.

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Comedian Chris Charpentier joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the quotes, characters, and questionable ending of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.

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Comedian Brett Hiker joins Kevin and Taylor to break down ABC's family friendly block, the darkness of Full House, and to do the "Urkel."

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Writer Ru Johnson joins Kevin and Taylor to bring da rukus about the Tao of the Wu, misogyny, and being creative director of an all lady Wu tribute group.

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It's the 1st anniversary of These Things Matter! Kevin and Taylor celebrate by talking about break ups, the male psyche, and the movie that inspired them - High Fidelity. All hail the Cusack!

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"Fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug were the drugs." Comedian Kevin White is addicted to The Simpsons... like a drug. (Segue!) His addiction may have led to his friendship with Kevin O'Brien, which may have led to the creation of These Things Matter! Huzzah! Whiteman joins Kevin and Taylor to do a second take on the Simpsons, a show that could garner infinite takes!

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Comedian Ben Roy joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about favorite Wire characters, quotes, and ends not justifying means.

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Low Times podcast co-creator and co-host Maggie Serota joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about interviewing Peter "Hooky" Hook, dark dance songs, and angrily rolling a joint. 

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Comedian Ian Douglas Terry joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the masculine and feminine sides of Swayze, sexual tension on a beach, and what it means to be a young-old man.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome from the A.V. Club and Westword writer Cory Casciato to talk about the undead, allegory, and meeting the godfather of zombies George A. Romero. 

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Kevin and Taylor welcome from the Walking The Room podcast comedian Greg Behrendt to talk about old dudes in short pants, raising kids in a rock n' roll household, and his band The Reigning Monarchs.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome from the Westword writer Kelsey Whipple to talk about getting into a verbal brawl at an Oasis concert, inverted discographies, and the best Gallagher brother.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome Low Times podcast co-host and Village Voice writer Daniel Ralston to talk about transcendant moments, Taylor getting high on life, and the "Thom Yorke" dance.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome musician/composer/performer Randy Washington to talk about his childhood, voice actors, and subversive cartoons.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome comedian Sean Patton to talk about Sean's tardiness, southern hip hop, and Kevin gets a new rap alias.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome writer/director/editor Neil Mahoney to talk about gender bending cover songs, what makes for a good cover, and covers so good they out shined the original.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome actor/playwright Josh Hartwell to talk about thematic space men, bad concert experiences, and man-on-man sexual tension.

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Kevin and Taylor welcome WFHB radio DJ/podcaster Nowah Jacobs to talk about Shakespeare adaptations, performing Shakespeare, and Kevin's disdain for iambic pentameter. 

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Kevin and Taylor welcome writer Josiah Hesse to talk all about the man they call Dylan, break-ups, and Christian rock. 

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