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!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_171.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

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!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:46am EDT

"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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_169.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Podcast_Episode_168.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Minsode_5.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

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