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.

"I used to be Irish Catholic; Now I'm an American. You know, you grow."

We had a blast talking to comedian Matt Braunger about George Carlin and his 1972 album CLASS CLOWN. Join us as we delve into the mind of the man known for his wordplay and his political prowess.

Be sure to catch Matt on stage when he comes to your town!

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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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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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"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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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!

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Writer Kathleen St. John joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about being persecuted by punk dudes, Bono's "Bononess," and how U2 is like Spinal Tap.

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Drummer Rob Burleson joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the music video director turned autuer, how Fight Club may have been better than the book, and why SE7EN is the worst date movie of all time.

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Colorado Public Radio's Jessi Whitten joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the differences between Joel and Mike, having MST3K be the foundation for a successful relationship, and how MST3K created a whole generation of snarky smart-asses.

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Kevin's Nanny O'Brien took sick and so he's visiting her in Nebraska. If you'd like to hear Episode 9 where Kevin interviewed her, you can find it here: http://thesethingsmatterpodcast.com/2012/06/13/ep-9-nanny-obrien/

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Ep. 86 - Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady w/ Heather Dalton

Producer/Musician Heather Dalton joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about when poetry was like punk, Kerouac's connection to Denver, and spending a week with Cassady's widow in London.

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