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These Things Matter Podcast

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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.

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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.

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34 Ratings
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Pretty snazzy!

By Mulder92 - Sep 28 2016
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This podcast smells like cheese! What's not to like!

Love it

By rinncella - May 13 2015
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They are funny poignant and insightful.

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
2
0
0
1

Pretty snazzy!

By Mulder92 - Sep 28 2016
Read more
This podcast smells like cheese! What's not to like!

Love it

By rinncella - May 13 2015
Read more
They are funny poignant and insightful.
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These Things Matter Podcast

Updated 12 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Ep. 241 - Cormac McCarthy w/ Sam Tallent

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On today's ep we have one of our favorite guests and the winner of our Most Times On The Podcast Award, Mr. Sam Tallent. Sam Stops by to talk about one of his favorite authors, Cormac McCarthy. Author of The Road, All The Pretty Horses, No Country For Old Me, and Sam's absolute fave, Blood Meridian.

Join in as we talk about death and violence. Man's inhumanity to man! How 'bout it?!

Feb 28 2017
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #2: Ep. 239 - George Carlin w/ Matt Braunger

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"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!

Feb 15 2017
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #3: Ep. 243 - Kurt Vonnegut w/ Nathan Lund

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For our penultimate episode we have one of our bestest pals, comedian Nathan Lund, talking about one of his favorite-est authors; Kurt Vonnegut. It should be noted that this was part of a marathon podcast recording session so Kevin may be a bit tipsy, Nathan may be a bit high, and Taylor may be a bit tired, but we couldn't call ourselves a true podcast, even after doing the show for almost a full five years unless we had at least a couple eps where people were not quite coherent.

Join us as we discuss Mr. Vonnegut's work, the tattoos he's inspired, and the mental breakdowns that lead to getting those tattoos.

Mar 14 2017
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #4: Ep 235 - Donald Glover w/ Will Miles

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Our new friend comedian Will Miles stopped by to talk about what it's like to be inspired by your peers, to be away from your family when there's a terrorist attack, and how Childish Gambino came to be legitimately amazing. We're talking Donald Glover! Community, Atlanta, LANDO?! Get into it, mystery team!

Jan 17 2017
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #5: Ep. 244 - Kev and Tay's Farewell Show

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Welp... that's a wrap. We didn't quite make it to 250 episodes, and we didn't quite make it to five years, but that's how life goes sometimes. Who would have guessed when we started the show that Kevin would be heading off to New York City and Taylor would be heading to Los Angeles? ...I mean, I suppose you probably could have made an educated guess. Nevertheless!

We hope you have enjoyed the show whether you listened to one ep or every ep (god save your poor soul). Please know we telepathically heard every time you yelled at your listening device when we got something wrong. You guys yell a LOT!

To absolutely everyone involved in making this show - producers, guests, designers, photographers, bandmates and listeners - THANK YOU.

And now we present The End.

Love!

-Taylor & Kevin

Mar 21 2017
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #6: Ep. 236 - Zelda w/ Mike King

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On today's ep we talk to musician Mike King of the band The Outfit about his obsession with The Legend of Zelda and all its sequels for NES, Super Nintendo, N64, etc, etc, etc. Join us as we grab our sword and shield and hit the road looking for rupees and dungeons!

Jan 24 2017
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #7: Ep. 240 - Mel Brooks w/ Jessi Whitten

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"That's it, baby, when you've got it, flaunt it, flaunt it!"

Hey! It's our fave radio DJ Jessi Whitten talk about her fave director/writer/actor/producer Mel Brooks!

Feb 21 2017
1 hour 31 mins
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Rank #8: Ep. 242 - Magazines w/ Ron Doyle

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We only have three more eps left (including this one) and we could not finish up our run without talking to Ron Doyle. Ron was one of the hosts of Denver's original pop culturey podcast, The Denver Diatribe. He now co-hosts and co-produces The Narrators show and podcast. He has also been involved in several other shows around town, he volunteers at the High Plains Comedy Fest, and he makes time for his family after working as a free lancer. How does he do it!?

We don't know, but we do know that he sure loves magazines. Listen in as we discuss National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Spin, Cosmo, Field & Stream, The Source, Vanity Fair and of course Highlights magazine.

Mar 07 2017
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #9: Ep. 237 - Board Games w/ Harmony Rose and Michelle Rocqet

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Join us as we talk to musicians Harmony Rose and Michelle Rocqet of The Milk Blossoms as they talk about their love of board games. Popular and obscure, new or used, strategy or skill-based, they love 'em all!

Jan 31 2017
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #10: Ep. 238 - John Hughes w/ Rob Walker

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On today's episode we talk to writer (and Taylor's old college pal) Rob Walker about the one and only John Hughes, director of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, UNCLE BUCK, PRETTY IN PINK, SIXTEEN CANDLES, ETC!

Feb 07 2017
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #11: Ep. 233 - Kevin's Dad's Pop Culture

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Rounding out the O'Brien parental units, on this week's episode, Kevin talks to his dad Dennis O'Brien about his pop cultural past!

Jan 03 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 232 - Kevin's Mom's Pop Culture

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Kevin sat down and chatted with his mom on this ep. Subjects include: Footloose, Prince, Van Halen, Journey, and of course Nebraska.

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Dec 27 2016
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #13: Ep. 230 - Charles Bukowski w/ Mishka Shubaly

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On this week's episode we talk to comedian/musician Mishka Shubaly about the one and only Charles Bukowski. Are you a drunk and poor 18 yr-old male with aspirations of becoming a great writer? This is the ep for you!

Dec 13 2016
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #14: Ep. 229 - Nick Cave w/ Joe Mills

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Join us as we chat with musician and competitive beardsmen Joe Mills about the prince of darkness, Nick Cave!

Dec 06 2016
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #15: Ep. 228 - Buffy The Vampire Slayer w/ Erin Stereo

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DJ Erin Stereo has finally fulfilled her 2016 goal of appearing on our show! We're happy to oblige when the topic is Buffy The Vampire Slayer! Join us as we talk about Joss Whedon's metaphorically brimming high school saga. It's Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Angel, Spike, Oz and all the rest of the gang!

Nov 29 2016
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #16: Ep. 227 - PBS NewsHour w/ Nate Craig

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Join us as we get political talking to comedian Nate Craig about the PBS NewsHour!

Nov 22 2016
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 226 - Live! from the 39th Annual Denver Film Festival!

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We were so thrilled to do a live show once again from the Denver Film Festival! This time around we talked about movie musicals with producer/director Patrick Hackett, actor Hayden Szeto and actor/Gerry/Jerry/Terry/Larry... Jim O'Heir!

Nov 15 2016
48 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 225 - The Golden Girls w/ Sharon Spell

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Join us for our last New York episode as we talk to comedian Sharon Spell of The Sharon Spell Show about her favorite TV show, The Golden Girls. From Midwestern housewives to New Jersey drag queens, all of America loves Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy. And how could you not?! Great writing, great timing, cheesecake, and incredible shoulder pads! Thank you for being a friend and listening.

Nov 08 2016
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #19: Ep. 224 - Bruce Springsteen w/ Pat Byrne

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Still in New York, by way of New Jersey, Kevin and Taylor talk to WFMU's Pat Byrne about The Boss. It's Bruce Springsteen time (and a little talk of The E Street Band)! Listen in as we discuss fathers and sons, grabbing that girl and getting out of town, plus Ben Stiller's amazing Bruce impression.

Be sure to listen to Pat Saturday nights on PROVE IT ALL NIGHT at wfmu.org!

Nov 01 2016
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #20: Ep. 223 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles w/ Scott Sharp

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Kevin and Taylor flew all the way to New York City to talk to comedian Scott Sharp about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they hadn't even seen the Michael Bay movies! Yeah, they've got their priorities well in order. Listen in! AND GRAB A PIZZA, MAN! BUT NO ANCHOVIES!

Oct 26 2016
1 hour 15 mins
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