These Things Matter Podcast - Daisy BB Gun
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  • These Things Matter Podcast - BB Guns

It’s time for a toys episode, you guys. Well, a toys episode that turns into an American history episode that turns into an epic road trip story involving hitchhiking pirates. Seriously. It’s the world of writer and archeologist Mark Sanders, y’all! Join us as we talk about America’s favorite toy – the BB gun. We do so avoiding all discussion of the dangers of American gun culture! How ’bout them apples?!

You can read some of Mark’s many pieces of writing here at Westword and hopefully you’ll be able to read his BB Gun adventure book soon!

These Things Matter Podcast - "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Kiernan Maletsky
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Weird Al

We were so thrilled to talk to Westword music editor Kiernan Maletsky about his love for the one and only “Weird Al”. For kids growing up in the 80s and 90s there were few funnier people. Parodies, yes, but also accordion music, funny faces and fart noises! What more do you need?!

Join us as we chat with Kiernan about the man, the myth, the legend, the bologna enthusiast. And be sure to read all of Kiernan’s fantastic coverage of this here Denver music scene!

These Things Matter Podcast - Kids In The Hall
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Haley Driscoll
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Kids In The Hall

Holy shit, you guys. It’s head crushing time. Will we use this space just to write our favorite Kids In The Hall quotes? Will we ever get back to 2014 reality, or will we live constantly in a state of Canadian 90s-ness? Guess what, we don’t have to choose! Thanks to comedian and improviser extraordinaire, Haley Driscoll, we can dip our toes into the magical world of Dave, Bruce, Kevin, Mark and Scott any old time! Throw on your wig, do a silly voice and sing “Doe, a Deer” till your mouth bleeds!

While you’re at it, listen to Haley and Christie Buchele’s new podcast Empty Girlfriend! Do something with your life, Lopez!!

These Things Matter Podcast - Peter Pan
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Kate Gonda
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Peter Pan

It’s Pan the Man! Join us as we chat with Kate Gonda, aka Taylor’s sister, about growing up obsessed with Peter Pan. If you ever wanted to have adventures with your plucky fairy friend, build tree houses with your pals, fight pirates, and chill with mermaids and American Indians, then Peter Pan was you guy.

Kate wanted to be Peter Pan for most of her childhood (and we have the pictures to prove it). As an adult, she’s rocking into the art world. Check out her portfolio at and if you see her around town, be sure to ask her to crow like Pan.

These Things Matter Podcast - Kevin O'Brien
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Kevin O'Brien
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Taylor Gonda

Ah, Summer. A time when young men and women’s minds turn to thoughts of the impending apocalypse/rapture, to swimming around in existentialism and ennui. Or maybe that’s just Kevin and Taylor. Join the not-so-dynamic duo as they discuss their respective Summers thus far. Road tripping, reading, drinking, whatnot. Oh and here’s the song Kevin was referring to in the ep:

These Things Matter Podcast - The State
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Comedian Kevin O’Shea is many things. He’s a stand-up, he’s a curly hair enthusiast, he’s a man who enjoys wearing button-up shirts one size too small, and he is a lover of The State. No so much the military-state autocracy we find ourselves living in today (right patriots! … I don’t know what that means or why I said it)… but no, no.. the funny State! The MTV The State! You know… Allison, Ian Black, Garant, Holoubek, Jann, Kenney-Silver, Lennon, Lo Truglio, Marino, Showalter and Wain! Doug! “Dip my balls in it!” $240 Worth of Pudding! All the mayhem and wonderment you love and remember!

Join us as we look back at maybe the most punk rock show MTV ever produced. And then we’re all gunna go enjoy some monkey torture.

These Things Matter Podcast - South Park
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Scott LaBarbera
  • These Things Matter Podcast - South Park

Why it’s the most family-friendly, wholesome, god-fearing cartoon show ever to grace American television! It’s South Park! Join us as we chat with Scott LaBarbera, owner of the Oriental Theater here in Denver, about Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman and the world of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It’s time to take acid and head to the Oscars, kiddos!

In case you didn’t know, you can watch every episode of South Park ever right here!

These Things Matter Podcast - Twin Peaks
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Ashley Rogers
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Twin Peaks

“Wait a Minute! Wait a Minute! You know, this is — excuse me — a damn fine cup of coffee.”

“Let’s rock! I’ve got good news. That gum you like is going to come back in style. She’s my cousin. But doesn’t she look almost exactly like Laura Palmer? …She’s filled with secrets. Where we’re from, the birds sing a pretty song, and there’s always music in the air.”

“You listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchet-man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely: revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method… is love. I love you Sheriff Truman.”


We could go on and on and on quoting from this strange show that can make you tear your hair out with campy acting and terrible music one moment, and scare the living bejesus out of you the next. Join us as we chat with writer Ashley Rogers about David Lynch and Mark Frost’s seminal series and how trading in your childhood books for Agent Cooper is never a bad thing.

These Things Matter Podcast - TMBG
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Allen Strickland Williams
  • These Things Matter Podcast - They Might Be Giants

What a treat is was to talk to WOMEN comedy‘s Allen Strickland Williams about those great, silly, intellectual pop geniuses They Might Be Giants. Did you learn all about Istanbul (not Constantinople) and the incandescent gas of the sun from your 6th grade teacher or from John and John? Of course it was John and John! You’ve got a birdhouse in your soul like all great people, right? Course you do.

Be sure to catch Allen in any number of hilarious WOMEN videos or on your favorite stand-up comedy stage!

These Things Matter Podcast - Queen
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Erik Edborg
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Queen

Erik Edborg is the third Buntportian to grace our podcast. Erik can be seen on stage at Buntport Theater kicking ass and taking names. Taylor saw him perform a rendition of Queen’s “Flash” – the theme from Flash Gordon – complete with t-shirt and choreography, and she realized we had to have him on the show.

As usual, we could have talked for many hours more about Brian, Roger, John and of course Freddie. Queen rules, duh, and we enjoyed pointing out that fact over and over again. Get on your bikes and ride!

To hear our other Buntportian episodes, click here for Erin Rollman discussing the Marx Brothers, and here to hear Brian Colonna talk Westerns.