These Things Matter Podcast - Finale
  • These Things Matter Podcast
  • These Things Matter Podcast

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

These Things Matter Podcast - Kurt Vonnegut
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Nathan Lund
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Kurt Vonnegut

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.

These Things Matter Podcast - Magazines
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Ron Doyle
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Magazines

On the first of our final three episodes we have Denver podcast pioneer and storytelling host Ron Doyle talking about his undying love of magazines. From purchasing childhood subscriptions to writing for Complete Woman as the industry was collapsing, Ron LOVES the glossy tomes.

Join us as we chat – there is talk of nudie magazines, y’all – and then go see Ron at The Narrators every 3rd Wednesday at Buntport Theater!

These Things Matter Podcast - Cormac McCarthy
  • These Things Mattre Podcast - Sam Tallent
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Cormac McCarthy

“He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die.”
― Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

Our pal comedian Sam Tallent holds the record for most number of times appearing on the show. Why? Because Sam is a fantastic guest who loves fantastic things, like author Cormac McCarthy and the book Blood Meridian.

Join us as we chat with Sam about The Road, No Country for Old Men, All The Pretty Horses, and all the rest of Mr. McCarthy’s fantastic bibliography. Is there lots of talk of death? Of course there is! Grab your dictionary and let’s boogie!

These Things Matter Podcast - Charles Bukowski
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Mishka Shubaly
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Charles Bukowski

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! (Actually please don’t be scared that we glorify all things lecherous and base. We have a nice discussion about a nice poet… for the nice people!)

Be sure to follow Mishka, read his books, listen to his music, and check him out when he comes to your town!

These Things Matter - Albert Brooks
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Bret Saunders
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Albert Brooks

We’re back! Together! Kevin and Taylor! Taking on the pop cultural world one subject at a time! Today we have radio legend Bret Saunders of the ‘BCO Morning Show! Anybody who has lived in Colorado over the past 20-odd years knows Bret’s voice, but did you know he also writes a jazz column for the Denver Post. How about that!?

We talk to him about his love of comedy auteur Albert Brooks. We focus on Mr. Brook’s first three “punk rock” movies, REAL LIFE, MODERN LOVE and LOST IN AMERICA, but really, we span the gamut. Join us! And then watch all these movies on Netflix!

These Things Matter Podcast - Stephen King
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Sara Wilson
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Stephen King

Avid readers of Stephen King are a rare breed. They are lovers of high-minded, sophisticated trash (or intelligent literature for mass-consumption – take your pick). They could be your aunt who reads nothing else, or your teenage cousin who goes on to be an astrophysicist. Our guest, Nerd Nite Denver‘s Sara Wilson, is somewhere in between. King was definitely a gateway drug to other authors, but she still loves the thrill of a good scary tale. Bring your buckets of blood and come along!

Also, here is the link to the GoFundMe page for Taylor’s Aunt Nadine. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT COOL AUNTS!

These Things Matter Podcast - Tom Robbins
  • These Things Matter Kristin Hoffmann
  • These Things Matter - Tom Robbins
“A better world has gotta start somewhere. Why not with you and me?”

And so the quoting begins. When you were 19, if someone handed you a Tom Robbins book, more than likely it would change your life. It certainly did for our guest, director Kristin Skye Hoffmann. We talk of beets and love and sex and drugs and how the world can change for the better with just a little mayonnaise.

These Things Matter Podcast - Frank Miller
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Lonnie Allen
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Frank Miller

Cartoonist Frank Miller is known for many things. He’s known for revamping Batman, turning him from a campy playboy into a dark and brooding cranky old man. He took noir and put it in the grindhouse, and he transformed Greek history into extremes of both homophobia and homo-eroticism.

Our guest, cartoonist Lonnie Allen, LOVED Mr. Miller in the hallowed shelving sections of his local Hastings, but now finds himself conflicted. Join us as we discuss this polarizing figure, and join Lonnie at the upcoming Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo (DINK) next March!