These Things Matter Podcast - Finale
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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.


-Taylor & Kevin

  • These Things Matter Podcast - 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. You know what? Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello would understand. Splinter might give them shit, but he’s a rat! Listen in! AND GRAB A PIZZA, MAN! BUT NO ANCHOVIES!

These Things Matter Podcast - Power Rangers
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Go! Go! Power Rangers! Just try to stop hearing that over and over and over in your head during this episode. Grab your sick guitar riffs cuz it’s time to talk Saturday morning/weekday afternoon/forever and ever in syndication television… it’s POWER RANGERS TIME!

We talk to Mr. Pacman’s Jim Compton about his (and his son’s) love of those teenage ninjas (non-turtle). Whether your jam is the OG Mighty Morphin crew, or Time Force, or Wild Force, or Power Rangers in Space, or Power Rangers Mega Force or any of the other 20-odd iterations of the show, all you need is a brightly-colored jumpsuit and a lot of explosions and you’re set to go!

These Things Matter Podcast - Daisy BB Gun
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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!

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Holy shnikes. It happened. We just kept putting out episodes, week after week, and it happened. We hit 100 episodes. It’s crazy how it all comes together.

And now we present our first clip show! From top to bottom, here are the shows from which we drew:

Thank you to all of our guests! Thank you to our fantastic sponsor Sexy Pizza and Kayvan Khalatbari! Thank you to our webmaster Karl Uschold! Thank you to Ryan Brackin, Christopher Baker and Katharine Gonda for taking pictures of us! Thank you to Mike King for our pretty posters!

And most especially thank you to YOU! YOU the listener! You the Facebook liker! You the Twitter follower! We hope you like our clip show – we made it just for you!

Come celebrate with us on Thursday, April 24th! 8pm! The Sidewinder Tavern! Live podcast taping plus a set by Milk Machine!

These Things Matter - LEGOS
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This was so much fun. We grabbed some kits, poured ’em out, and had a blast talking to Lego Maniac (and comedian, writer, actor, etc, etc) Andrew Orvedahl. The pics in this tumblr post and this one are the proof of our adventures!

You can check out Andrew every last Friday of the month at The Grawlix at the Bug Theater, on Funny or Die in The Grawlix web series, at his awesome storytelling show The Narrators that he hosts with friend of the show Robert Rutherford, or on his Twitter feed or webpage.

Gotta go – time to work on our helicopter, laser gun and light saber noises. Pshew! Pshew!