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These Things Matter came about when stand-up comedian Kevin O’Brien and former theatrical director and future DJ to the stars Taylor Gonda realized they were the same person. Not literally, of course, but over several months in 2012, a relationship was built on High Fidelityism – the belief that pop culture can change your life. These Things Matter was named Best Podcast at the 2012 Westword Web Awards and Best Podcast in Westword’s 2014 Best of Denver awards.



These Things Matter Ep. 244: Kev and Tay’s Farewell Show

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 […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 243: Kurt Vonnegut w/ Nathan Lund

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 […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 242: Magazines W/ Ron Doyle

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 […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 241: Cormac McCarthy w/ Sam Tallent

“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 […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 240: Mel Brooks w/ Jessi Whitten

“That’s it, baby, when you’ve got it, flaunt it, flaunt it!” For our last few shows we decided to bring back a few of our favorite gusts.Today it’s our fave radio DJ Jessi Whitten talk about her fave director/writer/actor/producer Mel Brooks! Listen in and be sure to check out Jessi on 102.3 OpenAir on your […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 239: George Carlin w/ Matt Braunger

It was so great talking to comedian Matt Braunger about his love for George Carlin’s CLASS CLOWN and other comedic delights. Comedy in the round? Taboo subjects? Politics? Cocaine? It’s weeeeeiiiirrrrdddd. Be sure to catch Matt whenever he’s on a comedy stage in your town, and look for his podcast, DING-DONGER WITH MATT BRAUNGER coming […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 238: John Hughes w/ Rob Walker

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! Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Denverite: These Things Matter Podcast Ending After 5 Years

Denver podcast pioneers ending “These Things Matter” after five years By Paul Karolyi, Special to Denverite On the very first episode of These Things Matter, published way back in the quiet pre-Serial days of April 2012, co-host Kevin O’Brien told the story of how the podcast came to be: “About a month or two ago, […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 237: Board Games w/ Harmony Rose & Michelle Rocqet

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! Be sure to check out The Milk Blossoms playing all around Denver! Play in new window […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 236: Zelda w/ Mike King

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! Play in […]

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