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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. 235: Donald Glover w/ Will Miles

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! Play in […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 234: Commando w/ Karl Hess

Major General Franklin Kirby: Leave anything for us? John Matrix: Just bodies. Welcome to the ultimate 80s action flick, COMMANDO, watched constantly by our guest, comedian Karl Hess. We watched the film together on a Sunday afternoon – the only way to do so – and we talk about growing up in the 80s, watching […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 233: Kevin’s Dad’s Pop Culture

And now for Kevin’s Dad! Dennis O’Brien sat down with his son for a chat. Do listen in! Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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These Things Matter Ep. 232 – Kevin’s Mom’s Pop Culture

Kevin sat down and chatted with his mom on this ep. Carolyn Mosby O’Brien talks with her son about Footloose, Prince, Van Halen, Journey, and of course Nebraska! Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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These Things Matter Ep. 231: Kev & Tay’s 5th Annual (not so) Holiday Spectacular!

For our 5th(!) annual holiday show, we don’t talk about the holidays at all. Instead we talk about DJing and Taylor psychoanalyzes Kevin, who has a big announcement. So, you know, laughs galore!! Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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These Things Matter Ep. 230: Charles Bukowski w/ Mishka Shubaly

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 […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 229: Nick Cave w/ Joe Mills

We brooded and screamed and called up the devil himself while talking about Australian musician/auteur Nick Cave with musician and competitive beardsman Joe Mills. Unfortunately, all we conjured was a good conversation. Listen in as we talk about Nick & The Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party, The Boys Next Door, and goth in general. Be […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 228: Buffy The Vampire Slayer w/ Erin Stereo

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! […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 227: PBS Newshour w/ Nate Craig

Well, we’re finally getting political. Kevin gets to fulfill his Talk Radio drams for one episode as we chat with comedian Nate Craig about the understated and exemplary PBS NewsHour. It was hard not to talk about the election this week, but we try to filter it through the calming lens of the Public Broadcasting […]

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These Things Matter Ep. 226: LIVE! From the 39th Annual Denver Film Festival

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 Patrick Hackett – producer of the film ACTOR MARTINEZ, actor Hayden Szeto from THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN and actor/Gerry/Jerry/Terry/Larry from PARKS AND RECREATION… Jim O’Heir! Play in new window […]

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