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, [co-host Taylor Gonda] and I were at a comedy show, and I said something to her about falling asleep while having sex.” Gonda confirmed, and O’Brien concluded, “And now, pretty much, we’re doing a pop culture podcast.”
But now, with O’Brien joining the flock of creatives departing Denver for greener pastures in New York City this March and Gonda plotting a possible move of her own to Los Angeles, These Things Matter is coming to an end.
These Things Matter had evolved over five years to become one of Denver’s most respected and popular podcasts. It won all the awards a local podcast can win; both Gondaand O’Brien were named to Westword’s list of “Colorado Creatives”; and they sold out their live fourth anniversary show at Syntax Physic Opera in April 2016.