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Ep. 256: Nick Gossert Returns, Creator of Lucha Libre & Laughs

Disclaimer: This was recorded on June 24. As of July 1, the State of Colorado has shut down bars and venues. Any references to the event taking place on July 17 and 18 should be amended to August 21 and 22. Nick Gossert was my guest on Ep. 121 of the show three and a…

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Ep. 255: Dr. Lawrence Grossberg – Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina

Dr. Lawrence Grossberg is Morris Davis Distinguished Professor,of Communication and Cultural Studies at University of North Carolina. He’s also the author of an article called “Another Boring Day in Paradise: Rock and Roll and the Empowerment of Everyday Life” which was one of the primary pieces of inspiration and foundation for my master’s thesis. He’s…

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Ep. 254: The Murder of George Floyd, Protesting, Activism featuring R. Alan Brooks

As protests about the murder of George Floyd emerged and grew across the country, around the world, and in my hometown of Denver, Colorado, I hoped to use this platform, this privilege, and this communications channel to do my part in working to end white supremacy, amplify the message the Black Lives Matter, and in…

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Ep. 253: Tom Breihan – Pop Culture Writer, Stereogum, AV Club, elsewhere

It was right about the third paragraph of his review of Total Recall in his superlative “A History of Violence” series on The A.V. Club, that Tom Breihan became my current favorite pop culture writer. Here’s that paragraph: Judged as a straight-up ’80s action movie, Total Recall is, quite simply, one of the best. It…

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Ep. 252: Sam Tallent – Stand-Up Comic, Author, Fine Gent

I met Sam Tallent the first time several years ago when I was a judge at Open Screen Night. He and two other members of The Fine Gentleman’s Club were hosts, and I was the only one – judge or host – who wasn’t a professional comedian. I was but a lowly blogger at the…

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Ep. 251: Ben Roy – The Grawlix, Musician, Comedian

Ben Roy is a founding member of The Grawlix, lead singer of the band SPELLS, a standup comedian, and co-creator of the TruTV show Those Who Can’t. He’s also an incredible intense dude, a complete chatterbox, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever interviewed on this show. He’s a force of nature onstage, and…

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Ep. 250: Drew Magary Returns!

Drew Magary was nice enough to be on my show once already when he was promoting The Hike. That was Episode 139 in July of 2017. Kind of a lot has happened since then. Drew suffered an incredible brush with death when his brain hemorrhaged spontaneously after hosting The Deadspin Awards, went into a coma…

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Ep. 249: Jonathan Shikes – Beer Writer, Author

Jonathan Shikes is a freelance writer for Denver Westword, author of Denver Beer: A History of Mile High Brewing, and one of my favorite beer nerds in the city. I first met him while doing publicity for the rollout of Old 121 Brewhouse, and have wanted to have him on the show ever since. During…

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Ep. 248: Scott Keith – Professional Wrestling Writer

What do I say about Scott Keith here? I’ve probably read more of this man’s words on the internet than anyone else. (For the record, second and third place probably belong to Drew Magary and Roger Ebert.) On one of his old websites, he had a feature called “The Rant Crew” that allowed pretty much…

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Ep. 247: Ryan Spilborghs – Former MLB Outfielder, Current Colorado Rockies Broadcaster

Dude, it’s SPILLY! Ryan Spilborghs is one of my all-time Top 3 favorite Rockies (the other two, since you’re likely wondering, are Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado). The reason is that I loved his play, and more importantly, I loved his personality. He was a a big part of the huge beating heart of this…

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