The Toy Department – Episode 95

In Episode 95, Derek Madden indulges Matt Kolsky’s story from his morning dog walk before they delve into:

  • Madden’s controversial distaste for the eating of pumpkin (3:10) that sweeps the nation every fall…
  • Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird (5:45) and what a great job it does of transporting the viewer to a place and time and telling a compelling story…
  • Kolsky’s entrée into the world of Justified (17:45) and his abiding love for Timothy Olyphant…
  • The season finalé of FX’s You’re the Worst (23:20), Doug Benson’s contributions and where the show may be heading in its upcoming final season…
  • Season 2 of the TBS show Search Party (33:40) and how it seems to be engaging in a major tonal shift…
  • An unwelcome interruption (40:05) as another Hollywood executive is accused of sexual misconduct…
  • Madden’s attempt to watch Deadwood (50:30) and his aversion to westerns in general…
  • Homework for this week and into the future (56:30), including: Kolsky eventually watching The West Wing, Madden catching up on Mr. Robot, the upcoming Season 1 binge-dump of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, another season of Netflix’s Easy, and the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…
  • Thanksgiving plans (1:04:45) and other thoughts on the best meal of the year…

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The Toy Department – Episode 93

In Episode 93, Matt Kolsky is on the road for the first chunk of the podcast, then Derek Madden is at home for the final portion — it’s a real adventure!! Topics discussed include:

  • Revisiting Netflix’s American Vandal (4:00) and concluding that it really is quite enjoyable…
  • A check-in on FX’s Better Things (6:10) and how it is one of the best shows on television and deserves more attention…
  • The release of a new N*E*R*D song (11:20) and Madden’s experience interviewing Pharrell…
  • The new hit television show The Good Doctor (19:20), dealing with autism in television and how network shows can really be good…
  • The Netflix show Atypical (30:45), another show featuring a central character with autism, and Michael Rappaport’s surprising performance…
  • A few thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok (36:30) from Kolsky, the designated comic book movie viewer…
  • Homework for next week (39:20) including: the new 30 for 30 documentary Nature Boy about Ric Flair, and the Showtime shows Shameless and SMILF…
  • An interview with Emma Kolsky (44:15), Matt’s sister and an autism specialist, about the portrayal of people with autism in The Good Doctor and Atypical…

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The Toy Department – Episode 87

In Episode 87, Matt Kolsky and Derek Madden fight through a recording snafu to get to a variety of topics, including:

  • The unstoppable interaction between sports and politics (1:30) and where Donald Trump’s behavior has gotten us with the NFL…
  • The Netflix movie The Fundamentals of Caring (11:10) and the idea of the Netflix indie…
  • Rapper Leikeli47’s new album Wash & Set (16:30) and Madden’s seeming disinterest in female rap artists…
  • FX’s Better Things (25:15) and how the guys are feeling about it early in Season 2…
  • HBO’s Vice Principals (35:15) and whether the show will hold up through a second season… or that would have been the discussion but THE RECORDING CUT OUT!!
  • Several hours later, Kolsky and Madden reconvene (36:35) and begin with a brief discussion of Derek’s other podcast and their interview with Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield…
  • They revisit some of the topics from the lost recording (41:00) including: the Killers’ new album, lady rappers and NBC’s The Good Place…
  • Homework for next week (46:45) including: TV shows The Mick, Law & Order: True Crime and Ghosted, and a plan to pick favorite all-time Law & Order teams for next week… Plus checking back in with HBO’s The Deuce…

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The Toy Department – Episode 85

In Episode 85, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky literally hows-the-weather each other before addressing more pressing concerns, including:

  • An on-air programming meeting (2:40) wherein Kolsky suggests a new segment for the future of the pod…
  • The new Steven Soderbergh film Logan Lucky (6:20) which was a bit of a disappointment to both guys…
  • Week 1 of the NFL (21:35) wherein a Colin Kaepernick discussion was redacted for the second consecutive week but Kap’s situation was still briefly discussed, along with some of the many QB issues across the league and the general lack of a standout team…
  • The season premiere of FX’s You’re the Worst (42:20) and what it says about where this season will go…
  • HBO’s new Sunday heavy hitter, The Deuce (48:50) and how it’s already springing to the top of best current shows…
  • Madden’s experience at the U2 concert last week (57:55) and how they have honed a big stadium show to perfection…
  • Homework for next week (1:02:15): including the season premiere of Better Things on FX, the new National album, the new season of Bojack Horseman, the Netflix original film The Fundamentals of Caring and the season premiere of Broad City…

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The Toy Department – Episode 84

In Episode 84, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky debrief on the latter’s recent travel before dispensing with:

  • A brief preview of the excitement of the coming week (3:15), including the NFL and HBO’s new show The Deuce, from producer David Simon (of The Wire fame)…
  • A more extended NFL preview (8:45), including discussion of the impending Roger Goodell extension, a debate about the third-best QB in the league and a breakdown of the wide range of potential contenders…
  • The disappointing new Netflix series Disjointed (38:15)…
  • Recent developments on HBO’s Insecure (50:05)…
  • An interesting storyline on HBO’s Ballers (55:15) and how it mirrors some of our feelings about the real-world NFL…
  • The new LCD Soundsystem album American Dream (1:00:30) and Kolsky’s curious reaction to the band in general…
  • Homework for next week (1:11:10): including the opening week of the NFL, the premiere episode of The Deuce, the new Steven Soderbergh film Logan Lucky and the season premiere of the FXX comedy and pod favorite You’re the Worst…

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The Toy Department – Episode 77

In Episode 77, Matt Kolsky’s summer of vacation has moved to Chicago, where Derek Madden finds him for a discussion of:

  • The geography of the midwest and some brief critique of assorted cities…
  • Madden’s experience at a Diana Ross concert…
  • Haim’s new album Something to Tell You…
  • The new Broken Social Scene record Hug of Thunder…
  • The new FX drama Snowfall…
  • Homework for next week: including A NEW SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES!!! (and the Netflix show Friends from College)…

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The Toy Department – Episode 76

In Episode 76, Derek Madden finds Matt Kolsky on vacation in sunny Portland, Oregon to chat about:

  • A check-in with the NBA’s insane free agency season (2:35) with special focus on the now-even-more-loaded Western Conference…
  • The romantic comedy film The Big Sick (29:35), its writer and star Kumail Nanjiani and some of the other excellent acting performances…
  • The action/crime adventure Baby Driver (41:25) and how well director Edgar Wright executed his unique and engaging vision…
  • Jay-Z’s new record 4:44 (53:20), how he fits into the hip hop landscape and what it reflects about his actual relationship with Beyoncé…
  • The 1973 album Betty Davis by Betty Davis (1:09:35), a powerhouse of funk that neither Madden nor Kolsky had heard of two weeks ago…
  • Some homework for next week (1:14:05): the FX show Snowfall, along with whatever else Madden and Kolsky decide on during the week…
  • A couple of final thoughts on the food scene in Chicago (1:15:30), where Kolsky will be for next week’s recording…

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The Toy Department – Episode 74

In Episode 74, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky break down Madden’s sports injury before some deep dives into:

  • The season finale of AMC’s Better Call Saul and the mastery of the show’s third season…
  • The season finale of FX’s Fargo and its choose-your-own-adventure style ending…
  • NEW MUSIC!!!
    • Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls
    • Portugal. The Man’s Woodstock
    • Lorde’s Melodrama
    • Phoenix’s Ti Amo
    • Alt-J’s Relaxer
  • Homework for next week: the new season of Orange is the New Black (to prepare for next week’s special guest Julie Lake, aka OITNB’s Angie Rice)… the new Netflix show GLOW… the new Showtime show I’m Dying Up Here… and the return of the pod favorite Orphan Black…

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The Toy Department – Episode 71

In Episode 71, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky break down their morning text spat before diving into a series of more interesting topics, including:

  • The NBA Playoffs (3:00), whether Brad Stevens deserves an apology from Madden and what the future looks like in both the short and long term…
  • The Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale (19:45) and how the current state of the world changes how we might appreciate it… Plus the greatness of Elisabeth Moss and some thoughts on Top of the Lake…
  • An alleged spoiler alert for FX’s show Fargo (33:50) somehow leads to a long discussion of the Fargo haters and who Madden and Kolsky trust in the world of TV creators… and then an actual conversation about Fargo (44:00) which DOES DEFINITELY INCLUDE MAJOR SPOILERS!!!!!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (56:00) and how it fails to learn from the good lessons of the first film but still manages to be an enjoyable watch…
  • Homework for next week (1:04:30): Kolsky rejects the Netflix show The Keepers in favor of the Amazon show I Love Dick…

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The Toy Department – Episode 69

In Episode 69, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky enjoy the distinct pleasure of welcoming sports reporter and personality Kerith Burke (https://twitter.com/KerithBurke) to the podcast, discuss:

  • Kolsky’s night at a Flaming Lips concert…
  • Kerith’s career and an article she wrote about it on Medium (https://medium.com/@kerith_burke/the-espn-cuts-and-the-despair-of-a-changing-landscape-cad1a1fde8db) as well as her shared love of HBO’s The Leftovers and other assorted delights…
  • Another excellent episode of FX’s Fargo and why the haters are so off-base…
  • The new film Lost City of Z, where it missed its mark, and what other movies the guys intend to get to in the next couple of weeks…

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