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A Happy Medium
A Happy Medium
A group of podcasts covering pop culture, current events, life discussions and more. With @mattjamesradio and @jerrymacjr
Feb 18, 2021
We're back after winter break to discuss Matt getting vaccinated, Manson being cancelled, and your government taking control.
Nov 11, 2020
QUICK HITS: All Hail President Biden(?)
Matt talks about the results of the Presidential Election, election fraud, Trump Media, lockdown imminent, Chappelle on SNL, and new System of a Down.
Nov 2, 2020
All Eyes On US
We give our final predictions on the election of the millennium, what we think will happen, the potential outcomes and the fallouts.
Nov 1, 2020
QUICK HITS: Subsequent Podcast Show
Matt talks Ratched, Borat 2, flu shots and the calm before the election madness.
Oct 3, 2020
Threat Level Orange
The President is in the hospital, multiple staffers are testing positive, debates and elections possibly being postpone, conspiracy theories are ramping up. Where do we go from here?
Sep 8, 2020
BETTER DAYS Ep 4: Life Before 9/11
Nearing the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we discuss the Better Days before (and shortly after) the attacks and how things changed forever in the country after that day. Focusing mainly on airline travel, 24-hour news, Nationalism, government surveillance, entertainment and more.
Aug 16, 2020
BETTER DAYS Ep 3: TOOL
TOOL is one of the top art-rock and mysterious bands in the last century. We discuss what attracted us to their music, their infamous artwork and music videos, our favorite and not-so favorite concerts, their "insufferable" fanbase, and how they managed to not fade away into oblivion with their latest release.
Aug 3, 2020
BETTER DAYS Ep 2: Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell is one of the top funnymen of the last 30 years. We discuss his comedy legacy including his impact on SNL, breakout movie roles, blockbuster films, and the steady decline of success in the industry.
Jul 27, 2020
BETTER DAYS Ep 1: Professional Wrestling
Our inaugural episode covers the topic of professional wrestling. We discuss what got us interested, the Monday Night Wars, our favorite matches, the events we attended, and what made us stop watching.
May 18, 2020
A Happy Medium Virus-Free Episode
We are exhausted of talking about the virus crisis, so we have a virus free discussion(for the most part) about growing up in our home towns, Joe Rogan being the new Howard Stern, picking sides in the political race, the problem with labels in politics, 'The Last Dance' is almost over, Michael Jordan being a dick or just ultra-competitive, and more 90's documentaries.
May 12, 2020
Pop Culture Punch Ep 12: Out Of Context
We talk King of Staten Island, too much Pete Davidson, Robert Downey Jr. getting online heat for Tropic Thunder, judging movies from previous years, and review After Life, Brockmire, Waco documentary, The Last Dance and more.
May 11, 2020
More and more states are opening up, we don't know anything and it's getting frustrating, 'Plandemic' and other censored documentaries, more conspiracy theory talk, political agendas, whats the future of live events and more.
Apr 23, 2020
Land of the Free!
Protestors are getting their way as some states are planning on opening up, wearing masks in public, who's in charge, weed stores going all out to get you stoned and more.
Apr 23, 2020
Pop Culture Punch Ep 11: Saul's Good Man
Better Call Saul season 5 was one of the best seasons of television ever made. We break down the finale, where the storyline could go, how long we'll have to wait and more. Plus we discuss Ray Donovan's last season, Parasite, Cabin in the Woods, War Dogs, the Michael Jordan documentary, and Ticketmaster refunds.
Apr 9, 2020
Is This The New Norm?
Updates from our shelter, what to tell kids during these times, more conspiracy theories, home surveillance, who is essential, more radio employees laid off, still virus disbelief and expressing hated toward the Missouri governor.
Apr 7, 2020
Pop Culture Punch Ep 10: Nail In The Coffin
We breakdown Ozark Season 3: What we loved, what didn't make sense, and what's next? Plus Kim and Jimmy get romantic in Better Call Saul, watching Wrestlemania for free, The Invisible Man review, YouTube rabbit holes, new albums from NIN and The Weeknd, Dark Side Of The Ring docuseries and more.
Apr 6, 2020
REALPOLITIKS Ep 10: Does Trump Hate Us?
While we wait for our stimulus checks, we talk more Trump, is it fair for news networks to not cover Trump daily briefings, reporters jumping all over Trump, Biden talking from his computer, no more love for Bernie, rigged voting machines, could the election be postponed and more.
Apr 1, 2020
Conspiracy Theory Rabbit Holes
We entertain some wild conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus, the paranoia of getting sick, paranoid about being in public, staying off social media and trying to find the positives in these times.
Mar 31, 2020
REALPOLITIKS Ep 9: The DNC Has Made A Mistake
Trump doesn't even pretend to care, Cuomo 2020, where is Biden, Bernie's policies going into effect, and the DNC made the wrong pick.
Mar 30, 2020
Pop Culture Punch Ep 9: All Hail The Tiger King
We dive deep into the best docuseries ever created, also known as Tiger King, more Saul hijinks in Better Call Saul, which character is taking it way too far in the first episodes of Ozark season 3, Larry screwing up yet again in the season finale of Curb, plus a discussion on why celebrities need to stay quiet for a couple weeks.
Mar 21, 2020
Week 2 into the Coronavirus crisis and we're still in our bunkers discussing the latest updates, how fast this spread, going to the grocery stores, the impact on small businesses and their workers, how Jerry escaped New York, biblical signs of the Apocalypse, the Bible is the original reboot, finding hope, and what we can do as a society to be better.
Mar 20, 2020
Pop Culture Punch Ep 8: The Golden Age Of Binge-Watching
While we're stuck inside, we discuss what we're binge watching, reminiscing about the golden era of binge-watchable shows before streaming, the dawn of pirating, new movies going directly to VOD, will theaters survive this, what we're currently watching, reviews of Better Call Saul, Curb, live streaming concerts, layoffs in print and radio, Ticketmaster has all of our money and more.
Mar 19, 2020
REALPOLITIKS Ep 8: Shut It Down
Week 2 of the Coronavirus Crisis leads us to discuss Trump's new name for the virus, response from the press, accusations from China and Trump's response, where this could lead us in the future, more theories on where the virus came from, Biden's big primary victories, what sealed the deal for Biden, who actually voted for Biden, who Biden will pick for VP, Trump already taking jabs, does Biden stand a chance against Trump, Trump now executing Bernie's ideas, Trump offering life lessons and more.
Mar 13, 2020
The End Times Are Near?
A Happy Medium presents The Coronavirus Crisis special.
Mar 13, 2020
Pop Culture Punch Ep 7: Takes An Outsider To Know An Outsider
We're in our bunkers discussing The Outsider finale and series review, Better Call Saul and Curb in the middle of their best seasons, the fate of Ray Donovan up in the air, Live Nation cancelling the concert season, will Tool rage on?, will Rage tool around?, trying to make sports jokes, getting ready to stay inside for awhile and more.
Mar 13, 2020
REALPOLITIKS Ep 7: The State Of Panic Is Real
The Coronavirus Crisis is here. We discuss how the government is handling it, are airports doing everything they can, people are starting to feel the hysteria, how far will this go, finding hope in all of this, how did the Democratic race end up here, is Bernie electable, can Joe Biden beat Trump and more.
Mar 2, 2020
The Next Hot Tragedy
Matt is extra angry about HID headlights, texting vs calling, scammer calls in middle of the night, vaping, possible Daylight Savings Time changes, day drinking sucks the older you get.
Feb 28, 2020
Pop Culture Punch Ep 6: Justice Matters Most
Discussions on the latest episodes of Curb, The Outside getting a little bit better, season premiere episode of Better Call Saul (SPOILERS), more concerts announced, how the coronavirus might affect the summer concert season, Justin Bieber, Metallica cancelling tour dates, Pete Davidson getting too big for his britches, what would you do if you were the Invisible Man, Harvey Weinstein sentenced and more.
Feb 27, 2020
REALPOLITIKS Ep 6: Dem Debate Debacle
CBS can't handle the latest Democratic Debates, why Bernie deserves to win the nomination, Mike Bloomberg ads everywhere, who is best to lead the next 4 years?, how Trump and co. is mishandling the coronavirus, is the coronavirus being blown out of proportion?, and more.
Feb 21, 2020
Radio Ads, Valentine's Day and Legal Weed
Rants about annoying ads on terrestrial radio, the fakeness of Valentine's Day, and the downsides of legal weed.
Feb 20, 2020
REALPOLITIKS Ep 5: Bloomberg/Hillary 2020
Our take on Trump's State Of The Union, Rush Limbaugh's Medal of Freedom, Roger Stone's sentence, the latest on the Dem debates, why Matt likes Bernie, is Joe Biden done?, does Bloomberg have a chance?, Hillary conspiracy, who is best to lead the next 4 years?
Jan 27, 2020
That is F***ing Rock and Roll
We discuss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees and snubs, big rock bands making their return, the passing of Neil Peart, Rush's Alex Lifeson's RnR Hall of Fame acceptance speech, paying over $100 for concert tickets, our take on local radio selling ads, iHeart firing a lot of their on-air talent, the future of radio and more.
1 hr 23 min
Jan 20, 2020
We're Still Alive Mother F'ers!
Our first episode of 2020 is a doozy. A lot is going on in the world at this time in pop culture and politics. We discuss the latest political debacle with impeachment hearings, the sh*tshow that is the Democratic party, how looney Bernie Sanders allegedly is, Ricky Gervais' legendary Golden Globes monologue, Jerry finally sees Joker but won't watch The Irishman, hearing war stories from Veterans, where we were on 911, the Illuminati, should the electoral or popular vote decide the next president, voting on our phones and more.
Jan 3, 2020
The 2010's In Review (Part 2)
Top rock songs of the decade, our memorable movies and TV shows from the year and decade, plus our first discussion on porn including viewing habits, how accessible should it be and where it's going in the future.
1 hr 23 min
Dec 31, 2019
The 2010's In Review (Part 1)
We take a personal look back at the 2010's and discuss our careers, goals, events, mistakes, regrets and everything else that happened in the last 10 years.
1 hr 6 min
Dec 26, 2019
Where's Your Global Warming Now?
Greta Thunberg wins Person of The Year, what's the purpose of print magazines, the media taking shots at kids, does recycling really help the environment, censoring the Internet, where do you draw line with banning people, Matt reviews The Shining for some reason, Kubrick conspiracy theories and more.
Dec 18, 2019
Snow and Stomach Bugs
We are stir crazy from being snowed in but the show must go on! We discuss how everyone is getting sick, flu shots, too much content to watch while staying home sick, shows with shorter seasons, not buying into online trailer hype, our reaction to the new Ghostbusters trailer, was the female Ghostbuster reboot really a bad film?, HBO's Watchmen, This is Us being too cheesy, The Irishman, Disney Plus not being worth it, and we wrap it up with the latest Impeachment talk.
Dec 4, 2019
BONUS: Thanksgiving Leftovers
Short discussions, reads, conspiracies and other bits of leftovers from previous episodes. Feeling detached from what's hip, getting carded, going to concerts you probably should be at alone, how points of view change over time, comedy at colleges, South Park, more Bohemian Rhapsody hate, Watchmen, somebody stealing our recordings and making money off of them and more.
Nov 26, 2019
Happy Birthday Lisa!
A pop culture filled episode discussing Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Simpsons, Disney Plus editing its content, the new(est) Terminator movie, GOT Ending, Adam Sandler's magical world, and is Will Ferrell still funny? Plus the Internet ruining expectations and comedy bookers being very cautious.
Nov 18, 2019
Our most depressing episode to date! Reasons why winter sucks, driving in the snow and ice, daylight saving time can suck it, how the seasonal change takes a toll on our bodies, what happened to Global Warming, why the holidays suck, and finding out the truth about Santa.
Oct 29, 2019
Here's Your AAA Card, Leave Me Alone
Historical fiction, Bernie Sanders' ideas being practical or not, the problem with Bernie's fanbase, how institutions lie to potential students, is college even necessary, our college stories, younger people not committing, problems with buying houses, AAA or DIY, problems with not fixing things as a kid, helping people or choosing to stand aside, believing in God, the difference between religions, our afterlife beliefs, problems with headlines in publications, current news not reporting facts and can you be fair and balanced in this current state?
1 hr 34 min
Oct 22, 2019
You Don't Know, You Weren't There
Facebook doesn't care about its users, what would it take for Facebook to be taken down?, kids and technology, playing video games in your 30's, when to text and when to call, when Matt and Jerry got in a texting fight, people using their phones at concerts, publications building their business off social media, do you have to be a psychopath to be a CEO?, no one watches cable news.
Oct 15, 2019
Problems are Everywhere
Scorsese rips Marvel, making movies for China, streaming vs going to the movies, member video stores?, selling weed at video stores, should players have the right to sue the NFL?,where did the vaping crisis come from?, casinos, not liking back Facebook pages, the latest state of wrestling, is Howard still relevant?, the godfathers of podcasting, Burton films, sports rivalries, and we wrap it up with a little abortion talk.
2 hr 24 min
Sep 30, 2019
A divisive discussion on SNL firing Shane Gillis and the cancel culture, has SNL changed or have we gotten older, staging walk-outs for climate change, the new Hippie generation, NBC's new streaming service, going to a Taylor Swift concert, packaging albums to concert tickets, are deepfakes the new form of entertainment, is the art film market dead, the Obama money-making press tour, and a political discussion on the 2016 election and the mess the Democratic candidates are making.
1 hr 49 min
Sep 23, 2019
I Guess You Should've Been There
Matt tells his stand-up experience, leaving your comfort zone, refugees coming into the country, Obama not making weed legal, the Breaking Bad movie, DC and Marvel movie talk, South Park, when Dave Chappelle hosted SNL, republicans running against Trump, other Happy Mediums, Jerry's psychic experience, religious views, a blasphemous joke, where is the best place to live, family vacations, and more.
1 hr 12 min
Sep 16, 2019
She Showed Shining Scenes
Nashville, reality shows, Dave Chappelle's latest special, being an extra in a movie, Lizzo's polarizing message, Tool dethroning Taylor Swift, new vs old horror movies, and the decline of late night TV.
1 hr 8 min
Sep 9, 2019
You Can Only See So Many Negative Things In A Day
Analytics and ad currency, Nielsen ratings, Bubba the Love Sponge, more Wrestling talk, boycotting the NFL, social media customer service, negativity everywhere, Trump Keeping People In Business and the upcoming recession. Fun times!
1 hr 9 min
Aug 30, 2019
This Is Gonna Come Crashing Down
We discuss what happened with Jeffrey Epstein, Amazon returns, the laziness with voice services, what to do with vacant malls, buying a car in today’s world, annoying radio ads, comedians with podcasts (shocker!), Steve Austin's new TV show, reminiscing about watching wrestling, J-Lo playing a stripper, the fallout on the The Hunt being cancelled, gun talk, streaming services, media conglomerates, losing too much weight, advice to troubled teens and more!
1 hr 12 min
Aug 23, 2019
BONUS: No More Excuses!!
We started off saying this would be a bonus episode, but it turned out to be good enough to release. We riff about contests, Battle of the Bands, reboots, the problem with Gary Vee, following your dreams?, the meaning of life, social media, established bands making comebacks, stories from high schools, fighting, spouses of proctologists, Matt's neighbors making meth, our first reads and more!
1 hr 49 min
Aug 19, 2019
I Was So High, I Forgot What State I Was In
A very diverse conversation about Northern vs Southern Illinois, how divided the country is, the confederate flag, 1984 vs The Purge, what are Vice Presidents for, school superintendents, Bernie Sanders, taxes, Katy Perry gets sued, bands doing covers, music trends, new Tool and more.
1 hr 11 min
Aug 12, 2019
Just Don't Be An A-Hole About It
Suing Facebook, comic book movie overkill, Hollywood pulling movies, Illinois making weed legal, gun laws and gun control.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 5, 2019
Everything is Terrible
Conversations on why everything is terrible in the eyes of certain groups of people.
1 hr 9 min
Aug 2, 2019
There's Too Much Damn Content
The kickoff episode of A Happy Medium