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The Trio Simpatico Podcast

TRIO SIMPATICO is a series of rollicking, uncensored discussions on a wide variety of pop culture subjects. Co-hosts Dave and Josh sit down weekly with various guests to explore a plethora of topics. From Star Wars to board games and fashion to wrestling no subject is taboo. If there's someone who wants to talk about it, and we're into it too, there's an outlet for it here on TRIO SIMPATICO!
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Dec 24, 2016

**Spoilers**

 

We talked so long we had to turn it into TWO episodes!  Here's part 2!

This week we return for yet more discussion about the newest installment of the STAR WARS saga, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

We've had a week to digest the movie, think it over, break it down, and dissect it in an attempt to attain a complete understanding of all the events portrayed on screen.  Joining us in this endeavor is returning guest BRIAN ASHTON who sits down with DAVID TAVOLIER and JOSHUA WITSAMAN once more in order to determine just how right and/or wrong we all were in our earlier prediction episode!

"The circle is now complete!"

From predictions, to reactions, we have come to this: the Rogue One dissection episode.  We go deep and cover a great many aspects of the movie including the many new characters, the actors who portrayed them, the crew who made it all happen, and how this story fits into the greater STAR WARS universe as a whole.

Listen in on what the trio has to say, and if you agree, disagree, or have your own thoughts to share leave us some comments or join us on facebook or twitter!

This episode dedicated to the work and life of Carrie Fisher.  Thanks for everything your highness!

Dec 24, 2016

**Spoilers**

 

This week we return for yet more discussion about the newest installment of the STAR WARS saga, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

We've had a week to digest the movie, think it over, break it down, and dissect it in an attempt to attain a complete understanding of all the events portrayed on screen. Joining us in this endeavor is returning guest BRIAN ASHTON who sits down with DAVID TAVOLIER and JOSHUA WITSAMAN once more to determine just how right and/or wrong we all were in our earlier prediction episode!

"The circle is now complete!"

From Predictions, to reactions, we have come to this: the Rogue One dissection episode.  We go deep and cover a great many aspects of the movie including the many new characters, the actors who portrayed them, the crew who made it all happen, and how this story fits into the greater STAR WARS universe as a whole.

Listen in on what the trio has to say, and if you agree, disagree, or have your own thoughts to share leave us some comments or join us on facebook or twitter!

Dec 16, 2016

It's Here!!!! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now in theaters and we have our first impressions for you. Recorded immediately after our Thursday night showing; Josh Witsaman, David Tavolier, Brian Ashton, Ryan Rimmele, Dana Galbraith, and Erik Nelson give their quick reactions to this new brand of Star Wars movie.

This is indeed SPOILER heavy, so don't listen if you haven't seen the film yet.

Stay tuned to Trio Simpatico for a future full length episode in which we will really delve into the movie to dissect, criticize and praise Rogue One.

Also check out our Facebook group and tell us what you thought of the movie and also see some pictures of Josh Witsaman dressed in full costume at the theater!

Dec 11, 2016

So we're in the thick of our TRIO SIMPATICO holiday hiatus, however we had to break our silence in order to discuss the upcoming STAR WARS film - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!  

The first in the STAR WARS anthology movies is quickly approaching and Joshua and David sat down with BRIAN ASHTON to discuss what we expect to see in this all new adventure in a galaxy far, far away!

We kick things off with a little intergalactic trivia, testing our STAR WARS knowledge before getting right into our predictions for Rogue One.  We discuss things we want to see, rumors of things we might see, and touch on the elements we don't want to see.  

Needless to say if you're attempting to remain completely in the dark about this movie there may be several SPOILERS ahead.  Of course everything at the time of this recording is completely unsubstantiated.  So grab a scrap of paper and keep score, let's see which one of us had the most correct guesses!

We'll be following up this discussion with a short immediate reactions episode similar to our Dr. Strange bonus episode, as well as a full Rogue One break down next week, so check back for more TRIO SIMPATICO!

May the Force be with you!

 

 

 

Nov 5, 2016

By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth! Through the flames of the Faltine!  TRIO SIMPATICO brings you this quick bonus episode where we present to you, our faithful listeners, our immediate reactions upon viewing the latest Marvel Studios presentation: DR. STRANGE!

Joining David and Joshua this episode are none other than RYAN RIMMELE, DANA GALBRAITH, BRIAN ASHTON, and ROSEY TUMPAK!

There are a few, quick, mild, spoilers included in this brief bonus episode.  Those of you who are trying to remain stringently spoiler-free may want to avoid this one until after you see the movie.  But if you're just looking for a quick commentary about the film while you decide whether or not to see this movie then this might be a good resource for you. 

And you should see this movie because, spoiler alert, we all for the most part really liked it!

So listen now, either here OR across the astral plane to this bonus episode from TRIO SIMPATICO!

Oct 31, 2016

1870 - Five years after the end of the Civil War and amidst a contentious period of reconstruction, dark things have been allowed to fester within the wounds of a healing nation.

On the national stage debates are raging regarding politics and industry.  Grand accords are being forged that will shape the future of a country.  But on the night of April 30th, within the local sphere of one Ohio city, a potentially greater series of events are transpiring.

A haunted, love sick recluse.

A woman seeking revenge.

A forbidden, dark power threatening all life around it.

As these elements are brought together over the course of one storm ridden evening, they very well could mean the collapse of mankind, or allow a momentary respite from the oblivion which awaits us all.

Join us now and listen to the very first TRIO SIMPATICO production, presenting this original short story by podcast co-host Joshua Scott Witsaman.  

Produced and directed by David Tavolier.

Read by Joshua Witsaman and Jessica Burkhart.

Finishing off our month-long series of horror episodes we offer you this audio production of Unrequited Death: 1870

Happy Halloween! 

Oct 26, 2016
  1. This week DAVID TAVOLIER is joined by returning-guest-turned-temporary-co-host DANIELLE BARTLETT!  Unfortunately Josh couldn't make it for this episode, which is a shame because TRIO SIMPATICO has finally been able snag our first celebrity interview!

Yes that's right!  This week we're sitting down with world renowned* expert** of the occult, REGINALD STERLING and his vigilant assistant DENNIS!

Sure, Reginald Sterling might not be an A-list celebrity, heck he might not even be a C-List E-List celebrity, but we're a relatively new podcast and have to take whatever celebrities we can get!  If you're not familiar with Mr. Sterling and Dennis then you are about to delve deep into a hidden world which surrounds and penetrates our own reality.  Reginald Sterling is an investigator of the paranormal, cryptozoologist, monster hunter, and all around defender against the myriad of dark menaces which stalk humanity!

Which is great, since that fits in perfectly with our month long horror theme!  So as we count down to Halloween tune into TRIO SIMPATICO and get some advice about how you can defend yourself against the lurking things that yearn for human blood! 

Oct 24, 2016

Crack open a good book and get transported to a new and exciting world where you can forget about reality for awhile!

Crack open a horror book and face your own deep terror of the unknown along with an unsettling understanding that the universe as a whole regards you as insignificant!

If that sounds like just the pick-me-up you're looking for then join your co-hosts DAVID TAVOLIER and JOSHUA WITSAMAN for a brief and incomplete discussion of horror literature where they'll discuss some of their favorite works!

Joining us this episode and explaining what scares them the most is returning guest CARL RANDLES and Stephen King aficionado DANIELLE BARTLETT!

So stop peering into the void of madness presented on the page and take a time out from scaring yourself silly to listen to this week's TRIO SIMPATICO! 

 

Oct 10, 2016

Night approaches and a shadowed moon rises.  You find yourself walking, alone, as daylight slips away.  Soon every gust of wind and each crunching leaf develops a sinister tone, but there's something more.  The dawning fear within in you has been born from something more than simply the encroaching dusk.  

And suddenly you understand, hearing it all around you.  The lurking fear explodes into full blown horror when you realize what it is . . . .

TRIO SIMPATICO!

Enough dramatics!  We're back! And this week Dave and Josh are kicking off our series of horror themed episodes with a discussion of Horror Movies!  We're talking about what we like about them, why we watch them, what makes a good horror movie, and which horror franchise monsters would win in a horror battle royale!   

At some point along the way Josh is lost to the inky void of darkness and never heard from again but thankfully JASON LEMMON picks up the slack!  But Jason isn't our only guest!  Also joining the discussion this week are JOSH TUMPAK, RYAN RIMMELE, and returning guest DAVID WESTER!

So scramble under your bed, curl up into the fetal position, and listen to this week's TRIO SIMPATICO!  And hope THEY don't find you!

 

Sep 26, 2016

Spread out your character sheets!

Warm up those dice!

Roll for initiative!

And ready your lightsabers!

This week we're talking about the STAR WARS RPG!

David and Joshua didn't record a full episode this week because they were too busy playing tabletop RPGs!  In particular they were partaking in their monthly session of the Star Wars D20 Roleplaying Game (Revised Core Rulebook)!  So instead of disappointing the "fans" Josh and Dave decided to set up the recording equipment and talk about the game with their fellow players.

For this bonus episode TRIO SIMPATICO will be transformed into QUINTET SIMPATICO when we discuss the SWRPG with Brian Ashton, David Langstaff, and Dan Hensley.  This lovable band of misfits will share snippets of their epic Star Wars RPG adventures over the past 3 years, discuss their characters, and talk about the mechanics of the game; what works, and what doesn't.

So pull up a chair and assign all your skill points to listen for this week's TRIO SIMPATICO!   

Sep 16, 2016

1.21 gigawatts!  

This week on TRIO SIMPATICO we go from zero to eighty-eight miles an hour before you can say "Great Scott!"  That's right, we're discussing all things BACK TO THE FUTURE! Joining us again this week is our very own future boy DAN KEARSEY!

Co-hosts JOSHUA and DAVID delve deep into the swirling vortices of the space time continuum in order to analyze and breakdown the Back to the Future movies, provide some insight (or at least attempt to), and recall our own experiences in the 80's.

So if you're a fan of Back to the Future, space, time, or DeLoreans you're going to want to listen to this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO!  PLUS new sponsors for this week's episode!

And don't forget to check out the TRIO SIMPATICO pages on facebook and tumblr AND follow us on Twitter!  

 

Sep 12, 2016

This week on TRIO SIMPATICO David and Joshua have fallen off their bikes somewhere deep in the woods! They don't have a flashlight and forgot to pack their walkie talkies! Just when things couldn’t get any worse they stumble upon DAN KEARSEY, and he’s hungry to talk about the new Netflix series STRANGER THINGS!

Wait! That actually sounds like a pretty good time! So Josh and Dave sit down to discuss childhood, the 80’s, and imponderable horror!

But have no fear if you haven’t had a chance yet to watch STRANGER THINGS! During the first half of the show we have a spoiler free general discussion of the show informing you about its premise, some of its influences, and why you should watch it immediately!

BUT

watch out after the break because we jump out at you with a spoiler heavy second half that really gets into the nitty and the gritty of this nostalgic, suspense-filled Netflix romp!

   TRIO SIMPATICO is out there!

Sep 5, 2016

A lot of people have claimed that this podcast is a witless discussion of pop culture and entertainment, and this week they're right.  This week is totally WITless because it's missing co-host Joshua WITsaman!  (See what I did there?)

On this week's TRIO SIMPATICO David Tavolier is flying solo, LIVE from Baltimore Comic Con in Baltimore Maryland!  Filling the other two seats of our trio are NICK ABOOD (making an unprecedented, recording setting THIRD appearance on the show!) along with Nick's progenitor JEFFREY ABOOD.

The TRIO discuss their first couple of days at Baltimore Comic Con, what makes BCC different from other cons, what they've seen so far, and what collectibles they're coming away with.  If you've listened to the episodes from the past two weeks you'll notice a comic book heavy trend in topics and this week is the BONUS EPISODE tying it all together!  So take a listen and enjoy!    

Aug 29, 2016

What is a comic book convention?  What draws so many to participate in these affairs?  And what do these participants enjoy about such events?

This week on TRIO SIMPATICO Joshua and David delve deep into these questions while sharing some of their personal best and worst con experiences.  Of course as one might expect comic books are involved.  Costumes and cosplayers abound.  Varieties of panels which are presented by fans as well as creators and celebrities within pop culture.  Meet and greets.  Book signings.  Collectibles. Fans. Camaraderie.

All of these are elements of a convention.

Joining us again this week is NICK ABOOD a comic book reader who cut his fandom teeth at San Diego Comic Con, the big one!  Nick and Dave reminisce about their halcyon days at San Diego and some of their more recent convention pursuits as well.  Again this week we'll be answering questions from YOU the listeners as we try to figure out what makes comic cons so great.

So get in line and shell out some exorbitant fees with us here on TRIO SIMPATICO!   

Aug 22, 2016

 

Who doesn't love Batman?  From the comics to Adam West.  The movies to the animated series.  There's a Batman out there for everyone!  This week David and Joshua dip their toes into the vast ocean that is the Batman fandom.

Joining us this episode is the TRIO SIMPATICO resident Batman expert NICK ABOOD!  We'll discuss our favorite versions of the bat, the dark knight's wonderfully iconic rogues gallery, and our feelings regarding Batman within the greater DC universe.

So if you're a hardcore bat fan or have somehow lived your life thus far never having heard of Bruce Wayne or Batman this episode will have something to offer.  Take a listen!  

Jul 31, 2016

Luke Skywalker has vanished. David and Joshua hope to find him in order to learn the answers to all their nagging STAR WARS questions! But until they catch up with the Jedi master they'll just shoot the shit about THE FORCE AWAKENS!

Joining us once again for this episode is none other than TIM MCFARLAND who helps us break down STAR WARS Episode VII explaining the good, the bad, and the Blu-ray extra features!

Also in this episode we tear into the now notorious Huffington Post list of "40 Unforgivable Plot Holes in the Force Awakens" and we debate whether or not the authors have ever seen a motion picture before.

The Force is strong with this one, so tune in to TRIO SIMPATICO!

Jul 25, 2016

The first installment of the TRIO SIMPATICO Star Wars movie discussions. We begin this episode-by-episode conversation with everyone's favorite Star Wars movie!

Just kidding! We're starting with ATTACK OF THE CLONES!

Listen in as David and Joshua talk clones, Jedi fashion, racist aliens, acting choices, and Christopher Lee versus Christopher Lloyd.

Returning to the trio for this episode is the ever impertinent MARY CLAIRE WILLIAMS! But when it turns out she failed to do her homework she may have failed Josh for the last time!

Jul 17, 2016

Crouched on a rooftop among a metropolitan cityscape are the silhouetted figures of Joshua Witsaman and David Tavolier, heroic co-hosts of TRIO SIMPATICO!

This week Josh and Dave discuss comic books and some of their favorite funny book writers and artists!

This episode they will be triangulating their thoughts with the one and only CARL RANDLES who has more than a few things to say about comic books!

Jul 10, 2016

Join co-hosts David and Joshua in their secluded forest cabin and get ready to have your soul swallowed, that is if you aren't dead by dawn!

This week we discuss the EVIL DEAD universe and read to one another from the Necronomicon with our very special guest commentator MARY CLAIRE WILLIAMS!

Who'll live to the end and who will wind up chained shut in the fruit cellar? You'll have to listen to find out!

Jul 4, 2016

David and Joshua enter the ring to talk about the art of professional wrestling in general and Wrestlemania 32 in particular.

Knowing very little about wrasslin' Dave and Josh sat down to watch their first Wrestlemania ever and discuss the insanity they witnessed.

Thankfully guest commentator TIM MCFARLAND joins us to share his expertise on the subject and coach us to victory!

Jun 27, 2016

Join David and Joshua as they have a disjointed and incomplete conversation about Nintendo and their experiences with the various Nintendo franchises.

Also if you're looking for some talk about bees and video games about bees, well you're in luck!

Dave and Josh welcome their FIRST guest commentator DAVID WESTER who helps the show live up to its name!

Jun 3, 2016

Welcome back! This first episode is a continuation from our introductory recording.

This time Joshua and David discuss one of their shared passions, STAR WARS.

Join them on a journey to a galaxy far, far away as they expound upon the origins of their Star Wars fandom, talk about what makes a good Star Wars flick, and give a brief history of HBO.

Grab your hydrospanners and join Josh and Dave here on TRIO SIMPATICO!

May 31, 2016

This is it! The introduction to TRIO SIMPATICO!

Listen as co-hosts Joshua Witsaman and David Tavolier sit down weekly with various guests to explore a plethora of pop culture subjects.

In this thrilling premiere episode, Josh and Dave introduce themselves and give a brief run-down of all their geek related passions while also discussing their hopes and plans for the shows future and its many potential subjects.

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