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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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Nov 21, 2018

On this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO we've got another segment of our NEWS THAT DOESN'T SUCK with very special guest TYLER BUCKS from the Chatter Squadron podcast!

Unfortunately the news recently has been dominated by a lot of headlines that truly suck.  Among other things the back-to-back deaths of comic book legend Stan Lee and 2001: A Space Odyssey alum Douglas Rain, which have really struck low a large portion of geekdom worldwide. 

So, in lieu of other episode ideas that were in the works, co-hosts Joshua and David decided it would be a good time to share some happier headlines with the TRIO SIMPATICO listeners!  Thankfully guest Tyler Bucks agreed and added some genuine positivity to the show!

This one is packed to the gills folks!  We're discussing Star Wars, She-Ra, Comics, Detective Pikachu, Stranger Things, books, we have a new sponsor for the show and MORE!  Give it a listen!   

Oct 31, 2018

Happy Halloween TRIO SIMPATICO listeners!

In honor of our favorite holiday Simpatico Productions presents a dramatic reading of THE OUTSIDER by H.P. Lovecraft!

An ancient mysterious castle, a life of bewildering darkness, and a wayward soul seeking one moment of illuminated beauty. 

All of which culminates in a horrific realization. 

Join us as we read one of Lovecraft's best known short stories and take a few moments to darken your Halloween with a swath of cosmic horror. 

Written by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Read by Joshua Scott Witsaman

Edited and produced by David William Tavolier   

Oct 24, 2018

It's a TRIO SIMPATICO field trip!

For this episode David Tavolier and Joshua Witsaman are joined by returning guest DAVID WESTER as the trio travels to the BUCKLAND GALLERY OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK (AKA the Buckland Museum).

This hidden gem of Cleveland Ohio is a small but intriguing collection of some of the mystic and ceremonial possessions of Raymond Buckland.  A student of Gerald Gardner, Buckland eventually came to the United States and formed one of the first Wiccan covens in the country.  The collection on display at the gallery includes items which belonged to Buckland as well as several other occultists such as Aleister Crowley and Gerald Gardner himself. 

We're discussing the occult, witchcraft, museums, and the mystical in pop-culture.  Plus, as you should expect from this show by now, we go off the rails at a few points and delve into more than a few tangents. And, stick around to the end to hear your co-hosts break into an impromptu duet!

All this and more on this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO! 

Oct 12, 2018

In this episode David and Joshua are joined by self-proclaimed zombie expert DAN HENSLEY to discuss all things ZOMBIES.  Including our favorite zombie movies, comics, games, books, and more!

The trio also discusses their favorite types of zombies. 

Are you someone who prefers your undead to be slow and menacing or fast and terrifying?  Are you a fan of the virus related zombification or would you prefer your brain-hungry ghouls to be of a more mystical origin?

We share our thoughts on these subjects and provide some sensible tips to help ensure you survive the inevitable undead uprising!

This episode kicks off our 2018 season of HORROR that will consist of a lineup of shows featuring a variety of spooky and frightening topics!    

Sep 25, 2018

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

On this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO David and Joshua are joined by returning guest DANIELLE RANDLES to discuss our recent viewing of this catalyst of science fiction film making. 

During a limited re-release of the movie in select IMAX theaters we gathered a TRIO SIMPATICO contingent to take in the cosmic splendor of this Kubrick classic on the big screen!  During this episode we share our thoughts about seeing the movie in IMAX for the first time and how that experience differs from previous viewings.

But we don't simply end our discussion there!  We also take this opportunity to talk about the little-known cinematic follow up to 2001, 1984's 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT directed by Peter Hyams.  We discuss the tremendous burden of this sequel, the impossibility of matching its predecessor, and the genuinely great things about this completely different but worthy film. 

Plus we touch upon the companion novels by Arthur C. Clarke, how to make the name Keir Dullea sexy, and so much MORE!  Listen now! 

Sep 18, 2018

Summer is nearly over, there are only a handful of days left until the start of Autumn, and the TRIO SIMPATICO summer hiatus is officially at an end!

We're back!

After a lengthy break from the podcast we have much to report about WHAT WE DID THIS SUMMER!

Like a back-to-school essay but with more swearing and in podcast form, David Tavolier and Joshua Witsaman return to catch you up on what they've been doing and they recommend some movies, books, video games, and even other podcasts which they've been enjoying!

PLUS on this special episode our TRIO has been doubled into a SEXTET (heh heh, sex)! 

Recording the episode after a rousing game of the STAR WARS RPG the co-hosts are joined by the members of their roleplaying group DAN HENSLEY, DAVE LANGSTAFF, BLAIR SCOTT, and TRIO SIMPATICO legal counsel BRIAN ASHTON!  All of whom share their exciting adventures from the summer as well!

This episode is packed to the brim!  Enjoy!    

Jun 27, 2018

David and Joshua are rejoined by their old friend DAVID WESTER to discuss the recent news from E3 2018 and the upcoming video games we're excited to play!

Covering Nintendo, Xbox, and Playstation along with developers like EA and newcomers Bad Robot the trio tries to touch on a little bit of everything!

Pokemon, Smash Bros., Cuphead DLC, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Sea of Solitude, Anthem, and so much more on this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO!

Plus exciting news from our sponsor the Bizmuth Potato Company!  So tune in now!

 

Jun 13, 2018

Welcome back!

We have a new Bonus Episode taken from our Solo Dissection recording, in which we briefly chat about Solo's Box Office struggles and the state of Star Wars fandom.

Did bad PR turn people off the film? Did angry fans boycott enough to make a difference? Or is the general audience just simply burnt out on Star Wars films?

Listen now to hear our thoughts on the matter with our returning guests Tim Mcfarland and Brian Ashton.

Punch it!

Jun 5, 2018

This is it!  Our Solo: A Star Wars Story coup de grĂ¢ce! 

SPOILERS abound beyond this point as Joshua and David welcome guests TIM MCFARLAND and BRIAN ASHTON as the quartet undertakes a SOLO: DISSECTION episode!

Finally sitting down to tear into Solo: A Star Wars Story your co-hosts and their guests crack open the brand new Official Guide to the movie written by Lucasfilm story group head honcho Pablo Hidalgo!

Using the official guide as a map the group covers nearly every aspect of the film giving our opinions and commentary on what we liked, what we didn't like, and what we hope to see in future STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY films!

PLUS if this conversation leaves you wanting more, fear not!  As you'd expect by now with these episodes, we ran long and had to cut some sections for time, however we are putting those cut segments together for a future bonus episode! 

So look for that coming up on TRIO SIMPATICO!

 

Jun 4, 2018

SPOILERS for Solo: A Star Wars Story

As a prelude to our upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story Dissection episode we present this BONUS episode!  Recorded on location at DENNY'S as Joshua and David partake of the current SOLO themed meals and promotions!

With Peter Cetera serenading them and their fellow patrons, your co-hosts have a fast and loose conversation as they consume their STAR WARS inspired grub!

Listen in to get a quick behind the scenes peek at the lives of Dave and Josh as they prepare for an episode of the podcast, it's like you're sitting at the table with them at America's Diner, Denny's!

And stay tuned later this week for our full SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Dissection episode! 

May 27, 2018

In this episode David and Joshua share their initial reactions to the brand new SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

Having had a couple of days to digest the action and adventure of this latest iteration of STAR WARS the co-hosts have been chomping at the bit to talk about it.

If you have not yet seen the movie, fear not!  There is a SPOILER FREE section at the beginning of the episode as we share our general thoughts and reactions.  Though we will get into some spoiler territory later in the episode, we do make sure to give plenty of warning beforehand.

SOLO SPOILERS at 55:00

So hang up your chance cubes, warm up the alluvial dampers, and strap yourselves in cause we're heading for parts unknown in a galaxy far, far away with SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY!

AND if you want even more discussion stay tuned because coming soon we'll have our Dissection episode where we go in depth regarding all things SOLO! 

May 22, 2018

Ah yes, it's that time of year again! A new Star Wars movie is almost upon us. Coming this Thursday, May 24th, Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters and as is tradition for Trio Simpatico, Josh and David make their predictions as well as discuss their hopes, wants, and concerns before seeing the movie.

Be sure to keep visiting us over the upcoming weeks as we release our reaction and dissection episodes after the movie is released.

WARNING: Potential Spoilers based on speculation. Also spoiler for the book Star Wars Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber.

May 16, 2018

TRIO SIMPATICO is back with another installment of the NEWS THAT DOESN'T SUCK!  David and Joshua are guest-free this episode as they swap news stories regarding current and upcoming pop culture and entertainment!

Josh is really phoning this one in, or should we say Skyping this one in, while Dave holds down the fort at Simpatico HQ!

In this episode your co-hosts talk about a plethora of subjects including the enigma that is Marvel's Ike Perlmutter, the splendor and destiny of our Disney overlords, the imminent Lord of the Rings television series, dead spiders, and so much more!

PLUS we have a belated Mother's Day discussion regarding our favorite fictional moms AND we announce a special upcoming TRIO SIMPATICO listener giveaway!  

So don't miss this very special episode of TRIO SIMPATICO!

Apr 19, 2018

What exactly is a BRITISH PANEL SHOW?

Is it a game show? A quiz show? A celebrity roast? A chat show? Or something else completely?  Does it still count as a Panel Show if it is filmed in a realm outside of reality and beyond the laws of physics? 

Well if you're not sure of the answer to any of these questions then boy do we have a podcast for you!

On this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO, JOSHUA and DAVID are joined by returning guests and BRITISH PANEL SHOW aficionados DANA GALBRAITH and RYAN RIMMELE!  Ryan and Dana sit down to explain just what a BRITISH PANEL SHOW is and tell us about a few of their favorites!

We also discuss a bit about British television as a whole, we air an ad for an all new Simpatico Productions podcast, and we share a rare clip from the classic BRITISH PANEL SHOW - MY SINCEREST APOLOGIES!

All this and more on this installment of TRIO SIMPATICO!

Apr 11, 2018

HAMILTON! 

The Broadway musical sensation conceived and created by Lin Manuel Miranda which has grabbed the world by the powdered wig and shown it the new face of musical theater!

After the production's domination of New York, HAMILTON now has several touring companies traveling the world and with one such company soon to set up in Northeast Ohio there is no better time for TRIO SIMPATICO to discuss the musical and the creator behind it.

This week DAVID and JOSHUA are joined by returning guests DANA GALBRAITH and RYAN RIMMELE, self proclaimed HAMILTON enthusiasts, who make the trio a QUARTET in order to proselytize our listeners!

PLUS as it turns out one member of the panel HASN'T actually listened to HAMILTON!  Who could it be??  Why haven't they listened to it yet??  Do they know it's 2018??  If you want to know who it is, you'll have to listen to this all new episode of TRIO SIMPATICO!

Mar 9, 2018

On this bonus episode of TRIO SIMPATICO Joshua Witsaman interviews 4 year old movie critic Lucy Witsaman regarding her thoughts about the recent release of director Will Gluck's PETER RABBIT!

Discussing the literary roots of the film and how the PETER RABBIT cinematic universe seems to have branched off into a much darker and grittier narrative.

PLUS we ask questions like: are the Beatrix Potter books actually science fiction masterpieces which explore string theory and parallel universes and alternate realities?  AND is PETER RABBIT actually a STAR WARS anthology movie?  Starring the likes of Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, and Daisy Ridley!

All this and LESS on this shorter BONUS episode of TRIO SIMPATICO!  Enjoy! 

 

Feb 28, 2018

David and Joshua are reunited after some brief time apart and they are discussing some of the recent pop culture headlines that have hit the news.  

This episodes topics range from the cinematic juggernaut that is BLACK PANTHER to the line up of summer movies yet to come.  The trio-less trio also discusses new television series, old television series, and some exciting news coming out of the recent TOY FAIR!

Plus, will you be first to sign up for the TRIO SIMPATICO flea market?  Find out how as you listen in to this curated collection of THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T SUCK!

All this and more on this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO! 

Feb 22, 2018

On this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO Joshua Witsaman is on his own for a SOLO SIMPATICO!  

Recently Josh was listening to some tunes when a question came to his mind which sent him down a rabbit hole of consciousness. 

Tune in to discover what this reality shattering question was, find out the answer, and hear the rambling train of thought which was set into motion.

Caution: your life may never be the same from this point forward!

Feb 14, 2018

Get your motion sickness buckets ready!

With the recent (and surprising) release of Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix, Trio Simpatico returns to celebrate with a new episode all about this wonderful enigma of a franchise.

Though missing Josh Witsaman in the co-hosting chair, David Tavolier recruits his old pal (and returning guest to the show) Nicholas Abood, to help him contemplate, speculate, and celebrate the ever growing Cloverfield franchise, as well as review the latest installment, The Cloverfield Paradox.

Find out what we thought of the controversial flick, as well as what it means for the past and future of the franchise.

Jan 3, 2018

Here is the final section of our marathon STAR WARS conversation for the ages!  

David and Joshua sit down with returning guest and TRIO SIMPATICO legal counsel BRIAN ASHTON to dissect, review, and critique STAR WARS EPISODE VIII THE LAST JEDI! 

For this episode we recorded a 5 1/2 hour long conversation about this most recent STAR WARS romp and much like Rian Johnson himself, we were unable to edit ourselves down to a typically manageable episode length.  Instead we simply broke the conversation up into three smaller chunks!

In this third section we finish up our discussion of the technical aspects of the movie and eventually tally up our pro and con list, definitively revealing once and for all whether THE LAST JEDI is a good STAR WARS movie.  PLUS we dig into our listener questions and see what the rest of you had to say about this most recent STAR WARS adventure!

But now without further delay, plug in for section three and godspeed simpatico listeners!

Jan 3, 2018

Section TWO of our marathon STAR WARS conversation for the ages!  

David and Joshua sit down with returning guest and TRIO SIMPATICO legal counsel BRIAN ASHTON to dissect, review, and critique STAR WARS EPISODE VIII THE LAST JEDI! 

For this episode we recorded a 5 1/2 hour long conversation about this most recent STAR WARS romp and much like Rian Johnson himself, we were unable to edit ourselves down to a typically manageable episode length.  Instead we simply broke the conversation up into three smaller chunks!

In this second of three sections we continue our review of the characters of the Last Jedi, new and old!  We follow that up with our critiques of the technical aspects of the movies production as well as what we feel this film adds to the mythos of STAR WARS as a whole.

But now without further delay, plug in for section two and godspeed simpatico listeners!

Jan 3, 2018

This is it!  A marathon STAR WARS conversation for the ages!  

David and Joshua sit down with returning guest and TRIO SIMPATICO legal counsel BRIAN ASHTON to dissect, review, and critique STAR WARS EPISODE VIII THE LAST JEDI! 

For this episode we recorded a 5 1/2 hour long conversation about this most recent STAR WARS romp and much like Rian Johnson himself, we were unable to edit ourselves down to a typically manageable episode length.  Instead we simply broke the conversation up into three smaller chunks!

We present here, the first section of this third part in our series of THE LAST JEDI episodes.  If you missed our first two parts go back and check out our predictions and reaction episodes as well.

But now without further delay, plug in and godspeed simpatico listeners! 

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