By Kelen Conley
Hyphen Nation is about everything. Hyphen Nation is genre-less. Hyphen Nation can be about police brutality. Hyphen Nation can be about pro wrestling. Hyphen Nation can be about music. Hyphen Nation can be about sports. Hyphen Nation can be about films. Hyphen Nation is safe space. THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, Hyphen Nation is hosted by Kelen Conley and his semi-regular co-host Marcus Robinson. Don't put Hyphen Nation in a box. Because nobody... puts Hyphen Nation in a box. A Hyphen Podcast Group production.
Episode #186: The Story of Brooklyn (Costarring Angel & Aaliyah Conley)
I'm joined by my wife Angel and our daughter Aaliyah as we remember our first dog Brooklyn, who passed away in April 2020.
May 18, 2021
Episode #185: Talking To Your Spirit (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
On a Sunday afternoon, I sat down with my semi-regular co-host Marcus "Showinmadlov" Robinson so we could complete our quest to discuss the anniversaries of two more Jigga albums! As we continue on, Marcus and I cover Jay-Z's 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt and his 2001 LP The Blueprint. What was the best Biggie/Jay-Z collaboration? OG U Don't Know or the remix? Was Can I Live II or Jigga That N*gg* really necessary? And which one of us hated Jay-Z before changing their mind? Recommendations: Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint. Backstage. Fade To Black. Can't Knock The Hustle (Fool's Paradise Remix).
May 4, 2021
Episode #184: All Of This Without A Diploma (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AALIYAH! Lawry and Burnett. Corleone and Hagan. Kiss and Styles. Enough of the iconic duos, Marcus is back in the semi-regular co-host chair! For the 184th episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, we're talking Jay-Z. 2006's Kingdom Come. 2011's Watch The Throne. Am I hearing things or did Jay rap lighter the whole album? Was WTT peak Kanye? How old is Curren$y? This is only part 1, as next episode, we discuss Reasonable Doubt. And The Blueprint OG. Recommendations: Marcus - "Anything" - Kingdom Come. Kelen - "Hollywood" - Kingdom Come.
April 20, 2021
Episode #183: September's Very Own (Costarring No Name Tim)
As we proceed into a new episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I have a guest! And not just any guest, I have No Name Tim, the producer of the last two theme songs you hear at the start of every episode! This was his fee: free beat; have him on as a costar. No problem! Tim and I discuss how he got into producing, his friendship with Marcus D'Tray, what it's like selling beat leases, how he got to produce for Tama Tonga, he mentions his buddy Simon from WhatCulture... I could go on. But this is a really great conversation. I'll let you check it out yourself.
April 13, 2021
Episode #182: Before I Let Go
In this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I take some time to tell DMX just how important his music was to a kid growing up in West Virginia. Then, I share how overjoyed I was when I watched Bad Boys For Life. After that, I spend some time eulogizing Elgin Baylor. And then I do an off the dome recap of House Party 2 for its 30th anniversary. Get well soon X. Recommendations: It's Dark And Hell Is Hot. ...And Then There Was X. Bad Boys For Life. Hang Time: My Life in Basketball. House Party 2.
April 6, 2021
Episode #181: I Just Try To Get Better (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
In this week's episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I've found a gem of a conversation featuring Gawd's Favorite, Marcus "Showinmadlov" Robinson! After we recorded Episode #173, the mic was still on and we had more to say. We talk about my exploits into the streaming world, our monthly HPG conference call that Marcus runs, our disinterest in the NFL, Common, Wale, Freddie Gibbs, and more! Plus, a sobering intro when I rediscover an old email from my dad. Recommendations: Freddie Gibbs - Piñata, Bandana & Alfredo.
March 17, 2021
Episode #180: Keep Your Hands Off Of My Chromatica
So no Morgantown weather report. It was weird for me too. Maybe I'll keep doing it. Instead, I talked about how I'm trying to clean up my act on social media. Then, in the BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST proper, I've been listening to music, so you get reviews! Evermore, Positions, Plastic Hearts, Chromatica, and Folklore are all discussed and ratings are dished out. But wait! In the middle of reviewing all this music, I run a Jodeci bracket! What's your favorite Jodeci song? Recommendations: Gaga: Five Foot Two and every album mentioned in this pod.
March 9, 2021
Episode #179: One Moment In Time
It's Tuesday and you know what that means! THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST is back! And just in time. While I slept Monday night, Bobby Lashley captured his first WWE Championship, making him the third black WWE Champion in history. I discuss this incredible moment and then I pivot right into crowning the winner of my 2020 Best In The World award. So after a super thorough wrestling pod, I whine about not being smarter than my video equipment and then we out! I forgot recommendations though, so... Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell? Hope I don't miss on that one.
March 3, 2021
Episode #178: The Sapphire Experience
Five years later, here we are. Hyphen Nation is officially five years old! So how else should we celebrate but than to do belatedly! On this episode, in its sapphire year, THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST goes back to its roots. Just me and the microphone, I detail what caused the hiatus at the end of 2020, I deliver what may be the best State Of The Podcast Address yet, and I even deal with the hate for a little ditty you may have heard called The Last Of Us Part 2. Here's to five years... and many more: Recommendations: The Shred Head Podcast. Dissect: Because The Internet. Sneakerheads.
February 24, 2021
Episode #177: Numbers On The Board '20 (Costarring George Gerbo & Marcus Robinson)
After last week's excitement, we slow things all the way back down. For the annual Numbers On The Board episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I'm joined by my two semi-regular co-hosts, Marcus Robinson and George Gerbo... and we just talk. About 2020, about Covid, about plans for 2021, and about how we were feeling in the moment. I'm really proud of this episode just because I was able to share some real feelings with my friends. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I did.
February 16, 2021
Episode #176: Cobra Kai Never Dies! (Costarring Melysette)
We interrupt your daily routine for something badass! I'm joined by Melysette of A Frightful Fret with Melysette (she also does a great job running the Hyphen Podcast Group Instagram account) to talk about the glory that is the Youtube Original turned Netflix property Cobra Kai! If you don't want spoiled, come back and see us once you're all caught up. We talk about everything: Johnny! Daniel! Miguel! Robby! Sam! Tory! Hawk! Amanda! Miyagi-Do! Banzai! Okay, not that last one but if you know the original movies, it's all a part of the lore! Plus, don't miss Mel's theory about who Tory's mom could be and other surprises! I may have broken my exclamation point key...
February 9, 2021
Episode #175: The Year In Sports 2020 (Costarring George Gerbo & Marcus Robinson)
For the one hundred and seventy fifth episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, it's time to talk sports! I'm joined by Marcus and our newly minted semi-regular co-host George Gerbo as we break down the highs and lows of 2020! There's a lot of basketball talk, some black quarterback slander on my part that I have no regrets about, and as usual, George tries to be the voice of reason within the madness. Nobody cares about the Super Bowl. And happy birthday Holly!
February 2, 2021
Episode #174: Wu-Tang Forever, Disc One, Track Two (Costarring Errick Greenlee, Michael Lamerique & Marcus Robinson)
HOT DAMN. It's a new day! On this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, we go back in time! In September 2019, I was joined by Michael Lamerique and my semi-regular co-host Marcus Robinson to discuss Jay-Z's deal to work with the NFL. Before we got into the episode proper, however, Lam and I were talking with live mics, and then Marcus joined us, and then, with a resounding "'SUP JERKS?!", Errick Greenlee appeared out of nowhere! We talk about video games, wrestling, parenting, work... we're just all over the place. So I give you an inside look at Hyphen Podcast Group's Brain Trust. Over a year ago, with a pandemic the furthest thing from our minds.
January 26, 2021
Episode #173: People Are Stupid (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
Once upon a time, people could get their information from reliable sources. Books, newspapers, the television... all these formats had some form of truth to them in return for a fee. Today, these formats still exist. And while the internet has caused us to push the boundaries of getting the most content for less, evil forces still seek to keep that same content unavailable... unless you pay. Giant intro aside, Marcus and I discuss ESPN's decision to move it's written content behind a ESPN+ fueled paywall, we dig deeper into more election anxiety (and even play some fun games with our sanity), and then reminisce over Grantland.com's 5 year death anniversary. All the best to you, Jason and Haley. Bill... I got nothing for you.
November 3, 2020
Episode #172: Election Anxiety
With less than a week to go before the 2020 elections, THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST gets political! I discuss the fear of Donald winning a second term and how his reign has led me to be scared to go certain places in WV because I'm black and they could be pro-Donald. I lay it all on the table and even have a lively discussion with the chat who was watching along. The second half of this episode focuses on my continued allegiance to being a foodie, feeling like I've eaten everything in Morgantown, and I talk a little WWE as I cover the Hell In A Cell PPV. Recommendations: I forgot to say them. Next time baby.
October 27, 2020
Episode #171: 20 Years Of Roc La Familia
So I felt like it had been 5 minutes or so since I mentioned Jay-Z, so here's a whole BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST about Jay-Z! It'll be 20 years since the release of The Dynasty: Roc La Familia on October 31, a Hov album that was born from the scraps of a Roc-A-Fella Records compilation project. I give a little history of the Roc as a label, break down the tracklisting, and compare 2000 Jigga to other artists who were topping the Billboard charts. And I have to mention the Robert Goulet SNL sketch with the Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Will Ferrell, and Jay. How could I not? Recommendations: Holly Randall: Unfiltered - 139: Sasha Grey: Sex As Art, #BlackAF, and Quincy.
October 13, 2020
Episode #170: Do Not Disturb
So I did this thing. I read a book. Said book being Dave Itzkoff’s Robin, a biography about the late comedian/actor, Robin Williams. But I try my best not to make this whole pod an audio book report. I talk about some of things I discovered about Robin, as well as the tragic events that led up to his untimely passing. I eventually pass along some wisdom I gleaned from the book that I think everyone could use. I also detail my trip home for my dad’s 70th birthday and mark some upcoming sad anniversaries. Recommendations: Robin by Dave Itzkoff, White Whale Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA, Carmi Soul Food, Pittsburgh, PA, The InBESTigators
October 7, 2020
Episode #169: 2020 NBA Finals Preview
The Eastern Conference Finals ended at the right time as the result of Heat/Celtics Game 6 launches me into an all out NBA Finals preview! On one side, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Western Champs, the Los Angeles Lakers. On the other, making their first trip to the NBA Finals without Dwyane Wade or LeBron, the Jimmy Butler-led Miami Heat. The Lakers are right where a lot of people expected them to be; the Heat crushed their side of the bubble to now compete for a fourth NBA championship in franchise history. I break it all down for to get you ready for tip-off Wednesday night. Recommendations: The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith
September 29, 2020
Episode #168: Star Wars: Revenge Of The Hot Takes (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
I've been putting it off long enough. This episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED GREATEST PODCAST brings us back to Star Wars to deal with The Rise Of Skywalker and the Sequel Trilogy as a whole. Marcus joins me to take this show from just another Star Wars episode to a Hot Takes themed Star Wars episode! JJ. Boyega. Ridley. Rian. Kylo. Luke. Han. Our Princess. Darth Vader. Palpatine. Even young and old Lando. Prepare to jump to lightspeed. This episode was brought to you by Spongebob Squarepants.
September 22, 2020
Episode #167: You'll Understand When You're Older
The BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST returns on its new release day of Tuesday! In this episode, I talk about how difficult it is for me to watch sports, I reevaluate the impact of Tupac Shakur days after the 24th anniversary of his murder, and then I share the tales of my experiences as a child with the Death of Superman storyline. I even share some current thoughts on the Doomsday arc after I finally read the trade for myself after years of ducking it. This episode was brought to you by sheer will of force because I will be exhausted by the time you read this. Recommendations: Dom2K, Culture Surfing podcast, The Death of Superman, and the Fortress of Baileytude.
September 15, 2020
Episode #166: Emergency Pod - Pop Goes The Bubble? (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic yesterday in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake and the ongoing demand for justice and some kind of change in America toward minorities. The NBA postponed the rest of the day's playoff slate and meeting's were held last night to see if the season could even continue. The WNBA followed suit with a powerful statement at midcourt of their respective bubble. Mookie Betts refused to play. The Brewers and Reds both refused to take the field. To mark this momentous occasion, me and Marcus try to talk our way through the moment and the consistent unrest that plagues our people in the United States.
August 27, 2020
Episode #165: Music Is Like Magic (Costarring Lance Roberson)
(Kinda) hot on the heels of Catch The Show 71, I'm joined by Lance Roberson of Def Pen Sports to discuss more Marshall Mathers than you can shake a stick at! While me, Marcus, and EG covered the 20th anniversary of The Marshall Mathers LP on Catch The Show, Lance wanted to talk about what is both of our favorite Eminem album, The Eminem Show. We break down 10 of our favorite (and least favorite tracks), go off on Joe Budden and battle rap tangents, and just generally nerd out about Em at the peak of his powers. This episode was brought to you Spongebob Squarepants and Jessie. Recommendations: The Eminem Show, Mood Muzik 1, and Mood Muzik 2.
August 15, 2020
Episode #164: And This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
I sat down and turned on my microphone, opened my Google Docs, and an hour of awesomeness happened. I give my take on Lego Masters and why Will Arnett is only good as Lego Batman, spend a little time with Donald and his fateful trip down a ramp, tell Bill Simmons and Ryen Russillo how I really feel about their anti-looting thoughts and Bill's idea of diversity at The Ringer, get into why R. Kelly has made me hate him even more, say an RIP to Katherine Johnson and Regis Philbin, and close things out with the ending of The Good Place. This episode was brought to you by The Eminem Show. Recommendations: Master Of None and Pharrell & The Yessirs - Out Of My Mind.
August 13, 2020
Episode #163: Jordan '98 (Costarring Mike Asti, George Gerbo & Marcus Robinson)
In this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, we don't want to be like Mike but we definitely want to talk about him. I'm joined by Marcus, Asti, and Gerbo as we break down our thoughts on The Last Dance! We talk about what the documentary lacked, what it managed to accomplish, and if it hurt or helped the legacy of His Airness. We round things out talking about our favorite sports documentaries and make plans to watch and review the upcoming Long Gone Summer. Marcus and I set this episode off about Trina and what the next steps should be to make this country safe for black people. This episode was brought to you by My Babysitter's A Vampire & Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. AND SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO NO NAME TIM FOR THE NEW THEME SONG!
June 7, 2020
Episode #162: Hopeless
"I see no changes."
June 2, 2020
Episode #161: Part 3 - Ethan Strauss Appears! (Starring Ethan Strauss, George Gerbo & Marcus Robinson)
If you've been keeping up, George, Marcus, and I have been conducting the Hyphen Book Club in favor of Ethan Strauss' new book The Victory Machine about Kevin Durant and his time with the Golden State Warriors. Ethan took the time to follow me and tell me he enjoyed the shows and thanked us for reading so closely! Being the mastermind that he is, Marcus suggested I ask Ethan to be on the pod, a few direct messages later, and Ethan agreed! So enjoy Marcus and George's interview with the author of The Victory Machine, Ethan Sherwood Strauss! My deepest thanks to the fellas for being there for this when I could not because of work. This episode was brought to you by the sound of silence. AND EVERYBODY CLAP FOR MARCUS FOR EDITING THESE LAST THREE EPISODES!
May 19, 2020
Episode #160: Part 2 - Sneaker Wars (Costarring Marcus Robinson & George Gerbo)
The Showinmadlov Book Club rides again as we tackle chapters 3 through 5 of Ethan Sherwood Strauss' The Victory Machine. We talk a little about Steve Kerr becoming the head coach and what the idea of joy has to do with NBA basketball, plus we touch on the devolution of Kevin Durant and what factors made him into the man and player he is today. A huge portion of this episode veers to sneakers as a chapter dedicated to Under Armor, Nike, Steph, and KD turns into an all out discussion of our love for different shoes. This episode was brought to you by 2015 Golden State Warriors highlights.
May 4, 2020
Episode #159: Circle Of A Dynasty Part 1 (Costarring Marcus Robinson & George Gerbo)
So long time listeners of Hyphen Nation knows what happens when I get into a funk and don't want to do anything podcast related. My semi-regular co-host Marcus "Showinmadlov" Robinson appears to save the day. I'm serious. Marcus noticed a new book hitting shelves called The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty by Ethan Sherwood Strauss and sequestered myself and now 5-Time Guest Club member George "The Howitzer" Gerbo to read and write reports. Then he made us throw away our reports and share our feelings off the top. Chapters 1 and 2 are covered here; we'll be taking on Chapters 3-5 in a future episode! This episode was brought to you by Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
April 27, 2020
Episode #158: Slow Down Son, Ya Killin' Em
In the last of my previously recorded episodes, I take some time to tell the tale of the man who broke the color barrier in auto racing and one of the greatest racers in NASCAR history, Wendell Scott. From there, I talk about my sad love affair with Derrick Rose and my hopes of him playing in the All-Star Game being dashed... and then the whole season got suspended a few weeks later but I think it's still a worthwhile listen. This episode was brought to you by The Big Show Show and Mako: Island of Secrets.
April 10, 2020
Episode #157: The Wonderful World Of Sex Education (Costarring Tyler Kovar)
In a world not that long ago, my dear friend Tyler Kovar and I broke into WVU's Creative Arts Center to record his second appearance on Hyphen Nation. Okay, we just found an empty room but I digress! After scouring for at least 45 minutes, we found a band room in the basement, I pulled out my notes, and we talked about seasons 1 and 2 or Netflix's delightful Sex Education. We cover a lot but we left plenty of surprises for you to discover when you ultimately leave this episode to go watch every single minute yourselves. This episode was brought to you by OJ: Made In America Part 3.
April 9, 2020
Episode #156: Breathing Without Worry (Costarring Erik Fromme, EG aka Catcher Of Shows, Errick Greenlee, George Gerbo, Mike Asti & Marcus Robinson)
Two nights removed from the Show of Shows, THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST proudly presents the biggest number of guests on one episode thanks to the quarantine! I'm joined by Erik Fromme (x2), EG aka Catcher of Shows (x3), Errick Greenlee (x5), George Gerbo (x5), Mike Asti (x3) and my semi-regular co-host Marc Rob towards the end as we recap WrestleMania 36! WrestleMania Performance Center! WrestleMania No Fans Allowed! We cover all the high points for sure, talk some lows, and then give out letter grades and MVPs. I'll have to tell you; this episode is better enjoyed with a crowd though... at least a virtual one. This episode was brought to you by more OJ, Iron Man 3, and Freedom Writers.
April 8, 2020
Episode #155: My Dinner(s) My Eric
This one is plain and simple: I met up with one of my best friends Eric Jordan twice in January and another time in February. This is me recounting those nights, reviewing food, seeing old friends and making old ones, and checking out some live music somewhere in between. This episode was brought to you by OJ: Made In America Part 2.
April 7, 2020
Episode #154: 2020 State Of The Podcast Address
On this previously recorded episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I deliver my 2020 State Of The Podcast Address. There's 2019 stats courtesy of my semi-regular co-host Marcus Robinson, goals set, guests get proclaimed, and I even run down what Hyphen Podcast Group is doing in 2020. And there's no surprises on this one; just a good ol' fashioned episode of Hyphen Nation. This episode was brought to you by WrestleMania Pirate Flag.
April 6, 2020
Episode #153: Someone Had To Be The Heel (Costarring Mike Asti & George Gerbo)
Just in time (and I mean barely) for WrestleMania 36, I'm joined by The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw themselves, George Gerbo and Mike Asti. Slowly but surely, we talk about whether Mania Performance Center should even be happening and whether we can muster the energy needed for a WrestleMania with no crowd. Then, we choose our winners for each match thanks to the power of Wikipedia (but even that didn't help as the card has changed in a few spots since we recorded this). This episode was brought to you by WrestleMania XXVIII, Identity Thief, Fuller House (again), and Onward.
April 4, 2020
Episode #152: The Death Of Kobe Bryant (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
GUEST MONOLOGUE BY MATTHEW SPENCER. Marcus and I spend this episode remembering Kobe. Rest in peace to all 9 people who lost their lives. May your families find peace in this difficult time. Happy birthday Mom.
January 30, 2020
Episode #151: Where Did He Come From?! (Costarring Angel Conley)
And we're back! And we're late. Sorry. As you'll be able to tell, THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, has underwent some changes and hopefully for better. I start things off with a retraction about LeVar Burton's t-shirt pointed out to me by Errick, then I apologize for the mess that was 150. After that, Angel joined me on my birthday to finish watching the 2011 Royal Rumble that I started a few episodes ago. Next episode is for Kobe. This episode was brought to you by Girl Meets World and Kobe Bryant's Muse.
January 28, 2020
Episode #150: Hyphen Nation No More!
I start out with some 2019 statistics, just like a normal State Of The Podcast Address would begin. I make some goals but I keep using past tense. Then I announce that this is the last episode of Hyphen Nation. My 2020 State Of The Podcast Address becomes my Farewell Address to THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST. Then I woke up this morning and felt like a fool. So I once again don the mantle of Spider-M, er, um, your faithful host of Hyphen Nation. Show's rolling; kick it. Aaliyah comes in to clarify things with me at the end. And there are clips from some of the first 100 episodes too! Special thanks to Maps for the intro and outro on short notice; I meant every word I said... and then I changed my mind. I promise you, my mental health is good. I thought ending the show would make my life easier; but I woke up feeling empty. This episode was brought to you by Frasier and Sex Education.
January 21, 2020
Episode #149: Race To Black Enough Mountain
Inspired by S05 E13 of ILaPoW and someone saying something that triggered me, we get the closest thing to my origin story on THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST. I discuss my upbringing, when I first became aware of my blackness, race, racism, and when someone qualifies as black enough to not be called the opposite. This episode was brought to you by NXT’s Women’s Number 1 Contender battle royale and Pain & Gain.
January 17, 2020
Episode #148: The Sleep Deprivation Boogie
Just when I thought I was missing Sunday's episode, I made it happen! This time out on THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I discuss the curious case of Snoop Lion. I follow that up by naming the 2019 winner of my Best In The World award. If you looked at the episode artwork though, you already know. I'm sleepy and it may be because of a full moon. This episode was brought to you by Dave Chappelle's speech when he won the Mark Twain Prize.
January 13, 2020
Episode #147: A Story & A Commentary
I got nothing. I really don't. So much so that I pull out an old story that I've posted before and read it while spouting out ideas of spiders and why toilet bowls need to be clogged with bathmats. Then I watch the 2011 Royal Rumble since this year's event is right around the corner, realize how long it is, and then promptly stop halfway through the thing with promises to finish it soon. This smells very skippable. I really hate the Booker T photo too. This episode was brought to you by The Avengers.
January 9, 2020
Episode #146: Exacerbating The Situation
Happy New Year! Happy 2020! Happy... no, I told you I don't care that 145 was released in 2020, this is the first episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST for a new decade! Today, we talk about the fascinating world of dog owners and the dogs who love them! We briefly talk about the death of former NBA commissioner David Stern. Oh yeah, my love of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is discussed. This episode was brought to you by Fraiser; good job by you Hulu for still having it.
January 5, 2020
Episode #145: Numbers On The Board '19 (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
After our marathon sports podcast with George Gerbo, Marcus and I still had a little work to do. For the third time in as many years, we sat down to record our year end Numbers On The Board episode. But this time, instead of going through questions and making picks for different topics in 2019... we just talked. We discussed what the 2009 versions of ourselves would say to our 2019 counterparts. We played some word association. And then we each chose one goal we'd like to work on for 2020. It's a new year but this was recorded last Friday. We'll get to all that 20 20 experience very soon. This episode was brought to you by Kuma Da Grizzly.
January 2, 2020
Episode #144: The Decade In Sports (Costarring George Gerbo & Marcus Robinson)
As promised, George Gerbo is back on the show (also the newest member of the Three Timers Club)! And my semi-regular co-host Marcus "Showinmadlov" Robinson as well. We discuss 2010-2019 in the sports including our favorite teams, favorite villains, biggest blunders, overrated blanks, and much more! There's great takes, good takes, hot takes, and Derrick Rose takes and I would assume you don't need much more incentive than that. This episode was brought to you by the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.
December 29, 2019
Episode #143: Meanwhile, During Christmas Day...
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST! On this Christmas Day edition where I left my family at home long enough to do this, I recap Christmas morning and the gifts I received. Then I talk about Christmas mass at our church and just how good our priest is at telling stories. I forgot to talk about his snarky comment about people coming to church regularly or once or twice a year, but I digress. Do you even read the show notes or do you just skim through them? Then I talk about a good Christmas memory and share a bad one from the mid-90s. This episode was brought to you by Descendants 3 and no one letting me watch A Christmas Story.
December 26, 2019
Episode #142: You're The Best Of All Of Us
On this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I pitch a perfect game. Not to pat myself on the back on anything but I'm really proud of this one. We start off by talking about the traditions we have for our jewelry and then i eulogize a friend while talking about life back in my rapper days. Things don't get better but I had to talk about Donald getting impeached and what that could mean going forward. Then I spend a little time revisiting Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse; solo this time. This episode was brought you by Full House and Captain America: Civil War.
December 23, 2019
Episode #141: I'm Not Scared To Say It
Not to be confused with Episode 43 from December 2017 (I would rename this one but to be honest... I don't want to)! As December creeps along, I return with a whole bushel full o' spoilers! First up is a recap of the events of The Walking Dead Season 10 thus far, then a quick jaunt to the Disney Movie Review Podcast so I can finally talk about Frozen II, and then a sober rant about a certain San Francisco based Netflix show . This episode was brought to you by Frazier, Wyclef Jean, and Stan Bush.
December 19, 2019
Episode #140: Immaculate Jedi Reception
On this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I'm mad. I talked about how well the Raiders were doing on Episode 130 and now they're 6-8 with two games to go. Football is a funny thing, especially when you blow a 13-3 lead in your final home game at Oakland to the Jaguars. At least Jason Mendoza's happy. Then the backlash from his own cast against The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson gets me all riled up about my fears the The Rise Of Skywalker will fix everything so-called Star Wars fans hated about it... while telling the same stories we've seen before with new characters. This episode was brought to you by WWE TLC, Return Of The Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
December 16, 2019
Episode #139: The Pod That Never Ends
This episode didn't take that long to record but it truly feels like its been a few months since I started this whole thing at this point. This time, I re-record the first half of the episode after a recording snafu and discuss the 2013 film Drinking Buddies starring Olivia WIlde and Jake Johnson. Then I turn my attention to whether Zion Williamson should play this season and if Cam Newton is washed with the Panthers looking to trade him. This episode was brought to you by The Social Network.
December 12, 2019
Episode #138: Full Disclosure & Total Transparency
I start things off by honoring a fallen member of the Spider-Man creative team, Tom Lyle. Once I finally get my act together (no tears, just procrastination), what I thought was going to be a brief topic about Creed II turned into a whole dissection of the November 2018 sequel to the Ryan Coogler 2015 film. Viktor was robbed. This episode was brought to you by Song Association courtesy of Terrell Grice's YouTube channel.
December 9, 2019
Episode #137: The Devil Wears Prada Commentary (Costarring Angel Conley)
Very early when I created Hyphen Nation, I knew I wanted to talk about my love for The Devil Wears Prada. I think Marcus and I even talked about it way back on Episode #34. Almost 4 years later, I sat down with the newest member of the 5-Time Guest Club, Angel Conley. We give you a running commentary on this 2004 film starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci from start to finish, so have your play button ready! Or just listen wherever. This episode was brought to you by the Raiders getting blown out by the Chiefs.
December 1, 2019
Episode #136: Soul Daddy Number 2 - You Don't Have To Strike A Person To Hurt 'Em (Costarring Daniel Conley)
I'm late! That's only because I wrapped this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST roughly 12 hours ago, drove home to Morgantown, spent the evening with my family, and then started editing. I'm going to pass out as soon as I finish typing this. My father, Daniel Conley, returns to the show for the first time in 2 years! And we talk a whole lot of sports. The debate on which athletes are truly great is... well, debated. A lively discussion about professional wrestling is had. And we play a game where I name a professional athlete and Dad gives me the first things that come to mind. And I lost my podcast. It happens. This episode was brought to you by the 30 For 30 films Winning Time and Bad Boys.
November 25, 2019
Episode #135: It's Clobberin' Time... Maybe?!
On this edition of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I may have had the greatest chicken sandwich of all time... but the verdict is still out. My first experience with the Popeye's spicy chicken sandwich is detailed. And I just fart around for the rest of the episode making animal sounds. All jokes aside, CM Punk is now a Fox Sports employee appearing on FS1's WWE Backstage. What does all this mean? I hash out the what ifs and if the Second City Saint will actually get back into the squared circle. This episode was brought to you by sleep, coffee with eggnog and Stevie Wonder's greatest hits.
November 22, 2019
Episode #134: Because The Internet v good kid, m.A.A.d city (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
On this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST: Previously on It's Like A Podcast Or Whatever: It's episode 96 on the road to 100 and it's a doozy. This time, Handsome Bane called in the Boss of the Hyphen Podcast Group, B. Hyphen himself along with his semi regular co-host and CFO of the HPG, THE Marc Rob(inson). The two of them have been tasked with the Herculean job of answering one question; Which album is better, Childish Gambino's "Because the Internet" or Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, Mad City". But rather than take each song from the two projects, they decide to take the top 5 MOMENTS from each and weigh them against one another. Will the music be all that matters? Or will sequencing, storyline or even marketing be the deciding factor? In the end, you will be asked to listen to each case and make a subjective and informed decision. Put your thinking caps on because it doubles as a swim cap as we take this deep dive into two albums that set the bar really high in the early 2010s. Love trust and belief! This episode was brought to you by how awful I am at FanDuel.
November 17, 2019
Episode #133: Emergency Pod - Hot In Cleveland
As the Cleveland Browns wrapped up a win against their division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night, all hell broke lose. Mason Rudolph didn't take too kindly to Myles Garrett's late game tackle after he had gotten rid of the ball, so he lashed out at the Browns' star DE. Garrett then ripped the QB's helmet off and when Rudolph continued to provoke him... Myles Garrett smashed the helmet into Rudolph's head. Within you'll hear my thoughts before the suspensions were announced. In other sports news, Carmelo Anthony has a job in the NBA again! This episode was brought to you by Creed II and The Book Of Basketball 2.0.
November 16, 2019
Episode #132: Grammys On Grammys
After a battle with depression and procrastination, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST returns! As the anniversaries turn, so do the ages of two of my favorite projects, which just so happened to turn 25 this year. I spend the first half of the episode covering August 1994's II by Boyz II Men and then cap things off with an in-depth look at TLC's November 1994 opus, CrazySexyCool. This episode was brought to you by Pitch Perfect, interrupted lunches and segments, and Straw-Ber-Ritas. I regret nothing.
November 14, 2019
Episode #131: We Did It For The Kids
I talk about my participation in my first ever Extra Life gaming marathon for the Children's Miracle Network with some family and then I review Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, which turns into a recap of the first Maleficent film. Those fairies who aren't Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are the worst. This episode was brought you by Monstalung Soundvizion and Warriors @ Rockets.
November 7, 2019
Episode #130: The Secret Is You Got To Coordinate
I went to bed after I finished recording Episode #129 with Lam and I woke up to the news that beloved actor and comedian John Witherspoon passed away at 77. So as THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST returns to just regular old me-centric episodes, I spend the first half of this episode eulogizing the man we affectionately knew as Pops. I then move on to an Oakland Raiders midseason report as my beloved football team is doing better than expected at the halfway point. This episode was brought to you by Back In Time, Four Days In October, and Raven's Home.
November 3, 2019
Episode #129: Into The View Askewniverse (Costarring Michael Lamerique)
This episode contains the very last episode to complete the first ever event month here on THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREAT PODCAST, a little ditty I like to call GUEST MONTH. Nine episodes; eight guests, and returning for the 6th time, we have Michael Lamerique! Lam agreed to join me as we covered the film career of Kevin Smith, including (but not limited to): Clerks! Mallrats! Dogma! Clerks II! Zack and Miri Make A Porno! And other key films directed by Smith. But then, we also spent a ton of time talking about movies unrelated to Kevin Smith, Chris Rocks's film career, Justin Long's filmography, South Park, and oh yeah... Lam even broke y'all off with a Jesus Is King review. There is a few minutes of missing audio in the Kanye section; our apologies. This episode was brought to you by Community, Kobe on Ridiculousness, and this popcorn I'm about to make. Sidebar: Jay & Silent Bob Reboot is touring nationwide and is the driving force for this episode. Go see that movie. I know I will.
October 31, 2019
Episode #128: February 18, 2007 (Costarring Ed Brown)
Journey with me to a cold February day 12 years ago, when I was home on Pennsylvania Avenue and my friend Ed Brown was still in visiting for the weekend. In this only episode of the Hyphen & Easy Podcast (or THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, Hyphen Nation), Ed and I discuss the 2007 All-Star Saturday night festivities! What we did that weekend! Our thoughts after checking out Ghost Rider as well as how excited we were for some of the trailers that came before our main feature! We talk about the 2007 Daytona 500 as it was happening (sorry for the dip in audio quality here, my actual recording didn't have the full audio from this segment)! NFL 2007 offseason news and some college basketball! And then we finish with a little WWE talk! PLUS: Marcus Robinson made an impromptu appearance in Morgantown this past Sunday and against all odds, we (+ Anthony) recorded 8 minutes of audio fire at the local Sonic. This episode was brought to you by Community and We're The Millers.
October 29, 2019
Episode #127: Live Long And Powerbomb Your Opponent Through The Announce Table (Costarring Erik Fromme)
Without further delay, THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST returns! On this trip, I recruited my old friend from the corner of Lake Erie (or Buffalo, NY), Erik Fromme. We discuss how we met, how we both came into comic book fanfiction and our former sites Marvel & DC Anthology, Erik's time writing his character Anthony Drake, his idea for a Star Trek series, his contribution to our friend Derrick Ferguson's new book Dillon: The Odd Jobs, and wrap things up talking about NXT and the problems with WWE's main roster shows. This episode was brought to you by NFL Sunday Countdown and Marcus Robinson's surprise visit! Check out Derrick's book! Digital: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZHXDJ4Y/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 Paperwook: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1702169049/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tpbk_p1_i0
October 27, 2019
Episode #126: The Hyphen & Kwames Show (Costarring Kwame Amponsem)
When I was younger, I was a part of a radio show on WVU's college radio station called the Urban Diner. During that time, I paired up with a gentleman and together, we created The Hyphen & Kwames Show, the most powerful, mythical, and awesome radio show that there ever was. Then, as suddenly as it started, my co-host Kwame Amponsem moved away, and I was alone. ANYWAY, after mentioning very early on when I started this podcast that I wanted to have Kwame as a guest, I FINALLY made it happen. We talked about how he ended up at U92, how he started playing the bass and how he's a well-traveled musician, we talked about our old radio show, and we rounded it all off with how he got into stand up comedy. I was pretty much a crying laughing emoji (but apparently the correct name of the emoji is the Face With Tears of Joy emoji) the whole time. This episode was brought to you by Penelope and a pizza with apples and butternut squash and spinach and goat cheese... yeah.
October 20, 2019
Episode #125: Coolin' With Cap'n Cook (Costarring Anthony Sellers)
Fresh off a new episode of Browns In Our Blood, Anthony Sellers joins me on THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST to talk about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie! Join us as we ride with Jesse Pinkman as his story picks up where the final episode of Breaking Bad ended. Spoilers galore, wild theories, a lot of reminiscing, and even though I'm not proud of it, we had to talk Jesse Plemons (he was fantastic in this movie). This episode is brought to you by the Rick Ross episode of Pull Up and the return of Morgantown being Little Seattle.
October 17, 2019
Episode #124: The Best Music Projects Of The Decade (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
Very soon, the decade of the 2010s will be coming to an end. Almost lost without a MCU movie to cover, Marcus went into Thought Father mode and came up with a doozy of an episode. Each of us brought our 5 favorite music projects of the '10s to the table as well as 10 honorable mentions. My list stopped at 30 projects... Marcus was at 95 by the time we started recording this episode. Who has what where? Some of our choices may surprise you. This episode was brought to you by Men In Black 3 and SNL, hosted by David Harbour and featuring EG's favorite, Camila Cabello.
October 13, 2019
Episode #123: To Seattle, Thanks For Everything (Costarring Paul Hermann)
This time out on THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, we travel to Washington state to find the man known as P-Thug, Paul Hermann! For the first time in years, Paul and I link up to talk about his podcasts (Marvel Studios News/The Comic Binge Podcast/Star Wars Blaster Canon/Star Wars: The Saga Continues), Michael Bailey, the wonderful city of Seattle, SuperSonics/Mariners/Seahawks sports, and we even take time to discuss The Last Jedi and MCU fatigue! This episode is brought to you by PhD Plumbing who easily fixed my bathroom sink and The Rewatchables - Remember The Titans.
October 10, 2019
Episode #122: DY-NO-MITE! + NXT Stuff (Costarring EG aka Catcher Of Shows)
Let me tell you: there's nothing like booking a guest for THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST and picking out a time and a date... and then letting yourself forget all about it. Despite my best efforts, I was able to call in the host of HPG's Catch The Show and The Underground Monster, EG (that's @catcherofshows on the social meedz) to talk about the big night in professional wrestling this past Wednesday. And wouldn't you know it... EG caught the fricking show! So we spend a lot of time on All Elite Wrestling's debut show Dynamite and then do a quick recap on a pretty eventful episode of NXT. This episode is brought to by The Good Place and whatever energy I have left in my body.
October 6, 2019
Episode #121: The Life & Times Of The Blueprint 3 (Costarring Michael Lamerique)
So you know what else Jay-Z does besides make conspicuous deals with Roger Goodell and the NFL? He makes music! Well... he used to pretty regularly. So this time out on THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I have the first person who asked to be on the pod finally on as a guest and all by his lonesome! Michael Lamerique (fresh off his appearances on It's Like A Podcast Or Whatever and InGoodCompany)! It's been 10 years since Hov released The Blueprint 3 and almost 20 years since Vol. 3... The Life & Times of S. Carter came out. So Lam and I talk about both albums and a whole lot of Shawn Carter in between. This episode was brought to you by AEW Dynamite and Cardi B eating crab legs on Instagram Live.
October 3, 2019
Episode #120: Confessions Of A Mario Kart King
On this edition of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, strange things are afoot! I had a close encounter of the bird kind while waking up over IG videos. After I recovered from that, I find out that Mario Kart Tour isn't just for iOS but it's available for #TeamAndroid people like myself! This leads to my Mario Kart origin story and why I never hesitate to call myself a Mario Kart KIng. To finish everything off, I tell the sad story of how I lost the Sega Genesis I was supposed to get for Christmas in 1994. This episode is brought to you by a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, a Sonic Cranberry Limeade, and Black Cat #4.
September 29, 2019
Episode #119: The Emmys v. Beyoncé & Parking Lot Follies
On this episode of the BARACK OBAMA WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST, I’m announcing the Emmy winners… days late. Shut up, this was recorded on Monday. From there, I transition into a lengthy discussion about HΘMΣCΘMING losing out on all 6 of its nominations at the Creative Arts Emmys. And while all that Emmy talk is happening, I detail a strange series of events that was taking place inside of the parking lot I was located at. No one seems to care I'm recording the BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST. I live in WV though, maybe I should called it Donald approved? This episode was brought to you by Stumptown and a Vulture Fiona Apple interview.
September 26, 2019
Episode #118: "...And I Ask You To Bless Everybody In This Room Tonight"
Okay! So in this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I talk about what may be the heaviest topic in Hyphen Nation history: religion. I discuss my whole journey with faith and spirituality and I somehow get sidetracked into talking about my mom's own journey with religion and how that tied into her hypnotherapy work. I share a lot more than what I thought I was capable of... and then the girls were headed home so I stopped recording. And didn't realize I had been talking for 50+ minutes. This episode was brought to you by my afternoon nap, Back To The Future Part II, and Heroes S01E05.
September 22, 2019
Episode #117: Jessica And Wade's Most Definitely Potentially Deadly Excursion
Almost two days late but we here. In this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I spent a little time touching on the Browns first win, the greatness of Spider-Man PS4 once again, and the Big Breakfast from McDonald's? Then, I come back with the third part of my ongoing Jessica Jones/ Deadpool story as the unlikely pairing end up in Canada together. Part 1 was on Episode #12 and Part 2 was on Episode #40. This episode was brought to you by Back To The Future.
September 21, 2019
Episode #116: Never Go Full Rambo On 'Em
In this episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I come to you live from the back patio for the first time since Episode #97. Within these audio walls, I discuss Antonio Brown for the final time (see Browns In Our Blood S3E3 for part two of my thoughts on him) and whether his departure from the Raiders is his fault or Oakland's, I segue into some NFL talk and how much I enjoyed my first non-fantasy football Sunday in years, I recap my visit to the 2019 West Virginia Pop Culture and Comic Book Convention with Gary (WV PopCon), then I tell the tale of the time I met Wiz Khalifa and how he ultimately influenced my fashion decisions for years to come. And how I have to now give up those fashion decisions. This episode was brought to you by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Northern Illinois @ Nebraska.
September 15, 2019
Episode #115: The Day The World Stopped
In this episode of the Barack Obama Approved World's Greatest Podcast (regular case so you know I'm serious), for the first time, I discuss the September 11th attacks on the 18th anniversary of this terrible tragedy that has shaped the United States into the paranoid republic that it's known as today. Following that, I try to lighten things up by picking winners for this Sunday's Clash Of Champions PPV. I don't know if it worked. I'm glad I did this though. This episode was brought to you by Heroes and my current YouTube deep dive into all things 9/11. Rest in peace to all those lost and all those who gave their lives in order to protect the people of this country that day. And the CBS Early Show host who made the "it's too quiet" remark was Mark McEwen.
September 12, 2019
Episode #114: Hater By Nature
EDIT: Since this episode was recorded, Jon Gruden said that Antonio Brown wouldn't face suspension, the Raiders fined him over $200K for conduct detrimental to the team and voided his guaranteed money, AB asked for his release; Oakland granted his request. Brown then promptly signed a one year deal with the Patriots. You can't make this stuff up. This episode begins with a special congratulations to Handsome Bane, Everyday Rogue, and the entire extended family of It's Like A Podcast Or Whatever on their upcoming 100th episode. Things go downhill from there. I talk about the odd hero worship of former Mountaineer athletes and the complacency of WVU's football and basketball programs (yes, again). I turn a typical order of buffalo wings into a case study of what kind of person you are. And all the Antonio Brown hatred you can shake a stick at. No one listens to me. This episode is brought to you by Archibald's Next Big Thing and no sleep thanks to a marathon night of Spider-Man PS4.
September 8, 2019
Episode #113: The Ultimate Opportunist Or The Right Man For The Job (Costarring Michael Lamerique & Marcus Robinson)
So things have started happening with this Roc Nation/Jay-Z/NFL deal. So much in fact, that my semi-regular co-host was driven to write about how letdown he was by Hov. Two days after he released his piece on Marc Rob, I gathered Marcus and the newest 4x Club Member Michael Lamerique (Eps. 48, 81, 83) to share their POVs. Marcus expounded on his thoughts against these deals, while Lam got to be the angel on S Dot's shoulder. Only time will tell who will ultimately be right but I do have to say that as Jay-Z Stan #1, I'm deeply disappointed so far. Diamonds are forever though. This episode was brought to you by YouTube Kids and Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation. Related: When Rappers Aren't Heroes, Part III
September 7, 2019
Episode #112: Hopper Should Have Saved Us From Mike
Stranger Things 3 has come and gone but I haven't taken my trip to back to Hawkins, Indiana yet. With that said, this episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST sees me sharing my thoughts on the third season of the Netflix original series. Before that, I spent some time fighting falling leaves, discussing future Hyphen Podcast Group plans on the internets, and then I throw a few minutes of an unused convo between Marcus and I about the value of websites in 2019. This episode was brought to you by Mike Wheeler's mom and the #xspoilers hashtag.
September 6, 2019
Episode #111: "We Were Given a Queen, We Were Given an Angel.”
Eighteen years ago, the world was shocked to learn of the sudden death of singer, actor, and model Aaliyah. The 22 year old died in a plane accident just days after the release of her third studio album and her loss is still felt by many today. Marcus asked me if I marked this tragic anniversary on the pod while we looked for photos for the cover of Episode 110, so this is my attempt to rectify that error on my part. Also on this edition of the BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I take on the 2011 romantic comedy, Something Borrowed. Don't read Wikipedia beforehand. This episode was brought to you by WhatCulture Wrestling, Simon Miller, Ups and Downs, and this run of Spider-Man PS4 I'm about to embark on.
September 4, 2019
Episode #110: Thug Unmotivation 101
So along with the rest of the world, I was shocked to learn that Andrew Luck was retiring from the NFL at age 29. So on this pulse pounding episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I discuss what some call a questionable move on Andrew's part. That segues into my decision to finally take that year off from fantasy football. I touch on Mahershala Ali's casting as Blade and the internet's reaction it wasn't a 57 year old Wesley Snipes. We then close with a spirited conversation about Ja Rule's Venni Vetti Vecci and its recent 20 year anniversary. This episode is brought to you by BH90210.
August 29, 2019
Episode #109: They Didn't Take Me To Dollywood Though
As August draws itself to a close, so does the Hot Girl Summer of Hyphen Nation. So now that Angel shared her summer vacation, it's time for me to get into mine. This episode of the BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST is all about out trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which was immediately followed by a trip to Weehawken, New Jersey for the nuptials of a close family friend. No detail is left unsaid! Food is discussed! I went to Wahlburgers! There was a heat advisory in the NJ/NYC area! This episode is brought to you by Good Eats: The Return.
August 28, 2019
Episode #108: You Want It To Be One Way
In today's episode of THE BARACK OBAMA APPROVED WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I really just planned on catching up on some topics. Instead, I jump immediately into the Jay-Z/NFL/Colin Kaepernick drama. I read the official NFL statement on the deal and then hash out my thoughts on whether or not Hov was shady by making this deal. Jermaine Dupri, Brian Michael Cox, and Travis Scott are all mentioned. When I'm done yelling about that, I kill some topic ideas before I touch on Robert Kirkman's decision to end his comic The Walking Dead after almost 16 years. This episode is brought to you by Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man PS4.
August 25, 2019
Episode #107: The Night The Flood Came & Other Tales (Costarring Angel Conley)
On our way to check out Pittsburgh's second annual Fresh Fest (and on the way back, shhhhhhhhhh), I welcome my wife Angel to the 4-time guest club of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST! I pretty much hand her the reins and let her talk about her European Vacation (and yes, I call myself Chevy and her Beverly D'Angelo). From Pittsburgh to Toronto to Italy to Greece to Israel back to Greece to New Jersey to Pittsburgh! You'll hear about sketch massage parlors, flooded hotel hallways, how salty the dead sea is, how much it is to pay to use a public restroom... no stone is left unturned (except the part where Angel's friend Maggie blew up her hair dyer. Thanks European outlets!). And I still didn't get any Raptors championship gear from the 6. This episode is brought to you by DuckTales and "The Duck Knight Returns".
August 23, 2019
Episode #106: Everything I Know About Ghosting I Learned From Peter Parker (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
In a shocking turn of events, in this episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, Marcus and I discuss a Marvel Cinematic Universe film! Let's face it; we've been doing this a ton since Black Panther was released. HOWEVER, don't let that stop you from enjoying this episode of Web-Headed fire! We take on Spider-Man: Far From Home and while it doesn't top Into The Spider-Verse for either of us, we're both comfortable saying it landed in our MCU top 10s easily. I think this one will age like fine wine. OH! And we talked about Quentin Tarantino's latest film Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood! See! We can switch it up! This episode was brought to you by the Scrubs episodes "My Finale" and my discovery of the late Auntie Fee.
August 16, 2019
Episode #105: Endgame (Kinda) Encapsulated (Costarring Anthony Sellers, George Gerbo, Errick Greenlee & Marcus Robinson)
In an unplanned happy accident, this is THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST episode all about the TWENTY SECOND (I think I said 21st in the episode) entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame. The happy accident part is the fact that it's now available digitally. Along with me for the ride is Episode #10, #11, and #48's Errick "Handsome Bane" Greenlee, Episode #70's Anthony "Triple S" Sellers, Episode #88's George "The Howitzer" Gerbo, and our moderator, Marcus "Showinmadlov" Robinson. We cover everything we can about Endgame but it's so massive, I can't help but feel we missed something. Regardless, welcome to the the biggest panel of guests in Hyphen Nation history. Shout out to Lam who was too sick to join us. We love you 3000!
August 4, 2019
Episode #104: Self-Care Vol. II: Bigger & Deffer
Dr. Kelso : You are going to shut your damn yapper and listen for a change, because I got you pegged, sweetheart. You want to take the easy way out with the surgery because you're scared. You're scared because if you try and fail, there's only you to blame. Well, Missy, let me break this down for you, Bobbo-style. Life is scary. Get used to it. J.D. : [Narration] And then it seemed like Dr. Kelso wasn't only talking to her. Dr. Kelso : There are no magical fixes. It's all up to you. So get up off your keister, get out of here, and go start doin' the work. Nell Goldman : What if it's too hard? Dr. Christopher Turk : Yeah, what if it's too hard? Dr. Kelso : Turkleton, I have no idea why you're chiming in, but I'll say this to both of you. Nothing in this world that's worth having comes easy.
August 2, 2019
Episode #103: Burton, Bats & Jack (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
It was June 23rd, 1989 when Tim Burton's Batman hit theaters in America, starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, and Kim Basinger. Almost 30 years later, myself and Marcus Robinson come together for the one hundred and third episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST to discuss Batman '89 and its legacy when it comes to those involved... and those that came after. Plenty of hijinks ensue of course as we blatantly steal apex mountain from the Rewatchables, which leads to a deep dive into the career of... Johnny Depp? Aside from that, flowers are given to all those involved in this master class of a superhero film and we even talk a little about its sequels, Joel Schumacher, and our favorite Batmobile! Pair this episode with Episode #68 for ultimate Batmania immersion. This episode was brought to you by sleep deprivation, This Magic Moment, and now Trainwreck, I guess. And Batman '89. Man I'm sleepy.
June 20, 2019
Episode #102: Throne's Not Owned
I still haven't hit that Sunday release date since I vowed to go bi-weekly on #100 but nevermind all that! In the one hundred and second episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, I'm live from the road again! During my trek back to Morgantown from the Pittsburgh airport, I go over how my Father's Day was and then get to a topic I've been dying to unleash: the rise and plateauing of the career of one Taylor Alison Swift. Oh yeah, I see you ALISON. After that, I relay how I was mistaken for Method Man and possibly retell the story of my phone interview with Meth. And then I talk a real quick minute about Robert Pattinson as Batman. This episode was brought to you Ashley O and "On A Roll".
June 18, 2019
Episode #101: Late Night Stack (Costarring Eric Jordan Jr.)
Special guest appearance by Johnny Harmonic! Oh boy. So it all started with a tweet from EG mentioning that he was a fan of J. Cole's Born Sinner album. As a fellow fan of Born Sinner, I reached out to him to do the pod about... Born Sinner. Now, we do talk about Born Sinner; pretty in depth actually. But what this episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST holds is a whole lot of music talk. We talk about whether Take Care or Nothing Was The Same is better, do a comprehensive look at Jermaine's entire career, and even talk about Degrassi: The Next Generation and Drake's "I'm Upset" music video. Johnny Harmonic enters and tells a horrible story about me littering and then drops some knowledge why he's never been able to look at Cole the same way after "Firing Squad". It's a point of view that both EG and I didn't think of but we try to work our way through it after. This episode was brought to you by The Big Short and The Devil Wears Prada.
June 13, 2019
Episode #100: The Centennial Hyphen Nation Awards & Other Strangeness
I don't know if this episode is supposed to come out. I started it two weeks ago, planned on finishing that same weekend but then had to make a surprise trip home. Finished principle recording late last week and then I ended up helping shoot a video with the fam and then I putted around on Sunday. Completed editing on Monday morning and planned on posting last night... and I fell asleep during Game 5 only to wake up to see the Warriors had pulled it out. Uploaded the audio this morning before I left the house... and the internet has been spotty at best all day at work. With all that said, welcome to Hyphen Nation Episode ONE HUNDRED! I made a bunch of categories and picked my favorites out of a bunch of things I care about. Then I shared my hopes and dreams because Marcus asked me to... and I may or may not have been talking trash. Then everything wraps up nicely with an extremely personal segment that I did not expect I'd have the opportunity to do. Happy 100 Hyphen Nation. Thank you to everyone who's taken the time to listen. Here's to 100 more... sooner than this 100 took.
June 11, 2019
Episode #99: At Least He Gave Us Kazaam
Episode 99. It only took me 3 years but the next episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST is Episode #100, the CENTENNIAL HYPHEN NATION AWARDS. Man, I hope this isn't trash. In this episode however, I beat the Ayesha Curry topic dead, reconsider the hall of fame career of Shaquille O'Neal, and then examine the life and death of a coworker. This episode is brought to you by Henny on Snapchat.
May 23, 2019
Episode #98: The Questions II
So before I could release this episode, the Warriors swept the Blazers. Spoilers. In the ninety eighth edition of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, The Questions format returns! Thanks to my faithful group chat, I was able to compile a big ol' list of questions to answer and I left no stone unturned... except for the questions about advice. Those were tough. We might get to Episode #100 someday. It'll help when I finish watching Days Gone though. This episode is brought to you by The Intern - and no, Jules should not have stayed with her husband and Renee Russo can call me anytime.
May 21, 2019
Episode #97: Never Would've Made It
THREE EPISODES AWAY FROM EPISODE #100! Anyway, I congratulate Angel on her kids winning the WV History Bowl, mourn the loss of another mother, try to explain what DC did to Wally West in what may be the worst segment in Hyphen Nation history, scold jerks for spoiling Avengers: Endgame, and then spend some time talking about John Singleton and black excellence. This episode is brought to you by Dom 2K and RedHeadRedemption.
May 3, 2019
Episode #96: Russian Doll Me Up Or Dame Dashes OKC From Deep
We are 4 episodes away from Hyphen Nation #100! For now, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST brings you the aftermath of Damian Lillard waving goodbye to the Thunder (+ some other NBA Playoff thoughts), a look at Netflix's Russian Doll, some unexpected hot takes, a deep question from dad, and the premiere of my Fill That Runtime segment. This episode is brought to you by Avengers: Endgame and Scrubs.
April 28, 2019
Episode #95: Fully Functioning Adult
We're officially 5 episodes away from the 100th episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST! Something that should have been happening last year but we don't care! An accomplishment is an accomplishment and a milestone is a milestone. Inside: I throw myself at the mercy of the Beyhive and Queen Beyonce! My sneakerhead powers has been reawoken thanks to Ken Griffey and my wife! And what side of the bed is the right side of the bed? Or the left? I need to know. This episode is brought to you by "Old Town Road (Remix)". Thanks Billy Ray.
April 25, 2019
Episode #94: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
It is time. Showinmadlov has survived my Hot A$$ Takes and makes a return to the battlefield. In this episode of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, Marcus and I talk about one thing and one thing only: Avengers: Endgame. The final chapter of an eleven year saga is upon us and we break it down as only we can. We talk Captain Marvel, predict what the movie will bring, Marcus urges me to buy tickets, and the phrase big dog may have been thrown about. Regardless, we're in the Endgame... FINALLY! This is brought to you by chinese food, Thor, Angry Orchard, and an IG Live session that only Marcus could love.
April 20, 2019
Episode #93: No More Tears
Up against a deadline, your hero comes through... but still ends up late because of Beyonce. This time out, I discuss Aaliyah turning 5, Freeway getting a new kidney, my thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (you read that right), "Old Town Road", Tiger Woods, and a review of the Whitney Houston documentary from last summer. This episode is brought to you by Homecoming, Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2.
April 19, 2019
Episode #92: Hawt A$$ Takes (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
Five categories: Music. Movies. Sports. Television. Potpourri. Both Marcus and I entered with (almost) 3 hot takes for each category. Over the course of this episode, you won't just hear some takes. You won't just hear some hot takes. These are certified HAWT ASS TAKES. Accept no substitutes until the next time the fire burns. This episode is brought to you by You, Me and Dupree.
April 12, 2019
Episode #91: What Is A Legacy?
Welcome to Crying Nation, where the topics make me cry! If that doesn't stop you, there's a new sheriff in WWE Champion town and he's black! This is Blazing Saddles all over again. Then a Dwyane Wade commercial is the reason you're listening to Crying Nation today instead of Hyphen Nation. And then, if you get that far, I have a close encounter of the marijuana kind on my lunch break and Shea Serrano continues to be awesome. This episode was brought to you by This Is 40.
April 11, 2019
Episode #90: When The Man Comes Around (Costarring Derrick Ferguson)
Defender of Brooklyn and my friend Derrick Ferguson joins the show as I finally make up for us not doing a pod sooner. We talk about Derrick's podcast history and his crowned and renowned Better In The Dark podcast he did for 7 years with his cohost Thomas Deja. We bounce over to Derrick's writing career as he describes his action adventurer Dillon and many of his other creations. Then we kind of wind things down as I heap loads of unexpected praise at Derrick and I don't regret any of it! Maybe next time we'll visit Lil' Blade and Lil' Blaxploitationville.
April 5, 2019
Episode #89: Preaching To The Choir
You can check out the Violet Apples YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLh7AC1UuDPtvS5eJixF4gg Get your Morgantown weather report! See how long I can stretch out the word AND in between thoughts! How many locales was this episode recorded in? I actually address a topic I first mentioned on Episode #43. RIP Nipsey Hussle. And a huge moment in modern cinema is reviewed when three dudes got together to make music in 2005. I shouldn't be eating ramen this late.
April 5, 2019
Episode #88: The War To Settle The Score (Costarring Mike Asti & George Gerbo)
I called out Mike "The Buzz-Saw" Asti on my State Of The Podcast pod and George "The Howitzer" Gerbo made sure it happened! I'm joined by Mike and George as we travel the only road that matters right now: the Road to WrestleMania! We discuss all kinds of matches and rumors as we watched this past week's SmackDown including Rousey/Charlotte/Becky, Brock/Seth, Angle/Baron Corbin, and New Daniel Bryan vs Kofi (apparently). It's all the WrestleMania preview you can handle and more, so you better be ready to bump. Mike and George fully endorse Moment of Bliss and Alexa Bliss for everything.
March 30, 2019
Episode #87: The Thin Line
Just when you thought I was done with Into The Spider-Verse, a new challenger emerges. The Pied Piper of R&B continues to strike terror wherever he goes. I weigh in on how public opinion on Black Panther has changed over the course of the last year. Then I talk a lot of NFL and begrudgingly give Tom Brady his propers. I'm on my 4th cup of coffee today.
March 29, 2019
Episode #86: The Aftermath Of Leaving Neverland (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
The revelations of the documentary Leaving Neverland are discussed in detail so please proceed with caution if anything about the topics of sexual assault and molestation are too intense for you to handle. Marcus and I cover both parts of the doc, whether we believe Michael Jackson's accusers, what this does to the legacy that Jackson left behind nearly 10 years ago, and plenty more.
March 8, 2019
Episode #85: Where Is The Problem?
I finally get to name my 2018 Best In The World award winner. Any guesses as to who that is? After a few starts and stops, I spent some time with some of the new music releases of 2018 and I wasn't pleased with what I found. Am I right or am I missing the point? Also, why in the hell am I still watching The Walking Dead?
February 21, 2019
Episode #84: Dying Is Easy Young Man. Living Is Harder (Costarring Tyler Kovar)
Live from Studio C of U92, it's the Hamilton episode I've been dying to make and nobody wanted! In all seriousness, my friend Tyler Kovar went to see Hamilton in Pittsburgh the day after my birthday. Since he couldn't (or wouldn't) take me, he did the next best thing by talking Hamilton on the pod with me. We get into Tyler's theater background first and then dive right into the Hamilton live experience. Hir-O, holla at me man.
February 3, 2019
Episode #83: The Greatest Spider-Man Film Yet? (Costarring Angel Conley, Michael Lamerique & Marcus Robinson)
Due to some last minute schedule changes, I was able to take in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse with the family for an early birthday gift. So not only do I have Marcus and Lamerique with me on this Spidey-tacular ride, Angel joined in as well. Things quickly went downhill from there. My beard was rubbing against my mic. Sorry.
February 1, 2019
Episode #82: 2019 State Of The Podcast Address
In the first solo episode of the new year, I give an overdue recap of Christmas and my birthday. The 2019 Hyphen Nation State Of The Podcast Address is delivered. I think Handsome Bane would call this getting goal-sy. I really like Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. 2 is shaping up pretty good too.
January 31, 2019
Episode #81: Balance Is Needed (Costarring Michael Lamerique & Marcus Robinson)
Most of the gang from the Daughters, Dads, and Disney episode reunite to finally take on Avengers: Infinity War and speculate on how the Avengers' story wraps up in Avengers: Endgame this coming April. A lot of MCU talk here, as well as... Episode IX?! Can someone tell my dad if Creed won the fight at the end of Creed 2? Please?
January 19, 2019
Episode #80: Numbers On The Board '18 (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. 2018 is almost extinguished. Marcus joins me for our now annual Numbers On The Board episode where we discuss the year that just passed. We talk 2019 goals, what was overrated and underrated, Omari (!), and many other pertinent items. I'm sorry August Ames.
December 27, 2018
Episode #79: The Rant That Wasn't
I had one thing and one thing only to talk about: A t-shirt worn by an actor that’s universally beloved. So I get into my dating history along with the whys and whats of how I ended up in an interracial marriage… then I talk myself out of the whole idea of being annoyed by said t-shirt. What this episode truly ends up being is a deep dive into the importance of finding ways to communicate with yourself outside of your own head. Does that make sense? Why do you write like you’re running out of time?
December 21, 2018
Episode #78: Excelsior!
This episode begins with me talking about the impact Stan Lee had on my life and it gets a little too real before the segment is over. Then we fast forward to almost a month later, as I discuss my Cleveland problem, I rant about Reddit, and then tell the sad story of what happened to my faithful PS3. Dying is easy young man, living is harder.
December 14, 2018
Episode #77: Long Story Short
I had a whole gang of topic for this episode… but I only got to two. Join me as I drive from Morgantown to Capon Bridge to see my dad as I discuss issues with servers and why college sports don’t do it for me… mere hours before I watched college football all day. I’m not perfect.
November 5, 2018
Episode #76: Talking Out The Dead: Season 6 – Season 8 (Costarring Thomas Crawford)
Season 9 of The Walking Dead is right around the corner, so I finally got Thomas “Encyclopedia” Crawford on the show so we could pick up where we left off with our former Talking Out The Dead columns. Lots of Walking Dead talk… eventually.
October 22, 2018
Episode #75: The Diamond Experience (Costarring Angel Conley)
Angel Conley returns to THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST for the 2nd time and for the 75th episode. We talked about the upcoming elections, the WV teacher strike, Law & Order SVU and, even played some trivia. She’s also a better speaker than me.
October 21, 2018
Episode #74: No One Ever Really Dies (Costarring Marcus Robinson)
Marcus and I reflect on the blog era of hip-hop and how nice it was to have content curators who really cared about the music. We spend the rest of the episode eulogizing Mac Miller, his impact on us, and where rap is headed next.
September 16, 2018
Episode #73: Fear And Loathing In Alabama
In this edition of THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST, I take a deep dive into the world of Woodstock, Alabama and the award winning podcast, S-Town. I also attended my first comic con ever and as usual, I found a way to embarrass myself. The Raiders will have the number 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
September 1, 2018
Episode #72: Mood…
Morgantown roads and construction set off a rant. The day of being a CM Punk guy are running short. Zoos are discussed. Detroit Become Human is incredible even if you’re just watching it on YouTube like me. My journey into the world of keto dieting is finally revealed. I miss summer already.
August 23, 2018
Episode #71: Bingo, Absolutely (Costarring DJ Hollywood)
Pittsburgh’s DJ Hollywood joined me in the WVU Coliseum parking lot to discuss his beginnings, career, and how he’s stayed humble in the DJ game. Before that, I finally review Drake’s Scorpion album. I miss the old Aubrey. Shout to D-Generation X for the inspiration behind the new episode artwork.
August 16, 2018
Episode #70: 104 Miles (Costarring Anthony Sellers)
Jumped in the Subaru Impreza with Anthony to head to Browns training camp in Berea, OH. With about 10 hours drive time ahead of us, I present the longest episode of THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST yet! I kid, but we did talk for most of the trip from Morgantown to Walker, WV where we were picking up his dad and Lane. To hear the pod between Walker and Berea, check out Lemon On The Edge 6. For now, here’s two guys on the open road on a Sunday morning. Why does Drake’s videos for Scorpion have to be so good?
August 6, 2018
Episode #69: Now With 100% More Stuttering!
I talked about Steven Universe for a good chunk of this episode and didn’t even mention the music. SMH. Anyway, if you are or you aren’t a member of the Crystal Gems army, I try to give you a good starting point to get to know Steven, Amethyst, Pearl, and Garnet. From there, I reminisce about the hip-hop blogs of yore and wonder if they’re really a shell of their former selves or if I’m just not into it enough to find the reigning, defending, undisputed blogs of today. I wrap things up by celebrating another anniversary, as I recall the impact that Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III had on hip-hop and music in general. I think I’m ready to talk about Scorpion now. Heaven help us all.
August 1, 2018
Episode #68: A Decade Of Dominance (Costarring Marcus “ShowinmadLov” Robinson)
Go ahead and throw out your lil’ tributes. Your lil’ think pieces. Your lil’ hot takes. None will come close. On this episode of Hyphen Nation, Marcus “ShowinmadLov” Robinson and I celebrate the 10 year anniversary of 2008’s The Dark Knight. Nolan. Bale. Ledger. Gyllenhaal. Eckhart. Caine. Freeman. Deebo. We even let Oldman in. Revisit a classic with us as we breakdown the second film in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy through ShowinmadLov’s brilliant questioning. Hell, turn it on and listen. Watch out for best Batman hot takes and there’s even some Ant-Man & The Wasp talk for you dedicated listeners at the end. This is still the best comic book movie of all-time. Leave no doubt.
July 20, 2018
Episode #67: Book To The Future Volume 2 (Costarring Gary Wolfe)
Recorded on the roof of the Hotel Monte Carlo in Ocean City, MD, I’m joined by one of the cohosts of the Fantasy Football Bosses podcast, Gary Wolfe. And for the first time since Episode #10, we indulge in a little fantasy booking for WWE. We fix pretty much everything, so you’re welcome. We also discuss where CM Punk goes next, Brock Lesnar’s impending return to the UFC, and explain why we love online dirt sheets. And we created a much needed new title for the main roster. It’s THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST on vacation!
July 20, 2018
Episode #66: Neither Here Nor There
Season’s change and so do opinions. LeBron James just completed his 15th NBA season. And as always, the debate rages on as to whether he’s the greatest NBA player of all-time. In this corner, stands the forever GOAT in my eyes, Michael Jordan. 6 NBA Championships, 5 MVPs, 6 Finals MVPs, countless career highlights. I spend this episode debating one topic and one topic only: Who’s the GOAT? Chris Hardwick cost Comic Book Men 100 episodes.
June 28, 2018
Episode #65: Hundred Dollar Bill Y’all
I’ve been trying to write these show notes for days now. Inside: Everything you need to know about Atlanta: Robbin’ Season. We finally find out who that guy was on the bus from S01E01! Also, why Earn dropped out of Harvard! Steve G. Lover dropped the full ”Paper Boi” audio! Donald Glover got to host and perform on Saturday Night Live! And no one can forget about the origin story of invisible cars! Plus, we gotta talk about the episode when the real Justin Bieber met Atlanta’s Justin Bieber! Pick and choose your facts out of those. I’m just happy we’re getting season 3.
June 25, 2018
Episode #64: Emergency Pod – All The Pieces Matter (Costarring Marcus “ShowinmadLov” Robinson)
Pusha T released a scathing diss towards Drake on May 29, accusing him of not only ghostwriting, but having a secret child that he doesn’t want to take care of. Push also made time to tell Drake’s friend/producer to go ahead and die from multiple sclerosis. Oh yeah. Drake apparently took some photos in blackface about 10 years ago. I called up Marcus for this emergency pod so that we could put together all of our first reactions about “The Story Of Adidon” and where we’re going from here.
May 30, 2018
Episode #63: Self-Care Vol. I
“See I'm depressed lately, but nobody understands That I'm depressed lately, I'm sorta feelin' repressed lately So y'all been hearin' and seein' me less lately Like 'has anyone noticed the regress lately?' Look deep, n----, don't I seem stressed lately? Seem disturbed, lot of regrets lately...”
May 19, 2018
Episode #62: Promotion, Plethora, and Parker
Things started off really bad but I managed to get my footing by the second topic. Why are most people either pro-J. Cole or anti-J. Cole? I get into my thoughts on the full Venom trailer as well as the comic book history of Eddie Brock. Then I bounce from Aaliyah’s 4th birthday party to whether or not Chadwick Boseman is tired of playing T’Challa. The last time I address the buffoonery that is Kanye West is within. Even with the forthcoming apology in x amount of time. Then I ask why we continue to support artists/sports players/comedians who do horrible things. And I wrap up with a review of Anthony Bourdain’s West Virginia episode of Parts Unknown. Y’all really hopped on that Raptors train for a second, didn’t you?
May 10, 2018
Episode #61: Gawd Bless Tony Stark (Costarring Marcus “Showinmadlov” Robinson)
On April 9th, I made the artwork for this episode and sent it to Marcus. As I wanted it to come out a week before Avengers: Infinity War, I knew this episode was coming out on April 20th. What I didn’t know is if I could hold myself to the numbering, as I had five full episodes that needed recorded to get to this episode you now have in your podcast listening device.11 days later, 5 episodes later, Marcus and I talk all about the Iron Man films, the MCU, and what we expect out of Infinity War. Challenge completed.
April 20, 2018
Episode #60: All The Way Live
With the dreaded deadline rapidly approaching, my Google Keep app held this episode’s salvation. After a little “Nice For What” and Atlanta: Robbin’ Season “Champagne Papi” talk, the focus turns to movies I just can’t turn off when they’re on the TV set. Eight movies, all over the place, with recaps and defending myself galore. Stone Cold v Bret at WrestleMania 13 is still incredible.
April 20, 2018
Episode #59: You’re Welcome, Sprite
Show notes are the worst. I’ve had all day to write these things and here we are. I’m losing my mind. I promise. Vince Staples is right. Snow please go away the reprise. Tristan Thompson can’t even qualify for his own YouTube channel. All the Kardashian talk you can handle + more. I reviewed Eminem’s Revival, I don’t think I had done that yet… did I? I’ve been listening to Tori Kelly’s cover of “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” from Sing. Remember who said Starbucks was trash first. I just realized there’s a pineapple on my garage door.
April 18, 2018
Episode #58: Cooley-HY-Harmony
At WrestleMania 34, Roman Reigns was defeated by Daniel Bryan in a surprise 11th hour match made by Raw GM Kurt Angle after Reigns defeated the Beast Incarnate for the WWE Universal Championship. Since that’s nowhere close to the actual event, I go over what did happen on the Show of Shows. Then I finally bring to fruition an idea to determine the best Boyz II Men song because you demanded it! And I got sick of looking at a half finished column on my Google Docs. Now hiring: Someone to do my sleeping for me.
April 14, 2018
Episode #57: Gorgeous AF
It’s been 6 years and Nas has left us. My stepbrother is a kidney giving mother lover. An update on the WV teacher’s strike. How to get your fill at a chinese buffet without killing yourself over wontons. The story of my friend Johnny’s botched wedding ring with a week to go before his wedding. Ray Allen’s Celtics teammates still hate him like he stole their money. But why does it even matter? Episode 56’s recommendations and my final verdict on Disney (plus I was there SIX days not 5). Danielle Fishel proves that ANYONE… and I mean ANYONE has a shot at love. I just remembered there’s soda in the refrigerator.
April 12, 2018
Episode #56: Disney
This episode took 2 different days to record… because the first take was awful. That’s only 6 times less than a song that was on repeat on every Disney muzak station the entire trip. For 5 days, I was within Disney World. There was a lot of walking and food consumption and smiles and foot pain and margaritas and water consumption and princesses and rides and wind and rain and everything in between. And I’d go back again tomorrow. I forgot to say that in the episode. I might start just watching NXT and only certain matches on the main roster. I’m serious.
April 11, 2018
Episode #55: For All Intents And Purposes
Your Barack Obama approved hero returns! In this edition of THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST, WrestleMania 34 is previewed for everybody gearing up for wrestling’s big night in New Orleans this Sunday. For those of you that aren’t into wrestling… I reviewed Wale’s Shine album just in time for him to be dropped by Atlantic and go right back into making heat… if that’s not your thing; I went into The Walking Dead season 8… well, I complained. A lot. About a show that I’m still choosing to watch. If none of that interests you, I explain why season 5 of Scrubs is the best season of Scrubs. A lot. Y’all gonna make me watch Roseanne aren’t y’all? NEXT TIME: DISNEY.
April 5, 2018
Episode #54: We’re Not Gonna Take It
Do you remember book fairs? How about the teachers who helped mold you into the person you are today? Why can’t the WV Senate remember their teachers? Where art thou, Pizza Hut? Did you know there was a black NASCAR driver racing for Richard Petty using his old number? Is this the first podcast you accidentally encountered NASCAR talk on? Ever ruin something you just bought almost immediately? And then see something hilarious when you’re brooding about your own first world problems? Why does Will Smith never get the respect he deserves for his rap career? Does this title sound like Episode 51’s too much? WV’s Senate is trash.
March 2, 2018
Episode #53: Wakanda Forever (Costarring Marcus “Showinmadlov” Robinson)
A random Marcus Robinson appears. The NBA season is dissected at its halfway point. Marcus and Kelen both agree half of the 2017-18 NBA season was better than the entire 2017 NFL season. Kelen celebrates the oddly successful tank in Chicago while Marcus laments about his Wizards chances of surviving the second round of the playoffs. Hot a** takes are thrown around by Kelen. Chris Paul and his greatness is questioned at great length. MVP and NBA Finals predictions are made. Wakanda rises. The Black Panther motion picture is exalted on high. MVPs are chosen, the women of Black Panther steal the show, and theories are thrown out for future films and the location of the Infinity Stone. Did the MCU miss their window with Black Widow? When does the MCU finally miss with a movie? Is Venom doomed to fail? And can Paul Rudd bring ‘em out again with Wasp & Ant-Man? I support West Virginia’s teachers!
February 23, 2018
Episode #52: Shoot Your Shot
Apologies for the poorly timed title following the events at Stoneman Douglas High School. Kelen doesn’t understand how his brain works. Seasonal depression is looked at and its big brother, depression. The differences between pouting and just doing your job is pondered. A new challenger took his shot with one of Kelen’s coworkers and is applauded for his Valentine’s Day effort. Super Bowl LII is recapped belatedly but leads to an interesting discussion of the parallels between Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. Kelen is able to form an opinion of Justin Timberlake in 2018. Remember Parkland and all the ridiculous gun violence.
February 16, 2018
Episode #51: Melancholy And The Infinite Thoughtfulness
Despite an impending cold, Kelen still does the show. The best wrestler in the world is debated and decided upon. Kevin Durant has worked his way back into Kelen’s good graces. Kelen uses the word wont. The 2018 Royal Rumble is reviewed. Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut to little fanfare. Justin Timberlake and all his missteps prior to his Super Bowl LII halftime performance are mentioned. The Cavs never really deserved LeBron did they?
February 9, 2018
Episode #50: The Gold Experience (Costarring Angel Conley)
As promised, I bring my wonderful better half on the show, my wife Angel Conley. We spend some time debating about whether the intro I’ve used for the last 49 episodes is any good. I say this may have been a mistake at least twice. We talk about how she got into education and how her West Virginia History Bowl teams truly have no offseason. We relive our relationship through the years and discuss parenthood. I recall some various topics from the past 49 episodes and ask Angel her thoughts. Wrestling is brought up very briefly. And because things come full circle, we make our Super Bowl LII picks! Recommendations: Drink Champs Ep. 23 & 26 w/ Snoop Dogg. The Bill Simmons Podcast Reunion show with Jalen Rose. Dad says Tiger is winning the Masters this year.
February 2, 2018
Episode #49: Dammit Tom Haverford
Despite past reservations, Kelen may be back on the Durantula train. The pettiness of pancake preference comes up. Parenting doesn't wait. Kelen is either elated or saddened by reaching his Kevin Durant year of life. Tom Haverford’s real life companion is discovered to be trash. Starbucks is another evil empire lying beneath the surface. Vince McMahon doesn't care about black people.
January 26, 2018
Episode #48: Daughters, Dads, And Disney OR Four Disappointed Significant Others (Costarring Errick Greenlee, Michael Lamerique & Marcus "Showinmadlov" Robinson)
It's Like A Podcast Or Whatever's Errick "Handsome Bane" Greenlee and Michael Lamerique host. Marcus "ShowinmadLov" Robinson is without a kid but allowed to join. Disney as a brand and an empire is discussed. Prince Eric's legacy is mentioned. Kelen makes a choice that Michael does not agree with. Marcus reminisces of the Blob. The second podcast crossover for the Hyphen Podcast Group happens. Men are trash is recited often. Hills are alive with a sound. Barack Obama is mentioned. Disney is discussed in between tangents. Kelen draws the ire of the hosts and guest with an ill-timed movie quote. LEAVE MARCUS WILLIAMS ALONE.
January 20, 2018
Episode #47: Cautiously Optimistic
Kelen feels insecure and unsure while drinking hot chocolate. The status of Kelen's music career is brought to light. Barack Obama is mentioned. Kelen thinks The Mayor was canceled not just due to low viewership. Jon Gruden returns to the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. The road to WrestleMania Fleur-de-lis has begun and Daniel Bryan is either on it or he's not. A possible WWE conspiracy is formed. Kelen fails at video.
January 12, 2018
Episode #46: 2018 State Of The Podcast Address
Donald threatens someone on Twitter. Twitter don’t care. Kelen gets some exciting news. Baker Mayfield could be the next coming of Johnny Manziel or Dan Marino. Kelen gives his first annual State Of The Podcast Address. Kelen does some yelling. The podcast gets the approval of a former high ranking politician. The episode is sponsored by Extra Sweet Watermelon gum. A car door is opened and shut.
January 6, 2018
Episode #45: Numbers On The Board (Costarring Marcus “Showinmadlov” Robinson)
2017 was a better year than 2016 was. Or was it? Marcus “Showinmadlov” Robinson again demanded his time on THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST and came equipped with a list of topics, ranging from our favorite artist to the most overrated thing of 2017. We spend roughly three hours talking and we somehow got into a 20+ minute tangent on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s movie career, what huge mistake Eminem made this year, why the nostalgia of the past is a gift and curse for entertainment, and even speculated into what 2018 would bring. There’s lots of laughs, tears, and audio side eyes as we make our way through the topics but no stone is left unturned. We also take time to acknowledge the passing of Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse on December 20th. WVU football continues to reign as the trashiest of the trash!
December 30, 2017
Episode #44: Solo Dolo
“Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong. The Rebellion is reborn today. The war is just beginning. And I will not be The Last Jedi.”
December 23, 2017
Episode #43: I’m Just Gonna Say It
I start off with no topics, flying by the seat of my pants... but that doesn't last too long. I get you ready for Clash Of The Champions and give some ideas for where the card should go... but don't expect see anything like that on Sunday night. I have to reply to Errick's way to end The Walking Dead on It's Like A Podcast Or Whatever Ep. 26 with my own ideas but mine isn't as hilarious as his. I recommend Z! True Long Island Story by Zack Ryder and Michael Jordan's 55 point performance against the Bullets in 1997. And I have to get serious and address the situation at my beloved WWVU-FM U92 radio station. Seems like things are righting themselves over there. #U9Me2 Who cares what LeBron told Lonzo? Not me. Find something better to do people, you're drunk.
December 16, 2017
Episode #42: My First Visit To Krispy Kreme OR House + Cuddy = Disaster!
Y’all need to let Gregory House live. Sure he’s a terrible human being who has failed at many of his relationships and treats others as if they are infectious diseases. But the man is a genius. He also had a great TV show for most of his run until the last few seasons. But Lisa Cuddy is a topic for another day. I take YouTube to task for deleting the livestream of Episode #41, even though they keep insisting that I deleted the video. I think YouTube just didn’t want me railing on Lauer, Guthrie, and Kathie Lee anymore. Didn’t work, all three got more flames this episode. You can’t stop THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST that easily! And I give myself a PSA that I need to stop drinking so excessively as I share a few embarrassing stories that resulted from too much alcohol. Before Jamie Foxx and T-Pain show up, I shout out a great show review and call it day. But technically, I just recapped the show backwards. I think Roger Goodell should donate his new contract to charity.
December 8, 2017
Episode #41: I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It
I had the worst time titling this episode. For some reason, my in-show note of “I Get It, I Get It” just didn’t feel proper. Within, I talk about how Melissa McBride deserves an Emmy despite The Walking Dead not being a really good show anymore. I talk a lot about my obsession with t-shirts and my pursuit of reaching Handsome Bane’s level. I got to dig around in the comic crates at New Dimension Comics in the Ohio Valley Mall. I mourn the possible end of Derrick Rose’s career. I give Mondays a little credit. And I recommend Hiro Beats’ “Shout Out To FaceTime”, Frasier, and the Better In The Dark podcast. But I also address the Matt Lauer situation. This specific topic is the reason I couldn’t give this episode a lackadaisical title. In it, I take Savannah Guthrie to task for the way she defended Lauer due to their relationship while barely giving credit to the victim(s) who came forward. I’ll let you listen to it but in the words of Stevland Hardaway Morris… I ain’t gonna stand for it. You ain’t right either Kathie Lee. Shout out to Hoda doe.
December 1, 2017
Episode #40: Late To The Party
Hyphen Nation turns 40! And it only took less than two years! In this episode! Stranger Things 2! Last Man On Earth! The continuing adventures of Deadpool and Jessica Jones! Laziness and the battle to drag myself to the movies! An apology to the hosts of the morning show on Morgan 92.1! Singing! Get to listening to THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST! Maybe I need to binge watch Frasier!
November 25, 2017
Episode #39: Soul Daddy Number 1 (Costarring Daniel Conley)
The fifth guest on THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST is none other than my father, Daniel Conley. It was amazing to just sit back and listen to him talk candidly about his life. I learned some new things, got to relive some stories I already knew, and just got to have a great conversation with the man I've called dad all these years. He talked about his high school football career and how he started watching Star Trek and about his officiating career calling high school basketball games... man. I want to say this was one of my worst interviews because I was so busy listening that I wasn't doing anything else. Sorry, not sorry. How do you buy Starbucks 17 times in 2 months and not remember?!
November 17, 2017
Episode #38: The Greatest MCs Of All-Time
After much hoopla, here are my 20 greatest MCs of all-time. This list has been curated and cultivated for weeks now and I’m finally happy enough to deliver the only results you’ll need for the rest of your life. 31 MCs are mentioned; 11 honorable mentions and the 20 greatest MCs of all-time. If anything, my list is better than that Kool Moe Dee book he put out in 2003. Never trust a book when the author’s name isn’t even spelled correctly on the book. What MC made the list that will piss everybody off? Everyone has somebody they can’t stand. This is the DEFINITIVE list of the greatest MCs of all-time. Spoilers: Eminem is #1. I don't care about the CMAs or Taylor Swift's new album.
November 9, 2017
Episode #37: Ross Geller Is Terrible At Relationships
I hate fantasy football. I lost 5 players to injury in Week 4 and I have 4 players with byes this week. I should have taken that year off. And Derek Carr and the Raiders got hit with some cheese that could doom one of our last seasons in Oakland. After I cry for a little bit, I revisit my time back at U92 for their 35th anniversary. I take some time to memorialize Tom Petty and break down the good and bad of Hugh Hefner’s 91 years. I accidentally think I caught my neighbors going at it in their living room but I don’t say that before I give my opinion on the tragedy in Las Vegas. I rant about how Ross didn’t deserve Rachel and then finally admit that I’m one of those old rap fans. I have to start watching the WNBA.
October 5, 2017
Episode #36: Terminated
Back from a solo hiatus, THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST touches down with great authority. Wasting no time, I announced the formation of the Hyphen Podcast Group, a new Morgantown, WV based podcast collective. From there, I deal with all of ESPN’s problems this summer including their most recent issues with how they’ve dealt with Jemele Hill sounding off on Donald. I get into a little WWE action as I go back and forth about whether becoming a cord cutter was worth it, all while previewing this Sunday’s No Mercy PPV. I segue into how I’d like to see a black WWE Champion sometime in my lifetime before I get into the true reasons why THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST took an unintentional hiatus. The real is back. But I miss summer.
September 23, 2017
Episode #35: Bobby Shmurda Anybody Ya Heard Of (Costarring Marcus “ShowinmadLov” Robinson)
In an episode that had to happen, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST tackles what has now come to be known as 4:44, Jay-Z’s latest album. Joining me for the ride once again is Marcus “ShowinmadLov” Robinson as we break down the road Jay took to get to this album and pretty much review it track-by-track. Is it a classic on the level of Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint? Or did Hov throw Tidal fueled bricks a la Kingdom Come? I also offer a very special apology to someone who I've trashed pretty heavily throughout the first 34 episodes of the show. After our lengthy review, we give our spoiler free thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming, talk about the hopes of the NBA's Eastern Conference going into next season, and then find out that a Jay-Z song exists called Hyphen Hater. So who's ready for the next Memphis Bleek album?!
July 17, 2017
Episode #34: Beer Makes The World Go Round (Costarring Marcus ShowinmadLov Robinson)
I took to Twitter to defend the honor of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly recently. I was told in no uncertain terms that the gentleman who I defended TPAB against was coming to discuss this issue at length on THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST. That gentleman happened to be Marcus ShowinmadLov Robinson, sponsor of the show through his own website themarcrob dot wordpress dot com, so I was more than happy to oblige. He brought beer. We started talking. We eventually got down to our sides of the TPAB/DAMN. argument. We delved into the Drake side of things at length. There may be long musical interludes. We spent the first hour talking about a whole list of topics. When I signed off, we had a two hour podcast. Should I break it up? NAH. We live baby. I proudly give you the Charles Barkley episode of Hyphen Nation. SC6 is a disappointment.
May 13, 2017
Episode #33: Back To Live Action
So now that I've restored some sort of order to bhyphendotcom, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST returns. After a PSA, I talk about why awards shows matter when they really shouldn't, I discuss how I may be the softest podcast host out after how I reacted to Logan, I try to remind everyone that X2 was really, really good, and I ask if there's a point where I have to get out of the superhero film game as the cast ages out. I also make sure to keep my top hater status intact and I almost make it the entire show without mentioning a certain Mrs. Carter. I'm really enjoying this House Of Horrors match between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.
May 1, 2017
Episode #32: Sorry, Not Sorry
I have to admit for someone who would probably be weak in the knees if I met her in person, I sure have a lot of problems with the pedestal that Beyonce puts herself on and an even bigger problem with the larger pedestal that her adoring public puts her on. With that said, I talk about her loss at the Grammys, how Moonlight was robbed of its moment by a distracted gentleman tweeting photos of Emma Stone at the Oscars, how the Academy doesn't want Denzel to be great, and why Eddie Murphy was robbed years before this. Then I discuss why I take Biggie over Pac and Sasha over Jenna. No fooling. I don't think Future's March Madness is all that great.
March 11, 2017
Episode #31: Podcasting 101
Just like Reggie Miller admitted he pushed off of Michael Jordan in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST is full of uncalled fouls. Not really, but I do spend most of the episode detailing how I got into podcasting and the behind the scenes of the show. Then I talk a little sports before I give a verdict in the MJ v Prince argument. And I explain why this year's Royal Rumble was better than what most people thought. Outta nowhere like a RKO.
February 26, 2017
Episode #30: The Questions
Bernard King. Steph Curry. Nolan Ryan when he played for the Angels. Hyphen Nation, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, has reached it’s 30th episode. As promised, welcome to the first ever Q&A show, where I answer all the questions. A lot of wrestling questions but still, all the questions. Question MVPs go to Marcus, Errick, and Mike. We'll do it again real soon, I had a lot of fun with this one.
February 12, 2017
Episode #29: I’m ‘Bout To Fight Somebody
Truth time: I fell asleep at least three times while talking this episode. It was late, I didn't sleep well the night before… I'm sorry. I edited around it so it's not noticeable and y'all know how I feel about editing. It's still a great episode though of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST, so don't get it twisted. I jump right in and I don't stop until I give some words of wisdom about Donald being inaugurated. Free Westbrook. Ed Sheeran's new song is trash.
January 23, 2017
Episode #28: Wasn’t 2016 Just A Few Minutes Ago?
This episode started out in classic Hyphen Nation style: in the car, in a random parking lot in Morgantown. I shared stories of a heavy biscuit and then I tried to justify maybe possibly forgiving Kanye West for his outrageous comments… just like I forgave a certain Hulkster. BUT THEN, the episode fast forwards to 2017! In the new year, I talk about the maturity of 20 something me v 30 something me, how having a daughter has given me a gender bias I wasn’t even aware of, whether or not I’m hurting THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST by sometimes going explicit, and I take a few minutes for Craig Sager. Hyphen Nation is the true champ that runs that camp. I need questions for Episode #30, which I plan on being the first ever mailbag episode. Tweet me, email me, message me on Facebook, text me, carrier pigeon...
January 4, 2017
Episode #27: I Do This In My Sleep
As the fantasy football playoffs arrive, I renew my vow to take next season off. I don't care, I don't care. Then I make sure everyone knows how I hate all things involving the Golden State Warriors, even Steph. I don't care, I don't care. I take the time to explain how much the word "trash" means to me in my everyday life. For example: the Kansas City Chiefs are trash. I don't care, I don't care. My struggles with giving up fast food continue, mostly because I continue to eat fast food. I rewatched Home Alone 2 for the first time since childhood and I realize it too is trash. There's some Drake stuff, some why I'm a fan of certain college teams over WVU, and I had a run-in with a beer bottle top. I might have fallen asleep during that part. I don't care, I don't care. I need questions for Episode #30, which I plan on being the first ever mailbag episode. Tweet me, email me, message me on Facebook, text me, carrier pigeon...
December 15, 2016
Episode #26: There Is No Robert Downey Jr., Only Zuul
As December brings us to the merciful end of 2016, people everywhere are making efforts at playing nice for the holidays. But not me. Well, only in one segment. I spend way more time talking about why Tim Drake is the best Robin and Damien Wayne isn't. Well, I really didn't go in on Damien. Which then brings us to Dan Slott and why he needs to be relieved of his duties on Amazing Spider-Man asap. You know... I have a little fanfiction background; give me the job. I also spend some time debating between Man Of Steel/Spider-Man 1/Cap 1/Begins/IM 1. And I created the world's best pizza... partially inebriated. I need questions for Episode #30, which I plan on being the first ever mailbag episode. Tweet me, email me, message me on Facebook, text me, carrier pigeon...
December 13, 2016
Episode #25: Elphaba, Hillary, And Kristen Chenoweth Walk Into A Bar (Costarring Nikki Cannon)
My third official guest joins me for the 25th edition of THE WORLD'S GREATEST PODCAST. While on a family trip to Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, I hauled my podcast equipment with us so I could have one of my best friends/sister-in-law Nikki Cannon on the show. We discussed a variety of topics with most of them coming back to musicals (Rent, Wicked, and Idina Menzel mostly). Nikki also gave her opinions on the election since politics is her life and she weighed in on Hillary and managed to put a very positive spin on our President-Elect. I weighed in on a half a bottle of pinot grigio. The real MVP of this episode is her brother Christian, who delayed sleeping while we recorded this episode.
November 30, 2016
Episode #24: End Of The Road
After 7 seasons of constant misery, The Walking Dead may have finally worn out its welcome. Despite the Emmy worthy performance of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, I'm quickly losing interest in one of my favorite shows. And speaking of losing interest, I'm completely off the ride that is Kanye West. Dehydration and sleep deprivation my left foot. I share a tale of the time I got in trouble for my next door neighbor in high school and deal a little with #BoycottHamilton and what's going on with Cyclops in the comic books. I also get really excited about Goldberg and make it clear that I'm all about that Indiana Jones life. Even if he did take his name from the dog.
November 27, 2016
Episode #23: Baz Luhrmann Is Good But He’s No Spider-Man
In this episode of THE GREATEST PODCAST IN THE WORLD, I lighten up. I share my heartbreak with how one of my favorite professional wrestlers, Dolph Ziggler, has fallen from grace (a grace that he never truly ever had). I rant about Baz Luhrmann and his stupid ability to make me fall in and out of love with a film within 120 minutes. I answer a question about why LeBron took offense to Phil’s posse comments. I explain why Spider-Man is the best. There’s nothing else that needs to be said; he’s the best. And I wrap up with some post-election talk, Dr. Strange musings, and how my dad is built to drive a car. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t talk enough about Michael Jordan.
November 18, 2016
Episode #22: Miss Me With All That
In this episode of THE GREATEST PODCAST IN THE WORLD, I give you two full hours of content. I take shots at local podcast competition. I explain how I’m probably hanging up my fantasy football cleats next season, at least for a year. I give the Chicago Cubs their 108 year late due. I detail my trip home, including my father receiving a free soda and how he’s taken over a local Applebee’s without any official ownership paperwork. I pretty much sum up how everyone feels about The Voice. I shout out some of my listeners. I relive the tragedies of losing my birth mother and my adoptive mother in October and November 2015. And I wrap up with my thoughts on the 2016 Election and the forthcoming four year reign of Donald Trump. My name is Kelen Conley and I endorse the unfriend/unfollow buttons.
November 11, 2016
Episode #21: You Look Like Carlton Banks!
On this episode of THE WORLD’S GREATEST PODCAST, I have a lot to say. I talk about CM Punk’s loss at UFC 203, finally. I share quick thoughts on Colin Kaepernick, finally. I tell the tale of the indecent proposal I got in my training class. I ask the big question: Did Mother Gothel actually love Rapunzel? I wonder if my time as a leader of #TeamDrake is coming to an end. I go into why I’m constantly tied to Carlton Banks. I relive how I ended up totaling Angel’s car. And I recommend a lot of things. Such as Atlanta. You really should be watching Atlanta. Paper Boi. Paper Boi. All about that paper boy.
October 30, 2016
Episode #20: Hey Girl, Do You Wanna Come Over And Watch RedZone?
Hyphen Nation is almost legal to drink but I’m over here popping champagne anyway! In the 20th edition of the best podcast in the world (I was wrong in the episode, this is the 31st week of the year, making me 11 episodes behind having an episode every week of 2016), I have a lot to bring to the microphone this time out. A little Russell Westbrook talk. A little Drake and Joe Budden talk. A lot of WWE talk about Battleground, Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens, July 25th’s episode of Raw, and Sasha Banks/Charlotte. A little about how the NFL is in a constant lose/lose battle with player safety and making the game of football less fun talk. A little drug test talk. And a sincere cry for help about my inability to listen to as many podcasts that are currently on my iPod. Just like The Whispers, the beat and the podcast goes on.
August 8, 2016
Episode #19: The Greatest Gifts (Costarring Eric Jordan)
In June, for the second straight season, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced off for the NBA Championship. After a record breaking 73 win season, the Warriors mostly dominated the first 4 games of the series to take a 3-1 lead, heading back to Oakland for Game 5. From there, the Cavaliers were able to win 3 straight, including 2 wins in Oakland to win their first NBA Championship and the first major championship for Cleveland since 1964. Since I’ve known him, Eric Jordan has always been one of the biggest Cleveland fans I know. As soon as Game 7 was over, I knew I had to get him on the show to talk about the biggest event in Cleveland sports history. The longest episode of Hyphen Nation may be the best episode of Hyphen Nation ever. This is for you Cleveland.
August 2, 2016
Episode #18: Trade Me To The Pistons; I Can’t Beat Them
After last episode’s seriousness, I get back into the swing of the regular Hyphen Nation beat. I read about some sudden naysayers of myself and the podcast and I respond in kind. I address the tragedy of Christina Grimmie’s death. I relive an awkward conversation at work. I talk about McDonald’s again… but not how you think. Then I go in heavy on Kevin Durant, the future of my Chicago Bulls, and how I’m holding off my membership into the Minnesota Timberwolves fan club… for now. I finish things with a little WWE talk before the Battleground PPV. Still avoiding talk of the Cleveland Cavaliers. BUT IT WILL SOON HAPPEN.
July 26, 2016
Episode #17: Make Me Wanna Holler
“Crime is increasing Trigger happy policing Panic is spreading God knows where we're heading” - Marvin Gaye & James Nix
July 16, 2016
Episode #16: Wifi Don’t Live Here Anymore
So your hero may be out here hunting for free wifi like a nomad but never fear, as Hyphen Nation 16 is… has arrived. Aside from avoiding obvious rhymes, there’s a lot to talk about in this episode. As I’m finally a homeowner, I explain all the details of our second move in a month as well as a harrowing tale of what my 10 year old chihuahua gave me as a housewarming gift. Then I share the sad story of my life with no wifi and the natural fear of extra data usage fees that comes with it. I talk a little about my new music video for “Rewind”, my performance on June 16, and the beginning stages of recording my next album. I also delve into a little UFC talk about Brock Lesnar and CM Punk, which comes after talk about the sad news of Kimbo Slice’s death and the impact Muhammad Ali had on myself and the world. Live from the third Kroger parking lot in Morgantown… you know what it is.
June 7, 2016
Episode #15: (Coffee From) The Grind Don’t Stop
Not fired from the day job yet, but definitely back with a 4th episode in 2 weeks of Hyphen Nation. In this pulse pounding slobberknocker, I get into how my most recent column motivated a friend and frequent collaborator. Then I take some time out to thank Pusha T for writing “I’m Loving It” for McDonald’s before explaining how some topic ideas I have for the show just aren’t very good. I give my take on the gorilla debate and somehow segue that into a story of an incident with a fence from my childhood. After that embarrassment, I finish things off with recommendations as well as why I no longer get excited about the X-Men films. Ya boy owns a house now so you know there’s big things poppin’ and little things stoppin’. And coffee provided by The Grind here in Morgantown.
June 4, 2016
Episode #14: Too Long; Didn’t Listen Or I Got Some McPicks For McDonald’s
It’s time for everyone to put on their best all white outfit and get out in the sun! Pools are open; the speedos are in full effect! Hustle to the mall and get you a short set! Yeah you got on sneaks but you need a new pair! Cause why? CAUSE BASKETBALL COURTS IN THE SUMMER GOT GIRLS THERE! Back to live action, Hyphen Nation 14 is all over the place.There’s a short discussion on the NBA Finals. I give out a great recommendation on a barber if you need one in Morgantown and a decent recommendation on a book. I discuss the house of horrors that is Maximum Carnage for SNES and Sega Genesis. I try to make some kind of point about Memorial Day but I don’t really go anywhere with it. I explain why I love the number 14. And then I border on a tirade about why I hate McDonald’s commercials. 2016 is almost over y’all, better start making New Year’s plans right away.
June 2, 2016
Episode #13: Lemonade Is A Popular Drink And It Still Is
Back to back episodes? What fresh new world is this? Did the comic line reboot itself? Did Marty make the wrong move back in alternate 1985? Is anything we know actually the truth or is everything a crazy shamble of a lie? Anyway, Hyphen Nation is back and there’s lemonade to be discussed. I spend a huge chunk of time explaining why I had to go Anti-Beyoncé after the release of her new album… Lemonade. What a dumb title. I’ll tell you one thing… in the episode. After that I discuss Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals and tonight’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. I spend a little time reminiscing on my Shoe Dept. retail days and then try to explain cicadas for those of us not going through it. I even got a couple recommendations in there. So join the Anti-Beyoncé brigade (or #TeamHov), there’s only a few days left to hate Beyoncé for making music!
May 28, 2016
Episode #12: When Jessica Met Wade That One Time In Seattle
It’s raining in Morgantown again but that’s no reason not to record the next exciting episode of Hyphen Nation! Back on my solo steez, I decide to go ahead and tell the tale I was planning to write for my Jessica Jones/Deadpool series that didn’t happen at Marvel 2000 because I don’t make time for writing anymore. I take the time to address the new Captain America controversy over at the house that Stan and Jack built, then I get into a little bit of why I “no longer” buy individual issues (other than Spider-Gwen and Archie). I had a great show topic… that I forgot to write down, so instead I go with my previous topic of why these kids like all this bad music… only to realize that someone 10 years older than me when I was in my 20s probably hated my music too… yeah, I got lost too. I spend a little time discussing how important Game 5 is for Stephen Curry and the Warriors tonight and then I wrap up my recommending and reviewing Drake’s newest album Views. Always good to get some work done, even if I don’t feel like the episode is one of my best. You can always listen to the episodes with Errick again if you want...
May 27, 2016
Episode #11: Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler (Costarring Errick Greenlee)
I start the episode by myself, where I try to compare Shawn Michaels and Kanye West. Then I called Errick Greenlee on Skype, where we had a short conversation about our daughters and families off podcast, then we get down to business. But what I thought would be more fantasy booking turned into an all out discussion of Captain America: Civil War, which we both saw on its opening weekend. This episode's cover image is brought to you via Errick's favorite Captain America speech, (which he feels was delivered badly by the film) which originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #537 for those Spider-Man haters out there. I wouldn't call this an all-inclusive review of the film but we get to a lot of it. In case you didn't notice, this episode is full of spoilers.
May 12, 2016
Episode #10: Book To The Future – 1st LP, Side A (Costarring Errick Greenlee)
On the day after what may be remembered as one of the darkest days for many, I finally found time to have my first guest ever. Errick Greenlee is not just a son, brother, husband, father, or purveyor of all things nerd fresh. He's not just a writer or filmmaker. He's not just the king of the Lightning Round or his #GoingInRaw column for KillerBoomBox. Nor is he just one half of a dynamic t-shirt designing duo. In addition to that glistening resume, Errick Greenlee is a professional wrestling fan. And nothing was the same. So we start to fantasy book the WWE until SummerSlam and already, the ideas are flowing. Reigns, Styles, Rollins, Balor, Ziggler. Trust me, this is the phenomenal forearm of the fantasy booking; it's that over. Plus we take the time to talk about Chyna and Prince. And this is only the first edition in what I hope will be many more appearances but Mr. Greenlee. Hold on to your butts.
April 26, 2016
Episode #9: Knock On Wood
On a very special day, Hyphen Nation 9 is born into existence! Today’s topics include the 2nd birthday of my daughter Aaliyah (that’s the special day, take that smokers), my experiences as a “single” dad, why I’ve been so lazy creatively lately, the tough decision between my Android and becoming one of those iPhone users, and an update about those lifestyle changes I keep saying I’m going to make (the elephant scale at the Smithsonian Zoo wasn’t impressed). Plus: I predict the 2016 NBA Playoffs in their entirety. And I don’t care if you say it’s not fair to pick after they officially start. Besides, there are no surprises to be heard here. This episode is all about the positive vibes so check that negativity at the door. Or to Yankee Stadium.
April 22, 2016
Episode #8: I Feel Petty
In this episode, everybody gets it! And by that I mean that I talk about how I hold grudges (I was taught by the best) and how it feels when Seinfeld loses his Newman (it feels pretty great). I also spend some time talking about being just one of the girls (people like talking to me. It's a gift and a curse) and how I became enshrined in the Mario Kart Wii Hall of Fame (it's a real thing. You can totally look it up. You'll see a picture of my victims sad faces next to my name). I wrap things up by talking about how Steph Curry is having his moment and how I no longer lust after Little Caesar's bacon wrapped pizza. I may also be muttering under my breath at times. It was a rough week.
March 11, 2016
Episode #7: Welcome To The Disney Movie Review Podcast
You take one day off and life gets in the way. So what do you do? You wait until the next opportunity presents itself and you keep the podcast train on the tracks! Enclosed within these audio walls, I question whether I'm a bad husband, I talk about Aladdin and the Little Mermaid and my differing opinions on both (Welcome to the Disney movie review podcast!), this episode's cover girl Ronda Rousey's confession to considering suicide after she lost to Holly Holm, and getting better at writing (faster) through repetition. This episode was recorded at not just one but two Morgantown Krogers before and after a dentist appointment. Your man of the people has come back.
February 26, 2016
Episode #6: The Case of the Stale Fudge Rounds & Cherry Pop-Tarts
So with the professional footballs officially put away for another season, it's time for Hyphen Nation to blossom into its final and best form! Or something like that. Contained within these audio walls, I discuss why the day after the Super Bowl should be some kind of national holiday, I compare my experiences with the OJ Simpson trial as a child with what I know today, the story of gas station snacks that spawned this episode's title, my eternal struggle with never being able to catch up on all the podcasts I like, and I end things with a small tribute to the retiring Daniel Bryan. It's still snowing in Morgantown so if you live in a warm climate, I hate you. But I'd still like you to check out this episode. And pass it along like a note in class. I don't really care if the teacher sees it.
February 13, 2016
Episode #5: Predicting The 2015 NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl 50
The 50th edition of the Super Bowl is two days away. Panthers. Broncos. I make the final pick that can make or break my 2015 NFL playoff season. A win puts me above .500; a loss, under .500. More importantly, can Peyton win his second ring and tie Eli? Will he retire on top or head to LA next season? Can Cam silence his critics, at least for awhile? I'm really pumped about this game. Also in this show (because I couldn't do a 20 minute show just about the Super Bowl): Understanding what I like to eat, whether or not I'm scared of success, my candy addiction, and Go Demarcus and viral video in 2016. Recommendations: New Girl season 5, Carly Rae Jepsen - E·MO·TION, The People v. OJ Simpson, The Internet - Ego Death.
February 6, 2016
Episode #4: There Will Be No Sportball Talk Within
I take a break with the NFL and leave the predictions in my other pants pocket. In the first regular episode of Hyphen Nation, I spend time talking about how terrible I am at dealing with change, how I'm trying to use Snapchat more but Android's version won't let me be great, how I finally get Seinfeld after 32 years, and I discuss where the real problem with Frozen lies. Because I watch Frozen all... the.. time.
January 30, 2016
Episode #3: Predicting The 2015 NFL Playoffs: Championship Round
We’re down to the final four teams in the hunt for Super Bowl 50 and I recap what happened in the Divisional Round (I went 4-0, making me 5-3 this postseason) and pick the two teams that’ll be headed to San Francisco in February. I also spend a lot of time getting distracted by all the people flying into the Kroger parking lot in search of bread and milk in preparation for Winter Storm Jonas. Considering this was the second time I recorded this episode after a headphone/microphone jack mix up the other day, it’s only right I get to watch the crazies fly in and out of the parking lot while the show rolls on. Manning v. Brady. Cam v. Palmer. On v. On. Bye v. Bye. Kathy Bates. TV networks must hate me. The not-quite Hyphen Nation podcast. All of these things are discussed in this action packed third episode. Did I mention I actually recorded this episode once? I was once told everything happens for a reason, so this reality’s Episode 3 must be better than the other Episode 3 you were going to end up with. Let’s go with that one. Only one more sportball episode to go after this one non-sports fan listeners!
January 23, 2016
Episode #2: Predicting The 2015 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round
The NFL Playoffs are rolling along and so is Hyphen Nation! I went 1-3 during the opening round, and it's not looking much better for this weekend as I picked all the home teams. I doubt I start the Championship Round at 5-3 but crazier miracles could happen. I also spend some time talking about other things besides sportball, so I encourage non sports fans to check out this episode as well. There's lot of updates on my current projects and the future plans for the show and my latest plan to be healthier. I told you this is more than just a sports podcast. There's also a few errors, so a certified No-Prize to anyone who catches them!
January 16, 2016
Episode #1: Predicting the 2015 NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Round
This is not a test. This is the actual real live Episode #1 of Hyphen Nation. There may have been an episode called the 25 Biggie Commandments floating around in March but ignore that (it’s Victory Jumpoff Radio #14 if you must know). This is the real deal. No clones. Not a dream. Not a hoax. The 2015 NFL Playoffs are upon us, the Wild Card round to be exact. I take a shot at predicting all 4 Wild Card games… and maybe even predict a sleeper Super Bowl winner. It’s all live from the car on a 45 minute lunch break. That’s how dedicated I am to the people. Gave up my lunch break… to give you the first episode of Hyphen Nation. Don’t let it be for nothing.
January 8, 2016