The Rick & Don Show

We are two dudes hosting a podcast. We talk about everything.

About the show

In the fall of 2016, two friends, Rick and Don, decided they wanted to create something bigger than themselves. They decided to start a podcast. Every week, the pair tackle a topic ranging from the inane idiosyncrasies of nerd and pop culture to engaging, complex looks at art, technology, and the human experience. The two, from time to time, dabble with the rose-colored substance known as nostalgia and discuss stories from the years of past. Through their sharing of stories, discussions, moments of reflections, and a few jokes, both Rick and Don hope to show their listeners they aren’t alone when they face challenges in their lives and their moments of happiness. Rick and Don just want to make the world a better place, no matter how small the impact.

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Episodes

  • Episode 46: Money In The Bank

    July 1st, 2018  |  1 hr 39 mins
    money-in-the-bank, wrestling

    It's all wrestling this week, as the hosts recap Rick's experience attending WWE's Money In The Bank 2018 event in Chicago (technically Rosemont), Illinois.

  • Episode 45: #GetALifeNerds

    June 16th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins
    community, movies, star-wars

    We dive deep into the recent online controversies surrounding the Star Wars fandom and address some of the "ownership" issues from certain parts of the fandom. An inclusive look at what can be done to rectify the need for tearing down art, how to appreciate other points of view, and the fact that everything is not made "just for you" has us talking much longer than anticipated - all for the better!!!

  • Episode 44: Holy Chimichanga Conventions!!!

    June 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 17 mins
    animazement, anime, deadpool, marvel, movies

    This week, we detail the Mordor-esque journey of Donald through Animazement... Just as much walking, not as many talking trees. Then, we breakdown why we both loved Deadpool 2 so much, even if we differ on if it's better than Deadpool.

  • Episode 43: The Big Three-Oh-Oh!

    June 2nd, 2018  |  2 hrs 39 mins
    lists, video-games

    The final countdown!!!! Or at least, the countdown of the top three hundred video games of all time, per Donald's extensive criteria! We count down the entire list from 300 to 1, with a couple honorable mentions thrown in for good measure. Settle down and strap in for the best video games you've ever played!

  • Episode 42: Avengers Hot Takes & Video Game Prereqs 101

    May 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins
    avengers, marvel, mcu, movies, video-games

    An unprompted review of Avengers: Infinity War kicks off this week's episode. Spoiler Alert: There are plenty of hot takes... AND SPOILERS!!! We wrap up the episode with some more video game chat, why gamers fade away, and what we need to come back to some quality gaming experiences!

  • Episode 41: Where Have All the RPGs Gone?

    May 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 31 mins
    movies, nintendo, pokemon, role-playing-games, switch, video-games

    This week kicks off with a preamble to Don's review of Game Informer's "300 Greatest Games of All-Time". Then our hosts go on a search to find the perfect role-playing game for Rick to play on the Switch while on the road. Finally, our own Statler and Waldorf discuss their blockbuster movie fatigue and anti-trailer stance.

  • Episode 40: Wrestlemania Results and 2018 time sinks, er Video Games!

    April 22nd, 2018  |  54 mins 12 secs
    nintendo, pokemon, switch, video-games, wrestlemania, wrestling

    In a timely manner, our hosts circle back on their Wrestlemania viewing experiences, with some in-depth analysis of how long is too long? Then, after some unexpected Instagram follows, Rick is interested in some new & upcoming Switch releases (Pokemon!), while Donald waxes poetically about some ill-informed "all time gaming lists".

  • Episode 39: Media Swap, Part Deux & Wrestlemania Preview

    April 14th, 2018  |  1 hr 20 mins
    hip-hop, music, poetry, wrestlemania, wrestling

    We're finally back with the back half of our second (annual?) media swap... Rick returns with his experience with Sara Manguso's "The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir" and Don spills his feelings on Propaganda's most recent album, "Crooked". Our hosts then close it out and wax poetically on what they hope for from Wrestlemania 34, what they know won't happen, and begin to doomsday prep for the rest of the WWE 2018 year.

  • Episode 38: Donald's Guide to Finding a Band's Best Stuff

    April 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 19 mins
    current-events, music, nostalgia, social-issues

    In the middle of an extended media swap, Don drops his knowledge on how to find a band's best stuff - both songs and sounds! Rick and Don put this to the test across multiple genres to see where it succeeds and fails. Once Don's theory is proven, our hosts then turn towards some of the recent and not-so-recent social issues that have been in the headlines.

  • Episode 37: Forecasting Fails & Apocryphal Discoveries

    April 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 30 mins
    current-events, magic, modern-masters, old-school-games, role-playing-games, video-games

    Our hosts circle back on their first annual event, the Magic The Gathering Modern Masters 17 price forecasting bonanza! Covering 10 staples of eternal formats, Rick and Don predicted where these card prices would settle back in Episode 8. Now 365(-ish) days later, after the dust has settled, we see just how accurate our hosts could be! The latter half of the episode covers one of Don's missed opportunities of his childhood, the chance to play DragonRaid with many of his young friends. For those not in the know, DragonRaid is a full role-playing game system, based entirely upon the mythos of Christianity!

  • Episode 36: NeoGeos & Unlicensed Childhood

    March 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 17 mins
    playthrough, video-games, wrestling

    After spending a week with his very own NeoGeo cabinet, Don catches us up on the pros and cons, the ins and outs, and the downright fun that comes with having a versatile arcade cabinet in your home. Rick then pivots to the ridiculousness of recent WWE bookings, including Brock Lesnar in Chicago. We close it out with a review of Don's experience at Raleigh Playthrough Gaming Convention, which then blows Rick's mind with an entrance into unlicensed video game clones... You need to hear this to believe!

  • Episode 35: Wakanda Forever... and some common sense

    March 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 30 mins
    black-panther, current-events, mcu, movies, video-games

    You get a Neo-Geo! You get a Neo-Geo! Everyone get's a Neo-Geo! Well, at least Donald is getting one. Our hosts open up about Donald's most recent find and Rick's pizza-flavored nostalgia around the multi-game arcade cabinet. Then it's time for the in-depth and philosophical review of Marvel's The Black Panther. Both our hosts end up going in a direction they didn't expect! Finally, Rick and Don wrap it up with some of the recent current events on the national stage that can't help but be addressed. Hoping for some common sense in government can't be too much to ask, can it? Can it?