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.
February 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
movies, olympics, playthrough, serendipity, snow-days, video-games
Covering the nostalgia around snow days and the Winter Olympics, Rick and Don tackle much of their feel-good childhood Winter memories this week. Along with discussing the trials & tribulations of personal growth, persistence, and experience, and how all of this helped to form our hosts as they are today.
Don also previews his excitement and plans for Raleigh's Playthrough Gaming Convention(https://www.playthroughgc.com/), happening the weekend of February 17-18, 2018.
February 9th, 2018 | 1 hr 30 mins
blogs, eagles, football, nintendo, switch, wrestling
Rick reports in from The Upside-Down on the Philadelphia Eagles winning Super Bowl 52. Donald then confirms that Rick is not in The Upside-Down and that actually happened! Our hosts then review the Super Bowl from different points of view, one from someone who actually watched it and one from someone who was just trying to survive it...
Closing out the episode, Rick and Don cover one of the top-five all-time Royal Rumble pay-per-views, including both a Men's and Women's Royal Rumble match. Setting up plenty of storylines for 2018, this event had more than its share of surprises, shocks, and hi-points.
Finally, some additional blog series by Donald are live on our site, such as Game of the Year Reviews and Donald Reviews Movies Poorly. Be sure to check out rickanddon.com for more details!
January 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 36 mins
harry-potter, heart-camp, imposter-syndrome, japan, kevin-smith, slam-poetry, travel, twloha
First and foremost, we ensure Don admirably survived Snowpocalypse II: The Return of Snowmageddon... or as the rest of the country would call it, some snow. Then we get an update on Don's plans for traveling to Japan as a lead in to the bulk of our conversation. Kicking that off, we have our (completely unsponsored) first mid-roll, where Rick discusses why you need to attend Heart Camp. Once they break it down, Rick and Don get into the rationalization of being a creative person, imposter syndrome, and breaking through your own mental gatekeeping. This one is from the Heart, even if both our hosts reveal their Ravenclaw-ness at the end.
January 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 16 mins
arcade, smackdown, video-games, wrestling
Kicking off the year, Rick and Don jump into what they did over their Christmas Vacation... somehow both of them ending up in vintage arcades and playing Japanese arcade machines! Don's experience was a bit more fruitful than Rick's, but both our hosts had some interesting finds along the way.
Rick then covers his experience attending Smackdown Live! when the WWE was in town over Christmas. Spoilers - somebody was bashed in the head with large wrapped Christmas presents...
January 1st, 2018 | 58 mins 33 secs
goty, magic, old-school-games, psych, unstable, video-games
Rick and Don wrap up 2017 with a nice little bow, covering Don's 2017 Game of the Year work. There's a hot top three and an honorable mention that is close to Rick's heart. The guys then jump into some discussion around why Psych may possibly be the best show of all time. Or something like that...
December 21st, 2017 | 1 hr 23 mins
star-wars, the-last-jedi, wrestling
No pulling punches this week! After a quick mea culpa on Rick's AJ Styles position, our hosts jump right into The Last Jedi. Plain and simple, there's more to this movie than meets the eye. Which is more than can be said for Donald's 5 in-theather viewing experiences of Michael Bay's original Transformers.
December 19th, 2017 | 1 hr 19 mins
christmas-vacation, star-wars, the-last-jedi, video-games
This week Rick and Don preview some of Don's upcoming Game of the Year reviews, along with the current overall fan experience of the video gaming industry. Then they jump into their excitement and anticipation for Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. Finally, they wrap it up with a discussion of their favorite Christmas vacation memories.
December 11th, 2017 | 1 hr 8 mins
black-friday, community, magic, movies
Our hosts open this week discussing some of the recent controversy in the Magic Community and how to approach being a better community member. Then Rick shamelessly plugs some of Donald's recent poetry publications. Rick covers his airplane viewing experience of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the predicament what to watch afterwards! Finally, our hosts wrap up with some of Donald's Black Friday finds for gaming and beyond!
November 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 12 mins
black-friday, nintendo, thanksgiving, video-games
Welcome to our Thanksgiving episode! Well, it's more of a Black Friday episode, but we're still talking turkey. We kick it off with Don diving into his Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon experiences, then re-previewing his Game of the Year research and festivities. Then we jump into some deep reviews of Black Friday deals and bargains that our video game-focused listeners will not want to miss.
November 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
blogs, c2e2, comic-con, sdcc, supercon
Another bonus episode this week is Don's Epic Comic-Con Attendance. We cover Don's experience at the Bull City Comicon in Durham, NC. We close it out with some discussion on what we're watching... And as of today, that is Marvel's Runaways on Hulu!
Also, Don previews some blogging he'll be bringing to rickanddon.com as well, including Donald Reviews Movies Poorly and Journey to Japan.
November 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 36 secs
This week it's our Halloween episode! Rick & Don cover their favorite Halloween costumes, some that were painstakingly hand-crafted and some that were worn after some very bad decisions. Don then covers his year so far in video gaming and previews what he'll be covering in his "Gaming Year In Review".
November 7th, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
hospital, jury-duty, nintendo, switch, video-games
Rick kicks it off with his Jury Duty summons and missing out on talking about that last episode. Detailing with even more agonizing detail, Rick spent some time in the Emergency Room and covers the ins & outs of Kidney Stones! On happier topics, Don covers some of his recent video game playing and what the rest of his year looks like for big name titles! Closing it out, both our hosts agree they'll be putting a lot of time into the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch!