September 7th – National New Hampshire Day with Matt and Emilio Barnard

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Today’s guests are Matt and Emilio Barnard, hosts of the Barnards on the NBA podcast.

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hey Paul. Matt and Emilio Barnard here. We just got back from an awesome week in New Hampshire. A state that’s near and dear to our hearts. My mom grew up there and my grandparents still live there. But neither of us are New Hampshire natives and we have questions. Where in the podcast universe can we turn to learn more about the Granite State?

Well, Matt and Emilio, you’ve come to the right place. But before I give you a recommendation, I’m going to give a little backstory to everyone.

When I started this podcast, I decided that my guests would be podcasters, not just people in the podcast industry. Matt and I have been running mates since very early on, going to the last two Podcast Movements together. But he didn’t have a podcast so I’ve never asked him to be a guest. Did Matt start his podcast just to be a guest on my show? The answer to be revealed later but let’s talk about living free or dying first. Or at least pumpkins.

Today, September 7th, is National New Hampshire Day. I think a great place to start finding podcasts about New Hampshire is the Outside/In podcast which is made by New Hampshire Public Radio. Now, it’s not exclusively about things from New Hampshire but there are obviously New Hampshire based stories like this one.

This episode talks about the Guinness Book of Records event where Keene, NH holds the U.S. record for most Jack-O’-Lanterns in one place at one time. The town held an annual festival and everyone loved it. But as it got bigger and bigger, so did the problems. I mean, if you’ve got over 4,000 pumpkins around, that can’t be safe, right? Quaint was no longer the operative word. To find out what happened, give it a listen and let me know what you think by using the National New Hampshire Day hashtag. 

Today’s guests, plural, are Matt and Emilio Barnard. As I mentioned, Matt never had a podcast but due to the pandemic, he decided to have some fun with his son with their extra free time and the Barnards on the NBA podcast was born. In each episode, Matt and Emilio choose two colleges with well-known basketball programs and compare their famous alumni to see which school would come out on top.

Many years ago, I was a big college basketball fan and I still go to the Big East Championship every year when a pandemic isn’t raging. I also went to two Final Four tournaments many years ago. One was in Atlanta and the other was in New Orleans, of course. So listening to this podcast gives me some great memories of those times. For the episode I’m recommending, it’s the mismatch between UCLA and Oregon State. 

Since nothing is for free in this world, I’m going to request that Matt and Emilio do an episode pitting Villanova and Rutgers against each other. Sure, it seems a little one-sided but don’t sleep on Rutgers. Their hoop history has some highlights amidst a lot of lowlights. 

For our last recommendation, Matt and Emilio recommend the Hollinger & Duncan NBA Show called “Debating the NBA’s Best.” They say, and I quote: “It and the episode that follows it offer awesome insight from two of the sharpest analysts in the business on the best players in the world at a wide range of skills like passing, on-ball defense, general athleticism, intelligence and more. Really good stuff. Unquote. 

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I want to give a shout out to why Matt is in the podcast industry. He is the founder of Podknife. Podknife is a podcast directory that houses some information that you won’t find in other podcast directories. All of today’s episodes link to Podknife so you can check it out for yourself. 

And don’t forget to come back on September 13th for something beautiful.

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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