MASH Matters

MASH Matters

Jeff Maxwell (Private Igor from M*A*S*H) and Ryan Patrick host a lively discussion of all things M*A*S*H, Hollywood, acting, and other jocularity. We will also feature interviews with super fans and creative geniuses who helped to create the greatest television show of all time. Step into the VIP tent, grab a heaping bowl of creamed weenies, and join the fun … because now, more than ever, MASH Matters.

Episodes

May 15, 2024 39 mins
Grab a stale loaf of toast and settle in for another round of listener questions on this episode of MASH Matters! Jeff & Ryan discuss a smattering of subjects including Radar's letter-opening technique, handwritten notes, pink action figures, Igor's musical skills, assorted Sophies, and the going rate for M*A*S*H scripts. Plus, who baled all that hay?
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How tall is Jeff? Why didn't the M*A*SH cast have crew cuts? How many gifts *did* Margaret's father give her mother on their wedding night? These are just a few of the burning questions Jeff & Ryan tackle on this episode of MASH Matters! Other topics include AfterMASH, chicken coops, Jackie Cooper, Army boots, how to say Cavalry, journaling, and that blasted big red bird with fuz...
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Remember the time capsule the M*A*S*H cast buried after the series ended? In this episode, we talk to the guy who dug the hole! Special effects technician Jay King joins Jeff & Ryan to discuss his time on the series. We talk about the infamous time capsule (What was in it? Who dug it up? Where is it now?) and other topics including a scary chopper ride, fighting fire on stage 9, ...

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Voicemails! Lots and lots of voicemails! In this episode, we serve up a heaping helping of listener phone calls. Topics include mutton chops, knitting (again), liver, fish, power lines, trivia games, Larry Linville's mystery credit, The Fonz, Margaret & Charles' truncated love affair, M*A*S*H airing in South Korea, the single best performance of the series, and the first time a p...
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Another member of the M*A*S*H Royal Family pays a visit! Jeff & Ryan welcome Alan Alda's grandson, Jake Alda Coffey to MASH Matters. We discuss growing up with a famous grandfather and the moment he realized his grandpa was a big deal. Jake also talks about watching M*A*S*H for the first time, his favorite Alan Alda projects, future career goals, and the writing lesson he learned...
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February 15, 2024 42 mins
In this unplanned, unprepared, and unpredictable episode, Jeff & Ryan answer on-the-spot listener questions from Facebook and Instagram. We discuss the worst part of starring on M*A*S*H, taking things from the set, celebrating birthdays, our favorite singers, and other other jocularity. Plus, we bid farewell to Gentleman Joe and reveal our most polarizing unpopular pop culture op...

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February 1, 2024 44 mins
In this feel-good episode, Jeff & Ryan open the (virtual) mailbag and (virtually) answer more listener questions. We tackle hard-hitting topics like tug-o-war, flying desks, tanks in the calvary, the real Larry Linville, actors watching actors act, fan art, Ryan guest-starring on M*A*S*H, hiking in to visit the actual set, and Charles Nelson Reilly's animated dogs. Over and out.....
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January 15, 2024 44 mins
We have a lot of catching up to do in this episode of MASH Matters! First, Jeff & Ryan share their reviews of the recent M*A*S*H documentary on Fox. We then dive into the mailbag to discuss a few things we got right in recent episodes, along with a whole lotta stuff we got wrong. Topics include an update on Jeff's driver, how to kill a TV show with sexual tension, a Swamp replica...
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Jeff & Ryan welcome director John Scheinfeld and TV executive Dan Harrison to discuss the documentary, M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television, airing January 1, 2024 on Fox! We discuss the special's 10-year journey to the screen, the challenges of distilling eleven seasons down to 2 hours, greenlighting the special for broadcast TV, and why John & Dan believe this is the def...

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December 1, 2023 80 mins
It's finally here! The long-awaited, hotly-anticipated, and annoyingly-delayed Season Seven Recap! In this super-sized episode, Jeff & Ryan take a trip through the seventh season of M*A*S*H while reading listener comments, airing grievances, and sharing fun facts along the way. Plus, the guys pick their top three favorite episodes from the season. Enjoy... because who knows how l...

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November 15, 2023 43 mins
Jeff & Ryan throw the book at Linda Kelsey on this episode of MASH Matters! Linda played Lt. Mickey Baker in the season 5 episode "The Nurses." Linda's M*A*S*H memories include marveling at Loretta Swit's iconic speech, blowing her audition, smooching with Gregory Harrison, and sustaining an injury while filming a pivotal scene. We also discuss her five-time Emmy-nominated role o...
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Let's bust another M*A*S*H myth! In this episode, Jeff & Ryan chat with author Marc Freeman and the one and only Mike Farrell to discuss the on-set disagreement that led to BJ & Hawkeye's riff in the episode "Preventative Medicine." Did it come to blows? How was the situation resolved? And, in a fight, would Mike lead with his left or his right? We also discuss other topics inclu...

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What goes into reviving a long-out-of-print cookbook? Ask Arthur Healey! In this episode, Jeff & Ryan talk to the man responsible for bringing Jeff's cookbook, Secrets of the M*A*S*H Mess: The Lost Recipes of Private Igor back from the paperback graveyard. We dive into the challenges of acquiring publishing rights, searching for photos from M*A*S*H scenes that don't exist, adding...

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What was it like being Hawkeye's daughter? Let's find out! Jeff & Ryan are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Alda O'Heaney to MASH Matters! We, of course, talk about Elizabeth's famous father, Alan Alda. But we also discuss her equally awesome mother, growing up across the country from the 4077th, Elizabeth's own short-lived acting career, goofing off with Igor on the set of M*A*S*H,...

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Let's go to the phones... again! Jeff & Ryan listen to your (mostly) friendly voicemails and answer (mostly) your questions! Topics include quoting M*A*SH, scheduling around the weather, re-recording Igor's lines, Trapper John MD, and assigning blame for Henry's departure. Fill up the canvas bathtub, listen, and enjoy!

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Finally! At long last, we are thrilled to announce that the new updated 50th Anniversary edition of Jeff's cookbook "Secrets of the M*A*S*H Mess" is now available for purchase!

 

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September 1, 2023 50 mins
You grumbled, we listened! In this episode of MASH Matters, listeners share their LEAST favorite episodes of M*A*S*H. In addition to the usual suspects, (i.e. "Dreams" and "Hawkeye"), we learn that some episodes are not as beloved as we previously thought! Plus, for the first time, Jeff & Ryan reveal their own least favorite episodes. Buckle in... this is gonna get bumpy.
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August 15, 2023 43 mins
Jeff & Ryan open the ol' mailbag and answer questions about real life relatives on M*A*S*H, the series' impact on young viewers, typecasting, autographs, striking actors, Tom Mix, the first laugh track, loincloths, and a puppy named Tuttle! We also enlist the help of listeners to interpret the "Dreams" of Henry, Frank, and Radar.

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In this very special episode, Jeff & Ryan chat with guest star Harvey Kalmenson. Before becoming one of the most respected and well-known voiceover directors in Hollywood, Harvey was Cpl. Kalmenson serving in Korea with the United States Army. Harvey shares a multitude of stories from his time in Korea, including what it was like being drafted into the service, unexpected family ...

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June 15, 2023 40 mins
We salute our friend Eileen Saki in this episode of MASH Matters. Jeff & Ryan welcome special guest Megan Bridget to honor and remember our favorite Rosie. We also attempt to answer a variety of listener questions about AfterMASH DVDs, songs that don't exist, William Christopher's ivory-tickling abilities, Star Trek's holodeck, and Weird Al Yankovic. Plus, we check in with our pe...
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