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.


June 1, 2023 43 mins
Jeff & Ryan welcome Eric White - aka The M*A*S*H Historian - to this episode of MASH Matters! We discuss Eric's massive M*A*S*H collection, trading scripts for lanterns, Jackie Cooper's Emmy, crew gifts, going behind the scenes at the Smithsonian, and the mystery of the missing wristwatch.
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Jeff & Ryan return to the ol' mailbag for another round of listener questions. Topics include searching for the finale, pushing gurneys, smooth table reads, Bogart's Battle Circus, shooting schedules, and the day Jeff met Steve Jobs. Plus - Radar's season eight whereabouts, the meaning behind 4077, and... is that Igor digging up kimchi pots? 

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May 1, 2023 46 mins
Attention All Personnel! Jeff & Ryan welcome Sal Viscuso to MASH Matters! Sal was one of the two actors whose voices were heard over the 4077th loudspeaker! We discuss Sal's showbiz career, his artwork, the announcement recording process, cooking for Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner, and his three on-screen appearances on M*A*S*H. Plus, we finally learn where the PA announcer was headqua...

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April 15, 2023 42 mins
Jeff & Ryan pause to catch their breath on this episode of MASH Matters. We're looking back at the last few episodes, watching Memories of MASH, hearing from new listeners, looking for season seven, sending love to Rosie, remembering Judy Farrell, and totally ripping off Alan Alda's "Let's act out a scene written by A.I." thing.

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To celebrate the 100th episode, Jeff & Ryan bring you another MASH Matters Exclusive: a rare, unfiltered, never-before-heard interview with McLean Stevenson! In remastered audio provided by special guest Michael Hirsh, McLean shares his candid thoughts on a variety of topics. Who was the best actor on the show? What was his least favorite script? When did he know M*A*S*H was a hi...
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Jeff & Ryan welcome actor/writer Will Friedle to MASH Matters!
Will is best known for portraying Eric Matthews on seven seasons of the hit television series Boy Meets World (1993-2000). He's also had a...

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Jeff & Ryan welcome Brian Rooney to MASH Matters. Brian is the volunteer project manager who oversees the original M*A*S*H outdoor filming site at Malibu Creek State Park. We discuss Brian's mission to rejuvenate the set, everything you need to know before you visit, and how to create a perfect replica of the iconic 4077th signpost. Plus, you'll learn how many people visit the si...

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February 1, 2023 39 mins
Now just a minute! This is a podcast! The last thing we want to do is answer a lot of questions!
Jeff & Ryan refuse to answer listener questions in this episode. However, we DO discuss the never-ending Grape Nehi saga, mispronounced Canadian provinces, bored Charles, shrugging Igor, splattered cookbooks, M*A*S*H beer, Tony Packo's, wormholes, and much more...

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In this special episode, we pay tribute to the man who gave us TV's M*A*S*H - hall of fame writer, director, and producer Larry Gelbart! Jeff & Ryan are joined by Larry's close friend, Dan Harrison, to celebrate Mr. Gelbart's life and legacy. We discuss the teenage fan letter that led to a lifelong friendship, Larry's generosity and gentle humor, his illustrious career, and Karen...

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December 15, 2022 49 mins
Jeff & Ryan feign chemistry and answer a new slew of listener questions. Topics include fan clubs, signposts, dioramas, Catholic history podcasts, backward-flying helicopters, embarrassing moments, and the continuing saga of the not-so-grape Nehi. Warning: this episode contains excessive nudity.
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December 1, 2022 37 mins
Too Many Cooks! Jeff & Ryan are proud to welcome acclaimed actor & activist Ed Begley, Jr. to the podcast! We discuss how his season 8 guest appearance on M*A*S*H nearly got him both fired AND killed! Other topics include St. Elsewhere, improvising with Christopher Guest, Ed's line of environmentally-safe cleaning products, and his "painful" acting technique.

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November 15, 2022 48 mins
In this episode, Jeff & Ryan tackle hard-hitting questions... like "Does Grape Nehi have real grape flavor?" Other hot topics include the comedy stylings of Harry Morgan, taking X-rays without electricity, M*A*S*H's cult fandom, the color wheel, Discord, Chief Surgeons, and defending the Smithsonian.

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November 1, 2022 45 mins
Rizzo and Igor, together again! Jeff & Ryan welcome the one and only G.W. Bailey to MASH Matters. We discuss his early years in Port Arthur, Texas, high school with Bubba Smith, replacing another popular character on M*A*S*H, moving Rizzo from Brooklyn to the bayou, annoying David Ogden Stiers, a surprise phone call with Larry Gelbart, and the set piece that's hanging in his bath...

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October 1, 2022 71 mins

Live from the old Fox Ranch, it's MASH Matters! In this episode, Jeff & Ryan chat with listeners and fans during M*A*S*H's 50th anniversary celebration at the original outdoor shooting location in Malibu Creek State Park.

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September 15, 2022 97 mins
The people have spoken! To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its premiere, Jeff & Ryan count down the Top 50 episodes of M*A*S*H, as voted by MASH Matters listeners! Did your favorites make the list?

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September 1, 2022 47 mins
What if Jeff had auditioned for Hawkeye?
Why didn't old cast members appear in Dreams?
What was the most tragic TV death of all time?
Why did Jeff get arrested for flashing?
What's with Klinger's shocked look?
What was the city that lost power during the finale?
And what the heck is Discord?
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We're celebrating Charles Dubin on this episode of MASH Matters! Jeff & Ryan welcome Charlie's daughter, Zan, to honor the man who directed more episodes of M*A*S*H than any other director. We discuss Charlie's early years in entertainment, his legendary career, how he discovered Cinderella, his gentle optimism, and his years spent on the infamous Hollywood Blacklist. This episod...

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In this episode, Jeff & Ryan share listener feedback on various topics including post-war relationships,
Margaret & Hawkeye's love connection, Purple Hearts & Bronze Stars, Cumin & Turmeric, Canadians, swimming with bow-legged women, and the status of Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ.

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Meet the Dream Team! Jeff & Ryan welcome Mike Farrell (BJ Hunnicutt), Catherine Bergstrom (Peg Hunnicutt), and Rick Waln (Lt. Garvey) for a lively chat about the season 8 episode, Dreams. We discuss reading the script for the first time, dancing in the O.R., eating a sandwich in front of Alan Alda, and the experience of filming M*A*S*H's most polarizing episode.

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July 1, 2022 43 mins
What did the characters do after the war? Would you go to a real doctor named Frank Burns? And how many takes did it take to blow those tax papers off of the table in the mess tent? Jeff & Ryan attempt to answer these and other listener questions in this episode of MASH Matters. Slip into something red and enjoy the show!

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