The Toy Department

The Toy Department features radio professionals Matt Kolsky and Derek Madden discussing, debating and dissecting all things sports, entertainment and pop culture. It's a free-wheeling, unfiltered chat about the lighter side of the modern world.



      The Toy Department – Episode 114

      In Episode 114, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky open with a distressingly un-fun chat about Facebook before returning to the appropriate purview of the podcast to get into: A check-in with FX’s Atlanta (7:10) to sort through Derek’s feelings about Episode 6 of the second season, Teddy Perkins… The second … Continue reading →



      The Toy Department – Episode 113

      In Episode 113, Derek Madden teaches Matt Kolsky about the history of One Shining Moment before they discuss a variety of television entertainment, including: Judd Apatow’s Garry Shandling documentary on HBO (5:10), The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, which both guys found gripping and moving, and leads to some discussion … Continue reading →



      The Toy Department – Episode 112

      In Episode 112, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky find themselves in the same time zone — a rare treat — and briefly discuss Madden’s reggaeton horn app before they break down: Netflix’s new Duplass brothers-produced documentary Wild Wild Country (2:40) and what a great job it’s doing of telling a … Continue reading →



      The Toy Department – Episode 111

      In Episode 111, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky are feeling healthy and fresh as they leap into: The NCAA Tournament (0:50) and whether March Madness is losing its luster… AMC’s new show McMafia (13:30) and all the ways it fails to impress… The Lifetime show UnREAL (16:50) and its success … Continue reading →


       2018-03-20  58m

      The Toy Department – Episode 110

      In Episode 110, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky quickly move past Kolsky’s morning of customer service hell and Madden’s mild illness to get into all of this: The Netflix original film Mute (3:00) and how it fails to deliver on its promise and star power… The return of the Netflix … Continue reading ?


       2018-03-13  1h10m

      The Toy Department – Episode 109

      In Episode 109, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky jump right into the business to discuss: The aftermath of the 90th Annual Academy Awards (0:50), the low ratings and the future of the awards show… The Season 2 premiere of Donald Glover’s FX show Atlanta (14:00) and all the things that … Continue reading →


       2018-03-06  1h13m

      The Toy Department – Episode 108

      In Episode 108, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky preview their Oscar discussion unnecessarily before diving into the following (in order): The first three episodes of the new NBC sitcom AP Bio (4:15), and whether it stands out from the pack of network comedy… Derek’s experimentation with the Season 4 premiere … Continue reading →


       2018-02-27  1h7m

      The Toy Department – Episode 107

      In Episode 107, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky try to figure out what the NBA’s proposed 1-16 playoff seeding idea would look like before jumping into the day’s assigned topics: Marvel’s new movie sensation Black Panther (9:20) and its quality and importance, plus the awesomely unfolding career of director Ryan … Continue reading →


       2018-02-22  1h12m

      The Toy Department – Episode 106

      In Episode 106 Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky discuss their respective Valentine’s Day thoughts before settling into an episode designed mostly by Kolsky with the foremost intention of stretching Madden’s limits of entertainment consumption and discussing: Showtime’s The Chi (8:00) and just what kind of show it seems to be … Continue reading →


       2018-02-14  1h6m

      The Toy Department – Episode 105

      In Episode 105 Derek Madden finds Matt Kolsky freshly returned from Hawaii to discuss such delights as: Super Bowl LII (0:45) and how any season where the Patriots don’t win is a relative success… Justin Timberlake’s new album Man of the Woods (12:05) and how it seems to be a … Continue reading →


       2018-02-06  1h3m