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The Back 9 is a podcast hosted by Dennis Williams and Josh Mora, targeting individuals in or approaching mid-life who seek more fulfillment in various aspects of their lives. The hosts discuss topics such as starting over in careers or dating, emphasizing the importance of mindfulness, openness to change, and learning from experiences. The podcast aims to create a safe space for introspection, covering challenges like living alone, dating fears, and making mistakes. They invite guests, including celebrities, therapists, and coaches, to share personal stories and insights on healing from divorce, finding partners, and gaining confidence in relationships. The metaphor of the "back 9" in golf is used to convey the idea of a second chance in life, with fresh opportunities to achieve something remarkable. The hosts encourage leaving the past behind, embracing new possibilities, and moving forward with confidence. The podcast is available on Apple, Spotify, and other podcast platforms.

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The Back 9 is a podcast hosted by Dennis Williams and Josh Mora, targeting individuals in or approaching mid-life who seek more fulfillment in various aspects of their lives. The hosts discuss topics such as starting over in careers or dating, emphasizing the importance of mindfulness, openness to change, and learning from experiences. The podcast aims to create a safe space for introspection, covering challenges like living alone, dating fears, and making mistakes. They invite guests, including celebrities, therapists, and coaches, to share personal stories and insights on healing from divorce, finding partners, and gaining confidence in relationships. The metaphor of the "back 9" in golf is used to convey the idea of a second chance in life, with fresh opportunities to achieve something remarkable. The hosts encourage leaving the past behind, embracing new possibilities, and moving forward with confidence. The podcast is available on Apple, Spotify, and other podcast platforms.

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English


Episodes
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Round 3: Ep. 16 - Allan Williams and Steve Mora: The Lives of our Fathers, Part II

6/18/2024
Friends, on this episode, we continue our Father’s Day discussion, and go beyond the surface to uncover the wisdom of our fathers, the roles we all play as fathers and sons. Our conversation gets both intimate and emotional, as we explore what it means to embrace selflessness, reflect on the enduring influence of fatherly love and support, and discuss the pivotal moments that define the 'back nine' of life. It’s a really beautiful conversation that provides a lot of laughter, and likely a few tears. So whether you are a dad, have a Dad or miss your Dad, and whether you are a son or a daughter, this episode will inspire and resonate deeply. Tune in, and maybe bring a tissue or two, for an unfiltered dive into the legacies, possibilities, and life lessons of fatherhood on this Episode of the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:38:02

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Round 3: Ep. 15 - Allan Williams and Steve Mora: The Lives of our Fathers

6/11/2024
Friends, this one is special. It’s a Father's Day edition of "The Back 9," and so we’ve invited our own fathers to the studio to share the joys, the love and the lessons they’ve taken away from their lives to date. From their 8th and 9th decades, what can they tell all of us about what they learned on the journey from middle age to senior citizenship -- their approach to life, and how they felt it prepared them for later stages, as well as the things that took them by complete surprise. From there we dive deep into the broader themes of the lives of men in our separate roles as fathers and sons, and how men relate to each other as fathers and sons. So whether you're a dad, or have a dad, or miss your dad it’s a can’t miss episode packed with great stories, a lot of laughter, and more than a touch of golf wisdom. It’s a perfect Father's Day listen and share -- on the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:31:29

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Round 3: Ep. 14 - Lasting Conversations Host Heather Lockett: Being Ready for Relationship

6/4/2024
On this episode of The Back 9, we’re thrilled to welcome Heather Lockett, the brilliant mind behind the podcast "Lasting Conversations." Heather shares her fascinating journey through the stages of life that led to her becoming a resonant and influential podcast host. Her tales of transitioning from career, to and through motherhood, to ultimately searching for – and finding – her true self – are as engaging as they are inspiring. As the episode unfolds, we dive into navigating relationships, and how we can become better prepared for healthy relationships after heartbreak. Heather’s insightful and amusing anecdotes about self-discovery and modern dating challenges offer valuable wisdom for building lasting, meaningful connections. So joins us for a blend of humor, counsel, and relatable stories you won't want to miss, on this episode of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:30:36

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Round 3: Ep. 13 - Bushwood Spirits Founder Brad Carpenter: Building Your Support Group

5/28/2024
On this episode of the Back 9, we're joined by the remarkable Brad Carpenter, Founder of Bushwood Spirits and the gloriously named Back 9 Bourbon, who shares his incredible journey from a near-fatal accident to crafting a brand that's all about resilience and storytelling. You'll be captivated by the story of how his severe injury -- and a deep connection to a classic film -- led to a screenplay, a bourbon, and a brand new lifestyle. And this episode is about way more than the bourbon; it's about the man behind the bottle. Brad’s journey is a masterclass in Back 9 transformation and triumph. We'll take you through the meteoric rise of Bushwood, and a story that is a testament to the power of how a moment of personal reckoning can lead to entrepreneurial success. It’s a narrative that emphasizes the importance of connection and relationships in the darkest of times—a message that stands at the very core of why we podcast. So get ready for an episode that promises humor, inspiration, and a candid look at embracing life's unexpected turns…on this episode of the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:30:07

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Round 3: Ep. 12 - Rock Star Frontman Matt Heafy: Spinning Negatives into Positives to Create a Harmonic Life

5/21/2024
Join us on this episode of the Back 9 as we shatter your image of what a rock star is and how a rock star behaves. Matt Heafy is the lead singer of the world-renowned metal band, Trivium, but he is so much more: He is a fantastically successful scorer of films and games, a cook, a restauranteur, a husband, a father, and a dedicated student of the worlds he inhabits. But he arrives at these destinations having grown up as an outsider, and in this episode Matt details several experiences and influences that taught him how to turn his adversities into possibilities, and that have made him the success that he his today many times over. As Matt enters his Back 9, he provides incredible strategies, compelling stories and sound wisdom for all of us who are longing to take the next step in pursuing our passions. This episode is a scream, so join us on The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:28:28

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Round 3: Ep. 11 - Holistic Healer Tracy McDonough – Using Healing Energy to Eliminate Stress, Reduce Anxiety and Create Deeper Connections

5/14/2024
Here on the Back 9, so many of us are looking to make life deeper, easier, less stressful. So welcome into a profound conversation with Tracy McDonough, the wizard, healer and Reiki practitioner behind Healing Moments. Tracy shares her blended brew of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Her insights on the impact of energy and vibrational frequency on our relationships and how to get started on a journey of personal growth and true transformation are nothing short of enlightening. In this episode, we start with theory and understanding, then provide real pathways to creating real-world wellness strategies. So if you’ve ever been curious as to how energy work can help you to mend your heart, heal your body, or lower the volume on your inner monologue, you’ll want to tune in to this conversation. It’s the first step towards a more connected, healthier, and happier you, on this episode of the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:24:18

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Round 3: Ep 10 – Pro Golfer/Broadcaster Brad Faxon: Insights from Golf and Being a Back 9 GirlDad

5/7/2024
As we launch into Season 3, we bring in our first ACTUAL golfer on the Back 9. We get into the swing former PGA Tour star Brad Faxon, as he joins us on the green to share the life lessons he’s learned in a long and prolific career. We touch on the technical, but really get into the relatable and personal as Brad invites us into his world off the course. He shares his experiences as a 4x Girl Dad, from the cautious first drive home from the hospital to the jittery anticipation of wedding dances. And he talks about how, like many of us on the Back 9, he now inhabits a role as a mentor, recalling the influences of the mentors who shaped him as a younger athlete and man. Bring your A-Game, as we tee off with a doozy of an opener, on this episode of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:25:42

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TB9 ROUND 3 – Making the Turn: What it Means to Be a Man Today

4/30/2024
Friends, we warm up for our season 3 focus of exploring how men define masculinity today. We unravel the threads of modern manhood from the perspective of middle age and in an era which challenges previous norms. On this episode, we preview our understanding of strength and courage, how to avoid toxic bravado, and how to navigate the minefield of setting personal boundaries. We present our season lineup of guests and reveal how they’ll provide resources and solutions for dealing with difficult personalities and situations, as they guide us towards becoming more authentic, grounded men, at a time when the world needs the energy of grounded, secure men. So lend us your ears, as we set you up for a season of transformational stories and actionable wisdom, as we tee off on Round 3 of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:19:02

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Season 2: The 19th Hole

4/23/2024
In our season two finale, we're clinking our glasses filled with a TB9-themed Bourbon, as we revisit the highlights of a stellar sophomore season, in which we peppered the conversation with the sharp observations and seasoned humor of some guests who are funny as they are insightful. We return to the conversations in which our friends provided masterclasses in personal growth, with their tales of the kind resiliency, audacity and epiphany that provide victories on the back nine. And we offer our main takeaways from the season as a whole, which hopefully inspires you to visit and revisit all the individual conversations. So belly up to the bar, and join us as we toast to the transitions that shape us, the second chances we seize, and the enduring power of great company, on this episode of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:23:22

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Round 2: Ep. 18 - Podcaster/Former NFL Star Marques Ogden – Show Your Scars

4/16/2024
Marques Ogden is a warrior. Not just because he played one of the most punishing positions in sports, and not just because he played it at an extremely high level. Marques Ogden is a warrior because of the strength he showed after his NFL playing days were over. A veteran of six NFL seasons, Marques nonetheless found himself post-playing career in a menial job, and after one especially humiliating experience he broke down -- wounded, exhausted, but not beaten. On this final full episode of TB9 Season 2, Marques shares that humiliating story and, more importantly, the epiphany he had in the subsequent moments – how he owned the experience, became open with himself about who he was, and turned his pain into his power. Marques has since established the Get Authentic podcast and brand, and has become a much sought after motivational speaker and influencer, serving up a blend of solid personal and professional strategy and advice to help clients develop the mindset of a victor, rather than a victim. He shares that wisdom a fabulous finishing hole worthy of closing season two, here on the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:29:58

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Round 2: Ep. 17 - Founder Scott Kelsey: The Power of Community

4/9/2024
Scott Kelsey builds communities. Some of his communities are more traditional and informal, like those rooted in fellowship, which is where we start our meaningful conversation. But there’s a big twist in this episode that provides the hook, when Scott shares his traumatic personal story that led him to become a professional community builder. On the other side of his injury and suffering, he created Shareapy, and is now inviting people to this exciting and necessary community. If that sounds heavy, just know that it’s worth it, and that for laughs we also talk about the community of missing socks. So lace up your skates and get ready to take a shift on this edition of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:26:07

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Round 2: Ep. 16 - Producer/Author GARY W. GOLDSTEIN – The Making of “Pretty Woman” and a Lifetime of Curiosity

4/2/2024
In this episode of TB9, we dive into magic, both in real life and on the silver screen. First, our guest, the incredibly accomplished Gary Goldstein, takes us behind the scenes of one of his most iconic films, “Pretty Woman” and shares details about Julia Roberts’ breakout performance and how the movie almost didn’t get made. It’s a fantastic story sure to resonate with every Gen-Xer who is a fan of that film. Gary then takes us into some deeper introspection regarding how he lost interest in movie making, and how that led him to finding reward and resonance in living intentionally. Gary provides profound thoughts that reflect on legacy and lasting impact, the strength that is achievable through vulnerability, and the difference between having a purpose and creating a legacy. It’s a journey through a host of insights that reverberate far beyond the entertainment industry and highlight a life lived to its fullest. So places everyone! We’re ready to roll tape on a really fun episode of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:29:20

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Round 2: Ep. 15 - Founder/Activist Carolyn Moor – Grieving Hearts and Fresh Starts

3/26/2024
As we move through the back nine of life, we will increasingly encounter people in our friendship circles or as dating partners who have lost their previous partners. On this episode of the Back 9. we take a deep dive into this topic with the wonderful Carolyn Moor, founder of the Modern Widows Club. Carolyn shares her profound insights on losing her husband at a very young age, on how we can support those who have lost a spouse, and on navigating widowhood – or widower hood -- with grace, poise and resilience. Through her own journey of transformation, Carolyn shines a light on the challenges and triumphs of life as a widow, including rediscovering love and connection, and on how to move on from significant loss to lean into the joy of living. Carolyn will stick with you for all the right reasons, on this episode of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:28:32

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Round 2: Ep. 14 - Actor/ Host/ Producer/ Communication Coach Dan Moriarty – The Art of the Blended Family

3/19/2024
On this episode of the Back 9, we introduce you to the exceedingly wise Dan Moriarty, a guy who has explored diverse pathways professionally as an actor, as a producer and as a Communication Coach. Dan shares experiences from this compelling career and how he has discovered unknown skillsets to continually evolve in his work, including his current work with the 1980 Miracle on Ice Gold-Medal winning U.S. Olympic Hockey team. But perhaps of even more resonance are Dan’s insights on his personal journey, including the art of relationships with women who have children, and the complexities and joys of blended family life and fatherhood. Get ready for an episode that’s like a really good par 5, as we cover a lot of significant ground on the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:31:05

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Round 2: Ep. 13 - Influencer/Podcaster Amanda Carroll / It's Happy Outside, a playbook for Brave Single Moms

3/12/2024
Within this must-listen episode lies a story of astonishing resilience and strength. It’s the story of Amanda Carroll, the founder of the Brave Single Moms podcast and brand. On the surface, it’s a story about a woman finding herself as a suddenly single parent, faced with the challenge of rebuilding a life for her and three children all under the age of 4. At the core of her story though, is her glorious lesson about how even in the most dire circumstances, we can still commit to lives in which we thrive, rather than merely survive. Amanda shares her specific strategies for how each of us can find the courage to press forward from any difficult time. She also talks about the ways men can help single moms thrive and how she has been inspired by important men in her life to follow her dream career of helping other single moms change their path. Amanda's story reminds us of the hidden strengths within us all that enable us to pull back the curtains from our darkest days, and take in the sunshine to declare “its happy outside”. It’s an episode which offers infinite wisdom, and which celebrates the extraordinary power of embracing our fullest potential on this can’t miss edition of The Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:30:33

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Round 2: Ep. 12 - Movie Producer/Entertainment Host MARK S. ALLEN – Lights, Camera, Redemption: Turning Serious Setbacks into Success

3/5/2024
On this episode we get REAL. Come meet Mark S. Allen, one of the most positive people you’ll ever hope to hear from, as he details his battle with – and redemption from – substance abuse. With joy and light in his heart, Mark discusses the defining moment of his problems, the steps he took to stare that moment in the face, and the choices he subsequently made to fundamentally change his life. Mark is now a successful major movie producer – including a 2023 Best in Category Award from the Cannes Film Festival – and, more importantly, a major positive influence and champion for good in his community. His stories are insightful, impactful, and often uproariously – yet appropriately -- funny. So places everyone, because we’re ready to roll on this episode of the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:29:54

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Round 2 - Ep. 11 - INFLUENCER/JULIE SHROYER – RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE FAB OVER 50

2/27/2024
This episode of the Back 9 is all about leaning in, and we do so with a guest who has found the key to the transformative journey. Julie Shroyer has started the Fab Over 50 brand, which is geared towards leading Gen Xers to discovering and rediscovering their passions, and towards inspiring them to live an engaged and dynamic life. Julie reveals the keys of how she communicates this counsel to her audience, including tips on physical and mental wellness, personal growth and how those things lead to healthier relationships. Julie offers the personal secrets of her transition from dynamic fast-paced career woman to finding balance between work life and home life with her second husband on the back 9. The success of Julie’s brand, including her viral success on TikTok, illustrates how unexpected paths reveal themselves when we are open to change. So join us as we share how to embrace opportunities for growth and joy, and a fabulous conversation with a rising influencer, on this week’s episode of the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:23:42

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Round 2 - Ep. 10 - Comedian/Producer Nick Bakay-"To Live and Laugh in LA"

2/20/2024
Have we ever been waiting for this! The Season 2 guest list kicks off at the intersection of Hollywood and Brine, as we welcome a salt-of-the-earth guy who’s made it big. He’s Nick Bakay, the charismatic and down-to-earth co-creator of “Mom”, “Young Sheldon” and, most recently, Max’s acclaimed “Bookie”. Yes, Nick gives us a glimpse of how he’s crafted a long career in Hollywood, including his latest smash hit, but the longer look is about how his small-town upbringing and long-term values have given him grounding, and allowed him to be a very real person, with very real relationships, amidst the surreal landscape of L.A. So join us for a guy who knows how to work a joke…as we start Season 2…of the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:24:58

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Round 2- Making The Turn

2/13/2024
As we tee off on our second season, we embrace the sheer joy of anticipation. Our opening round delivered wonderful guests that resonated with each of you, and now we're ready to push our game just a little further. We've listened to your feedback. We’ve made some minor alterations. So we are eager to provide introspective, often hilarious guests, and to dissect life’s complexities in a way that resonates with the soul of our audience. It's a heartfelt invitation to be part of our rapidly expanding family and to share in the conversations that reassure us we're not alone in navigating the twists and turns of our life narratives. Your engagement is our standing ovation—so continue to download, listen, share, follow, and review as we keep the dialogue thriving in Round 2, of the Back 9. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:13:28

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Round 1 - The 19th Hole

2/6/2024
For the final strokes of an unforgettable opening round, we invite you to join the celebration of the spiritual triumphs and soulful wisdom that have helped both our guests – and us -- through life's rough patches. Our season finale is a clubhouse gathering of stories, laughter, and takeaways that have made this season so uplifting, including the significance of the time spent with friends who have held for us during times of personal change. As one example, you won’t want to miss our debate about the songs that have buoyed us at various times in our lives. This is way more than just a recap; it’s a heartfelt thank-you to the amazing individuals who've shaped our conversations, and the wise observations they’ve dropped along the way. So as we tap in on season one, we look ahead with eager anticipation to the next round, with more guests sharing powerful stories and insights that resonate with life’s back nine. Contact Dennis & Josh: Instagram: @Back9_Podcast

Duration:00:18:23