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a sportswriter and stay-at-home dad documenting life with his two crazy kids

a sportswriter and stay-at-home dad documenting life with his two crazy kids
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NY

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a sportswriter and stay-at-home dad documenting life with his two crazy kids

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English


Episodes

Ep. 16: Talking James Earl Jones, Stranger Things and Rhett and Link

10/13/2018
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when you’re going for steve harrington but end up looking more like eleven with a perm. oct. 2018 On this episode, the 11-year-old and I talk about the fact that his voice has changed dramatically since the last podcast -- seriously, he's gone from fresh-faced, squeaky-voiced elementary school kid to James Earl Jones as Darth Vadar. We go on to discuss what it's like to now be in middle school and some of the freedom's that come with getting older. Like, say, us deciding to let him watch...

Duration:00:26:14

Ep. 15: Talking Daniel LaRusso, T'Challa and LeBron

5/6/2018
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a boy and his LEGO avatar. may 2018 Experience has taught us that the 11-year-old can sometimes be very grumpy. Usually it's because he's hungry, but during long breaks from school -- like holidays or, say, spring break -- boredom can quickly morph into irrational anger if there is no contingency plan. Which is why this spring break was one long exercises in keeping busy. It wasn't like we did anything exciting, we were just busy. And sometimes that's good enough. If nothing else, it gave...

Duration:00:19:18

Ep. 14: Talking summer, little bros and kindergarten debuts

9/6/2017
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old school, new school. sept. 2017 Five years ago, our oldest began kindergarten. His little brother was a few days shy of his first birthday, and our mornings consisted of bus-stop drop-offs and figuring out how to co-exist; I worked while he played, ate and pooped. It wasn't exactly a symbiotic relationship -- or at least it didn't feel like it at the time. Now that the little one is in kindergarten -- we loaded him onto the bus an hour ago -- and it's just me and the dog, the mornings...

Duration:00:12:31

Ep. 13: Be a good person

11/11/2016
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november 10, 2016 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, I talk to the nine-year-old about the presidential election and what it all means -- for him, for us, for our family and for everybody else. Part of me is glad that he's just nine and was mostly clueless about all that transpired in the weeks and months leading up to election night. But part of me also feels like this is something we need to talk about, even if he isn't particularly interested in it. Put another way, this is...

Duration:00:25:04

Ep. 12: Talking soccer retirement, rock climbing and homemade card games

8/10/2016
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partners in crime, august 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the nine-year-old and I talk about his early retirement from soccer and how individual sports (like rock climbing, swimming and tennis) are more his thing. We also chat about as his non-sports-related summer endeavors, which include inventing a card game based on, sigh, Minecraft and recent developments in the world of LEGO Bionicles. So buckle up. Added bonus: The nine-year-old's...

Duration:00:22:07

Ep. 11: Talking kung fu, little brothers and 3rd grade science

5/31/2016
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kung fu monkey. may 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the nine-year-old and I talk about kung fu, (somehow) regressing basketball skills, Memorial Day, third-grade science and whether his grandfather took part in the Civil War. There's also the obligatory story about the four-year-old falling down and getting hurt because, well, that's what he does. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.

Duration:00:22:08

Ep. 10: Talking birthdays, crazy little bros and infected big toes

5/7/2016
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A quiet moment, in between the random name-calling contests. may 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the nine-year-old and I talk about his latest birthday, the joys of having an infected big toe and what it's like to deal with a sometimes-insane name-calling little brother. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.

Duration:00:17:55

Ep. 9: Talking the Super Bowl, Dennis Rodman and Ben Franklin

1/30/2016
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One of these kids feels like the other thinks he's the king. Of what we're not certain. Jan. 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about Super Bowl 50. In a shocking development, he and his four-year-old brother didn't even know which teams were playing (one of them -- I won't say who -- thought it was a soccer game between four-legged animals). Which probably makes their predictions about as accurate as those folks who...

Duration:00:18:05

Ep. 8: Talking Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which was awesome)

1/1/2016
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Sad-faced Dark Helmet (Dec. 2015) It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I review Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are spoilers, obviously, so if you haven't seen the movie, please skip this episode until you have. Or, alternatively, if you have no intentions of ever seeing the movie but enjoy hearing two goofballs mindlessly flapping their gums, listen away. Either way, we talk about: the similarities between The Force Awakens and...

Duration:00:17:48

Ep. 7: Talking Christmas presents, angry letters and Uno domination

12/31/2015
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2 monkeys, General Grievous and Darth Vader with their game faces (Dec. 2015). It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about how all Christmas presents aren't created equally (see, for example), the awesome power of Uno ATTACK!, why randomly firing arrows -- even toy ones -- without some forethought is a terrible idea, the unintentional comedy of angry letters from little people and even a little NFL news. We even tease (but no...

Duration:00:18:51

Ep. 6: Talking practical jokes, dinosaurs and jacking up your britches

11/20/2015
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keeping it real, april 2015 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about practical jokes (specifically, the one he played on me, taking full advantage of my OCD in the process), what you're really saying when you say "darn" (this only applies to eight-year-olds, not potty-mouthed adults like, say, me), and Halloween treats that don't include candy (I was as confused as you). We also discuss dinosaurs, why jacking up your...

Duration:00:19:20

Ep. 5: Talking Star Wars, why 8-year-olds love fart-related humor and life before kids

10/23/2015
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monkeystaches, oct. 2015 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about the new Star Wars trailer (THERE ARE SPOILER ALERTS), life before kids, and an in-depth conversation about bodily functions (shocking development: eight-year-old boys love all fart-related topics). We also have a quick geography lesson, I get his thoughts on Landry Jones' Steelers' debut, and we end with a Halloween-costume update. Remember, you can...

Duration:00:20:52

Ep. 4: Talking T-Rex arms, woolly mammoths, selfie sticks, Halloween and Peyton vs. Eli

10/13/2015
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a walk in the woods, oct. 2015 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, the eight-year-old and I start off by talking about things that scare us. (Related: the eight-year-old admits to being scared by Scrubbing Bubbles when he was younger. I got nothing.) We then talk to the four-year-old about things that "kinda creeps him out." This all leads to a predictable conversation about Halloween costumes (Ninajo-themed, naturally). We then discuss a little NFL news -- Eli vs. Peyton (Eli...

Duration:00:20:24

Ep. 3: Talking rotary phones, geography, why ninjas are cool and more NFL news

10/6/2015
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Bubblehead, oct. 2015 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, the eight-year-old and I talk geography (I found out we have listeners in Indonesia and England), and how how podcasts were a technological impossibility 15 years ago. That leads to a discussion about rotary phones and VCRs -- and invariably, a "That must've been a terrible time to live" assessment from the eight-year-old. We also talk more NFL news -- Are the Rams moving to LA?! Can you believe the Dolphins fired their...

Duration:00:20:46

Ep. 2: Talking NFL, annoying girls, and soccer dads (that's me!)

9/29/2015
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dog-walkin', sept. 2015 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, I'm joined by the eight-year-old to talk about the devastating news that Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury and will miss 4-6 weeks. (Related: the eight-year-old doesn't know Ben Roethlisberger from Ben Franklin -- Ben Kenobi is another story, however.) We also get into how weird it is that a grown man (me) can get so invested in a glorified game of dress-up (football) that it ruins his week....

Duration:00:17:53

Ep. 1: Talking Ninjago, NFL and life lessons

9/18/2015
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Ninja training, May 2015 On the very first Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, I'm joined by the eight-year-old, who promptly calls it "Monkey Hour" -- which, honestly, might be a more apt description. Either way, I thought it would be fun to ask him about things going on his his life (all Ninjago-related, by the way) and get his thoughts about things going on in my life (mostly work-related). Basically, sit across from each other and talk since we don't do that nearly enough. Never miss an...

Duration:00:18:31