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How to Like It

4/5/2019
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Pete explores his fears around his son's imminent departure for college, reflecting on teaching, teenagers, oil changes, work ethics, shitty rakes and cheap tacos along the way. Read the original essay here: https://medium.com/@petebrownsays *Music and SFX in this episode includes * "I'm Not Myself" by Delicious (feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison) Selections from the website audionautix.com Selections licensed from the website podcastmusic.com Selections from Freesound.org, including:...

Duration:00:38:39

Timbuktu

3/4/2019
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We were already full-up on dogs when my wife and kids asked if we could adopt a disabled labrador retriever. When we did, my daughter asked if we could make a movie about him, and over the past ten years, we shot footage and interviews every few months or so. This episode draws from all of that material, and we used it to create a short companion video for this episode: I did not foresee how much our lives would be impacted by Timbuktu. Here's his story... Read the original essay here:...

Duration:00:33:29

Sleeping Late and Speaking French

2/27/2019
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I revisit some of the dicey decisions I made in my early 20s, and as my son prepares to head off to college, I wonder how I can help him not do the same. Along the way I touch on the burrito buggy, selling plasma, drink-and-drown, quad night at the Junction, French class, spring training, hoodoos at the Grand Canyon, taco eating contests, getting lost,saying cool beans, 8 am classes, Whoppers, Ogre and Mrs. Ogre, the London tube, french fries and the only truth I can seem to grasp after 25...

Duration:01:01:21

Whoomp! There it is!

2/14/2019
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From the 1978 Chevy El Camino to Popeye's 'roid rage to Barack Obama to Notting Hill: I walk you through a series of phrases that I struggle to understand, ending, inevitably, at Whoomp! There it is! Along the way, an almost-selfie teaches me something weighty about myself. You won't believe what it is. Read the essay on Medium: https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/whoomp-there-it-is-f90ca0389f46 Risk! Live Show, Cincinnati: http://risk-show.com/ *Whoomp, there he is: Obama lookalike in Tag...

Duration:00:23:45

WTH vs. WTF

2/1/2019
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What's missing between WTH and WTF? The answer involves death metal, the Super Bowl Shuffle and an actual telegram from Western Union. Read the original essay: https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/wth-vs-wtf-5bb19e5097e5 Risk! Live Show, Cincinnati: http://risk-show.com/tour/ Cleveland Scene, "Bad Apples" 2002: https://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/bad-apples/Content?oid=1483545 Music and SFX in this episode includes "I'm Not Mysefl" by Delicious (feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison) Selections...

Duration:00:36:57

The Context Crisis

1/17/2019
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I explore the connection between social media, my teenagers and my blood pressure. Along the way, I discover what connects J. Alfred Prufock, Snapchat, Instagram, beastiality, cat-eating aliens, blue monkeys, spam and ferrets. Believe it or not, the answer is Bon Jovi. Read the original essay here: https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/the-context-crisis-4846e734d713 Music and SFX in this episode includes "I'm Not Mysefl" by Delicious (feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison) Selections from the...

Duration:00:40:18

Flippin' the Bird

1/3/2019
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When was the last time you flipped someone off? Or were on the receiving end of the bird? From Improv class to creative writing workshops to parking lots to bossy drivers and hammer-wielding tweens, I explore my evolving relationship with this most basic form of communication. Read the original essay here: https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/flippin-the-bird-84276282aa3d Episode Photo "126/365 F You (but with a smile)" by Flickr user stuartpilbrow (http://bit.ly/2TlUxDK) Music and SFX in this...

Duration:00:30:10

Episode 012: Season 2 Preview: Everything from unholy doggos to the windy coast of Ireland to outlaw dirt track racing

12/21/2018
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Everything from unholy doggos to the windy coast of Ireland to outlaw dirt track racing...Get a sneak preview of Season 2 in this trailer.

Duration:00:09:34

[Bonus] Stop Hittin' Yourself

12/28/2017
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As promised, it's a bonus Season One episode! Pete faces his greatest challenge yet: buying a set of tires at Costco. Can he do it, or will it devolve into an absurdist folly? I think you know the answer to that. Plus: Some reflections on Season 1 and a peek at Season 2.

Duration:00:31:36

Cut to the Chase

12/18/2017
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Did you ever have a ready-to-retire teacher who was pretty much done with the bullshit? In this episode, I tell four quick, funny stories about some weird assignments I was given during seventh and eighth-grade religion class, my equally odd responses to them, and whether they were due to a poorly conceived curriculum, or just because the teacher was wrapping up her career. Read an essay version of this show over on Medium.com...

Duration:00:30:52

Vote for Pedro

12/12/2017
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This episode features a connect-the-dots of pop culture essay that runs from Napoleon Dynamite to David Puddy to Buckwheat to Brooklyn Nets power forward Luis Scola, to the Superfriends to Chief Wahoo. I step through the logic that connects each of these things to arrive at a relatively unpopular conclusion, at least among the denizens of the 2-1-6. Read an essay version of this show over on Medium.com (https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/vote-for-pedro-55f301baf771). Music and SFX Credits...

Duration:00:25:33

Three Drinks at the Turn

12/3/2017
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Do you remember your first job? I've been telling a pretty lame joke about golf for years. In this episode, I trace it back to the summer I spent caddying at a country club. In the process, I dig up some strong feelings about hazing, bullies, wealth, learning to curse and standing up to one's father. Read an essay version of today's episode over on Medium (https://medium.com/@petebrownsays). *Music and SFX Credits * Intro and interstitials by Brian Hake Additional Interstitials by Kevin...

Duration:00:24:42

The Orange Badge of Courage

11/27/2017
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Pete explores what it means to be the cool parent: from couch forts and pets to fireworks and Humans vs. Zombies. Can he keep up with the kids across a long weekend on a college campus? How many dogs is too many dogs? Plus Jodie returns to the podcast to explain what 'Busties' is and why it was banned for life in the Brown household. All this and more in this exciting episode that you don't want to miss. Want to read the essay this episode is based on? Head over to my page at Medium...

Duration:00:37:01

A Pillowcase Mystery

11/13/2017
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How do we get to know who are parents really are, when they're not all parenting it up? In this episode, an item from my childhood resurfaces, fully awash in mystery. As I get to the bottom of the Pillowcase Mystery, I learn all about my Mom and a true Olympic hero. You can read an essay version of this show over on Medium (https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/a-pillowcase-mystery-31b7128e92ac). Follow me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/petebrownsays/?hl=en) and Twitter...

Duration:00:35:26

I become *that* Dad.

11/6/2017
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Pete wrestles with an unruly essay about soccer, wonders why he can't seem to let anything go and explores whether or not he has passed on his cursed memory to his son. With: Parken Brown. Read an essay version of this show over on Medium.com (https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/i-become-that-dad-83b0f4487e56). Music and SFX Credits Intro and interstitials by Brian Hake Additional Interstitials by Kevin Davison "I'm Not Myself" by Delicious, feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison Additional music...

Duration:00:32:36

Trying Something You Thought You'd Be Good At

10/29/2017
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Do you like Fall? Or Football? Or Foibles? Then this is the episode for you. Is there something you always thought you’d be good at, but never have actually tried? Well, there was something I thought I’d be good at, and finally went out and tried it. Results were...mixed. Want to read the essay this episode is based on? Head over to my page at Medium (https://goo.gl/D5AMeD). Music and SFX Credits Intro and interstitials by Brian Hake Additional Interstitials by Kevin Davison "I'm Not Myself"...

Duration:00:24:40

Two Lies and a Truth

10/22/2017
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Why do we tell lies? And once you tell a lie, can you just move on with your life? Or does the canard continue to haunt you? In this episode, I explore lying by diving into a few corkers that I've told over the years. Plus, what it takes to get hit by a pitch in baseball, and listener stories about a basketball career that should have been and a man who may or may not have believed himself to be Jon Bon Jovi. Music and SFX Credits - Intro and interstitials by Brian Hake - Additional...

Duration:00:25:42

I Are Smart

10/15/2017
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When is something an homage to source material, and when is it plagiarism? I explore this line, plus fan fiction, junk drawers and the time I came this close to winning a contest. This show includes an interview with my 14-year-old daughter that proved to be one of the top-5 toughest interviews I've ever had. Read an essay version of today's show at Medium.com (https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/i-are-smart-5e49d16eea1) Music and SFX Credits Intro and interstitials by Brian Hake Additional...

Duration:00:27:59

Made-up Words

10/8/2017
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Do you have a word that's unique to your family only? Or maybe a funny pronunciation that's carried through from you or your kiddo's childhood? Most made-up words have unique backstories just below their surface. In this episode, we explore a made-up word that made its way into a high school English class, as well as one from my own childhood that I've been trying to reclaim. Along the way, you're going to hear about a very odd poster hanging in a child's room, swirlies, Russian babushkas,...

Duration:00:20:51

Homecoming: On Memory, Plus the View from Under the Bus

10/8/2017
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In Episode 0, you'll hear what PeteBrownSays is all about: How my memory works, specifically, and how memory functions over time What my podcast is all about and why podcasting is the right medium for these stories and a bonus story: Homecoming, plus the View from Under the Bus A post shared by Pete Brown (@petebrownsays) on Links Read Homecoming, plus the View from Under the Bus on Medium (https://medium.com/@petebrownsays/homecoming-plus-the-view-from-under-the-bus-f160795050bc)....

Duration:00:26:12