Pete Brown Says

Pretty Good Stories. Told by Pete.

About the show

Pretty good stories. Told by Pete. This podcast features creative nonfiction audio stories written by Pete Brown. They're pretty good stories, solidly GenX, works of memoir steeped in nostalgia. From a suburban Cleveland childhood in the 1970s and 80s up through today's modern parenting dilemmas, these stories are funny, poignant and a great listen.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Season 2 Sneak Preview

    Article  |  December 21st, 2018
    By Pete Brown
    creative nonfiction audio, dirt track racing, dogs, giant's causeway, ireland, motorcycles, narrative, northern ireland, storytelling, wicklow mountains

    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.

  • Season 2 Update

    Article  |  March 14th, 2018
    episodes, narrative, pete brown says, podcast, storytelling

    Where's Season 2 of Pete Brown Says? Coming this summer, Pete says.

  • [Bonus] Stop Hittin' Yourself

    Episode  |  December 28th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 36 secs
    christmas shopping, costco, groceries, holiday shopping, narrative, shopping, story, tire salesmen, tires, tyres

    In this 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: Reflections on Season 1.

  • Bonus Season 1 Episode 11 is here: Stop Hittin' Yourself!

    Article  |  December 28th, 2017
    christmas shopping, costco, groceries, holiday shopping, narrative, shopping, story, tire salesmen, tires, tyres

    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.

  • Cut to the Chase

    Episode  |  December 18th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 52 secs
    billy idol, catholic school, catholocism, ccd, cleveland, curriculum, eighth grade, middle school, middle school news, psr, rebel yell, religion class, rosa parks, seventh grade, singing, tape recorder

    Pete shares four stories about odd assignments in middle school religion class, and wonders about the ready-to-retire teacher who assigned them.

  • Better late than never: Episode 009: Vote for Pedro is here!

    Article  |  December 12th, 2017
    apache chief, aquaman, batman and robin, black vulcan, brooklyn nets, buckwheat, buckwheat assassination, buckwheat sings, chief wahoo, cleveland cavaliers, cleveland indians, eddie murphy, el dorado, flash, green lantern, hawkman, little rascals, luis scola, napoleon dynamite, otay, pedro, puddy, samurai, saturday night live, seinfeld, snl, superfriends, superman, tonto english, toronto raptors, tribe, twitter, vote for pedro, wonder woman

    ote for Pedro is an episode in which I walk through a lot of different pop culture signifiers, connecting up the dots from Napoleon Dynamite to David Puddy to Buckwheat and the Little Rascals to Brooklyn Nets power forward Luis Scola, to the Superfriends to Chief Wahoo.

  • Vote for Pedro

    Episode  |  December 12th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 33 secs
    apache chief, aquaman, batman and robin, black vulcan, brooklyn nets, buckwheat, buckwheat assassination, buckwheat sings, chief wahoo, cleveland cavaliers, cleveland indians, eddie murphy, el dorado, flash, green lantern, hawkman, little rascals, luis scola, napoleon dynamite, otay, pedro, puddy, samurai, saturday night live, seinfeld, snl, superfriends, superman, tonto english, toronto raptors, tribe, twitter, vote for pedro, wonder woman

    From Napoleon Dynamite to Buckwheat to the Superfriends to Power Forward Luis Scola to Chief Wahoo: Pete connects the pop culture dots to arrive a deeper conclusion.

  • Three Drinks at the Turn

    Episode  |  December 3rd, 2017  |  Season 1  |  24 mins 42 secs
    bully, bullying, caddy, caddying, caddyshack, country club, curse, cursing, golf, hazing, mopeds, wealth

    Pete's been telling a lame joke about golf for years. In this episode, he traces it back to the summer he spent caddying at a country club.

  • The Orange Badge of Courage

    Episode  |  November 27th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 2 secs
    alma mater, animals, busties, civil war, couch fort, dogs, endwar, fireworks, humans vs zombies, hvz, joseph conrad, literature, nerf, nerf darts, nerf guns, novel, ohio university, parakeets, pets, pillow fight, pillow fort, red badge of courage, smoke bombs, sock ninjas, stand up and cheer, stephen crane

    What does it mean to be the cool parent? How did Stephen Crane write so convincingly about battle? A weekend-long game of Humans vs. Zombies holds some answers.

  • Episode 006: A Pillowcase Mystery, plus, a week off

    Article  |  November 13th, 2017
    flashlights, mark spitz, olympic swimming, olympics, pillowcases

    Episode 006 is here: An item resurfaces from my childhood and I attempt to get to the bottom of the Pilow Case Mystery.

  • A Pillowcase Mystery

    Episode  |  November 13th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 27 secs
    1972 olympics, 1976 olympics, 1984 olympics, bed linens, branding, childhood ephemera, flashlights, grocery lists, head lamps, mark spitz, mark spitz art, markspitzusa, merch, merchandising, munich olympic, olympic merch, olympic swimming, olympics, pillowcase, pillowcases, pillows, spitz, swimming

    An item from my childhood resurfaces in my adult life, awash in mystery. I attempt to get to the bottom of the Pillowcase Mystery.

  • I become *that* Dad.

    Episode  |  November 6th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 36 secs
    cleats, cleveland, columbus, columbus crew, jersey, kit, major league soccer, select team, shin guards, soccer, travel team, u5 soccer, u7 soccer, westlake warriors

    Pete wrestles with an unruly essay about soccer and wonders why there are some things he just can't let go of.

  • Episode 004: Something You Thought You'd Be Good At is here, plus a great fall weekend

    Article  |  October 29th, 2017
    baseball, chili, fall, foibles, football, game ball, icee, icees, jigsaw, little league, ohio state buckeyes, penn state, refereeing, saw, saw movies, world series

    Episode 004: Trying Something You Thought You'd Be Good At is live! If you like football, Fall and foibles, this is the episode for you.

  • Trying Something You Thought You'd Be Good At

    Episode  |  October 29th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  24 mins 40 secs
    american football, bad calls, calls, fall, fall sports, flag football, football, freelance, hang gliding, head ref, officals, officiating, omfg that call is unbelievable what game are you watching?, parks and rec, rec sports, recreation, ref, referee, referee gear, refereeing, rowing, san marcos daily record, sanmarcos baptist academy, sports, sports gear, sports journalism, sportswriting, terrible, touch football, volleyball, youth sports

    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. Like Fall? Like Football? Like Foibles? This is the episode for you.

  • Google Play Link Updated

    Article  |  October 27th, 2017

    Resolved some weirdness with the podcast feed and Google play

  • We're on TuneIn

    Article  |  October 25th, 2017
    podcasts, podcatcher, tunein, tunein app, tunein radio

    Pete Brown Says is now available on TuneIn