Episode | May 31st, 2019 | Season 2 | 31 mins 5 secs
aerosmith, angela, brandi brandt, chuck finley, david coverdale, def leppard, elevator operators, glam metal, hair metal, heavy metal, here i go again, janie's got a gun, joey kramer, love in an elevator, motley crue, nikki sixx, ohio university, pump, rock of ages, sam kinnson, steven tyler, tawny kitaen, what it takes, whitesnake, wlhd
In the fall of 1989, Pete inexplicably and uncharacteristically turned against Aerosmith's song "Love in an Elevator." Here's the whole story, as ludicrous as late 80's hair metal lyrics can be.
Episode | May 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 33 mins 14 secs
breakfast cereal, car ownership wine, coaching tee ball, cocaine, drugs, imma keep it real with u chief meme, jesus, memes, millennial bashing, millennials, mimeographs, participation awards, participation trophies, rotary telephones, santa, snack schedules, spirit awards, tae kwon do, the big lie, the print shop
A Gen-Xer stands up for his Millenial colleagues and exposes a big lie that sits at the heart of an entire generation.
Episode | April 5th, 2019 | Season 2 | 38 mins 39 secs
cars, changing the oil, cleveland municipal stadium, college, first jobs, freshman, lawnmowers, oil change, prius, shoveling, snowblowers, thatching, work, work ethic, working, yard work
Pete explores his fears around his son's imminent departure for college, reflecting on teaching, teenagers, work ethic, shitty rakes and cheap tacos along the way.
Episode | March 4th, 2019 | Season 2 | 33 mins 29 secs
chocolate labs, dogs, dropping the deuce, family pets, labrador retriever, paul auster, pets, pooch, poochy mcpoochy, rescue dogs, timbuktu
We were already full-up on dogs when my wife and kids asked if we could adopt a disabled labrador retriever. I did not foresee how much our lives would be impacted by Timbuktu.
Episode | February 27th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 2 mins
90s, athens, burger king, burrito buggy, code, coding, college, drink and drown, foosball, french class, french fries, grand canyon, hoodoos, london, ohio, ohio university, pawpurrs, plasma, software, technical writing, the junction, the tube, whopper
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.
Episode | February 14th, 2019 | Season 2 | 23 mins 45 secs
48, barack obama, battle of rostov, bluto, brutus, cars, chevy, cuv, el camino, hugh grant, julia roberts, notting hill, olive oyl, parkland, popeye, ranchero, risk! podcast, robin williamn, rostov-on-don, selfies, shelley duvall, tag team, travel bookstore, valentine's day
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.
Episode | February 1st, 2019 | Season 2 | 36 mins 57 secs
chicago bears, new england patriots, nfl, risk podcast, super bowl, super bowl shuffle, telegram, western union, westlake high school
What's missing between WTH and WTF? The answer involves death metal, a corrupt vice principal, the Super Bowl Shuffle and an actual telegram from Western Union.
Episode | January 17th, 2019 | Season 2 | 40 mins 18 secs
blood pressure, bon jovi, cardiologist, context, dead or alive, empathy, facebook, ferrets, instagram, snapchat, social media, spam accounts, stories, twitter
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.
Episode | January 3rd, 2019 | Season 2 | 30 mins 10 secs
communications, f off, f you, f-bomb, f-word, flipping the bird, middle finger
When was the last time you flipped someone off? Or were on the receiving end of the bird? I explore my evolving relationship with this most basic form of communication.
Episode 012: Season 2 Preview: Everything from unholy doggos to the windy coast of Ireland to outlaw dirt track racing
Episode | December 21st, 2018 | Season 2 | 9 mins 34 secs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.