Pete Brown Says is a work of creative nonfiction audio written and produced by me, Pete Brown, a man whose wife told him that it would be "over-the-top" to declare himself the voice of GenX.
But the more episodes I write and produce, them more I feel like this podcast lands solidly in the GenX wheelhouse. Because it revisits growing up in the 1970's and 80's in suburban Cleveland just as often as it unpacks modern dilemmas, from our limited attention spans to parenting paradoxes.
In our kitchen we have a wall-mounted avacado-colored rotary telephone that unfortunately does not work, but this fact does not stop me from taking pretend phone calls on a regular basis. What better metaphor is there for these pretty good stories: a man reaching out, trying to connect with his past.
These are the stories I have to tell, and I hope you will find them well-told. They are the stories that never quite fit in a novel or screenplay or short story, but instead cast about for years until the right medium came along. I think podcasts are the right fit for these tales, and hope you find in them something to love.
Here's what you need to know about me:
I've just entered my late 40s. I've been married for 22 years and am currently raising two teenagers in a leafy suburb of Columbus, Ohio. You will likely hear the voices of my wife and kids in various episodes. The pace of our lives doesn't offer up much free time, but when it does, I like riding motorcycles, writing and painting, and also watching the Cleveland Cavaliers. I don't read like I used to, and I'm always saying I'll get back to it. Making these podcasts has been my main free-time activity for the past year.
Stuff I Do or Have Done
In my day job I'm a creative director for a small-but-feisty agency in Columbus. I also host the Mindset Digital podcast, which is more or less about the digital communications revolution.
In my career, I've been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a reporter (both politics and sports), an editor (sports), a technical writer, a television writer, a director and a video game narrative designer. If you're interested, you can see my reel and portfolio at www.petebrown.me, or connect with me on LinkedIn.
The Animals I Live With
My wife and kids have a lot of pets that I help take care of, but am, as they say, over. Three dogs, a cat and a ferret at the moment.
Episode | October 8th, 2017 | Season 1 | 20 mins 51 secs
charlie brown, esl, family, hallmark, lamination, laminator, language, linguistic development, lucy van pelt, made up words, peanuts, posters, snoopy, swirlies, swirly, words
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 get to the bottom of a few made-up words
Episode | October 8th, 2017 | Season 1 | 26 mins 12 secs
bonfire, creative nonfiction, film, high school homecoming, high school stories, homecoming, homecoming court, homecoming dance, homecoming king, homecoming queen, homecoming traditions, memoir, memory, newspaper, nonfiction, school newspaper, texas a&m bonfire collapse
Episode 0 previews the forthcoming 10 episode season of creative nonfiction memoir, explores how Pete's memory works, and concludes with a bonus story: Homecoming, plus the View from Under the Bus.