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.

Pete Brown Says on social media

Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Introducing This is Ohio 2020

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2019  |  8 mins 56 secs
    2020 election, beto, biden, buttiegieg, democrats, electoral college, harris, ohio, politics, president, presidential election, primaries, republicans, sanders, steyer, trump, warren

    Pete shares an audio trailer for his new podcast + documentary film project for the coming election year: This is Ohio 2020. Subscribe to This is Ohio 2020 wherever you get your podcasts.

    This is Ohio 2020 is a podcast and a documentary film project chronicling my efforts to escape my bubble in the year leading up to the 2020 election, to meet and interview my fellow Buckeyes from all walks of life – especially those most different from my own.

    You can subscribe to This is Ohio 2020 now, wherever you get your podcasts.

  • S2 Finale: Stinky On You!

    Episode  |  October 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  23 mins 32 secs
    1970s, 1980s, christmas cards, cigarettes, gouge an eye out, herpetologists, kool cigarettes, kools, story, storytelling, the bird, the finger

    Pete welcomes a guest storyteller for the final Season 2 episode...you'll learn how to tell good biker gangs from bad biker gangs, how to gouge a guy's eye out and buy cigarettes at age 10, the greatest Christmas card in history and the secret meaning of the phrase "stinky on you." Plus, Pete shares some insights on Season 2, his plans for Season 3 and a whole new podcast project that's launching soon.

  • The Song Remains the Same

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 21 mins
    1989, band names, big bald head, chip midnight, colin gawel, college, columbus calling, credit cards, def leppard, delicious, freshman, hacky sack, harry's hat, hobbityhoy, indie bands, indie rock, kopaz, led zepplin, luke skyboogy, motley cure, mullets, music, that thing you do, the oneders, verbal kint, watershed, wing nut bob, wonders

    Pete goes in search of a song he heard a local band play on a rainy Thursday night in 1993 at a bar called Ruby Tuesday's.

  • Not Invited to the Party

    Episode  |  July 9th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 11 mins
    central texas, chairs, dead cats, del rio, facebook, flood, instagram, new braunfels herald, pumpkins, san marcos, san marcos daily record, san marcos river, social media, southwest texas state university, spotswriting, swt, texas, texas state university, tropical storm charlie, twitter

    A Meditation on Posterity...One of Pete's old friends is not invited to a party. Dusting off his investigative reporting skills, Pete traces this back to a pair of a purple socks, a flood, an old chair and a dead cat.

  • Love in an Elevator

    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.

  • The Big Lie: or, Millennials are killing this episode

    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.

  • How to Like It

    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.

  • Timbuktu

    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.

  • Sleeping Late and Speaking French

    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.

  • Whoomp! There it is!

    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.

  • WTH vs. WTF

    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.

  • The Context Crisis

    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.

  • Flippin' the Bird

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.