June 22, 2020 Newsletter: Dad Pods, Black Writers, and Giancarlo Esposito

Posted by Daniel Baruela on 22nd June 2020


Father’s Day was this past Sunday, so let’s get started with some dad pods before getting into the rest of the suggested listening from last week.

Dad Pods:

In the Heat Rocks Father’s Day Special, Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes talk about their favorite songs about fathers & children. This includes duets (Rufus Wainwright/Loudon Wainwright III – The Days That We Die), dads singing about kids (Babyface – The Day (That You Gave Me A Son)), or kids singing covers of their parents’ songs (Lalah Hathaway/Donny Hathaway – A Song For You). The full track listing of songs discussed in this special ep can be seen on the show notes, so be sure to check that list out, too!


You know we love a weird dad on Judge John Hodgman. To celebrate Father’s Day this year, JJHo put together a Best of Weird Dads episode. We’ve got all your favorite kinds of weird dads: Really Loves Cows Dad. Bring A Mime to My Funeral Dad. Overused Dad Joke Dad. Meat-Loving Dad. Weird Way of Saying Stuff Dad. And even Unsettling Art Dad. Enjoy all these great dads in this ep, and thanks to weird dads everywhere!


Suggested Listening:

It’s Minority Korner’s 5th Anniversary! To celebrate, Minority Korner co-founder Nnekay FitzClarke joins James Arthur for their anniversary episode. They talk about how Nnekay has been doing, the issue they (and many folks) have with “silent” solidarity, how the definition of racism is being updated in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, and more! Check it out on Maximum Fun or your favorite app. Congrats to Minority Korner on five years!


Mallory O’Meara and Brea Grant devoted their most recent epiosde of Reading Glasses, Read More Black Authors, to getting folks to diversify their bookshelf more. They provide a whole list of recommendations in their episode and their show notes, along with links to purchase them. They also shared this Twitter thread of Black-owned bookstores so you can support Black small business owners while you’re at it.


This month, Dead Pilots Society changes up their usual format of reading pilots that were not produced to focus on an interview with writers Alyson Fouse (My Wife and Kids) and Matt Claybrooks (Everybody Hates Chris). Host Andrew Reich interviews them together about their experiences being Black in the writers room – both the progress they’ve witnessed and the ways in which things still need to change.


Linda Holmes of Pop Culture Happy Hour has been graciously filling in for Jesse on Bullseye lately, and her most recent interview was with the great Giancarlo Esposito. He talks to Linda about the complexity of his characters, his time on The Electric Company, and opens up about a really hard time in his life and working through the PTSD of racial profiling. He was a really fantastic guest and this ep is definitely worth your time.



Coming up next:

The Gosh Darn Dave Hill Show
Hal Lublin, Janet Varney, Mark Gagliardi, and Ben Blacker in the Thrilling Adventure Hour Live

Thanks for reading and listening. And if you’re a dad or dad-figure, I hope you managed to have a really special weekend!

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