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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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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.

    A knit cap with a ball on top

    A knit cap with a ball on top

    A years-long ebay quest for a specific cap has me wondering why we hang on to negative stories. Plus, a mini-history of the long defunct Cleveland Barons and the kind of s**t that went down on school buses in the 1970s and 80s.


    Ebay Auction Listing (now expired):
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1970s-NHL-Cleveland-Barons-Winter-Knit-Hat-Hockey/323966571446


    Music and SFX Credits



    Intro and interstitials by Brian Hake
    Additional Interstitials by Kevin Davison
    "I'm Not Myself" by Delicious, feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison
    "I'm Not Myself" by Delicious, feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison
    "I Will Be There For You" by Alibi, licensed via podcastmusic.com


    SFX sourced from Freesound.org, including:



    Sounds of Winter Jacket rustling by rightaway: https://freesound.org/people/rightaway/sounds/394026/
    Scratchy Record by bone66638 https://freesound.org/people/bone666138/sounds/198855/
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    • 23 min
    Introducing This is Ohio 2020

    Introducing This is Ohio 2020

    Hi! I’m Pete. I’m a middle-class father of two who lives in the comfortable ‘burbs of Central Ohio.


    Most of my life takes place within this suburban bubble, a fact that I’m never more aware of than when a Presidential election rolls around and Ohio is overrun with candidates and pundits all speaking about an electorate that I don't recognize.


    And I want to change that.


    This is Ohio 2020 is a both 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. I want to hear your stories: how you grew up and came to be the person you are today. And I want to understand how those stories influence how you think politically.


    The portrait of the Buckeye electorate that we create is one that begins in the personal and leads to the political.


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


    Music:
    "Cold Funk" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    S2 Finale: Stinky On You!

    S2 Finale: Stinky On You!

    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.


    Links:


    The Jesus Gerbil: Life is Funny: https://thejesusgerbil.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/the-jesus-gerbil/


    The Nest Theatre: https://nesttheatre.com/event/word-live-literature-oct-10-2019-7pm/
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    • 23 min
    The Song Remains the Same

    The Song Remains the Same

    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. And, dropping his son off at college for the first time sparks Pete's memories of his first few months away at college in 1989 in all of his be-mulleted, hacky sack playing glory. Plus, an extended rant on the spelling of band names.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Not Invited to the Party

    Not Invited to the Party

    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 and an old chair.


    This episode heads down to Central Texas, where I drive my editor crazy as a budding sportswriter, take umbrage with a publicity stunt from the local university, learn first-hand how flooding impacts a community, before returning back to Ohio where Pete notices a chair on the verge of setting a world endurance record, comes clean to his wife about a future museum, and thinks for a bit about the relaionship between social media and posterity.


    Read the original essay here: https://medium.com/@petebrownsays


    *Music and SFX in this episode includes
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    "I'm Not Myself" by Delicious (feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison)


    Selections from the website audionautix.com
    Selections licensed from the website podcastmusic.com
    Selections from Freesound.org, including:
    https://freesound.org/people/Nathan_Lomeli/sounds/79190/
    https://freesound.org/people/Jace/sounds/155310/
    https://freesound.org/people/ImKoryu/sounds/171261/
    https://freesound.org/people/jedspear/sounds/322921/
    https://freesound.org/people/Bansemer/sounds/160494/
    https://freesound.org/people/AlienXXX/sounds/347980/
    https://freesound.org/people/shelbyshark/sounds/457730/
    https://freesound.org/people/KieranKeegan/sounds/431477/
    https://freesound.org/people/XfiXy8/sounds/467289/
    https://freesound.org/people/toonothing/sounds/201534/
    https://freesound.org/people/MyLittleAwesome/sounds/169574/
    https://freesound.org/people/waveplay_old/sounds/381353/
    https://freesound.org/people/GowlerMusic/sounds/266566/
    https://freesound.org/people/AlucardsBride/sounds/172738/
    https://freesound.org/people/thanvannispen/sounds/9429/
    https://freesound.org/people/TheScarlettWitch89/sounds/437612/
    https://freesound.org/people/AmeAngelofSin/sounds/253458/
    https://freesound.org/people/Simon_Lacelle/sounds/45654/
    https://freesound.org/people/Tomlija/sounds/99635/
    https://freesound.org/people/xtrsounder/sounds/202498/
    https://freesound.org/people/contramundum/sounds/315758/
    https://freesound.org/people/nigelcoop/sounds/210513/
    https://freesound.org/people/Benboncan/sounds/61311/
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Love in an Elevator

    Love in an Elevator

    In the fall of 1989, new radio DJ Pete inexplicably and uncharacteristically turns against Aerosmith's song "Love in an Elevator." Here's the whole story, and it's as ludicrous as late 80's hair metal lyrics can be.


    Read the original essay here.


    Visit [ColumbusCalling.com](columbuscalling.com)


    *Music and SFX in this episode includes
    *
    "I'm Not Myself" by Delicious (feat. Brian Hake and Kevin Davison)
    Excerpts used for further commentary from "Love in an Elevator" and "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith, "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake, "Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard and "Angela" by Motley Crue, "Most of the Time" by Bob Dylan, as well as the film "Aerosmith: The Making of Pump."


    Selections from the website audionautix.com
    Selections licensed from the website podcastmusic.com
    Selections from Freesound.org
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

sallyrto ,

Thoughtful, clever, and hilarious!

Pete takes you on an emotional journey each episode that you didn’t know you were missing in your life! His unique perspective and personality add layers of interest to every story. And his dry, self-deprecating humor makes me laugh out loud. Good times, indeed!

Trainspotting14 ,

Pretty good

Best thing since Jesus Christ’s resurrection

AYE_Pod_ ,

Interesting stories

Very interesting storytelling! I love the personal nature of this podcast. Great production value! The narrator and host is very endearing. There's always room for another great storytelling podcaster! I love the incorporation of listeners submissions on topics! Can't wait for season 2!

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