Joe Shaw

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A storyteller at heart, Joe Shaw is committed to making a more inclusive world by educating and empowering listeners through podcasts.

With “The DTALKS Podcast” Joe invites parents to come ‘detox’ from the world around them and a get a window into how other people live their lives. Joe hopes listeners will get educated on a perspective they may not be familiar with and feel empowered to raise inclusive kids. – The DTALKS Podcast is a weekly podcast releasing every Monday morning.

On ‘After the Encore’ Joe interviews different musicians to explore what music means to them while simultaneously viewing how artists are able to impact our world on a much deeper level.  – After the Encore is a seasonal podcast, each season is centered around a different theme. New seasons release approximately every 6-8 months.

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The DTALKS Podcast is a Parenting & Culture podcast dedicated to educating & empowering you to raise inclusive kids.

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After the Encore is a long-form career retrospective  music podcast that takes you behind the music of some of your favorite artists such: The Reverend Shawn Amos, Tony Lucca, and Chris Kirkpatrick from *NSYNC.

Episode 125 – Real Life Superhero (ft. Burt Ward)

HOLY PODCAST BATMAN!

Listeners on this special episode of the podcast Joe talks to one of his heroes Mr. Burt Ward aka Robin from the 1960’s Batman TV series!

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Joe and Burt discuss Batman, his how he’s been involved in both the first TV Superhero crossover when Green Hornet crossed over on Batman AND being involved in the CW’s recent Crises on Infinite Earths crossover!

They also discuss Burt’s real life superhero work starting Gentle Giants Dog Food to bring quality food to pets in order to add 5-10 years to your dog’s life.

Check it out!

No “Ask the Birth Guy” this week but Brian will return soon!

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

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Joe was featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

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Joe also recorded a LIVE episode last year at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#beabetterdad
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This episode of the podcast is sponsored by TryPersona.com

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Episode 124 – Our New Normal (ft. Jared Wheeler & Jeff Carpenter)

Welcome back listeners!

On this episode of the podcast Joe discusses what the long-term ramifications of COVID-19 could have on the world of athletics and specifically college athletes.

In order to fully discuss this topic as well as the trickle-down affects of cancellations Joe talks to both Jeff Carpenter & Jared Wheeler of Last Chance U on Netflix.

Jeff returns to the podcast and discusses the role of athletics in these student’s lives while Jared, an educator, discusses how important the role of academics is in these student’s lives.

Take a listen and see if we can all start working on a better tomorrow, today.

No “Ask the Birth Guy” this week but Brian will return soon!

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

Enroll in the Rocking Dads – Dad Childbirth Online Class

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Joe was featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

You can find that article by clicking here:

Joe also recorded a LIVE episode last year at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#beabetterdad
#LoveYourNeighbor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by TryPersona.com

Please consider visiting The DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast!

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Episode 123 – Quarantined Cabaret (Ft. Mikey Abrams)

Hey there all you cool cats and kittens!

On this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Mikey Abrams.

Mikey is a performer here in the Dallas area who took the forced-quarantined situation and created an artistic experience for everyone.

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The Quarantined Cabaret is a Facebook group where you share your own personal performances with others in the artistic community. It’s a great opportunity to feel connected on a personal and artistic level during this difficult time.

Brian Salmon is back with another “Ask the Birth Guy” and provided a special follow-up link for his segment –

https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/maximizing-milk-production.html

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

Enroll in the Rocking Dads – Dad Childbirth Online Class

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Connect with Brian:

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Joe was featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

You can find that article by clicking here:

Joe also recorded a LIVE episode last year at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#beabetterdad
#QuarantinedCabaret

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by TryPersona.com

Please consider visiting The DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast!

Follow @dtalkspodcast on all social media.

Episode 122 – Just Get Started (Ft. Brian Ondrako)

Welcome back listeners!

On this episode of the podcast Joe talks to podcast host and author Brian Ondrako. Joe and Brian dig into how best to parent during the middle of a crises and how to break through your mental barrier in order to accomplish your dreams!

Enjoy!

Brian The Birth Guy is back this week to cover your questions about being pregnant in the midst of COVI-19 (aka the Coronavirus).

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

Enroll in the Rocking Dads – Dad Childbirth Online Class

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Connect with Brian:

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Joe was featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

You can find that article by clicking here:

Joe also recorded a LIVE episode last year at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#beabetterdad
#JustGetStarted

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by TryPersona.com

Please consider visiting The DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast!

Follow @dtalkspodcast on all social media.

Episode 120 – Management Mess (Ft. Scott Miller)

Hi Listeners!

Thank you for sticking with us during our brief hiatus. We’ve got another great episode for you in store today.

Scott J. Miller is Executive Vice President of Thought Leadership. Scott has been with the company for 20 years and previously served as Vice President of Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer. His role as EVP caps 12 years on the front line, working with thousands of client facilitators across many markets and countries.

Scott came on the podcast to discuss his latest books “Management Mess to Leadership Success” and “Everyone Deserves A Great Manager”. img-lrgScott had a lot of great advice to give the listeners whether they are a leader of people, a leader of projects, or just a leader of themselves.

Enjoy!

No “Ask the Birth Guy” this week but Brian will return soon!

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

Enroll in the Rocking Dads – Dad Childbirth Online Class

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Connect with Brian:

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Joe was featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

You can find that article by clicking here:

Joe also recently recorded a LIVE episode at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#beabetterdad
#OwnYourMess

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by TryPersona.com

Please consider visiting The DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast!

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Episode 118 – Mr. Roboto (Ft. Christian Hubicki)

Happy 2020! Thank you to everyone for sticking with us for now our FOURTH year!!!

We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned for the year and thank you for sticking with us while we took a break for the holidays.

To kick off the new year we’ve got a great episode for you!

Christian Hubicki is a robotics research scientist. His passion is to take on the most interesting and challenging problems in robotics, and best of all, to tell the world all about it!

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Christian came on the show to discuss all things robotics, how to get your kids into robotics and what he’s currently working on. He also dispelled several sci-fi myths about robot domination and briefly touched on his time on the TV show Survivor!

Check it out I think you’re really going to enjoy it!

No “Ask the Birth Guy” this week but Brian will return soon!

Enjoy!

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

Enroll in the Rocking Dads – Dad Childbirth Online Class

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Check out the robotics information Christian referenced on the podcast:

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Boston Dynamics

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Joe was featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

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Joe also recently recorded a LIVE episode at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#Microchips
#beabetterdad

Please consider visiting The DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast!

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Episode 117 – InspireMore (Ft. Robert Neely)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Listeners!

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Robert Neely, one of the co-founders of the popular positive news site – InspireMore.Com

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Joe and Robert discuss the genesis of the site, why positive news is so crucial in today’s society as well as what each of them want their legacy to be.

We thank you for a tremendous 2019 and cannot wait to show you what’s in store for 2020!

No “Ask the Birth Guy” this week but Brian will return soon!

Enjoy!

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

Enroll in the Rocking Dads – Dad Childbirth Online Class

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Connect with Brian:

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Joe was recently featured on the Life of Dad podcast “The Art of Conversation”

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Be sure to go check it out!

Joe was also recently featured on the “This is Parenting” podcast:

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Joe was also featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

You can find that article by clicking here:

Joe had a great time speaking at the Dad 2.0 Summit this year:

You can find out more about the conference HERE

Joe also recently recorded a LIVE episode at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#InspireMore
#beabetterdad

Please consider visiting The DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast!

Follow @dtalkspodcast on all social media.

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Episode 116 – Freedom (Ft. Chris Walsh)

Freedom!!!

On this episode of the podcast Joe speaks to Chris Walsh the Senior Program Manager for the Human Freedom and Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.

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Chris and I discuss the importance of freedom, how we can sometimes take it for granted while living in the U.S.A. and how to teach our children these lessons.

No ask the birth guy this week but Brian will return soon,

Enjoy!

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If you have a specific question you want Brian to answer be sure to email the show and we’ll have Brian answer it in an upcoming episode!

The DTALKS Podcast: A parenting podcast where you can “detox” and get a window into how other people live their lives. Come detox with DTALKS!

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Purchase Brian’s book “The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide For New Dads”

Enroll in the Rocking Dads – Dad Childbirth Online Class

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Read Chris’ articles referenced in the podcast:

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Connect with Brian:

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Connect with Chris Walsh & The Bush Institute:

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Joe was recently featured on the Life of Dad podcast “The Art of Conversation”

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Be sure to go check it out!

Joe was also recently featured on the “This is Parenting” podcast:

Be sure to go check it out!

Joe was also featured in the magazine Voyage Dallas:

You can find that article by clicking here:

Joe had a great time speaking at the Dad 2.0 Summit this year:

You can find out more about the conference HERE

Joe also recently recorded a LIVE episode at Dapper Cafe in Bedford, TX the only coffee shop to have a FRAMED Dtalks Podcast shirt! Go check them out!

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If you like the show please consider leaving a 5 star rating on the iTunes store. It takes a few seconds for you and means a great deal to us.

The DTALKS Podcast contains content you’d find in an PG-13 movie. That language may not be safe for most work environments, for your kids, and listener discretion is advised.

#Freedom
#beabetterdad

Please consider visiting The DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast!

Follow @dtalkspodcast on all social media.

This show was brought to you by Rebel Riot Printing and BitsBox

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Say Goodbye to set up fees with Direct-to-Garment Printing. Blazing fast turnaround, full color images, no minimums. Prices start at $18.50 for one shirt at Rebel Riot Printing

BitsBox teaches kids ages 6-14 to build real apps, with real code, for real devices. BitsBox is a physical box full of app projects that ships in the mail once a month.

Use code “DTALKS” for $20 off any subscription order of $50+

Less Stuff, More Life | Jody Dean’s Cultural detox

Jody Dean is a DFW-Metroplex staple. I remember hearing his voice on 98.7 KLUV every morning as my parents would drive me to-and-fro. My parents were a big fan of the type of music frequently played on the station, some would call the songs “oldies” but to my parents it was as if they were on the radio yesterday.

In between the Beach Boys and Janis Joplin Jody Dean would chime in, his booming bravado commanded your ears, whether you wanted it to or not, and would inform you of the local news, the weather, the traffic and anything else he deemed was necessary.

Just check out the following bio from his website:

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Jody graduated from Paschal High School before attending Abilene Christian University. A member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, he was also the original voice of AT&T Stadium. Not bad for a guy who started on TV at age 13 by playing Frankenstein on a show called The Museum of Horrors. Along the way Jody has also anchored television newscasts and talk shows, covered hurricanes and historic events, been in a few movies, done a little theater, announced rodeos, won a few awards – and once got fired three times by the same person.

He loves deep sea fishing, hunting, motorcycles, the outdoors, cooking, gardening, building stuff and sports – and he remains constant in his search for the perfect brisket. Jody and his beloved Fiona live with a bunch of hippies in East Dallas, where one of these days he’ll finish all the chores on his list. A sought-after speaker and emcee, Dean has three ridiculously awesome children he gives thanks for every day, and actually likes his teenage daughter’s music. Recently, he welcomed his first grandchild. She calls him “Poppy”, and you can call him “mush”.

How can I put this another way for all you non-Dallas readers? Jody Dean was radio comfort food. He made you feel good when you were stressed or nervous and you always assumed he would be there for you when you really needed him.

When I recorded my podcast episode with Jody earlier this year he had moved to Saturday nights on KLUV and was rolling out a new program called “Dusty Attics.” The premise was awesome: have people on the show to talk about their favorite songs, play said songs while the person would tell you why the music was important to them.

It felt like a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, not everyone agreed and recently the show was cancelled and Jody was let go by KLUV. Now, currently unemployed for the first time in what feels like forever I caught up with Jody to get his perspective on life and the current climate in our country:

Joe Shaw: Hi Jody, thanks for taking the time to chat with me today. How have you been since you were a guest on the Podcast? What’s new?

Jody Dean: In a word, what’s new is “unemployment”…(laughs). It’s been a few months now since my old company decided not to renew my contract – but as my youngest son observed, I never would have left if they hadn’t made me go. Frankly, they did me a favor. I’d spent the last decade-plus killing myself over one job. Now I’m doing all the jobs I didn’t have time for – although I may slap the next person who asks me if I like “retirement”. I didn’t “retire”. Never intended or wanted to, and wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I tried. Lots of balls in the air, but the most rewarding thus far has been co-teaching a Communications class at Paul Quinn College. I’d heard school president Michael Sorrell speak at a luncheon, and told him “I’m going to say something I’ve only said to one other person in my life: I want to work for you”. P.Q.C. is the only place I wanted to go, and my first semester there has been more fulfilling than nearly anything I’ve ever done. Can’t wait for the next one. 

Joe Shaw: A lot of people are talking about what a big year 2020 is, both culturally and politically, what is your perspective on the year and what is your focus heading into 2020?

Jody Dean: Honestly, I’m worried. My eyesight may not be what it was 20 years ago, but I think age has improved my vision – and I’m not very comfortable with what I see. We live in the most wired culture in history yet find ourselves also the most disconnected. Compounding that is our apparent tendency to focus on the frivolous while serious matters go un-addressed. I’ll tell you this, though: my daughter and I went to see the new Tom Hanks film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” over Thanksgiving. It’s not at all what I was expecting. In fact, it was better. There are a ton of good lessons for all of us in that movie, and in the life of the real Fred Rogers. Everyone has pain. Everyone has hurts. Everyone gets angry. What we do with those feelings is a choice.

Joe Shaw: We have the ability to bring people together in a myriad of ways due to the ease of technology but why are we working even harder to divide ourselves?

Jody Dean: I said this a long time ago, not long after the fall of the Soviet Union. Whether real or imagined, we require a boogeyman – just like every great story requires a villain or a nemesis. Absent a bad guy, we’ll invent one. I just never imagined the extent to which we would make the “bad guy” each other. At some point, we decided those we disagree with can’t just be wrong. They also have to be stupid, or evil. Somehow we all…ALL…have to get away from that. I’m just as guilty as anyone, and that’s the dangerous part. It’s contagious.

Joe Shaw: Having been a DJ for so long I would imagine you’re pretty used to music bringing people together. What’s your favorite album that helps you spark a good conversation with people?

Jody Dean: That’s a really fascinating question. Because I worked in formats that only played the hit singles, I never really dug into the albums. My musical tastes are all over the road, too. There really isn’t a genre of music I don’t like. What I’ve always tended to do though is focus on the lyrics. For example, my kids and I had a really interesting discussion over Thanksgiving regarding Billie Eilish. My sons, who are older, are a little shocked at some of the subjects she addresses in her music (even though I can remember when they listened to some pretty shocking stuff themselves). My daughter, who is 14, gets Billie Eilish completely – because Billie is singing about the very things her generation deals with on a daily basis. So there’s that. I said the other day that if there was one artist right now that I’d want to sit down with for an interview, it would be Post Malone. I think the guy is as talented and versatile as any I’ve seen in a long time. But if you had to pin me down, I’d say it’s the songs that deliver ideas that make me think – and think hard. Johnny Cash’ version of “Hurt” is like that. John Michael Talbot’s Christmas album “The Birth of Jesus” is like that. Eddie Vedder’s “Rise” is like that. “The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics is like that. Ray Charles’ version of “America, the Beautiful” is like that. I keep coming back to lines like “who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life”. Think about those words. Mercy, more than life? That flies in the face of almost every cultural “Just win, baby” message we’ve been sending for years. Things like “…and crowned thy good with brotherhood” – which suggests to me that if we have a lack of brotherhood, we need to examine how much good we’re really projecting. My opinion is that if we’d just live up to some of the words we sing, the world would be a far better place.

Joe Shaw: You’ve had a lot of ups and downs in your life, how are things going for you lately? What’s on the horizon?

Jody Dean: Oh, good grief. You know, I don’t really see any “downs”. I’ve been more ridiculously blessed than I could ever ask or imagine. In fact, it ticks me off when people say things like “you deserve to be happy”. Someone please tell me where that’s written down. Seriously. If you could earn happiness, it would be wages – not a gift. Yeah, there’ve been challenges and disappointments – but there’s not one of them I’m not grateful for in the overall. Sure, there’ve been consequences for my foolishness – but bones heal stronger at the break. I have an incredible family, all of whom are in good health. Between Fiona’s nieces and nephew, my three children, one grandchild (and another on the way), we have seven kids in our branches of the family tree who leave me in awe. That’s just insane – especially given the paths I’ve taken. I’ve been given the chance to work with young people at Paul Quinn College who struggle for and appreciate life’s opportunities.I have kids I coached years ago who still think of me as their coach. We even have youngsters in the neighborhood whom we’ve come to treat almost as our own, and vice versa. I’ve become the cool neighborhood old guy with the white beard they run to down the street. I’ve been given opportunities to affect lives and the world in which I live. How does anyone ever “deserve” that? Truthfully, it makes me think of this Bible verse every day. “Who am I, Lord, and what is my house, that you have brought me this far?” (II Samuel 7:18)

Joe Shaw: One last piece of advice you want to give people heading into the new year?

Jody Dean: You know, when I started thinking about teaching a little, I sought out advice from friends who are teachers. One told me “You know, you won’t make a lot of money doing it”. I told her that I’ve made money (and blew most of it). What I want to do is make a difference. Forget about what you have or think you can “get”. It’s all merely on loan anyway. So the best advice I can give anyone is the motto I’ve come to live by over the last few years, and use as the slogan on my website: less stuff, more life.

Joe Shaw: Thanks for your time Jody.

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