Kids & Family

D Talks

The DTALKS Podcast is dads talking about life, kids, and stuff. We are a parenting podcast with a focus on the dad's perspective, and we want to share our successes, failures, and anecdotes with you. We are dads on a journey, taking one step at a time, and trying to do what’s best for our kids and families.

Empowering Voters (ft. Grace Chimene)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to the President of the League of Women Voters: Texas, Grace Chimene. Are you registered to vote? Do you have all of the information you need to vote? Are you ready to vote? Grace Chimene stops by the podcast today to talk about all of the work the League of Women Voters are doing to get you, the voter, ready for Election Day 2020. This year has been unprecedented in many ways but Grace and her team are working furiously to lay the groundwork for a historic vote. Grace talks about the unique situation of COVID-19 and how to prep for modifications at the poll.

Rewriting History (ft. Anthony Roberts & Frank Minikon)

In this episode of the podcast Joe invites Anthony Roberts & Frank Minikon of Tha Reality Is back on the podcast to discuss where we're at as a society right now. What is going to happen in November? How can we teach our kids the full scope of history? If things continue to regress in society how are we supposed to react?

Driven to Action (ft. Traci Thomas)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Traci Thomas, host of the popular "The Stacks" podcast. Joe & Traci definitely discuss books but in the context of how can one make themselves a better educated individual in order to raise inclusive kids. If you're looking for a starting point into a much deeper conversation around diversifying your bookshelf hear what Traci has to say on this episode then head on over to her podcast at TheStacksPodcast.com

Disclosure (ft. Sam Feder)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Disclosure documentary director: Sam Feder. Joe and Sam discuss transgender representation in media, and how we can all work together to raise more inclusive kids.

Return of the Birth Guy (ft. Brian Salmon)

In this episode of the podcast Joe invites Brian the Birth Guy back to the podcast to discuss what it has been like for babies being born in the age of Covid-19. Brian provides his experience dealing with the hospital and assisting expectant parents during this difficult time. Be sure to go grab Brian's incredible book "The Birth Guy's Go-To Guide for New Dads" today at BirthGuyBook.com #Coronials #beabetterdad

Listen to Science (ft. Tim Lahey)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Dr. Tim Lahey: (Director, Medical Ethics, Infectious Disease Physician, and Professor) about what the current state of COVID-19 is in the United States. Are we close to a vaccine? Does the virus linger & cause lasting damage? Why are we sending our kids to school when there is no vaccine? While Tim doesn't have all the answers he does provide some guidance in these crazy times.

Prodigies (ft. Rob Young)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Rob Young, aka Mr. Rob about his company "Prodigies" which teaches kids virtual music lessons. Rob discusses his origins in music, his company 'Prodigies', and how reading an article about obtaining perfect pitch inspired him to use his knowledge to help all kids everywhere. If you want to get your kids started with some great, fun, and easy music lessons go to Prodigies.com #HappyMusicing #beabetterdad

Chirp (ft. Kate Messner)

If you're looking for YA and Children's literature that will both educate and empower your young ones look no further than Kate Messner! Kate stopped by the podcast to discuss her latest book "Chirp" which tackles some of the heavier stuff we need to prepare our kids for. Too often, we wonder how are we supposed to talk about complex subjects with our kids? How do we prepare them for the world outside our house? Digging in to 'Chirp' will make you feel a bit more prepared for these conversations.

The Seventh Power (ft. Kevin Hancock)

What would you do if your voice was suddenly gone? If you were the leader of a company how would you lead? Would the people around you feel empowered to lead? Would you ensure they succeeded? Kevin Hancock found himself without a voice one day and had to rely on strengthening the voices of all individuals through listening, empowering, and shared leadership in order to get the work done.

Felix Ever After (ft. Kacen Callender)

- Do your kids have books that accurately reflect them? - Are you consuming literature which has a different perspective from your own? - Are you fostering an empowering environment so you can raise inclusive kids? On this week's episode Joe digs into these topics and more when Kacen Callender stops by to discuss their latest book "Felix Ever After". Kacen discusses writing the books they wish they had when they were a kid. If you haven't picked up your copy of this fantastic book be sure to do so now at - KacenCallender.com Take a moment, sit back, and continue to listen and learn. Enjoy! #FelixEverAfter #beabetterdad

Coming Out (ft. Nicole Pacent)

- How do we even start to break down gender conventions? - Are we able to critically look at art while taking what we need from it? - Just how does one raise inclusive kids? These are just a few of the questions Joe and guest Nicole Pacent dug into on this episode. Nicole is the co-host of the FABULOUS podcast "Coming Out: with Lauren and Nicole" where folks tell their coming out stories to the hosts for the first time. Here at The DTALKS Podcast we're all about educating and empowering you to raise inclusive kids and episodes like this one with Nicole go a long way towards that goal. #ComingOutPod #beabetterdad

Les Keep It Real (ft. Natalia Flores)

- What if a Katy Perry ringtone changed your entire day? - What if you triple-checked how you were dressed or who you were with before going out to dinner? - What if you weren't even aware of your own privilege? In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to good friend and co-host of the popular LGBTQ+ podcast "Les Keep It Real", Natalia Flores! Joe and Natalia talk about the origins of the podcast, part of Natalia's coming out story, and how we can take even small privileges for granted in our daily life.?

Falling Forward (ft. Jonathan Horton)

"In this episode of the podcast Joe brings back friend of the show, Jonathan Horton to discuss his latest book "Falling Forward". Joe and Jonathan discuss his Gymnastics career, the genesis for the memoirs, and how COVID-19 will affect the now 2021 Olympic Games. Check it out!

Educate Yourself (ft. Jay Armstrong Johnson)

On this episode of the podcast Joe talks to his longtime friend, Broadway legend: Jay Armstrong Johnson! Joe and Jay discuss the importance of allyship, what Pride month has historically meant, what it means this year, and how folks need to be in a constant state of education in order to undo a lot of our learned behaviors. Check it out!

Stranger Than Today (ft. The Reverend Shawn Amos)

In this episode of the podcast Joe welcomes The Reverend Shawn Amos on the show to discuss his latest album "Blue Sky". They discuss what makes this album with the brotherhood different from his earlier releases, and they play clips from the album. Enjoy!

Work to be done (ft. Cody Belew)

Continuing the conversation around race relations in America, while still recognizing that June is Pride month Joe brings Cody Belew on the podcast this week. Joe and Cody talk about what Pride month has historically meant to Cody, as well as what it can mean now. They discuss how to use the framing of the original Stonewall riots to help further the discussion around race relations in America today. Check it out. #ListenAndLearn #beabetterdad

The Cost of Greatness (ft. Bobby Warshaw)

On this episode of the podcast Bobby Warshaw returns to discuss the cost of greatness. This conversation starts in sports but quickly evolves into a full-fledged philosophical discussion around life. Bobby brought it this episode. We cannot wait for you to hear it!

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! 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!

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

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.

Quarantined Cabaret

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. 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.

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).

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". Scott 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!

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! 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!

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 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!

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. 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!

Gift of Failure (Ft. Jessica Lahey)

Prepare to fail! But seriously, in this episode Joe talks to noted author and educator Jessica Lahey! Joe and Jessica discuss her book "The Gift of Failure" as well as a variety of education and parenting topics! Brian the Birth Guy is back with another edition of "Ask the Birth Guy" We've got a few more episodes to finish out the year strong so stay tuned! Enjoy!

Galapagos Islands (Ft. Brian McLaren)

In this episode of the podcast Joe welcomes Brian McLaren back to the podcast! Joe and Brian discuss Brian's latest book: "The Galapagos Islands", how people can work to help save our beautiful earth and what hope one can cling to when it feels hopeless at times.

Paraphrase (Ft. Stephen Fishbach)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to podcast host and 2x former Survivor contest Stephen Fishbach Joe and Stephen discuss literacy in America, how parents can cultivate a love of reading in their kids, what's up next for Stephen's popular podcast Paraphrase as well as Stephen's time on Survivor! No "Ask the Birth Guy" this week but Brian will return! Enjoy!

Bad Joke or Dad Joke (Ft. Kyle Austin)

In this episode of the podcast Joe sat down with founder of the Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum, Kyle Austin! Joe and Kyle had a lot of fun this episode, from discussing parenting advice to riffing on bad jokes it was a riot from start to finish. If you're in the Dallas area PLEASE go seek out Kyle and his fantastic team. They do a great job! Brian Salmon is back with another "Ask the Birth Guy" Enjoy!

Watchelor Party (Ft. Tyler Watson & Misael Gonzalez)

In this episode of the podcast Joe headed down to Austin for Tyler Watson's Bachelor Party! Listeners of the show will remember Tyler from his 3 previous appearences on the show but this time Joe & Tyler were finally able to record in person! Joe & Tyler were very happy to welcome Misael Gonzalez to the podcast! Misael is a long-time friend of Tyler and new friend to Joe! Stories of Tyler were told, discussions around friendship and masculinity occurred and a good time was had by all! No "Ask the Birth Guy" this week but Brian will be back soon! Enjoy!

Josh Swallows Broadway (Ft. Josh Lamon)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to his longtime theatre friend Josh Lamon the host of the fabulous podcast "Josh Swallows Broadway" on the Broadway Podcast Network! Joe digs into Josh's life growing up, his artistic journey as well as advice for not only young actors but also the parents who are currently cultivating their artistic talents. It's a fantastic peek behind the curtain! Brian the Birth Guy returns this week answering the question "when do I wean my baby off of breastfeeding?" Enjoy!

Stand Up (Ft. Sean Austin)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to local Dallas musician Sean Austin! Joe and Sean discuss their perspectives on parenting, Sean's rapidly rising music career and how a near-record deal was left on the table as Sean realized that being a dad was more important than money or fame. Hear Sean's single "Stand Up" and see why he's taking a second pass at music. No "Ask the Birth Guy" this week but Brian will return soon! Enjoy!

Dad U (Ft. Jason Kreidman)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Dad U creator Jason Kreidman! Joe and Jason discuss the genesis of Dad U, and what parenting questions are top-of-mind for dads in 2019! There is no "Ask the Birth Guy" this week but Brian will be back soon! Enjoy!

Ride Alto (Ft. Will Coleman)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Founder & CEO of Alto Ridesharing Service, Will Coleman! Joe and Will dig into why Will started the company in the first place, how it's grown and what's next. They also dig into some parenting perspectives you'll really enjoy! On this week's "Ask the Birth Guy" Brian answers the question of "What's the deal with caffeine!?" Enjoy!

Indistractable (Ft. Nir Eyal)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to author of the new book "Indistractable" Nir Eyal! Joe and Nir discuss various topics including their perspectives on parenting, what lead to Nir writing his latest book and how parents can start to lead an Indistractable life. On this week's "Ask the Birth Guy" Brian answers the question of "How do I prepare for having twins after I've already had one baby!?

Last Chance U (Ft. Jeff Carpenter)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to the voice of Last Chance U Seasons 3 & 4 on Netflix:Jeff Carpenter! Jeff is the play by play announcer for the Independence Community College Pirates and is one of the main people featured on the show! Joe and Jeff discuss Football and the role it plays in the student's lives throughout their time in school. They also ask the question 'how do you move on after football?' and they cover the current season of Last Chance U on Netflix! No "Ask the Birth Guy" this week but Brian will return next week! Thank you again to everyone for continuing to help evolve the podcast! Enjoy!

It's All A Game (Ft. Anthony Roberts)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Anthony Roberts, host of Tha Reality IsPodcast, about race relations in America. They also talk about how black and white people can come together to mend fences and how all parents can help to build a better world for their children. No "Ask the Birth Guy" this week but Brian will return next week! Thank you again to everyone for continuing to help evolve the podcast!

Be A Better Dad (Ft. Dale Hansen of WFAA)

On this special 100th edition of the podcast Joe talks to famed WFAA Sportscaster, Dale Hansen. Dale was very kind to come back on the show to go deep in the weeds on several topics he's previously done an "Unplugged" segment on. Also, we have the regular segment of "Ask the Birth Guy" and a few friends of the show drop in to leave some congratulatory messages. We want to thank everyone who has listened and supported the show so far and hope you enjoy this 100th episode!

They/Them (Ft. Saffron)

In honor of Pride Month I spoke to one of my dearest friends: Saffron! They are a non-binary individual who I've known for 13 years! They were very kind to share their personal journey navigating gender norms and how they were christened Saffron on their "golden birthday". In addition they also took the time to help provide education tools for parents who may have a hard time trying to navigate non-binary language with their children. Brian the Birth Guy also returns with another "Ask the Birth Guy" segment! 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!

Joyful Blues (Ft. The Reverend Shawn Amos)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to blues musician The Reverend Shawn Amos. This interview is a portion of a much longer interview which will be released as part of a new music podcast later this year. For now, enjoy this portion of the interview and take in the joyful perspective “the rev” has on both the Blues as well as life itself. Also, Brian the Birth Guy returns for another “Ask the Birth Guy” segment. 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!

Best and Worst TV Dads (Ft. Tyler Watson)

Hello listeners! As Mother's Day has passed and Father's Day is next month we thought it would be fun to dig into some of the best (and worst!) examples of fatherhood TV has provided over the years. Joe welcomes back friend of the show, Tyler Watson, to discuss the merits of these dads. They even dig into their favorite TV Moms of all time and Brian the Birth Guy is back with another "Ask the Birth Guy" segment.

All We've Got (Ft. The Gibbonses)

On this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Brandon & Jackie, The Gibbonses! They discuss their background in music, what drew them together and how they're using music as a positive force for good in the world!

DTALKS Rewind (A Gentle Beginning)

On this Rewind episode of the podcast we revisit July of 2017 when Joe became a dad for the second time. Joe recalls his experience of using a hospital for his first child vs using a Birth Center for his second and also covers how he and his wife dealt with their newborn's tongue tie and what to look for/how to treat it if you're in a similar situation. We also feature the "Ask the Birth Guy" segment where our resident Dude-La Brian Salmon tackles the question of "What to do when you're pregnant again after giving birth 3 months ago?" 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!

Never Before Heard

Happy Easter! In this special edition of the podcast Joe has pulled clips that have, for whatever reason, never been heard before on the show! All of these segments are from earlier in the podcast when Joe, John and Galan were all still hosting the show. First, the guys talk to Charlie Herschel (who was on the show to discuss his parenting journey through surrogacy) about his experience playing Survivor over 10 years ago! Second, the guys talk to photographer Alex J. Martin about his relationship with his dad. (Alex took the photos that were seen in the Dallas Observer back in June 2018) Lastly, Joe and Galan share their personal stories dealing with Chicken Pox and how now that there is a vaccine it's interesting how their children will not have a similar experience to them. No "Ask the Birth Guy" this week but it will return next week. Enjoy!

True Colors of a Princess (Ft. Mark Loewen)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to therapist, author and dad: Mark Loewen. Mark and Joe discuss play therapy, Mark's author journey and his quest to normalize all types of families for his daughter and kids everywhere.

Ask the Dads (Ft. Nick North)

In this episode of the podcast Joe welcomes back friend Nick North to the show to answer multiple Ask the Dad questions that have been submitted to the show. We also catch up with everything that has gone on with Nick and his family since Nick’s last appearance on the show. We also feature a BRAND NEW SEGMENT on the show “Ask the Birth Guy” featuring the Dude-La himself Brian Salmon. 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 Art of Lemon Meringue Pie (Ft. Art Eddy)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to host of the Life of Dad Podcast Art Eddy! The dad podcasters (or dad-casters!) talk about the joys of parenting, the Life of Dad book releasing soon and what to do when life gives you lemons! Enjoy!

Brian the Birth Guy (Ft. Brian Salmon)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Brian Salmon aka Brian the Birth Guy. Due to his love of birth and babies, Brian proudly entered childbirth education as a trained doula and San Antonio’s only actively practicing male doula (or “Dude-La” Brian says, being a surfer from California). Joe and Brian cover a wide variety of topics but specifically focused around how dads can be more active during pregnancy, childbirth and during the post-partum period. Joe is very excited to announce that starting soon there will be the debut of a new recurring segment on the show entitled "Ask the Birth Guy" where Brian will provide short advice on commonly asked questions. Enjoy!

Dusty Attics (Ft. Jody Dean)

On this episode of the podcast Joe talks to a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame as well as the host of the new Radio Show "Dusty Attics" the legend himself: Jody Dean! Joe and Jody discuss all manner of topics including his career in radio, fatherhood and his new program Dusty Attics. It's a fascinating discussion into one of the D/FW's all-time greats. Enjoy!

A New Kind of Christian (Ft. Brian McLaren)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Pastor, Theologian, Activist and Dad: Brian McLaren. Joe and Brian touch on multiple topics including parenting and pastoring but the core of the conversation centers on what it means to be a Spiritual and Religious person in America in 2019. In a country that consistently seeks to divide people into “teams” Brian and Joe discuss how we might seek to reach across the aisle in order to find common ground and new path forward. It’s a bit on the longer side, but well worth the listen. Enjoy!

Bark to the Future (Ft. Brian Bason)

In this last episode LIVE from the Dad 2.0 Summit from San Antonio Joe talks to the CEO of Bark Technologies, Brian Bason. Joe actually dove right in to his interview with Brian because he was so passionate about what Bark has and is continuing to do for parents and kids. Bark is the safety net technology everyone needs but didn't know how to bring into existence. Brian and his team have done a phenomenal job creating an app that helps keep your kids safe while also giving them the level of autonomy they need in order to thrive.

New Childhood (Ft. Jordan Shapiro)

In this episode of the podcast (LIVE from the Dad 2.0 Summit in San Antonio) Joe talks with one of the smartest people he's ever met; Jordan Shapiro! Joe and Jordan discuss all the details of his latest book "The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World" as well as how our perception around screens and technology needs to shift in order to view technology as a tool vs viewing it as a danger. More great content from Dad 2.0 coming your way soon! Enjoy!

Everyday Girl Dad (Ft. Mike Reynolds)

In this episode of the podcast (LIVE from the Dad 2.0 Summit in San Antonio) Joe talks with Mr. Everyday Girl Dad himself Mike Reynolds! Joe and Mike went all the way through his career as a public parent, "influencer" and social activist. Some battles are worth fighting and Mike is fighting the good fight on a daily basis. More great content from Dad 2.0 coming your way soon! Enjoy!

Learned Behavior (Ft. Nick North)

In this episode of the podcast, Joe talks to Nick North about his personal and unique journey through navigating the joys of both motherhood and fatherhood. It's a funny, emotional and overall empowering story of how you can bring your whole self to both parenting and life in general all while trying to re-write learned behavior.

Church and State (Ft. Jason Odell Williams)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to screenwriter, actor and playwright Mr. Jason Odell Williams. Joe came to know Jason through Brainchild! They discuss the many twists and turns Jason's career has had including writing for the TV Shows Brain Games and Brainchild but also his comedy play Church and State. It seems so hard in this day and age to sit down with people who have opposite viewpoints from us and have an honest conversation about what is needed in order to improve as a society. However, getting to know people one on one and having honest personable conversations is a step in the right direction. Jason Odell Williams intended to help start the discussion with his play Church and State and we intended to continue the discussion with this episode. Enjoy!

Don't Give Up (Ft. Mike Spohr of Buzzfeed)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to Parenting editor (and founder of the entire parenting section) of Buzzfeed.com, Mike Spohr! They discuss Mike's career, how he learned to not give up but to create the job you want to be in as well as how Mike and his wife, Heather, dealt with the loss of their child Madeline. It's never easy to deal with the loss of a child but both Mike and Heather, were able to create a charity called "Friend's of Maddie" which helps families in similar situations. It's an episode filled with laughs and tears. You don't want to miss this one.

Stay Positive (Ft. Rebekah Kennedy)

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to friend and multi-talented actor Rebekah Kennedy. They cover a wide variety of topics including how Rebekah got her start in acting, why she pursued film vs stage and how she is able to continue to stay positive despite both the "grind" of the L.A. Scene and continually being cast in horror/thriller type roles. It's a very insightful conversation surrounding art and how to approach it.

If I Had Known (Ft. Jonathan Horton)

This episode of the podcast features the triumphant return of Olympic Medalist, American Ninja Warrior and now author Mr. Jonathan Horton! Joe and Jonathan touch on what his book "If I Had Known" is all about, how it came to be and why you need it in your life regardless of age. They also touch on the current state of U.S. Gymnastics as well as the Ninja Coalition. It's a great episode catching up with Jonathan and we cannot wait to have him back on the show again. Enjoy!

Best of 2018

Hi there listeners! So, this episode is a bit delayed coming out but we knew it needed to be released. Ever since Joe has been announced as a speaker at the Dad 2.0 Summit we've had a TON of new listeners and most of them just jumped right into the latest episode. However, we've received requests from those new listeners as to which older episodes they should check out, OR what is the best way to introduce their friends and family to the podcast? To answer all of those questions we've put together a little "Best of 2018" episode. We did this to highlight 6 specific segments from some of our most popular shows in 2018 which we feel does a satisfactory job pulling in all of the humor and heart the show is known for. Full disclosure, every single guest in 2018 was phenomenal and we wish we were able to take something from every one of them and put it in this show but alas, that would make the episode longer than it already is. For now, enjoy this recap episode and get ready for our next Episode, set to drop thi

Dad 2.0

"On this episode of the podcast Joe talks to CEO and Co-Founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit himself: Mr. Doug French. Joe and Doug cover a wide variety of topics including how to co-parent with your ex-spouse, why the universe laughs in the face of the best-laid plans and how the Dad 2.0 Summit got started as well as what to expect from the event this year!

Dream vs Reality (Bonus)

On this bonus episode of the podcast Joe talks to former Professional Soccer player and current MLS analyst Bobby Warshaw. Joe and Bobby cover a wide variety of topics, most of which are covered in his book When The Dream Became Reality. However, the main topic of discussion throughout this episode is simply this: Is it worth it? When the dream becomes reality, when everything you’ve worked your whole life is finally here is it actually worth it? What follows is a fascinating journey into a former professional player’s psyche throughout his life and career while evaluating it several years post-retirement. Kick back, relax and enjoy the show!

Ask the Dads (Ft. Tyler Watson)

In this special “Ask the Dads” feedback show edition of the podcast Joe welcomes back his close friend Tyler Watson to touch on topics covered over the last couple of podcast episodes as well as what to do if your kid isn’t eating dinner. In addition, Joe and Tyler provide listeners with several “Things to Check Out” while also looking forward to what’s in store for the podcast right around the corner.In this special “Ask the Dads” feedback show edition of the podcast Joe welcomes back his close friend Tyler Watson to touch on topics covered over the last couple of podcast episodes as well as what to do if your kid isn’t eating dinner. In addition, Joe and Tyler provide listeners with several “Things to Check Out” while also looking forward to what’s in store for the podcast right around the corner.

Brainchild (Bonus)

In this extra special bonus episode of the podcast Joe talks to comedian and host of the popular new Netflix show Brainchild, Sahana Srinivasan. Joe and Sahana cover the origins of the show Brainchild, how Sahana became involved in the project, what filming such an ambitious show entails as well as what type of a role Sahana hopes Brainchild can fill in you and your kid's lives. If you love Bill Nye, Beakman's World or the Magic School Bus then you're going to love Brainchild. Sit back, relax and enjoy this bonus episode and then go learn some stuff with Brainchild!

Wrestling With Fatherhood

In this episode of The DTALKS Podcast Joe talks to former WCW President, WWE personality and current co-host of the popular wrestling podcast: 83 Weeks; Eric Bischoff. Joe and Eric touched on multiple topics throughout the course of Eric’s career but honed in on exactly what types of trials and tribulations he went through being a parent while also running a high-profile business. Eric dug down deep to let us know how he was able to “have it all” and having an equal partner in the equation is the main reason he was able to get it done.

Be A Blessing

In this episode of The DTALKS Podcast Joe talks to Pat Doney of NBC 5 here in DFW. Joe and Pat touched on several topics of interest including Pat's Broadcasting journey as well as his time working with the Cowboys and who his favorite player he's covered has been. However, all of that pails in comparison to the personal journey Pat walked us through of his and his wife's decision to adopt their son and the personal struggles and triumphs they've endured and are planning for moving forward. It's a very touching and heartfelt story this holiday season. Please, pour yourself some cider or hot chocolate and give a listen.

Toys Will Be Toys

In this episode of The DTALKS Podcast Joe talks to Whit Honea. Whit is the author of “The Parent’s Phrase Book” and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Dads4Change.org Whit was recently featured in an animated video for The Atlantic entitled “Outdated Gender Stereotypes Are ‘Very Much Alive.'” Whit is also the Social Media and Community Manager for the Dad 2.0 Summit which will be in San Antonio February 21-23, 2019. Joe and Whit do a deep dive into Gender Stereotypes, Boy vs Girl Toys and how to cope if you find yourself struggling with the effort to remove these “traditional barriers” from our day-to-day life.

Juan the Rap Dad

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to noted author of the book “Rap Dad” Mr. Juan Vidal. Joe and Juan do a deep dive into many different aspects of the book including, but not limited to: Fatherhood, Hip-Hop, Faith and the Sadness. It’s a fascinating conversation and one of the best books we’ve read all year. #RapDad #beabetterdad

Episode 66 - Not Your Average Bobcat

In this episode of the podcast Joe talks to comic book author James Hostler who is responsible for creating the Native American superhero, The Bobcat! James takes us through the evolution of The Bobcat, why he chose the Comic Book route and how his project was picked as Kickstarter’s “Things We Love” campaign TWICE! He also provides us with some good old fashioned parenting advice and provides us with a tease for what’s on the horizon for The Bobcat. So, as you’re relaxing over the Thanksgiving holiday this week take a second to hear about The Bobcat and then pick up a copy of Volume 1. It’ll make a great gift for the comic book fan in your life this holiday season.

Bare Minimum Parenting

In this episode of the podcast Joe finds out how bare minimum parenting works with the man who literally wrote the book on it: James Breakwell. This Social Media Mogul who has over 1 million twitter followers does a deep dive into all aspects of his new book, Bare Minimum Parenting, which is the #1 new release in “Parenting & Families Humor” over at Amazon.com

Daniel Gil - Ninja Warrior

In this episode of The DTALKS Podcast, Joe talks to the Kingdom Ninja, Daniel Gil. We cover everything from Daniel’s start in American Ninja Warrior, to what he has found most difficult year after year, to why he decided to write his latest book, The Little Ninja, and what’s ahead.

Truth To Power

In this episode of The DTALKS Podcast, Joe goes solo with FWISD School Board Member and friend of the podcast, Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr. We cannot thank Cinto enough for taking time out of his busy schedule to have an in-depth and engrossing conversation about a variety of topics including, but not limited to: Education in America, National and Local Holidays, as well as touching on a few political topics. 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. #WokeVsSleep #BeABetterDad

Norm Hitzges

In this episode of The DTALKS Podcast, Joe and Galan sit down with Texas Radio Hall of Famer and the 1310 Ticket personality Norm Hitzges to talk about social media, what makes a great dad, a sprinkle of sports talk, and some stuff in between. We can't thank Norm enough for sitting down and spinning some gold out out of the DTALKS straw. Be sure to listen to him and Donovan from 10a-2p on The Ticket at 1310 and 96.7 FM.

Reframing the Narrative

In this episode of The DTALKS Podcast, Joe goes solo to have an honest and frank conversation with one of his best friends, Tyler Watson. They discuss life advice you may (or may not) want to take, they also touch on what it means to have a "ride or die" friend in your life as a dad and what reframing our narrative looks like as we proceed through our day-to-day. 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. #BTTFDiagram #BeABetterDad Please consider visiting the DTALKS Podcast Patreon and signing up to support the podcast! Follow @dtalkspodcast on all social media. Follow Tyler @Goldstarkid on twitter & @xgoldx on Instagram for more #TyTalk style life advice.

Talking the Podcast Life with Rob Cesternino, Part 2

episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads continue their conversation Rob Cesternino, host of Rob Has a Podcast and Rob Has a Website about what he wants his legacy to be, moments of being a dad, and other things.

Talking the Podcast Life with Rob Cesternino, Part 1

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to Rob Cesternino, host of Rob Has a Podcast and Rob Has a Website about how he started the podcast, how it allows him to be around his sons, and a tiny bit about Survivor.

Talking Pop Culture and Entertainment with Devin Pike

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads continue their conversation with Devin Pike and discuss one of their favorite entertainment moments, talk a little about the James Gunn fiasco, and enjoy a nice conversation with Devin. Devin is the mastermind behind Who Needs Sleep 2018 and you can find details at the Who Needs Sleep site!

Who Needs Sleep 2018 with Devin Pike, Part 1

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads welcome back returning guest Devin Pike to discuss the 2nd annual Who Needs Sleep telethon. Who Needs Sleep benefits the Cancer Support Community North Texas and Cook Children’s Medical Center of Fort Worth that takes place over the course of 36 hours from 8a September 1st through 8p on September 2nd. You can watch it right here on VOKAL!

Todd Pipes, Pt. 2

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads continue their visit with the great Todd Pipes about music, the success his band, Deep Blue Something, had, solo projects, recording gear, and more.

A Visit With Todd Pipes About Music, Pt. 1

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads visit the great Todd Pipes and have the first of a two part discussion about music, the success his band, Deep Blue Something, had, solo projects, recording gear, and more.

A DTALKS Update

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, Joe and Galan provide a brief update regarding the episodes regarding Galan learning he has a teenager and provide lengthier updates regarding what life with kids has been up to.

JonBoy Meyers

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to JonBoy Meyers, a comic artist who's worked on Superman, Teen Titans, Spawn, Spider-Man, and numerous other titles. While JonBoy isn't a dad, he shares how his dad influenced him on his journey to become an artist.

Joe Eisma

The DADS talk with comic artist Joe Eisma who's best known for his work in the "Riverdale" series.

Devin Pike

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to Devin Pike, Program Director of Fuzz Box at Vokal Now about his "Who Needs Sleep?" telethon in support of Cancer Support Community North Texas and Cook Children's Medical Center of Fort Worth and being a moderator at Dallas Fan Expo.

Chad Thomas

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to Chad Thomas, who's known for drawing Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Chad also speaks about being a stay-at-home dad and the experience that comes with that.

DC Comics Artist Steve Erwin

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to the great Steve Erwin, known for the character of Deathstroke that you might have seen as the primary antagonist in the Teen Titans cartoon, during the end-credits scene of Justice League, on Arrow, or in the comics. He shares his experiences of being a dad, working in the industry, and we can't thank him enough for his time.

Roberto Molinari

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to Roberto Molinari, son of last week's guest and the other half of the duo behind the Shepherd comic. After his father shared a horrific dream involving Roberto, he pushed his dad to write what would become the Shepherd and he tells his story with us.

Andrea Molinari

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to Andrea Molinari, a professor and now writer for Caliber Comics about writing a graphic novel with his son inspired by a not so pleasant dream. 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.

Andrew Mangum

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to Andrew Mangum, professional comic book illustrator, inker, creator and story board artist.

John Sells - Dallas Fan Expo

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to John's cousin, John Sells, about his experience being a dad, the great Jelly Bean Incident, and attending Dallas Fan Expo 2018.

Jonathan Horton Pt. 2

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads continue their discussion with Jonathan Horton about his time on American Ninja Warrior, gymnastics, and more talk about being a father! 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.

Jonathan Horton, Olympic Medalist and American Ninja Warrior, Pt. 1

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to special guest Jonathan Horton, father, Olympic medalist, and American Ninja Warrior about how his parents influenced his path towards success in gymnastics, the ups and downs of that journey, and being a dad.

Talking Scouting

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to special guest Norman Trantham about his experience as a dad with two boys in the Boy Scouts of America, and with the different leadership roles he's been in. These are Norman's personal experiences and he does not speak for BSA in any official capacity.

What Divides Us, Pt. 2

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads continue their discussion on politics, how it divisive, and how we can shape our kids view of the differing opinions of the world, their friends, and how to open to them. We do not discuss our personal views or get into who/what the show itself supports. This is what hope is perceived as a relatively neutral discussion on the subject.

What's Dividing Us?

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads share thoughts on how politics have or have not caused division and conflict in our country and how to deal with the difference of opinion. We do not discuss our personal views or get into who/what the show itself supports. This is what we hope is perceived as a relatively neutral discussion on the subject.

Bonus Segments

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads share some of the bonus content normally reserved for the $2 and up tiers of their Patreon. Including: a conversation about wanting to simplify our lives as we grow older, a segment that quickly suffered from wobbly wheels, Joe's story about Pizza Hut and Galan's experience dressing up as a Ninja Turtle for a middle school talent show, and Galan's shameless attempt at sophomoric humor.

Awkward Conversations: Sex

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads discuss having the conversation that every parent(s) dread...sex. Although years away from the situation, we believe that having a plan going in and being on the same page as the other parent is a solid foundation to build on. This episode of The DTALKS Podcast contains language you'd find in an PG-13 movie.

Awkward Conversations: Underage Drinking

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads discuss having the talk with our kids about alcohol, peer pressure, and how we are aiming to handle how we intend to teach them about the dangers alcohol can bring.

Cinto Ramos Jr. Revisited

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads revisit the second segment of their original conversation with Cinto Ramos, Jr. Back in August of last year, we started out a conversation that went in a VERY interesting direction when we broached the subject of being a Hispanic dad here in Texas, especially given the prevalence of racial issues in the news at the time.

What Does It Mean To Be A Man? Pt. 2

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads welcome back previous guest Cinto Ramos Jr. and his friend Frank Minikon Jr, COO of Melanin Origins, a company that publishes children's books, to discuss how we pass on what being a man means to our children and what our children should expect from the men in their lives.

What Does It Mean To Be A Man?

On this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads welcome back previous guest Cinto Ramos Jr. and his friend Frank Minikon Jr, COO of Melanin Origins, a company that publishes children's books, to discuss what it means to be man to each of us. We all come from different backgrounds and have slightly different views, so be sure to listen and see which opinion you identify closest with!

Matt Besler

Dale Hansen Part 2

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads continue their revisit the conversation they had with legendary sportscaster Dale Hansen of WFAA Channel 8 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We can't thank him enough for his thoughts on what makes a good dad and the a candid conversation about his journey as a father.

Revisiting Dale Hansen Pt. 1

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads revisit the conversation they had with legendary sportscaster Dale Hansen of WFAA Channel 8 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Parenting Hacks

You see them all over social media: parenting "hacks." Helpful hints or fodder for comedy?

Charlie Herschel Pt. 2

The dads continue their conversation with former Survivor contestant Charlie Herschel about his and his husband's decision to go to surrogate route for having children.

Charlie Herschel Pt. 1

The dads talk with former Survivor contestant Charlie Herschel about his and his husband's decision to go to surrogate route for having children.

Mistakes

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk about their biggest recent parenting mistakes, how they’ve dealt with that, and go on to discuss what the believe to be a mistake ours parents made.

Clarence Goodson of the 2014 US National Soccer Team

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads talk to professional soccer player, and former member of the United States national team, Clarence Goodson. He talks about raising his son and daughter, what it was like being a dad while juggling a professional sports career, and what life has been like since retiring.

Adoption Awareness with Shaun Pt. 2

The dads continue their talk with Shaun about his family's decision to adopt.

Adoption Talk With Shaun Pt. 1

In this episode of the DTALKS Podcast, the dads begin a two-part discussion with Shaun (who's also a law enforcement officer) about the circumstances leading up to he and his wife looking into adopting a newborn, the adoption process, and getting the call that they'd been chosen as the new parents of a soon-to-be born baby.