A Little Help From My Friends
29. S3E5 On the Spot (w/ Dana Yanoshack)

29. S3E5 On the Spot (w/ Dana Yanoshack)

April 29, 2017

Winnie lands the starring role of Emily in RFK Junior High's production of "Our Town." But when the pressures of performance become too much, Kevin finds himself in an unlikely position of support. Dana Yanoshack returns to discuss "On the Spot," the fifth episode of season 3. We can't help but walk down the memories of our own school theater days!

 

Music: Tosin Awofeso

Logo: Brad Hawkins

28. S3E4 Mom Wars (w/ Gloria Bankler)

28. S3E4 Mom Wars (w/ Gloria Bankler)

April 21, 2017

Nora and Kevin's relationship reaches a critical turning point when the mother's protective nature is confronted by her son's insistence on making his own choices. Kevin learns asserting autonomy is liberating and sometimes a little lonely, and Nora learns she has to let her baby go. Actor and writer, Gloria Bankler and I discuss the conflicts and challenges of watching children mature. Wipe that ketchup stain off your shirt and that tear from the corner of your eye, and join us as we delve into "Mom Wars."

27. S3E3 Wayne on Wheels (w/ Allison)

27. S3E3 Wayne on Wheels (w/ Allison)

April 7, 2017

When Wayne gets his driver's license, Kevin anticipates a new freedom for himself:  freedom from his brother. Both boys soon learn, however, that they can't extract themselves from each other that easily. This week, a newly minted teen driver, Allison, joins me to talk about the excitement and responsibility of getting behind the wheel. (Also joining us, my dog who loudly snoozes through the episode. She has nothing to add, sadly.)

26. S3E2 Math Class (w/ Margaret Hunsicker)

26. S3E2 Math Class (w/ Margaret Hunsicker)

March 31, 2017

School is back in session and Kevin is enjoying his 8th grade status and the energetic murmur that is the first day of school. That is, until he hits math class. Mr. Collins, his 8th grade math teacher doesn't tiptoe around the subject, and Kevin is flooded with anxiety. Austin actor and theater educator, Margaret Hunsicker and I engage in some school talk as we review season 3, episode 2, "Math Class."

25. S3E1 Summer Song (w/ Clint Harris)

25. S3E1 Summer Song (w/ Clint Harris)

March 22, 2017

Kevin wraps up his summer with a brief family vacation to Ocean City. There, he meets an "older woman" who distracts him both from the misery of a vacation gone sour, and from his pining for Winnie. Actor, Clint Harris, joins me to talk summer romance in real life and in Season 3, Episode 1, "Summer Song." Along the way, we explore more tangents than a 9th grade math class. Stick with us and enjoy the ride!

 

Music: Tosin Awofeso

Logo Design: Brad Hawkins

24. S2E17 How I’m Spending My Summer Vacation (w/ Chris Karr and Alex Ayala)

24. S2E17 How I’m Spending My Summer Vacation (w/ Chris Karr and Alex Ayala)

December 30, 2016

Kevin is crushed when he discovers neither Paul, nor Winnie, will be around all summer long. But he also learns a summer alone isn't the worst thing in the world. Alex Ayala and Chris Karr, the creators, directors and writers of Vimeo series "Server Life" join me to discuss "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation." Strap in as we careen in hard right turns from topics such as journaling while 13, to the effect of child loss on divorce, to failed American accents by English actors! The season 2 ender discussion is nothing if not tangent-filled!

23. Whose Woods Are These S2E16 (w/ Betse Esparza)

23. Whose Woods Are These S2E16 (w/ Betse Esparza)

December 23, 2016

Kevin, Paul and Winnie get a first-hand civics lesson when their favorite childhood stomping grounds are scheduled for demolition. Newly-elected Brewster County, TX County Commissioner, Betse Esparza, joins me to review season 2, episode 16, "Whose Woods Are These?" We'll talk about civic engagement, the desire to leave a mark, and adolescent homework avoidance! 

Special thanks to last episode guest, Cody Dearing, for facilitating the long-distance recording and allowing me use of his studio to record this!

Logo: Brad Hawkins

Theme Music: Tosin Awofeso

 

22. Square Dance S2E15 (w/ Cody Dearing)

22. Square Dance S2E15 (w/ Cody Dearing)

December 8, 2016

It's time for the square dancing unit in phys ed class! Paul is paired with a popular, pretty girl but Kevin faces social mortification when paired with the school weird girl, Margaret Farquahr. Kevin's character is put to the test. Cody Dearing, host of "Was This Always Wierd" reviews this week's episode with me and together, we remember the social perils of puberty.

Music: Tosin Awofeso

Logo: Brad Hawkins

21. Brightwing S2E14 (w/ Rebecca Bromels)

21. Brightwing S2E14 (w/ Rebecca Bromels)

November 30, 2016

When Karen enlists Kevin to help her cut school, Kevin is torn between doing "the right thing" and re-establishing an affectionate bond with his increasingly emotionally distant sister. University of Cincinnati professor, Rebecca Bromels, joins me to talk channel loyalty, high school math and concentric circles of nostalgia.

20. Birthday Boy S2E13 (w/ Susan Pickover)

20. Birthday Boy S2E13 (w/ Susan Pickover)

November 23, 2016

As Paul prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, Kevin must wrestle with his jealousy over the attention Paul is getting as well as the connection he has with his family's past. Susan Pickover returns to review this episode with me, discuss family history and reminisce over her own Bat Mitzvah.