PODRE is a podcast for people who are dads, people who have dads, people who don’t have dads, people who have seen films with dads in them, as well as step-dads, sugar dads, rad dads, ghost dads, the dad-curious, & the dad-adjacent. Writer, professor, and father-of-two Chris Brunt tells stories harrowing and hilarious from his family life, and interviews high-profile guests from the worlds of literature, film & theater, and academia. Regular segments include “Bad Dads” with historian Brad Franco, the conferring of the distinguished “Not-A-Terrible-Father-In-This-One-Instance Award,” and frequent unscripted contributions from the host’s maximally energetic children.
I'm Chris Brunt, a poet, writer, and professor of English at Syracuse University. I'm also a dad to two little boys, Julian and Nico. They're the funniest and most interesting people I've ever met, so I wanted to make a show about what it's like to (attempt to) parent them.
My kids have never seen me take a drink because I've been in Recovery since before they were born. We talk about this a lot on the pod. We also talk about parenting as it intersects with: writing
& the creative life, philosophy, religion, history, music, TV shows, NBA basketball, leadership disputes in the Italian mob, and why the famous Irish footballer--and not me--should be the one to change his name.
I'm from Texas but I live in upstate New York. My debut poetry collection, WAR AT HOME, will be published by Saturnalia Books in 2024. You can find more of my writing in Ploughshares, Oxford American, Fugue, Copper Nickel, and other places.
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