Kourtny is the CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc. It's her job to help revitalize the heart of our region and make Dallas a more livable, enjoyable city. That means dealing with the onslaught of share bikes and scooters. We also talk with her about the effort to establish a downtown elementary school and her total and complete lack of sports knowledge.
The National Magazine Award-winning writer and convicted felon returns to the podcast to talk about his lack of success on Tinder, paying the $890,000 restitution he owes, and his Pursuance Project, a collaborative apparatus he hopes will change the world. Also, we talk about the 1 million gallons of poop that Plano dumped on Dallas.
Katherine is the chair of the Dallas Landmark Commission. For reasons she herself doesn't quite understand, she spends her time and talent, without pay, trying to stop the city from destroying its history and itself. In this episode she talks about preservation and why Dallas lags behind some other big cities.
Barak Epstein went to film school. Jason Reimer likes to punch people in the face. Together (along with a third dude who wasn't important enough to show up) they rescued the historic Texas Theatre and then started the Oak Cliff Film Festival, which is awesome. In this episode, we talk movies and gentrification and the East Quarter. Plus the most obscure movies ever filmed in Dallas. It's very visual. But also audio.
The boys address some important topics in this episode. Foremost: did Tim deserve to be punched in the face at a rec league basketball game? But also: why is Gavin no longer working his magic at the Bomb Factory and instead booking gigs at the Box Garden in Plano? Only your ears can answer these questions.
At 30,000 feet, an engine explodes on your plane. A woman gets partly sucked out a window. You have 20 minutes to sign onto wifi and text your loved ones before the plane crashes and you die. What do you tell them?
Matt was on that flight. He tells the story.
Dallas' Heritage Auctions is auctioning a ’51 Fender Nocaster guitar that once belonged to Stevie Ray Vaughan. (The last time a Stevie Ray guitar was sold at auction, it went for more than $600,000.) Heritage brought the Fender to the Old Monk so Tim and Zac could ogle it and talk to a Stevie Ray expert named Craig Hopkins about why Dallas doesn't fully embrace the most famous musician the city has ever produced (arguably). The podcast ends with a seldom-heard recording of Stevie Ray playing the guitar when he was about 15 years old.
Every so often at D Magazine, we host in our office something called Happy Hour With an Agenda. Last week, that agenda was criminal justice. Our moderator was Pamela Metzger, director of the Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center at SMU’s Dedman School of Law. Our esteemed panelist were: Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas; Ron Stretcher, the senior director of systems management at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Dallas County’s former director of Criminal Justice Administrative Services; and Toby Shook, defense attorney with Shook & Gunter and a former Dallas County prosecutor.
Chris wants to be the next chairman of the Dallas County Democratic Party. He talks with Tim and Eric about guns, how little he knows about the Dallas Mavericks, how good Lisa Blue is at ballroom dancing, and why you need to be smart to have a sense of humor. Forty stars!
Blackburn had sexual relationship with a woman who was fired by DISD. He then sat on an HR panel that reviewed the appropriateness of that firing. That poor judgment is just one of the reasons that D Magazine's city columnist, Eric Celeste, says that Blackburn should be voted out. Eric also talks with Tim and Zac about the Morning News' diss of Brett Shipp and about Tim's trip to Forney, where he hoped to meet Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who — reportedly — did adult things with Donald Trump. Seventeen stars!
Dan used to work at D Magazine's sister publication People Newspapers. Now he's running for a school board seat. It's yet another episode where Tim and Zac nearly come to blows. Enjoy! Six stars!
John Bloom (aka Joe Bob Briggs) was once a columnist for "D Magazine." He also got fired from the "Dallas Times-Herald" for a satirical column that John Wiley Price didn't much appreciate. Then he went on to host the Movie Channel's most popular show and play a character in the Scorsese movie "Casino." All of which is to say that you'll want to hear what he says about gay wedding cakes. Enjoy. Ten stars!
One day not long, Lila and her husband got a nutty idea. "Let's quit our day jobs and start a flip-flop company!" Now their Hari Maris are in every Nordstrom in the nation. Also discussed in this episode: why Zac has a hole in the seat of his jeans, why Tim's toenails are painted pink, and the best name ever for a store that sells raw cookie dough.
Paul has a new book out called "The Saboteur," published by HarperCollins. You should read it. But you should also listen to this podcast, wherein we learn for the first time that Tim didn't actually fire Paul from "D Magazine." Maybe.
This is maybe the oddest episode we've ever done. Tim picked up two strangers in a bar and got them on the podcast. The two Canadians, Doug and Tyler, explain why hosers from Windsor would love the Cowboys so much that they'd make the trip to Dallas to see their favorite team play at AT&T Stadium. It wound up being a great meeting of nations.
Where would the movie of Jeffrey Payne's life even begin? On the steps of a Louisiana orphanage as his stepmother drops him off at the age of 5? On the driveway of his next-door neighbor's house in New Orleans, water pouring up out of the sewers as if in a horror movie, trying to escape Hurricane Katrina? On the podium of International Mr. Leather 2009, as he bests Mr. Leather Ottawa and Mr. Atlanta Eagle? Or, as Payne hopes, sitting with his Brazilian husband on the porch swing of the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin? Put on a pair of chaps and listen!
Once upon a time, Sudie Abernathy was a waitress at the Old Monk who brought drinks to Tim and Zac. Now she's a recording artist who is a couples therapist for Tim and Zac. Seriously, the boys almost got into a fight in this one. No stars. But listen anyway.
Jon started off as a tights-wearing serf when the Dallas castle opened, in 1992. He now runs the joint. He stopped by the Old Monk to talk with Tim and Zac about Medieval Times' new show, which features a queen in the lead role for the first time in the company's 34-year history. Also, he talked about artificially inseminating horses. And the time he served O.J. Simpson at the castle. All the stars!
In Dallas, for the first time in a major american city, women hold all the top law-enforcement jobs. Lupe Valdez is our sheriff. Faith Johnson is our district attorney. And Renee Hall is our new police chief. The three joined us at D Magazine for a panel on policing and criminal justice in Dallas and beyond. Executive editor Kathy Wise moderates.
Dale is a Dallas legend. Having worked as a sportscaster at Channel 8 for 34 years, he can pretty much do and say whatever he pleases. In this episode he talks about his biggest poker loss, the sorry state of TV news, and how he manages to stay married. If you enjoy it, throw us some stars.
Salerno is running against Pete Sessions to represent the 32nd District, which is shaped like dog. She joins Kathy Wise, Holland Murphy, and Caroline Jordan on the patio at José to talk politics, tacos, and beards, among other things.
What happens when you don't schedule a guest and then, at the last minute, when your magazine deadline ends, you decide to drink some beers and do an "ask me anything" session? This. This is what happens. Ray Hunt's tower, which writer is most successful, the Cotton Bowl — the boys tackle some disparate topics.
Sara Grace has appeared on the cover of Vogue walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for Calvin Klein. She's a big deal. How the Bedford teen was discovered is an unlikely story. The owners of Wallflower Management, Brenda Gomez and Tammy Theis, sit down at Shoals Sound & Service to spin the yarn for your cocktail-swilling co-hosts, Kathy Wise and Holland Murphy. Bottoms up!
Mel Kyle is sort of a historian of Dallas rap. Bro knows much. His band's new album, "Fuel City," just by its title, shows how dedicated he is to the local scene. Check out his thoughts on weed, music, the Confederate flag, and baby strollers. Plus, at the end of the show, Mel and host Tim Rogers play iPhone roulette, and Erykah Badu gets involved. Fifteen stars!
Daron Babcock is the founder of Bonton Farms, an amazing place that is attempting to solve the food desert problem in South Dallas (and where East Dallas moms go to get fresh goat milk). Trisha Cunningham is the new CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. So what we're saying here is that this episode of BraBurner, hosted by Kathy Wise and Holland Murphy, is all about food. Even though that's a mouth-centered topic, you should use your ears to listen.