The Rev. Dr. Michael Waters, SMU grad and senior pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church, has been called the face of black lives matter in Dallas. You want to know what we should do with the Confederate monuments? You want to know why 72 percent of Dallas' homeless population is black while black folks make up only 25 percent of the city's overall population? Mike has some answers. And some good questions. (Note: we had way more laughs in this podcast than you'd guess from the foregoing description of it.)
Pete started a Dallas online arts and culture outfit called Central Track. He was SO dumb to try it. And yet. Here we are, seven years later, and he's going strong. Listen to hear his thoughts on local music, smoking cigarettes, taking cocaine, and sneakers. Fifteen stars.
Philip is the executive director of the Circuit Trail Conservancy, the outfit that is working to complete The Loop. He's also an avid cyclist. So you should listen to this podcast if you ride a bike or pay taxes or have feet. Five stars.
The longtime FOX4 newscaster has sat behind the big desk for longer than almost anyone in Dallas. What does she think of Facebook? Will she ever retire? Does her house have a cabana? She stopped by the Old Monk to answer these questions and many more.
The three-time MLB All-Star and Arlington native started his own wine label a few years ago. It's called JACK. VW stopped by the Old Monk to talk about grapes; the Rangers' new skipper, Woody (they came up together in the Blue Jays organization); why the name "Vernon" sucks; his next-door neighbor Herschel Walker; and a whole bunch of other enological and athletic stuff.
Tom worked for D Magazine when it started, in 1974. He got thrown in jail for messing with cops who bungled a horrific 1976 mass murder investigation in the tiny town of Blue Mound, Texas. Now, in the November 2018 issue of D, Tom reveals new details about those unsolved murders and who might be to blame. You should listen.
Miguel is a DISD trustee. Come November 6, you'll get to vote on four propositions that are SUPER important to kids in Dallas. He explains each proposition and why you should approve it. But listen! This is actually a funny podcast. We promise! You will not find a more entertaining discussion of education in Dallas. Oh, and we also talk with Miguel about his baby daughter's heart transplant. That's cool. It's definitely worth five stars in the Apple thing.
The guitarist for the Old 97's reflects on 25 years of rock and roll. And also on the greatest poop story that David Sedaris ever stole.
We have a thing at D Magazine called the Brown Bag Lunch Series, where we invite someone up to our office during the lunch hour to either be interviewed or share some thoughts with the entire company. This week, Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken sat down with Tim Rogers to talk about the third season of the show, which starts August 15, and why you should never go swimming in the ocean right after you've had a breast reduction surgery.
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!