Join the Family at the Table

Radio legend Tom Barnard sits down family-style with his wife, son and daughter on this daily podcast. Get a comedic take on everyday family discussions, entertainment news, special guests, and current events!

Latest Episodes

Ryan Winkler and Arthur Smith – #2350

Thirsty? Why not grab a can of THC? Apparently you can do that now, at least in Minnesota. And it’s all thanks to Ryan, because he’s the one who brought some cans in. And what better thing to pair with a drink that shortens your attention span than a book? Arthur Smith has met just about everyone there is to meet, being a television producer, and he’s also learned a few things. He has yet to learn how to stop saying “eh” though. Some things stay with you forever.
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The Family: The Return of Car Selling Secrets – #2350 | Car Selling Secrets #159

In March, we bid farewell to Car Selling Secrets. Now, not even three months later, it’s back. Doug works quick. That’s why he’s a world-famous car salesman. In addition to reviving the show, he’s living out another dream: he’s finally selling Fords. Probably not part of his dream is talking extensively about baseball, although we made it work. We took the backseat at that point and let John and Gelfand take the wheel. Get it? Wheel? Back Seat? It’s car humor.
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The Family: Fritz Coleman – #2349

Fritz is back after a month and a half. In that time, the weather in California has not changed. But you know what has changed? Comedy. Not since March, but in general. You’ve heard us complain about a lack of Don Rickles and Blazing Saddles these days, but it goes beyond that. In a bid to reduce “hate”, we ended up replacing pretend hate with real hate of a different flavor. Inquisitions rarely increase the total amount of joy in the world. You know what does though? Fritz’s new special, Unassisted Living, now on Tubi.
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The Family: The Cost of Fame – #2348

Imagine. You’re at work one day, just doing your job, when suddenly you feel a shooting pain from your neck to your shoulder. The doctor tells you you can’t work any more. Now what? If you’re a baseball player, you collect 50 million dollars a year for the next seven years while you do whatever you want. If you’re anyone else, things might be a bit more grim. Such circumstances may even drive you to smoke four packs a day. That would probably just make things worse though.
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The Family: Must See TV, Must Drive EV – #2347

Everyone on TV sucks. Apparently watching horrible people be horrible to each other is the cool new trend. But is it really new? That’s basically what a soap opera is, right? That’s why we say out with the old. No more jerks on TV, and no more gas powered cars. Maybe. We’ll readdress the car thing in a decade or so.
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The Family: [The Lost Episodes #10] Jo Koy – #39

Before Jo Koy was the Jo Koy, he was on our show. Very early, in fact. He was among the first comedians we had on the show. If we had known one day he’d have multiple Netflix specials, we’d have gotten his autograph. And we would have also bought Netflix stock. Maybe if you yell loud enough while you play this episode, you can reach us in the past and change the trajectory of fate. Do it in public for maximum success, probably.
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T.J. Newman – #2346

Flying is the safest form of travel, yet it’s also weirdly common in disaster and thriller fiction. Why is that? Same reason we accept that someone can just fall into a vat of something and turn into a superhero: it’s interesting. Being trapped in a crashed plane underwater is about as interesting as it gets. One could even call it too interesting. Thankfully, however, it’s not a real story. It’s a non-memoir by T.J. Newman, and it’s called Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421.
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The Family: A La Carte – #2345

Remember the 90s, when you were forced to spend $150 a month on a cable package that was full of channels you never watched just to get access to the stuff you did care about? Thank God those days are over. It’s so much cheaper to subscribe to ten different streaming services all at an affordable price of $15 a month.
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The Family: [The Lost Episodes #9] Bob Sansevere – #697

Years ago, Tom fired Bob from KQ. Or at least that’s what the public believed. Now, Bob’s back doing a morning show with Tom. But after the first morning show and before the second morning show, there was the afternoon show, and Bob was on that too. The man’s destiny is clearly tied to the microphone. And also to Tom.
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The Family: Brian Goodman – #2344

Today we feature two timeless tragedies. First, it’s the tale of The Purloined Pocket. That one is more of a cautionary tale. Then, Brian brings us Fatal Attraction, the new series on Paramount+ which reimagines the classic movie. Actually, both stories are very similar. Both involve a man having something he shouldn’t and suffering the consequences for it. That’s why the golden rule is “keep your hands to yourself”. Or something like that.
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Tom Barnard – Host

Tom Barnard was raised in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and his six siblings were raised almost entirely by their mother. Tom began in radio in 1971, and has been a renowned morning show host in America since 1986 on 92 KQRS.

He received the Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year, was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

In his spare time, you can find him enjoying movies and TV shows with his wife, taking walks, golfing, or playing with his grandchildren.

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Kathryn Brandt – Co-host

Kathryn has a restless streak as far as careers go; having produced and written for the KQRS morning show, (even before Tom) becoming a Mom, raising and riding horses, becoming a real estate agent, and currently she is the HR officer and co-host on the podcast. With so many things to do and experience, she’s trying to work it all in.

Gardening, traveling, golfing, reading, hiking in the mountains, and spending a lot of time with their adorable grandchildren and family are the joys of her life.

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Andy Brandt-Barnard – Audio Engineer

Andy is Tom and Kathryn’s son and the engineer of the show. He handles the board and the computer (mainly the resident fact checker). When he’s not on the show he’s often at home; he enjoys programming and playing video games in his spare time.

He also enjoys his time with his wife, Melissa, and their son, Ethan, who shares Tom’s birthday (70 years exactly). They currently enjoy small town life, although it’s not quite as small as the town Andy grew up in. On the plus side, that means not having to pack rations for the arduous multi-week journey to the nearest grocery store.

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Alex Brandt-Barnard Rasmussen – Talent

Alex and her husband have two young children; most of her time is spent being entertained by them. When she isn’t soaking up the glory that is Motherhood, she enjoys running with their two dogs, lifting weights, meditating and reading. She loves spending time outside and loves all seasons.

She studied fashion merchandising, design, journalism and dance, but somehow found herself working on this podcast. You’ll enjoy such banter from her as her being a vegetarian strictly to irritate her Father, trying to get him to be positive about anything (to no avail), singing sentences other people just said and facts about having ADHD.

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Jude – Pod Dog

Jude is Tom and Kathryn’s eight year old (as of 2022) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the current primary pod dog. His hobbies include chasing everything that moves and dreaming about chasing everything that moves.

After rising through the ranks from a lowly third-tier pod dog to the main event, he has decided to rest on his laurels because resting is his favorite thing to do, in between bouts of hyperactivity. He is sometimes joined by his fellow pod dogs, Daisy, Birch and Mae.


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The Archives

This is the playlist of all of our  archived episodes. Each episode is from the early years of the Family Show. Listen to hear how we got our start, and get a laugh from the crazy things we did. Please be aware that the episodes are not searchable, and are in a random order

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