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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

Dana Diedrich and Rob Pope – #2301

Did you know Alex was doing a podcast? No, not this one. There’s another. It’s called “The Millennial’s Guide To Being Okay”, and it features her and Dana telling you how to be okay. Here’s one way to not be okay: run 15,000 miles without years of training beforehand. Rob was smart enough to put in some light exercise such as ultra-marathons first, so he could do it no problem. Plus he got a book out of the experience. It’s called Becoming Forrest, because he retraced Forrest Gump’s steps across the country. Turns out it’s not as easy as the movie makes it sound.
Becoming Forrest: The extraordinary true story of one man’s epic run across America

Not All Loofahs Are Clean – #2300

Apparently the new formula the Oscars have come up with to drum up viewership is controversy. This year, it’s a bunch of In Memoriam snubs. Even in death, they’ll turn a profit on you. That’s why once you reach a certain age it’s better to simply retire to a community in the middle of nowhere where drama can’t reach you. Just stay away from any loofahs and pineapples.

Howdy Ma’am – #2299

Is there anything worse than being called “ma’am”? Actually, yes. Several dozen things, in fact. Among the worst is “depositor at Silicon Valley Bank”. Don’t worry, they’re working on another bailout. You know, the thing that everyone was against until they found themselves on the wrong side of the FDIC’s deposit insurance. It’s kind of like how everyone was against Tom Brady until he started threatening to perform standup comedy. Now they’re really against him.

LA Nik – #2298 | Car Selling Secrets #157

Nik’s back after jetting and/or biking around the globe, and he’s on the board of tourism for Argentina now. Not literally, of course. He might as well be though, with all the good things he has to say about it. Apparently it’s better than Reno and the Oregon trail combined. Pretty impressive.

Larry Jorgensen – #2297

In 1926, a ship carrying 240 cars – which were a big deal at the time – wrecked in Lake Superior. The ship was lost, but the cars somehow almost all managed to survive the crash. The rest involved building a giant ramp made out of ice and driving the cars across a frozen lake. The salary for such a feat? Five dollars. Hey, it’s better than a farthing. Read the full story in Larry’s book, available on Amazon. Then hear the incredible tale of how Jude managed to beat the odds and survive a debilitating case of minor paw pain.
Shipwrecked and Rescued: The City of Bangor

Smack My Smith Up – #2296

The Will Smith slap. It’s all anybody has been talking about for an entire year for some insane reason. At least right now we have a decent-ish reason to be talking about it: Chris Rock’s new special just came out and he, naturally, incorporated the incident into his material. Let’s just say he wasn’t kind. You know, like how Hollywood isn’t kind to male victims of sexual assault.

Outrage, Selectively – #2295

As more and more information gets uncovered about the origin of COVID-19, it seems money is the central point of contention. Is arrogance in media and politics at an all-time high, or is it just more noticeable now? Also, people are outraged about Chris Rock’s new special, but that’s no surprise.

The Old and the Rested – #2294 | Car Selling Secrets #156

At some point, we all get too old to drive. The trick is knowing where that point is. Generally it lies somewhere around the same point where a close relative takes your keys and hides them. If you haven’t reached that stage yet, why not buy a 1963 Rolls Royce? They’re only $40,000 or so these days. You may or may not get modern luxuries such as power steering, air conditioning, or FM radio, but think of how fancy you’ll feel.

Charles Esten – #2293

Do you have a decision in your life that you consider your “one good move”? That one thing you did that changed your life for the better? For Charles, it was marrying his wife. He even wrote a song about it. He’s not just a singer/songwriter though, he’s also an actor. Ward Cameron on Outer Banks and Deacon Claybourne on Nashville are just two of his many credits. See if Deacon ever got that gold in season 3 which just came out last week on Netflix.

We’re Going Quantum – #2292

Everybody’s tired. Tired of superhero movies. They were fun for a while, but where do you go from a supervillain who kills half of the entire universe? It’s just a little hard to believe after a certain point, and considering it started out as a scientist who turns green and invincible, that’s saying something. Give us something more realistic, like a bear that eats a bunch of cocaine and then dies. It’s more interesting than it sounds, we swear.

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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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