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The DJ Bob Show
57 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
1237: Emotions, Mistakes, and Children’s Television (with Andy Yerkes)
Andy Yerkes is an accomplished children's television writer well known as head writer for Bear in the Big Blue House. Recently added to Disney Plus, Bear's legacy still shines brightly through beautiful puppetry, emotion-centric plots, and fun for the whole family. Yerkes shares many wonderful stories about his experience with the show. They discuss his writing process, the influence of the show, and their favorite moments. Yerkes catches listeners up on his latest project including animation projects, Duo Lingo, script writing, and more. PLUS find out what Bob’s favorite Bear moment is!
29 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
1236: The Best Time Of The Year (with Laurie Berkner)
It's never too early to start celebrating the holiday season! Today DJ Bob welcomes musician and holiday aficionado Laurie Berkner to the mic. Their conversation is full of Christmas magic as Bob and Laurie discuss her recording process, original music, and diversity inclusion in her projects. Laurie also shares her collaboration process with Norm Lewis, Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche on her latest album. PLUS find out why the festive season means so much to Laurie!
15 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
1235: Gigi & Nate: Discussing Representation (with Nick Hamm)
Director Nick Hamm joins DJ Bob to discuss his recent film release, “Gigi & Nate.” (Available NOW on Blu-Ray and DVD from Lionsgate. The film chronicles the story of quadriplegic Nate and his service monkey. In this week’s episode, Bob and Nick share a rich discussion on creating disability representation, inclusivity on film sets, and the profound impact of storytelling. Nick shares his inspirations and research for the film, and the lessons he’s learned. From honest conversations about disabilities to service animals to accessibility, you won't want to miss this impactful episode. PLUS find out what part of this project Nick is most proud of!
18 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
1234: Creating a Blue’s Clues Movie! with Josh Dela Cruz, Donovan Patton, BD Wong, Brianna Bryan, and Director Matt Stawski | Blue's Big City Adventure
In this week’s episode, DJ Bob had the opportunity to talk to the director and cast members of Paramount Plus’s new movie “Blue’s Big City Adventure.” The exciting new tale follows Josh and Blue as they find their way to get to an audition for a Broadway show! Matt Stawski directs, and listeners will also hear from DJ Bob alums Josh Dela Cruz and Brianna Bryan! Cast members BD Wong and Donovan Patton also join the interview. Listen to this delightful conversation as DJ Bob talks with the cast about the dynamic on set, exploring their love of Broadway and the arts, and how they were first exposed to Blue’s Clues! PLUS listen to the cast share their worst audition stories!
59 minutes | Oct 29, 2022
1233: I Don't Think I've Ever Told Anyone This…(with Gillian Pensavalle)
EXPLICIT CONTENT: Today, DJ Bob welcomes fellow podcaster Gillian Pensavalle. Pensavalle is most known for her widely successful podcasts True Crime Obsessed and the Hamilcast. Both DJ Bob and Pensavalle share a vulnerable conversation about their struggles and successes in the industry. As podcasters, they discuss everything from preparing for an episode to creating a safe space for their guests. Pensavalle shares her beginnings in acting, her early love of music, and fondness for 90s nostalgia. From conversations about disability to their editing process, you won't want to miss this genuine and surprising episode. PLUS what does Gillian Pensavalle wish people knew about her?
62 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
1232: Preserving Pop Culture (with Craig Shemin)
Craig Shemin is a writer, producer, and part of the Jim Henson television family. While he and DJ Bob have shared many discussions over their love of pop culture, today they finally get to do a podcast episode together. Self-described puppet and game show nerd, Shemin shares his long-standing connection with Jim Henson, and his ongoing efforts to chronicle the early days of Jim and Jane Henson’s creative work. Shemin’s newly released book, Sam and Friends - The Story of Jim Henson’s First Television Show, details the Hensons’ work prior to the creation of the Muppets. Shemin shares many heartfelt stories of his time working with Jim Henson, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, and so much more. PLUS: Find out how Craig Shemin got into character when writing lines for Miss Piggy!
11 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
1231: Blue's Clues & You!: Rainbow Puppy Adventures (with Brianna Bryan)
DJ Bob meets Brianna Bryan, the up-and-coming actress voicing Rainbow Puppy on Blue’s Clues & You! In today’s episode, Bryan shares with us the joys of being part of the Blue’s Clues family. From the most fun-filled audition to the most positive and adventurous episode, Bryan is overjoyed with the community she’s joined. You won’t want to miss this delightful conversation as DJ Bob and Bryan share what Blue's Clues means to them, why inclusion matters, and how Rainbow Puppy’s audience has responded. PLUS find out which Blue’s Clues & You character would be Bryan’s best friend if they came to life!
26 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
1230: Calculated Risks, American Idol, and More! (with William Hung)
Today DJ Bob welcomes pop culture icon, William Hung! From his career defining American idol audition to his motivational speaking, you won’t want to miss this episode. Hung shares his journey immigrating to America from Hong Kong, his experience on American Idol, and his hopes for future endeavors. From inclusivity to pop culture, risk taking to music making, DJ Bob’s dream list interview is full of meaning, bravery, and fun! PLUS: Find what Hung’s strangest fan experience is.
57 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
1229: Yoo-Hoo! It's Warrick Brownlow-Pike
Warrick Brownlow-Pike is the puppeteer behind beloved characters Gonger (Sesame Street), Dodge T. Dog (CBBC), and many more. He’s ready to try anything and says yes to everything! In this episode, Warrick and Bob discuss their defining childhood pop culture moments. They also open up about disability inclusion in the entertainment industry. Warrick tackles every subject with passion and fun. Find out more about Warrick’s travels, start in the industry, and creative process in this upbeat episode! PLUS: If Warrick could cast Gonger in any TV show, what would it be?
41 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
1228: September 11th: Looking Back 21 Years Later (with Kristy Jackson)
It’s been 21 years since 9/11. Today, Bob interviews the singer and songwriter behind, “Little Did She Know (She’d Kissed a Hero),” Kristy Jackson. If you were in New York in the months after 9/11, you undoubtedly heard this song on the radio. Join Bob as he and Kristy dive deep into the healing power of music and its ability to help us process difficult emotions. Kristy shares how she created the song, its path to popularity, and her special connection to fans of the song. PLUS: Learn how the community at home and abroad came together to share Kristy’s message.
50 minutes | Sep 9, 2022
1227: Halfway Around The World (with Amit Paul)
You may recognize Amit Paul as a pop star from the hit Swedish group A*Teens, but what is he up to today? While he had a bold and bright start in the music industry, his work and interests are now more diverse. From environmentally responsible startups to podcasts, spirituality to disability, join Bob and Amit as they share a deep and empathetic discussion. In today’s episode, Amit shares many hilarious and heartwarming stories of the group A*Teens, his upbringing, and so much more! PLUS: How did Amit Paul deal with the pressure and legacy of his early fame?
50 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
1226: The Man Behind Buster Baxter (with Daniel Brochu)
Meet a wonderful kind of person, Daniel Brochu. He is a voice and stage actor, most well known as the voice of Buster Baxter on PBS’ Arthur. Bob and Daniel connect over Arthur’s legacy, the ups and downs of gig work, and the importance of giving children a voice. Daniel shares with listeners the joyful and brave process of creating Arthur episodes. The show has long pushed the envelope on diversity, inclusion, and representation. Listen to today’s episode to find out how the creative team handled its more controversial episodes. PLUS find out how a personal trip inspired a Buster spin-off show!
46 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
1225: Having The Best Day Ever (with Marilyn Singer & Leah Nixon)
Today we’re taking a deep dive into inclusion in children’s media. Bob interviews an author/illustrator team about their book, Best Day Ever! It's written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Leah Nixon. The book is about a little boy and her dog, and this little boy happens to be in a wheelchair. It's the most indirect disability inclusion story Bob has seen, and it's the kind of representation that is often missing from children's literature. Discover why Singer, author of over 120 children’s books, decided to write this book now. Learn more about why she teamed up with wheelchair user and artist Leah Nixon. And you won’t want to miss a special reading from the author herself! PLUS Bob asks Singer and Nixon about their best days ever.
52 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
1224: This Episode Packs a FistPunch (with Brock Powell) | Disney's Hamster & Gretel
Disney Channel's new animated superhero comedy, Hamster & Gretel premieres today! DJ Bob is joined by Brock Powell, the voice of Fistpuncher for the series. The two discuss Brock's characters, diversity and inclusion, and so much more! You don't want to miss this!
35 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
1223: That New Sound You've Been Looking For (with Harry Waters Jr.)
A vision of sincerity and happiness, Harry Waters Jr brings his authentic self to the table. From the Black Lives Matter movement to disability inclusion, Back to the Future actor heralds community building as the solution to today’s struggles. And speaking of community, you won't want to miss the budding friendship between Bob and Harry as they embrace their similarities and their differences. PLUS: Harry answers Bob’s burning question, "how would Marty McFly soup-up a wheelchair?"
56 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
1222: We've Got Annie! (with Shelley Bruce)
Shelley Bruce's personality is full of sunshine and spunk - just what you'd expect from one of Broadway's original Annies. Unafraid to embrace her claim to fame, Shelley opens up to Bob about how the community in NYC helped her through her chemo treatments. While there's more to Shelley's story than hard luck orphans, she remains extremely fond of the Annie fan base. Listen as Bob uncovers so much more about Shelley's friends, day job, and even her entrepreneurial endeavors. PLUS: Bob and Shelley discuss video games, a surprising overlap in their interests!
25 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
1221: A Siri-ously Good Episode (with Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri)
In this episode, DJ Bob says hey to the original voice of Siri, Susan C. Bennett. Susan talks with Bob about how she got started in the industry, landing the role of the voice on your phone, Siri's impact on the disability community, PLUS: The weirdest voice-over gig she was ever hired to do? Listen in to hear all of this, and more!
26 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
1220: The Tables Have Turned III (with Carey Stinson)
To start our celebration of the twelfth anniversary of The DJ Bob Show, DJ Bob is in the hot seat as he is interviewed by a fan-favorite guest of the podcast, children's entertainer, and podcaster, Carey Stinson. In this candid and insightful conversation, we learn about the different iterations of the show over the years, how Cerebral Palsy and podcasting collide, and a whole lot more in this chat between two creative individuals.
25 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
1219: The Episode With DJ Bob's Girlfriend (with Sydney)
One of DJ Bob's goals is to let you in on his life off-air, and one of the things that makes Bob the happiest is his girlfriend Sydney, And she's in the guest seat this week for her birthday. Join Bob and Syd as they talk about how they met, and their favorite memories, PLUS: What '90s television character would take over The DJ Bob Show? Celebrate with us as all that and more will be revealed!
8 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
1218: Nickelodeon Slime Cup (with Gabrielle Nevaeh Green and Isaiah Crews)
Nickelodeon will be delivering a tee-rific golf competition with Nickelodeon Slime Cup, a brand-new golf special featuring four teams as they compete on a “Nick-ified” golf course to reach an unpredictable final round taking place inside the iconic Rose Bowl stadium. It will simulcast on Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons. DJ Bob sits down with Gabrielle Nevaeh Green and Isaiah Crews as they discuss the exciting event, what Nick animated character would be on their team, and much more!
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