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Social Studies

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Joe “Mr.D” Dombrowski studies being social, by being social!

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Let's Watch TV: Uncoupled

August 17th, 2022


Joe and Mama Fran chat about babies before getting into the Netflix show Uncoupled. The show stars Neil Patrick Harris as a middle aged gay man faced with the prospect of having to start dating again after his partner …

Social Studies 2.0

August 15th, 2022


Joe is joined by the new co-host of the Social Studies Podcast Gaspare Randazzo. They chat about Disney Adults and uncomfortable trips to the zoo, …

Let's Watch TV: Ugliest House in America

August 10th, 2022


This week, things get ugly as Fran and Joe watch Ugliest House in America from HGTV. Joe and Fran delve into the finer details of mortuary's and poor design choices as they tour through the ugliest homes in America.

Midwestern Rainbows with Cameron Esposito

August 8th, 2022


Joe is joined by Cameron Esposito from the Seeso show Take My Wife as well as the hit ABC show A Million Little Things. Joe and Cameron chat about growing up in the Midwest and moving to the coasts to pursue their …

Let's Watch TV: Come From Away

August 3rd, 2022


This week, Joe and Fran change things up by watching the hit Broadway play, Come From Away. They share some inspiring behind the scenes stories from the production and get inspired to take a new spin on LWTV in the near …

Liquid Confidence with Jeff Leach

August 1st, 2022


Joe enjoys the sultry tones amazing content creator Jeff Leach and they chat about brittish humor, Gaming, and how to minecraft could help your …

Let's Watch TV: The Kaminski Method

July 27th, 2022


Fran and Joe watch the Netflix show The Kaminski Method. They dish about the show before debuting a new segment, Mama Fran's Hot Takes.

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Born in '86 with DJ Demers

July 26th, 2022


Joe is joined by the amazing DJ Demers from America's Got Talent and The Conan O'brien Show. They chat about interpreters at comedy shows before …

Bottle of Wine In the Backpack with Dr. Jody Carrington

July 25th, 2022


This week, Joe is joined once again by fan favorite Dr. Jody Carrington. She shares how kids know exactly how to get under your skin, even if you're …

Let's Watch TV: Reservation Dogs

July 20th, 2022


This week, Joe gets real about Disney adults and Mama Fran introduces a new segment before they dive into the Hulu show Reservation Dogs.

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Scary Stories with Doug Smith

July 18th, 2022


Joe is joined by the hilarious Doug Smith, and they chat about home-births, booze acne, and comedy before getting into some truly creepy ghost …

Let's Watch TV: God's Favorite Idiot

July 13th, 2022


This week, Joe's dog slowly eats his entire house before he and Mama Fran digest the new Netflix show God's Favorite Idiot. They share their reaction to the show before discussing the finer points of feline prostitution.

Bloom and Grow Radio with Maria Failla

July 11th, 2022


Joe is joined again by the amazingly talented plant enthusiast Maria Failla of Bloom and Grow Radio. They chat about Maria's new book before Joe shares an interesting (but unfortunate) story about sap licking!

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Let's Watch TV: Keep Sweet, Pray and Obey

July 6th, 2022


This week, Joe and Fran get uninvited from their next family reunion for breaking HIPPA laws before they get into one of the craziest (and worst) series they've watched yet! Keep Sweet, Pray and Obey is a Netflix series …

Let's Watch TV: Selling Sunset

June 29th, 2022


This week, Joe and Mama Fran chat about the Netflix reality series Selling Sunset. Mama Fran keeps it real and Joe gets some real estate news of his own!

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Theater People with Gianmarco Soresi

June 27th, 2022


Joe is joined by the hilarious Gianmarco Soresi. Joe and Gianmarco chat about childhood bullies, being in the theater crowd, and middle school …

Everything the Light Touches with Vera Ahiyya

June 20th, 2022


Joe is once again joined by the Tutu Teacher herself, Vera Ahiyya. They chat about all things teacher life including the importance of librarians, dealing with bureaucracy, having important conversations in the …

Let's Watch TV: Ozark

June 15th, 2022


This week, Joe gets sucked in to a show he thought he would never watch, Netflix's crime drama Ozark. Mama Fran gives her thoughts on haunted houses …

Midwestern Boys with Charlie Berens

June 13th, 2022


Things get reaalllllllll midwestern when Joe is joined by the hilarious Charlie Berens. They chat about Ranch dressing, ice fishing, and all manner of midwestern tropes before getting into some amazing listener emails.

Let's Watch TV: This Is Us

June 8th, 2022


Cue the water-works as Joe and Fran watch the iconic and emotional show This Is Us. Joe is stretched to his emotional limits and Fran shares why she thinks this is one of the best shows of all time. Joe also shares some …

Hand Stuff with Gaspare Randazzo

June 6th, 2022


Things get crazy as Joe is joined again by popular demand by Gaspare Randazzo. They talk about Hand Stuff (ASL...and prostitution), Pizza in time …

Farm Kids with Amber Autry

May 30th, 2022


Joe is joined by former farm-kid Amber Autry. They discuss the joys (and terrors) of the outdoors, growing up as a theater kid, and what kind of interesting neighborhood Amber lives in before getting into listener …

Let's Watch TV: The Dropout

May 25th, 2022


Joe and Fran watch Joe's favorite show thus far, the Hulu Docu-series The Dropout. Mama Fran and Joe disagree over the finer details and Joe reminds …

Bad Gifts with Zachary Noe Towers

May 23rd, 2022


Joe is joined by hillarious friend of the pod Zachary Noe Towers! Joe and Zachary chat about salacious pictures made with museum gift shop toys and Joe almost gets engaged before getting into emails about horrible gifts.

Definitely Not a Bully with Irene Tu

May 16th, 2022


Joe is joined by the very histerical Irene Tu. They discuss comedy specials and maybe being the bully in school before getting into some stories from …

Let's Watch TV: The Ultimatum

May 11th, 2022


Joe and Fran hop on the Hot Mess Express as they watch the Netflix reality dating show The Ultimatum. Joe spits some hot-takes and Fran gets an unforgettable mothers day present.

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Creepy Kid Stories with Anjelah Johnson

May 9th, 2022


This week, Joe is joined by the multi-talented Angela Johnson. She and Joe get chatty about their spirituality before delving into some truly …

Let's Watch TV: Bridgerton

May 4th, 2022


This week, Fran practices her British accent as they watch the Netflix show Bridgerton. Fran talks about how she got real live 'Lady Whistledowned' and Joe decides he can't watch the show with his

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Strange Gifts with Emma Willmann

May 2nd, 2022


This week, Joe is joined once again by the amazing Emma Willmann. They chat about embarrassing loved ones and the perils of tik-tok live videos before diving into emails about the worst gifts of all time!

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Let's Watch TV: Ted Lasso

April 27th, 2022


This week Joe and Fran dive into the hit Apple TV show Ted Lasso. Joe dies on a hill and Fran shows off her new recording space.

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Holes in the Floor with Gaspare Randazzo

April 25th, 2022


Joe is joined by hillarious New York High School teacher Gaspare Randazzo. Randazzo shares some hilarious and amazing stories from his time teaching …

Let's Watch TV: Bad Vegan

April 20th, 2022


Joe and Fran watch yet another Netflix swindler show titled Bad Vegan. Fran's eyelashes are vindicated by the fans and Joe has some hot takes on people who get swindled so easily.

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Bro-Code Switching with Ricci Armani

April 18th, 2022


Joe is joined again by fan-favorite Ricci Armani. Joe and Ricci try their best straight impressions before getting into some absolutely wild …

Let's Watch TV: Great Brittish Baking Show

April 13th, 2022


This week, Mama Fran's english accent needs work and Joe get's an insatiable craving for Focaccia Bread as they watch the classic Brittish reality show The Great Brittish Bake-Off. Then they finish the show off with a …

Confessions of a Substitute Teacher

April 11th, 2022


This week, Joe learns way too much about Star Wars from an enthusiastic student before spilling the the tea on what actually happens when the substitute shows up to a new classroom.

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Let's Watch TV: Love is Blind

April 6th, 2022


This week, Mama Fran almost gets robbed on air and Joe comes up with a brand new reality television idea before they get into the hot mess express that is the Netflix reality show Love is Blind.

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Horrible Bosses with Mary Santora

April 4th, 2022


This week, Joe is joined by the incredibly funny Mary Santora and they chat about laughing through grief and growing up in cults before getting into …

Let's Watch TV: The Real Dirty Dancing

March 30th, 2022


This week, Mama Fran wants to introduce everyone to one of her recent favorites, The Real Dirty Dancing on Fox. Joe is spiritually inspired by the beauty of Tyler Cameron and Mama Fran shares her thoughts on the show.

Teacher Support with Dr. Jody Carrington

March 28th, 2022


Joe is joined once again by the amazing Dr. Jody Carrington. They chat about how to deal with the hardest kids, what supporting teachers looks like, and the meet-cute story of how Jody and Joe became friends, before …

Let's Watch TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

March 23rd, 2022


Joe and Fran take a trip back to the late 1950's as they watch the hit Amazon Prime show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Mama Fran checks Joe on his …

Cat kids with Katie Hannigan

March 21st, 2022


This week, Joe is joined by the incredibly funny Katie Hannigan. They chat about the pros and cons of falling in love at the circus before getting into stories about kids who are pretending to be animals AND assorted …

Let's Watch TV: Stuck

March 16th, 2022


This week, Fran and Joe watch a strange show from TLC called Stuck. Mama Fran shares stories from her time working in the ER and Joe is reminded of kindergarteners fondness for sticking beads in bodily orifices before …

Honest Teacher Vibes with Bri Richardson

March 14th, 2022


This episode Joe chats with the incredibly funny TikTok sensation Bri Richardson (HonestTeacherVibes) about the pains and joys of teaching middle …

Let's Watch TV: Addicted to Marriage

March 9th, 2022


This week, Joe and Mama Fran watch the crazy TLC show Addicted to Marriage. Mama Fran shares the story of how she lost her wedding ring not once but twice! And Joe airs some real dirty family laundry, before they debut …

Always Check the Shower

March 7th, 2022


Joe is joined by fan favorite Ricci Armani, to share dating horror stories! Joe and Ricci talk about how sexy a clean house can be and share their tips and tricks on how to know when to stay and when to get gone quick!

The Return of Mama Fran

February 28th, 2022


Joe is joined for a rare Social Studies appearance of Mama Fran! Joe and Fran duet some catholic hymns before they get into a q&a with Fran, but …

Let's Watch TV: Schitt's Creek

February 23rd, 2022


This week, Joe introduces Fran to the cult favorite television show Schitt's Creek. Fran considers doing yoga and Joe has to deal with a sick puppy.

Teacher Shortages

February 21st, 2022


This week, Joe has strong opinions about the Grammar Police, Anna Delvey, merit pay, and how the teacher shortage has gotten to the point where the …

Let's Watch TV: The Tinder Swindler

February 16th, 2022


This week, Joe and Fran watch an amazing Netflix documentary called The Tindler Swindler. Joe and Fran are both riveted as they get sucked into this crazy story, and they share a time when they had a run-in with a real …

Teaching on a Full Moon

February 14th, 2022


This week, Joe gets back in the classroom in one of the most dangerous teaching scenarios, during a full moon! Throw in a bucket of maple syrup and …

Let's Watch TV: Love on the Spectrum

February 9th, 2022


Fran binges 2 seasons of a show for the first time as they watch the Netflix show Love on the Spectrum! Fran can't get enough and Joe breaks down in the best way!

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The Super Sub

February 7th, 2022


Joe gets back in the classroom living that substitute teacher life! Joe's finds that his studen't have extremely refined palettes, learns how to …

Let's Watch TV: Cheer Season 2

February 2nd, 2022


This week Joe and Fran watch the Netflix hit docu-series Cheer. Joe is here for the whole thing but Fran isn't entirely convinced, especially when it …

Crime of the Century

January 31st, 2022


The criminals are after your pet's food! Joe falls victim to a strange crime that leads to a series of unfortunate events including a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcocks worst nightmares, a very messy trip to the …

Let's Watch TV: Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

January 26th, 2022


This week, Joe and Fran watch a documentary that will completely change how you see the beloved PBS painter Bob Ross and Joe teaches Fran about ASMR.

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Blowing Monica Nevi's Mind

January 24th, 2022


This week, Joe is joined by the hilarious muggle Monica Nevi! Monica and Joe chat about how hot good-parenting is before getting into listener emails …

Let's Watch TV: Ru Paul's Drag Race

January 19th, 2022


Joe finally gets a chance for payback! Just as Fran made him watch her favorite show the Bachelor, Joe returns the favor and they watch Ru Paul's …

Muggle Mind Blown with Ricci Armani

January 17th, 2022


Joe is joined for a second week in a row by the amazing Ricci Armani. Ricci gets his mind blown as socialite nation sends in some of the most unbelievable situations that teachers are all too often faced with.

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Let's Watch TV: Golden Girls

January 12th, 2022


To honor the amazing life and work of Betty White, Fran and Joe watch a classic Golden Girls episode. Joe gets offended at Fran's lack of familiarity …

Crazy Covid stories with Ricci Armani

January 10th, 2022


This week Joe takes a trip to a naked beach with his great and hilarious muggle-friend Ricci Armani! Then they discuss all the things you can find at gas stations to put in your body before Ricci gets a mind-blowing …

Let's Watch TV: Dance Moms

January 5th, 2022


This week, Joe and Fran explore the line between inspiration and abuse as they watch the wild Lifetime reality show Dance Moms.

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Animal Fails

January 3rd, 2022


This week, Joe recounts his first week with a brand new golden-retriever puppy named Mack, and notices a few similarities to training a puppy and …

Let's Watch TV: Abbot Elementary

December 29th, 2021


On the final Let's Watch TV of 2021, Joe and Fran watch a brand new show on ABC called Abbot Elementary! The show is about a group of teachers dealing with the joys and hardships of working in a Philadelphia public …

Let's Watch TV: A Castle for Christmas

December 22nd, 2021


Joe breaks into the gummies to get through A Castle for Christmas, a new Netflix movie starring Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes. Jeff makes a guest appearance, and Fran knows more about geography than Joe on this final …

The 12 Gays of Christmas (Crossover)

December 20th, 2021


On this episode, Joe rings in the holiday season by sharing a podcast he was recently featured on called the "12 Gays of Christmas" with Bryan …

Let's Watch TV: The Family Stone

December 15th, 2021


This week, Joe and Fran watch a Dombrowski family classic, The Family Stone. Joe tries his best not to spoil the movie and Mama Fran reveals what makes her cry every time she watches!

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Private School Presents

December 13th, 2021


This week, Joe shares some stories from his private school teaching days before sharing some of the most unbelievable gifts received from private …

Behavior Management: Exhausted Kindergarten Teacher

December 9th, 2021


On this episode, Joe helps out a Kindergarten who is tired of her students touching one another. Joe gives some tips to help nip this behavior in the bud!

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Let's Watch TV: Christmas Cookie Challenge

December 8th, 2021


It's the sweetest episode yet as Fran and Joe get inspired by the Christmas Cookie Challenge. Joe wants a Tofu cookie and Fran decides to play a game …

Million Dollar Ideas and Terrible Gifts with Ben Polizzi

December 6th, 2021


This week, Joe is in Indy and he's joined by an amazing comedian, Ben Polizzi! Joe shares the winners of the flare pen competition, and then Joe and …

Let's Watch TV: Love Hard

December 1st, 2021


This episode is the first Holiday episode of the season! Joe and Fran watch Love Hard, the holiday movie that's all the rage right now. Fran loves it …

Planning Your Parent's Funeral with Mama Fran

November 29th, 2021


This week, Mama Fran is back on the Pod! Fran's instagram gets liked by a superstar, and Joe learns something new about his childhood , before they read some of the funniest funeral plans submitted by the Socialite …

Let's Watch TV: Everybody Loves Raymond

November 24th, 2021


This week starts the Holiday show marathon and we get ready for Thanksgiving with one of Fran's favorite TV show episodes of all time: Everybody Love …

Nightmare Co-workers with Lisa Lampanelli

November 22nd, 2021


On this episode Joe is joined by the absolutely iconic comedian Lisa Lampanelli. Often called the "Queen of Mean," we learn how she's channeling her …

Let's Watch TV: Righteous Gemstones

November 17th, 2021


This week, Mama Fran gets spotted in the wild but isn't worried about getting trafficked while Joe comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme involving …

Even More Rants

November 15th, 2021


This week, the teacher rants keep coming! Joe considers getting a dog instagram account, and we hear even more rants from classrooms all across the nation!

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Let's Watch TV: The Voice

November 10th, 2021


This week, Joe and Mama Fran watch The Voice! Mama Fran learns about Arianna Grande and Joe gets surprisingly emotional during one of the performances, before getting cat-fished, but with a hotel!

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Just Rants with Matt Bellasai

November 8th, 2021


This week, Joe is joined by the hilariously cynical comedian Matt Bellasai. Matt shares his opinions on kid's birthday parties and gender reveals, before getting into some epic rants covering everything from reply-all …

Behavior Management: Adventurous but Anxious

November 4th, 2021


On this episode, Joe hears from a teacher considering a serious change of pace from teaching elementary school to teaching middle school. Joe puts …

Let's Watch TV: Ghosts

November 3rd, 2021


On this episode, Mama Fran and Joe watch a great new show called Ghosts on CBS. They break down the first few couple of episodes and Joe tells us about one crazy dream!

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Student Notes

November 2nd, 2021


This week, Joe does some next-level adulting when he goes house hunting, but can't help indulging in a little bippity boppity b******t to get an edge …

Let's Watch TV: Paranormal Witness

October 27th, 2021


This week, Joe and Fran get real spooky and watch the paranormal investigation show Paranormal Witness for SYFY. Mama Fran shares some ghost stories and Joe recalls a few of his own spookiest moments!

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Trick or Treat with Tori Pool

October 25th, 2021


This week, Joe is joined by superstar teacher-turned-comedian, Tori Pool for a spooky Halloween episode ! Tori and Joe discuss Tori's journey from …

Let's Watch TV: Squid Games

October 20th, 2021


This week, Joe tries to pull a fast one on Mama Fran, but she's not falling for it, as a special "patreon member" suggests they watch the crazy …

Kid Games

October 18th, 2021


This week, Joe brings you some of the wildest games to ever grace the classrooms and playgrounds of this nation's schools! These games require …

Let's Watch TV: The Movies That Made US (Pretty Woman)

October 13th, 2021


Mama Fran is back! And to celebrate, she and Joe watch the netflix documentary The Movies That Made Us featuring the iconic rom-com Pretty Woman.

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Devious Licks

October 11th, 2021


If you didn't know, a tik-tok craze called Devious Licks is sweeping the high schools of the nation, and its not all that great! Joe shares some of …

Let's Watch TV: Botched

October 6th, 2021


Joe continues to keep it in the family and is joined by a fan favorite, Uncle Ralph to watch the E! program Botched. We get to hear hot takes on plastic surgery, thoughts on Vodka enemas, and opinions on beach balls …

Talent Shows with Orlando Baxter

October 4th, 2021


Joe is joined by fellow teacher comedian Orlando Baxter to discuss some truly amazing talent-shows-gone-wrong. From shining moments to trauma …

Lets Watch TV: Unpolished

September 29th, 2021


This week, Joe is joined by a very special guest! While Mama Fran recovers from her surgery, Aunt Ginger fills in and they dish about TLC's show …

Wild Student Responses

September 27th, 2021


This week, Joe shares some absolutely AMAZING responses from students! From the truly bizarre to the slighly sociopathic, teachers hear it all, and …

Let's Watch TV: LulaRich

September 23rd, 2021


This week we go on quite a journey, from pig anatomy to the do's and don'ts of mid-level marketing! Joe and Mama Fran watch the new docu-series from …

Oops! Wrong Person

September 21st, 2021


This week, Joe shares some absolutely MORTIFYING stories of accidentally texting or emailing the wrong person. Things go from cute to x-rated and …

Lets Watch TV: The Circle Season 3

September 16th, 2021


Joe and Fran watch and discuss The Circle: Season 3. Joe accidentally burns his nipples getting ready for the show, and Mama Fran strategizes for season 4 before they chat about the season 3 episode 1 twist ending!

Observation Horror Stories

September 13th, 2021


This week, Joe brings you the funniest and most horrifying stories from teacher observations! Joe wonders why kids have a weird obsession with feet, and the we get all his hot-hot-takes on teacher observations!

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Let's Watch TV: Back Yard Bar Wars

September 8th, 2021


This week, Joe and Mama Fran get a little mixed up (big surprise!) and accidentally watch different episodes of Back Yard Bar Wars! Fran helps us remember what the 70's were like and Joe reveals a precious moment from …

Animal Escape!

September 6th, 2021


Things get literally wild as Joe shares some stories from when he moonlighted as a zoo-man during his first few years teaching. Then he shares other teacher stories of animal shenanigans including stories featuring …

Let's Watch TV: Dirty Rotten Cleaners

September 1st, 2021


This week, things get filthy as Joe and Fran watch Dirty Rotten Cleaners. Mama Fran almost looses her lunch while watching and we discover Joe's deepest darkest fear!

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Teacher Parent Conference Tales

August 30th, 2021


This week, Joe might be an international felon after making the trip back from Canada, but he still shares wild teacher-parent conference stories, including one where a parent declares herself an actual witch. Then we …

Teacher-Parent Conference with Michelle Griffo

August 16th, 2021

Joe is joined by Michelle Griffo, also known as @ApplesAndABCs on instagram! She confesses her most awful parent tendencies as the mother of an …

Let's Watch TV: The Incredible Dr. Pol

August 11th, 2021

This week, Joe continues his recovery by watching an episode of the Incredible Dr. Pol! Joe and Fran start a new charity challenge and Joe gets to …

Back to School Stories

August 9th, 2021


This week, Joe is quarantining in Omaha after getting the Covid and fills the time by chatting with everyone's favorite tour manager Jeff before …

(Un)Professional Development

August 2nd, 2021


This week, Joe is in Florida and on the hunt for a real life gator! Then he shares real-life professional development horror stories, and there are some doozies!

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Let's Watch TV: Sexy Beasts

July 28th, 2021


This week Joe and Fran watch a show they've been putting off for a while, Netflix's Sexy Beasts! But due to popular demand they finally gave in, and …

Class Rooms To Go with Miss Jerri

July 26th, 2021


This week, Joe drops a brand new top 5 list: Things That Are NOT allowed in School Next Year! Then he's joined by a super creative and innovative …

Let's Watch TV: Top Chef

July 21st, 2021


This week, Joe and Fran watch Top Chef and Joe has been craving something Rose flavored ever since! Mama Fran misses drive-in movies and Joe doesn't …

Teacher Hairlines with Devin Siebold

July 19th, 2021


This week, Joe is joined by friend of the pod and hilarious comic Devin Siebold! Devin and Joe commiserate about teacher hair and the feelings of …

Let's Watch TV: The Real Housewives of New York

July 14th, 2021


This week, Joe and Mama Fran reflect on the Real Housewives of New York. Mama Fran learns about being sex positive, and Joe considers converting to Judaism.

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Wild Teacher Gifts

July 12th, 2021

This week, Joe would like to reiterate that even though he is NOT a teacher during summer, but still has some advice for the business next door who …

Let's Watch TV: Bar Rescue

July 8th, 2021


This week, Joe and Fran both loved watching Bar Rescue on Paramount Network. Joe decides he wants to become a secret shopper and Fran tells us about the time she was a bartender for a night!

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Summer Recharge with Dr. Jody Carrington

July 5th, 2021


This week, Joe is joined again by friend of the pod Dr. Jody Carrington. Joe and Jody talk the real talk about teacher self-care, the importance of empathy, and the incredible positive impact teachers can have on this …

Let's Watch TV: Naked and Afraid

June 30th, 2021

This week Joe and Fran get quite an eyeful as they watch one of the wildest shows yet: Naked and Afraid! We learn all about river parasites, Joe …

Wild Parent Emails

June 28th, 2021


This week, Joe pulls out some great stories from the past year before reading out some of your wildest parent emails!

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Let's Watch TV: Married at First Sight

June 23rd, 2021


This week Joe and Fran watch the Lifetime show Married at First Sight! Joe wants to poke his eyes out watching another "love" show, and Mama Fran gets feisty correcting Joe's grammar!

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Cheese Curd Heaven

June 21st, 2021

This week, Joe is in Madison Wisconsin and on the verge of a cardiac event due to the amount of cheese he's ingested! Joe tells us about his revenge plots for the person stealing his Amazon packages, and continues the …

Let's Watch TV: Hacks

June 16th, 2021


This week, Joe and Mama Fran dive into HBO's series Hacks! Joe decides he never wants to visit Vegas, and Fran plans her second honey-moon!

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Let's Watch TV: My Feet Are Killing Me

June 10th, 2021


Joe and Fran face one of their hardest challenges yet! They watch the TLC show My Feet Are Killing Me, and Joe almost doesn't make it! Fran can't look away, and we hear about Joe's favorite childhood toy: a prosthetic …

End of Year Shenannigans

June 7th, 2021


The year is ending, and the kinders are reacting a little differently than Joe was expecting! Joe meets a parent who learns about his comedy on the internet, and we hear some amazing teacher-tired stories to close out …

Let's Watch TV: Dr. Pimple Popper

June 3rd, 2021


This week, Joe faces his toughest challenge yet: making it through this show without getting physically sick! Mama Fran is absolutely loving it as …

Kindergarten Pets

May 31st, 2021


This week, Joe is back on tour! And everyone's favorite tour manager Jeff is back! Joe and Jeff chat about immortal goldfish, picking favorites, and …

Let's Watch TV: Below Deck Sailing Yacht

May 26th, 2021

This week, Joe and Mama Fran have a special guest on, tour manager Jeff! They watch an amazingly awful s**t show on the water called Below Deck …

Behavior Management: Finding Your Place

May 25th, 2021

This week, Joe helps  an adventurous yet anxious teacher balance the desire to keep the status quo vs. exploring new classrooms that might match their teaching heart even better.  Also, to catch Joe LIVE at a city near …

Cool Mom Energy

May 24th, 2021

This week, Joe struggles hard with the part of Kindergarten that involves bodily functions before being joined by some of the coolest moms around, …

Let's Watch TV: Extreme Sisters

May 19th, 2021


This week, Joe and Fran watch a next level crazy show, Extreme Sisters. Mama Fran can't believe how co-dependent the siblings are, and Joe tells us about the most outrageous present he's ever given someone.

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Behavior Management: the young and the restless

May 18th, 2021


This week Joe tells an eager college student who is just wants to get in the classroom already to pump the breaks.

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Choking Hazard

May 17th, 2021

This week Joe almost dies in the classroom… literally. Before he tells you the tale of his brush with death he explains why teaching about beavers can be unexpectedly humorous and also gives his three classroom dream …

Let's Watch TV: The Circle Finale

May 12th, 2021


This week, for Mother's day, Joe got Mama Fran addicted to the Circle! They watch the season two finale and Fran is so convinced she could win the …

Behavior Management: curriculum zombies

May 11th, 2021


This week Joe gets a call from “play in kindergarten” who’s swimming upstream as she attempts to break away from the curriculum in a district that …

Tardy for the Party

May 10th, 2021

This week Joe hops right up on his soap box to explain how being late for work as a teacher is much different than being late in other professions! …

Let's Watch TV: My Cat From Hell

May 5th, 2021


This week, Joe and Fran watch an amazing show they'd never heard of called My Cat From Hell! Joe wishes he could be a cat person and Fran can't get …

Behavior Management: New teacher, who dis(respect)?

May 4th, 2021

This week we hear from 'Sad in Second Grade', and we address a problem that's all too common, especially for new teachers: entrenched toxic environments. Joe can relate with one of his first experiences as a teacher, …

Kindergarten Herbivores

May 3rd, 2021

This week Joe is joined by the 2020 USA Teacher Of The Year, Tabatha Rosproy but not before he explains his love/hate relationship with procrastination and the fact that his kindergartners have decided to munch down on …

Let's Watch TV: The Circle

April 28th, 2021

Fran accidentally gets hooked on this week's show, and Joe think's Mama Fran should try to get on the show herself! Fran learns about emoji's and Joe …

Behavior Management: Working With Crotchety Teammates

April 27th, 2021

Joe introduces a new segment called Behavior Management, where he helps solve your problems and addresses behavior that needs to be managed! Today we …

PreK Pause

April 26th, 2021


This week Joe is joined by TikTok & PreK royalty, Tell Williams (@mrwilliamsprek) but not before he hits you with a rant of the pain of planning field trips and the “joys” of teaching kinder remotely.

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Let's Watch TV: Sister Wives

April 21st, 2021


This week, Mama Fran gets to watch one of her favorite shows but Joe actually likes it too! Joe learns that he's not cut out for polygamy and Fran …

How To Go Potty

April 19th, 2021

This week, Joe runs into a fan in the wild so he develops a top secret code for the next one of you who sees him out there! Then he heads to a job fair and it turns out things have changed A LOT since he got his first …

Let’s Watch TV: 90 Day Fiance

April 14th, 2021


This week, Joe and Mama Fran dive into the wild and crazy world of 90 Day Fiance. Joe falls in love with Tunisian architecture and Fran learns about …

The Lock Down

April 12th, 2021

This week, Joe is sweating bullets because he's been asked to give a speak for the induction of the National Teacher Of The Year even though this …

Let’s Watch TV: Catfish

April 7th, 2021


This week, Joe and Mama Fran watch the MTV reality show Catfish! Fran gives us a rundown on catfishing and we learn that Joe himself has been …

TATB: Teachers Against Tiny Backpacks

April 5th, 2021

This week Mother Nature gives Joe her karma by striking him with relentless seasonal allergies, all while he’s avoiding tying kindergarten shoe laces and organizing a movement against the unnecessary production of …

Let’s Watch TV: Chrisley Knows Best

April 1st, 2021


This week, LWTV branches out! We start by watching one of Mama Fran’s favorites, Chrisley knows Best! We learn that Fran has a hard time saying “sorry” and Joe embraces his inner southerner, ‘bless his heart!’

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Liar Liar Pants on Fire

March 29th, 2021


This week, Joe has his heart broken by one of his kid’s tall tales, another one makes a very informative yet inappropirate how-to manual, and Joe doesn’t know how to speak French, unlike all his kids.

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CSI: Leprechaun Murder

March 22nd, 2021


This week, Joe simultaneously learns that kinders are addicted to holidays and that his body absolutely cannot handle drinking on a weekday. A …

Let’s Watch Tv: Batchelor Finale!

March 16th, 2021


The Batchelor comes to a close and Joe couldn't be happier. Mama Fran is scared of Easter and Joe relives his debut stage role of "shepherd."

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No Tired like Teacher Tired

March 15th, 2021

This week, Joe is TIRED and shares some of his favorite tired teacher stories before he gets punk'd during yet another school fire drill, and then …

Let’s Watch Tv: Surprise Departure!

March 9th, 2021


This week, Joe and Fran are both surprised at who leaves the show, Joe is grossed out by milk-baths and Mama Fran goes to great lengths to celebrate …

Kindergarten Divas

March 8th, 2021


This week, Joe has to use his teacher-features to prove he’s eligible to get a vaccine, before he discusses the finer points of bead safety with everyone and establishes a pen pal program with Mother Nature!

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Let’s Watch Tv: Tell All Drama!

March 2nd, 2021

On this episode of Let's Watch Tv, Joe and Fran discuss Fran's least favorite episode, the Tell All, before making predictions and discussing the future of LWTV!

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Kindergarten Cuss Words

March 1st, 2021


This week, Joe learns first hand just how challenging virtual teaching is, before sharing the magic of counting to three, and revealing his biggest kinder challenge yet: Not laughing when the children swear!

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Let's Watch TV: Hometown Madness

February 23rd, 2021


This week, Matt and the girls visit their hometowns, and Joe reveals the truly shocking secret that he's a diva who likes attention while Mama Fran …

Kindergarten Scissor Fiasco

February 22nd, 2021

This week, Joe has a serial haircutter running loose in his classroom! So he  takes the opportunity to chat with Michelle Griffo, AKA @applesandabcs, who tells him where he went wrong and also shares some amazing …

Let’s Watch Tv: Tantrum Yoga!

February 16th, 2021


This week, Joe and Mama Fran decide to ignore the negativity that is dominating batty naysh, and focus on the positives. Mama Fran wants to give Heather a hug, and Joe explains tantric sex to his mother.

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Kindergarten Fire Drill

February 15th, 2021

Joe’s journey in kindergarten continues! It’s been an eventful week in Mr. D’s class, as the kids are sketched out by the year’s first fire drill. …

Let's Watch Tv: The Return of Mama Fran!

February 9th, 2021


Mama Fran's back! And she has lots of thoughts about how this season is (or isn't) going! Joe finally gets to watch a date that doesn't make him cringe, and they both think there's more to Heather than meets the eye!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

February 8th, 2021

The votes are in, and this week we debut the brand new theme music chosen by Socialite Nation! Joe then shares his trial by fire in his first week in …

Let's Watch Tv: The Inside Tea!

February 2nd, 2021


This week, Rod returns and he and Joe take a whole new approach to breaking down the show, Joe is starting to like Matt, and they share some …

Teacher of the Year, Owen Bondono

February 1st, 2021

This week, Joe shares some fantastic personal news before having an amazing conversation with Owen Bondono. Owen is a passionate teacher who is currently nominated as a candidate for the U.S teacher of the year. Joe and …

Let's Watch Tv: New Girls, New Energy!

January 26th, 2021


Joe is joined by the Millenial King, Rod, while Mama Fran recovers. The guys chat about the new faces, new favorites, and Joe's wacky theories!

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YTE: Young Teacher Energy with Gabe Dannenbring

January 25th, 2021

This week, Joe needs your help fine tuning the pod’s vibe, and any changes will be permanent so be sure to make your voices heard!! Joe is joined by first year teacher and rising Tik Tok creator, Gabe Dannenbring, to …

Let's Watch Tv: Producer Puppet Alert!!

January 19th, 2021


This week, Mama Fran gives a reading of her unreleased erotic novel and Joe is totally convinced that Matt is a producer puppet, but still can't wait to see what happens next!

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Draggin’ it up a bit with Queen 6!

January 18th, 2021

This week, Joe is on pins and needles waiting to hear back from his interviews, and to pass the time, has a conversation with “6” one of the most interesting people he’s ever met. 6 is an amazing Drag Queen and fashion …

Let's Watch TV: The Batchelor Episode 02

January 12th, 2021


This week, Fran shares the most romantic date she's ever been on! The queen drives everyone crazy and Joe may have a point about Matt being boring!

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Millenial Tik Tok with Rod

January 11th, 2021


Joe bids farewell to his parent's basement and hello to millenial Tik Tok creator Rod! Rod and Joe chit chat about tanning beds, N'SYNC, and all things glorious from the 90's!

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Let's Watch TV: The Batchelor Episode 01

January 5th, 2021

Joe and Fran are still riding high off the romantic fumes of Tayshia and Zac, but they jump right back into it with the 25th season of The Batchelor featuring Matt James. Fran and Joe pick the crazies and the keepers, …

New Year's Resolutions with Steph RIley

January 4th, 2021

On this episode, Joe indulges his midwestern appetites and eats his weight in cheese, before being joined by his college friend and amazing …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 12

January 3rd, 2021

This episode is the podcast's very first (but not last) season finale Live Episode! Joe and Fran invited patreon subscribers to join them for a live taping that includes games, gifts, and of course all the hot gossip …

Exactly You with Sarah Krajewski

December 28th, 2020

This week, Joe is psyched to get an interview to get back into the classroom, and invites Sarah Krajewski to the pod to help! Sarah is an absolutely …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 11

December 23rd, 2020

They did it! Joe and Mama Fran wrap an incredible first season of Let's Watch TV in style as they discuss all the ins-and-outs of the final two episodes. Mama Fran's gets 2 out the final three correct and Joe can't …

Star Struck with Koo Koo Kanga Roo

December 21st, 2020

This week, Joe doesn’t get to fulfill his dream to become a librarian just yet, but its okay because he gets to have a conversation with Neil and …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 10

December 16th, 2020


This week is a double episode, and we learn that Fran almost nailed her prediction at the beginning of the season, and Joe learns that Fran things …

The Double D’s with Gerry Dee

December 14th, 2020

This week, Joe is hopefully heading back to those hallowed and sticky hallway of the elementary school as he tries to become a school librarian. Then …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 09

December 9th, 2020


This week, Mama Fran becomes BFF's with Jo Jo Fletcher, and Joe is concerned that one of the contestants might be and actual real-life serial killer.

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The Euphoria experience with Nika King

December 7th, 2020

This week, Joe keeps going down internet rabbit holes and lands on the award winning HBO show Euphoria, he is then quickly joined by the amazing Nika …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 08

December 2nd, 2020

On this week's episode, Joe goes full-cynic and thinks he could do a better job producing the show while Fran reveals her deep dark fear of haunted …

Spilling UK Tea with Mr.P & Mr.P!

November 30th, 2020

This week, Joe has decided that he will win Survivor, and there’s nothing his mailman can do about it! Then he’s joined by two very funny Brits, Lee and Adam Parkinson from the Two Mr. P’s in a Podcast. Joe adds several …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 07

November 25th, 2020


There's a lot of drama going on in Bachelorette Nation this week and Mama Fran drops some hot tea on everyone's (least) favorite couple, Dale and Claire! Joe gets in touch with his inner southern belle and Fran tells us …

The Gay Cello with Tour Manager Jeff

November 23rd, 2020

On the show today, after a long day of hard work, Joe and Jeff unwind and unbox the Mr. D Holiday Gift Boxes before going on an A.D.H.D …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 06

November 18th, 2020

We start the show off this week on a struggling foot as Mama Fran and Joe experience several technical glinches (technical term) while trying to watch this week’s Bachelorette episode. Joe decides that Ben looks like a …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 05

November 11th, 2020


This week, Joe and Fran power through some technical difficulties, Fran has a perfect record guessing the winners of the show, and Joe "does a tea" …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 04

November 6th, 2020


On this week's episode, Mama Fran bids a (not so fond) farewell to Clare and Dale, Joey actually remembers something from the show that Fran can't, …

Trixx and Treats!

November 2nd, 2020

Joe gives us the rundown on the first super-fan happy hour (spoiler it was AMAZING!) and learns that tights don’t mix well with his COVID fupa! He’s then joined by the very funny comedian Trixx and they discuss the ups …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 03

October 28th, 2020


This week on Let's Watch TV, Joe discovers that he's addicted to trashy reality television, Fran gets sick of Dale, and no one knows how to pronounce La Quinta!

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Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 02

October 21st, 2020


Things are getting hot, heavy, and classless on Bachelorette.....just the way Joe likes it! But neither Joe or Fran are sold on this season's …

Picking Your Battles with Chinedu Unaka

October 12th, 2020

Joe is back home in Michigan this week, and he takes a trip down memory lane by looking over his high school yearbook only to find the horror-story …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Preseason Episode

October 7th, 2020

On the first episode of Let's Watch TV, millenial Joe gets ready to watch an entire season of reality TV with his baby boomer mom Fran and the laughs and sparks start flying! They get ready for the upcoming season of …

The Dear Abby for Dudes aka Jared Freid

October 5th, 2020

This week, Joe tries to better himself by taking classes during covid, and gets ostracized by teenage girls and an old Norwegian woman for his …

Growing Up Funny with Jesus Trejo

September 28th, 2020

This week, Joe reminds us how no one can frustrate you like your parents and shares the latest shenanigans from the Dombrowski household, before …

Project Podcast with Gunnar Detherage

September 21st, 2020

Joe sends out a thank you to A very special someone and previews his forthcoming Batchelor podcast, before falling down the rabbit hole (or in this …

Tik Talk with Casey Hamilton

September 14th, 2020

This week Joe gets lost in the world of prison Tik Tok, before he stumbles onto Tik Tok sensation Casey Hamilton, who used his quarantine time to launch his career in entertainment. Joe and Casey both started in the …

Teachers Turned Comedians with Ian Fidance

September 7th, 2020

This week, Joe takes a trip to Yellowstone and nearly gets attacked by a 2,000 pound bison, before he’s joined by fellow teacher-turned-comedian Ian Fidance. Joe and Ian swap classroom stories before Ian shares some of …

One Funny Profession with Dr.Zeisner

August 31st, 2020


This week, Joe is busy getting ready for his upcoming totally virtual comedy show, but not too busy to have an amazing conversation with one of the funniest, realest, and knowledgeable educators on the planet! Joe talks …

The Return of the Jeff

August 24th, 2020

This week, everybody’s favorite tour manager returns! Jeff and Joe get really into cults for a hot minute and spill some inside tea about Joe’s …
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