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Social Studies

101 EpisodesProduced by Joe DombrowskiWebsite

Joe “Mr.D” Dombrowski studies being social, by being social! Join him as he wittily unpacks the wild world of elementary school.

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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, The Circle, and Joe think's Mama Fran should try to get on the show herself! Fran learns about …

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.

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!’

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.

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."

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!

Let’s Watch Tv: Tell All Drama!

March 2nd, 2021


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

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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 him get reacquainted …

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.

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 …

Fabulosity with Dr. Jose Medina

November 16th, 2020


This week, Joe is having a comedy show to help teachers pay for ppe because lets face it, teachers should get all the support we have to give! Joe is …

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" …

CEO of Silly Songs with Sarah Maddack

November 9th, 2020


This week, you've created a monster!The Let's Watch TV podcast is blowing up, and with it Mama Fran's ego! But even when she's famous she'll still be our favorite Midwestern Mama! Joe talks with an amazing Musician of …

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!

That Dude Can Cook! with Sunny Hurrell

October 26th, 2020


This week, Joe is little concerned about the lyrics the youth of 2020 are listening to and gives us some examples, before he's joined by the Tik Tok cooking sensation Sunny Burrell! Sunny talks about his rise the …

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 …

The CEO of Having One Leg, Ruth Codd

October 19th, 2020


In this week’s episode Joe reminds us that it’s not okay to answer texts during adult activities, before welcoming the incredible Ruth Codd to the …

Let's Watch TV: The Bachelorette Episode 01

October 14th, 2020


On this episode, we join Joe and Fran as they digest episode 1 of season 16 of the bachelorette, and behold the splendor and beauty of the finest La …

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 …

WAP (Wild A** Podcast) with Joe

August 17th, 2020


This week, China hatches a plot to take advantage of Joe’s plant-daddy issues and you get a full dose of his ADD when he dishes on everything from …

Bravo F******* Bravo with Uncle Ralph

August 10th, 2020


On this episode, Joe visits his favorite city and has a chat with his favorite uncle Ralph! Ralph spills the tea on the fact that Joe has craved the spotlight since childhood, before they take time to appreciate …

Just you & me! One-on-one time w/ Joe

August 3rd, 2020


This week is a solo show as Joe decides to go on health kick to find his long lost six-pack by becoming a “salad b****!” He spills the tea on …

Parental (Mis)Guidance

July 26th, 2020


This week, Joe is back in Michigan, living in his parents basement like a 22 year old, broke-ass, college kid. So naturally he invited the dynamic …

Behavior B*****s

July 20th, 2020


On this weeks show, Joe has an amazing time hanging out with The Behavior B****S, Liat and Casey! This dynamic duo share their incredible journey’s through the worlds of education and medicine as they became the realest …

Classroom Brew

July 13th, 2020


This week, Joe accidentally gets drunk at the beach before dishing his opinion about classrooms opening up this fall. Then Ryan from the awesome podcast Classroom Brew stops in to talk shop and he and Joe compare High …

Matt & Kim’s Meaning of Life

July 6th, 2020


This week on the Social Studies podcast, Joe answers your questions and reveals the chaos that was his and Morgan’s first date. He’s then joined by the amazing musical duo Matt and Kim and they discuss body hair, the …

Character Work with Becky Robinson

June 29th, 2020


This week, Joe receives the most amazing butt-dial from a fan in Tennessee, before being joined by the amazing and funny Becky Robinson. Becks and Joe talk about the vicious sea-creatures of Portland before getting into …

Keeping it Real with Drew Lynch

June 22nd, 2020


This week, Joe has forgotten how to talk to people and makes a fool of himself in public, before being joined by the amazingly talented Drew Lynch. …

My Good Jody

June 15th, 2020


This Week, Joe shares an amazing facebook live conversation he recently had with child psychologist and friend of the pod, Dr. Jody Carrington! Joe …

Haters B Gone!

June 8th, 2020


Today our guest is Joe! Justtttt Joe. He kicks off the episode with a word (and a special finger) to the haters who came for him this week and explains why he refuses to incubate a fanbase of hatred. In true Joe …

Cruisin’ with Zach Noe Towers

June 1st, 2020


This week Joe tells us how he thought the worst thing about hiking in Washington would be getting snatched up by cougars…until he ran into NAKED …

Covid Q&A with Dr. Darria

May 25th, 2020


This week, Joe shares an embarrassing near-death experience, before being joined by the incredibly knowledgeable Dr. Darria, who gives us all some great adivice and answers some important questions we all have about how …

Acting out with Emma Willmann

May 18th, 2020


On this episode of the Social Studies Podcast, Joe tells us about how he completely embarrassed himself for all the teenagers of the world on Tik-Tok, but he’s willing to share it with everyone (including you!) He’s …

The Internet’s Principal, Gerry Brooks

May 11th, 2020


This week, Joe gives us the inside tea on how to be involved in his next digital happy hour, before he’s joined by everyone’s favorite Principal, …

Talking Trash with Nicky Paris

May 4th, 2020


This week, Joe shares his top quarantine binge-picks during a fantastic new segment called 5-in-5, before he’s joined by the epitome of a New York Italian, the hysterical comedian, Nicky Paris. Joe and Nicky chat about …

Quar-inspiration with Mr. D’s Internet All-Stars: Part 2

April 27th, 2020


This week, quarantine Joe needs to work out more, but don’t get judge-y because we’re all in this together! Including all-star guests Cassie Stephens and Jenna Marcal. Cassie is an amazing art teacher who will inspire …

Quar-inspiration with Mr. D’s Internet All-Stars: Part 1

April 20th, 2020


This week, Joe hates that he loves The Tiger King, before he brings you the first installment of a two-part series featuring inspiring folks who are …

Whose Your Plant Daddy with Maria Failla

April 13th, 2020


On this episode, Joe's neighbors think he's homeless and Jeff is running out of clean clothes! But it's all good because Maria Failla stops in to drop some strong tea about how NOT to be a plant murderer before she and …

Social Distancing Studies with Rosebud Baker

April 6th, 2020


This week Joe adapts to the corona reality and long-distance chats with Rosebud Baker. Joe almost locks his Jeff outside before he and Rosebud chat about turning tragedy into comedy and give everyone the real tea about …

Quality Quarantine Content (TM) with Devin Siebold

March 30th, 2020


On this episode, Jeff and Joe are NOT dating, contrary to popular belief, but they chat about e-learning and swap their craziest quarantine stories …

Nature Time with Tour Manager Jeff

March 23rd, 2020


This week's show is live from nature as Joe and Jeff hit the road  to reflect on these crazy times. They enjoy a tasty malbec and get attacked by bees, before sharing some of their favorite ways to cope with the 'rona …

Kids These Days with Dr. Jody Carrington

March 16th, 2020


Joe and his amazing guest, Dr. Jody Carrington, dish on the train wreck of a reality show “Love is Blind” before getting into some real-talk about how to support teachers, maintaining relationships, and how to handle …

Seattle Shenanigans with Beth Stelling

March 9th, 2020


On this episode, the Corona Virus steals all of Joe's toilet paper and people care just a little a lot too much about their dogs, before Joe and superstar comic Beth Stelling share stories from the road. They chat about …

The Tutu Teacher with Vera Ahiyya

March 2nd, 2020


This week, Joe doesn't want to do flamingo beer bongs with college kids at NACA national conference, but he loves talking tea with @TheTutuTeacher …

Janitorial Services with Jimmy Cash

February 24th, 2020


Joe and Jeff share their new reality TV obsessions but Joe gets worried Jeff might be the next Yolanda, before getting into it with the incredibly …

Tour Life with Tour Manager Jeff

February 17th, 2020


This week Joe and his tour manager/long time friend, Jeff, sit down with the love of their life... an Argentinian Malbec. This weeks Kiki includes:

Doing Fran-TASTIC with Mrs. D

February 11th, 2020


Joe is back in his childhood home this week visiting the H.B.I.C  herself, his mom, FRAN! In this episode Fran gives all the hot gos on her picks for …

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