March 11th, 2021 | 52 mins 47 secs
abilene, aron bender, baseball, bias, depression, dusty baker, europe, failure, football, forgiveness, girl dad, grief, hard work, horned frogs, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, music, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, self care, sports, struggle, success, tcu, texas, therapy
Aron Bender hangs out with Dusty Baker, who grew up in Santa Clarita. With Vin Scully doing play-by-play of our beloved Dodgers, Dusty knew very early on what he wanted to do. And yes, his real name is Dusty Baker. Better believe we get into that during our conversation. Spoiler alert: blame his Dodger fan dad — who also happens to be my daughters’ principal! Dusty just started a new job just up the 101 at KSBY in San Luis Obispo. After graduating from Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!) his first job in TV was at KTAB / KRBC in Abilene, Texas. We talk about why he visited more than a dozen schools trying to pick the right university, and how he ended up visiting a bunch of countries while in college. We get into what life was like growing up as the principal's kid, our love for baseball (the World Champion Dodgers!), his preference for In-N-Out in California over Texas, and why Tex-Mex will never beat Mexican food. Dusty and I also talk about living a life of service to our families, listeners/viewers and communities.
March 11th, 2021 | 41 mins 51 secs
adoption, aron bender, bias, daughter, depression, design, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, failure, forgiveness, girl dad, grief, hard work, journalism, joy, loss, love, mental health, music, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, self care, small business, son, struggle, success, therapy
Aron Bender talks with Bernadette Capulong -- who's no stranger to struggles and challenges. Bernadette started her own design firm pretty much in her kitchen in Southern California during the recession in 2009. She stepped back into the corporate world but a few years later would put the entrepreneur hat back on. And around the same time she stepped into the most meaningful shoes of motherhood: adopting her son. We talk about her leadership philosophy, the challenges of being an entrepreneur and a single parent, and why Bernadette wanted to adopt.
February 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 10 mins
aron bender, bias, big brother jake, biking, dating, depression, divorce, failure, forgiveness, gang, girl dad, grief, hard work, ice cube, jake warner, journalism, joy, loss, love, military, music, navy, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racism, recovery, self care, struggle, success, therapy, weight loss
Aron Bender talks with Jake Warner aka @bigbrotherjake. He is a father of three daughters, hosts The Big Brother Jake Podcast, runs audio for Clippers and LA Kings broadcasts, and wears a lot of hats at Podcast One. Jake's worked alongside such greats as Vin Scully and Ben Maller. We've been wanting to do a podcast together for a long time, and finally knocked it out! We talked about being Girl Dads, how fathers can best talk to their daughters, his divorce, the loss of my wife, growing up on the mean streets of San Bernardino and avoiding gang life, how he ended up in the Navy, how Jake was shamed into attending and graduating from the University of La Verne, surviving financially during the pandemic, and we reminisce about Ice Cube's early days.