The UnDad Podcast

The UnDad Podcast

www.theundad.com
The UnDad Podcast is a podcast about family and how you are formed by your environment. Created by Trent Wilkie, a journalist, humourist, producer, husband, and stay-at-home father of two located in Alberta, Canada. Visit him at www.TheUnDad.com.


Lake of the Strangers
Jun 25 • 24 min
In celebration of Lake of the Strangers winning the Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play (they were nominated for four awards), and in connection with Naheyawin, I’ve revisited my viewing of the play so many months ago. I was sent a series of questions…
I couldn’t help but laugh
May 31 • 72 min
If this is my eulogy then consider me dead and smiling. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and production help. Thanks to…
Three made up things
May 16 • 14 min
Three stories I’d like to tell. A western, an eulogy, and a parable. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and production help.…
Bad Parents
May 1 • 35 min
A collection of news stories on…you guessed it…bad parents. AND my thoughts on some of the topics. This will probably be a recurring theme. Would love to hear your thoughts. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network.…
Japandrew
Apr 17 • 33 min
Mr. Andrew Paul came back from visiting the land of the rising sun with a series of very good questions. He thought he’d ask me them. And more! This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the…
BTS_TWT
Apr 1 • 22 min
As a father to two kids who are under five years of age, I need to try new things. So, in this incarnation of The UnDad Podcast, I review several songs by the South Korean super boy band BTS. With the help from Twitter of course. This episode is powered…
Zoloft
Mar 21 • 18 min
This is a step in the right direction. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and production help. Thanks to Caitlynn Legris for…
Ghosts Jason Kenney
Mar 14 • 30 min
Many moons ago, I sent out a weird messenger request to several friends. It was about ghosts. Well, today, the answers of Scott McGovern, Sam Varteniuk, and Angela Seehagen are brought to life…about ghosts! Also, I’ve added some Jason Kenney poems. This…
Children’s book reviews
Mar 7 • 30 min
I do a lot of reading to my kids so I thought I’d go over some of my favourites (and least favourites) of out kid lit library. There is a little Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss, Moby Dick, Paw Patrol, and Beatrix Potter (with some others mingled in for taste).…
Question and Answer
Feb 28 • 19 min
In this episode I answer questions about dreams, smells, hell, tell a tale about a really good stabber. All those who asked got answered. Take a listen! This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul…
Grimpen and Friends
Feb 22 • 34 min
This was fun! I got to play video games with a moon being (Grimpen) and his friend (Chris Nelson) and I wasn’t murdered nor was I consumed for nourishment by a moon being (Grimpen). Come, listen to us play a video game (Red Dead Redemption), or don’t!…
MAGApause
Feb 13 • 12 min
This is a fun little episode I threw together after the family had a fun little nugget of food poisoning. Great times! Thanks to Jana O’Connor, Lou Casemore, and Samara Von Rad for their editorial input on the title bit. This episode is powered by ATB and…
A Centurion
Feb 7 • 26 min
This was a gas. Thanks to Andred (It’s a Conspiracy), Quinn (Learning to Listen), Rylan (History of Punk), Dan (Northern Nerd), and John from Fionn MacCool’s (Mayfield) for the awesome. It takes a village in this episode that comes complete with a…
The Bryan Baeumler experience
Jan 25 • 39 min
Bryan Baeumler will be spitting truth at the Edmonton Renovation Show this January 25-27 (@yeghomeshows). In this episode he shares some special insights into why he is how is, how he does what he does, and why chasing eels on the shore of the Sydney…
The Jenerator
Jan 23 • 58 min
I don’t know how or why I’ve been this lucky…but maybe I do. Anyway. Jenny Adams is solid people. Even though she does not understand the existential architecture of the Snuggle Dungeon, she will always be welcomed in it. This episode is powered by ATB…
Best of The UnDad Podcast
Jan 16 • 54 min
Sorta. I lost some episodes. I collected as most as I could. This is a month in the making. Much love to all and more coming regularly. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton…
Santa is the best
Dec 18, 2018 • 19 min
In this edition, I read a short Christmas story I wrote last year for Apocalypse Kow’s awesome annual Christmas show. Also, I recorded a performance of myself during Booty Goose’s ‘Weird Al Karaoke’, where one takes a popular song and changes the lyrics.…
Don’t mess with Noreen
Dec 12, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode I talk with Nicola Doherty of the Alberta Mamas (albertamamas.com) about the East Coast, spoon collections, child-sized weaponry, and tattooing dolphins. I’m not kidding. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast…
Did they make the right choice?
Dec 5, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode I chat with former NHLer and current radio host Jason Strudwick. We cover topics ranging from adoption, hockey, parenthood, poetry, and a hypothetical room full of cocaine. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta…
The Questioneer
Nov 28, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode, Trent answers the many, many questions that his rabid fanbase* sent in to him. Some of them are funny, some sincere, and some are about corn nuts. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to…
No biting
Nov 21, 2018 • 56 min
This bad boy goes off the rails in all the best ways possible. I chat with the hilariously enabling Christine Bruckmann about the new Alberta Museum, legalized marijuana, how much I hate lentils, being a crazy parent, and dealing with hate when blogging.…
Julie Rohr Part 2
Nov 13, 2018 • 31 min
In no specific order: Julie and I talk about the ‘D’ word, journalism, connecting to people you can’t connect to, understanding, being brought up religious, giving yourself grace, and even though you have cancer you still have to be a parent. This…
Julie Rohr Part 1
Nov 7, 2018 • 36 min
If you don’t know who Julie Rohr is you are truly missing out. Currently battling a rare form of cancer, Jules is defined by her infectious smile, her love of life, and her all around resplendent radness. Just listen and find out what I mean. Part 2…
The good Witch of the true North
Oct 29, 2018 • 63 min
I catch up with Lindsey McNeill about what it is like to be adopted as an adult, how her and her mom are writing a book about the experience, and what it is like to be a screenwriter, producer, witch, and tarot card reader (and then she reads my tarot…
I moved back
Oct 23, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode I catch up with Antonio Bavaro (alter drag ego Connie Lingua) and chat about Montreal, excessive nostalgia, family influence, and his newest endeavour that will spotlight the Edmonton queer and trans community. This episode is powered by…
Both of those masters are served
Oct 16, 2018 • 17 min
In this episode I interview Dave Bidini about his new book ‘Midnight Light’ and all things artistic and important. Stay tuned after the credits for a bonus interview. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you…
What if people want to bring their own dogs?
Oct 9, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode, I speak with Ainsley Hillyard and Jezebel about sharing the stage, pooping on stage, their sci fi show ‘Jezebel, at the Still Point’, how to extrapolate your verteron exit vector, and the deep and tangible love that people have for their…
Know what I mean jelly bean?
Oct 2, 2018 • 19 min
In this one, I talk to myself about the upcoming changes to the UnDad podcast. I talk Metro Shorts, Metro Cinema, Edmonton Comedy Festival, Up Late With Dana Andersen, Dave Bidini, Litfest, Hold the Dark, New Girl, F&M, and these silly things humans call…
It’s like nothing else
Sep 26, 2018 • 49 min
Elizabeth Wilkie is not only my mechanic, she is my wife. Join us as we talk about our worries for the future, the past, and the future past. With a special cameo from Little Hell. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast…
Thus far in review with producer Andrew Paul
Sep 19, 2018 • 32 min
Having Andrew Paul as a producer is like having a wizard/scientist friend that, no matter how under the influence you are, supports your crazy ideas and helps bring them to life. So, yeah, of course I was going to pick his brain. Jesus. This episode is…
Never use it as an excuse
Sep 11, 2018 • 61 min
Mr. Owen Brierley is a delight to talk to. Join us as we chat about what it is like growing up being legally deaf, what a lawnmower parent is, and how everyone should have their own personal version of ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’. This episode is powered by…
I have a ghost in my head and I call it Garglemax
Sep 5, 2018 • 21 min
I got an implant that connects to a wizard class synthetic user interface. It’s like ‘Alexa’ that only I can hear. It’s for science. Everything is fine.
Who would win in a fight, Mr. Rogers or Jesus?
Aug 29, 2018 • 63 min
Scott C. Bourgeois and I talk about our respective adoptions, what part of your body you should eat first if you were trapped on an island, all the effing podcasts he is involved with, and the best of kid lit.
Jana O’Connor PT 2
Aug 22, 2018 • 28 min
The second of two parts of our Jana O’Connor interview (please listen to the first one if you already haven’t). To get to the point: Jana is a jewel in the crown of the Canadian arts scene. She is triple H (not the goddamn wrestler): humble, humorous, and…
Jana O’Connor PT 1
Aug 15, 2018 • 36 min
As the Etruscans put it, this one was a doozy. Join me and Jana O’Connor as we cover everything from antiquated idioms to how to butt in line at the dentist (and everything in between). We talked so long that I had to cut it in two. I had to cut it in two…
I think the Jedi have it all wrong
Aug 8, 2018 • 47 min
There is some rampant nerdery as Darren Pleavin and I talk horror movies, horror feelings, invisible motorcycles, family horror, and some scary stuff that left us holding each other, cerebrally. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta…
His Dumbledore is Shit
Aug 1, 2018 • 41 min
Garglemax handles the heavy lifting while I talk shop with Dave Breakenridge, the Managing Editor of the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, and Edmonton Examiner. Topics covered: Helicopter parents, swearing, ADHD, Harry Potter readings in character, the…
I’m still doing comedy
Jul 25, 2018 • 20 min
Ken Valgardson answers the phone for a content over audio quality interview. We chat comedy, teaching, parenting, and child bowels. It truly is a magical time to be alive. Powered by ATB and the Alberta Podcast Network with help from the Edmonton…
We’re heroes
Jul 18, 2018 • 60 min
A rousing conversation with Elena Porter where we talk about being an actor and parent, the great Arlington Apartment fire of 2005, murder, and buying a horse. Powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network.
Porch Fire
Jul 11, 2018 • 12 min
Laughter, a short Western novella, and Elizabeth does her best to tell the future while translating ‘baby’.
‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch
Jul 4, 2018 • 13 min
Interviews, soundscapes, and a twisted children’s fairytale that is most definitely not for children. Alternate title: The Supple People.
I love the rain
Jun 27, 2018 • 8 min
A Richard Attenborough-esque escape into a vast wet landscape filled with drugs, nudity, and a random sense of personal responsibility.
Werewolves of Wondon
Jun 20, 2018 • 11 min
The UnDad is away with the pagans at North Country Fair leaving Garglemax to do all the work. There is a little bit of everything, and everyone, in this glitter box.
I’m going to sing you guys a song
Jun 13, 2018 • 34 min
Cartoonist, journalist and fatherist Chad Hukulak joins Team UnDad to talk about personal art, lying, and why one shouldn’t pay for their child’s first sexual experience. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording…
Interlude
Jun 6, 2018 • 11 min
This is Garglemax. I hacked into the UnDad’s phone and Google Home. Welcome to some random silliness.
Kathleen Smith part 2: The sleeping bag shuffle
May 30, 2018 • 27 min
Part 2 of our interview with Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet). We talk about coping with masturbation, dealing with sports based emotions, and getting your period as a Mormon youth. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the…
Twitter pain in the ass
May 23, 2018 • 23 min
Part one of our interview with Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet). We talk about coping with the death of a child, being an opinionated woman on social media, and public pooping. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording…
Deal With It
May 15, 2018 • 33 min
Brent Felzien espouses his trepidation of teaching his kids about hte Internet and why it actually does take teamwork to make a dream work. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and production help. Also,…
I Slit The Sheets
May 9, 2018 • 33 min
Wherein we chat with Gaia Willis and what it is like to come out to your teenage child (who doesn’t really care). Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and production help. Also, many thanks to the super…
Space Age Dreamscape
May 2, 2018 • 36 min
I chat with Laurel Gregory about being a parent and why pot is overrated. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and production help. Also, many thanks to the super talented Nathaniel Sutton for the theme…
Gandalf is my co-pilot
Apr 25, 2018 • 41 min
I chat with Brahm Ollivierre about being a dad and why it is totally normal for a grown man to climb dangerous trees. Visit him here at www.troubadourcycles.com/. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and…