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Raising Dads

When it comes to Worlds Best Dad, most of us receive participation trophies. Raising Dads is a weekly podcast with hosts Ryan Lopez and Adam Norwest where they explore all things growing up, and hear stories from weekly guests.

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Don't Mind if I Clear w/Jared Freid

Jared Freid joins the Dads this week to discuss wanting kids but not having found a Mom for them yet, his parents, and carving your own path as a stand-up comedian. Catch Jared on tour performing in comedy clubs everywhere. Tour dates at www.jaredfreid.com 

1hr 8mins

28 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Normalize Adult Floaties w/Ryan Niemiller

Episode 17! We had a great time talking to Ryan Niemiller, the self-proclaimed “Cripple Threat of Comedy” and he shares his views of the world from the perspective of someone who is handicapped but doesn’t want that to define him. Ryan is a comedian based out of Los Angeles who first broke out on the show, America’s Got Talent. We talked to Ryan about how life is different with a disability, what kids should be taught for dealing with disabled people, and how he sees his future. Find more out about Ryan Niemiller by going to Cripplethreat.com and find him on social media.

1hr 16mins

21 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly w/Dr. Howard Wasdin

Dr. Howard E. Wasdin, D.C. is a former member of the United States Navy who served as a sailor in the Atlantic Fleet as well as a Navy SEAL and served with the most elite in the world on Team 6 or DEVGRU. Following his honorable discharge, he co-wrote the autobiographical memoir SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper that went on to be a NYT best seller. Howard had a difficult life growing up and he talks to us about his childhood, how people didn’t ask questions when kids were punished in the south and about his greatest memories in life. We hope you enjoy this conversation with Dr. Howard Wasdin, if you’d like to learn more about him or any speaking engagements contact him at howardwasdin.com

1hr 12mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Resilience w/Ben Vernon

Welcome to episode 15. Today’s episode is with Ben Vernon. Ben is a San Diego City Firefighter who was attacked while on a routine medical call in downtown San Diego and almost died as a result. Ben worked on one of the busiest fire engines in the nation and was typically running 25+ calls every 24hr shift. One day changed his life and, after recovering, he found his calling speaking to fellow first responders around the nation about his struggles with PTSD. If there’s one thing that Ben wants, it’s for anyone who is suffering from something similar to seek help. We hope you enjoy this episode and if you’d like to see and hear more of our friend Ben Vernon, please seek him out at Benvernon.com.

1hr 4mins

7 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Dads Discuss: Work/Life Balance

Episode 14 of Raising Dads brings us back to a one on one discussion on how we handle our work life and our family life. We discuss what it is like to try and figure out the perfect balance between supporting our families physically and financially, and the struggles that it sometimes brings. 

1hr 19mins

30 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Two i's and One Vagina w/Kristin Key

Episode 13 is here! Today we have Kristin Key. Kristin is a comedian who been performing since the age of 19 and has appeared on NBC’s “Bring the Funny” and Last Comic Standing. She’s a preacher’s daughter who got her start in a small town comedy club in West Texas. We love Kristin because of her feel good energy and her upbeat approach to life. We talk to Kristin about her coming out to her parents and how she reconnected with her dad. Please go and listen to Kristin’s podcast “Kristin Knows Blank” and follow her on Instagram @thekristinkey.

1hr 15mins

23 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Don't be a Pu$$y w/Mitch Aguiar

Episode 12! Today on the podcast we have Mitch Aguiar. Mitch is a 10 year Navy SEAL Veteran, entrepreneur, speaker, painter and Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter who’s nickname is the “Smashin’ Frog.” Mitch learned from an early age that a lot of things in life are hard, so he decided to set hard goals for himself to instill his confidence. Mitch graduated from BUDs Class 273 in 2008 and deployed with SEAL Team 10 to Afghanistan in 2011, and also worked as a multi purpose Dog Handler for year. Mitch talks to us about what he learned from his childhood, what his life experience has taught him, and most importantly how not to be a pu$$y. Follow Mitch on Instagram @mitch_aguiar and check out his supplement company MASF at https://masfsupplements.com/

1hr 41mins

16 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Dads Discuss: Things We Want For Our Kids That We Didn’t Have

Episode Two of Dads Discuss! If you enjoyed our episode on discipline than you will definitely enjoy this one. If you hated it then go eat 100 donuts and come back next Wednesday. We dive deep into our personal childhoods, and discuss if experiences or material items are more important for children. Check it out!


9 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Ex-Stepdad w/Andy Woodhull

Episode 10! We made it! Take that Vegas odds! We are joined today by the very funny Andy Woodhull who you may know from the Tonight Show, Conan, Comedy Central, and more! We talk about his roots growing up in Elkhart, Indiana, what it's like to be a Step-Dad, and we get a juicy story about Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional! Enjoy! 


2 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Dads Discuss: Discipline

In this episode we try something new, we pick a topic related to self-growth or improving as a parent and discuss it. Today we discuss the topic of DISCIPLINE. What discipline means to us, what ways we try to implement it in our everyday lives and how we can improve it. We want our listeners to ponder the same ideas and see if what we talk about in this episode applies to their lives as well. Enjoy!

1hr 5mins

26 May 2021

Rank #10