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“More Life with Jody Dean”: The Memorial Day 2020 Tribute, with Barry Corbin

Several weeks prior to the 2020 observance of Memorial Day, it occurred to me that this year's commemoration deserved special consideration. Now more than ever we need to understand what real bravery, courage and perseverance [...]

“More Life with Jody Dean”: A Tribute to the Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 will be able to say it with certainty: It was one of the most unique graduation years in recent memory. Thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this season's commencement exercises were held [...]

The Two Jodys: Episode #6, with special guest Jeff Frye (4.10.20)

Jody Norman and I have been friends for more than 45 years. The subject of our new podcast? Something we both love, and have done for more than 70 years combined: [...]

The Two Jodys: Episode #5, with special guest Tim Brown (3.25.20)

Jody Norman and I have been friends for more than 45 years. The subject of our new podcast? Something we both love, and have done for more than 70 years combined: [...]

Jody’s Barbecue Revue: Digging In at Derek Allan’s

More often than not, it floors me how few people seem inclined to try new places or things. That seems particularly true of barbecue restaurants. Often when the [...]

The Two Jodys: Episode #4, with special guest Mark McLemore (3.10.20)

Jody Norman and I have been friends for more than 45 years. The subject of our new podcast? Something we both love, and have done for more than 70 years combined: [...]

Jody’s Barbecue Revue: Goldee’s Is Golden

This is Roxie. She is a barbecue dog. In this, we have much in common. She gets to hang around outside savoring the magical aromas emanating from a great barbecue restaurant all day long - [...]

“Dusty Attics”, Episode #24 – Suzie Humphreys

What can one say about Suzie?  Author. Speaker. Actress. Singer. Broadcaster. Performer. Entertainer? Hall of Famer? Inspiration? Suzie is all of those things. And, most importantly, she's [...]

Jody’s Barbecue Revue: Smoke Sessions is The Jam

I dislike chains. A lot.  What's a chain? Any restaurant that has more than two or three locations. There are exceptions to everything, of course - but I [...]

The Two Jodys: Episode #3, with special guest Ray Burris (2.25.20)

Jody Norman and I have been friends for more than 45 years. The subject of our new podcast? Something we both love, and have done for more than 70 years combined: [...]

Jody’s Barbecue Revue: No One Has the Blues at Blu’s

What's a good measure of a barbecue joint?  Well, for starters, keeping long hours. Making great barbecue isn't your normal job. Getting up at before the crack of dawn to poke fire when people [...]

The Two Jodys: Episode #2, with special guest Gina Miller (2.14.20)

Jody Norman and I have been friends for more than 45 years. The subject of our new podcast? Something we both love, and have done for more than 70 years combined: [...]

Jody’s Barbecue Revue – Jube’s Is The Smoked Truth

This is not a post about a barbecue restaurant. It's a story about finding the Holy Grail. In my mind, I've always seen what it would look like. Idealized and romanticized, a few disappointments make [...]

The Two Jodys: Episode #1, with special guest Jamey Newberg (1.31.20)

Jody Norman and I have been friends for more than 45 years. It all started way back at Fort Worth's McLean Middle School when he ran for Leadership Committee and I [...]

“Dusty Attics”, Episode 23: Ron Chapman

To tell the truth, I'm at a loss for what to write. I guess, therefore, that I'll tell you how [...]

Jody’s Top Ten Favorite DFW Barbecue Restaurants (2019)

One-hundred. That's about how many restaurants, joints, food trucks, portable smokers, and holes-in-the wall were required to do this list justice. I might not eat barbecue again until May. Okay, maybe [...]

Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them #27: The Masterpiece

We all know them, but how much do we know…about them? What are they? Christmas songs, of course. Most of us have sung or heard them a thousand times, but do you know the stories [...]

Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them #26: The Clown of God

We all know them, but how much do we know…about them? What are they? Christmas songs, of course. Most of us have sung or heard them a thousand times, but do you know the stories [...]

Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them #25: The Long Road to Perfection

We all know them, but how much do we know…about them? What are they? Christmas songs, of course. Most of us have sung or heard them a thousand times, but do you know the stories [...]

Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them #24: Happy Little Extortionists

We all know them, but how much do we know…about them? What are they? Christmas songs, of course. Most of us have sung or heard them a thousand times, but do you know the stories [...]

Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them #23: Hip Hop Holiday

We all know them, but how much do we know…about them? What are they? Christmas songs, of course. Most of us have sung or heard them a thousand times, but do you know the stories [...]

Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them #22: The Unlikeliest Christmas Hit of All

We all know them, but how much do we know…about them? What are they? Christmas songs, of course. Most of us have sung or heard them a thousand times, but do you know the stories [...]