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A conversation-driven podcast that literally, figuratively, cynically and sarcastically, spotlights the “BEST" of everything from people to politics to pop culture and more. Written, hosted, and created by David Coddon and Gerald "Dex" Poindexter.


David Coddon is a journalist, novelist and college professor based in Southern California. A longtime arts-and-entertainment editor and writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, he is now the theater critic for the alternative weekly San Diego CityBeat and a regularly published freelance writer in both digital and traditional media. His freelance entertainment, lifestyle and business articles have appeared in publications including San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home Garden Lifestyle, and Pacific San Diego Magazine.

Dave teaches journalism at San Diego State University, English at San Diego Mesa College and creative writing at UCSD Extension in La Jolla. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in journalism and of San Diego State University, where he earned his MFA in creative writing. His first novel, The Romancer, was published in January 2017, and his next book, There and Back Again, will appear by the end of the year.


Gerald "Dex" Poindexter is an award-winning writer, marketing professional and “whatever else” strikes his fancy. Dex is a past recipient of the Society of Professional Journalism award for online feature writing for a now-defunct Microsoft publication. He has written extensively about music and tourism for the San Diego Union-Tribune and remains steeped in traditional media and amused by social media. Based in San Diego, he’s dutifully on the day job grind as a marketer, while also freelancing in key B2B and consumer sectors including hospitality and real estate.

“Whatever else” includes 13-year stint as a club and lounge DJ informed by his mother’s love of Motown and The Sound of Philadelphia; his father’s focus on Hendrix and Steely Dan; his grandfather’s collections of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Sergio Mendes; and his next-door neighbors’ enjoyment of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz at peak volume. A native Philadelphian, Dex graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C.