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Tell Me About Your Father
51 minutes | 4 days ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Rebecca Carroll
In her new memoir, Surviving the White Gaze, author and cultural critic Rebecca Carroll describes with heroic honesty and compassion, an upbringing seated in an adoptive family whose whiteness prevents them from facing their failings, in a country unwilling to do the same. Listen as Rebecca talks to Elizabeth about navigating overt and covert racism, her difficulty connecting with both her birth and adoptive fathers, and marrying a man who would celebrate and support their son’s Blackness, always. Just a note: This episode includes discussion of sexual abuse and eating disorders.
49 minutes | 11 days ago
Daddy Issues ft. Michael Musto: Man-Dates, Fran Drescher and Field of Dreams
Cultural critic, NYC institution and father of gossip and celebrity journalism, Michael Musto, joins us this week for our pop culture news show “Daddy Issues!” This episode has it all, from Hollywood predators, monstrous police, and a New York Times reporter who shan’t be named (but we named), to Cardi B, Fran Drescher ,and the anti-fascism, hotness, and ghost dads of Field of Dreams. Michael also tells us about his own late father, with whom he had a complicated but loving relationship, his return to the rebooted Village Voice and his time on the iconic ‘90s E! show “The Gossip Show.”
51 minutes | 18 days ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Paul Florez
Paul Florez knows how to use his voice. At 37, he's a professional auctioneer and emcee, and the host of the Marvel comics-centered podcast "Power of X-Men." For years he's been working on a memoir about his relationship with his beloved father to explore the intergenerational trauma that may have inspired their shared eating disorder and body dysmorphia. Listen as Paul tells Erin the story of his father's own dramatic coming-of-age in Castro's Cuba and subsequent escape to Miami as a young teenager. Paul lays bare the tragic events that inspired his dad's drive to provide for others, even as he starves himself. And he discusses his own struggle to quell the inner voice that tells a person they're both too much and never enough. Note: If you are currently struggling, call the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 800-931-2237. You can also text NEDA at 741741, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
68 minutes | 25 days ago
Daddy Issues ft. Richard Lawson: Oscars Edition!
With the 93rd annual Academy Awards happening on April 25th, it’s a great time to talk about how the themes of dads and patriarchy play out in so many of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. There’s The Father, Minari, Time, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Judas and the Black Messiah, Another Round, Hillbilly Elegy, and Onward— all of which refer explicitly to the impact of fathers. This week, we’re dedicating Daddy Issues to the Oscars, and are thrilled to have Richard Lawson, Chief Critic at Vanity Fair, joining us to talk about dads tropes in this year’s Academy finalists as well as his predictions for who will win.
64 minutes | a month ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Laura Carney
When she was 25, writer Laura Carney lost her beloved father, Mick, when he was killed instantly in a car accident caused by a distracted teenage driver .Thirteen years later, Laura's brother found a handwritten 60-item list among some old papers of Mick's entitled "Things I Would Like to Do in My Lifetime!" that Mick had written at age 29. Before his death, Mick had checked off 5 of them, and tried and failed at one, so Laura vowed to finish the remaining 54. Tasks include everything from "Correspond with the Pope" to "Sell Millions of Dollars Worth of Merchandise." As of this episode, she's already completed 39, and is giving herself another year for the remaining 15. Laura speaks with Erin about the exquisite pain of a daughter's loss while just on the cusp of her own adult accomplishments, the lasting impact of divorce on a child, and some of the more surprising lessons she's learned as Mick lives on through his daughter in the dreams they now share.
59 minutes | a month ago
Daddy Issues ft. Carey O'Donnell: Orlando Bloom and Sister Wives are in the Wind
This week’s episode of Daddy Issues! features special guest star, comedy writer Carey O’Donnell. His TV credits include Billy Eichner’s Billy on the Street and Heathers, he's a former editor at Paper magazine, a contributor to New York Magazine and the co-host of Real Housewives podcast "Sexy Unique Podcast." He's also here to dissect the current events with us from a dad lens. Smash play to hear us pay homage to Orlando Bloom’s un-concerning lack of self-awareness, the wind as the most underrated force of nature, and the Russian dentist with soulful eyes who smokes in a Hollywood Starbucks parking lot. We also have words for Jay Leno, Kody Brown from Sister Wives and, as usual, the Royal Family.
54 minutes | a month ago
Tell Me About Your Father: A.J. Daulerio
A.J. Daulerio is a writer and creator of the weekly recovery newsletter, The Small Bow. He is the former editor in chief of Gawker.com and its sister sports site Deadspin during the mid-2000s, At Gawker, he famously published an excerpt of Hulk Hogan’s sex tape, which led to his losing a 9-figure lawsuit backed by maniacal billionaire Peter Theil, and the bankruptcy and sale of Gawker Media. A massive blow to the First Amendment. A.J. found himself personally on the hook for $115 million, his professional reputation in the toilet, his sobriety hanging by a thread, facing buried memories of child sexual abuse, and with a father unable or unwilling to protect his son or help him heal. On this episode, we'll hear the story behind the story, and how becoming a father himself has changed AJ's relationship with his own dad, and the ways in which he's trying to do things differently.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
Daddy Issues: Harry, Meghan, and the Royal Family’s Toxic Shock
It’s been a week since Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry— whose dads each deserve their own wings in the Disappointing Fathers Hall of Fame—and there’s still much to discuss. This week’s episode of Daddy Issues is dedicated to examining the interview and its noble aftershocks and wider cultural implications. We discuss the rib-crushing patriarchal corset still tightly laced around members of the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry’s sensible request that their family not allow their murders, Thomas Markle’s iconic “Images of Britain” staged photoshoot, and Prince Charles’ Tampax fantasies. We will not be silent or silenced!
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Eric Solomon
Entrepreneur Eric Solomon talks to Matt about the loving relationship he had with his father Bob, who was mysteriously murdered in 2016. A man of many wives, children, and business ventures, Bob was a great father to Eric, who discusses how his father’s shocking death caused him to upend his entire life and accept that he’ll probably never find out who did it.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Daddy Issues: God, Cuomo
It’s the latest installment of our current events show Tell Me About Your Father: Daddy Issues! Oh lord, this episode has much to digest: God, Texas, a very old woman eating gin-soaked raisins, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the horror of spring, chandeliers, FKA Twigs, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Note, this episode was recorded on 2/26, before a second former aide of Cuomo's came forward to say he'd sexually harassed her as well.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Natalie Cash Petersson
Erin and Elizabeth talk to Natalie Cash Petersson, a New York City-based film producer, about the incredible success stories of her maternal grandfather, Dr. David Griffin, and his brother, her great uncle, Dr. Joseph Howard Griffin. Joseph Howard, who went by JH, and David were sons of an enslaved father who became trailblazing physicians in South Georgia, both prosperous and celebrated members of their communities during the sustained racial terror of Jim Crow. Petersson reflects on their legacy and her pride for the work they did, particularly for women.
66 minutes | 3 months ago
Daddy Issues: Britney Spears
This week's Daddy Issues episode is centered around the recent New York Times documentary "Framing Britney Spears" and all of the heroes and zeros of the story, including her father Jamie Spears, Justin Timberlake, Diane Sawyer and 2000s media misogyny, and more.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Chris Santa Maria
In May of last year, the artist Chris Santa Maria's uncle, Randall Jacobs, known to him as Uncle Bunky, finally lay down for what he referred to as the "dirt nap". The obit Chris wrote about his colorful uncle, who he described as a "living, breathing 'hang loose' sign," unexpectedly went viral on Twitter and Reddit, charming and resonating with readers who had, or wanted, an Uncle Bunky of their own. On this episode, Chris talks to Erin and Elizabeth about Bunky's enduring legacy, substance abuse that runs in the family, and our cultural tendency to celebrate the qualities of a person that ultimately led to their premature death.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Daddy Issues: A Punchably Handsome Face
Listen as we discuss the dadness of a recent lurid pink offering from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Kellyanne Conway’s horrific parenting, poet Amanda Gorman’s balletic hands, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s bravery in the face of a tyrannical, murderous Vladimir Putin, and the W.A.P. power of Senator Jon Ossoff’s Senate-floor wink.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Samantha Francine
Last summer, 27-year-old Samantha Francine became the star of a viral photo of her staring down an enraged racist twice her age, Jay Snowden, at a Black Lives Matter rally in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana. In every subsequent interview Samantha, who is Black, credited her late father Brian, who was white, for instilling in her the mantra to always look a racist in the eye so they can see your humanity. The photograph and the story were picked up by major media outlets in part, because of its feel-good message about a single father of biracial children who empowered them to stand up for themselves. Wouldn't he be so proud of the woman Samantha had become? That's where the story ended until now, when Samantha opened up to Erin and Elizabeth for the first time to give a fuller picture of her father's tragic life death, and the complicated truth of his legacy.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Daddy Issues: The Armie Hammer Has Fallen
It's Tell Me About Your Father's Daddy Issues' debut episode! Listen as we put everyone and everything in current events and recent pop culture—from actor Armie Hammer's deeply upsetting leaked DMs to top-shelf gummy candy snacks—under our patriarchal X-ray machine to determine whether they're a “massive disappointment" or have “big boss energy tempered by intelligence, compassion, and vulnerability.” Get the first few episodes of Daddy Issues wherever you listen to your podcasts, after which you can access via our Patreon for $3 a month.
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Paul Capsis
Singular, award-winning Australian actor and cabaret singer Paul Capsis grew up the child of Greek and Maltese immigrant parents who did not see eye to eye. On this episode, you’ll hear an intimate conversation between co-host Matthew and Paul about his emotionally unstable and abusive father, and how Paul learned to stand up to a family at cultural odds with itself. Speaking about him for the first time, Paul shares his surprising reaction to his father’s death, and how their fraught relationship impacts his creative work today.
2 minutes | 4 months ago
Tell Me About Your Father - Season 2 Trailer
Our new season includes stories about fathers from fascinating guests including a beloved father whose mysterious murder remains unsolved, an eccentric uncle whose obituary went viral, a pioneering family of Black doctors in the Jim Crow South, a dad whose toupee defines his entire sense of self, and a candid conversation between Erin and her stepdad, who looks back on life as a father as he faces its end. And those are just a few of the many stories we have that unlock paternal riddles wrapped in mysteries inside of enigmas. Starting January 11, 2020, we’ll be posting new FREE episodes of Tell Me About Your Father every second Monday. Join us for some dad talk.
41 minutes | 7 months ago
Tell Me About Your Father: Kristin Urquiza
On this special episode, you’ll hear Erin and Elizabeth talk with environmental activist Kristin Urquiza about her father, Mark Urquiza, who died of Covid on June 30, 2020. Mr. Urquiza, who lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and voted for Donald Trump, believed the President and Arizona officials when they said COVID was no longer a threat to the state in May, 2020. Mark went out to sing at a karaoke bar with his friends, contracted COVID, and died 19 days later. He was 65. Listen as Kristin describes her father, her rage over his death, and the non-profit she's created in his name to help the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost loved ones to this devastating public health crisis.
59 minutes | 10 months ago
"Mad Men, Don Draper, and the Daughters Who Love Them" - Part Two
In part two of this two-part episode of Tell Me About Your Father, Erin and Elizabeth look back on the last 5 seasons of the seminal TV series Mad Men, and explore the motivations of 1960s ad exec Don Draper, a father driven to escape a secret life, and the parallels we see in our relationships with our own fathers.
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