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Tell Me About Your Father is a podcast about dads, father figures and dismantling the paternal mystique. Interviews with guests reveal their relationship with the first man they ever knew, how much they didn't know about him, and the impact he's made on their lives. We aim to unpack all facets of the father - the loving, the ambivalent, the supportive, the fiscally irresponsible, the obscenely wealthy, the salt of the earth, the emotionally present, the totally checked out, the physically absent, the addicted, the alcoholic, the crazy, the complicated, the angry, the funny, the lying, the abusive, the religious, the mentoring, the dead and the living, the fathers who have built us up, and the dads who've let us down.
Daddy Issues! Is Our Pop-Culture Review and Dad-News Companion Show. As you can imagine, dad talk can get heavy. We lighten things up every other episode with Daddy Issues!, looking at dads of note, ranging from Daily Mail usual suspects to politicians to any Father Culture that's in the news and on our minds.
We do deep dives into movies and TV shows rife with dad themes, too, including Mad Men and Sopranos close reads that will speak to anyone with a useless English degree or a Masters in binge watching.
Why not mothers?
Ask someone about their father and they often tell you about their mother instead. As a culture, we have a collective father complex, and the patriarchy is real. In the wake of #metoo exposées of Governor Cuomo, Producer Weinstein, and President Trump (same dictators we've always had, different names), we're just beginning to contemplate that our expectations of fathers historically have been so low that abuse or silence is accepted as a normal byproduct of their hormones. Men set the tone for their households, whether through their presence or absence, and a number of tropes remain: moms are for cultivating tenderness, but wait till your father gets home; motherhood changes everything for women, fatherhood is a feather in the cap of a man's heroic journey; moms nurture, dads provide. Everyone knows that God is a man. The only matriarch we can pinpoint is Mother Earth, and obviously, we never listen to her.
The thing is, even our mothers have daddy issues. Everyone on the gender spectrum has to deal with men, and that's enough of a reason to study their enormous impact on our lives, those mysterious, elusive, unicorn bastards.
All The Praise We Crave
"A podcast about daddies? Now we’re paying attention. Tell Me About Your Father is our newest binge listen." - DNA Magazine
“...a fascinating, meditative listen. It’s people exploring past and present experience in a thoughtful, unsensational way.” - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
"A podcast all about dads in all their imperfect love, fucked up failings, and everything in between ... Funny, insightful, and often moving." - Sandra Song, Paper Magazine
“The episodes are funny, moving, outrageous, in your face and by the teeth.” - Betsy Lerner, author of The Bridge Ladies
“Like a free therapy session, but funnier and just as deep.” - Brad Listi, the Other PPL Podcast
"It’s about time you did this. The process of sharing deeply intimate experiences tends to lead people to connect in a meaningful way. People need that right now.” - Matt's therapist
"I will be curious to hear your podcast. God knows I have many women here that would probably love to be on the show. It takes so long just to sift through and get clear on all of it.” - Erin's therapist
"I couldn’t stop listening to this show. I started listening to an early episode and then five episodes later I’d lost all track of time because the insights and life experiences of the guests are so fascinating ...What a wonderful venue to talk about some of the most mysterious forces in our lives: our dads. Highly recommend! (PS: Their episodes about Mad Men are excellent and so funny too!)" - Apple Podcasts Review
“You all have radio voices. Congratulations - I can’t write 4 sentences and need to go back on Lexapro.” - From our Mailbag
"It feels like there is an ocean of content about women and their mothers, but comparatively very little about women or men and their fathers. It really resonates." - From our Mailbag