438: Father's Day 2011

438: Father's Day 2011

Jun 17, 2011
Yes yes yes you've heard it all before, when it comes to stories of fathers and their children. There's the story of the kid who idolizes his dad, but then learns something and becomes disappointed. Or the opposite story, where the kid gives up on his dad when he's still young, and then much later comes to have a grudging respect. This week for fathers day: surprising stories of fathers trying to be good dads.
  • Host Ira Glass plays clips of interviews with several people whose dads have tried reach out to them the best way they know how, which often means...awkwardly. (8 minutes) AutomobilesChildhoodFathersHolidaysTravel

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  • Michael Ian Black reads an excerpt from his forthcoming book You're Not Doing It Right, about his dad and about being a dad. Michael has a stand-up comedy special airing on Comedy Central this August. (16 minutes)ChildhoodDeathFathers

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  • Producer Jonathan Menjivar tells this story about Naomi Azar and her father Shaul. Shaul had trouble saying a certain phrase to his children, and one day he was put to the test. (9 minutes) ChildhoodFathersTelephone

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  • Ira Glass speaks with a woman named Angie, who never understood why her dad got so excited about thermoses and phone books... until she happened to see this one movie.

    Then Jonathan Goldstein tells a story about his friend Josh Karpati, who has two-year-old twins, and who never leaves the house. Jonathan hosts Wiretap on CBC Radio. (13 minutes) ChildrenFathersFilm/Film MakingFriendship

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  • Michael May tells this story about two prison inmates in Texas—Daniel Johnson and Jesse Johnson—and the unusual bond they formed. Michael is managing editor at The Texas Observer. (11 minutes) Criminal JusticeFathersFriendship
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    • "My Baby's Daddy", B Rock and The Bizz Lyrics

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Naomi Azar and her dad Shaul (Azar). View this image larger.

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