June 15, 2001

Father's Day '01

For Father's Day, stories of dads who are utterly human in scale.


Leah remembers when her parents got divorced and her dad, a farmer in North Dakota, moved to an apartment in town. It was cramped and ugly, and it had a Murphy bed that made a horrible creak when you brought it down from the wall. It was the first time she'd seen him look vulnerable, and not at all the heroic can-do guy he once was to her. At some point, of course, every dad comes down off the pedestal; it's just that some do it more gracefully than others. This, she says, was too early, too sudden. (6 minutes)

Legend Of A Bankrobber's Son

Nick Flynn tells the story of his father, who was never on a pedestal. His father abandoned the family soon after Nick was born. Nick never knew him. Until one day, after Nick had graduated from college and started working at a homeless shelter, his father showed up needing a bed. Nick Flynn is the author of a book of poems called Some Ether. He's working on a book about his father. (23 minutes)