Ira reads from In Dreams Begin Responsibilities. (7 minutes)
Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials of frozen sperm.
A Midwestern family records a "letter on tape" to their son, who is in medical school in California. Three decades later, the recording somehow ends up in a thrift store.
Ira plays tapes of his own father, Barry, who was a radio deejay in the mid-1950s. Barry gave up spinning records when he decided that he couldn't make a decent living at it, and for over a decade he was against his son going into radio, not wanting him to waste time the way he did.
Susan Bergman's father was a family man, head of the church choir, and, secretly, having sex with men. He died before his children had a chance to really talk to him about what they should make of his hidden life.
When Susan Bergman wrote a book about her family's experience, other gay men tried to explain her father's actions to her.
A talk with a father who's deceiving his own children.
Ira calls his parents Shirley Glass and Barry Glass in Baltimore to ask them for advice about his new radio show.