Ira talks about the time his dad taught him to shave, and how unusual that was.
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When Jackie read the obits for the man who had invented the famous Trapper Keeper notebook, she was very surprised. As far as she knew, the inventor was very much alive.
Comedian Gary Gulman on a choice his dad made for him when he was seven years old.
Megan Tan never felt close to her father. For years they’ve been distant.
Chris Benderev speaks with writer Georgie Codd, who went searching for someone to be the father she never had.
Like a lot of parents, Yibin Li’s dad dedicated himself to making sure his daughter stayed on a path that would lead her to a better life than his. But the obstacles her dad had to surmount to achieve this are unlike those any parent anywhere has faced.
Comedian Casey Wilson’s mom was a stabilizing force in her family. So after her unexpected death, both Casey and her father felt devastated and unmoored.
There’s a machine lots of us encounter as a big impersonal, mechanical apparatus, that has a ghost in it. But it’s a ghost that appears to just a small handful of people. Jean Hannah Edelstein tells the story to Ira.
For more than a decade, Boris Furman has meticulously tracked the whereabouts of his family members, averaging the latitude and longitudes to arrive at “The Family Average Location.” But nobody really knows why.
For more than fifty years, Jeanne Darst’s dad neglected to tell his entire family about their entire family. (13 minutes)
Lots of things go unspoken between family members, sometimes for years. We searched for a parent who had a question for their kid that they’d never been able to ask before.
Stephanie Foo talks to a father trying to go about his day while his daughter comes to him over and over, with some things on her mind.
Producer Neil Drumming tells the story of his dad and his family’s timeshare in Orlando, Florida.
Ira talks to his dad about a job he had before Ira was born.
Writer Etgar Keret tells a story about his father, who was constantly imagining parallel universes. In a way, they saved him.
Producer Emanuele Berry and her dad only talked about basketball. But they never talked about a game that her dad had botched.
One night Rosie’s father, busy working, told Rosie, then 9, to stop distracting him with her questions. She should write them all down, he said.
Larry speaks English. His dad speaks Chinese.
Producer Miki Meek tells the story of a man named Will Ream who is trying to figure out what is best for his children, and having some regrets about how things worked out. To tell this story we collaborated with songwriter Stephin Merritt.
Ayelet Waldman says her dad is a bookish man ... a very smart man ... but no man is everything his kids want him to be.
Radio Diaries’ Joe Richman continues William Cimillo’s story and talks to his two sons about what it was like to have lived through the drama that ensued after their father’s big journey.
Etgar Keret always had a good relationship with his dad, except for one thing. This was read for us in English translation by actor Michael Chernus.
Chris Garcia and his dad were driving home, listening to oldies, sharing a bag of chips. A totally familiar scene for them.
More stories of dazzling coincidences: an old boyfriend is conjured in Morocco, a jazz singer seems to rise from the dead, and three boys believe they’ve seen a corpse. Plus stories of errant fathers, lost and found.