Tell Me About Your Father is a podcast focused on 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.
Tell Me About Your Father: Richard Goldstein
Richard Goldstein is one of America’s first rock music journalists. A former editor of the Village Voice, Richard mentored our co-host Matthew and in this episode, they talk about his late father, Jacob, and growing up in the Bronx in the 50s and 60s. They discuss their own mentor/mentee relationship, how he approaches being a stepfather, grandfather, and great-grandfather and what he really thinks of his contemporary, Joan Didion.
Daddy Issues ft. Maya Kosoff: Bill Gates, Jean Is Smarter Than You
This week’s special guest is Maya Kosoff, a Vanity Fair alumn, co-host of the podcast Most Embarrassing Things on the Internet, and a general blessing to Twitter. She joins us to talk recent news and pop culture, and to traverse the sweeping plains of dad-dom and back again. We talk about Bill Gates accidentally flying on the plane of big Jeff Epstein three times, the big-boss energy of Jean Smart on Mare of Easttown and her distant relative, Dorcas Hoar, who barely escaped the Salem Witch trials, the glory of pho and the comfort and joy of Alvin Zhou’s cooking videos. There’s also the New York Times, Tumblr, and Peloton being more embarrassing than any dad could ever be, and an appeal to 500 million-year-old Instagram star, Claywoman.
Tell Me About Your Father: Rebecca Carroll
In her new memoir, Surviving the White Gaze, author and cultural critic Rebecca Carroll describes with heroic honesty and compassion, an upbringing seated in an adoptive family whose whiteness prevents them from facing their failings, in a country unwilling to do the same. Listen as Rebecca talks to Elizabeth about navigating overt and covert racism, her difficulty connecting with both her birth and adoptive fathers, and marrying a man who would celebrate and support their son’s Blackness, always. Just a note: This episode includes discussion of sexual abuse and eating disorders.
Daddy Issues ft. Michael Musto: Man-Dates, Fran Drescher and Field of Dreams
Cultural critic, NYC institution and father of gossip and celebrity journalism, Michael Musto, joins us this week for our pop culture news show “Daddy Issues!” This episode has it all, from Hollywood predators, monstrous police, and a New York Times reporter who shan’t be named (but we named), to Cardi B, Fran Drescher ,and the anti-fascism, hotness, and ghost dads of Field of Dreams. Michael also tells us about his own late father, with whom he had a complicated but loving relationship, his return to the rebooted Village Voice and his time on the iconic ‘90s E! show “The Gossip Show.”
Tell Me About Your Father: Paul Florez
Paul Florez knows how to use his voice. At 37, he's a professional auctioneer and emcee, and the host of the Marvel comics-centered podcast "Power of X-Men." For years he's been working on a memoir about his relationship with his beloved father to explore the intergenerational trauma that may have inspired their shared eating disorder and body dysmorphia. Listen as Paul tells Erin the story of his father's own dramatic coming-of-age in Castro's Cuba and subsequent escape to Miami as a young teenager. Paul lays bare the tragic events that inspired his dad's drive to provide for others, even as he starves himself. And he discusses his own struggle to quell the inner voice that tells a person they're both too much and never enough. Note: If you are currently struggling, call the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 800-931-2237. You can also text NEDA at 741741, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.