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.
"Like Snow White With a Flip Phone:" Daddy Issues Ft. Maggie Serota
When journalist Maggie Serota isn’t asking Glenn Danzig the tough questions and making Hollywood flacks squirm, she’s sharing screenshots of text conversations with her father about his several dogs on her must-follow Twitter account. Maggie’s dad, as she tells Matt and Elizabeth in this episode of “Daddy Issues,” uses his flip phone to send her blurry images of his Rottweilers and to check in on her well-being after seeing news about a violent crime that happened months prior and is nowhere near where she actually lives. You know, dad stuff! Maggie also talks to us about her fascination with a captivating image of a shirtless Sting, and plays a high-stakes Sting trivia game Elizabeth wrote for her. Then it’s on to a Thanksgiving-themed round of "Daddy Issues!," in which we discuss the fresh hell that is Penn Station during holiday travel, the Turkey crisis hotline, buffets in the greater Philadelphia area, and Matt shares shocking information about his relationship with cranberry sauce.
Remembering the Journey With the Sopranos: The End With Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
Erin & Elizabeth solve the mystery of the final episode of the show, "Made in America," widely considered to be the greatest tv finale of all time. We talk to the critics and authors of The Sopranos Sessions, Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine) and Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone), about the meaning of the ending, the evils of parallel parking, the importance of ambiguity in art, what makes David Chase tick, and the living legacy of the late actor James Gandolfini - his son Michael Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano as a young man in The Many Saints of Newark, 7 years after his father’s sudden death. Come for the anecdotes about Alan's mom asking Gandolfini to make less violent shows for her to enjoy, stay for Matt describing the Soprano star's love for the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Sociopathy and the Soprano Mystique: Part 4b
Erin and Elizabeth dissect the final stretch of episodes of the series (aka season 6b or season 7, depending on whether or not you’re an executive at HBO) and we explore the numbness inherent to Chrissy's failure to thrive, Vito's son's shit sandwich of an adolescence, AJ's nervous breakdown, Tony's inner and outer monster, the Soprano curse, and Dr. Jennifer Melfi's doorknob-comment moment for the ages.
Son Of Soprano: Part 4a
In which Erin and Elizabeth recap season 6a (aka the first 12 episodes of “season 6”) wherein friction between fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, and brothers from another mother all come to a head. First in the form of a near-death experience that bores him for Tony; a heroic effort at vengeance gone wrong for AJ; a futile attempt at sobriety in the midst of new fatherhood for Christopher; and truth among lies for the orphaned children of Vito Spatafore.
Tony’s Fractured Self and Bottoming from the Top on the Sopranos: Part 3 with Matt Zoller Seitz, Alan Sepinwall and Chingy Nea
On this episode, Erin and Elizabeth looking at The Sopranos’ acclaimed season 5, “Two Tonys,” and the show’s handling of race, sex, and the characters’ performance of gender. Once again, we’re joined by The Sopranos Sessions authors and TV critics Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine) and Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone), and we’re also hearing from a new voice: Mel Magazine contributor Chingy Nea, whose article “The Sopranos Belongs to the Gays Now” examines the show’s surprisingly queer underpinnings. We also look at how Tony's issues with self-definition reflect our own issues as a society, as two decades worth of new viewers use the benefit of hindsight to unpack what these character studies and the authorial choices of David Chase have ultimately said about the downfall of earth itself.
Analyzing the Mofos of the Sopranos: Part 2 with Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
Tell Me About Your Father’s Sopranos series continues with the second episode of our four-part deep dive into the heart of darkness of our favorite TV dad Tony Soprano, with our guests Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, authors of The Sopranos Sessions. We discuss Season 3 and 4’s’ portrayal of violence against women, the breakdown of Tony and Carmella’s marriage, Tony’s connection to his daughter (and her tip-toeing towards an awakening about who her father is), his disdain for his misunderstood dumb-dumb son and heroin addict nephew, and his love for a horse. All this underlines the generational cycle of abuse, bathed in the harsh light of Tony’s hypocrisy and pathological self-centeredness. What does it mean for a father to betray his family within the Family? Could Tony even begin to know?
An incredible podcast!
I love this show so much.
This show is addictively good
I couldn’t stop listening to this show. I started listening to an early episode and then five episodes later I’d lost all track of time because the insights and life experiences of the guests are so fascinating while the hosts keep the stories relatable—guests seem to describe some pretty formative and traumatic stuff with ease because of their trusting voices. What a wonderful venue to talk about some of the most mysterious forces in our lives: our dads. Highly recommend! (PS: Their episodes about Mad Men are excellent and so funny too!)
A podcast I needed
Without getting into the larger conversations about what 2020 is and means, this podcast — simply an act of remembrance and personal catharsis — has been something I’ve cherished during this rollercoaster of a year that we’ve been going through. It’s about people remembering their fathers and in remembering their fathers checking in on who they are and where they are in life. It’s simple, quiet, funny, and beautiful. I’m glad it exists, especially now. Worth your time.