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Playlist: Father's Day

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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June 16th is Father's Day.

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Father's Day - A musical celebration

From Kate Borger | 01:09:19

A romping roots music celebration of fathers, papas and ding dong daddies.

Danieleeu_small This one hour program is based on my weekly 3-hour show, "The Roots and Rhythm Mix" on WYEP in Pittsburgh. Every year I celebrate Father's Day with a mix of tunes that reflect upon being a father and having a father, as well as featuring the less literal cool daddy-o's and rockin' papas of American roots music. There are a few poignant moments in this program, but the overall tone is FUN! Yes, this is a "record show"! It's all great music from Texas, Louisiana,Cuba and Madagascar, and it's put together with thought and heart and a good ear. I hope you enjoy the mix as much as my listeners in Pittsburgh do!

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I Will Be Your Father Figure

From The Moth Hour Specials | Part of the Moth Radio Hour Specials series | 53:57

In this special episode of The Moth, we listen to five stories about fathers — from embarrassing jokes to tender moments shared on the road. The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness, also interviews the fathers in her own family. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.


Adrianne McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Lauren Thurman navigates life with her many iterations of dads.

Harwood Taylor reaches for a father who is out of touch.

My Dad's Favorites: An All-American Greatest Generation Playlist [59:00 / 54:00]

From Paul Ingles | 58:51

Radio producer Paul Ingles sits down with his 89 year old Dad to hear about the music his father feels has been essential to his appreciation of music for all these years.

Dsc00998_small A World War II vet and his wife of 60 years try to educate their radio producer son about the greatest music of their generation.   John Ingles was born in 1922, went to war in Europe, worked for the phone company for 35 years, and was a devoted family man.  He gave his wife a 45-record changer as one his first gifts to her, signifying that her life with him would be filled with music.  He was sure to keep his record player in good shape for all the years since.  Some years ago, he wrote a letter to his three kids, listing his top favorite songs from his life.  His middle son, Paul, the radio producer, interviewed him and his wife about the music selections.  Paul was reminded again about how much his dad knew about the music.  All that time spent reading liner notes pays off in this special.  Selections include Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and more.  An educational, sometimes funny and sometimes moving hour for on or near Father's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July or just as a music special.  Paul's parents have passed away since the recording.  John Ingles in 2016, Audrey Ingles in 2011.

Stations may use the full length 77:30 version if they like but there are no breaks included.  It's primarily provided for online listening and it includes full versions of most songs and bonus tracks not in the hour-long version.  It's available on PRX at this site: http://www.prx.org/pieces/63079

HOB Radio: Father's Day Special

From Ben Manilla | Part of the House of Blues Radio Hour series | 59:00

Give your Dad the Blues for Father's Day!

Robert_johnson6_small The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd).  In this episode, Elwood pays homage to the fathers' of the Blues.  Includes music by The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and more.


From Wind & Rhythm | 58:30

Whether it's with a father, a grandfather, or a father-figure, celebrating this Father's Day connects us the same way music connects the listener with deep emotional memories and structural features that help define our character and bring strength to our lives; much like a father. This week on Wind & Rhythm we explore these connections, dedicating them to Father’s Day.

Wind & Rhythm


The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Life Stories - Families: Fathers, Sons & Brothers

From Jay Allison | Part of the The Life Stories Collection series | 59:04

Four stories of men and family from Jay Allison with Christina Egloff & Friends. Part of the Life Stories Collection.

Lifestories These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are are stories about life as we find it, and record it. Dad's Moving Out (11:56) There was a moment when Dan knew for sure his parents we?re splitting up. He remembers it clearly. His parents remember it clearly too, but differently. Produced with Dan Robb. My Brother, Tom Jones (20:56) Alex is a Tom Jones impersonator, a dedicated one. This portrait of him and his work was made by his younger brother who has always admired him. Produced with Dan Gediman. Dad and Sam (4:45) Love and Brotherhood. "Every year my father would go get Uncle Sam from the Delaware State Mental Hospital and bring him home for Christmas..." Descended from the Holocaust (19:52) A physician in central Massachusetts borrows a tape recorder and accompanies his parents to the Holocaust Museum to talk to them about something they've never talked about before: their experience in the Nazi concentration camps. Produced with Dr. Alan Berkenwald

B-Side: Family and Dads

From B-Side Radio | Part of the B-Side: Cure for the Weekend Blues series | 53:59

On this edition of B-Side we're offering a little unsolicited advice, and some fatherly humor as we explore our relationships with people we're tied to by blood or common history. From B-Side Radio.

Littlegolf_small First: B-Side's Tamara Keith and her brother Donovan head to a family fun center to play ski ball, air hockey, and talk about family. Then: Golf is the ultimate sport of dads. So in honor of Father's Day, B-Side's Tamara Keith went golfing with her father, husband and father-in-law. On this edition of the show, we bring you some of our favorite stories about dads. Liner Notes: "Ebert Whipple" Sarah Neal: Sarah's grandfather left behind a volume of messages - and listening to them has helped her understand a man she hardly knew before he died. "Esselen" John Peabody: This piece is about connecting with even more distant relatives. John Peabody introduces us to a woman who is learning the language of her ancestors. Baby Max" Sarah Baughn: Getting to the birth of baby Max too B-Side's Sarah Baugn on a surprising journey - where she had to deal with gestational diabetes, pre-term labor, and 5 weeks of bed rest before getting to the big day. Sarah takes us along for the ride. "1000 Postcards" Rene Gutel: Rene's dad wanted to keep in touch when she went away to college, so he sent her a postcard. And then another, and another, and another. "Vietdamned" Tamara Keith: Every family has its secrets. The things everyone knows about but no one talks about. For B-Side's Tamara Keith, a piece of fiction revealed one of these unspoken bits of family history. "Dad Humor" David Johns: Why do dads tell such bad jokes? Probably mostly because they can, because after all, they're the dad, and everyone else in the family pretty much has to listen. Or maybe there's some kind of evolutionary explanation for the dinner table ritual. Maybe telling bad jokes is a way for the breadwinner to ensure his kids don't get too comfortable feeding at the family trough. Whatever the reason, there's more than ample evidence to document the phenomenon. Here's B-Side contributor Dave Johns.

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Barack Obama's Father's Day Speech--Chicago, IL, 6/15/08

From Public Radio Exchange (PRX) | 32:46

Barack Obama delivers a father's day speech at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago in June of 2008. From PRX and WBEZ.

Mediummediumobamasmiling_small Good morning. It's good to be home on this Father's Day with my girls, and it's an honor to spend some time with all of you today in the house of our Lord. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus closes by saying, "Whoever hears these words of mine, and does them, shall be likened to a wise man who built his house upon a rock: the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock." [Matthew 7: 24-25] Here at Apostolic, you are blessed to worship in a house that has been founded on the rock of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. But it is also built on another rock, another foundation, and that rock is Bishop Arthur Brazier. In forty-eight years, he has built this congregation from just a few hundred to more than 20,000 strong a congregation that, because of his leadership, has braved the fierce winds and heavy rains of violence and poverty; joblessness and hopelessness. Because of his work and his ministry, there are more graduates and fewer gang members in the neighborhoods surrounding this church. There are more homes and fewer homeless. There is more community and less chaos because Bishop Brazier continued the march for justice that he began by Dr. King's side all those years ago. He is the reason this house has stood tall for half a century. And on this Father's Day, it must make him proud to know that the man now charged with keeping its foundation strong is his son and your new pastor, Reverend Byron Brazier. Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it. But if we are honest with ourselves, we'll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing, missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it. You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled, doubled since we were children. We know the statistics that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it. How many times in the last year has this city lost a child at the hands of another child, How many times have our hearts stopped in the middle of the night with the sound of a gunshot or a siren How many teenagers have we seen hanging around on street corners when they should be sitting in a classroom? How many are sitting in prison when they should be working, or at least looking for a job? How many in this generation are we willing to lose to poverty or violence or addiction? How many? Yes, we need more cops on the street. Yes, we need fewer guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them. Yes, we need more money for our schools, and more outstanding teachers in the classroom, and more after school programs for our children. Yes, we need more jobs and more job training and more opportunity in our communities. But we also need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child it's the courage to raise one. We need to help all the mothers out there who are raising these kids by themselves; the mothers who drop them off at school, go to work, pick up them up in the afternoon, work another shift, get dinner, make lunches, pay the bills, fix the house, and all the other things it takes both parents to do. So many of these women are doing a heroic job, but they need support. They need another parent. Their children need another parent. That?s what keeps their foundation strong. It's what keeps the foundation of our country strong. I know what it means to have an absent father, although my circumstances weren't as tough as they are for many young people today. Even though my father left us when I was two years old, and I only knew him from the letters he wrote and the stories that my family told, I was luckier than most. I grew up in Hawaii, and had two wonderful grandparents from Kansas who poured everything they had into helping my mother raise my sister and me who worked with her to teach us about love and respect and the obligations we have to one another. I screwed up more often than I should?ve, but I got plenty of second chances. And even though we didn't have a lot of money, scholarships gave me the opportunity to go to some of the best schools in the country. A lot of kids don?t get these chances today. There is no margin for error in their lives. So my own story is different in that way. Still, I know the toll that being a single parent took on my mother how she struggled at times to the pay bills; to give us the things that other kids had; to play all the roles that both parents are supposed to play. And I know the toll it took on me. So I resolved many years ago that it was my obligation to break the cycle that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father to my girls; that if I could give them anything, I would give them that rock that foundation on which to build their lives. And that would be the greatest gift I could offer. I say this knowing that I have been an imperfect father knowing that I have made mistakes and will continue to make more; wishing that I could be home for my girls and my wife more than I am right now. I say this knowing all of these things because even as we are imperfect, even as we face difficult circumstances, there are still certain lessons we must strive to live and learn as fathers whether we are black or white; rich or poor; from the South Side or the wealthiest suburb. The first is setting an example of excellence for our children because if we want to set high expectations for them, we've got to set high expectations for ourselves. It's great if you have a job; it?s even better if you have a college degree. It?s a wonderful thing if you are married and living in a home with your children, but don't just sit in the house and watch SportsCenter all weekend long. That's why so many children are growing up in front of the television. As fathers and parents, we've got to spend more time with them, and help them with their homework, and replace the video game or the remote control with a book once in awhile. That's how we build that foundation. We know that education is everything to our children?s future. We know that they will no longer just compete for good jobs with children from Indiana, but children from India and China and all over the world. We know the work and the studying and the level of education that requires. You know, sometimes I'll go to an eighth-grade graduation and there's all that pomp and circumstance and gowns and flowers. And I think to myself, it's just eighth grade. To really compete, they need to graduate high school, and then they need to graduate college, and they probably need a graduate degree too. An eighth-grade education doesn't cut it today. Let's give them a handshake and tell them to get their butts back in the library! It's up to us as fathers and parents, to instill this ethic of excellence in our children. It's up to us to say to our daughters, don't ever let images on TV tell you what you are worth, because I expect you to dream without limit and reach for those goals. It's up to us to tell our sons, those songs on the radio may glorify violence, but in my house we live glory to achievement, self respect, and hard work. It's up to us to set these high expectations. And that means meeting those expectations ourselves. That means setting examples of excellence in our own lives. The second thing we need to do as fathers is pass along the value of empathy to our children. Not sympathy, but empathy the ability to stand in somebody else?s shoes; to look at the world through their eyes. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in us, that we forget about our obligations to one another. There's a culture in our society that says remembering these obligations is somehow soft that we can't show weakness, and so therefore we can't show kindness. But our young boys and girls see that. They see when you are ignoring or mistreating your wife. They see when you are inconsiderate at home; or when you are distant; or when you are thinking only of yourself. And so it's no surprise when we see that behavior in our schools or on our streets. That's why we pass on the values of empathy and kindness to our children by living them. We need to show our kids that you're not strong by putting other people down you're strong by lifting them up. That's our responsibility as fathers. And by the way it's a responsibility that also extends to Washington. Because if fathers are doing their part; if they're taking our responsibilities seriously to be there for their children, and set high expectations for them, and instill in them a sense of excellence and empathy, then our government should meet them halfway. We should be making it easier for fathers who make responsible choices and harder for those who avoid them. We should get rid of the financial penalties we impose on married couples right now, and start making sure that every dime of child support goes directly to helping children instead of some bureaucrat. We should reward fathers who pay that child support with job training and job opportunities and a larger Earned Income Tax Credit that can help them pay the bills. We should expand programs where registered nurses visit expectant and new mothers and help them learn how to care for themselves before the baby is born and what to do after programs that have helped increase father involvement, women's employment, and children's readiness for school. We should help these new families care for their children by expanding maternity and paternity leave, and we should guarantee every worker more paid sick leave so they can stay home to take care of their child without losing their income. We should take all of these steps to build a strong foundation for our children. But we should also know that even if we do; even if we meet our obligations as fathers and parents; even if Washington does its part too, we will still face difficult challenges in our lives. There will still be days of struggle and heartache. The rains will still come and the winds will still blow. And that is why the final lesson we must learn as fathers is also the greatest gift we can pass on to our children and that is the gift of hope. I'm not talking about an idle hope that's little more than blind optimism or willful ignorance of the problems we face. I'm talking about hope as that spirit inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better is waiting for us if we're willing to work for it and fight for it. If we are willing to believe. I was answering questions at a town hall meeting in Wisconsin the other day and a young man raised his hand, and I figured he'd ask about college tuition or energy or maybe the war in Iraq. But instead he looked at me very seriously and he asked, "What does life mean to you?" Now, I have to admit that I wasn't quite prepared for that one. I think I stammered for a little bit, but then I stopped and gave it some thought, and I said this: When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me how do I make my way in the world, and how do I become successful and how do I get the things that I want. But now, my life revolves around my two little girls. And what I think about is what kind of world I'm leaving them. Are they living in a county where there's a huge gap between a few who are wealthy and a whole bunch of people who are struggling every day? Are they living in a county that is still divided by race? A country where, because they're girls, they don?t have as much opportunity as boys do? Are they living in a country where we are hated around the world because we don't cooperate effectively with other nations Are they living a world that is in grave danger because of what we've done to its climate? And what I've realized is that life doesn't count for much unless you're willing to do your small part to leave our children all of our children a better world. Even if it's difficult. Even if the work seems great. Even if we don?t get very far in our lifetime. That is our ultimate responsibility as fathers and parents. We try. We hope. We do what we can to build our house upon the sturdiest rock. And when the winds come, and the rains fall, and they beat upon that house, we keep faith that our Father will be there to guide us, and watch over us, and protect us, and lead His children through the darkest of storms into light of a better day. That is my prayer for all of us on this Father's Day, and that is my hope for this country in the years ahead. May God Bless you and your children. Thank you.

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Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home

From Will Coley | 26:26

When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never wanted to look into, until now.


When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never wanted to look into, until now.

After I decided to make a radio story about the crash, I often wondered if it was the best choice as my first big project as a new radio producer. It took far longer than I ever expected, in part because it was so personal. But I realized that if I couldn’t answer tough personal questions, how could I expect others to do the same?

The initial kernel of the story idea came back in 1997 when I stumbled on an article in the New York Times about the 20th anniversary of the Southern Flight 242 accident (my family somehow missed being invited). And then in 2012, fifteen years later, I happened to be in Georgia for a conference that was 70 miles from the crash site. The key event in those intervening years was participating in the Transom Story Workshop. In Woods Hole, I learned much of what I needed to tell the story. I learned even more along the way.

Read more on Transo.org 

Rad Dads!!!

From Making Contact | Part of the Making Contact series | 29:00

Fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?


Parenting has never been easy.  Merging your politics with your parenting decisions can be even more challenging.  On this edition, fathers…and mothers…on fatherhood and how it’s changing. Traditional ideas about what a dad is supposed to be are slowly disappearing, but what will take their place?


Tomas Moniz, Rad Dad creator; Airial Clark, Sex Positive Parent blogger; Janine Macbeth, Oh Oh Baby Boy author; Brent Ramos, Danny Gutierrez, Craig Elliot, Jeremy Smith, Jeremy John, Jason Oppy, fathers

Father's Favorite Shortcut

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 27:37

A Father's Day Special, a classic mix of memorable music, clips and interviews with Dad

Father04_small Father's Favorite Shortcut A Father's Day classic with Groucho Marx, Robert Young, Harry Nilsson, Cat Stevens, Warner Olan as Charlie Chan, Randy Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Elton John, the Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, Eddie Fisher, Judy Collins, Gene Autry, Mary Martin, Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, David Carradine, Bill Cosby, Jane Wyatt, Shirley Temple, Lee J. Cobb in Death Of A Salesman, Sandy Dennis, George Segal, Glenn Ford, Christopher Reeves, The Firesign Theatre, Papa John Creach, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin, Barbara Streisand, W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Mary Brian, David Chow, Philip Ahn, Keye Luke, Zeppo Marx and The Little Rascals... This one's for you Pop! (that's his picture--from the early 1940s)

Tales from the South 34: Father Show

From Paula Morell | Part of the Tales from the South 2011 Spring Season series | 29:00

Paulette Mehta witnesses a painful goodbye, Frank Thurmond travels around the world to meet his father for the first time, and Judy Stokley copes with an embarassing mistake. Southern-style storytelling in front of a live audience at Starving Artist Cafe' in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Everyday people telling all kinds of different stories: all true, all told by the Southerners who lived them.

Tales_small This week's show focuses on fathers: Paulette Mehta witnesses a painful goodbye in "The Gift", Frank Thurmond travels around the world to meet his father for the first time in "For Love and Travel", and Judy Stokley copes with an embarassing mistake in "Remember the Lightbulbs". Tales from the South is a 29-minute weekly radio show recorded in front of a live audience at Starving Artist Cafe' in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Each week, everyday Southerners read their own true story, unrehearsed and live. Local musicians play during dinner, and blues guitarist Mark Simpson plays on the show. Stories range from funny to sad, to enlightening to touching. Writers are all from the South. Although the show itself is unrehearsed, the literary memoirs have been worked on for weeks leading up to the recording. All stories are true and told by the Southerners who lived them.

My Dad and Pre-Socratic Thought

From KUFM - Montana Public Radio | Part of the Notes From the Huntley Project series | 29:44

A humorous monologue, from a young boy's point of view, about growing up with a Depression-era Christian Scientist Dad.


In Notes from the Huntley Projec t, Jay Kettering's comedic and thought-provoking radio series, a middle-aged man reflects on a childhood spent in small-town space-time, where love meets mysticism and adventure meets imagination.

Episode I:  My Dad and Pre-Socratic Thought

In this monologue, a man recalls the crazy stories his father told him, and within those stories he attempts to explain his father, which requires he explain about the peanut butter torture, discipline by prosthetic arm, and a trustworthy drunk. After you hear the world's greatest oatmeal salesman tell the story of the turpentine miracle, you may find yourself pondering the stories you remember from your own father. This can be a very philosophical thing to do, because the stories of the father always shed light on the story of the storyteller.

My Dad and Pre-Socratic Thought was written and directed by Jay Kettering

Performed by Bernie O'Connor

Recorded by Beth Anne Austein in the studios of Montana Public Radio

Edited and produced by Chérie Newman

Episode II:  How I Learned To Tell Time

Episode III:  The Church of Pancakes

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Despair, Inherited

From Catarina Martins | 11:10

In most families, mental health can be a taboo topic. But not in the House family. Jeff and Tenley’s relationship is not your usual father and daughter relationship. Depression has brought them closer together.

This story was produced with Transom.org at the Transom Story Workshop (spring 2015).

Tenleyjeff2_small In most families, mental health can be a taboo topic. But not in the House family. Jeff and Tenley’s relationship is not your usual father and daughter relationship. Depression has brought them closer together. This story was produced with Transom.org at the Transom Story Workshop (spring 2015).

In So Many Words

From Teresa Goff | 19:30

A 20-minute documentary that aired nationally on CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition on December 15, 2002. It is a moving story about a father and daughter, stroke, aphasia, loss, and hope.

Teresa_steve_small In So Many Words is a 20-minute documentary that aired nationally on CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition on December 15, 2002. It is a moving story about a father and daughter, stroke, aphasia, loss, and hope. It informs people about aphasia: what it is, what it can steal away, the importance of a communication partner, and how the challenges presented by aphasia can lead to surprising personal growth. It effectively portrays one family's response to aphasia. In So Many Words promotes an understanding of the many dimensions of aphasia: the language impairment, the emotional impact on the stroke survivor and on family members, the need for communication partners who understand aphasia, and the importance of community-based programs to support the needs of people living with aphasia.

Dad to Dad: A Preparation

From Eric Winick | 13:46

In Fall 2009, as my wife entered the late stage of pregnancy, I asked several friends of mine who are recent or long-time dads for advice on becoming a father myself.


I interviewed all six over the phone, requesting two pieces of advice, one for first time dads in general and one for me specifically. I'd worked out a precise timeline for transcription, editing, and publication of the piece.

But life doesn't happen according to your schedule.

Featuring the voices of P.J. Escobio, Tom Foley, Jeff Golick, Jason Kravits, Jeremy J. Lee, and David Markus.

From the files of Yarn AudioWorks.

P.J. Escobio is an actor and producer who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughterTom Foley is a filmmaker who lives in Marblehead, MA with his wife and son. Jeff Golick is pro-Brooklyn, pro-jazz, pro-friends, and anti-oxidant. Jeremy J. Lee lives with his wife Maggie and son Lucas in Sunnyside, NY; Lucas made his Broadway debut about a month before he took his first breath. Jason Kravits is an actor/writer/director, and especially father, living in NYC. In addition to David Markus’ work as a model for Conde Naste Traveler and the New York Times, he is a hedge fund manager, husband and father of two pretty wonderful kids, Nicholas and Nora.

Dad & Daws (Father's Day)

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the Joe Bevilacqua Short Features series | 10:47

Joe Bevilacqua uses audio he recorded as a child to recount how his volatile father's gift of a tape recorder led him to another father figure (Daws Butler) and an eventual career in radio.

Daddawssm_small Joe Bevilacqua uses audio he recorded as a child to recount how his volatile father's gift of a tape recorder led him to another father figure (Daws Butler) and an eventual career in radio. Check out my latest review: Dad & Daws (Father's Day) Joe Bevilacqua , 10:46 ***** Engaging, Intimate, Real What a wonderfully crafted piece for Father's Day. Joe brings us a captivating, intimate, sound rich story. He does it with simple writing and without being overly dramatic. The story has a steady tone that keeps listeners engaged, definitely a candidate for a driveway moment. The story also has a flowing narrative with good visual imagery. I also love hearing that the correspondence with Daws was done via letter and cassette, especially now in the era of e-mail, blogs etc. The story of Joe's father is disturbing and troubling. However, Joe's writing and use of tape makes it an element of a story and shines the light on the good that came out of his work with Daws and the career that grew from his love for cartoon characters. He leaves the listener feeling good for him and sharing the same wonder about his father's purchase of a stereo tape recorder. Kudos for saving all this tape and weaving into a sound-rich, personal essay. (Reviewer) (Editorial Board) Arvid Hokanson , KUOW May 31, 2007 First broadcast June 13, 2003 (Father's Day) on Weekend Edition Sunday. Can be rebroadcast anytime. This version includes the Weekend Edition intro, which should be cut if run on a date other than Father's Day. Please credit NPR's Weekend Edition if you use. Joe Bevilacqua is willing to remix the piece if needed. You can also run these FREE programs that are discussed in the piece with it: http://www.prx.org/pieces/18822

Daws Butler the voice behind some of our most beloved cartoon characters. He was the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss and many more. He worked at Hanna Barbera studios from 1957 till 1988 as well as working for Warner Bros., MGM, Jay Ward and Walter Lantz. He also wrote and performed on the Stan Freberg show and the original live version of Time for Beanie (Einstein and Harpo Marx's favorite show) as well as acting in radio and voicing TV commercials. 

"Is there any question the name Daws is plural? No single human being could have created so many amusingly convincing voices as did the talented, singularly plural Daws Butler. For Daws, the term 'genius' must perforce be exponentially multiplied: voices times voices times voices, and so on. I am flattered and honored that he based Fibber Fox on me."
-Shelley Berman Actor ("Curb Your Enthusiasm'), Standup Comedy Pioneer and Founding Member of Chicago's "Second City" 

Father's Day

From Paul Currington | 14:24

I asked a number of people, "What do you think of when you think of your dad?" The stories they shared were far more powerful than I expected. I began the project as a Father's Day present for my own dad. He died unexpectedly before I could finish it. The ending changed but the stories remain.

Airport_dad_small "What do you think of when you think of your dad?"  People in Seattle share stories about their fathers. Death, divorce, drugs, love, Casey Kasem and a bucket of gasoline that wouldn't blow up are some of the memories that come tumbling out. These moments of reflection are funny and powerful like a good dad.

The Ground We Lived On

From Sound Portraits | 11:33

Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc faces mortality and loss in recordings she made during the last months of her father's life.

Glasses_small The Ground We Lived On documents the loving relationship between journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and her father, Adrian Leon LeBlanc, in the last months of his life. Using recordings she made of her father, namesake and inspiration from his hospital bed in the family living room, The Ground We Lived On is an ode to the ordinary ways we continue loving even as we are letting go.

In January 2003, Adrian Leon LeBlanc was 85 years old and the father of four. He was in the final stages of lung cancer and had just entered hospice care. He spent his days in his house in Leominster, Massachusetts, a working-class town near Boston, in the company of his family. During this time, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc regularly drove in from her home in New York City to visit her father. Each time she visited, Adrian Nicole taped her conversations with her father. She wanted to preserve a record of their relationship and capture her father's voice.

Adrian Leon LeBlanc had been a labor activist and World War II veteran; as such, he had always been outspoken on behalf of others' interests but was reluctant to talk about himself and his personal feelings. Still, he welcomed his daughter's recorder, believing that documenting the last months of his life might help other families who were going through similar experiences. The Ground We Lived On is a story of loving and losing a parent and the record of a father's final gift to his daughter: helping her to conceive of a world without him.

Cutaways (5:00-8:59)

Father's Day

From Jake Warga | 05:25

Ten years after his parents' deaths, producer Jake Warga found a box of cassettes of his father interviewing him when he was a kid. Simple and sweet.

Father's Day
Jake Warga

Jakeandfather_small Clearing out stuff of my parent's 10yrs after their death, I found a box of cassettes of my Father interviewing me when I was a kid. Aired "Public Radio Weekend America Whathaeyou" Winner "Silver Reel" NFCB

Chris Elliott and His Dad On Family Comedy

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 06:53

Comedian Chris Elliott comes from a family of funny people, including his dad Bob of the famous Bob and Ray duo. Together they opened up about comedy that is all in the family. Chris Elliott: "I can remember trying to impress my dad with my sense of humor. Sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing."


So what’s it like to grow up in a really funny family? Where it’s more than just hilarious road trips or nightly comedy routines around the dinner table? I’m talking about a family where your dad makes a living making people laugh. Does the comedic touch rub off? And can anyone get in the last laugh? Well, Jane Borden, a comedian herself, got an answer when she interviewed Bob and Chris Elliott. Now Bob’s the father and you may know him from the legendary live comedy duo of Bob and Ray. Chris is his youngest son who’s built his own successful comedy career on TV and in film. So here’s how Bob and Chris Elliott remember growing up in Manhattan.

- Date: March 2008
- The Scene: By phone, Chris Elliott driving and Bob Elliott at home
- The Source: Cassette Recorder - The Related Article: Read it @ Timeoutnewyork.com 

Bono on His Dad's Final Days Before He Died of Cancer

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 04:22

"I’d go and usually have a pint of Guinness and a chaser to steady my nerves. Then I'd go to the hospital and I'd sleep beside my father." - Bono. Interview by Anthony Bozo in 2001.


This interview is with Bono of U2. It’s Bono talking about what it was like to be by his father’s side in the months and final weeks before he died. Pretty remarkable interview. It comes to us from Anthony Bozza. Anthony is an author and writer and back in 2001 he was working at Rolling Stone. And the magazine, they were doing one of those “look backs at the year that was.” So Anthony jumped on the phone. He plugged in his recorder and he called Bono. They talked about a number of things including what it was like to perform right after 9-11. Anthony also posed a question: he asked Bono what was his most memorable personal encounter of the year. And that’s when Bono opened up about this dad.

- The Date: October 2001
- The Scene: By phone
- The Source: Minidisc recorder
- Anthony recorded this interview while writing for Rolling Stone

Watch the animated version of this interview @ Blankonblank.org.

Meet My Dad

From Homelands Productions | 05:17

Reporter Jon Miller celebrates his 83-year-old father, Mike, a retired schoolteacher who shares his zest for life with residents of a Boston nursing home.

Mike_at_nursing_home_small A portrait of Mike Miller, an 83-year-old retired middle school teacher from Lexington, Massachusetts, who volunteers twice a week singing old songs at a nursing home in Boston. Miller's early years were full of pain and death, but he says the experience made him love life all the more. Includes scenes of singing and conversation between Mike and his son, independent producer Jon Miller. Suitable for Father's Day or any program that celebrates old people, volunteerism, schoolteachers, or the power of music.

Poz Rayz

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 06:03

Nigel Chase spent much of his youth learning the art of making and playing steel drums with his father. Nigel now makes a living making pans, playing pan music professionally and teaching steel drum music in the small coastal community of Brooksville, ME.


Nigel Chase spent much of his youth learning the art of making and playing steel drums with his father Carl Chase.  The Chase family often went to Trinidad and Tobago when Nigel was in high school and college.  They immersed themselves in Carnival, the immensely popular steel drum festival.  They came away having made friends with one of Trinidad's best known steel drum tuners, Roland Harrington.  A lasting friendship developed between Roland and the Chase family.  This changed the future direction of Nigel's life and instilled in him an appreciation for Calypso music that has stayed with Nigel to the present day.  Nigel now makes a living making pans, playing pan music professionally and teaching steel drum music at George Stevens Academy.  Nigel lives this unusual life in the small coastal community of Brooksville, ME.


From Sue Mell | 08:46

People talking about their dads.

Sue Mell

Suemell_small Independent Producer Sue Mell asks people 3 questions about their fathers: 1.Were you close to your dad growing up? 2.Are you close to him now? 3.What's one thing that stands out in you mind about your dad--good or bad?


From Jill Strauss | 06:34

In this wobbly economy, few parents have the luxury any more of staying at home with their kids. But producer Jill Strauss found a father who can afford it, understands his value to the family, and, for the most part, really likes his role...

Michael_with_daughter_siri_small Before the 1960s it was uncommon for mothers to work and practically unheard of for them to make more money than their husbands. Today, 80 percent of mothers have jobs and one third of wives make more money than their husbands.  Some men are not cheered by this turn of events.But former Monitor Radio producer Jill Strauss found a papa at peace with his decision to mind the kids while his wife toils at the office. This upbeat story includes scenes with Michael's young children and an interview conducted on a bicycle built for two.

Consider airing this soft feature as more data unfolds about men's changing roles in American society, as an example of a contented stay-at-home parent or as an uplifting story for Father's Day. 

My Dad

From Littleglobe | 05:44

Cristina Trevizo's story of love and loss, family-style.

My Dad

Default-piece-image-2 Capital High School (Santa Fe, NM) student Cristina Trevizo provides a raw and compelling narrative about the death of her step-father and its impact on her life. The story is told in both English and Spanish, and touches on the immigrant experience as well.

Danny Boy

From Maeve Conran | 05:10

A daughter visits her father in an Alzheimer nursing home in Ireland and while he cannot remember her, they share an intimate moment over his favorite song.

Danny Boy
Maeve Conran

Dad_small As a father with Alzheimer's forgets his youngest daughter, there is still intimacy and remembering together over his favorite song... Danny Boy.  An intimate portrait of a visit by a daughter to her father in an Alzheimer's nursing home.  While he can't remember her name, he remembers his favorite song from years gone by.

A Better Father

From Viki Merrick | 06:22

Dave Masch of Cataumet, Mass. talks with Viki Merrick about learning from his father's mistakes and omissions.

Dave_small Dave Masch of Cataumet MA talks with Viki Merrick about learning from his father's mistakes and omissions.


From Sarah Neal (Neal-Estes) | 07:23

This is a piece about an unexpected recording from the past. Producer Sarah Neal's grandfather taped hours of his thoughts for her when she was two - sitting in his self made "recording studio," in his home, in small town Salem, Indiana. He then hid the tapes away to be found after he died.

Default-piece-image-0 This piece has had several versions. One won a Golden Reel as part of "The Presence of the Past," a pre-produced local public affairs program and co-production of KQED-FM Hot Soup and the Kitchen Sisters. A second version was part of a Public Radio News Directors (PRINDI) Award winning show "How We Connect," an AK production for APRN-FM in Alaska. I attached its first version here, one of my favorites. It was written for B-Side radio in 2002, right after my mother found my grandfather's tapes. My grandfather was born a farmer, suffered from polio, became a teacher, a husband, a principal, a father, a superintendent and a grandfather. And this radio piece shares some of his advice on money, love and life. It is as dear to me as he is charming.

Drop-Ins (2:00-4:59)

StoryCorps: Kevin Fredericks, Isaiah Fredericks, and Josiah Fredericks

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:17

Nine-year-old Isaiah Fredericks and his younger brother, Josiah, used their StoryCorps interview to ask their dad, Kevin, some hard-hitting questions.

Fredericksnpr_small Nine-year-old Isaiah Fredericks and his younger brother, Josiah, used their StoryCorps interview to ask their dad, Kevin, some hard-hitting questions.

Doc Merrick

From Viki Merrick | 03:36

A father-daughter coming of age story from Viki Merrick.

Doc Merrick
Viki Merrick

Docinkitchen_small A Father-Daughter coming of age story -


From John Biewen | 03:00

A (very) short story of love and anxiety. A child grows to age 13 in three minutes while a father muses on parental fears.

John Biewen

Harper-john-small_small This essay/montage was produced for the Third Coast Audio Festival's 2008 Audio Challenge, Radio Ephemera.  The challenge was to produce a piece of no more than three minutes based on any two of five books selected from the Prelinger Library of San Francisco -- and to include the voice of a stranger.  "Scared" is based on the books, "Control of Mind and Body," and "The Stork Didn't Bring You!: The Facts of Life for Teenagers."  The stranger is the voicemail lady.  

Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever

From Jeff Cohen | 02:57

My five year old cut off my three year old's hair. A few weeks later, I decided to interview them and get their explanations. Here's what they told me.

Imag0242a_small Happy to say that this little radio story has taken another life. In the summer of 2014, it will be a children's book released by HarperCollins Children's Books. Take a look!

Grand Canyon

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Scott Carrier stories series | 03:35

A father and son hike. A chance to start anew.

Scgrandcanyon_small Father and son spend a week together traveling and hiking America's Grand Canyon.

Give Dad a Break

From KSFR | Part of the Equal Time with Martha Burk series | 02:30

Two and one-half minute commentary by Equal Time host Martha Burk on fatherhood and paternity leave. Unlike the rest of the developed world, paternity leave is an alien concept in the U.S.

Give Dad a Break

Podcastphoto_small Only 12% of American workers get any kind of paid leave for care of family members, including newborns and adopted children.  In the few companie that grant the benefit, new dads get far less than moms. It's time we recognize dads need time off too.

Man in the Bed

From Western Folklife Center Media | Part of the What's in a Song series | 04:08

Songwriter Dave Alvin describes his song "Man in the Bed" which tells the story of the last day of his father's life.

Img00081_small Songwriter Dave Alvin was with his father in his last days. In the process, Alvin found that his dad had found a way to stay vital, despite the fact that his body was dying.

Dad and Sam (Locked in Brotherhood)

From Jay Allison | Part of the The Life Stories Collection series | 04:43

This piece comes from the Life Stories Collection ("Fathers and Sons" hour). The setting is a Christmas table. The story is about producer Jay Allison's father and his love for his brother Sam, in the face of Sam's mental disability.

Dadsmall_small This piece comes from the Life Stories Collection ("Fathers and Sons" hour). I have broken it out because it would work well by itself around either Christmas or Father's Day. The setting is a Christmas table. The story is about my father and his love for his brother Sam, in the face of Sam's mental disability. The love and connection continues past death. Sam was a singer and we hear him sing Oh Holy Night and Silent Night in this piece. The piece was produced in th 1980s sometime, but I think it holds up okay.

Record Bin Roulette - Fathers Day

From John Kessler | 03:46

Weekly 4-minute binge of musical rarities, oddities and classics. This time, celebrate Father's Day with Johnny Cash, Victor Lundberg, Wayne Newton, and Marilyn Monroe.

Father-knows-best_small Weekly 4 minute binge of musical rarities, oddities and classics. This time we celebrate Fathers Day with Johnny Cash, Victor Lundberg, Wayne Newton and Marilyn Monroe.

StoryCorps: George Lengel

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:31

George Lengel remembers growing up in the company town of Roebling, NJ.

Lengel_small George Lengel was born in Roebling, NJ, where his entire family made steel wire at the John A. Roebling's Sons Company.

Here, Lengel remembers growing up in Roebling and the influence his father had on his future.

Dad at the Bus Stop

From Terrascope Radio | Part of the People and their Places series | 02:16

Anni's favorite place growing up was ... the school-bus stop? Youth-produced.

Bus_small For most kids it's just a place to wait every day, but for Anni, one thing made the school-bus stop extra special....

Homelessness: It Could Happen to Anyone, Even My Dad

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 04:17

When Blunt member Iris SanGiovanni was eight years old, her dad became homeless for six months after her parents divorced. A few years later, she had the chance to talk with him about his experience.

Iris_and_robert_002_small When Blunt member Iris SanGiovanni was eight years old, her dad became homeless for six months after her parents divorced. A few years later, she had the chance to talk with him about his experience. 

Son of a Coalminer

From Appalachian Media Institute | Part of the Living with Coal in Eastern Kentucky series | 02:56

Josh Fleming grew up in a family of miners in Appalachia. In this piece he talks with his father about what being a coal miner has meant to his family and why he values the profession despite its risks.

Mcrobertscoal_small In Letcher County, KY coal mining is the best job there is for many people. It?s a part of our history, good and bad. The industry affects so much more than just the job market, it shapes who we are. With all the risks, to both people and communities, associated with coal mining you might wonder why anyone would go into the mines. We talked with our friends and family members to find out why they became miners and how mining has changed their lives.

Wild Man Night

From Jessica Gould | 04:20

A son preserves a Friday night tradition started by his father decades ago: "Wild Man Night."

Photo_small Decades ago, John Wiebenson decided to take over Friday night dinner for his family. But cooking wasn’t his strong suit. In fact, he was really just a steak and potatoes kind of guy. So, every Friday, he made just that. And as a special treat, he let his children act like little cavemen. Thus began Wild Man Night. And though Wiebenson died a few years ago, it’s a tradition that continues today. Jessica Gould joins Wiebenson’s family on a recent Wild Man Night and finds out what the tradition means to them.

Dear Father

From Littleglobe | 02:40

Gabriel Martinez, a seventh grader, wrote this thoughtful letter to his unknown father.

Dear Father

2907198746_f076efdd17_z_small Gabriel Martinez, a seventh grader, wrote this thoughtful and moving letter to his unknown father.

Jumping Off The Raft Without Dad

From Nanci Olesen | 03:12

First person narrative about missing Dad.

Default-piece-image-1 Dad was the fun one, jumping off the raft and acting crazy. Now Father's Day is coming again and we miss him like crazy.

An Unexpected Life

From Littleglobe | 02:25

A teen discovers he's going to be a dad.

Dad_small Patrick Chavez was the son of teenagers and now finds himself repeating the pattern. In this portrait, Patrick illustrates his challenges and realizations as his next steps in life are the biggest motivators; his own new family.

"I Still Love Him...Oh Well."

From Curie Youth Radio | 02:22

This teenager's matter-of-fact narrative is full of conflicting assertions about life without her dad. This piece is an illustration of the real-life, everyday struggle to accept that a parent didn't do the right thing.

Adriana33_small "My father was arrested for drug dealing. He wanted to act like a little kid, well...too bad. He's paying for it. But I still love him. Oh well." This teenager's matter-of-fact narrative is full of conflicting assertions about life without her dad. This piece is an illustration of the real-life, everyday struggle to accept that a parent just didn't love you enough to do the right thing. This story would compliment any piece on prison or separated families.

Father's Day Tribute: Fix'er Up, Dad.

From Joshua Kilpatrick | 02:44

A Father's Day tribute to a dad who loves to fix things.

Dadboys_small This is a tribute to my father and one of his most pronounced quirks. He's a man who loves to fix things. He'll spend hours figuring how to juice one more year out of an old appliance or lawn mower when most of us would head to the store for something new. In this piece I read an adaptation of a letter I sent to my Dad for Father's Day 2003. In this letter I expressed admiration for his "handyman" quirks and explained how I had realized these quirks were the tip of an iceberg of character marked by dedication and commitment. I am concerned that this piece may be too sappy and would love some feedback.

Interstitials (Under 2:00)

What We Wish We Could Tell Our Parents

From april winbun | 01:31

"Mom, Dad: About that bullet hole in the basement..."

Through this vox-pop, the entire world gets to hear the secrets that teenagers will never reveal to their parents. From Romana Amato, Jose Benitez, Lucy Munoz, and April Winbun for Curie Youth Radio.

Cyr_small Through this vox-pop, the entire world gets to hear the secrets that teenagers will never reveal to their parents. Some samples: "I sell porn to students" "Mom, I love Dad more" "I want to be a writer" "I joined the Marines" "Sorry, Mom, but my sister smokes pot on a daily basis" "Every time I said I was at the library, I was actually..."

Green Fathers' Day

From Catalina Island Conservancy | Part of the June 2008 - Isla Earth Radio Series series | 01:32

Finding the perfect Father's Day present can be daunting. Does he really need a new wallet? Does he even wear a tie?

Default-piece-image-0 Finding the perfect Father's Day present can be daunting. Does he really need a new wallet? Does he even wear a tie? Well here are some ideas guaranteed to bring a smile to the big guy's face. After all, he is your dad!...

Efeméride – Junio

From Cesar Chavez Foundation | :30

Día del Padre


Produced to air on the yearly celebration of Father's Day
Esta produción es para celebrar el Día del Padre