Here's The Thing

John McEnroe's Attack on Elitism

Monday, December 22, 2014

Once the world's number one tennis player, McEnroe is now trying to save the game from becoming a cult, elitist activity. One step: get rid of line judges.

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Death, Sex & Money

I Killed Someone. Now I Have 3 Kids.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawrence Bartley has been in prison for 23 years on a murder charge. Now, he's wondering what he'll say to the parole board—and to his sons, who are still too young to know of his past.

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Preview: Alpha Dad Gets Snipped

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


In a lot of ways, vasectomies couldn’t have asked for a better spokesman than Australian Clint Greagan: weightlifter, rugby fanatic, and stay-at-home father of four who happened to get his vas deferens cut by a man named Dr. Snip. Here's a preview of next week's episode.


The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Film, Fatherhood, Music, and JFK's Unspoken Speech

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!


Radio Rookies

Father's Day from Radio Rookies: Trying to Do it Right and Not Repeat a Father's Mistakes

Friday, June 13, 2014

When people think about teen parents, they usually picture a young mom. But what about the dads?

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The Takeaway

A Teen Dad's Struggle to Become a Better Father

Friday, June 13, 2014

Marvin Ramos is a teenage dad from a family of young fathers. He says that not having a father left him without a good role model when the time came for him to be a parent.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bill Geist and Willie Geist on Their Father-Son Conversations

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bill on revealing he had Parkinson's, Willie on going to a camp for former gang members, and the family's love of Elvis.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Matters: Fathers; Speech; Gangs

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After a huge raid at two Harlem housing projects, some residents are frustrated at how law enforcement is reacting to the problem of gangs. We’ll hear why. Plus: NJPR’s Matt Katz on the testimony Governor Christie’s chief of staff gave about Bridgegate; and how much do fathers matter biologically, economically, and socially? Plus: two takes on free speech and hate speech in the US and Europe.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Terror and Joy of Fatherhood

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Three fathers talk about the ways becoming a father can be one of the most profoundly terrifying, exhilarating, life-changing occasions in a man’s life.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Calming Down Parenting

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Matt Gross and Theodore Ross, co-founders of the parenting blog Dad Wagon and regular contributors to, talk about the "CTFD" school of parenting and whether its a good idea or a disaster-in-the-making.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Jim Gaffigan

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book, Dad Is Fat, and the ups and downs of being the father of 5 young kids. He also told us which Ben Folds song every dad should listen to. Find out what it is!


The Brian Lehrer Show

Like Father, Like Son - On the Autism Spectrum

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

On World Autism Day, John Elder Robison, author of the memoir, Look Me in the Eye, joins us after ringing the opening bell at the stock market. He's become a spokesperson for those with Asperger's and addresses his thoughts on finding out one of his books was found in Adam Lanza's home. In his new book, Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives, he talks about raising his own son who also has Asperger's.

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Listen to Lucy

Fatherhood is no degree in management

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fatherhood is no degree in management


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Wishing You the Best

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Praying to God, playing God, and mysterious ways in four tales comic and strange

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Luis Rodríguez's It Calls You Back

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Luis Rodríguez tells of his journey from drug abusing gang member to writer and activist. His memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing tells the story of Rodríguez’s attempt to start over, at 18, after his final stint in jail and nearly a decade of gang life. He describes his challenges as a father, and his difficulty leaving violence, crime, and addiction behind.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can You Learn To Be A Man?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Time columnist Joel Stein talks about trying to make himself into father -- and manly man -- material after learning he was having a son in his new book, Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity.

Fathers, can you teach masculinity to your son? Have you struggled with how to raise a "man"? Let us know!

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The Takeaway

Las Vegas: the "Single Dad" City

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sin City has a new claim to fame, with the highest per capita rate of single fathers than any other city in America. Franz Strasser, a reporter for our partner the BBC, spoke to some of those single dads in Las Vegas.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Fatherhood and Testosterone

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New York Times science reporter, Pam Belluck, talks about the new study showing a hormonal response to circumstances -- a man's testosterone level drops when he becomes a father. 

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The Takeaway

Reflecting on Father's Day

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father’s Day was full of fun and fatherly bliss. Although, after eating a fabulous breakfast of eggs benedict and fresh fruit, I made a mistake. Instead of doing nothing on a lazy Sunday, I decided to do an inventory of our camping equipment for an upcoming August vacation. This is the scene in which the father attempts to organize two eight-year-olds and two eleven-year-olds to set up some tents on a hot last day of spring.

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The Takeaway

Who's Your Favorite Movie Dad?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Last month, prior to Mother’s Day, we did a special movie segment focusing on our favorite movie moms, and the conversation was one of our liveliest. Rafer Guzman of Newsday and Emily Rems of Bust Magazine told us why they loved everyone from Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby” to Faye Dunaway in “Mommy Dearest,” and many of you wrote in with your own picks. 

With Father's Day coming up on Sunday, we thought it was worth giving all the on-screen dads out there the same honor. Rafer and Emily return with their favorite dads, which range from the heartbreaking (Roberto Benigni in "Life is Beautiful") to horrific (Jack Nicholson in "The Shining")


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