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Playlist: Father's Day

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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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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.

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

Fathers Encore

From Wind & Rhythm | 58:29

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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 

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)


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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).

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.

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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" 

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.


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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.

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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."

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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.

INTERVIEW NOTES
- 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.

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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.

INTERVIEW NOTES
- 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.

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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.

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.

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Grandfather

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.


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The Sandwich Generation - KCRW Award Winner

From Matt Livadary | 04:03

*WINNER OF KCRW'S 24 HOUR RADIO RACE (Los Angeles) around the theme "The New Normal"*** With the widening age gap between parents and their kids, children brace for a new era of elder care. The "Sandwich Generation" was coined for adults whose responsibilities include taking care of their parents and children. Matt Livadary explores this dynamic with his aging father. Is taking care of our parents at younger and younger ages the new normal?

Screen_shot_2018-12-13_at_12 Aging. Alzheimers. And the new reality of kids taking care of their parents at younger and younger ages. *WINNER OF KCRW'S 24 HOUR RADIO RACE (Los Angeles) -- the theme: "The New Normal" ***

-- Produced by Matt Livadary for KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race from KCRW's Independent Producer Project. 

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.

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Doc Merrick

From Viki Merrick | 03:36

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

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Scared

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.