Why Fathers Cry with Kwame Alexander

Why Fathers Cry with Kwame Alexander

Snapshots of a man learning how to love, one conversation at a time. Hosted by #1 New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander; inspired by his memoir, WHY FATHERS CRY AT NIGHT (May 2023, Little, Brown and Company).


June 16, 2024 44 mins

So many of us have had a fallout with someone once held dear, or know someone in this scenario. In Part II of the Why Fathers Cry: One Year Later special, Kwame Alexander opens up about his own experience on this front in the most important conversation he’s had throughout the series – and in his life – with his eldest daughter, Nandi. 

As Kwame wrote about in his memoir, Why Fathers Cry at Night, the two had been estranged for the...

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It’s amazing what can happen in a year, and Kwame Alexander can speak to that firsthand, with deep heart. In Part I of the Why Fathers Cry: One Year Later special, Kwame reveals how his life has changed and what he’s learned since the May 2023 release of his memoir, Why Fathers Cry at Night. 

The Why Fathers Cry podcast has always featured Kwame in conversation with other men – fathers, sons, husbands, partners. For this one year l...

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As the first season of Why Fathers Cry comes to a close, Kwame Alexander brings it full circle in this pinnacle conversation with someone who has come up in every single episode, and throughout the memoir that inspired the series: his own father, Dr. E. Curtis Alexander. The ultimate renaissance man, Dr. Alexander’s impressive repertoire includes book publisher, author, and much, much more. Join us for this an endearing, insightfu...

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October 22, 2023 48 mins

In this special episode of Why Fathers Cry, Kwame Alexander bears all with filmmaker,  comedian, and New York Times bestselling author W. Kamau Bell, in front of a live audience in Berkeley, California. With a deeper dive into the stories behind the stories shared in Kwame’s memoir, one poignant question leaves him speechless.

W. Kamau Bell is a virtuoso in the art of fostering meaningful and memorable discussions. His incredible b...

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Photos feed memories, but our literal and figurative snapshots from seminal childhood moments often informs how we later show up as parents, as partners… as people. In the latest episode of Why Fathers Cry, Kwame Alexander explores this notion with Jonathan Eig, bestselling author of six books, including his most recent, King: A Life.


Hailed by The New York Times as a "monumental" new biography of Martin Luther King Jr., King: A ...

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Grief takes permanent residency in our hearts. A houseguest that never leaves. In the latest episode of Why Fathers Cry, Kwame Alexander goes deep on the experience of losing his own mother, in a candid conversation with his longtime advisor and dear friend John Haynes III… who also knows this specific type of loss firsthand. 

As a leader of leaders and visionary to visionaries, John is a master in the art of understanding people. ...

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No one knows love quite like poets, and when you bring two acclaimed versifiers together for a raw and deeply personal discussion on the topic, the result is heart-opening and heart-mending magic. In the latest episode of Why Fathers Cry, Kwame Alexander goes all in on the woes and wonders of romantic relationships with Anis Mojgani, current Poet Laureate of Oregon, two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, and winn...

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September 24, 2023 37 mins

How do our origins and upbringing impact the way we approach parenting? In the premiere episode of Why Fathers Cry, Kwame Alexander explores this question and more with Bryant Terry, a James Beard award-winning educator, author, artist, publisher, and, like, Kwame, father of two daughters.

As someone celebrated by San Francisco Magazine as one of the 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene as well as Fast Company’s 9 People ...

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May 16, 2023 1 min

Hosted by #1 New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander, Why Fathers Cry explores lessons we’ve learned - and unlearned - and the ones we are still learning. Stories about longing, love, and loss. Journeys guided by faith and forgiveness - of others, yes, but also of self - past, present, and future. Aspects of fatherhood from a multitude of perspectives. And how getting vulnerable and getting real is the connective tissue ...

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