Tell Me About Your Father

Tell Me About Your Father

Tell Me About Your Father is a podcast focused on dads, father figures and dismantling the paternal mystique. Interviews with guests reveal their relationship with the first man they ever knew, how much they didn't know about him, and the impact he's made on their lives. We aim to unpack all facets of the father - the loving, the ambivalent, the supportive, the fiscally irresponsible, the obscenely wealthy, the salt of the earth, the emotionally present, the totally checked out, the physically absent, the addicted, the alcoholic, the crazy, the complicated, the angry, the funny, the lying, the abusive, the religious, the mentoring, the dead and the living, the fathers who have built us up, and the dads who've let us down.

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January 17, 2022 60 min

This week’s ‘Daddy Issues’ guest marks two Tell Me About Your Father milestones: Our first non-human guest and our first guest over the age of 90. Claywoman, an ancient interstellar being from the Mirillion Galaxy, is, in fact, 500 million years old. Claywoman is the creation of actor and performance artist Michael Cavadias, whose credits include Girls, Difficult People, and Wonder Boys. Cavadias has amassed a cult following in New...

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On today's episode, Erin talks to sisters Denise and Andrea, whose dad Michael See blew up their lives when he suddenly disappeared from the family home in Singapore in 2003, having secretly fleeced millions over the years from their mother, grandfather, and other family members, and mysteriously fled to China, never to be seen again. But to say that Michael See was a con artist diminishes the word “artist”—his was more of a gr...

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December 20, 2021 32 min

It’s the end of the year and Tell Me About Your Father is honoring the best and worst of the patriarchy in 2021 with our 785th Annual Daddy Awards. For those of you who haven’t remembered to tune in the past 784th years, The Daddy Awards honors the heroes who have helped undo the doing of toxic masculinity by displaying big boss energy tempered by compassion, vulnerability, or intelligence, and the zeroes who were infuriating, crue...

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On this week’s episode, Elizabeth and Erin talk to the anonymous creator of the viral Instagram and Twitter accounts, Christian Nightmares. (We’ll call him “Christian.”) Christian is using the account, an archive of American evangelical messaging, videos, photos, and music going back decades, to examine pop culture dedicated to a vengeful Heavenly Father, one which loomed over his upbringing in an evangelical Baptist church, and wh...
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When journalist Maggie Serota isn’t asking Glenn Danzig the tough questions and making Hollywood flacks squirm, she’s sharing screenshots of text conversations with her father about his several dogs on her must-follow Twitter account. Maggie’s dad, as she tells Matt and Elizabeth in this episode of “Daddy Issues,” uses his flip phone to send her blurry images of his Rottweilers and to check in on her well-being after seeing news ab...
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Erin & Elizabeth solve the mystery of the final episode of the show, "Made in America," widely considered to be the greatest tv finale of all time. We talk to the critics and authors of The Sopranos Sessions, Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine) and Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone), about the meaning of the ending, the evils of parallel parking, the importance of ambiguity in art, what makes David Chase tick, and the liv...
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Erin and Elizabeth dissect the final stretch of episodes of the series (aka season 6b or season 7, depending on whether or not you’re an executive at HBO) and we explore the numbness inherent to Chrissy's failure to thrive, Vito's son's shit sandwich of an adolescence, AJ's nervous breakdown, Tony's inner and outer monster, the Soprano curse, and Dr. Jennifer Melfi's doorknob-comment moment for the ages. --...
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November 8, 2021 61 min
In which Erin and Elizabeth recap season 6a (aka the first 12 episodes of “season 6”) wherein friction between fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, and brothers from another mother all come to a head. First in the form of a near-death experience that bores him for Tony; a heroic effort at vengeance gone wrong for AJ; a futile attempt at sobriety in the midst of new fatherhood for Christopher; and truth among lies for the orphaned ...
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On this episode, Erin and Elizabeth looking at The Sopranos’ acclaimed season 5, “Two Tonys,” and the show’s handling of race, sex, and the characters’ performance of gender. Once again, we’re joined by The Sopranos Sessions authors and TV critics Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine) and Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone), and we’re also hearing from a new voice: Mel Magazine contributor Chingy Nea, whose article “The Sopranos Belongs...
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Tell Me About Your Father’s Sopranos series continues with the second episode of our four-part deep dive into the heart of darkness of our favorite TV dad Tony Soprano, with our guests Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, authors of The Sopranos Sessions. We discuss Season 3 and 4’s’ portrayal of violence against women, the breakdown of Tony and Carmella’s marriage, Tony’s connection to his daughter (and her tip-toeing towards an ...
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Tell Me About Your Father is relocating to New Jersey for the next few episodes and immersing ourselves in the fathers, mothers, children, generational trauma and crystalline dysfunction of the Soprano family. We’ve also got two very special guests joining us across the entirety of these episodes: The Sopranos Sessions authors and critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, the foremost experts on this show and all things that ma...
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Alex Scordelis joins Elizabeth and Erin for "Daddy Issues" this week, and this early-fall episode is the equivalent of a therapeutic apple-picking trip. Scordelis, a writer for Billy Eichner’s deeply hilarious Billy on the Street, and Eichner and Julie Klausner’s Hulu triumph Difficult People, is also a rock journalist and regular contributor to the L.A. Review of Books. Listen as Scordelis tells Elizabeth and Erin about hi...
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September 20, 2021 62 min
Sheila Anderson was just 14 years old when she started helping her CIA operative father on his assignments spying on Russian targets during the height of the Cold War. Today, in her first-ever interview about the memoir she's writing about her extraordinary relationship with her dad, Do You Have a Raincoat, you'll hear what it's like to figure out at age 10 that daddy has a secret life. When most of us were in boring ol...
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September 7, 2021 115 min
We're kicking off a new season of our news-review show Daddy Issues! with a mega Dads of Summer edition, reviewing all of the patriarchal highs and low-lows that defined our last 3 months. From "bloated-to-loaded" theories around Ben Affleck and J.Lo's reunion, to why Kanye West is lighting himself on fire in front of his small children, to Hunter Biden's fake art career, the fall of disgraced former New York go...
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* Updated, from the archives! Tell Me About Your Father is on break through August, so co-hosts Erin and Elizabeth are returning to their 2020 two-part episode on Mad Men, in which they discuss why Don Draper is one of TV's best fathers (really), as well as the sexual harassment allegations against series creator Matthew Weiner made by Emmy-winning show writer Kater Gordon. We'll be back with new episodes in September. * I...
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Sohaila Abdulali, the author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape, talks to Erin and Matt about growing up in an eccentric, upper-class Muslim family in India and how her father played a central role her in recovery from a sexual assault when she was a teenager. WARNING: This episode contains frank discussion about sexual assault. For confidential support, call RAINN 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff...
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**We're dipping into our fan-favorite archives this summer with one of our most-listened-to episodes from season 1: Elizabeth and Erin look back on Loveline, the popular call-in sex advice show of the late 90s that dared a generation to go fuck itself, hosted by the un-cancellable Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla. In this updated discussion, we'll offer the latest on the titular hosts and their many personal and professiona...
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** We're dipping into our fan-favorite archives this summer with one of our most-listened-to episodes from season 1: an interview with Barabara Feldon, star of Get Smart. ** The beloved star of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's iconic television spy spoof Get Smart talks to Erin and Matt about growing up in the '30s and '40s with a distant but glamorous traveling salesman for a father, how her relationship with him led he...
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Cocky Boys’ director Jake Jaxson, whom Salon once called “The Walt Whitman of Gay Porn,” returns to Tell Me About Your Father to tell us about turning 50, living less fearfully and rigidly, and how his season 1 episode impacted his complicated relationship with his Trump-supporting father. From there, we talk about the emancipation of Britney Spears and the shocking failures and abuses of her family, the sad story of Andrew Giulian...
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Pride month blazes on at Tell Me About Your Father, with this special Daddy Issues episode featuring Paper magazine editorial director, front-row fashion fixture and cultural doyenne, Mickey Boardman. Mickey joins Matt and Elizabeth to talk about jewels, corporate pride floats, whether Queen Big Liz Windsor is going senile, New York City sports medicine physicians with hot names, Sufjan Stevens, humpback whales, and the rich dummie...
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