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Hosted by Fatherly Editor-at-Large Joshua David Stein, The Fatherly Podcast features open wide-ranging conversations with famous and notable men about how they take care of themselves, their families, and their children (not necessarily in that order). In addition to featuring a familiar father figure, each episode goes deep on a specific parenting issue, explaining the state of scientific research on topics as diverse as what kids see in mirrors, what happens when parents yell, and how to do hugs right. At the end of each episode, Joshua recommends a way to make your life as a parent just 3 percent more fun. After all, everyone wants to do just a little bit better.

Parenting changes people. That’s a good thing so long as they can be honest about that unpredictable transformation. The Fatherly Podcast is honest about it. Also, The Fatherly Podcast is kinda funny. It’s not always haha funny because raising kids isn’t like that. It sneaks up on you a bit. Like life.


EPISODE ONE: Catching Up With Antonio Cromartie, Father of Fourteen

Antonio Cromartie, the NFL great and father of 14 – yes, 14 – on going from cornerback to stay-at-home dad and becoming a reality television star. Plus, Fatherly science editor Josh Krisch on when and why vasectomies fail.

EPISODE TWO: Legendary Surfer Laird Hamilton On Riding Giants and Raising Daughters

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Laird Hamilton has pushed the boundaries of what the human body can do. Here, the controversial inventor of big wave surfing and father of three daughters opens up on how being a dad has – or hasn’t – affected his appetite for risk and why, sometimes, courting disaster is the best choice a dad can make.

EPISODE THREE: Buddhist Leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on Fatherhood, Ego, and Momos

As the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche travels the world, both teaching seminars and in retreat. He discusses finding the balance between being a spiritual leader to hundreds of thousands of people and being the father of three young daughters.

EPISODE FOUR: Glenn Beck on Mixing Bleach and Ammonia, and Admitting You’re Wrong

Glenn Beck, conservative host of the Glenn Beck Program and longtime provocateur, has made a career of lighting fires. Now, he’s on a mission to extinguish a few. Beck talks about his newfound moderation, wrestling with his family history, and raising four kids of his own.

EPISODE FIVE: Beyond Whitelash: Van Jones on Being the Stern Father of America’s Left

Author and host of CNN’s “The Van Jones Show,” Van Jones swings by to discuss how to fight with your friends (nicely), how to fight with your enemies (even more nicely), and whether white kids should dress up as Black Panther hero T’Challa. Later, Fatherly’s science editor discusses how to teach trauma to a kid without traumatizing them.

EPISODE SIX: Robert Patrick Isn’t a Bad Guy, He Just Played One in ‘Terminator 2’

The legendary heavy, Robert Patrick, rose to fame as the T-1000 in Terminator 2. But the Georgia-raised son of an engineer and has had a long and colorful knockabout life. He also has a son and daughter and many, many thoughts on raising children.

EPISODE SEVEN: Junot Diaz On His First Children’s Book and Why He’ll Never Have Kids

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz stops by to discuss the recent release of his first children’s book, Islandborn, but ends up opening up about why he’ll never be a father himself. Later, Fatherly’s science editor stops by to discuss at what age children develop thoughts on race.

EPISODE EIGHT: Maz Jobrani Won’t Wear a Turban … Even for Chuck Norris

As the father of two young children and one of the few Iranian-Americans on TV, Jobrani consciously turns down terrorist roles … much to the dismay of Chuck Norris. Join us as Maz discusses bringing up his kids, his own father (“He reminded me of Vito Corleone”), and the right way to do ethnic humor.


EPISODE ONE: Ken Burns on War and Sons, Plus Jokes from a Six-Year-Old

The documentarian behind (but not responsible for) The Vietnam War and a significant portion of the PBS greatest hits album stopped by to talk about why kids should love and fear their country, how to make really good chicken, and what it means to be super intense even at home.

EPISODE TWO: Frank Grillo on Fighting, Plus a Musical Ode to Flu Season

The actor best known for surviving The Purge and beating up the good guys in The Avengers, talks about his new Netflix movie Wheelman, which is kind of about time management, and about how being a fighter made him a stronger, more compassionate guy.

EPISODE THREE: Tom Colicchio on Wrestling with the Past, Plus a 7-year-old Bowhunting Beauty Queen

The head judge from Top Chef talks about juggling his activism, his restaurants, and his three kids with The Fatherly Podcast. It gets super intense as Coliccho digs deep on his ambition to transform toxic restaurant culture, how hunger damages families, and how to raise kids kinda-sorta Jewish.

EPISODE FOUR: Nik Wallenda on Living Life on the Wire, Plus a Jazzy Children’s Book Reading

The seventh-generation tightrope walker opens up about self-doubt, family tragedy, and why he encouraged his son to join the Marines. Later, an experiment reveals the surprising connection between marshmallows and SAT scores, and a live musical performance reveals what’s cooking.

EPISODE FIVE: Talking Dad-Hood with Michael Strahan, Sterling K. Brown, and Stephen Chbosky

Hall-of-Famer Michael Strahan, “This Is Us”-star Sterling K Brown, and author Stephen Chbosky all sit down for The Fatherly Questionnaire. Each of the three guests talk honestly and deeply about their roles as fathers; answers offer revealing moments that catch both the guests and our host off guard.

EPISODE SIX: At Home With Writer Gay Talese, Plus a NSFW Card Game for Parents

Our host visits the legendary writer Gay Talese in his home to discuss famous fathers, famous sons, and the pain of becoming an ex-father in law. Plus, Josh Krisch finally answers whether it’s quality time or quantity of time that really matters for a child’s development.

EPISODE SEVEN: Mark Barden of Sandy Hook Promise on His Son, Daniel Barden

We mark the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School by listening to one father, Mark Barden, remember his son, Daniel Barden, one of the twenty children killed that day. In this episode, we remember a lost child through the words of his father.

EPISODE EIGHT: John Legend on Giving Children a Better Future, Plus the Truth About Daddy Issues

This episode we visit John Legend, producer, musician, activist, father of Luna and husband of Chrissy. Legend opens up about his own childhood, the dangers of misunderstanding the history and making his daughter giggle. Also Fatherly’s science editor on the longtail effect of crappy parenting.

EPISODE NINE: Chef Massimo Bottura on Cooking With Kids, Plus the Science of Tantrums

In the final episode of the first season, our host sits down with Massimo Bottura, who runs one of the best restaurants in the world. The chef opens up about raising his son Charlie, who is developmentally disabled, and how creativity takes all forms. Also, Fatherly’s science editor explains why all tantrums are basically the same.