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Paternal is a show for anyone who's ever been a father or wondered about dad. Created and hosted by Nick Firchau, a longtime journalist and podcast producer, Paternal offers candid and in-depth conversations with great men who are quietly forging new paths. Listen as our diverse and thoughtful guests – a world-renowned soccer star in San Diego, an Oglala Sioux elder in South Dakota, a New York Knicks barber in Queens, a pioneering rock DJ in Seattle and many more - discuss the models of manhood that were passed down to them, and how they're redefining those models as they become fathers themselves. Visit www.paternalpodcast.com for more information on the show. If you have a comment, question or suggestion for the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
||CleanOut On The Ice With Explorer Eric Larsen||For centuries, the ends of the Earth have captivated and courted the world’s bravest characters. The highest peaks of the Himalayas, the furthest depths of the oceans, and the poles, frozen pinpoints on opposite ends of the globe that still serve as..||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Super Bowl Champion and the Battle of His Life||Joe Andruzzi has always been surrounded by family. As one of four sons born to a New York City police officer and his wife in Staten Island, New York, Andruzzi learned early on about the value of giving back to his community and how family can help...||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDropping In With Skate Dad Neal Thompson||Seattle author Neal Thompson has profiled a range of intriguing characters during his career as an acclaimed author, but for his fifth book he turned his eye to his sons, two boys fixated on the sport and culture of skateboarding....||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Father’s Week With Addiction, And Life On The Street||Meet Frank. He’s a 62 year-old father of four grown kids, and grandfather to seven beautiful grandchildren. Back in the summer of 2017, Frank decided to leave his home in San Diego and spend a week in Denver with his son Tommy, but it was no...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Look Behind The Masks of Teenage Boys||What if every teenage boy could tell you what he’s thinking, and what he fears when he leaves the house to walk to go to school? Oakland educator and youth advocate Ashanti Branch has spent more than a decade trying to provide young men with a...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlexi Lalas Embraces Opportunity, His Kids, And His Critics||Alexi Lalas knows all about opportunity. As a professional soccer player and member of the United States national team during the 1990s, Lalas used the global platform of the 1994 FIFA World Cup to introduce the world to his carefully cultivated image..||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat If She Dies? How Do I Do This On My Own?||Paternal celebrates Father’s Day with one of its most personal and uplifting episodes to date, examining what it means to risk loss in the pursuit of love, and how one father helped hold his family together during a life-altering set of...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Elvis of Advertising" Wants to Soften Up||Alex Bogusky spent years atop the advertising world while running one of the hottest ad agencies in the country, Crispin Porter + Bogusky. But he left the business while at the top of his game in 2010, switching his focus to spending more time with...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Emotional Illiteracy of Fathers and Sons||Long before he became one of the nation’s leading voices on the emotional lives of adolescent boys, psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Michael G. Thompson actually focused his studies on the psychological issues of young women....||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFaith, Perseverance and Fatherhood in the NFL||Ryan Harris spent nine years as an offensive lineman in the National Football League, earning a reputation as one of the brightest and most thoughtful players in any locker room in the league. He also won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos before...||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurfer, Filmmaker, Responsible Gypsy Father||Despite being born and raised in an iconic beach town just north of San Diego, Taylor Steele didn’t exactly enjoy his first ride on a surfboard. Or his second. In fact, it took nearly 10 years for Steele to find his footing on a board, but after he...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdoption In New York City, Race In America||What’s it like when a New York City social worker hands over a newborn baby on your doorstep at 9 pm on a Friday night? For longtime artist and journalist Graham Parker, that’s only a small part of the experience of being a father. Since he...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Conversation In The Barbershop||Noted social commentator, actress and New York native Fran Lebowitz once said, “You’re only as good as your last haircut.” But for Chris Matthew, a fellow New York native, lawyer, father and master barber, there’s far more to walking into the...||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Modern Lakota Warrior||Few places in the United States can match South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation when it comes to challenges for a father to raise his kids. Poverty, soaring unemployment, alcoholism and isolation are all omnipresent for many of the Oglala Sioux..||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Outlandish Idea of a Gay Dad||How would you describe the conversations at your family dinner table? When Eric Tung was a kid, there was never much room at dinner for communication with his parents, a pair of fairly conservative Chinese immigrants. So it comes as little surprise...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGrief, Hope and a Day's Worth of Memories||Martin Rogers moved to the United States a decade ago to take a job in sports writing, a transplant from England with a wife and plans to one day start a family. After his marriage soured and his ex-wife returned to England he worked tirelessly...||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Can't Do Everything Those White Guys Do||When was the last time you asked a good friend about where he came from, or the influences that shaped his life? On this episode of Paternal, Nick welcomes longtime friend and noted New Jersey-based DJ Shawn Francis to discuss his father’s alcohol...||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Men Teach Each Other To Be Better Dads?||What if there was a place where men could go to commiserate about fatherhood, and even learn how to be a better dad? This episode of Paternal goes inside the Center on Fathering in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to examine how the center and its founder...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLandon Donovan on Dads and Masculinity||Landon Donovan is widely recognized as the greatest male soccer player the United States has ever produced, appearing in three FIFA World Cups and winning six titles in Major League Soccer. But Donovan says he struggled to connect at times with...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaddy, This Is a Girl's Penis||Raising a transgender daughter has been no easy task for Jake and his wife, Anna. The couple has spent the past five years educating themselves on how to best deal with a set of unexpected challenges since their second child, who was born a boy,...||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Richards and A New Generation of Dads||John Richards is one of the most recognized radio voices in Seattle, and the host of the John in the Morning show on KEXP 90.3 FM. During his lengthy career on the air, Richards has helped uncover and promote bands like Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie,...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Certainly captures a feeling of mine: wanting to be a different Dad than the one knew without being overly critical of him or so arrogant as to think I can remake the nuclear American family. It's a behavior you see in other Dads around you, but classically, the guys aren't doing a great job talking about it. Looking forward to future episodes.
My company every morning
Every morning while eating breakfast, Nick is my companion. This podcast is extremely inspirational and insightful. I’m not a father but every episode I listen to, inspires me to become a better person personally and professionally.
I’m a mom of two young girls and I still love this podcast even though it is more directed at dads and raising boys. Great conversations and guests talking real life stuff. Great production all around! Thanks Nick.
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