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Re:sound #200 The Dads Disappearing Show

This week stories of dads who are starting to slip away and the sons who are desperately trying to stay connected.

2015 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This week stories of dads who are starting to slip away and the sons who are desperately trying to stay connected.

The Mind Shaft by Lea Thau ( Strangers , KCRW, 2014) Greg O'Brien has been a writer, journalist and thinker all his life. Now he is losing his mind due to early on-set Alzheimer's, and he's an astute observer of his own decline. He compares this clicking in and out to the flickering light of a loose plug in a socket. He's in a race against time to share his story before the plug falls out for good.

My Father Takes a Vacation by Martin Johnson ( Documentaries On One , RTÉ Radio 1, 2008) A few years after Martin Johnson's mother died, his father left he and his two siblings in their native Sweden to go cycling around the coast of Ireland. Six years later, Martin decided to retrace his father's journey — the places he went, the people he met — to try and better understand who he was, why he disappeared and why he's been leaving ever since.

produced by

Lea Thau

Lea Thau (@leathau) is a Peabody Award-winning producer, and the creator, producer and host of the podcast Strangers (from KCRW's Independent Producer Project and Radiotopia).


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