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The Fatherly Podcast Episode 6: Writer Gay Talese Gets Real

On this week's episode of The Fatherly Podcast, legendary journalist Gay Talese discusses lessons in fatherhood learned from a lifetime of asking questions.


It’s time for Episode 6 of The Fatherly Podcast. This week, host Joshua David Stein heads to New York’s Upper East Side to talk with legendary journalist Gay Talese, best known as one of the founders of New Journalism, a genre where the writer becomes a part of the story.

Gay Talese thinks about fatherhood a lot. Aside from gaining firsthand dad experience from raising his two daughters, he’s picked up plenty of parenting tips across his long and storied career from classic figures such as Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio. Speaking with Joshua, the 85-year-old (but by no means retired) writer shares some of his insights with Fatherly. reflects on how he refused to let his children make him boring, the struggle of staying friends with his daughters’ ex-boyfriends, and his opinions on tattoos. Plus, what his own father taught him about the importance of tailoring beautiful suits, and how that translates to his writing.

On this week’s “Oh, Hey Science,” Science Editor, Josh Krisch, explains the difference between high quantity and high quality fathering. Delving into the “father effect,” the impact a present dad has on their child, Krisch lays out some hard truths about absentee dads and toxic homes.

Give this week’s discussion a listen, and check back each Tuesday for more episodes of The Fatherly Podcast