The Art of Fatherhood Podcast

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Nathan Hale shares his fatherhood journey with me and the values he looks to instill in his kids as they were growing up. He talks about how he encourages his kids to follow their passions. Next, we talk about his fantastic books series called Hazardous Tales. Nathan and I focus on his latest book in the Hazardous Tales series called, Blades of Freedom. Then we talk about his creative process in terms of his books and artwork. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five. About Nathan Hale  Nathan Hale is the author and illustrator of the Eisner-nominated, New York Times bestselling graphic novel series on American history Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. He also created the sci-fi horror comics One Trick Pony and Apocalypse Taco. Nathan is the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas, and many others. He lives in Utah with his family. Follow Nathan on Twitter at @MrNathanHale. To purchase his book Blades of Freedom and the other great books in the series go to his website at nathanhaleauthor.com.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Jesse Washington was kind enough to talk with me about his fatherhood journey. He shares with me the values he looks to instill into his kids as they are growing up. We talk about working with the late, great Coach John Thompson on Thompson’s book, I Came As A Shadow. Then, Jesse shares the things he learned working with Coach Thompson. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five. About Jesse Washington  Jesse Washington was born in Brooklyn to an artist father and social worker mother. His family moved to Poughkeepsie, NY, when he was in grade school, and he began his career covering sports for The Poughkeepsie Journal the summer after his freshman year at Yale University. The next summer he returned to the Journal and switched to local news. Jesse has worked at the Associated Press, Vibe and other news and magazine outlets. Since 2015, Jesse has been a senior writer for ESPN's The Undefeated, a platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. Jesse has won a National Journalism Award from the Asian-American Journalists Association, Journalist of the Year award from the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, two feature awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and a 2019 Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award for column writing. Follow Jesse on Twitter at @jessewashington and go to his website at jessewashington.com to learn more on Jesse and to purchase his book, I Came As A Shadow. About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Anthony Munoz sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. He shares the values and morals he and his wife, DeDe looked to instill into their kids. He talks about how much fun he has with his grandkids. We then talk about his fantastic football career. Munoz recalls his emotions when he got inducted into the Hall of Fame. Anthony also shares why he started his foundation and the lessons he learns helping others. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five. About Anthony Munoz  Anthony Muñoz is one of Cincinnati’s true sports icons.  Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, Muñoz has a record of excellence that is unrivaled in Professional Football.  An eleven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Muñoz is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Cincinnati Bengals history.  Since retiring, Anthony and his family have remained in Cincinnati, where Muñoz has served as one of the community’s most accessible and involved advocates. A devoted husband and father, Anthony and his wife, DeDe, are the proud parents of Michael and Michelle as well as they are very happy grandparents of nine grandkids. Make sure you go to munozfoundation.org and follow Anthony on Twitter at @AnthonyMunozHOF About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Nick Eversman was kind enough to chat with me about his fatherhood journey. He talks with me about how fatherhood made him look at his career in a different way. Next, he shares the many wonderful things he has experienced so far as a dad. Nick talks about the latest series he was in called The Good Lord Bird. He and I talk about how he prepared for this role and how taking a cross-county trip helped him get ready for this series. Then Nick and I geek out over our love for Star Wars and some of the cool items we have in our Star Wars collections. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Nick Eversman  Nick Eversman is an actor, best known for his roles as Michael Winstone on the ABC mystery drama Missing and Liam Jones II on the ABC fantasy adventure drama Once Upon a Time. Currently you can see him play John Brown Jr on The Good Lord Bird. Nick and his wife, Emily are blessed with two children. Follow Nick on Instagram and Twitter at @nickeversman.  Trane is this week's podcast sponsor I spoke with Trane specialist, Mike Topitzhofer. We talked about fatherhood and working at Trane in the Building Science Department. He also talked about what homeowners can do using preventative maintenance to keep their houses running smoothly. You can listen to the podcast HERE. To learn how you can take of your home check out my article here! For more information on Trane go to their website at trane.com.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Lastly, please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
John Driskell Hopkins sat down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. He shares the joy of being a girl dad. He opens up about balancing work and family. Then we chat about his career and how he was able to follow his passion for music by creating a production company. He talks about working with his bandmates in Zac Brown Band and his creative process. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About John Driskell Hopkins  The musical career of John Driskell Hopkins spans more than 20 years. As a member of several rock bands, Hopkins first rooted himself in the Atlanta music scene in 1995. John is most well-known as a founding member, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter of the GRAMMY Award-winning Zac Brown Band. When he’s not touring, Hopkins works out of his Brighter Shade Studios songwriting and producing a growing crop of talent. John continues to perform at music festivals and venues across the country with his original six-piece band, The John Driskell Hopkins Band. John and his wife, Jen are blessed with three daughters. Follow John on Twitter at @johndhopkins and @johndriskellhopkins on Instagram. Be sure to go to his website at johndriskellhopkins.com for more on John.  This week’s podcast is sponsored by Trane  I spoke with Trane specialist, Mike Topitzhofer. We talked about fatherhood and working at Trane in the Building Science Department. He also talked about what homeowners can do using preventative maintenance to keep their houses running smoothly. You can listen to the podcast HERE. To learn how you can take of your home check out my article here! For more information on Trane go to their website at trane.com.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Chris Kirkpatrick talks with me about his fatherhood journey. He shares the process of becoming a dad and making sure he cherishes every moment. We talk about this music career and what he misses the most from his *NSYNC days. Then Chris explains how he got into the voice acting world. We even talk about the best Saturday morning cartoons and cereal when we were growing up. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Chris Kirkpatrick Chris Kirkpatrick is an American singer, dancer, actor, and voice actor who is best is known for his work as a founding member of the pop group *NSYNC in which he sang countertenor. As a voice actor, he has worked on numerous kids shows, including voicing the character of Chip Skylark on The Fairly Oddparents which ran for ten seasons on Nickelodeon. Kirkpatrick also guest starred on The Simpsons along with his fellow *NSYNC bandmates in the episode New Kids on the Blecch. He and his wife are blessed with their son, Nash.  Follow Chris on Twitter and Instagram at @IamCKirkpatrick. This week’s podcast is sponsored by Trane  I spoke with Trane specialist, Mike Topitzhofer. We talked about fatherhood and working at Trane in the Building Science Department. He also talked about what homeowners can do using preventative maintenance to keep their houses running smoothly. You can listen to the podcast HERE. In addition, you can learn how you can take of your home check out my article here! For more information on Trane go to their website at trane.com.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Jason Kander sits down with me to talk about fatherhood and the moment he started to enjoy being a dad. After serving in the Army, Jason was struggling with PTSD. He felt as though he wasn’t a great dad to his son, True. Then we talk about how he got better and is now enjoying time with his family. In addition, Jason talks about his podcast and his book, Outside the Wire. Lastly, We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Jason Kander  Jason Kander is the president of Let America Vote. He is a husband, a father and a former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan. He was Missouri’s former Secretary of State. Jason was the first millennial in the country to be elected to statewide office. He started Let America Vote to fight back against voter suppression across the country. After that, the Democratic National Committee appointed Jason to chair the Commission to Protect American Democracy from the Trump Administration. Jason’s Crooked Media-backed podcast, Majority 54, debuted at No. 1. Jason is a graduate of American University and Georgetown Law School. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Diana, an entrepreneur, and their four-year-old son, True. Follow Jason on Twitter and Instagram at @JasonKander. Check out his podcast called, Majority 54 and pick up his book, Outside the Wire wherever books are sold. About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. After listening please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Jason Harris opens up about his fatherhood journey and how he navigated co-parenting. We talk about how running a business is like being in a family. Jason shares his inspiration for starting up Mekanism. He shares one of his proudest accomplishments with creating the It's On Us campaign. We even talk about about the best types of cereals from back in the day and present day. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Jason Harris  Jason Harris is the CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism. He is the cofounder of the Creative Alliance. Harris works closely with brands through a blend of soul and science to create provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Iconic brands include Peloton, Ben & Jerry’s, Miller Coors, HBO, and the United Nations. Under his leadership, Mekanism was named to Ad Age’s Agency A-list and twice to their Best Places to Work. Plus was part of the Creativity’s Creativity 50. Harris has been named in the Top 10 Most Influential Social Impact Leaders. He also made the 4A’s list of “100 People Who Make Advertising Great.” His methods are studied at Harvard Business School. Follow Jason on Twitter at @jason_harris and go to thesoulfulart.com for more on Jason and the Its On Us website here!  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Former Steelers cornerback, Ike Taylor sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. Ike shares the lessons he is looking to instill into his son, Ivan. We discuss his time in NFL and the conversations he had with teammates about fatherhood. He shares with me his transition from college football to the NFL. Ike shares the emotions he experienced winning two Super Bowls with the Steelers. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Ike Taylor  Ike Taylor is a former cornerback in the NFL. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Ike spent his entire 12-year career in Pittsburgh. He played college football at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his time in the NFL he helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls.  Follow Ike on Twitter at @Ike_SwagginU and on Instagram at @1ofahkine.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts. For more interviews with former and current NFL players make sure you check out the podcast section here at the Art of Fatherhood. Joe Montana, Patrick Surtain, Kirk Cousins, Andre Johnson and Nick Mangold are few players to join the podcast.
Boris Kodjoe sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. We talk about the values he and his wife, Nicole look to instill into their kids. Boris shares some of his experiences as a father and what his kids have taught him about life. We then talk about his show on ABC, Station 19. He shares the influence this pandemic has on this season’s storyline. After that, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Boris Kodjoe German native Boris Kodjoe, who plays Captain Robert Sullivan on ABC's Station 19, is best known for his role in the television series Soul Food where he earned three NAACP Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor. His other television credits include Last Man on Earth, Undercovers, The Real Husbands of Hollywood and Code Black. His film credits include Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Baggage Claim, Love and Basketball, Brown Sugar, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Addicted and The Gospel and Surrogates. He also was the voice of the German horse, Klaus, in the animated 20th Century Fox feature Ferdinand, opposite Jon Cena, Kate McKinnon and Daveed Diggs. Kodjoe made his Broadway debut in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opposite James Earl Jones; and in 2015, he and his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker, took on new roles as daytime talk show hosts on The Boris & Nicole Show. The nationally televised talker had a four-week summer run and presented their take on everything from current events to parenting and relationships, as well as featured celebrity interviews. He and Nicole started Sophie's Voice Foundation, in honor of his daughter, Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. Together they advocate for the prevention of neural tube defects through folic acid fortification. In addition to that his wife, Nicole is the founder of Gymwrap. She has donated over $500K in masks to frontline workers. Kodjoe lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children, Sophie and Nicolas. Follow Boris on Twitter at @BorisKodjoe and check out his show Station 19 on ABC.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
You may know of Brian Griese as a former NFL quarterback. Or you might know him now from the work he does at ESPN calling games as an analyst on Monday Night Football. Brian’s dad, Bob also played in the NFL. Yet his biggest impact took place off the field. Brian lost his mother, Judi to cancer when he was 12 years old. He took the pain from losing his mom at an early age to help others who have experienced loss in their lives. Brian and his wife, Dr. Brook Griese, a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and loss, founded Judi’s House. Judi was name of Brian’s mother.  Turning Pain Into Positivity To Create Judi’s House I spoke with Brian today on my Art of Fatherhood podcast series to talk about being a dad, his time in the NFL and calling games for ESPN. We also had the chance to talk about how he and his wife started Judi’s House. Brian shared all of the emotions he was feeling at 12 years old when his mother passed away. He didn’t know who he could to talk to. Talking about the loss of his mother with his dad was tough. His father didn’t like talking about it with Brian since it caused sadness in both of their lives.  Brian was dealing with this immeasurable loss on his own. He felt that he didn’t have time to tell his mother everything he wanted to say to her. For a 12 year old boy to have to deal with that is beyond tough. There are some parallels between Brian and myself. My mom’s name was Judy. She died because of breast cancer as well. I was in my 30’s so I was at a different place than Brian. I couldn’t even imagine how I would have dealt with such an agonizing loss as a child.   To make sure others didn’t have to experience the loss of a loved one on their own Brian and Brook created a team and formed Judi’s House. The purpose is to create a safe, comfortable place where children and families could come to receive compassionate support and connection with peers. That is something that Brian wished he had when he was a kid.  Creating A Purpose With Peers  There is strength in numbers. I have said this many times on my podcast. If a dad or parent listening to my guest and I talk about an experience that they have gone through they immediately feel a connection. They are not alone anymore. It doesn’t take the pain away, but it softens some of that pain. That is the purpose of Judi’s House. Brian wants kids to come to a place where they can connect with kids their age. Judi’s House understands that kids will experience all kinds of emotions. They look to listen first. They want to hear what each child is going through.  Brian told me that parents and adults feel the need to take over the conversation and not let a child express their feelings. At Judi’s House they listen. Since its foundation in 2002 they have provided free grief care to more than 9,000 children and caregivers. That is amazing work done by Brian, Brook and the entire staff at Judi’s House.  How Parents Can Help Their Children  If you and your children have experienced loss of your spouse and their parent Judi’s House can help. Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day. This day is to help create awareness that children deal with grief in different ways. The Judi’s House website has a resource section that parents can go to for aassistance. There are many tools on that website that can aid in a child’s pain. If you or someone you know could use their help I strongly encourage you to check out their website.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odFnh3bqqLE&feature=emb_title I want to thank Brian for not only his time today to chat with me, but the incredible work that he and his team are doing at Judi’s House. For more interviews like this check out the Art of Fatherhood podcast. 
I had the excellent opportunity to not only chat with Patrick Warburton about fatherhood, but his sons, Talon and Gabriel joined in our chat. We talked about the values Patrick looked to instill in them as they were growing up. Then, Talon and Gabriel shared what they learned from their dad. Patrick shared the life lessons his kids have taught him. I had a blast talking to them and I know you will enjoy this heartfelt conversation. Then, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Patrick, Talon & Gabriel Warburton  For actor Patrick Warburton, film and television has become the family business with his two sons Talon and Gabriel. Both are following in Patrick's footsteps as they break into Hollywood. Patrick has played some iconic TV and film characters like Puddy and Joe Swanson. My kids liked his role as Lemony Snicket in the beloved Netflix Series, A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Talon Warburton made headlines from his voiceover role in the hugely popular game Final Fantasy VII Remake where fans on the internet thought it was his father's voice, and he starred on the animated series DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders as well as Guardians of the Galaxy series on Disney XD. He also worked with Matt LeBlanc in the CBS television series Man with a Plan.  Gabriel is the newest Warburton entering life as an actor, and his comedic chops have become legendary in the Warburton household. Gabriel can be found honing his craft in Improv classes and starring in and producing short films with his brother. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @paddywarbucks, Gabriel on Instagram at @gtwarburton and Talon on Instagram at @talonwarburton.  This week’s podcast is brought to you by Tonies.  Tonies was created by Patric Fassbender and Marcus Stahl. The reason for their creation was  for one reason, their kids. Patrick and Marcus feel that childhood should be a magical time full of big adventures and lovable memories. They wanted to create a way for kids to experience storytelling in a digital age, that stimulates their imagination and creativity in ways that a screen can’t. They made the Toniebox for kids and parents who want to feel good about their entertainment at home and to bring back imagination in its purest form. Tonies is an immersive, wondrous experience you can feel good about, but more importantly a community you can be part of now and for many years to come. Enter HERE to win a Tonies starter set valued at $100. Good luck.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Jeff Kinney talks with me about his new book, The Deep End from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. We talk about how he tries to mirror what families are experiencing this year in The Deep End. Jeff also talks about his fatherhood journey with me. In addition to his journey we talk about the values he looks to instill into his kids as they grow up. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Jeff Kinney  Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times best-selling author. He is a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story. For more Wimpy Kid, visit wimpykid.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @wimpykid. Go to wimpykid.com to pick up The Deep End and his other fantastic books.  About The Deep End  The Deep End is book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from bestselling author Jeff Kinney. Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park. It is not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation. Or maybe they’re already in too deep. This week’s podcast is brought to you by Tonies.  Tonies was created by Patric Fassbender and Marcus Stahl. The reason for their creation was  for one reason, their kids. Patrick and Marcus feel that childhood should be a magical time full of big adventures and lovable memories. Above all, they wanted to create a way for kids to experience storytelling in a digital age. It stimulates their imagination and creativity in ways that a screen can’t. They made the Toniebox for kids and parents who want to feel good about their entertainment at home. In addition, it looks to bring back imagination in its purest form. Tonies is an immersive, wondrous experience you can feel good about. More importantly a community you can be part of now and for many years to come. Enter HERE to win a Tonies starter set valued at $100. Good luck.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - Albert Einstein One of the biggest ways you can help your children succeed in life is to encourage their creativity. My wife and I want our daughters to not only learn, but use their imagination in all aspects of their life. Over the years I have found that if I am able to guide my daughters a bit in one direction their imagination will do the rest. From writing stories to creating mini home models out of recycled materials to painting they have created some incredible artwork and stories. My wife and I feel that using their imagination has helped out with their classwork too.  Creativity At Its Finest  A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Drew Vernon over at The Toy Insider’s Holiday of Play at Home. It is a virtual toy fair. At the Holiday of Play at Home I was able to get an insider’s look at toys topping kids’ wish lists. This included the toys that earned a coveted spot on The Toy Insider’s annual holiday toy lists. The lists ranged from the Hot 20, STEM 10 and 12 Under $12 categories. I met Drew at his company’s virtual booth. He works for a company called Tonies.  Tonies was created by Patric Fassbender and Marcus Stahl. The reason for their creation was  for one reason, their kids. Patrick and Marcus feel that childhood should be a magical time full of big adventures and lovable memories. They wanted to create a way for kids to experience storytelling in a digital age, that stimulates their imagination and creativity in ways that a screen can’t. They made the Toniebox for kids and parents who want to feel good about their entertainment at home and to bring back imagination in its purest form. Tonies is an immersive, wondrous experience you can feel good about, but more importantly a community you can be part of now and for many years to come. Drew Vernon On Creativity  The couple of times I was able to talk with Drew I was able to see why Tonies was such a success. Not only did the founders of Tonies, Patric Fassbender and Marcus Stahl have a passion for creating a toy for kids that helps them strengthen their imagination, but Drew has that same passion. Drew is a father of three. He also has experience working with kids when he ran a daycare facility. This fueled him to work for a company that helped with a child’s development in a positive way.  You can listen to our conversation below where we talk about how Tonies helps your child use their imagination. Drew talks about the many benefits and why your kids will enjoy this interactive toy. The Toniebox comes to life when paired with one of their whimsical collection of Tonies. They are hand-painted characters with hours of stories to tell, worlds to explore, and songs to sing along with. Each collectible character magnetically attaches to the Toniebox, making it simple for little listeners to change stories whenever they want. Enter To Win A Toniebox  Thanks to Tonies I am giving you a chance to win a Toniebox starter set. This prize pack comes with a few figures. Here is how you enter to win. Follow these steps and you are entered to win a prize pack valued over $100.  Leave a rating and review for The Art of Fatherhood podcast HERE. Follow Tonies on Instagram HERE. Leave a comment below on your favorite children’s book you loved when you were a kid.  Good luck!  (Please note: I teamed up with Tonies for this post, but my thoughts are my own.)
Josh Abbott was kind enough to chat with me about fatherhood and how being a dad has influenced his music career. We then talk about his new album, The Highway Kind and the his creative process. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Josh Abbott  Lubbock, TX born and Austin based country singer/songwrter Josh Abbott fronts the Josh Abbott Band. He balances his hectic life at home with two children under the age of three. He and is wife are blessed with his second child that was born this summer. You are likely to find Abbott on a ZOOM meeting with his baby on his lap. Josh is strategizing on his album release campaign with his daughter in the backseat of his truck.  He cherishes his dad role. He is also excited for his new album that releases this November 13th. His 5th album, The Highway Kind breaks free from the cowboy state of mind. It looks to take time to slow down. He reflects on the glories of life, family, and his pursuit of happiness.  Follow Josh on Twitter at @joshabbottband. Purchase the new album, The Highway Kind wherever you purchase music or at the band’s website at joshabbottband.com.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Marty Lyons sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey and how being a dad inspired him to start up his foundation. Next, he and I talk about the values he looked to instill into his kids when they were growing up. We also talk about his time in the NFL and what he misses the most about his playing days. Lastly, We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Marty Lyons Marty Lyons played defensive tackle for the New York Jets for 11 seasons. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1984. From playing for the New York Jets before he later went to become a broadcaster as a radio analyst.  Marty Lyons knows what it means to live and breathe Jets football. In his book, If These Walls Could Talk: New York Jets, Lyons provides insight into the Jets inner sanctum as only he can, from the New York Sack Exchange days alongside the likes of Joe Klecko to the current roster helmed by Sam Darnold. Go to Marty’s site at martylyonsfoundation.org to learn more about his foundation and where you can purchase his book, If These Walls Could Talk: New York Jets.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Nick Mangold and I sat down to talk about fatherhood, playing in the NFL, our love for Star Wars and creating a BBQ Sauce company. Nick shares his fatherhood journey and how being a dad changed the way he looks at life. We talk about his time in the NFL as well as playing college football at Ohio State. Next, we talk about the inspiration for creating a BBQ sauce company and how his kids inspired the flavors of each sauce. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Nick Mangold  Nick Mangold is a loving father, barbecue enthusiast, and former professional football player. A Dayton, Ohio native, Nick began his football career at The Ohio State University. That is where he was a three-year starter at Center. He claimed an NCAA National Championship with the Buckeyes in 2002. Nick was an NFL first-round draft pick in 2006, where he continued his career with the New York Jets. With the Jets, Nick was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. People feel he is one of the all-time best NFL centers. Nick is known as a foodie who cleverly likes putting twists on his favorite foods. He surprised his teammates and friends with his creations. His habitual tinkering led the development of his small batch BBQ sauce. It was a creation of three separate sauces. It turned into one multi- layered palette of taste profiles, ideal for slathering, grilling or dipping. His friends have raved about it for years. Once Nick finished his football career gently perfected the combinations of his recipe’s ingredients. Using the cores of pure maple syrup, vinegars, and sriracha he was ready. He made another shotgun snap. This time into the world of entrepreneurship. It was with the release of his initial two flavors: Sweet-Tangy and Whole Lot O’ Heat - Spicy. Follow Nick on Twitter at @nickmangold and Instagram at @realnickmangold and go to his website at nickmangold.com for more on him and his BBQ sauce Seventy Four BBQ About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Tom VanHaaren and I sat down to talk about fatherhood, working at ESPN and his love for college football. We also talk about the best type of cakes. We first chat about Tom and his wife, Laura becoming parents for the first time while he was transitioning from careers. Tom opens up about his passion for college football and the recruitment process. He shares a very unique story that he discovered while writing his book, The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Tom VanHaaren Tom VanHaaren has covered college football and recruiting for ESPN since 2011. A Michigan native, Tom started his career in 2009, focusing on Michigan Wolverines football and recruiting, and previously authored The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail. Tom, his wife, Laura, and their three children currently reside in southeast Michigan. Follow Tom on Twitter at @TomVH and purchase his book, The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail where books are sold.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Rob Riggle sits down with me to chat about his latest movie, The War with Grandpa and working with Robert De Niro. Rob plays Art Decker, who is the father of the main character in the film, Peter Decker. We talk about fatherhood and the lessons his kids have taught him. Rob shares his creative process and going from the Marine Corps to Hollywood. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Rob Riggle  Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films and television for more than 15 years. Riggle is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like The Hangover and Step Brothers. He was also on Saturday Night Live and as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Additional credits include The Other Guys, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and Dumb and Dumber To. Riggle also recently appeared in Warner Bros.’ war drama 12 Strong and Open Road Films’ Midnight Sun. The latter of which he received critical acclaim for his performance. As he broke into comedy, Riggle was still on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. He initially joined at the age of 19. Rising through the ranks, Riggle served in various countries including Albania, Kosovo, Liberia, and Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Riggle retired from the Marine Corps Reserve. He served 23 years total. 9 years active duty and 14 years in the reserves. He earned more than 22 medals and ribbons including the Combat Action Ribbon. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Riggle attended Shawnee Mission South High School and graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Theater & Film. He later received a Master’s in Public Administration from Webster University. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.  Follow Rob on Twitter at @RobRiggle. About War With Grandpa Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid. He likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with Peter’s family things change. Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks. He does this to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences.  Based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, The War with Grandpa is a hilarious family comedy featuring an all-star supporting cast: Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano and Jane Seymour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EohVvIWg-Oc About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
I had the great opportunity to chat with Rob Paulsen about many topics. We first talk about fatherhood and how proud he is of his son. They recently started a show together called Game That Toon. You can hear the pride in Rob’s voice as he talks about his son. Speaking of his voice we talk about his fight against throat cancer. As someone who makes his living through his voice it was a very scary time for Rob. We also talk about his career and what he is most proud of in his career. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Ron Paulsen  Aside from his many current and past roles as a voice actor that total to over 2,000 credits, Rob Paulsen is the creator, host, and producer of the highly successful Talkin’ Toons podcast. He has received a Daytime Emmy, three Annie Awards, and a Peabody. In addition to his many appearances in the convention circuit, he is currently on tour with Animaniacs Live. Rob also frequently speaks on behalf of several charities benefiting children and military veterans. Rob and his son, Ash have a show called Game That Toon.  Follow Rob on Twitter at @yakkopinky and check out his website at robpaulsenlive.com and pick up his book. Voice Lessons: How a Couple of Ninja Turtles, Pinky, and an Animaniac Saved My Life Also check out headandneck.org for more on raising awareness on head and neck cancers. This Podcast Is Sponsored By Kidde Safety  September 17th is Pet Carbon Monoxide Safety Day. This day raises awareness on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and how it can affect our pets. The day is a reminder to practice important safety tips and learn about the dangers of carbon monoxide. I spoke with Kidde spokesperson, Sharon Cooksey on how to make sure that no one is affected by carbon monoxide in your house including your pets. To learn more about protecting your family including your pets and to hear my interview with Sharon CLICK HERE.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Patrick Surtain talks to me about fatherhood and the lessons and values he and his wife look to instill into their children. He shares what his kids taught him about life and himself. Then, Patrick shares the advice he gave his son who is playing college football at Alabama. Then we talk about his time in the NFL. During our chat Patrick discusses the importance of being a mentor to the high school kids he coaches. Finally, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Patrick Surtain  Patrick Frank Surtain is a former American football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Southern Mississippi. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Surtain also did play for the Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick and his wife, Michelle have three kids. Patrick is the Head Coach at American Heritage Plantation. Follow Patrick on Instagram at @psurtain. About The GSK Take 5 Campaign  This week’s Art of Fatherhood podcast is sponsored by the GSK Take 5 Campaign. Meningitis B is one type of meningococcal disease (frequently referred to as meningitis) is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. Meningitis can attack the brain and spinal cord. It can cause swelling in those areas. Plus it can lead to a serious infection of the bloodstream, called septicemia. Approximately 10% to 15% of people infected with meningococcal disease will die. Sometimes as quickly as 24 hours after symptoms appear. For those who survive, about 1 in 5 may experience a variety of long-term disabilities including hearing loss and brain damage. There can be issues in the nervous system. It can cause kidney damage, loss of limbs, and skin scarring. Visit meningitisb.com for more information and talk to your doctor about the two vaccines available to help protect against the five vaccine-preventable groups of meningitis A, C, W, Y and B  and all CDC-recommended vaccines needed for you and your family. About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Michael Ian Black wrote a fantastic book called A Better Man A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son. He sat down with me to chat about the book and what he learned about himself as a father. Black talks about the difference of raising boys and girls. Then, we go into his work a bit. We talk about what his most proud of so far in his career.  Lastly, We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  Photo Credit: Michael Ian Black About Michael Ian Black  Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, and writer. He started his career with the sketch comedy show The State, on MTV. Next, he went on and has created and starred in many other television shows. Movie appearances include Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, and Sextuplets. Black is the author of several books for children. They include the award-winning I’m Bored, I’m Sad, and I’m Worried, and the parody A Child’s First Book of Trump. His books for adults include the memoirs You’re Not Doing It Right and Navel Gazing. Plus there is an essay collection called My Custom Van. As a stand-up comedian, Michael regularly tours the country, and he has released several coamedy albums. His podcasts include Mike & Tom Eat Snacks, with Tom Cavanagh; Topics, with Michael Showalter; How to Be Amazing; and Obscure. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children. Follow Michael on Twitter at @michaelianblack. Purchase his book, A Better Man A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son wherever books are sold.  About A Better Man  We live in a world in which the word masculinity now often goes hand in hand with toxic. Comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black offers up a way forward for boys, men, and anyone who loves them. Part memoir, part advice book, it is a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son. A Better Man reveals Black’s own complicated relationship with his father. He explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations on boys to “man up." He searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem. Honest, funny, and hopeful, Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues of our time. He delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question. How can we be, and raise, better men? Kidde Safety Is This Week's Podcast Sponsor September 17th is Pet Carbon Monoxide Safety Day. This day raises awareness on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and how it can affect our pets. The day is a reminder to practice important safety tips and learn about the dangers of carbon monoxide. I spoke with Kidde spokesperson, Sharon Cooksey on how to make sure that no one is affected by carbon monoxide. That includes your pets. To learn more about protecting your family including your pets and to hear my interview with Sharon CLICK HERE.  About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Jay DeMarcus sits down with me about his new family show on Netflix called DeMarcus Family Rules. He talks to me about how the show came to be and how his kids reacted to the series. Then, we talk about the joys of fatherhood and the values he and his wife, Allison look to instill in their kids. DeMarcus shares his creative process working with his bandmates in Rascal Flatts. Next, he shares what he is most proud of working in the band. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Jay DeMarcus  Jay DeMarcus is the bass guitarist, harmony vocalist and pianist in country music super group Rascal Flatts. Jay traveled and performed as a keyboard player in the Christian music group New Harvest. Later became a member of another Christian music group called East to West before joining Country artist Chely Wright's band. While playing for Chely Wright, Jay and cousin Gary LeVox met guitarist Joe Don Rooney. After one performance together, the three realized they shared great chemistry and they formed "Rascal Flatts". Since 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums and 25 million digital downloads. They delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade. Since then they have earned over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they’ve sold over 6 million concert tickets, and counting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ok_NoWMwyQ Follow Jay on Twitter at @JayDeMarcus check out DeMarcus Family Rules on Netflix. Go to rascalflatts.com for more on Rascal Flatts.  About The GSK Take 5 Campaign  This week’s Art of Fatherhood podcast is being brought you by the GSK Take 5 Campaign. Meningitis B is one type of meningococcal disease (frequently referred to as meningitis) caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. Meningitis can attack the brain and spinal cord. It can cause swelling in those areas as well as a serious infection of the bloodstream, called septicemia. Approximately 10% to 15% of people infected with meningococcal disease will die . Sometimes as quickly as 24 hours after symptoms appear. For those who survive, about 1 in 5 may experience a variety of long-term disabilities. Some of them includes hearing loss, brain damage and nervous system problems, kidney damage, loss of limbs, and skin scarring. Visit meningitisb.com for more information and talk to your doctor about the two vaccines available. It can help protect against the five vaccine-preventable groups. They are meningitis A, C, W, Y and B. About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Carlos Alazraqui sits down with me to chat about fatherhood and acting. He shares the advice he gives one of his daughters who is a voice actor. We talk about the many great projects he has worked on like Reno 911 and Rocko’s Modern Life. Carlos shares his creative process when it comes to acting and voice acting. We also talk about how technology can be both good and bad for your children and how we navigate tech with our family. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Carlos Alazraqui  Carlos Alazraqui is thrilled to be back on QUIBI as Deputy James Garcia on the hit show Reno 911. A man of many voices, this past year, Netflix premiered Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, which is an animated special starring Carlos as the lead character based on the Nickelodeon series Rocko’s Modern Life. He also just premiered his own feature-length live-action horror/comedy movie Witness Infection as co-writer, producer, and onscreen role of Mr. Serrelli. Carlos also won the prestigious Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. He’s been a standup comic for over 25 years, a well-known television/film actor and one of LA’s top voiceover actors with hundreds of credits to his name.   Follow Carlos on Twitter at @carlosalazraqui and go to his website at carlosalazraqui.com. About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast  The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
Jason Alexander and Rena Strober sat down with me to talk about Rena’s new album, Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss. We talk about the inspiration for the album, Jason’s part in the album and the wonderful singing from the The Blind Children's Choir. Jason and Rena talk about their creative process and the importance of music. Then, we move our conversation to the parenthood. Jason and Rena each share their experience of raising kids and the values they look to instill and some advice for new parents. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.  About Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss Award-winning Broadway, film, and television actor and advocate for the blind, Rena Strober, recently released her new family album, Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss. The album sparkles with contributions from such luminaries as Jason Alexander, French Stewart, Michael-Leon Wooley, Deborah Grausman, acclaimed opera singer Cristina Jones, and DOTZ, The Blind Children's Choir. Go to renastrober.com to purchase Imagine That.  About Rena Strober From New York to Los Angeles, Rena Strober is praised for her Broadway performances, TV roles, Voice-Over Work and her 1-woman show Spaghetti & Matzo Balls!. Then, she received rave reviews for her album Finding Home. Rena appeared on Broadway as Cosette in Les Miserables. She has also starred opposite Betty Buckely, Peter Scolari in the Off-Broadway comedy White’s Lies. Her 1- woman show, Spaghetti & Matzo Balls!, has run Off-Broadway in NY, Los Angeles and in Leeds, England. Rena toured the country with Fiddler on the Roof as Tzeitel playing opposite Topol, Harvey Fierstein and Theo Bikel. Then, she originated the role of Tonya in the pre-Broadway production of Zhivago (Directed by Des McNuff) at the La Jolla Playhouse for which she was awarded the Outer Critics Circle Award. Plus, Rena is found teaching voice for the Academy of Music for the Blind. Her students range from 4-17 years old and all live with no vision. Because of her great work, the Academy recently received a grant from Josh Groban’s foundation Find Your Light.  For more information on this incredible music school, please visit www.ouramb.org Rena currently lives and works in LA. Follow Rena on Twitter at @RenaStrober.  About Jason Alexander  Because of his best known for his award-winning as the iconic George Costanza of television’s Seinfeld Jason Alexander has achieved international recognition. Jason's work is noted for its extraordinary diversity from lauded performances on stage, screen and television. Plus, he has done great work with his extensive works as a writer, composer, director, producer and acting teacher. Jason began as a teenager doing commercials for television and radio. Later in college, he made his Broadway debut in the original cast of the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along. Then, he continued starring on Broadway in the original casts of Kander and Ebb’s The Rink, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, Rupert Holmes’ Accomplice and his Tony Award-winning performance in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway. Jason authored the libretto for that show and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. His many films include Pretty Woman, Jacob’s Ladder, Love Valor Compassion, Rocky and Bullwinkle and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jason directed the feature films For Better or Worse and Just Looking. He directed television episodes of Seinfeld, Til Death, Everybody Hates Chris, and Criminal Minds. Also, his direction of Brad Paisley’s “Online” video won him a Country Music Award. In his spare time he is an award-winning magician, children’s book author and poker champion. Jason is a political and social activist, martial artist, ceramicist, teacher and a husband to artist Daena Title and proud dad of his sons, Gabriel and Noah. Follow Jason on Twitter at @IJasonAlexander.
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Created by
Art Eddy - Fatherhood
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Nov 5th, 2019
Latest Episode
Jan 18th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
73
Avg. Episode Length
27 minutes
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No
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Episodic
Language
English

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