High five to the dads--dadbloggers all, in fact--who appeared yesterday in place of the regular Tuesday panel of "Mocha Moms" on NPR's Tell Me More: Jason Sperber of Rice Daddies, Keith Morton of FatherDad, and Paul Fidalgo of Bloc Raissoneur.
The not-at-all hype-y title for the segment, "Do Dads Hate Parenting?" obviously refers to New York Magazine's not-at-all hype-y cover story, "Do Parents Hate Parenting?"
I guess the novelty of actual dads on air talking about work-life balance overwhelmed host Michel Martin's interest in rehashing the anxiety-baiting article. She prefaced several questions with, "Now I'm not trying to be mean, but..." revealing the empathy and understanding gap dads face when entering a parenting conversation that continues to take place almost entirely among women.
But it's a start. And Tell Me More is probably as good a model as we're gonna find right now. It's NPR's replacement for Tavis Smiley, and it's generally successful at its apparent goal, which is to be less a show for/about "black folk" [to use Brother Tavis's famous term] but a news show which just happens to be black. Someday, maybe there'll be hype-y talk radio shows with parents who just happen to be dads.
Do Dads Hate Parenting? [npr]