19 June 2013

Absent Fathers - Airs June 19th

He Didn't Mean to Die by Sara Curtis
"Your father loved you so much. He really did. I know that..."

Dear Father from Youth Media Project
A seventh grader writes a thoughtful and moving letter to his unknown father.

Daddy by Sylvia Plath
Otto Plath died shortly after Sylvia's eighth birthday as a result of undiagnosed diabetes. Plath said this poem was about a girl with an Electra complex whose father dies while she thought he was God. 

The Baby in His Lap from This Land Press
Shantelle was a child when photographer Larry Clark captured iconic images of her father, Billy Mann, toting guns and shooting drugs for his book, Tulsa. As a result of Mann's lifestyle, she never got to know her father. Now Shantelle is searching for who her parents were before the guns and drugs. 

Footing the Bill by Youth Voices
For many American children, growing up in a fatherless household is their reality. Reporter Kameisha Jerae Hodge learns that children growing up without fathers face a different set of difficulties than those with two parents at home.

Grandfather by Sarah Neal-Estes 
Sarah's grandfather taped hours of his thoughts for her when she was two. He then hid the tapes away to be found after he died. Eventually, 28 years later, she found them. And this is what they said.

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