Dad From Scratch

Dad From Scratch is a podcast created by Steve Fink, a father of two toddlers in Baltimore. The show was created to feature as many different and unique perspectives of fatherhood that Steve could find. We all experience this wild journey differently and it's interesting to see how our backgrounds or careers or beliefs or cultures alter the way we enjoy (or not enjoy, for some) being a dad. Dad From Scratch aims to take in all those perspectives through weekly interviews. Steve Fink is the Director of News Programming and Promotion for CBS Local. He's spent 15 years with CBS, working in Baltimore and Manhattan. This podcast is not affiliated with CBS or any CBS property.
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Sep 17, 2016

In this episode of Dad From Scratch, host Steve Fink hits on a number of topics as he talks to Dr. Nicole Glick, a child psychologist in Baltimore. Among the issues discussed, we touch on a recent study out of Michigan State University that found a dad's mood or stress can negatively impact a child's social development. We also talk about temper tantrums, the best ways to discipline our kids, identifying cues when our kids are down, and what she finds is the most common issue moms encounter with their husbands when it comes to parenthood. A jam-packed episode that moms and dads of all ages should enjoy.

Aug 1, 2016

In this episode of Dad From Scratch, host Steve Fink talks to Lt. Jarron Jackson, a 14-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department. Lt. Jackson came on the show just a few days after it was announced that all charges were dropped against his fellow officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray. It's been a very long and difficult year for many if not all Baltimore City police officers, and I had to find out what it's like to be in their shoes -- especially as a father. Lt. Jackson is a father of four and revealed some very personal details about the struggles of being both a cop and a dad in today's very tense climate for law enforcement nationwide. There's no question this may be the most compelling and important episode of Dad From Scratch yet.

Jul 24, 2016

We all raise our kids with the hopes and dreams that they live a life of good health and good fortune. So what happens when your only son goes on to create one of the most popular websites in the world and becomes a multi-millionaire, best-selling author, and one of the most well-known and respected online entrepreneurs of his generation? In episode 5 of Dad From Scratch, host Steve Fink interviews Chris Ohanian, father of Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit. Since creating the site in 2005, Alexis went from being a typical 20-something to an influential leader for millennials worldwide. How has all that success altered Chris' perspective of fatherhood? We go inside his head to hear what it was like for him when Alexis struck gold with reddit and how fatherhood has changed for him, if at all, since.

Jul 13, 2016

In this episode of Dad of Scratch, host Steve Fink takes on a topic that gets moms and dads across the country riled up: vaccinations. His guest is a father who has chosen not to vaccinate his kids and like other "anti-vaxxers," strongly believes vaccines of all types cause serious ailments in children. How did he get to this conclusion? How does he handle the constant criticism? In this must-hear conversation, Steve challenges him on the issue and tries to understand how in the world he can so confidently drink the anti-vaxxer Kool-Aid.

Jul 8, 2016

In this third episode of Dad From Scratch, host Steve Fink reveals more about his current state of fatherhood -- specifically pressure from his wife to have a third child, despite his feeling unsure he wants more children.  So what does he do? He brings his better half onto the show for listeners to hear a real conversation between them about what each wants. 

Jun 28, 2016

In this episode of Dad From Scratch, host Steve Fink interviews a sportscaster who dares anyone to question him after having his first child in his 50s. This inspiring interview takes us inside the head of Mark Viviano, who offers words of encouragement to anyone facing a stigma holding them back from finding happiness in life. He reveals what happened in the life-changing moment that ultimately led him to his future wife and son in this tell-all conversation.

Jun 27, 2016

It's one thing when you don't have any kids and learn you're having twin boys, but it's an even bigger shock to the system when you're unexpectedly expecting twin boys and you ALREADY have two toddler boys at home. In this hilarious first-ever episode of Dad From Scratch, host Steve Fink makes one of his best buddies be the inaugural guest on the show to talk about how he's keeping sane following this shocking revelation in his  pal's life.