[WARNING: Some content in this episode may disturb some listeners.] In this episode, my wife and I open up about miscarriages, wellness checks, and alarmist pediatricians. I also chat with Professor Ann Burgess on the subject of “fetal abduction”. Ann is an internationally recognized pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of trauma and abuse. The phenomenon known as fetal abduction seems to defy all logic and challenges us to confront an unthinkable crime. Fetal abduction refers to the crime of child abduction by murder of an at term pregnant mother and extraction of her fetus through a crude cesarean section. Ann & I discussed criminal profiles, gender (women commit roughly 20% of violent crimes, but 95% of fetal abductions), motive (“it’s more about drawing attention and cementing relationships than obtaining a baby.”, the influence of culture and social media, and legal insanity.
I welcome comedian Brad Hagen, and discuss having children in the era of climate change, and how Brad is the real life version of Seth Rogan in Knocked Up. Brad’s a granola eating, pot smoking, standup comedian from New Hampshire. Against all odds, he wooed Lisa… a voluptuous Ph.D candidate who historically dated professional athletes. Their relationship culminated with one last alcohol-fueled hookup — a few months later brad got “the call” — Lisa was three months pregnant and Brad was the father. Brad initially responded by sending Lisa articles about overpopulation and climate change.
I welcome fellow comedians/parents Katherine Williams & Steve Leventhal. Steve & Katherine first met at an open-mic as aspiring comedians: “Steve approached me and said, you look like you’ve seen one too many dick jokes? No, that’s just what I look like now.” As entertainers, Steve and Katherine initially gave no thought to posting photos of their one-year-old daughter on social media. They’re now having second thoughts… and for good reason! “Sharenting” can lead to identity theft, embarrassment, bullying, digital kidnapping, and even end up on child-porn sites.
I welcome stand-up comic/fellow Ohioan, James Myers. James is phenomenal comedian, but he’s willing to risk it all in support of Donald J. Trump. In fact, he’s the only known Trump supporter in comedy scene, and his girlfriend is a liberal feminist. As a parent, I’ve been wanting to have a frank discussion with a Trump supporter, and James was the perfect candidate. In the end, we both made concessions and came to an understanding on Trump: “I don’t trust people who don’t drink.”