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Puppet Parent Podcast by WonderSpark Puppets

47 EpisodesProduced by WonderSpark PuppetsWebsite

We're Parents.We're Puppeteers.We Podcast.​Every week we'll bring you into our crazy lives as performers + parents of two extremely different boys + NYC residents.​Join us every Sunday for live recordings on Facebook Live and YouTube.

47 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

PPP 47: Scariest Puppet Show Ever

October 31st, 2021


It's Halloween! We're talking about our favorite scary puppet shows, the most famous horror puppets on film, and our family's Halloween traditions.

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PPP 46: Don't Startle The Seals

October 6th, 2021


In this episode we'll talk about dangerous puppet shows, sending our kids back to in-person school, and the tragedy of the Barnfire at Burwell.

PPP 45: April Showers

April 18th, 2021


Z. and Chad talk about teaching their kids about choking, Z. going back to NYC to build bunkbeds, and NYC theaters reopening at 33% capacity.

PPP 44: World Puppetry Day

March 28th, 2021


In this episode we talk about our 1 year streamiversary, shooting new puppet films, Unima / PofA's World Puppetry Day event, Z's anxiety about going back to NYC, Disney and Studio Ghibli and so much more.

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PPP 43: Puppets on Film

March 7th, 2021


This week we talk about shooting two puppet films, having our kids backstage during Purim shows and memories of a New Jersey puppet slam.

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PPP 42: Remembering Jim Rose

February 16th, 2021


It's Valentines Day / Lunar New Year!  In this episode, we'll chat about how kids won't do their schoolwork, Z's puppetry documentary and remembering …

PPP 41: Bad Idea Boat

February 1st, 2021


This week Z. and I talk about doom and gloom, distracted streaming school kids, performing on a boat and the puppetry style Lambe Lambe.

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PPP 40: Back Burner

January 26th, 2021


Is stop-motion animation puppetry? We're talking about a news vacation, ASL Zoom signals, back burner puppet projects and goodbye to the Trump puppet.


January 18th, 2021


In this episode we'll talk about arrests, our favorite slam pieces and the secret to unclogging a toilet.

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PPP 38: Insurrection

January 11th, 2021


In this episode we'll talk about Mabou Mines' "Peter and Wendy", Tim LaGasse's "A Show of Hands", the awful insurrection in Washington, and Chad's …

PPP 37: Depression VS Anxiety

January 5th, 2021


In this episode Z. and Chad will talk about: favorite puppet podcasts, our cat vs their dog, Z's public workshops, and the kids starting school again.

PPP 36: Christmas Aftermath

December 28th, 2020


In this post-Christmas episode, Z. and Chad talk about what their kids got for the holidays, sledding injuries, and a new puppetry workshop series.

PPP 35: End of 2020 Wrap-Up

December 21st, 2020


In this episode we'll wrap-up the end of 2020 with a look back, there's also Z's new Kennedy Center project, Christmas lights, high school musical …

PPP 34: Joy and Despair

December 7th, 2020


In this episode we talk about Christmas shopping, an Elf visitor, our favorite local video game stores and bad food that tasted good.

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PPP 33: Thanksgivings

November 30th, 2020


In this episode, we talk about Thanksgiving memories, decorating Christmas trees, plus: do puppeteers have weird faces?

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PPP 32: Jet Lagged Babies

November 27th, 2020


Z. and Chad show off new puppets, share special Puppet Showplace Theater memories, remember traveling to Finland and Thailand with little kids, and discuss morality in children's books.

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PPP 31: Hidden Cost

November 16th, 2020


In this episode Z. and Chad talk about mass media brainwashing, Pokemon Go for kids, and paying kids for school work.

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PPP 30: Election 2020

November 9th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about puppet companies retiring due to COVID-19, our show intro speech and the 2020 election results!

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PPP 29: Doctor Dentist Vote

November 2nd, 2020


In this episode, Z. and Chad talk about Halloween 2020 activities and spooky memories, working election polls and driving to NYC for a day with a To …

PPP 28: First Birthday Fiasco

October 26th, 2020


In this episode we talk about 2020 puppet show problems, football traditions and foods, issues with reading old kids books and the story of one of …

PPP 27: Emotional Regulation

October 21st, 2020


Z. and Chad discuss their Halloween plans, a new Hanukkah puppet show in development and why Z loves The Voice.

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PPP 26: Moving Again

October 7th, 2020


In this episode Z. and Chad talk about moving again, Z's organizing and cleaning tips, a brief history of The Lion King, and Z's review of Disney's Bambi.

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PPP 25: Ghosts Doing Stand-Up

September 28th, 2020


In this episode, Z. and Chad talk about 4 months of living with another family, ghosts doing stand-up, the Mystery Spot, gym class trauma, and a …

PPP 24: To NYC and Back Again

September 21st, 2020


In this episode we'll talk about dining out in NYC past and present, Streaming school disagreements, and a White supremacist rally outside our door?

PPP 23: Birthday Adventure

September 11th, 2020


In this episode, Z. and Chad talk about a birthday ropes course adventure, poor John's moments of fear, how to stop misinformation, and Z's ultra …

PPP 22: Parental Intervention

September 1st, 2020


In this episode Z. and Chad talk about intimidating gyms, Z's birthday, a Labor Day transition, jobs representation in TV and film, and parental …

PPP 21: Past Z. VS Future Z.

August 24th, 2020


In this episode we talk about how Past Z sabotages Future Z, Chad battling depression and stress, and hoping for the best while planning for the worst. We also talk about Z.'s love of Cardi B. and how she once shot some …

PPP 20: ABC Cheese

August 17th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk A LOT about parenting this time, whether it's the merits of puzzles and board games, manual labor, which child is best, and whether …

PPP 19: Into the Garbage

August 3rd, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about going back to NYC, solving script hang-ups through storyboarding and staging, and how every village has something.

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PPP 18: Problem Child VS Golden Boy

July 26th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about their kids' learning issues at home, Z's favorite vlog, the Polka Channel and spiralizing.

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PPP 17: Mommy Pandemic Brain

July 22nd, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about getting background checked by the government, how to break down scriptwriting (so it isn't so intimidating), Slapstick vs Mister Rogers, and Mommy Pandemic Brain.

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PPP 16: Lords and Ladies

July 12th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about camping in the woods with their kids, scriptwriting, and being secret nobility in a micronation.

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PPP 15: Reality TV

July 6th, 2020


Stories from interviewing local people with a puppet, Z's secret favorite reality TV shows VS Chad's true stories of working on reality TV.

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PPP 14: How to Give Notes

June 29th, 2020


Z. and Chad do their best ventriloquism, talk about the Giant Fist workshop with Cedwan Hooks, how they're faring this week in the COVID-19 pandemic, …

PPP 13: Puppet Town

June 24th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about: what's eating Z's garden, confronting actual racists, hitting 100 DIY workshops, and what's next for the Summer.

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PPP 12: Lenore from the Cheeky Chipmunk

June 16th, 2020


Special Guest Star Lenore Koppelman talks about how the global pandemic shut down her face and body painting business, and how she took this opportunity to transition into a brand new industry! Plus Z. and Chad talk …

PPP 11: A Whole New World

June 8th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about moving to Western New York, their favorite hilarious religious programming, and how Black Lives Matter.

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PPP 10: Leaving NYC

May 25th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk about puppetry - a LOT! We discuss our favorite streaming puppet shows, what it's like to work inside a children's hospital in Manhattan, recent tech nightmares on Zoom, and why we are leaving NYC after …

PPP 09: Dungeons and Dating

May 18th, 2020


Z. and Chad talk A LOT about personal Dungeons & Dragons stories from growing up, their favorite late 90s websites, Interactive CD-ROMS, the fire that claimed the apartment in our neighborhood, and more!

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PPP 08: Mother's Day Distress

May 11th, 2020


Z. talks about a personal panic attack trying to get groceries the day before we stopped going out. Chad gives an inside look at "what went wrong" behind the scenes during the National Slamdemic performances.

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PPP 07: The Amazing Max

May 4th, 2020


Guest-starring The Amazing Max and his partner / producer Christine Cox.

Max and Christina talk about how magicians are dealing with COVID-19 and Max's special connection to magic in NYC. Both puppeteers and magicians …

PPP 06: The Deserving Place

April 27th, 2020


Chad reads a puppet journal from 10 years ago, Z talks about shopping for pants during a pandemic. Also: tips for creating a great show and stopping a bad show idea before it's too late.

PPP 05: Anxiety Panic

April 20th, 2020


Chad and Z. talk about family mental hygiene, kids bothering the neighbors, food anxiety and the politics of business loans. 


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PPP 04: Missing Passover

April 13th, 2020


Chad and Z. discuss their favorite movies to watch on airplanes, cultural appropriation relating to puppet shows in 2020, discussing gender …

PPP 03: Death and Taxes

April 6th, 2020


Who knew that homeschooling and working from home was so tiring? Also, Z drops an F-bomb and Chad talks about the end of the outbreak.  

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PPP 02: Quarantined Homeschoolers

March 31st, 2020


We've been locked inside for 16 days...with our KIDS! Aaaah!

The puppet business is now streaming online. The dishes are unending. Should we do our …

PPP 01: Puppeteer Parents

March 31st, 2020


Chad and Z from WonderSpark Puppets have two little boys and are currently homeschooling due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They also do live puppet shows …

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