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The Compleat Dad Podcast

36 EpisodesProduced by Michael MarinoWebsite

Which flavor of Laffy Taffy is the most disgusting? At what age should your child learn the truth about the fake-thumb trick? Why must the party who smelt it be held responsible for having dealt it? Join Scott Blumenthal and Michael Marino, creators of, as they help dads navigate… read more

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Driving Dad Crazy

July 13th, 2021


Watching a meteor collide with Earth is the most terrifying thought imaginable. Teaching your child to drive is a close second. In this special …

Smack in a Box

June 1st, 2021


Michael and Scott help dads ease into a post-pandemic reality in which some people will be required to wear pants. Also: Michael unveils his spot-on …

Pandemic Parenting

December 30th, 2020


We’re back! In this very special return episode, Michael and Scott discuss the top 5 ways in which the pandemic has affected them—heck, lots of people—as parents. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.

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The Compleat Pre-Dad Podcast

May 6th, 2020


Michael and Scott arrived at fatherhood in very different ways. The result was very much the same. A very special Compleat Dad Podcast if ever there …

Best Fictional Fathers of All Time

April 6th, 2020


Our controversial Worst Game of Thrones Dads episode threatened drag ancient alliances asunder. We re-establish peace between houses in “Best Fictional Fathers of All Time,” a very special episode dedicated to dads who …

Dealing with Other People's Kids

March 17th, 2020


We LOVE our kids—no doubt about that. Other people’s kids? That’s more complicated. Determined by four primary variables, outlined in this very special episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, our feelings toward other …

The Compleat Kids Radio Show

February 11th, 2020


Michael’s discovery of our “podcast” from 1982—back when we were The Compleat Kids—results in our most special episode ever.

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Older Siblings vs. Younger Siblings

January 21st, 2020


Who’s REALLY in control? In this special episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, Michael and Scott settle the question once and for all.

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Doin' Damage

December 23rd, 2019


Every dad starts with an A+ in fatherhood. No one's been accidentally dropped, no one's been fed milk that should have been smelled first, and no …

Growing Up Dad, Stage 3: The Preschool Years

December 5th, 2019


Join Michael and Scott as they explore how having a preschooler changes the way dads think, communicate, and consider-if only for ourselves-whether …

Growing Up Dad, Stage 2: Toddlers

October 8th, 2019


Infants are eating, burping poop machines. Toddlers are are eating, burping poop machines on the move. Join Scott and Michael as they list the five ways to prepare for life with a human wrecking ball. For new dads, …

Growing Up Dad, Stage 1: Infancy

August 25th, 2019


Join Michael and Scott as they list the ways in which becoming a dad changes everything: Things we once cared deeply about (like our own health and well-being) fall by the wayside, while things we never gave two craps …

The Scourge of the Goody Bag

July 9th, 2019


Studies show that more than 80% or parental anxiety can be linked to the phenomenon of goody bags. In this special episode of The Complete Dad POdcast, Scott and Michael explore the shadowy origins or goody bags and …

Putt-Putt Parenting

May 28th, 2019


In this special episode, Scott and Michael re-enact the one true test of fatherhood: taking a seven-year-old mini golfing. You won’t want to miss …


April 16th, 2019


In this special episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, Scott and Michael help dads navigate one of the greatest challenges of fatherhood: awkward, forced small talk with other dads at birthday parties. 

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Psychic Powers Are Real! Here’s The Proof.

March 19th, 2019


In this episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, Scott and Michael prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s possible to read a child’s mind—and with startling accuracy. 

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Should I Worry About My Child’s Toilet-Flushing Allergy?

March 5th, 2019


Allergies to toothbrushing, dishwashing, and toilet-flushing are serious medical conditions beyond our children’s control, but seriously—they can’t …

Dad, Is The Movie Over Yet?

February 28th, 2019


How well do Ghostbusters, Big, and The Bad News Bears hold up today? Settle in with some popcorn as Michael and Scott discuss the joys—and horrors—of …

Are You Parenting Hard Enough?

February 5th, 2019


Are you spending enough time and energy stressing out about whether you're the best parent you can be? Find out in everyone's favorite game show, "Are You Parenting Hard Enough?" 

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The Monster Under Dad’s Bed

January 22nd, 2019


Scott and Michael get weirdly serious as they tackle the question of how to deal with kids’ fears. Includes a stern reprimand for guys named Steve.

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You Gonna Eat That?

January 8th, 2019


Michael is a "thoughtfully plan and prepare meals" kind of dad. Scott is a "the food thing will just work itself out" kind of dad.  Who's right and …

If Dads Were Weather Events

December 25th, 2018


What kind of weather-dad are YOU—Tornado Tom, Hurricane Harry, or Chance of Thunderstorms Chauncey? Join Scott and Michael as they explore how each type responds to adversity—and what happens when a Tornado Tom and a …

Can I Have a Llama? How To Deal With Saying No

December 11th, 2018


In this episode, Michael and Scott offer responses to the age-old question, “Dad, can I pleeeeease have a llama [or some other insane thing]?” Plus, …

The Compleat Dad Top Five Spooktacular!

October 30th, 2018


In this special Halloween episode, Scott and Michael list the five best and five most monstrous Halloween candies, as well as the top five ways to improve upon the greatest and weirdest festival of them all.


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Don't Make Me Come Back There!

October 9th, 2018


Traveling with your kids is probably one of the most trying things we have to endure as parents. Learn five ways to get through it on this episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast.


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The Worst Game of Thrones Dads

September 25th, 2018


Do you miss Game of Thrones? Join Scott and Michael as they rank the 5 worst Game of Thrones dads.


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Farts and Fatherhood

September 12th, 2018


In this special episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, Michael and Scott provide fathers with the tools they’ll need to talk to their children about …

Don't Make Me Call the Easter Bunny, Johnny!

August 28th, 2018


Kids get Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost. Dads get jack squat. In the latest episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, Scott and Michael provide dads with much-needed magical beings of their own. Bonus material …

Holy #%&$! You Curse in Front of Your Kids?

August 14th, 2018


Short quiz for dads:

1. Is it OK to curse in front of your kids?
2. Which word is more potentially damaging to young ears – #%& or %!#&?
3. How come your #%&$ keeps %&?$ every five seconds? I …

Top 10 Life Lessons

August 1st, 2018


What is the correct way to use “that’s what she said” in conversation? How should you respond if someone asks you to pull their finger? In this …

It's A THING Now, Part 2

July 11th, 2018


Join Michael and Scott for the dramatic conclusion of "It's A THING Now," a two-part exploration of parenting practices that were perfectly fine in the 70s and 80s but are now very much A THING. Taco Bell, anyone?


It's A THING Now, Part 1

June 28th, 2018


When did play dates—and not just going outside to play—become A THING? When did dads stop letting their six-year-olds sit behind the wheel? When did …

Can We Leave Now? How To Survive the 1st-Grade Dance Recital

June 4th, 2018


Will this first-grade dance recital ever end? The answer might shock you.


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The Six Types of Parents

May 12th, 2018


What are the six most irritating types of parents? Meet the Parenting Legion of Doom in this episode of The Compleat Dad.


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The History of Fatherhood, Part 2

April 17th, 2018


In the second part of their Newbery Medal-winning series on the history of fatherhood, Scott and Michael examine the ways in which the release of A-ha’s landmark album "Hunting High and Low" irrevocably transformed the …

The History of Fatherhood, Part 1

March 28th, 2018


In the inaugural episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast—the first installment in a gripping two-part series—Scott and Michael explore the long-misunderstood relationship between fatherhood in ancient societies and A-ha’s …

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