Loudon Wainwright III and his book, Liner Notes, on The Gist.

The Occupational Hazard of Being Loudon Wainwright III

The Occupational Hazard of Being Loudon Wainwright III

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 10 2017 7:34 PM

The Family Man

Loudon Wainwright III reflects on his uneasy relationship with his father, now that he can “appreciate the difficulty of the job.”

Loudon Wainwright III

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Listen to Episode 868 of Slate’s The Gist:


Loudon Wainwright III has been plumbing his personal relationships and dysfunctions for decades in his music. His latest book continues on that theme as he examines the influence of his father. The book is Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things.

In the Spiel, Mike is not yet done talking about Roy Moore and Louis C.K.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.