Man Up

A Ghost Story

How a boy, and then man, confronted the specter of his father.

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On this week’s episode, we’re going to hear a ghost story. Well, kind of. It’s about a boy, his brief and fleeting encounters with his father, and how those moments shaped him—and how his father’s absence, a kind of invisible presence, became formative in itself.

Guest: Esau Mora, actor and performer

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews and Danielle Hewitt.