Monthly Archives: January 2018

#226 – Erin Teagan

Author Erin Teagan stops by the Life of Dad Studio to talk with Art Eddy about her latest books from the American Girl: Girl of the Year series. Erin writes about Luciana Vega, the 2018 Girl of the Year. She comes with an out-of-this-world storyline about an 11-year-old who dreams of being the first person on Mars. American Girl worked with NASA, including a task force of advisors (scientists, astronauts, and more below) who helped ensure the accuracy and authenticity of Luciana’s world—from her story and products to a STEM-based educational program in partnership with Scholastic and Space Camp.

Erin’s two books in that series are Luciana and Luciana: Braving the Deep.

Erin shocked her parents and friends when she declared she’d become a scientist so she could later become a writer.  After all she got a 110% in high school biology, so she must have known what she was doing.  She also knew that in science, especially when working on research drugs, bringing your work home could actually be punishable by law.  This left lots of time to work on her novel after work.

Erin lives in Virginia with her own two little mad scientists, a ninety pound lap dog, a rabbit, and a husband that regularly puts himself in danger with all of his extreme sports.  

Follow her on Twitter at @ErinKTeagan and her website Go to to learn more on the Luciana Vega collection. 

#225 – Anthony Turgman

Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton bring on Anthony Turgman one of the co-hosts from the Talk Thirty to Me Podcast.  They talk to Anthony about his goal is to become a leader of his generation as well as a role model to those around him. He actively challenges himself to become better at what he does everyday as well as continuing to grow his love and devotion toward his amazing wife and children.

Recently, he has taken his dream to the next level by forming his own company – Live Solutions – where he hopes to unite those looking to make a difference in their local or global communities, while still maintaining their individuality within their respective professional or social circles. Tattooed Brother of ΛΘΦ. Proud graduate of UC Riverside and UC Davis. Reppin’ the Giants – Orange & Black – since before he was born. Oh, and he’s a Clipper fan as well.

Go to for more information on the podcast and the many other things that Anthony and his co-host Randy talk about on their site.

#224 – Daniel Mendelsohn

Author Daniel Mendelsohn sits down with Art Eddy to talk about his relationship with his father, Jay when Jay enrolled into Daniel’s course he was teaching at Bard College, fatherhood and more.

Imagine taking your 81-year-old dad to work with you–and letting him chime in with opinions and criticisms and questions! When Jay Mendelsohn decided to enroll in the undergraduate seminar his son teaches at Bard College, neither father nor son knew what adventures would ensue. This is the story of those adventures—on land and sea.

In Daniel’s book, An Odyssey we get to learn about the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homer’s great work together–first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son’s interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus’s famous voyages–it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jay’s responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn’s narrative comes to echo the Odyssey itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, An Odyssey is a renowned author-scholar’s most triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.

Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. His books include the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other honors; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; a translation, with commentary, of the complete poems of C. P. Cavafy; and two collections of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken and Waiting for the Barbarians. He teaches literature at Bard College.

For more on Daniel go to his website at