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Puppet Parent Podcast by WonderSpark Puppets

Puppet Parent Podcast by WonderSpark Puppets

By WonderSpark Puppets
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.

www.puppetparentpodcast.com
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PPP 45: April Showers
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. https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
42:57
April 18, 2021
PPP 44: World Puppetry Day
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. Share this episode! https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:07:36
March 28, 2021
PPP 43: Puppets on Film
This week we talk about shooting two puppet films, having our kids backstage during Purim shows and memories of a New Jersey puppet slam. If you enjoyed this episode, share it online! Thanks. https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
52:29
March 7, 2021
PPP 42: Remembering Jim Rose
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 Jim Rose. If you enjoyed this episode, share it online! Thanks. https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
46:18
February 16, 2021
PPP 41: Bad Idea Boat
This week Z. and I talk about doom and gloom, distracted streaming school kids, performing on a boat and the puppetry style Lambe Lambe. If you enjoyed this episode, share it online! Thanks. https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
38:28
February 1, 2021
PPP 40: Back Burner
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. https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
44:22
January 26, 2021
PPP 39: MORE DOCTORS
In this episode we'll talk about arrests, our favorite slam pieces and the secret to unclogging a toilet. . Love you all!OH and Marte Ekhougen from Norway and Jon Levin. https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
52:02
January 18, 2021
PPP 38: Insurrection
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 parents finally on vacation. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:03:59
January 11, 2021
PPP 37: Depression VS Anxiety
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. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. https://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:02:17
January 5, 2021
PPP 36: Christmas Aftermath
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. With this final episode of 2020, we conclude Season 1 of the Puppet Parent Podcast. See you all in 2021! Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
54:52
December 28, 2020
PPP 35: End of 2020 Wrap-Up
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 stories. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
54:50
December 21, 2020
PPP 34: Joy and Despair
In this episode we talk about Christmas shopping, an Elf visitor, our favorite local video game stores and bad food that tasted good. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
43:30
December 7, 2020
PPP 33: Thanksgivings
In this episode, we talk about Thanksgiving memories, decorating Christmas trees, plus: do puppeteers have weird faces? Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
34:33
November 30, 2020
PPP 32: Jet Lagged Babies
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. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
57:18
November 27, 2020
PPP 31: Hidden Cost
In this episode Z. and Chad talk about mass media brainwashing, Pokemon Go for kids, and paying kids for school work. Also: heads up, we learned the night before recording that our dear friend's husband committed suicide so we talk about that for the first 14 minutes. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
56:46
November 16, 2020
PPP 30: Election 2020
Z. and Chad talk about puppet companies retiring due to COVID-19, our show intro speech and the 2020 election results! Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
57:35
November 9, 2020
PPP 29: Doctor Dentist Vote
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 Do List. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:10:10
November 2, 2020
PPP 28: First Birthday Fiasco
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 our most infamous puppet shows from the early days. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:09:15
October 26, 2020
PPP 27: Emotional Regulation
Z. and Chad discuss their Halloween plans, a new Hanukkah puppet show in development and why Z loves The Voice. Thanks for listening! Share with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
51:19
October 21, 2020
PPP 26: Moving Again
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. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:22:47
October 7, 2020
PPP 25: Ghosts Doing Stand-Up
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 horrible college professor that Chad is still angry about! Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:29:06
September 28, 2020
PPP 24: To NYC and Back Again
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? Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:15:27
September 21, 2020
PPP 23: Birthday Adventure
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 special announcement! Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:08:52
September 11, 2020
PPP 22: Parental Intervention
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 intervention rules. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:17:09
September 1, 2020
PPP 21: Past Z. VS Future Z.
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 shorts with a Cardi B. puppet in Atlantic Records. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
48:32
August 24, 2020
PPP 20: ABC Cheese
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 or not ABC Mouse should buy Chuck E. Cheese. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:10:35
August 17, 2020
PPP 19: Into the Garbage
Z. and Chad talk about going back to NYC, solving script hang-ups through storyboarding and staging, and how every village has something. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
51:09
August 3, 2020
PPP 18: Problem Child VS Golden Boy
Z. and Chad talk about their kids' learning issues at home, Z's favorite vlog, the Polka Channel and spiralizing. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:00:33
July 26, 2020
PPP 17: Mommy Pandemic Brain
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. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:02:51
July 22, 2020
PPP 16: Lords and Ladies
Z. and Chad talk about camping in the woods with their kids, scriptwriting, and being secret nobility in a micronation. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
42:24
July 12, 2020
PPP 15: Reality TV
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. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:04:26
July 6, 2020
PPP 14: How to Give Notes
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, another white woke moment from the past, a new Summer schedule, and Z. breaks down the perfect way to help a new piece of theater with notes from the audience. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
55:51
June 29, 2020
PPP 13: Puppet Town
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. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:09:22
June 24, 2020
PPP 12: Lenore from the Cheeky Chipmunk
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 about their local Black Lives Matter protest in WNY, and Z.'s protest history. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:02:56
June 16, 2020
PPP 11: A Whole New World
Z. and Chad talk about moving to Western New York, their favorite hilarious religious programming, and how Black Lives Matter. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:16:34
June 8, 2020
PPP 10: Leaving NYC
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 10 weeks / 70+ days of quarantine. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:15:23
May 25, 2020
PPP 09: Dungeons and Dating
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! Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends. http://www.puppetparentpodcast.com
01:19:51
May 18, 2020
PPP 08: Mother's Day Distress
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. Thanks for listening! Please share our podcast with your friends.
01:22:38
May 11, 2020
PPP 07: The Amazing Max
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 give tips and insider info about how they have pivoted their performing companies to serve a new online audience. Thanks for listening!
01:48:31
May 4, 2020
PPP 06: The Deserving Place
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.
01:11:15
April 27, 2020
PPP 05: Anxiety Panic
Chad and Z. talk about family mental hygiene, kids bothering the neighbors, food anxiety and the politics of business loans.  ------------ Live Puppet Shows Every Friday at 11am EST Live DIY Workshops - 4pm Mon-Fri, 10am Sat-Sun https://www.facebook.com/WonderSparkPuppets Archive of DIY Puppet Workshops: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV0QWk5NyQorPg3UJ8quH3ya6p0RIXVrG Google Calendar (subscribe): https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=c2dmajVwcDdvcXA3ZXBkbTU1MWMwYnV0MDBAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ Donate or Buy Merch: http://www.wondersparkpuppets.com/shop
01:08:48
April 20, 2020
PPP 04: Missing Passover
Chad and Z. discuss their favorite movies to watch on airplanes, cultural appropriation relating to puppet shows in 2020, discussing gender stereotypes with their two boys, and what it was like to miss Passover due to the COVID-19 outbreak. ------------ Live Puppet Shows Every Friday at 11am EST Live DIY Workshops - 4pm Mon-Fri, 10am Sat-Sun https://www.facebook.com/WonderSparkPuppets Archive of DIY Puppet Workshops: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV0QWk5NyQorPg3UJ8quH3ya6p0RIXVrG Google Calendar (subscribe): https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=c2dmajVwcDdvcXA3ZXBkbTU1MWMwYnV0MDBAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ Donate or Buy Merch: http://www.wondersparkpuppets.com/shop
01:20:22
April 13, 2020
PPP 03: Death and Taxes
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.   Join us for LIVE recordings every Sunday at 9pm-ish EST: https://www.facebook.com/wondersparkpuppets   http://www.wondersparkpuppets.com
01:04:40
April 6, 2020
PPP 02: Quarantined Homeschoolers
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 laundry in our bathtub? Join us for LIVE recordings every Sunday at 9pm-ish EST: https://www.facebook.com/wondersparkpuppets http://www.wondersparkpuppets.com
56:35
March 31, 2020
PPP 01: Puppeteer Parents
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 online! Join us for LIVE recordings every Sunday at 9pm-ish EST: https://www.facebook.com/wondersparkpuppets http://www.wondersparkpuppets.com
46:17
March 31, 2020