To Anne Serling, the imposing figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad, Rod Serling, would play on the floor with the dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family.

After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace for her grief by talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories.

Now she shares personal photos, eloquent, revealing letters, and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together. Her new book is: As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling.

Listener Essay - The Altar

Jun 14, 2013

    Lori Maki is an aspiring writer, passionate gardener, personal mentor, and an adoring Nana to four amazing grandkids.

She works as a writer and graphic designer for The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. She lives in Brunswick New York with her husband Tim and their black lab puppy, Pepper.

Listener Essay - A Man of Letters

Apr 17, 2013

  This Listener Essay by Barbara Redfield is entitled "A Man of Letters."

    John Elder Robison joins us to talk about his moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son. His new book is: Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives.

Joel Stein (Time journalist) speaks with us about his book, Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity.