Leiberman Live

Interview: Leiberman Live on Howard 101

The door to Howard's compound, I wasn't allowed in but if the rest of the Sirius studio is any indication... it must be amazing!

The door to Howard's compound, I wasn't allowed in but if the rest of the Sirius studio is any indication... it must be amazing!

What is a Wack Pack?

If you've ever found yourself singing "Imran Khan lives with his dad and mom", the Wack Pack needs no introduction but for those of you that are not familiar with the Howard Stern radio show... the "Wack Pack" is a term used for the people who regularly call into the Stern Show who may not be, lets say, so regular. Over-the-top fans, angry drunks and people who appear less than balanced are but a few of the folks who make up this odd yet completely fascinating group.

'Leiberman Live' is a fifteen minute news program that runs daily on Howard's SiriusXM radio channel. The show is a rather unimaginable mixture of real news, Wack Pack reactions to said news, and one outsider who has a unique perspective on the topics of the day.

Yesterday, I was that outsider...

The show was incredibly fast-paced, often serious and periodically ridiculous - I had a fantastic time and getting to do the show live at the Sirius studios in New York City was a blast. When I was booked on the show last month the topic was parenting and spanking but the tragic school stabbings that occurred yesterday and the news story about the couple who took their small children on a ill-fated trip across the ocean, were also addressed. The show may not be for everyone, but if you think you may enjoy hearing me give rapid-fire answers to serious parenting questions just moments after men named Bobo and Ira the Weatherman (I don't think he was really a meteorologist) prattle on about, well, I'm not sure about what - I'd check it out.

Huge thank you to Howard Stern (Who I'm sure doesn't know I exist), Jon Leiberman (Who was a mensch) and Connie (Jon's fabulous producer) for having me on the show - great time, big fan!

My apologies to those who are currently singing "Imran Khan Lives with his dad and mom" - maybe the audio from my segment will help to cleanse your brain pallet...


Check out the reader reviews for my book, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal', I think you'll like them!

Check out the reader reviews for my book, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal', I think you'll like them!

Opening Day: The Language of Baseball

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Image property of Major League Baseball

Today, in celebration of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, a chapter from my book is available as an excerpt on both Huffington Post Parents and Huffington Post Sports. Baseball, Part II, is the story of how my son and I often communicate about life in baseball terms and how the game lends lessons that go far beyond the field.

The chapter captures a moment from my son Cole's 2012 Little League all-star tryout and ends with a conversation that we had about setting goals, perseverance and the love that we share for each other and baseball.

I hope you have a few moments to check it out and click share over at Huff Post

2013 Fall Championship game

2013 Fall Championship game

Winner of the Gold 2013 Mom's Choice Award

Winner of the Gold 2013 Mom's Choice Award

I can't tell if I'm more excited to share my book on a big stage or to see a picture of Cole playing baseball on the front page of HuffSports, on Opening Day. 

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal is available at Amazon.com and everywhere that books and eBooks are sold.

Hello Gubna!

Justin Bieber Getting Pulled Over In Miami Led To Me Being On A Radio Show In London England - Because That Makes Sense.

I woke up the other day to Twitter going crazy about J.B.. Later in the morning I was full of thoughts about the Biebs when I remembered, "I have a Huffington Post blog... why am I talking to myself about this?". The next day the producer of the Iain Dale show on LBC, London's Biggest Conversation, was asking me to come on the air and talk about role models. I was just vacuuming and doing the laundry, so what the hell - right!?

Here's how that went...


Justin Bieber: Role Model

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My thoughts on the Bieb.

Parents of young children may find Justin’s behavior to be not so different from what they see in their own home. He doesn’t know where to pee, writes on the walls with his crayons and lacks the mental sophistication to be concerned for his own welfare. In short, Justin needs a diaper, a timeout and a parent to put those foam bumpers on the sharp corners in his life. He is a mess, and his decisions seem to get worse every time I look up and see his name on my Twitter feed.
— Scott Benner via Huffington Post

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The Wrap Up Show

I found the Howard Stern Show in 1987, one year after it debuted on Philadelphia radio and I've been listening ever since. I've attended a number of Stern events like the John Debella Funeral, Howard's record breaking book signing and a taping of America's Got Talent. My wife and I were even extras in his movie, 'Private Parts' just days before our wedding in 1996, though Kelly only appears onscreen for a brief moment.

I listen most every day, but I've never called the show until today...

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 I know that some people have a negative view of the Howard Stern Show, but I love it. It's not the dirty, senseless, base entertainment that some would say. In my mind, the Stern Show is near perfect. I've learned so much about how people speak to one another from my time as a listener. I hear beats in language that may not be evident to others, conversation can take on a pentameter like flow in the right hands and if I am any measure of a storyteller, it's because of Howard Stern and the people he does his show with - which is why I thank Howard in the acknowledgements of my book, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. 

 I don't quite know why I was moved to call into the Wrap Up Show today, TWUS airs immediately after each live Howard Stern Show, but I'm happy that I did.

Gary and Jon 

Gary and Jon 

The Wrap Up Show is hosted by Jon Hein and longtime Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate. I could hear writer Benjy Bronk and a host of other familiar voices as my call went live on the air and I was actually a bit nervous, which shocked me after all of the television and radio that I did this year for the book. So much so that I found myself short of breath after I spoke. Anyway, I went on to talk about a topic that only a true fan of the show could possibly care about, it was frivolous and fun but very real - just as life often is. 

Two highlights of the call (for me), I made a suggestion for the show that Gary said was funny and he indicated that he would take it to their writers meeting and at some point I made a comment that caused Benjy to laugh which reminded me of hearing Fred Norris of in the background of the Stern Show... laughing just of mike.

Benjy

Benjy

After my point had been made and the people in studio began to speak to each other, I felt like my time on air was finished. A few moments later, the phone went dead and I assumed that they were finished with me and I hung up. A few minutes after I hung up Gary said, "Did we lose Scott... I wanted to let him plug his book". When I heard those words as I listened back, my heart stopped, not because I didn't get to plug, but because I almost got to say my full name followed by the title of my first book on my favorite show. That would have just been amazing.

Later in the afternoon I took a chance and sent a message to Jon Leiberman, who is a reporter for the show. I asked simply if he thought my acknowledgement to Howard would be an interesting story for him to pursue. He's calling me tomorrow... Hoping that the call pans out. One way or the other, I was on the Wrap Up Show today!

The goose is getting fat..

If you've read my first book, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal' and enjoyed it,

I hope that you'll consider picking it up as a holiday gift for the readers on your list.

 

...and if you've yet to pick it up, I can't wait for you to find

'Life Is Short'... I'm so very proud of it.

 

Please consider checking out the many reader reviews on Amazon,

and Barnes & NobleI think you'll be glad that you did!

 

 Thank you, as always, for your generous support. 

My very best, Scott 

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Speaking: Federation of Woman's Clubs

I want to say a huge thank you to the Edgewater, NJ chapter of The Federation of Woman's Clubs for inviting me to speak at their meeting. I had a fantastic evening!

These lovely woman gather together and do good works, giving back to their community and helping others to realize their dreams. I was lucky enough to be with them on the evening that a young high school student returned to tell the group about what their generosity meant to her. - Very inspiring stuff!

Later, I spoke about my journey to being published and we laughed about the crazy year that followed the release of 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. I hear that I'm going to be invited back for a Q&A/Book Review. I hope they like it! 

Contact Scott with speaking, freelance or interview requests.

Great women, doing great work!

Video from my Katie appearance

Since we were away on a family vacation when my 'Katie' appearance aired, its possible that I was the last of us to watch it. I want to thank you all for the FaceBook messages and tweets that you sent during the show, they really helped me to feel like I wasn't missing it - you guys are the best!

Okay, well... my hair was a bit fluffier than I would have hoped and my (IMO) best and funniest answers were edited out (Likely because I strayed off topic) but here is my first appearance on nationwide television. I had the audience laughing a number of times with my pithy and sarcastic antidotes about married sex but since they didn't make the cut, I'm assuming that they weren't in line with the tone of the piece. I mean, I don't think that I was too dirty... I'll have to find another way to share them with you someday.

Radio Interview with NPR Philadelphia

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Blurb from the WHYY, NPR Philadelphia Website 

The forecast looks favorable for Father's Day weekend, and whether you're the designated driver, griller, or just plain chiller with family and friends, you're hopefully not in the same boat as Scott Benner, tasked with the endless job of doing laundry — or so he claims in his ode to fatherhood, "Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad." He spoke with NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller.

 Interview: June 13, 2013

Being invited to do this interview was a huge honor! I couldn't believe Dave Heller read my book! The interview can also be found on the WHYY website.

 

Video: My Interview with Katie Couric

I had the chance to sit down last week with Katie Couric at the ABC News studio in Manhattan. We talked about life as a stay-at-home dad, my new book, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal' and how I feel about family. The interview is live now on Yahoo News. I would really appreciate it if you could check out the video and share the link while you're there. Thank you so much!

My Diabetes Mine Guest Post and book GiveAway

A big thank you to Mike Hoskins and Diabetes Mine for featuring me today on the site for Father's Day! In addition to some nice words from Mike about my book you'll find a guest post from me titled, "The Outcome Is Not Important" and a giveaway.

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I hope you get a chance to surf over and check it out... Diabetes Mine is one of the great sites and Mike's writing is top shelf - spend some time there (after you read my bit).

Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Scott Benner’s Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal Honored with Mom’s Choice Award

May 16, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI

Author Scott Benner’s best-selling parenting book, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad, has been named a 2013 recipient of the Gold distinction from Mom’s Choice Awards®. 

Globally recognized for establishing the standard of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services, Mom’s Choice Awards® honored Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal as an outstanding book within its “Adult Books: Parenting—Contemporary Families” category. An esteemed panel of judges that includes industry leaders in education, publishing, parenting, the performing arts, science, and medicine evaluated the book based on its   production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. Products that receive honors from Mom’s Choice Awards® help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually; they are morally sound and promote good will; and they are inspirational and uplifting.

A pithy, modern parenting book written from the viewpoint of a seasoned stay-at-home father with an inspiring story and an irreverent sense of humor, Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal delivers both hilarity and perspective to readers everywhere. With a wide range of topics that anchor individual chapters (fatherhood, marriage, sex, gender roles, diabetes, laundry, “dropping the baby”), the book is an entertaining collection of stories about the mishaps and misadventures of parenting.

Through the lens of Scott Benner’s experiences, readers are reminded that the path to happiness is paved by figuring out how to turn life’s challenges into life’s rewards. Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal tells the story of an American family that has overcome an array of obstacles to discover peace and joy within their own home.    

According to Library Journal, “[Benner] asserts the secret to happiness is to never stop and never give up … his unabashed “dad humor” brings a distinct charm to his writing without being mawkish or overly sentimental.” The NYC Dad’s Group declared, "Scott Benner’s book, Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal, is a book that proves that the family route is one that is paved with bumps and washed with tears, but filled with fun and love."

How I See Mother's Day

I wanted to share an excerpt from 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal', in honor of Mother's Day. This slice is from Chapter 12 which is titled, "I May Be Growing Ovaries".

I saw a movie back in 1996 called Microcosmos. It’s a documentary about insects. The filmmaker used incredible close-ups and time-lapse photography that gave me as the viewer the feeling that I was standing next to some of the most amazingly varied and fascinating living things on the planet. Slowing down the filming let me examine each step of each frame in a way that left me feeling like I’d experienced the subject’s entire life in just a few moments. As truly awe-inspiring as the film was, my real takeaway leaving the theater was the knowledge that all of this was going on all around me and I never knew it.

It may sound a bit crazy, but that is how I see motherhood. Each day is full of wondrous and critically important moments. Endless decisions are made and carried out by our moms in homes all around the world. Each step holds the hope of survival, growth, and prosperity, but as important and plentiful as these women and their work are, it goes unseen by most. When someone does finally pay attention, it’s unlikely that the viewer will take the time to learn about the complexities of these seemingly simple tasks. You can watch bees collect nectar and dismiss it as just bugs eating, or you can spend a few minutes understanding how their repetitive act literally makes the world spin.

This chapter is dedicated to the women I know who asked me if my book was going to help their husbands to understand what they do all day. I hope this is what you had in mind, girls. I don’t just think that you are the center of everything, I know that you are. I may not be a woman, but I try very hard to be even half the mom that I know my gorgeous wife would have been if our lives would have gone a different way. I hope every day that I am making Kelly proud, while properly representing all that you ladies do, feel, and love so diligently when no one is looking. 

Goodreads Book GiveAway

My publisher is giving away autographed copies of 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal' to ten lucky Goodreads members... 

Looking forward to signing your book... Good luck!

-Scott

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal by Scott Benner

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal

by Scott Benner

Giveaway ends June 07, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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