Hillary Frank

Hillary Frank is the host and creator of The Longest Shortest Time. Since 1999, Hillary has been contributing stories to a variety of public radio programs, including This American Life, Studio 360, Marketplace, and Weekend America. She is also the author of three young adult novels.


Hillary Frank appears in the following:

Peeping Mom

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Most people get through postpartum depression with therapy. But for writer Megan Stielstra, the answer was spying on her neighbor.

How to Be a Pregnant Butch

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When graphic novel artist A.K. Summers got pregnant, she started to feel uncomfortably feminine. A.K. chronicled her "nine months spent in drag" in her graphic memoir Pregnant Butch.

Owner of a Holey Heart

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A baby gets two holes in his heart and a Mormon stranger comes to the rescue, believing she is doing something illegal.

Doctor, Speak Up for Yourself

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hillary Frank, host of WNYC's podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and Jessica Franklin, a pediatrician, talk about Jessica's newborn baby who needed medical attention.

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Father & Son, Show & Tell

Friday, August 22, 2014

A photographer father and his young son collaborated on a book that helped them deal with a haunting absence in their family. A decade later, they’re still working together.

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Picturing Her

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When parents lose a baby, siblings grieve too. In the book The Waters of Our Time, Giancarlo Roma imagines life through the eyes of the sister he lost when he was four. Alongside photographs, like one of his sister's baby dress, Giancarlo tackles the story he says a lifetime of grieving has trained him to write.   

There's Nothing Gross about Eating Your Kids' Chewed-up Meatloaf

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, and Hillary Frank, host of The Longest Shortest Time, discuss how to eat well  or try to — while parenting. Plus, Leonard declares a winner in Hillary & Dan's great graham cracker debate.

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Make Mealtime Happier: A Google+ Hangout on Kids and Eating

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Join The Longest Shortest Time host Hillary Frank, The Sporkful host Dan Pashman and pediatric dietitian Heidi Kecskemethy for an online chat at 3 p.m. Eastern. Submit your questions!

How to Find Deliciousness in Your Kids' Table Scraps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Eating off children's plates is part of everyday dining for parents. But can you find hidden gems? Watch Dan Pashman's video guide to what's edible and what's just too gross.

The Parents' Guide to Eating Over the Sink

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Getting kids to eat can be messy. But what about how you eat once you have kids? Here's how to make those 2.5 minutes scarfing down food over the sink as delicious as possible.

'Earth to Echo,' 'America,' 'Tammy,' and Movie Therapy

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen celebrate America's birthday with movies that may or may not leave you bored on the Fourth of July. 
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How Cute! Is He Yours?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When Nicole Blades started a family with a white guy, she knew their kid's skin color would be lighter than hers. But she didn't count on people questioning whether she was his mom.

What's Up With Your Boobs? An Honest and Fearless Discussion About Breastfeeding

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Leaking? Lopsided? Overproducing? Underproducing? Breastfeeding can be complicated and The Longest Shortest Time wants to help. Host Hillary Frank discusses the difficulties and confusions of breastfeeding this week. Get your breastfeeding questions answered by Nancy Holtzman, a lactation consultant who addresses breastfeeding issues through her popular Twitter account, and Paula Szuchman, WNYC's digital director and mom of two, who thinks she could become a lactation consultant tomorrow.

Pumping at Work Takes on a Whole New Meaning When You're in a War Zone

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pumping at work can be hard enough, but what about when you're a war correspondent? Last year, we interviewed international reporter Kelly McEvers about her experience as a new mom working on the front lines. She told us this story about being mistaken for a spy at the Yemen-Saudi border. For the full episode, click here.

We're revisiting our favorite breastfeeding stories in anticipation of our upcoming What's Up With Your Boobs? Google+ Hangout (June 17, 3pm ET). Host Hillary Frank will be joined by special guests Nancy Holtzman, a lactation consultant with over 25 years experience, and Paula Szuchman, WNYC's digital director and mom of two, to answer your breastfeeding conundrums!

We are currently taking questions on Twitter with the hashtag #yourboobs  or you can submit them live through the Hangout.

The Reluctant Father and His Wife

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Photographer Phillip Toledano has been applauded for his gritty depiction of first-time fatherhood in his book The Reluctant Father. This week, we hear what his wife thought.

Parenting: One More Thing To Be Competitive About

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Who’s a better breastfeeder? Who excelled at natural childbirth? Whose kid loves spinach for dessert? We explore the taboo of bragging about being a good parent, and when it’s okay to say you nailed it.

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How to Brag to Your Mom Friends

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Why is it so wrong to tell other people you did something so right? We explore the taboo of bragging to other sleep-deprived parents that your kid sleeps through the night, eats spinach and never cries.

When Mommy Means Everything

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A toddler starts talking, then moves to a new country where she doesn't know the language. And suddenly the only word she will say anymore is "Mommy."

Rethinking Your Birth Story

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Hillary Frank, young adult author and This American Life contributor, is the host of "The Longest Shortest Time", a podcast about early childhood (months 0-36), and she's been thinking about how she might have given birth differently if she could. She talks about why some women wish they had a different birth story, what she heard from Ina May Gaskin (mother of the modern natural birth movement), and takes calls about how to make decisions about labor. 


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The Shortest Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Poet Arielle Greenberg's son Day dies 31 weeks into her pregnancy. At which point, she makes a whole bunch of choices that not many women would make, so she can emerge from stillbirth not completely broken. And . . . it works.