Bittersweet Tales

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Monday, May 15, 2006

On today’s show, guest host Jonathan Capehart talks to three writers about the complex nature of modern-day stepfamilies. Then, we’ll hear the real-life story of the man who invented sugar packets and Sweet’N Low after WWII. Plus, Sundance is coming to New York with screenings and discussions at BAM. And a new book investigates what happened to the women who gave their children up for adoption in the days before Roe v. Wade.

My Father Married Your Mother

Roughly 50% of marriages in the US result in divorce. Yet most families don’t end when a marriage does…they change and grow with stepfathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. In My Father Married Your Mother, writers reflect on how their lives have been shaped by these new “postnuclear” relationships. We’re joined ...


Sweet and Low

Sugar packets and Sweet’N Low were invented by a short-order cook in Brooklyn after WWII. Rich Cohen explores the bittersweet life of the man who created them, and looks at the impact they had on America.


Sundance at BAM

Sundance has come to New York for an eleven-day festival at BAM that features films, live music, and discussions with filmmakers. Sundance Film Festival director of programming John Cooper is here along with director Laurie Collyer (“Sherrybaby”) for a preview of the series.


The Girls Who Went Away

In The Girls Who Went Away Ann Fessler, who is herself an adoptee, investigates the lives of the hundreds of thousands of single women in America who were forced to give their newborns up for adoption in the years between WWII and Roe v. Wade.

Events: Ann Fessler ...


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