The Complex Dynamics of Open Adoptions; ‘White People’ on MTV; The Power of Negotiation

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Jesse, pregnant with her second child, holds a picture of her son Jerrod, whom she placed for adoption at birth. She keeps in touch with Jerrod's parents in an open adoption arrangement.  21/08/01

The rise of “open adoptions” in the U.S. has led to easier transitions for adoptees and greater peace of mind for birthmothers. Hear stories about open adoptions and the complex emotions they can provoke. Plus: an increase in New York City workers' minimum hourly wage;  a spike in sexual assaults in subways; Jose Antonio Vargas' new MTV series about race, from the perspective of young white people; and the power of negotiating with terrorists.