The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: To Have or Not to Have Children

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This weekend, the Takeaway Weekender Podcast looks at family.

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The Takeaway

A Long Search Over? Ohio Breaks Open Seals of Secrecy for Adoptees

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Starting last week, people in Ohio adopted between 1964 and 1996 could file to receive their original birth certificates, and with them, a piece of their own histories. 

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StoryCorps 415: Lucky in So Many Ways

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bill Jones, the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child, tells his friend Stu Maddux about his son, Aaron.



StoryCorps 410: Standing with a Giant

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In his early 20s, Max Starkloff was in a near fatal car accident, which left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. One day he came across a young woman who worked there, named Colleen. At StoryCorps in St. Louis, Colleen Kelly Starkloff sat down with her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein, to remember him.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Adopting a Child, Adopting Patience

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lessons a quiet, neurotic Jewish guy learned from his Ethiopian adopted son. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

International Adoptees, Coming Back Home

Thursday, January 15, 2015

200,000 Korean children were adopted by families abroad over the past sixty years. Now, many of them are coming back. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who's Your Mommy? A Surrogate Pregnancy Primer

Monday, July 14, 2014

Over 2,000 couples use gestational surrogacy to have babies in the U.S. each year. How it works — and your thoughts on the sometimes rocky emotional and ethical terrain that comes with it.

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Two Men and a Baby

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Two young men receive a surprise delivery.  And it's a newborn. Whaaa! - Get the full story here.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Unsealing (Adoption) Records

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Andrew Kitchenman, healthcare writer for the New Jersey Spotlight, discusses a bill that just passed the New Jersey Legislature that would give adoptees much more information about their birth families, including family medical history and access to their own birth records.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

Searching for a Birth Mother

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A journalist searches for her birth mother and discovers that she's Nat King Cole's granddaughter.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Adoption and Parenting Laws in Same-Sex Marriages

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

After a Brooklyn judge recently dismissed a non-biological parent's request to adopt her wife's biological child, we take a look at the changing legal landscape of adoption now that same-sex marriage is recognized in the state of New York.

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Liz Fletcher: Little Orphan Edie, a Valentine’s Story

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A tale of true love spanning four decades, two countries, and classic racial divides... - Get the full story here.



ASPCA Hopes to Boost Adoptions with 'Cat Friday'

Friday, November 29, 2013

Looking for a furry friend?


The Leonard Lopate Show

Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee on "Philomena"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

 Philomena Lee’s efforts to find the son she gave up for adoption.

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Roll Over Beethoven: Music To Calm Your Dog

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Inspired by Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop's tale of canine separation anxiety woe, today on the show we attempt to get to the bottom of the question -- can music help a dog in distress? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mary Williams, Jane Fonda's Adopted Daughter

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mary Williams talks about being born into the Black Panther movement, being raised amid violence and near-poverty, and being adopted as a teenager by Jane Fonda. Her memoir The Lost Daughter is a chronicle of her transformed life, her time working with the Lost Boys of Sudan, and reconnecting with her biological family in Oakland.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Adopting Adults

Monday, August 05, 2013

Susan Grundberg, executive director of You Gotta Believe, talks about her organization's work to help young adults who are phasing out of the foster care system. Joining her is Yolanda Perry, who will be talking about her experience as someone who was adopted through You Gotta Believe. The agency helps facilitate adoptions between teens/young adults and families who help guide them into adulthood.

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Life of the Law

New Frontiers of Family Law

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Diana Adams believes the family law system is at least 20 years behind cultural changes. She helps non-traditional families—such as three people in love—find a simulacrum of the protection offered by legal marriage.



Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Thursday, May 30, 2013

This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Adoption and the Culture Wars

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Adoption is often described as a “win-win” solution—for a child in need of a home and for adoptive parents longing for a son or a daughter to raise. However, in the fuller equation adoption is too often a zero-sum game, in which the happiness of one family comes at the expense of another." Excerpt from Kathryn Joyce's new book.

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