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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Did Your Parents Let You Do That Would Be Totally Crazy Today?

Friday, July 25, 2014

 The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here. Today's parents are at an age where child rearing standards (and laws relating to child safety) have changed dramatically. We ask: What did your parents do in the 1970s and before that seems crazy now? No seatbelts? Smoking in the car?  Profane movies at age six? Call in and tell us at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

For today's show, we're experimenting with a live-chat instead of the traditional comments page. The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here.

The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Terror and Joy of Fatherhood

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Three fathers talk about the ways becoming a father can be one of the most profoundly terrifying, exhilarating, life-changing occasions in a man’s life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Beyond Goodnight Moon

Thursday, April 24, 2014

For little people and their parents, bedtime often starts with one, or two, or a dozen books, depending on the kids' tenacity that night. Here are some children's books to delight both sides.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Brigid Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, wonders: Are our brains, our partners, our culture, and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but “contaminated time”? In Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time she looks at the stresses that have eroded our leisure time and tries to find ways to put the pieces of our over-scheduled lives back together. Schulte speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jennifer Senior and the Paradox of Modern Parenthood

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Do children bring unmitigated joy to the lives of their parents? Jennifer Senior is not so sure. She talks about the many ways children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. Senior argues that the roles of today's mothers and fathers are radically different from the way they were 50 years ago. Her book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood uses history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology to dissect old and new aspects of parenting.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Goes on Inside a Teenager's Brain?

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel explains how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships. He argues that that if parents and teenagers understand the brain better, they can better cope with the moodiness, poor judgment, and impulsiveness that the adolescent brain transformation can bring. Dr. Siegel is the author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Is it Possible to Be An Ethical Parent?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Parents often engage in behavior that is various degrees of corrupt on behalf of their kids, and Lisa Miller, contributing editor for New York magazine, explains why.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In”

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In 2003 a New York Times Magazine cover story looked at women who decided to leave their jobs to stay at home with their children. Ten years later, Judith Warner revisits women from that story, now trying to restart their careers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cris Beam talks about her experience as a foster mother, and describes what it’s like for children growing up in the foster care system—the back-and-forth with agencies, the shuffling between private homes and group homes, the emotionally charged tug of prospective adoptive parents, the pull of biological parents, and aging out of the system. To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care draws on Beam’s experience and traces the firsthand stories of kids and parents.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andrew Solomon on Unique Children; Unconventional in the 17th Century; Ruth Ozeki's Novel; Coach Bobby Knight

Monday, July 01, 2013

On today’s show: National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon looks into how parents learn to cope with unique children. John Glassie talks about about the life of Athanasius Kircher, an unconventional 17th-century priest-scientist who was seen as either a great genius or a colossal crackpot—or both. Ruth Ozeki talks about her new novel, The Tale for the Time Being. And legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight talks about his career and explains the power of negative thinking.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Andrew Solomon on Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Monday, July 01, 2013

National Book Award–winning author Andrew Solomon tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. In Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, he looks at how these parents not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Redefining Intelligence

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—who was relegated to special education as a child—argues that the way we traditionally measure intelligence is misguided. In Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined he looks at the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional ideas about the childhood predictors of adult success.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Joy of Only Children

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lauren Sandler, an only child and the mother of one, makes a humorous and honest case for being and having an only child. She talks to Leonard Lopate about her book, In One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Curing Cataract Blindness; Only Children; Claire Messud's New Novel; The Gurus of How-To

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On today’s show: Dr. Geoffrey Tabin talks about cataract blindness in isolated and impoverished countries. Lauren Sandler—an only child and the parent of an only child—argues that there are benefits from growing up in a single-child household. Claire Messud discusses her latest novel, The Woman Upstairs. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, take your calls on home repair!

The Leonard Lopate Show

Alysia Abbott on her Memoir, Fairyland

Monday, June 10, 2013

Alysia Abbott discusses growing up in San Francisco in the 1970s and 80s with an openly gay father. Her memoir, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, reconstructs their life together in a city bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom were raising children. She also writes about how AIDS ravaged their community.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Homeless Families in NYC

Thursday, May 09, 2013

In January, the city’s homeless population exceeded 50,000, the highest number since the Great Depression. Kim Velsey, New York Observer senior editor, talks about the growing number of homeless families that made up most of the city’s shelter population. She'll be joined by joined by Anne Pierre, a homeless mother Velsey wrote about in her article “The Return of Hooverville,” in the April 29 New York Observer

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Carol Burnett Remembers Her Daughter

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carol Burnett talks about her late daughter and about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the pain and joy of her life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Julia Sweeney: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Julia Sweeney discusses her new memoir, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother. She writes of adopting a Chinese girl, and then, a few years later, getting married and moving from Los Angeles to Chicago. She also offers meditations on strollers, nannies, knitting, The Food Network, and how she explained the facts of life her nine-year-old daughter.

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