Families And Children
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.