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Test-Tubes and Preemies: The New Normal

Monday, August 09, 2010

Two stories with medical angles find their way intersecting in my life this morning. I’m not so interested in dwelling on my personal biographical details but our conversation with the world’s first “test tube baby,” now a first time mom, and two people involved in the drama and miracle of premature babies these days sure got me thinking.

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Activists Push for Comprehensive Gay Rights

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

While President Obama will expand leave-rights for gay workers this week, advocates criticise the piecemeal approach to reforms.

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The Challenges of Blending a Family in a Second Marriage

Monday, February 22, 2010

Takeaway co-host Celeste Headlee will be getting married this summer and, in the process, she'll be taking on the role of stepmother, as her husband-to-be brings a new son into the household. At the same time, her son will get a new stepfather. She's not alone: 65 percent of remarriages involve children from a previous marriage, so we look at the challenges of blended families.

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The Takeaway

Autism Facts, Autism Fiction

Monday, February 15, 2010

New studies and rumors fly almost every week on what (allegedly) causes autism and what "cures" it. At the same time, autism studies (including the frequently-cited Wakefield study linking MMR vaccines to autism in 1998) occasionally get retracted. What's true and what's not? Dr. Perri Klass and Dr. Eileen Costello, pediatricians and co-authors of "Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In - When to Worry and When Not to Worry," distinguish autism facts from autism fiction.

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International Adoption or Child Trafficking?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Last week, ten American Baptist community members attempted to take 33 children out of Haiti, claiming their goal was to rescue the children. The Haitian government disagreed and charged the Americans with kidnapping.  For many, the story has raised new concerns and questions about adoption.

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Joined Lives, Separate Finances: More Couples Keep Money Apart

Monday, February 01, 2010

It's not news that a lot of couples squabble about money. But what might come as a surprise is the fact that more and more couples are trying to avoid those money fights by keeping their finances separate. In a 2009 survey by PayPal, 57 percent of couples said they kept all or some of their money apart, up from 48 percent in 2008.

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The Takeaway

An Intimate Look at the Obamas

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The president and first lady spend a lot of time in the public eye. The private life of Barack and Michelle Obama is, well, private. But this week's New York Times Magazine offers the public a look at the couple's off-camera relationship. New York Times national reporter Jodi Kantor joins us with an intimate portrait of one of the most powerful couples in the nation.

Jodi Kantor's profile of Barack and Michelle Obama's marriage will be in the New York Times Magazine this Sunday.

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The Takeaway

Coming Out Before Your Teens

Friday, September 25, 2009

Nick Weaver revealed to his mom that he was gay when he was 12 years old. Now he is 15 and lives in Tulsa, Okla. Both he and his mom, Pam Anderson, talk with us about the challenges pre-teens face when coming out of the closet. We also speak to Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who wrote a cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine about a growing trend among young gay men and women: coming out earlier in life.

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The Takeaway

Dissolving an Adoption

Monday, August 31, 2009

It’s Monday, when we talk about family issues on The Takeaway. Takeaway contributor Lisa Belkin, who writes the parenting blog Motherlode for The New York Times, is here to talk with us about what happens when parents make the decision to dissolve an adoption. 

We also talk wtih Anita Tedaldi about this painful process. Tedaldi wrote an essay for Motherlode about her very personal experience of terminating an adoption. She had adopted a baby from an undisclosed country and after months of raising the baby, decided that she and her husband were not equipped to take care of him.

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Parenting and Mad Moms

Monday, August 03, 2009

While working fathers are content with their job-life balance, moms are increasingly angry as they try to balance being great employees and great parents. Who are they mad at? The dads. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the continuing inequality of parenting are Lisa Belkin, author of the Motherlode blog for The New York Times, and Jeremy Adam Smith, author of The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared ParentingAreTransforming the American Family.

Division of labor is very important. But a lot of studies ...have found that just as important is expressing gratitude for what your partner does and cultivating an attitude of gratitude in your home and when you do that couples tend to be a lot happier, individuals are happier, and the relationships tend to last longer and also, I think, it's good for the kids.
—Author Jeremy Adam Smith on maintaining a happy marriage

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The Takeaway

A Very Public Affair: Elizabeth Edwards Talks

Thursday, May 07, 2009

There's a discussion that’s happening around a lot of watercoolers in America today: Elizabeth Edwards is finally going public about her husband's infidelity. In advance of her new book, Resilience, the wife of former Senator and former presidential candidate John Edwards sits down with Oprah Winfrey today to discuss her husband’s affair. Are politicians more likely to cheat than other men? And why do their wives stay with them? The Takeaway talks to Gail Sheehy, author of Hillary’s Choice and contributing editor of Vanity Fair, about the enduring fascination with political scandal and public marriages.

Oprah's interview with Elizabeth Edwards airs today, but here's an AP report to tide you over:

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The Takeaway

The Brave New World of Male Contraception

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

New scientific research from China’s National Institute of Family Planning indicates that researchers are one step closer to a form of contraception for men. The shot could be as effective at preventing pregnancies as the female pill or condoms. The monthly testosterone injection works by temporarily blocking sperm production and could revolutionize birth control. But will women trust men to use it?

We’re taking a look at the science and the social implications of this shot with Dr. John Herr, a professor at the University of Virginia. He’s director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Research in Contraceptive and Reproductive Health. We’re also joined by Susie Bright, author of The Sexual State of the Union and the host of In Bed with Susie Bright on audible.com.

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California's gay marriage battle heats up again

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Today, California’s Supreme Court takes up the issue of whether Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that effectively banned gay marriage in that state, is legal or not. The hotly-contested proposition passed last year and heads to the court today over questions of constitutionality. The courthouse should be a spectacle as protesters on both sides of the issue rally and even Ken Starr is expected to make an appearance. To tell us more about the gay marriage debate in California and across the country, Kenji Yoshino of New York University Law School joins us.

For a comedic take on the gay marriage battle in California, here's "Prop. 8 The Musical":

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The Takeaway

Yes, Virginia (and the rest of the world), there is a Santa Claus

Thursday, December 25, 2008

More than a century ago, an eight-year-old girl asked an adult at the New York Sun for the answer. And for the past 100 years, grown-ups still tell their kids, yes, yes, yes! We take a listen back on that famous letter, and how it keeps kids young and old still believing.

Read the original letter from Virginia O'Hanlon and the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause" response at newseum.org »

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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Same-sex marriage and other California propositions

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

While the rest of the United States — indeed, the world — was dancing, carousing and toasting VB Day, California voters gave the Obama administration an idea of what the future's going to look like, and a serious reality check: letting go of the brutal, stupid politics of the last 20 years is not going to come easy. With no statewide office races this year — Gov. Schwarzenegger's tenure ends in 2010, neither California senate seat was up, and the legislature is locked into place by gerrymandering that rises to the level of abstract art — this California election was all about ballot propositions.
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Same-sex marriage

Friday, November 07, 2008

This week, California voters passed Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that amends the state's constitution to explicitly remove the court-approved right of same-sex couples to marry. Florida and Arizona passed similar measures. Where does the movement to legalize same-sex marriage go from here? Aaron Hicklin, editor of Out Magazine, outlines possible next steps.

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The Takeaway

First Pet

Thursday, November 06, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama will have a host of important decisions before him in the coming weeks. Among them - what sort of dog should he and his family choose as the new First Pet?

 

"Overwhelmingly, most feel that the new president-elect and his family should adopt a pound mutt." — Meg Frost, author of the blog Cute Overload. She's been polling her readers on the question of what dog best represents America.

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Baby-led weaning: When your baby skips the puree and feeds himself

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

"Baby-led weaning" is about skipping the baby food and letting your infant feed himself. The Takeaway talks to Helen Stewart, who blogs about baby-led weaning and to Keith Dixon, the father of an infant who eats everything he does — in mashed up form.

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Deep in the Amazon, evangelical missionaries fight a custom of killing babies

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

In the Amazon, some native tribes are burying their babies alive if they are born with birth defects — defects that can often be treated with modern medicine. Evangelical Christian missionaries have launched a campaign against the practice, and Brazilian politicians are getting caught in the middle. ABC Correspondent Dan Harris has been deep in the Amazon investigating the debate.

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The Takeaway

The food of Rosh Hashana, re-imagined

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Year in and year out families gather to commemorate holidays and special events with iconic foods: at the Lunar New Year, dumplings; at Thanksgiving, turkey; and Rosh Hashana brings brisket. Celebratory foods connect us to our culture. Can we re-imagine these foods for modern palates without upsetting family members and vital cultural traditions? The answer is yes, and deliciously. Out with the brisket and in with the osso buco when Melissa Clark re-imagines the food of Rosh Hashana.

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