Maybe the Only Poem About the Long Island Rail Road (and More From Tiny Poets)

Monday, April 27, 2015

They might not be able to spell, but these first graders from Ms. Marisa's class at PS 859 in Manhattan are fast becoming wee Wordsworths.    
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The Value of Childhood Freedom

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Neglect or nurture? A Maryland family's decision to "free-range" parent has set off a debate about parenting, risk, and the changing nature of childhood.

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Today's Takeaways: School Discipline, Silencing Gun Research & Game of Thrones

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new investigation into police in schools, we explore NRA lobbying efforts, and we prepare you for the return of the hit series "Game of Thrones."

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Childless, Proud and Happy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writer Meghan Daum joins us for an honest conversation about why many adults chose not to have children. 

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Listeners Respond: Why I'm Childfree

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Takeaway listeners from around the country explain why they have decided to forgo parenting. 

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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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Pushing Back Against Common Core

Monday, March 16, 2015

Students, parents and teachers are anxious as schools around the country embark on a new set of standardized tests as part of the Common Core standards.  

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StoryCorps Podcast 418: Guardians of the Golden Gate

Friday, March 13, 2015

Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.


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Science Is Cool!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Carmelo the Science Fellow" taught elementary school for 17 years before striking out on his own to make science programs for kids. Some parents of old students called to cheer him on.

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Today's Takeaways: A Warning to Iran, Homework Vs. Playtime, and Ethan Hawke on Artistic Identity

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Takeaway explores a game of international politics playing out on Capitol Hill, a movement to get rid of homework in favor of playtime, and Ethan Hawke drops by.

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Today's Takeaways: A New Clinton Scandal, A Habitable Moon, and Science For Sale

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton, we explore what a habitable moon would look like, and we discuss the corporate business of buying experts.        

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The Afghan War Told Through The Eyes of An Orphaned Soldier

Thursday, February 19, 2015

An orphaned Afghan soldier is the protagonist of Elliot Ackerman's new novel, "Green on Blue."  

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The Pope Wants You to Populate

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pope Francis is emphasizing the importance of having kids. Was your decision to have children (or not) based on a sense of moral, cultural or religious duty?

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Jehovah's Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse

Monday, February 16, 2015

A new investigation finds a pattern of child sexual abuse and cover-up in the Jehovah's Witness religious organization. 

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California Keeps Parents in the Dark on Child Care

Monday, January 26, 2015

More than a million children attend day care or preschool programs in California, but it's nearly impossible for parents to access state records on the quality of these programs. 


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A Nobel Prize Winner's Fight to End Child Labor

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Human rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, has had his bones broken and his life threatened by adversaries during his struggle to end child slavery.  

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Web Exclusive: Navigating The Tricky Business of Sex & Parenthood

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WNYC's parenting podcast "The Longest Shortest Time" is launching a series on sex and parenting. Host Hillary Frank chats with Culture Producer Kirsten Meinzer about the series and more.


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Bringing Up Baby: The Push for Paid Parental Leave

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The U.S. is the only developed nation without a federal policy that mandates paid parental leave. President Obama hopes to change that.

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The 30 Million-Word Gap Between Rich and Poor Children

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A marked disparity in the vocabularies of children of low-income and high-income parents has been shown to have lasting effects throughout their lives.

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Jolly Without Holly: How Non-Christian Families Navigate The Holidays

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How do non-Christian parents who prefer to keep Christmas-free homes stick to their guns in a nation that's so in love with Christmas? Families of different faiths weigh in here.

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