The Brian Lehrer Show

Mothers and Daughters

Friday, July 26, 2013

Katie Hafner, author of Mother, Daughter, Me: A Memoir (Random House, 2013), talks about what happened when her mother moved in with her and her teenage daughter, and takes calls from listeners who also have experience.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Real Biological Clock

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant, discusses her Atlantic story in which she posits that the decline in fertility over the course of a woman's 30's has been oversold.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Alternative Endings

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about maternal love and hard choices.  See our show page for an exclusive interview with author Amy Hempel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stopping the (Biological) Clock

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sarah Elizabeth Richards, science journalist and the author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It(Simon & Schuster, 2013) explains the science behind freezing eggs and tells the stories of four women who tried it, including herself.

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The Takeaway

Judy Woodruff Once Thought She Could Do it All

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

All this week we're talking to women and mothers who have harnessed smarts, spirit, and self-awareness to break into male-dominated careers and rise to the top. Judy Woodruff has covered news and politics as a broadcast journalist for more than three decades for PBS, CNN, and NBC. She is also a wife and mother of three, including a son with spina bifida. Her children are now grown but she hasn't forgotten the feelings of guilt and sacrifice that accompanied juggling a demanding career with a busy home life.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Third Wave Motherhood

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Jessica Valenti, founder of and the author of Full Frontal Feminism and Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness, makes the personal political in her exploration of parenthood.

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The Takeaway

New Hospital Program Encourages Breast-Feeding by Limiting Access to Baby Formula

Thursday, August 02, 2012

"Latch on NYC," a program which will roll into effect September 3, will require that infants not be supplemented with formula unless it’s indicated on their medical records. But is this the best way to encourage breast-feeding?

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Listen to Lucy

Jobs, motherhood and varieties of wrong

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Jobs, motherhood and varieties of wrong


The Takeaway

Why Have Children?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

In a woman’s life, there are many rites of passage: her first period, her first time falling in love, and her first time being hired for a job. And if she makes it past the ripe old age of 25, she very likely has one more rite of passage that lasts for the next two decades. And if she doesn't hit this milestone, she gets asked over and over again: “Why don’t you have children?”

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The Takeaway

Ann Romney, Hilary Rosen Argue About Whether Being a Mom is Work

Friday, April 13, 2012

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen struck a nerve — and rekindled a familiar debate — when she criticized Ann Romney in a CNN appearance earlier this week. Jennifer DeJournett, president and co-founder of VOICES of Conservative Women, says Rosen was right to apologize to Romney. Judith Warner, author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" says Rosen's comments are being blown out of proportion. The debate over whether motherhood is "work" is an old one — but a persistent one. Why does it still hit such a nerve?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rachel Dratch

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Rachel Dratch talks about her new memoir, Girl Walks Into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle. The former Saturday Night Live star recounts the adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it, at the age of 44.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mothers and Sons

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kate Stone Lombardi, contributor to The New York Times and author of The Mama's Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger, questions the prevailing wisdom about the bond between mothers and sons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Motherhood and Politics

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Jill Greenlee, assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University, researches how becoming a mother affects a woman's politics.

Mothers, what do you think? Did you notice a change in your politics after having a child? Let us know!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Parents of a Certain Age

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lisa Miller talks about the rising age of motherhood and looks at whether women in their late 40s and 50s are too old to get pregnant. Her article “Parents of a Certain Age” appears in the October 3 issue of New York magazine. Lisa Miller is a contributing editor at New York magazine, the author of Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife, and writes about religion for the Washington Post.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Anti-Romantic Child

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Priscilla Gilman discusses how she came to terms with her son’s developmental disorder and how it radically altered the expectations she had about motherhood. Her memoir The Anti-Romantic Child talks about why her vision of what her child would be like wasn’t fulfilled in the ways she imagined, and she reveals how events and situations that are often perceived as setbacks can actually inspire and enrich us.


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Is Breast Best?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Joan B. Wolf, assistant professor of Women's Studies at Texas A&M University, challenges the belief that breastfeeding is medically superior to bottle feeding in her new book, Is Breast Best?: Taking on the Breastfeeding Experts and the New High Stakes of Motherhood.

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Breast is Best, But Bring on the Solid Food!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"I decided to try breastfeeding pretty much from the time I got pregnant," says Valery Upson, 32, of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. "I'd heard the whole 'breast is best' cry often enough to know it was something I should be doing." The Obama administration agrees. In January, the Office of the Surgeon General issued a call to action to support breastfeeding, and in February, Michelle Obama announced that she would promote breastfeeding as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Thanksgiving Traditions from Mother to Daughter

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hanna Rosin, editor of Slate's DoubleX, shares stories of thanksgiving traditions passed down from mother to daughter. 

Is your family passing the cooking torch to the next generation this year, or trying out some new holiday traditions?

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Know Your Neighbor

Claudia, The Single Mom

Friday, November 05, 2010

For nearly 20 years, Claudia has enjoyed a celebrated career performing with the pop band The Magnetic Fields. These days, she has taken on a wildly ambitious side project: single motherhood.

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The Takeaway

Choosing Not to Test for Down Syndrome

Monday, September 20, 2010

Amy Julia Becker is like a lot of mothers in America. She’s in her early thirties. She’s married. She has two kids, and a third on the way.

But here’s where she might be considered slightly different: of her two children, one has Down Syndrome. And when it comes to her current pregnancy, she and her husband have decided NOT to have the fetus screened for Down Syndrome.

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