Podcast Episodes

Podcast Episode 10: The Case Against the Case Against Breastfeeding

October 5, 2010

In April 2009, The Atlantic published Hanna Rosin’s article “The Case Against Breast-Feeding.” In it, Rosin, a nursing mother of three young children, concludes that evidence supporting the health benefits of breastfeeding is surprisingly thin and that “breast is best” has become the upper class jingle without real thought to the negative effects of exclusive [...]

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Podcast Episode 9: A Dingo Ate My Baby

September 29, 2010

The title of this episode refers to the famous disappearance of a ten-week old Australian baby in August 1980.  Although this baby girl was attacked on a camping trip by a wild animal, the dangers of all dogs, wild or otherwise, are often overlooked.  In July of 2010, in San Diego, a two year old [...]

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Podcast Episode 8: The Overeducated Stay at Home Mom

September 22, 2010

Over the last fifteen years, the number of stay at home moms has been increasing.  In 2003, Lisa Belkin published an article in The New York Times called “The Opt-Out Revolution,” leading many to believe this increase was the result of educated women choosing to forgo a career in order to stay at home with [...]

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Podcast Episode 7: In Defense of the Mommy Blogger

September 14, 2010

Mommy blogs are a much read and much maligned phenomenon.  In March of 2010, The New York Times published an article called “Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy, I’m Too Busy Building My Brand.”  The uproar in the mommy blog community was instant and intense. In a fast talking rant of my own, I analyze the mommy [...]

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Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Grandparenting

September 8, 2010

The role of the grandparent is ill-defined in American Society.  Many grandparents have become stand-in parents and many are completely cut off from their progeny, but most function somewhere in the middle ground, building strong connections with their grandchildren, while not serving as matriarchal or patriarchal all-knowing elders. What kind of grandparent did you have [...]

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Podcast Episode 5: Bringing Home Baby

August 31, 2010

The first few weeks for a new mom after bringing home baby are often the most stressful, confusing, blissful, and tiring of her life.  Websites abound with tips for the new mom.  How useful is this information?  What really happens when you take your newborn home? I talk with another new mom, Abby, about our [...]

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Podcast Episode 4: American Midwifery

August 24, 2010

Fewer than ten percent of American women see a midwife during their pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  Why is this?  What exactly is a midwife anyway? I talk with a nurse-midwife, who happens to be my mother-in-law, about different types of midwives, their role in medicine, and the relationship between midwifery and medical intervention.  My mother-in-law [...]

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Podcast Episode 3: Who’s the Boss

August 18, 2010

Who rules the roost?  Men or women?  According to the Wall Street Journal, women have the upper hand.  Why is this?  Should we celebrate? Is this news even new? As a stay-at-home mother, I’ve often wondered if money equals power in a marriage, so I was pleased to discover, according to two studies, women make [...]

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