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The parenting show for everyone. Created by Hillary Frank; hosted by Andrea Silenzi. A Stitcher Production.

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210. Sperm Series: I Ask a Friend

September 18th, 2019

36:22

In the final episode of our three-part series “The Single Lady’s Guide to Sperm Shopping,” your host Andrea Silenzi prepares to ask a friend to be her sperm donor. How will she decide who to pick?

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209. Sperm Series: I Visit a Sperm Bank

September 11th, 2019

29:45

In the second of our three-part series “The Single Lady’s Guide to Sperm Shopping,” your host Andrea Silenzi heads to California Cryobank. Will she find her dream donor?

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208. Sperm Series: I Download an App

September 4th, 2019

33:34

In the first of our three-part series “The Single Lady’s Guide to Sperm Shopping,” your host Andrea Silenzi explores an exciting new path towards becoming a single parent. Will she find her sperm donor using… an app?

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208. An Announcement from Hillary and Andrea

August 29th, 2019

5:57

After 9 amazing years, we’re wrapping the show for good in December. Here’s why.

207. Aack! How Cathy Became a Mom

August 28th, 2019

31:48

When cartoonist Cathy Guisewite turned 35, she told her parents she was never getting married and never having a kids. Hear what changed her mind.

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206. When YouTube Is Your Birth Coach

August 21st, 2019

30:16

When Tia found out she was pregnant, she wasn’t going to let that stop her from traveling abroad… in her third trimester. Hear why her birth story made international news.

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205. Oh, The Places You Shouldn't Go!

August 14th, 2019

24:07

A summer romp through all the wild places a kid’s imagination can take them in nature, perfect for Boxcar Children, Ingalls Wilder-heads, and “My Side of the Mountain” super-fans.

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204. Breaking Cycles (and Chairs!) with Kulap Vilaysack

August 7th, 2019

29:54

When comedian Kulap Vilaysack decided to resolve questions from her family history, she did it in the most extreme way possible: by directing a …

203. When Mommy Boobs Go Viral

July 31st, 2019

28:39

Jessica Rose Schrody makes parody raps about motherhood beloved by everyone from Viola Davis to Beyoncé’s Mom.

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202. Give The Ellises a Sitcom Already

July 24th, 2019

30:33

Devale and Khadeen Ellis have always imagined their lives as a TV show. Specifically, a sitcom about millennial parenting that takes place in gentrified Brooklyn. But instead of waiting for their big shot, the Ellises …

201. Artificial Wombs, Space Babies and Robot Nurses… Oh My!

June 19th, 2019

32:38

What will the future look like for women, families and babies? Futures critic Rose Eveleth believe the future can be more equitable, fun and …

200. I'm Pregnant!

June 12th, 2019

34:36

What does it mean to become a parent when you’re no longer speaking to the parents who raised you? Our producer Jackie Sojico is about to find out ... because she's 7 months pregnant.

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199. How Will They Know I’m Black?

June 5th, 2019

30:06

Myra Jones-Taylor’s son is black, but it’s a constant struggle to get his peers and teachers to see him that way.

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198. Transracial Adoption When You’re a POC

May 29th, 2019

26:26

Listener Soni has always dreamed about adopting, but they never expected the adoption process to be so challenging. Plus, LST’s creator Hillary Frank drops in with an exciting update about a new project she’s working …

197. Lactation Muffins, Tape Measure Ponytails and Other Adventures in Adoption

May 22nd, 2019

35:55

When Nishta fell in love with her college professor Jill, she knew they were starting a journey without a roadmap.

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196. What My Mother And I Don't Talk About

May 15th, 2019

41:37

This week two different essays about the wounds our moms can leave us with — and what, if anything, can be done to start the healing.

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195. Vasectomies! Get Nuts! Go Nads!

May 8th, 2019

32:55

Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about women’s fertility and birth control. But, isn’t it about time we hear what it means when family planning is …

194. One Mom’s Late-Term Abortion

May 1st, 2019

33:12

Late-term abortions are extremely rare, except for in political rhetoric. We’ll hear the story behind the headlines from a mom who ended her …

193. The Qualities and Characteristics of 7th-Borns

April 24th, 2019

27:24

Robby Hoffman is a comedian, and she is the seventh-born child in her family. She's never met another #7 ... until now. 


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192. The Political Power of Black Motherhood

March 20th, 2019

32:15

Author Dani McClain explains what makes mothering an inherently political act, especially for black women.

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191. Dani Shapiro’s Family Secret

March 13th, 2019

40:08

When a bestselling memoirist took a DNA test on a whim, the results were confusing. But then, her whole life suddenly made sense.

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190. Rewriting Your Adoption Story

March 6th, 2019

33:32

When you decide to have a baby, you plan on extending your family. But when Nicole got pregnant, she took that really seriously.

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189. Toy Stories

February 27th, 2019

36:46

Toys are these powerful objects that test and tax the caregiving abilities of children and parents alike. Today on the show, an American Girl Doll …

188. Baby Shark Attack

February 20th, 2019

28:07

We dive deep into the hit kids song and hopefully come up alive (doo doo doo doo doo doo).

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187. MILF

February 13th, 2019

33:49

Is MILF a fun shorthand for "sexy mom" or does it tell another story?

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186. Lucy Knisley Redraws Her Birth Story

February 6th, 2019

39:25

Cartoonist Lucy Knisley couldn’t wait to draw the day her son was born. But how do you draw something if you can’t remember it?

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185. When the Family Band Isn’t Your Thing

January 30th, 2019

36:36

When you're born into a family famous for their musical ties, is joining them a birthright or a curse? Lucy Wainwright Roche and her mom Suzzy Roche join us live in studio.

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184. Weird Parenting Wins FTW

January 23rd, 2019

36:08

Our show’s host Andrea Silenzi is talking with LST’s executive producer/creator Hillary Frank today to answer parenting problems using only things Hillary has learned from making her book, Weird Parenting Wins.

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183. Postpartum House Arrest

December 19th, 2018

42:24

After Jessica gave birth to her first child, her own mother sabotaged her plans of postpartum bliss.

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182. When Your Uterus Wants Out

December 12th, 2018

26:22

A woman finds she can’t become a mom without a hysterectomy.

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181. Must Love Fish

December 5th, 2018

26:42

When Geneva was looking for her future partner, she made a list of 37 things she wanted. Number one was Native.

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180. The Polycule

November 28th, 2018

29:03

Have you ever wondered how polyamorous parents do their thing? Turns out it’s not just about sex?!

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179. Mom, Can I Wait in the Car?

November 21st, 2018

30:45

Six years ago, Kim Brooks was home visiting her folks in Virginia… when she made a split-second decision that got her in serious trouble with the law.

178. Stuff We Love

November 14th, 2018

28:40

Stories about family are some of the richest, most riveting stories that you can tell. We invited three panelists to our studio to talk about their favorite TV shows, movies, and books about and for families.

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177. When Moms Run for Office

November 7th, 2018

34:43

Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy shares what it was like to run for office in 2016... while pregnant with twins! Plus, what happens when we elect more …

176. Scared Sh!tless

October 31st, 2018

29:27

For our Halloween special, stories about when parenthood isn’t all poops and giggles. Sometimes it’s just a lot of poop.

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175. You Up?

October 24th, 2018

35:04

Your 3am bedside companion--literally! In this episode, we open up our phone lines in the middle of the night to hear what’s keeping you all awake.


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174. The, Like, Show: Deadass Edition

September 19th, 2018

38:31

Talking to teenagers is different from talking to grown-ups. We wanted to know: what advice they would give to parents? We convened a panel of three …

173. Wanna Peek Inside Our Inbox?

September 12th, 2018

28:59

The rumors are true… we have the best listeners! Andrea and Jackie share some favorite emails and comments. Plus, an update from Hillary.

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172. Child-Free… With Children

September 5th, 2018

31:32

Even though Glynnis MacNicol doesn't have kids of her own, her life is far from child-free.

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171. Kidtrepreneurs

August 29th, 2018

34:16

Kids today have the chance to become real entrepreneurs and sell to the masses thanks to the internet. We’re going to explore who some of these kids …

170. Becoming a Single Dad While Trans

August 22nd, 2018

28:34

The thing CJ Kemal wants most in life? To be a dad. But when you’re trans and single, it’s hard to know where to start.

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169. Parenting In The Animal Kingdom

August 15th, 2018

32:35

We’ve been thinking, there’s so much parenting media out there, but it's pretty species-ist, right? It’s all about how to get your human baby to eat, how to get your human kid to take a bath. We wanted to know: is there …

168. Does Family Size Matter?

August 8th, 2018

31:24

As an only child, KJ Dell’Antonia always wanted a big happy family… but once she got one, she found out the “happy” part doesn’t come standard.

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167. Welcome Home! Meet the Mongoose

August 1st, 2018

29:49

When 9-year-old Meera was adopted from Korea, there were lots of new things that would take some getting used to… starting with her new mom’s exotic …

166. Dear Mister Rogers

July 25th, 2018

30:45

When Ben was a kid, his mom helped him write an innocent letter to his favorite television friend. The reply took Ben by surprise, and changed the way they thought of his hero forever. Tune in for stories of how Fred …

165. The 36 Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Having Kids

June 20th, 2018

37:35

Stephanie never wanted kids.... but then she met Joey. Tune in to hear them answer a series of questions intended to help them determine if they want a future as parents together.

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164. When Al Letson Met His Sons

June 13th, 2018

41:44

When Al Letson was 23, he found out he was the father to a 6-year-old boy he’d never met. Years later, another son entered his life, and this one was …

163. How to Hear a Smile

June 6th, 2018

32:34

When Kristen's son was 5 weeks old, she got an email from BabyCenter saying that all of her hard work would soon be repaid: she'd get to see her …

162. Cecile Richards on Troublemaker Moms

May 30th, 2018

38:59

Cecile Richards, former head of Planned Parenthood, is a troublemaker -- a quality she got from her mom, Ann Richards, who went from frustrated housewife to firecracker governor of Texas. Cecile talks about watching …

161. Imaginary Friends & Grown-ups

May 23rd, 2018

42:08

The imaginary friends you have when you’re little can be great practice for dealing with very real hard stuff as a grown-up.

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160. Imaginary Friends & Kids

May 16th, 2018

41:26

A glimpse into the weird, fun, and often dark world of imaginary companions.

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159. A Killer Story

May 9th, 2018

39:59

For our special Mother’s Day episode, poet and writer Rachel Zucker explores her complex relationship with her mom, Diane Wolkstein.

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158. Black Lives Matter for Middle Schoolers

May 2nd, 2018

39:26

In the novel Ghost Boys, a twelve-year-old unarmed black boy is shot by a white police officer. Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about why she wrote this …

157. Car Births, Call-In Style

April 25th, 2018

34:56

When you’re expecting a baby, it’s common to take some time to write out a birth plan. (Well, more like birth wishes.) But you know what no one ever plans for? Giving birth in their car.

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156. The Scary, Beautiful Teenage Brain

March 21st, 2018

40:59

Why would a sweet kid from Minnesota try to join ISIS? Reporter Dina Temple-Raston fills us in on the complexities of the teenage brain, with help …

155. Forget Childbirth

March 14th, 2018

38:33

For generations, women elected to forget the pain of childbirth with help from powerful drugs called twilight sleep. Author Randi Hutter Epstein …

154. Let's Get Unladylike

March 7th, 2018

39:20

Andrea talks to Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, hosts of the fabulous Unladylike podcast, about abortion, nannies, and counting your eggs before …

153. Sperm Shopping by Color

February 28th, 2018

29:04

When Rosa and her wife started seeking a sperm donor, they were surprised by the complexity of the questions they faced — from “What kind of racial …

152. The Sisterhood of "Donor Don"

February 21st, 2018

30:18

Sister wives, a fertility cult, and New Kids on the Block: A listener initiates us into the strange world of sperm donation.

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151. I'll Be Watching You

February 14th, 2018

32:19

NY Times tech writer Farhad Manjoo is on a quest to capture his kids’ important childhood moments… by installing around-the-clock cameras all over their home.

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150. His Id Speaks English

February 7th, 2018

38:20

Research shows that kids who learn languages early have lots of advantages. This week, a dad who speaks five languages makes the case for teaching his kid only one. English.

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149. Choose Your Own Mom-venture

January 31st, 2018

33:47

This week, Andrea’s opening up. A lot. She’ll be sharing the plan she’s always had for becoming a mom, and why she’s just realizing now… there might be another adventure in store for her.

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148. The Handoff

January 24th, 2018

37:16

Have you heard? We've got a new host. We get to know the fabulous Andrea Silenzi, with help from some very important people in Hillary's life. …

BONUS: Katie Couric and Sheryl Sandberg on Living Option B

December 20th, 2017

1:00:16

We'll be back on January 24th with a brand new season of LST! But to tide you over, here's an episode from Katie Couric's podcast. She talks to her friend Sheryl Sandberg, of Lean In fame, about finding joy after the …

147. Awkward Adventures in Infertility

December 13th, 2017

37:46

Silvija Ozols and John Murray, the creators of Infertile: A Sketch Comedy Show, tell us what it was like to take one of the most vulnerable …

146. The Parents' Guide to Affairs with Esther Perel

December 6th, 2017

43:16

Couples therapist Esther Perel talks about why people cheat, even when kids are in the picture. Or, sometimes, *because* kids are in the picture. …

145. It's a Real Mother, Part 4: Leave

November 29th, 2017

50:32

Lots of American moms desperately need access to paid parental leave, and can’t get it. Meanwhile, lots of dads can -- and don’t use it. We look at one surprising approach to closing that gap. (Hint: velour track suits.)

144. The Accidental Gay Parents, 5 (UPDATE)

November 22nd, 2017

59:27

Audience faves Trystan and Biff’s new baby was born in July! We get an update from these Accidental-On-Purpose-Gay-Parents about life with baby Leo, …

BONUS: Pentagram's Michael Bierut on #ItsARealMother

November 20th, 2017

15:09

Our #ItsARealMother campaign was made by Pentagram, the world's largest independent design firm. Mastermind Michael Bierut tells us why he wanted to work on the project, bad ideas along the way, and how the series is …

143. It's A Real Mother, Part 3: The Cliff

November 15th, 2017

38:29

Hillary tells her own story about becoming a working mom, and the career cliff she faced as a result. Then, we travel to a company that’s flipping …

142. It's A Real Mother, Part 2: Ideal Worker

November 8th, 2017

37:46

Why do stock images of working moms look frazzled, while stock images of working dads just look like... guys at work? Author Brigid Schulte gets to …

141. It's A Real Mother, Part 1: Governor Mom

November 1st, 2017

55:16

Discrimination against mothers in the workplace is illegal but it still happens every day. We launch our four-part series, It’s A Real Mother, with YOUR stories of discrimination. Plus, we meet a mom who faced …

140. Zombies, Caillou, and Other Creepy Things

October 25th, 2017

39:07

In Honor of Halloween, Hillary’s bringing her husband Jonathan out of the shadows for his LST debut! They’ll be talking about a few of the spooky things they never saw coming as parents.

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Bonus: Kidcast Sampler

October 24th, 2017

21:05

Our show is mainly for grownup ears... but there are a bunch of great podcasts out there just for kids! Our friends at NPR rounded up a few of their faves. Grab your kid and check them out in this sampler episode!

139. A Is For Afrocentric

October 18th, 2017

38:16

Choosing a preschool can feel high-stakes, especially when you add culture to the mix. We talk to co-host of The Nod, Eric Eddings, and his wife …

138. W. Kamau Bell Meets The Daughter Of The Dragon

October 11th, 2017

43:39

Comedian W. Kamau Bell has been geeking out about kung-fu legend Bruce Lee since he was a teenager. Today, he guest hosts and sits down with someone …

LST Presents: Your Mom's Food

September 20th, 2017

22:20

Our friends at The Sporkful have a new series about the complications of trying to pass culture to your kids through food. We’re bringing you one …

137. Bubble Boy

September 13th, 2017

48:11

Gregory Warner and Sana Krasikov have traveled all over the world. Now, they have to help their five-year-old son Joseph adjust to an exotic, foreign …

136. Shpitzle's Secret

September 6th, 2017

51:08

Frieda Vizel spent her childhood imagining the world outside of her devout religious community. It wasn’t until she finally left, with her …

135. White Guilt and Other Crazy Sh*t

August 30th, 2017

43:36

This week we are continuing our conversation on how to talk to kids about race and racism, especially when you’re uncomfortable talking about it with …

134. How To Make A Fella Feel Relaxed

August 23rd, 2017

47:10

That… and other lessons of American Sex Ed. An actual historian walks us through the decades.

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133. Alex and the Oracular Lamb

August 16th, 2017

43:15

Alex was itching to ask her partner Ben a big, scary question. To muster some courage, she turned to an unexpected ally: a tiny stuffed lamb that can see the future.

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132. Genetic Future-Telling

August 9th, 2017

45:02

Thanks to genetic technology, you can know if your child has an increased risk for disease before they are even born. But is more information always …

131. Parent Spies

August 2nd, 2017

49:48

Stories of two parents who spy on their kids -- one on purpose, the other by accident.


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130. My Dad Was My First Oprah

July 26th, 2017

47:54

When she was growing up, writer Ashley C. Ford’s dad showered her with praise, through nearly 100 letters. Which he sent from prison. In this episode, Ashley talks about idealizing her incarcerated father -- and what …

129. Casey Wilson, Jessi Klein and a Dinosaur Dick-Punching a Bear

July 19th, 2017

49:25

Two funny moms walk into a hot, foam-lined room; bonding over epidurals, antidepressants, and baby boy apparel ensues. Actress Casey Wilson guest hosts and digs in deep with her pal, comedy writer Jessi Klein.

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128. Win!

July 12th, 2017

43:58

LST editor Peter Clowney joins Hillary in the studio to help break some exciting news. Plus: John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression, tells the story of a tiny furry friend… and a BIG moral dilemma.

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127. Katz In The Cradle

June 14th, 2017

44:32

Matt Katz is known for his fearless reporting on New Jersey governor Chris Christie. But when it comes to telling his 5-year-old daughter the truth …

126. When "I Do" Makes You A Parent, Too

June 7th, 2017

38:57

Forget evil stepmothers and The Brady Bunch; it's time for a more realistic view of stepparents. Join us for a roundtable discussion with three parents in blended families, on what it’s like when kids come to you …

125. The Accidental Gay Parents, 5

May 31st, 2017

45:07

Audience faves Trystan and Biff are back… and they’re having a baby! We talk about what it’s like to be a pregnant man, and to share that news with your parents, your children, and the world.

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124. When Mom Says Oy! And Dad Says ¡Ay!

May 24th, 2017

43:26

What traditions should you pass down to your kids when you and your partner come from completely different cultures? And why does keeping those …

123. The Weird History of Judgy Parenting

May 17th, 2017

41:34

Nicholas Day wanted to know why he felt like a failure when he gave his kid a pacifier. The answer took him down a rabbit hole into the bizarre, …

122. Surprise!

May 10th, 2017

44:36

For some people, parenthood takes a lot of planning; for others… it just sorta sneaks up on them. This week, one woman's unexpected path to motherhood. Including a long-distance romance, a mysterious illness, and …

121. Family Jam

May 3rd, 2017

39:42

It doesn’t matter if you play Americana, hip hop, or death metal—everybody comes from a family of some kind. Hrishikesh Hirway, creator of the podcast Song Exploder, reveals the hidden parenting stories behind some of …

120. Eggs Over Freezy

April 26th, 2017

39:52

What to do when your biological clock is ticking, and the closest you’ve gotten to parenthood is caring for an elderly chihuahua? One option: egg …

119. Single, Female, Seeking Baby Daddy

April 19th, 2017

48:48

Andrea Silenzi, host of the podcast Why Oh Why, is single, living in New York, and... looking for a man to be the father of her child. Which is …

118. All The Feels With Rob Huebel

April 12th, 2017

41:37

Actor and comedian Rob Huebel talks about sneaking onto airplanes, why he doesn't share a bed with his wife, and what it was like to have their daughter live in the hospital for her first 117 days. And! The best placed …

117. Coming of Age with Down Syndrome

March 15th, 2017

37:13

The day Sophie got her period, there were phone calls and high-fives all around. Sophie was psyched. But her mom, author Amy Silverman, felt torn. What does it mean to have a daughter with a grown-up body, and a mind …

116. How To Not (Accidentally) Raise A Racist

March 8th, 2017

48:40

What's the best way for white parents to talk to their kids about race? We called in Dr. Brigitte Vittrup, who studies children's racial attitudes, to help us out—and to answer questions about cringeworthy moments with …

115. The Scarlet A (UPDATE)

March 1st, 2017

44:32

Dr. Pratima Gupta is a mom with the rare job combo of both delivering babies and terminating pregnancies. And in the year since we last talked to her, her job description has gotten even more interesting! To join the …

114. Babymaking While Queer

February 22nd, 2017

45:19

It's roundtable time! Two couples talk about family planning as queer people of color. And how their own parents and cultural backgrounds inform …

113. The Fun and the Chaos, 2

February 15th, 2017

41:32

What do you do when you realize you're more like your parents than you want to be? Hillary's friend Kirsten tackles the problem head-on. The 2nd in a two-parter. To join the conversation, go to longestshortesttime.com!

112. The Fun and the Chaos, 1

February 8th, 2017

37:27

Hillary's pal Kirsten gets a lot of her magic from her dad. But she inherited some less-fun things from him, too. The first in a two-parter on the stuff our parents pass down to us. To join the conversation go to …

111. Kids Ask Negin Farsad Unanswerable Questions

February 1st, 2017

33:00

Comedian Negin Farsad on esoteric allergies, the power of fire hydrants, and growing up Muslim ... all in this edition of Kids' Unanswerable Questions. To find kid-friendly versions and join the conversation go to …

110. Risky Birth-ness

January 25th, 2017

43:46

When you give birth by cesarean, doctors are required to warn you of the risks. But not so with vaginal delivery. Hillary interviews Kiera Butler about her recent article in Mother Jones on the risks of vaginal birth …

109. More Boobs

January 18th, 2017

33:43

Last week: boobs gone awry. This week: boobs gone just how you'd expect. But that's kinda the problem. Abigail Keel has the story. To join the conversation go to longestshortesttime.com!

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108. Boobs

January 11th, 2017

39:03

Back in September we did a callout asking for boob stories, and got a ton of responses. So this week, we’re bringing you stories about boobs. Two of them! Because, duh—boobs come in pairs. To join the conversation go …

107. The New You, It'll Do (UPDATE)

December 14th, 2016

30:19

Parenthood changes people. Beauty guru Jane Marie gives tips on how to (mostly) accept the new you. Plus, an exciting update with a mom whose post-baby change prevented her from singing karaoke. To join the …

106. When You Tell

December 7th, 2016

40:11

Zoe Zolbrod grew up with a secret. Now, after 4 decades, she's sharing it with the world. In this episode, find out how telling her secret has shaped …

105. Uterus + Sperm + Uterus

November 30th, 2016

29:05

We pick up where we left off with Kiely, Jenna, and their sperm donor Dominick. This time it's Jenna's turn to get pregnant. And, unlike last time, things do not go according to plan. To join the conversation, go to

104. Uterus + Sperm

November 23rd, 2016

29:04

How do you make a baby when you’ve got a uterus and your partner does, too? We hear how one family did it, in this two-parter. And how some of their plans…don’t go according to plan. To join the conversation, go to

103. Real Teens, REAL Babies

November 16th, 2016

42:51

Breaking *robot baby* news! Join us as we try to make sense of a study that sheds some shocking light on our This American Life collab from 2 years …

102. W. Kamau Bell Asks His Mom About Sex (UPDATE)

November 9th, 2016

45:23

For most of his life, comedian W. Kamau Bell assumed his single mom never had sex after she made him. Today, he gets the real story. Since this episode originally aired, it won an award! In this update, we ask Kamau …

101. Kids' Election Questions

November 2nd, 2016

32:58

Comedians Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell attempt to answer YOUR kids' questions about the 2016 US presidential election. To join the conversation, …

100. Is 100 That Exciting?

October 26th, 2016

47:08

In honor of our 100th episode, producer Abigail Keel talks to some centenarians about the good and the bad of 100. To join the conversation, go to www.longestshortesttime.com!

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99. When Grace Lin Realized She Was Chinese

October 19th, 2016

33:59

When Grace Lin was a kid, she hated being Chinese. In this interview, the Newbery-award-winning author talks about how a handful of boring books and …

98. Casey Wilson on Mothering Without a Mother

October 12th, 2016

34:39

Actress and comedian Casey Wilson's mom died before Casey made it on TV, got married, and had a kid. Casey talks about the long, messy process of grieving her mom's sudden death, and what it's like to parent without a …

97. Behind the Scenes at LST with Peter Clowney

September 21st, 2016

36:38

Get a peek behind the scenes at LST, as our editor Peter Clowney challenges Hillary to describe a smell better and asks a very important question about Terry Gross's cat. Plus an oddly specific request for YOUR stories! …

96. The Parents' Guide to Doing It with Esther Perel

September 14th, 2016

47:07

How do you keep the fire alive? Can motherhood awaken your inner lesbian? Couples therapist and author Esther Perel answers YOUR sex advice questions. To join the conversation, go to: www.longestshortesttime.com!

This …

95. The True History of a Child Chef & His Mom

September 7th, 2016

37:44

Judah is 12. He makes a mean beef wellington. Hear how he became a child chef, and how his mom had him when she was just a kid herself.

To join the conversation, go to: www.longestshortesttime.com!

This episode is …

94. Raising A Transgender Child

August 24th, 2016

41:11

Marlo Mack from the wonderful "How to Be a Girl" podcast joins us to talk about raising a girl who seems to have the body of a boy ... and what a …

93. Anna Sale on Becoming a Mom

August 17th, 2016

37:05

Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale on her parents, her baby, a trampoline, and potato chips. To join the conversation, go to

92. LST Presents Father Time with Jamie Kaler

August 10th, 2016

51:42

Please enjoy this episode of Howl's Father Time, featuring Hillary's middle school rockstar crush, Richard Marx! To join the conversation about this …

91. I Ate My Placenta for My Best Friend

August 3rd, 2016

38:21

When you're lucky enough to have a best friend, you'd do anything for them. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!
This episode is sponsored by Horizon Organic, Hooked on Phonics, …

90. A Childless Man Makes Edible Placenta

July 27th, 2016

40:22

Radiolab's Latif Nasser learns how to turn a placenta into pills, and why it’s become a trend for new moms to consume this organ. To join the …

89. When Katie Couric Became A Single Mom

July 20th, 2016

36:02

Katie Couric had her dream job, her dream husband. After he died of colon cancer, Katie was left to raise their two girls young girls on her own—all …

88. W. Kamau Bell Asks His Mom About Sex

July 13th, 2016

38:53

For most of his life, comedian W. Kamau Bell assumed his single mom never had sex after she made him. Today, he gets the real story. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!
This …

87. The Mortality of Motherhood

June 14th, 2016

34:33

We check back in with NPR's Kelly McEvers on what it's been like to readjust to American life with her 7-year-old, after a long stint as a Middle …

86. The Secret Life of a Deaf Superhero

June 8th, 2016

40:14

Cece Bell lost her hearing at age four. In this interview, the Newbery-award-winning author and illustrator talks about how she's used her hearing aid for good ... and evil. To join the conversation about this episode, …

85. Dispatches from Black Motherhood

June 1st, 2016

34:06

Anthonia Akitunde went looking for websites about Black working moms that broke stereotypes. She came up empty. So she started her own. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!
This …

84. My Best Friend's Baby

May 25th, 2016

37:08

Two friends try to figure out how to stay friends after one of them has a baby. The one without the baby hatches a secret plan. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!
This episode is …

83. How to Parent Like a Clown

May 17th, 2016

34:30

A clown reveals the secrets of how to trick your kids out of tantrums. Plus, the magical power of farts.

82. There's No Place That's Home

May 10th, 2016

39:30

In this update, Wicked makeup artist Christina Tracey talks about settling down after two decades on the road. Plus her recent relapses.

81. The Accidental Gay Parents, 4

May 4th, 2016

28:21

We pick up where we left off with Trystan and Biff, and their passive-aggressive standoff.To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!
This episode is sponsored by Universal Yums, Third …

80. The Accidental Gay Parents, 3

April 27th, 2016

28:14

Audience faves The Accidental Gay Parents return. This time Trystan is pregnant. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

79. Terry Gross on Not Having Kids

April 20th, 2016

34:28

Public radio icon Terry Gross talks about why she chose to never have children. And her recurring nightmare about a baby. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

78. Lauren Lapkus Answers Kids' Unanswerable Questions

April 12th, 2016

35:50

Lauren Lapkus fields questions about unicorns, poop, and a well-kept secret about Darth Vader. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

62. The Accidental Gay Parents, 2

April 6th, 2016

31:46

The "accidental gay parents" return. This time with John's side of the story. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

60. The Accidental Gay Parents

March 30th, 2016

34:09

One weekend Trystan and his boyfriend were clubbing in Vegas; the next they were steeped in diapers and Legos. The story of how two twenty-somethings became parents. Overnight. To join the conversation about this …

59. Mama Don't Understand

March 22nd, 2016

34:28

A game of got-yer-nose turns racial and a 6-year-old raps to her white mom about not getting her Blackness. Two stories of biracial kids schooling …

42. Peeping Mom

March 15th, 2016

25:25

Most people get through postpartum depression with therapy. But for Megan Stielstra, the answer was spying on her neighbor. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

77. Behind Family Lines

March 8th, 2016

30:30

Darlene's childhood dream was to join the military. She didn't imagine she'd also be raising three children solo. To join the conversation about this …

76. Kicking Ass While Pregnant

March 1st, 2016

29:15

When Marvel asked Dennis Hopeless to create a new story for Spider-Woman, he knew he wanted her to be pregnant. In this episode, he explains why. And we hear from his wife Jessie, the real-life superhero behind …

75. Outnumbered By Animals

February 23rd, 2016

26:02

What's it like to nurse piglets in one hand and your own baby in the other? Life on a farm, with baby. To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

74. The Scarlet A

February 16th, 2016

28:37

What it's like to be a mom with the rare job combo of both delivering babies and terminating pregnancies.
To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

73. Love Yurts

February 9th, 2016

38:00

A marriage; a miscarriage. A divorce; a guy who looks (and smells) like a caveman. All in this epic love story. (With an UPDATE to last year's cliffhanger!)
To join the conversation about this episode, go …

72. Stuff Mom Never Told You About C-Sections

February 2nd, 2016

30:15

The fab research geeks at Stuff Mom Never Told you unpack the history of the cesarean. Plus, listeners share their wildly conflicting feelings over …

71. A Childless Man Gets a C-Section

January 25th, 2016

29:24

Can a fake C-section have real emotional impact? Plus, a simple change in the procedure that erases one mom's C-section guilt.
To join the conversation about this episode, go to longestshortesttime.com!

70. There's Something About Andy

January 18th, 2016

37:03

A young Mormon plays a long con on his childhood crush—in the hopes of starting a family with her.

69. Kids Ask Chris Gethard Unanswerable Questions

January 11th, 2016

37:27

Do dinosaurs go to heaven or hell? Why don't dogs have hands? Comedian Chris Gethard attempts to answer YOUR kids' unanswerable questions. Plus, a surprise guest gives Hillary podcasting advice.

68. The Parents' Guide to Doing It 2

October 10th, 2015

46:34

Twanna Hines and Dr. Hilda Hutcherson answer YOUR questions about improving your sex lives as parents, and people.

67. I've Got News 6

September 26th, 2015

25:07

Our series on accidental pregnancy continues with audience favorite Ellen Kecskemethy. Who’s got brand new news.

66. Momming It Solo

September 12th, 2015

21:33

One woman’s unusual path toward becoming a single mother by choice.

65. Kids Ask About Death

August 29th, 2015

31:36

All kids have questions about death, and they can start really young. We brought in an expert to answer YOUR kids’ questions about death.

64. Should I Have Kids?

August 14th, 2015

25:40

Most people struggle with whether or not to become a parent, but few speak about it in public. Tune in as one brave woman grapples with her ambivalence over starting a family.

63. Kids Eat ... What?!

August 1st, 2015

29:05

Dan Pashman from The Sporkful weighs in on your kids’ weird eating habits. And how they might not be so weird after all.

62. The Accidental Gay Parents 2

July 18th, 2015

30:15

The "accidental gay parents" return, this time with John's side of the story.

61. I've Got News 3

July 4th, 2015

26:19

A man finds out on his 47th birthday, he’s about to become a grandpa. Part 3 of our "I've Got News" series.

60. The Accidental Gay Parents

June 20th, 2015

34:25

One weekend Trystan and his boyfriend were clubbing in Vegas; the next they were steeped in diapers and Legos. The story of how two twenty-somethings became parents. Overnight.

59. Mama Don't Understand

June 6th, 2015

35:46

A game of got-yer-nose turns racial and a 6-year-old raps to her white mom about not getting her Blackness. Two stories of biracial kids schooling …

58. The Bestest Worstest Time with Roman Mars

May 22nd, 2015

38:06

Roman Mars likes to say that the first year of his twins’ life was the worst year of his. Tune in to hear how Roman's babies gave him courage, how he’s afraid he might’ve offended his single mom; and how his boys are …

57. Sixty-Five Women and a Baby

May 9th, 2015

19:02

Remember Three Men and a Baby? Imagine if there were sixty-five of them. But college girls.

56. The New You … It’ll Do

April 25th, 2015

23:11

Parenthood changes people. Beauty guru Jane Marie gives tips on how to (mostly) accept the new you. Plus, one mom whose post-baby change prevents her from singing karaoke.

55. The Emperor's New Onesie

April 11th, 2015

20:32

The story of one mom held hostage by a naked toddler. Plus, listeners share their own clothing fights. Hint: Rhinestone belts and George Michael jean jackets.

54. When the Breadwinner Makes Dough

March 28th, 2015

22:41

First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes a gender role reversal ... and lots and lots of doughnuts.

53. When Are You Gonna Be Normal Again?

March 14th, 2015

30:52

Melinda was always anxious. When she had kids, she became even more anxious. But she kept it secret from everyone, afraid she'd destroy her image as a “model minority.”

52. Booze Emergency!

March 6th, 2015

9:44

The Sporkful's Dan Pashman helps us triage our signature cocktail for an upcoming event. But we need YOUR help, too! Don't let it be a mug of wine!

51. Real Teens, Fake Babies

February 24th, 2015

24:39

We follow two high school girls through their 48-hour stints with fake babies they receive in sex ed. And the experience totally transforms their …

50. Mom, It's Time We Had the Talk

February 13th, 2015

22:28

A mom has the birds and the bees talk with her 8-year-old son. Or does he have it with her?

49. Healing After Childbirth

January 29th, 2015

40:42

One brave listener shares her story of giving up on pain-free sex after a childbirth injury; one pelvic floor expert tells us why she doesn't have to. 

48. The Parents' Guide to Doing It

January 16th, 2015

49:46

Join guests Dan Savage and Jane Marie as they help listeners navigate sex and parenthood. This episode covers a range of topics, from finding time to get it on when all you want to do is sleep, to getting in the mood …

47. Your Parenting Resolutions, 2015

January 3rd, 2015

20:50

Turns out parents want to go easier on themselves in 2015. Or, as in our host's case, get more combative with their offspring. Plus, we make a big show announcement!

46. Music Together-ish

December 20th, 2014

20:27

Fourteen years ago, Jacob hated his mom's lullabies, which she thought meant he hated music. But now he's a modern Freddie Mercury.

45. Love Yurts

December 6th, 2014

29:39

A marriage; a miscarriage. A divorce; a guy who looks (and smells) like a caveman. All in this epic love story.

44. There's No Place That's Home

November 23rd, 2014

28:30

Dreading a long holiday drive with the kids? Imagine if your whole life was on the road. That's how it is for makeup artist Christina Tracey, who …

43. It's Like She Knows Us

November 9th, 2014

23:50

Sick of all the white couches and salads in stock photos of family life? Sara Given’s hilarious Tumblr “It’s Like They Know Us” skewers that world. And it all started here!

42. Peeping Mom

October 26th, 2014

23:22

Most people get through postpartum depression with therapy. But for writer Megan Stielstra, the answer was spying on her neighbor.

41. How to Be a Pregnant Butch

October 12th, 2014

27:34

Artist A.K. Summers on her fabulous graphic memoir Pregnant Butch, and what it’s like to try to look tough and masculine while your body is growing a …

40. Building a Better Boobie Trap

September 28th, 2014

30:23

A woman fed up with her breast pump enlists 150 people to make it better. We send in a childless man to see if that’s possible.

39. Owner of a Holey Heart

September 14th, 2014

25:10

A baby gets two holes in his heart and a Mormon stranger comes to the rescue, believing she is doing something illegal.

38. Pediatricians, They're Just Like Us

August 31st, 2014

29:04

Pediatrician Jessica Franklin figured she had a handle on newborns. But then she had a baby and wound up feeling like "the worst, most educated rookie ever."

37. What Makes a Happy Family?

August 17th, 2014

29:44

Comedian Julian McCullough's mom left the family when he was a kid. Now that he's got a family of his own, Hillary talks to him about what makes a …

36. Lucy and the Bike Girl

August 3rd, 2014

17:15

A half-true/half-fictional story about two pregnant best friends who can never meet. Because being in the same room would be lethally dangerous.

35. Picturing Her

July 20th, 2014

22:54

When Giancarlo Roma was four years old, his sister Mary died the day she was born — an experience that he says trained him to write a book from the …

34. The Parents' Guide to Eating Over the Sink

July 6th, 2014

23:03

Dan Pashman of The Sporkful tells me how to make scarfing down food over the sink as delicious as possible. But grosses me out in the process.

33. How Cute! Is He Yours?

June 22nd, 2014

19:59

When Nicole Blades started a family with a white guy, she knew their kid's skin color would be lighter than hers. But she didn't count on people …

32. The Reluctant Father and His Wife

June 8th, 2014

19:12

Photographer Phillip Toledano has been applauded in the media for his deeply gritty depiction of first-time fatherhood in his book The Reluctant …

31. How to Brag to Your Mom Friends

May 25th, 2014

26:41

Is it possible to share your parenting triumphs with other moms without making them feel bad?

30. When Mommy Means Everything

May 11th, 2014

15:16

A toddler starts talking, then moves to a new country where she doesn't know the language. And suddenly the only word she will say anymore is "Mommy."

29. The Shortest Day

April 27th, 2014

43:40

Poet Arielle Greenberg's son Day dies 31 weeks into her pregnancy. At which point, she makes a whole bunch of choices that not many women would make, …

28. The Missing Chapter to Ina May’s Guide

April 12th, 2014

25:52

I tell the leader of the modern natural birth movement that I feel betrayed by her message.

27. Rewriting Your Birth Story

March 28th, 2014

32:11

I attempt to rewrite her traumatic birth story, four years after the fact. Part 1 of a three-part series on natural birth.

26. Blind Love

March 16th, 2014

24:00

It's a fact: even the most romantic romances wither under the pressures of parenthood. But what happens in a relationship when, on top of everything else, one partner is going blind?

25. The Provider’s Guide to Quitting

March 2nd, 2014

29:14

Bry wanted to be a dad. And he thought the only way to be one was to quit doing the thing he loved most. So he did.

24. Due Date Desert

February 16th, 2014

20:49

A mom breastfeeds her preemie against all odds. Then she wakes up on her due date. Dry.

23. The Longest Longest Time

February 2nd, 2014

33:47

Lisa's longest shortest time lasted 11 years. And it all went down before she even had a baby.

22. The Mom Who Did Everything Wrong

January 19th, 2014

23:10

Heather told me she did everything wrong in her first years as a mom. Judge for yourself (but don't be too judgy).

21. The Numbers

January 5th, 2014

29:17

After having a preemie, my friend Kirsten unwittingly takes on her husband's personality, and becomes obsessed with numbers. To the decimal point.

20. I’ve Got News 5

August 25th, 2013

18:33

We continue the I've Got News series with the birth of Ellen's baby . . . and the project Tom took on to cope.

19. The Mortality of Motherhood

July 26th, 2013

20:24

A war correspondent on childbirth vs dodging a sniper.

18. I’ve Got News 4

June 3rd, 2013

20:40

Two weeks before their due date, Ellen and Tim reflect on the game of Being Awesome at Being Adult.

17. I’ve Got News 3

February 28th, 2013

22:05

We continue our series following a young pregnant woman, this time with grandpa's perspective.

16. I’ve Got News Too

January 29th, 2013

26:46

Tom got news. Then more news. Now there's even more.

15. What YOU Expect When You’re Expecting

June 25th, 2012

22:55

One pregnant woman on her fears of mothering a boy. And why she doesn't even really want to be called "Mom" in the first place.

14. And Behind Door Number Two …

April 1st, 2012

8:10

Toilets, exposed body parts, . . . pornography?! One horror story about pumping at work.

13. Making Noise to Prevent More Noise

December 28th, 2011

14:02

A toddler sniffs all of his Christmas presents before opening them and his mom realizes something is wrong. What Tourette's, OCD, and ADHD look like in a young child.

12. I’ve Got News

September 11th, 2011

25:02

A newly married guy finds out his wife is pregnant while he's at sea and just a few years later, to his surprise, becomes a stay-at-home dad.

11. Nap Boot Camp

July 24th, 2011

16:41

An exasperated mom decides that her daughter WILL nap in her crib by the end of the week.

10. My Newborn, the A**hole

June 2nd, 2011

17:02

My friend Kristin and I reminisce over our frequent angsty phone calls after our daughters were born. And she reveals something to me she's never …

9. The Emperor’s New Onesie

May 8th, 2011

13:34

A naked toddler holds her mom hostage for over a month.

8. Would’ve Been the Mean Mommy

April 8th, 2011

12:24

An unexpected tragedy turns a mean mommy into a laid back one.

7. Nurse, Get the Handcuffs

March 28th, 2011

14:23

Thirty-four years after having me, my mom breaks down for the first time over not being able to breastfeed me.

6. Endangered Sea Turtle, Yum

March 14th, 2011

12:01

A vegetarian of 22 years decides that the way to fix her son's umbilical hernia is to start eating meat.

5. Kittens Can Do It, so Why Can’t We?

March 1st, 2011

12:13

A mom who finds breastfeeding stressful discovers that a machine helps her feel closer to her son.

4. Don’t Make Me Be Your Miracle

February 14th, 2011

13:44

After having her first child, a woman experiences heart failure and is told she has less than a 50 percent chance of surviving another pregnancy. …

3. Is Class Over Yet?

January 29th, 2011

14:32

A woman leaves her dream job to stay home with her baby, and then, out of boredom, starts sewing and unwittingly creates a new full-time job for …

2. When the Poop Is No Longer a Gift

January 16th, 2011

10:37

A newborn turns blue, is rushed to the NICU, and his parents deal with going home while the baby remains in the hospital, hooked up to machines.

1. Your Singing Really Interferes With My Going-To-Sleep Process

December 25th, 2010

7:45

A music teacher tries to stop her newborn’s crying with lullabies. Turns out it’s the worst thing she can do.

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