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EPISODE #130: My Dad Was My First Oprah

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 happened when she learned the truth about his crime.

EPISODE #121: Family Jam

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 your favorite popular songs.

EPISODE #120: Eggs Over Freezy

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 freezing. We follow a woman through the process to find out if it’s everything it’s, uh, cracked up to be.

EPISODE #119: Single, Female, Seeking Baby Daddy

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 tricky to bring up on a first date. So she did what any girl would do: she organized an aspiring dads focus group.

EPISODE #114: Babymaking While Queer

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

EPISODE #111: Kids Ask Negin Farsad Unanswerable Questions

Comedian Negin Farsad on esoteric allergies, the power of fire hydrants, and growing up Muslim … all in this edition of Kids’ Unanswerable Questions.

Weird Parenting Wins: Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for a person who has kids? Whether you’re a parent or not, we’ve got the perfect list of goodies that’ll tell your special someone that you *get them*.

EPISODE #103: Real Teens, REAL Babies

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 ago.