The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #163: How to Hear a Smile

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 baby’s first smile. Problem is, Kristen can’t see. Tune in to hear Kristen’s creative solution to seeing a smile through blindness.

EPISODE #162: Cecile Richards on Troublemaker Moms

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.

Episode #161: Imaginary Friends & Grown-ups

The imaginary friends you invent when you’re little can be great practice for dealing with hard stuff later on. Plus, a barfing troll and a little egg who raps!

EPISODE #159: A Killer Story

Poet Rachel Zucker is wrestling with the question, “Did I kill my mom… with words?” Tune in for a special Mother’s Day edition of our show.

EPISODE #158: Black Lives Matter for Middle Schoolers

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 story for middle schoolers, and why she’s counting on them to advance racial justice.

Ghost Boys Giveaway

We’re giving away 5 signed copies of Jewell Parker Rhodes’s amazing middle grade novel, Ghost Boys.

Simple Matters Giveaway

We’re giving away 3 copies of Simple Matters by Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves! Read on for official rules.

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